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Alternative At-Home Beauty Fixes

Let's face facts: Keeping up a beauty regimen can be a costly task. And with new pricey beauty treatments, like $400 Brazilian blowouts and $125 airbrush makeovers, just one seemingly-innocent splurge can set your budget into a tailspin. But thanks to the latest finance-friendly products, scoring the same look at home is possible — without spending a fortune. From easy-on-the-wallet blowout serums to flawless photo-ready foundation, you'll have everything you need to beautify on a budget.

Smooth Locks

You could pay for: The 90-minute Brazilian Blowout, which costs up to $400 and calms frizz and unruly curls for up to 12 weeks. A stylist paints an amino acid–based serum onto your damp hair from roots to ends, then blowdrys hair and seals the formula into cuticles using a 450-degree flat iron. Before styling, she rinses with a deep conditioning masque.

Or try: The 20-minute Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector ($11.99; at drugstores), which boosts shine and helps smooth hair for up to seven shampoos. Apply the cysteine-based serum (which helps loosen hair bonds that cause frizz) to damp hair and rinse out after 20 minutes. Then comb through a cream containing rice oil to seal the cuticle, the blowdry and flat-iron to style.

Savings: $388

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A Flawless Complexion

You could pay for: One application of long-lasting airbrush makeup, which is put on at a salon in about 45 minutes for roughly $125. A trained makeup artist uses a compressor tool (similar to the kind used to paint cars) to spray on the lightweight, highly pigmented makeup, which is specifically formulated to even out your skin.

Or try: Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup with SPF 20 ($13.99; at Walmart this November), a cream compact foundation that turns into a liquid thanks to its clear liquefying screen on top. Once on your skin, it dries to a powder finish and lasts up to eight hours. What's more, the photochromatic pigments in the foundation adjust to different lighting so your skin always looks radiant.

Savings: $111

Younger-Looking Skin

You could pay for: A targeted light therapy treatment such as IPL (intense pulsed light), which is done in a dermatologist's office to help combat age spots, fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture. You'll spend an average of $300 to $600 a session — and you may need up to three sessions, since the first one may not provide enough of an improvement.

Or try: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector ($44.50; Clinique.com), which claims to give you, after 12 weeks of twice-daily use, 63 percent of the benefits you'd get from a successful laser treatment. Massage three drops of the serum—formulated with skin-firming whey protein, vitamins C and E, and free radical–fighting pomegranate juice extract — onto your face and eye area.

Savings: About $555

Get a Camera-Ready Complexion!

That flawless skin you see on actresses and TV anchors? It's likely had a little help from a makeup artist's secret weapon: primer. “Primers help keep skin hydrated and camouflage fine lines and wrinkles, while providing a smooth canvas for makeup,” says Molly R. Stern, makeup artist for CoverGirl. Until now, however, finding one in a drugstore was difficult. But both CoverGirl and L'Oréal Paris have just introduced new formulas that provide gorgeous results. After smoothing on moisturizer, pump a nickel-size amount on the back of your hand. Gently dab it on spots where makeup fades fast, such as the chin, nose and eyelids. Wait two minutes before applying foundation.

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