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    36 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Change Your Whole Look

    When you feel more than ready for a makeover but don't really want to DO anything about it, these tips are for you.

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    1. Expand into a wider range of color when it comes to eyeliner to achieve different effects. Need a smokey eye? Turn to brown. Going for a softer look? Gray is the answer.

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    Marc Jacobs ($25 on Sephora) has all of these colors and more! Not to mention they've received 2,464 five-star reviews for their intense pigmentation, 12-hour waterproof wear, and matte finish.

    2. Transform your hair shade with Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair color for a treatment that works on even dark hair (!!!) and puts expensive dye jobs to SHAME. Its shades are super saturated and conditions while it treats your tresses, so your hair is left super soft. Meaning you'll soon have a colorful, shiny mane.,

    ANDDD it's vegan and cruelty-free! It's extra vivid on already-bleached hair, but creates colorful highlights on darker hair.

    Promising review: "Holy crap, this product is absolutely amazing!!! I love the fact that it required zero bleach, it smells SO good, and made my hair incredibly soft. I wasn't sure what to expect due to my hair being naturally dark (above) and previously dyed purple, but Arctic Fox came through! I'm so pleasantly surprised. I'm absolutely in love AND it's vegan! 110% will use again!!!" —Rachel Martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and 22 shades).

    3. Cut the hems of old jeans to transform them from run-of-the-mill to the right on-trend frayed denim you see all over Instagram. Did you splurge on a fancy new outfit? Why...yes.

    J. Crew

    Or if you're feeling lazy, get a similar pair of jeans from J.Crew for $87.99 (originally $120; available in sizes 24–37, in regular, petite, and tall).

    Check out the full tutorial from J.Crew for "J.Crew Style Hacks: DIY Edition".

    4. Throw out the rule book when it comes to "finding the perfect shade" if that's holding you back from rocking red lipstick. Undertones, shmundertones: It's all about what you feel best in!

    Macey J. Foronda / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Try Fenty's matte liquid lipstick ($18 on Sephora; available in 24 shades) in red that reviewers swear looks amazing on EVERYONE! No trial-and-error here.

    Check out "Here's How Different Shades Of Red Lipstick Look On 4 Women" to see how four BuzzFeeders threw out the rule book.

    5. Brighten your smile with a little charcoal powder. It's easy, fast, and cheap, yet the results are *brilliant*. Will you be grinning just to show off your teeth? Always.

    Its four flavors are peppermint, cinnamint, spearmint, and orange! AND they're cruelty-free and organic!

    Promising review: "This is all natural, tastes great, and ACTUALLY WORKS. It comes in great packaging and the amount of product is worth the cost. My teeth looked whiter even after the first use. It doesn't have any abrasive whitening agents that can irritate your gums or make your teeth sensitive. Your teeth feel and look mega, super clean when you're done." —Spoiled Meat

    Get it from Amazon for $8.17.

    6. Update the monotone approach (wearing the same color throughout for a polished effect) with an unexpected pattern, like this striped crop top and shorts set.

    Nasty Gal

    Not to mention, how much planning do you really need to do with this outfit? NONE.

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $28 (originally $70; available in sizes 2–10).

    7. Grow your hair overnight (or at least that's how it'll seem) with synthetic clip-on extensions. Why go the lengths for a new 'do when you can just do this?

    Promising review: "I can't believe all the money I spent on natural hair extensions until I got these. OMG, I'm so amazed by how natural they look. They are super voluminous and soft. I bought two since my hair is really short and I like to use a huge amount of hair, but even with one you can rock lots of hairstyles." —JE

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four sizes and 23 colors).

    8. Get a whole new wardrobe every month without the hefty bill (but if only, am I right?) by joining a fashion subscription service like Frank and Oak.

    Promising review: "This is a phenomenal product for the price. It truly looks and feels like something that would retail for three times as much." —Ben

    You take a short style survey to let them know your size, style, and budget preference. Then you'll receive a style box preview of what's inside your box so you can confirm (or further customize)! All you need to do from there is show off your temporary new wardrobe!

