Feeling bloated from the holiday binge? Fake a fit physique with these quick & easy slimming tricks:
"Sculpt" Yourself Slim
A great tan can create the illusion of weeks spent at the gym. The key? Focus on your sides, and blend in towards the center of your body. Also, to avoid looking "fake baked," prime your knees, ankles and wrists with body lotion, and wash your hands immediately after each application.
Top picks: Dior Shimmering Glow Self-Tanner For The Body ($32, NeimanMarcus.com); Clinique Self Sun Body Airbrush Spray ($20, Sephora.com).
Layer Your Locks
The right haircut (or hair extensions) can instantly trim your face. Though it's best to consult your stylist, the general rule is to stick with soft layers, and steer clear of blunt bangs or bobs.
Play with Shadows
Skip the cost and pain of cosmetic surgery, and simply redefine your features with the stroke of a brush. For best results, stand directly under a light source and, using a fine-milled, matte contouring powder, subtly shade the shadows cast on your face. To finish, apply a complimentary pearlescent powder on the features you'd like to highlight (like the top of the cheekbone, brow bone, etc).
Top picks: M.A.C #168 and/or #109 Contour Brush ($32, MacCosmetics.com); M.A.C Sculpt and Shape Powder Duo ($21, MacCosmetics.com).
Get a Shrink Wrap
Need to shed water weight, asap? Book a slimming treatment at your favorite spa. Though the effects are often temporary, it's a brilliant way to ensure your favorite LBD fits like a glove (and not a sausage casing).
Top pick: Bliss FatGirlSlim ($150, BlissWorld.com). A detoxifying, circulation-stimulating, body-toning treatment that includes dry brushing, application of firming grapefruit essential oil, a trouble-spot-targeting seaweed task mask, a heated wrap, and a rubdown with waist-whittling Love Handler followed by their famed FatGirlSlim or FatGirlSleep, depending on time of day.