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Your 5 biggest skin probs--solved.

Getting gorgeous skin doesn't have to be trickier than trig. We asked experts to share exactly how to solve your biggest complexion woes. Follow this regimen for two weeks (no cheating!) to reveal new levels of flawlessness.

"Make my skin glow!"

In a dream world, your face would be like an amazing date: never dull. Turns out, sticking to a regular routine is critical for brightness. Every a.m. cleanse, tone and "then treat any issues and protect the skin," says Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica (read: apply gel to zits and then use an SPF-packed moisturizer). Annet also suggests exfoliating twice a week and using a mask weekly (try First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, $22, sephora.com).

"I got zero sleep last night. Help, please."

To quickly fake zzz's, wake up your face by splashing it with ice cold H2O and then applying some cucumber eye cream (toss it in the fridge right before you hit the sheets). "Cucumber oil cools and calms and provides anti-inflammatory action," says Lydia Sarfati, founder of the beauty brand Repechage. That translates into less puffiness. Then dab some concealer on any under-eye luggage and smooth tinted moisturizer on your entire face. All-nighter? Not you....

"I tend to burn easily."

It's time to up your SPF, whether you're accustomed to turning pink in the sun or your skin tans fast. "When skin accumulates color, it represents damage--and the sun is the No. 1 cause of aging," Annet admits. So. Not. Good. Apply at least SPF 15 in the a.m., and then reapply every two hours if you're outside--rain or shine.

If you're oily:

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40, $22, clinique.com

If you're prone to breakouts:

Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Sunblock SPF 55, $10, drugstores

If you're sensitive:

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 55, $9, drugstores

"My face is sooo dry."

To get rid of dryness, turn down the temp on hot showers and skip cleanser in the morning if you washed your face before bed. Steer clear of products that contain alcohol, which'll just dry you out, and instead use a nourishing moisturizer or facial oil. Annet recommends a hydrating mask weekly to replenish lost moisture. Sipping plenty of water also will help.

"I gotta nix the zits."

To clear things up, Annet says to make sure you're lathering with a "soap- and fragrance-free, anti-bacterial cleansing wash." To keep greasies at bay, spritz on an alcohol-free toner (we like Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner, $19, clearstart.com) and apply a moisturizer with SPF. Use spot treatments in the morning and before bed. If your skin doesn't start to improve after a few weeks, check in with a derm.

New ways to up your beauty game

Tried 'n' true taupe shadows and sheer I glosses are everyday faves for a reason: they're no fails on the pretty-meter. But if you're ready to go beyond basic, here are five new trends you've gotta try.

Opt for rocker eyes ... Wild-child liner is taking tonsa forms at the moment. Smudge a nip of navy on the outer corners of your top lids or opt for a super thick cat-eye.

... or super girly lookers. "A sheer wash of pastel color on the eyes screams spring and is both edgy and pretty at the same time," says A-list makeup pro Gita Bass.

Crank your lips to neon citrus. "Orange is such a happy color," Gita tells us. "If neon is too much for you, try a matte version or even a sheer glossy stain."

Stripe up your mani. Inspired by spring's runway looks, lined manis are totally on trend. We love diagonal stripes across your nails--with each heading in a different direction. It's especially perfect if you get bored on day two of having your tips painted.

Illuminate your look. Elevate your less-is-more makeup vibe Chuge right now, BTWI "To create even more glow, mix a few drops of liquid luminizer in with your foundation," Gita spills. Then, dab it on with a makeup sponge. Finish it off with some bronzer on your cheeks and mascara on your lashes. Golden.

DIY your way to awesome lips

Beauty pro Sonia Kashuk shares how to whip up the hottest lip shades of the second. To pull it off, use a lip brush to apply a thin coat of the darker lipstick to your pout. Top it with a layer of the lighter color and smush your lips together to blend. The result is a new hue in no time.

CORAL

Universally flattering, and ideal for when straight orange is overkill.

Pink + red

NYK Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Narcissus, $4, nyxcosmetics.com. Topshop Lips in Mischief, $16, topshop.com.

CARNATION

It doesn't get any more feminine, but this take is more chic than sweet

Bright pink + brown

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color in Pink Pop, $8, drugstores. NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Minimalism, $4, nyxcosmetics.com.

ORCHID

It's the shade of the moment and feels particularly fresh with tan cheeks and a messy braid.

Bright pink + mauve

Sugar Lip Habit Lipstick and Lip Gloss duo in Pink Tease, $10, kohls.com. Vapor Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Possess, $24. vapourbeauty.com.
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