    Check out how a BuzzFeeder cheaply upgraded her look with this subscription service!

    Get a subrsciption to Frank and Oak for $25+/month.

    9. Switch up your glasses frames to a more modern style for a way to look trendy every darn day before you even put clothes on.,

    If you want to know what it's like to order glasses online, check out how these BuzzFeeders did it!

    Get them from Eye Buy Direct: first for $15 (available in four colors) and the second for $32 (available in four colors).

    10. Think outside the box (or face?) and create an ombré lip for an impression that'll never fade. Feel free to tell everyone this two-step process was done by a pro.


    All you really need to do is lighten the middle of your mouth so the rest seamlessly transitions and darkens.

    What you'll need: liquid lipstick ($7.54 on Amazon; available in 30 shades) and gold shimmer ($12.99 on Amazon).

    To learn more, check out "17 Easy Ways To Make Your Lips Look Perfect".

    11. Surprise yourself with how different you look after simply moving your part from the middle to the side with a thin styling comb. Look who suddenly has subtle bangs!

    This double-sided comb ($8.99 on Amazon; available in four colors) preps your hair for straightening so you can avoid knots and smooth frizz as you straighten! *And* it has a flat side to a) make the comb controllable as your style and b) easily create new parts for your hair!

    Learn more from The Beauty Department for "The Best Way To Side Part".

    12. Contrast your hemline with your shirt collar by choosing pieces that angle in different directions for an outcome that's ironically harmonizing, like an asymmetrical skirt. The new combinations will make all your clothes look brand new.

    Trendy Curvy

    Get a similar skirt from Boohoo for $15 (originally $30; available in sizes 14–24 and three colors).

    Check out more from Trendy Curvy for "How To Master Angled Outfits".

    13. Experiment with different eyeliner styles so there's never a day you look the same — even when using the same products Monday through Friday (and of course, the same face). Pro tip: pick a liquid eyeliner with a thin tip so you have easier control while trying new looks.

    Zoe Burnett / BuzzFeed

    This is a great dupe for higher-end eyeliners! Its waterproof formula is SUPER long-lasting, plus its flexible brush tips lets you decide the thickness of your lines.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic eyeliner. "I was never very good at applying a cat eye, but this is eyeliner makes it incredibly easy for me to get it on my first try." Additionally, it absolutely is waterproof. I've worn this through long workouts and my eyeliner didn't run at all!" —megs

    Get it from Amazon for $6.30.

    To learn more, check out "This $6 Liquid Eyeliner Gives You The Best Cat Eyes Of Your Life". And! See why this won best lowest-priced liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. Style all your outfits digitally with the Finery app. It'll basically do all the thinking for you when it comes to deciding what the heck to wear — and with what.

    Finery tracks all your online orders so your new clothes are organized into an online closet. You can also upload your other garments that you know you'll want to include time and time again when deciding what to wear. If you're stumped, it'll show you over 10,000 shopping sources to find that *one* belt you really, really need. AND it'll send you sale alerts on wish list items! Bless.

    Sign up for Finery on their website, or download their app on the Apple Store.

    15. Show off a faux bob without actually chopping it all off by curling and pinning your mane underneath itself — you'll look like a starlet by night and still have your long 'do come morning.

    What you'll need: ½-inch curling wand ($24.94+ on Amazon), wide-tooth comb ($2.97 on Amazon), teasing brush ($5.90+ on Amazon), elastic bands ($3.16 on Amazon), bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon), and hair spray ($12.67 on Amazon).

    Check out more from Lulu's for "Lulus How-To: Faux Bob Hair Tutorial".

    16. Win the best of both worlds and still live in your favorite leggings — but this time pair them with an oversized blazer to transform your bottoms from lazy to sharp.

    Song Of Style

    Get a similar blazer from H&M for $34.99 (available in sizes 0–18 and two colors).

    Check out more from Song of Style for "How To Style Leggings For Back to School".

    17. Update the updo (can you say that three times fast?) with wrap-around braids. If you have curly hair, there's no pre-styling required, and within 10 minutes, some bobby pins, and a little styling paste, you'll look effortlessly polished.

