Sexing up your look takes more than a red lip stain and tousled hair (but that's a good place to start). It also takes restraint, grace, and the ineffable ability to make it look like you didn't fuss for hours over every last detail. In that spirit, we offer you our favorite sexy new looks that actually only take about 30 seconds to create.
1. Natural Moisturized Lips
Sex kittens the world over swear by this one: Apply a lipstick that matches your natural lip color, then make your mouth superglossy by coating it in clear balm or gloss. (We love Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15.)
2. Glowing Skin
If you're wearing anything cut up to here or down to there, you can't neglect your arms, decolleté, and legs. A good body lube, like Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil, will make the skin look smooth, dewy, and that most tantalizing of adjectives, supple.
3. Orange-Red Lips
Every woman is a mere two lipstick swipes away from sexpot. The key is getting the shade right—too red spells harlot, too orange is plain ugs. Try mixing shades, like makeup artists did to create the perfect shade at the spring 2010 Prada show: a little bit of Make Up For Ever Lacquered Lipstick in Fluorescent Orange blended with Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour in Truly Red. (OrM.A.C. Lipstick in Lady Danger will get you there in a single swipe.)
4. Metallic Lids
It takes a certain kind of woman—specifically, the smoking hot kind—to get away with eyelids dripping in rich gold shadow. Don't wimp out with safe bronze or pale copper—try pure gold, likeBenefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Busy Signal, smeared on from the lashes to the crease.
5. Warm Cheeks
Nothing says corn-fed, golly-gee sweetness like naturally blushing cheeks. And since you can absolutely fake that kind of Lolita glow, there's rosy cream blush. Rub it on the apples of your cheeks and let the hair twirling begin. (Our favorite: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pink Truffle.)
6. Light Pink Lips
You can keep biting your lips for hours, or you can do it the easy way. Apply a light—almost peony—pink lipstick and blot it slightly so it looks more natural. L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Pink Lady is the perfect demure shade.
7. Lived-in Eyeliner
Smoky eyeliner always makes the sexy list for two reasons: 1) It makes people think of sex and 2) we forget the second one. The trick is to take a black pencil, cream liner, and powder shadow and go to town around the eyes—trace the lashes with the pencil and cream liner, smudge the lines gently with a brush or cotton swab, and then swipe black cream and powder shadows from the lids to the crease, brusquely blending as you go.
In the interest of full disclosure, this does take more than 30 seconds, but not much. And once you have winged eyeliner in place, no one will notice your other makeup anyway. Line the top and bottom lashes with black liquid liner, then flip the upper line out slightly at the outer corners (a credit card is good for making the wing straight). Try Shiseido The Makeup Fine Eyeliner.
10. Violet Eyes
Your neutral greige shadow will not exactly leave the opposite sex panting. Kick up the intrigue level with a shimmery purple shade applied from the lash line to the crease, then line the upper lid with deep violet liquid liner—a look inspired by one of the sexiest shows we've seen to date, Versace spring 2010. (We love Sonia Kashuk Enhance Eye Shadow in Purple Velvetand Almay Intense i-Color Liquid Liner in Purple Amethyst.)