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Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 10:41 p.m.

Fuller lips

Pucker up, baby. A new lip-plumping injection will soon be available, and some doctors expect it to fatten them better than collagen, long the gold standard for luscious-looking lips.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the lip filler Restylane on Dec. 11, and an FDA advisory panel in November recommended approval of Hylaform, both made from hyaluronic acid.

Restylane is a synthetic substance made from an acid that occurs naturally in humans. It could be available in time to make good on all those resolutions to have full lips in the new year.

An estimated half million people had their lips plumped in 2002, the most recent year for which figures are available, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

A longer-lasting result is one of Restylane's chief benefits. Collagen injections typically last several weeks to a few months, doctors said. Restylane could last as long as a year, according to results in other countries

Results do vary from person to person, however, and the lip-licious effects may not last as long on some as on others.

Doctors typically charge between $300 and $400 per syringe full of collagen. Restylane costs between $500 and $600 - mainly because it lasts longer.

Sprucing up your winter clothes

Woolens and other heavy winter clothes often require special care. Here are some pointers for keeping cold-weather clothes looking their best, from the Soap and Detergent Association:

  • A wrinkle-releasing spray will improve the look of casual winter wear that's become wrinkled in storage. As with any product, read the garment's label first to make sure the spray is safe for the fabric.

  • Freshen dry-cleaned fabrics with a fabric refresher.

  • Sweaters that were stored flat in an airtight container may look limp. Fluff them and remove wrinkles by tumbling them in a clothes dryer on the air-dry setting with a dryer sheet.

  • Clothes that have been stored with mothballs or moth crystals can have a lingering odor.

    To remove it, try hanging the garments outdoors in the shade to air. If that doesn't work, wash the clothes or have them dry cleaned.

  • Wear a neck scarf to protect your coat's collar from perspiration, body oils and hair products.

  • Hang winter coats on padded hangars.

    Best-dressed

    Vogue magazine's list of the year's 25 best-dressed women includes artists, a movie director and even a queen among the usual gang of perfectly turned-out actresses, models and singers.

    Artists Anh Duong and Hope Atherton, sculptor Sally Albemarle, ''Lost in Translation'' director (and Marc Jacobs muse) Sofia Coppola and Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan were singled out in the magazine's January issue for developing signature styles.

    The fashion and beauty industry insiders were represented by Tuleh head designer Amanda Cutter Brooks and Aerin Lauder, vice president of Estee Lauder, as well as second-generation style-setters such as Margherita Missoni, of Italy's Missoni fashion family; China Chow, whose mother, Tina Chow, made frequent ''best-dressed'' list appearances; and Lou Doillon, whose mother, Jane Birkin, is the namesake for Hermes' Birkin bag.

    The famous names on the list are: pop star Beyonce Knowles; actresses Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Chloe Sevigny, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Renee Zellweger, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Milla Jovovich; models Kate Moss, Stella Tennant, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Liya Kebede; and socialite Anne Bass.

    Cosmetic secrets

    Makeup artist Eve Pearl shares the tricks of the trade in ''Plastic Surgery Without the Surgery: The Miracle of Makeup Techniques'' (Warner Books).

    Pearl is the key makeup artist for ABC's ''The View'' and also works with such TV stars as Kelly Ripa of ''Live With Regis and Kelly'' and Constance Marie of ''George Lopez.''

    Using models with widely varying ages, skin tones and features, Pearl shows how concealer, shading and definition of features can take years off a woman's face.

    Pearl focuses on covering up discolorations and emphasizing eyebrows to open up the face, giving step-by-step instructions for a regimen that is much more elaborate than the average woman's routine.

    She also offers advice on saving money on beauty products by making your own at home. Instead of cellulite creams, whose main ingredient is caffeine, Pearl recommends rubbing coffee grounds into areas with cellulite.

    Baking soda mixed with water can be an inexpensive exfoliator, and Pearl advocates lemon juice to cure everything from brittle fingernails to dry skin.

    Leather tips

    If your loved ones were generous enough to buy you a pair of snazzy leather pants, staying slim enough to wear them is only one worry. Leather requires maintenance to keep its form and finish looking good.

    The Leather Apparel Association, a nonprofit group of retailers, manufacturers, tanners, cleaners and suppliers, offers the following advice to make sure your leather garment ages gracefully:

  • Make sure leather goods keep their shape. Use wide or padded hangers to hang leather garments, and keep shoe trees inside of shoes. Leather handbags can keep their shape if you stuff them with tissue.

  • Avoid storage covers that are made of plastic or other non-breathable fabrics; they can dry out the leather.

  • If leather gets wet, allow it to air-dry naturally away from a heat source. To restore flexibility, treat it with a conditioner when it dries.

  • Avoid direct sunlight as well as very humid and very dry environments.

  • Do not use leather preparations that impair its ability to breathe, such as waxes or silicone products.

  • Wear a scarf to keep hair and body oil off the collar, and avoid spraying perfume or hair spray while wearing your leather garment.

  • To remove wrinkles, use an iron on the rayon setting and use heavy brown wrapping paper as a pressing cloth. Quickly iron to prevent overheating and shine.

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