    Lauren Zaser / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    What you'll need: mini hair elastics ($5.99 on Amazon), bobby pins ($1.15 on Amazon), and styling paste ($4.48 on Amazon).

    Check out more ideas in "26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less".

    Here it is broken down for you:

    Lauren Zaser / Via BuzzFeed Life

    18. Make the same clothes you wear every week pop with nothing more than fun statement earrings. Did you spend a lot of money? No. Are you *turning heads* nonetheless? ABSOLUTELY.

    Promising review: "I love the look of fun large statement earrings, but I hate when they are so heavy and pull on your lobs (stretching them out!) and hurt. These give you all the fun and flare of statement earrings without the pain! I LOVE these! I hope to purchase more pairs in all the fun colors. They're well-made and a great price. I highly recommend!" —Molly

    Get them from Amazon: the first for $9.59+ (available in 11 colors) and second for $8.99 (available in five styles).

    19. Drop a little bit of primer oil into your concealer or foundation for a more dewy *glow*. It's easier to blend, looks more like your natural complexion, and cheaply makes it seem like you changed your whole beauty routine!

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I wanted an oil primer that didn’t have all essential oils in it and this stuff is awesome. I love how smooth it makes my powder foundation go on — even my liquid foundation goes on better with this. It really hydrates my skin and lips and my makeup goes on flawlessly. It doesn’t make my face breakout, either! I’d give it ten stars if I could!" —Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    20. Master the art of contouring (it's TIME, my friend) by literally mapping out your face. Ignore all the charts that come up with 1,000 different areas and stick to three easy-to-remember regions.

    Keith Morrison / Alice Mongkongllite / Via BuzzFeed

    Still confused? It's ok! Use this contour kit ($28.99 on Amazon) that literally comes with face maps and detailed guides (and videos through their website) for how to master this beauty trend one step at a time.

    To learn more, check out "Here's How To Do Your Makeup So It Looks Incredible In Pictures".

    21. Toss on some fishnet socks with really any kind of shoe (heels, loafers, sneakers, you name it) to create a dressed-up illusion. So what if you've had these lace-ups for five years? Now they look trendy as heck.

    Promising review: "I love these little ankle fish net socks. They work in every shoe. Plus, they are plain old cute and a fashionable way to display my feet on any occasion." —beajae

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in seven styles).

    22. ~Cut out~ the hairdresser and clip on faux bangs. You can style them any way you'd like (fringe, thick, etc.) and best of all, you can take them off as soon as you feel like showing your forehead again.

    Promising review: "I have dirty blonde hair with highlights so it's always hard to find the right colors without needing to change it to match my hair. This piece matched perfectly! You definitely get a lot for the clip-in and it's worth more than the price! I even have a human hair one and it doesn't compare to this!" —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 20 colors).

    23. Finish all your outfits with a pair of classic ballerina flats to accessorize your looks with more sophistication than your go-to sneakers. Their faux suede can elevate old jeans just as much as a pair of heels, but keep you a heck of a lot comfier.

    Promising review: "I originally bought this for the unique color and thought for the price I would give it a try. When I tried them on they were so comfortable. I wore them all day without any issues. Needless, to say I ordered another pair in black since I wear flats all the time to work. If you want shoes that look nice and are super comfortable, I would recommend these shoes. " —Scuba one

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 22 colors).

    24. *Stamp out* failed attempts at cat eyes — it's time we conquered the look. Instead, use a stamped eyeliner that has two sides so you're suddenly known as a makeup pro. Just don't ask us for help.

    It has two sides: one that has a stamp to make the wings for us (!!!!) and another side to draw a steady, smudge-proof line that's extremely hard to mess up thanks to its thick felt tip.

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat-eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out....but to my surprise it was perfect. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line." —LadyMeow

    Get a pack of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye". See what won best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    25. Relocate your usual bun to the front of your head! It's so, so simple yet makes a world of a difference. Who knew looking this unique could be done in two steps?

    Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    What you'll need: hair elastics ($5.87 on Amazon) and bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon).

    To learn more, check out "26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less".

