Start Updating your hairstyle

Updating your hairstyle

"Patent always adds a little pop to an outfit," Minkoff says. Pictured: Don't be scared off by its boldness—the truth is, red is one of the most universally wearable lipstick shades, and it's a classic way to add both impact and femininity to your look.

Try this of-the-moment twist instead, and watch your nails suddenly spark attention: Instead of rounding off the tips, file them straight across and then round off just the corners, creating what manicurists call a "squoval" shape.

When it comes to color, the chicest choices right now are warm brownish-beige shades, like Essie "Buy Me a Cameo." Or, try one of the new palest-gray hues, such as OPI "Moon Over Mumbai," which is soft and subtle, but still thoroughly modern.

To ensure that pointy shoes fit comfortably without pinching the toes, consider buying them a half size larger than your usual shoes, and look for a heel that's under two inches.

To get the most flawless finish, take your application technique up a notch with Alcone Non-Latex Sponges ($2.50 for six).

Here are 10 almost-effortless ways to update your appearance.

They're quick, inexpensive and unlike the many trendy diets the season brings, require nearly zero willpower. Been parting your hair the same way for as long as you can remember?

Accessories are also a cost-effective way to update your closet's contents because you can wear them day after day.