    26. Mix and match patterns in the same color family to create *just* enough contrast, while still looking put together. You can even do this with the clothes you already have to give them new life!

    27. Elongate your lashes to the fullest extent with nothing more than a little loose powder. People will wonder if you invested in falsies, and you know what LET THEM.

    The Beauty Department recommends you use CoverGirl mineral loose powder ($8.99 on Amazon; available in two shades).

    Check out more from the Beauty Department for "How To Get Thicker Lashes".

    28. Limit yourself to one trend per season so that you can build up your wardrobe without going broke. This faux leather multi-way fanny pack will make every outfit look effortlessly cool, but won't take away from your rosé budget (important).


    Get it from Tobi for $19 (originally $48; available in two colors).

    29. Discover the magic of the white eyeliner and all of its wonderful uses. Want to brighten your eyes? Check. Bolden brows? Done.

    Christina Lan / Buzzfeed

    Promising review: I was skeptical, but the description was true. It is a soft crayon-type pencil, very slender with a twist bottom to extend or retract. I applied it several hours ago and it's holding strong! This pencil does a nice job of making my eyes pop." —Trisha of California

    Get it from Amazon for $3.85 (available in 15 shades).

    30. Create TWO ponytails instead of just one (and layer them on top of each other) for a 'do that looks longer and fuller with just about zero effort! Bad hair days who?

    It helps if you make your hair wavy with a curling wand (like this one for $14.69 on Amazon) first for more volume!

    Check out more from Free People on how to upgrade the classic ponytail!!!

    31. Keep track of the constant ways you can discover deals online before shopping for new clothes. Chances are you really don't have to pay full price.

    My personal favorite? Literally DM'ing a store (in the pop up window that always shows up) and asking them about discounts. There's a chance they'll share one that's not easily accessible on their website!

    To learn more, check out "28 Secrets For Shopping Online That Will Blow Your Mind".

    32. Become efficient in seemingly pro-level hairstyles without needing tutorials by using a braid-maker clip. It keeps hair in place for you while trying new braiding techniques so you don't find yourself in a *tangle*. Helloooo, French braids. We finally mastered you.

    You'll get two braid-making loops and three elastic hair bands.

    Promising review: "I wish I had invented this gadget. I watched a Youtube video on how to use it even before I got it. Right out of the box with NO mirror, I put my hair in a ponytail (three coated elastics included), stuck the topsy tail in, put my hair through the hole, pulled the gadget out and voilà! It's that easy. I can't wait to try other tricks." —Debrah

    Get it from Amazon for $5.46.

    Check out Conair's full tutorial to learn new hairdo tricks!

    33. Transform your eyebrows (whether they're twins, sisters, distant cousins, WHATEVER) by studying the proper way to map 'em out. Based on that, you'll know how to fill and shape them without overdoing it.

    Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed Life / Via Jenny Chang for BuzzFeed Design

    34. Explore new (no-heat) styling techniques for natural hair, because Monday isn't so bad when filled with compliments over your braided ponytail.

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    What you'll need: heavy-duty hair ties ($10.99 on Amazon), elastic bands ($3.16 on Amazon), hair clips ($7.59 on Amazon), a comb ($3.27 on Amazon), styling cream ($17.49 on Amazon), and a toothbrush ($2.96 on Amazon).

    Check out more for easy ways to explore new hair styes!

    35. Sew some fancier buttons onto old clothes to give them a stylish, upscale twist. TL;DR: gold accessories make everything look more expensive.

    Promising review: "These are beautiful! I used them on some sleeve cuffs. They’re stunning! They’re about the size of a quarter. Just as pictured!" —Cyndie

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $7.97 (available in six styles).

    36. Add some serious drama to your makeup routine with an easy AF, three-step smoky eye. Do you look like you're on your way to a photoshoot? Yes. Are you really just getting Chipotle? Maybe.

    This CoverGirl three-in-one eyeshadow kit ($4.39 on Amazon) has everything you need to achieve this look! Plus, they even map it out so layering this shadow effect is easy-peasy.

    Check out more from The Beauty Department for "How To Do A Smoky Eye".

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