One of my little indulgences before a night out is to nip into my nearest Mac store and have my make-up done. It's a lot cheaper than a new outfit and – hopefully – you look so gorgeous that no-one notices you're wearing that same old dress again.
The whole thing only takes an hour – and if you buy £20 of products, the service is entirely free. The make-up artist tells you how recreate the look yourself, so you don't have to keep going back. And if you don't like it, it's not like a haircut – you can just take it off.
As you might imagine, they're pretty busy in the lead-up to Christmas, so if you can't get an appointment for the full make-over ask them to do just your eyes.
(I always think eyes are the hardest part anyway, and in under 10 minutes you will be amazed at the transformation.)
Also, don't be put off by the Mac girls' own make-up. Although it can be pretty over the top, they're all fully trained and have no problems doing the natural look.
Mac have over 40 stores in the UK and Ireland, so visit their website and hopefully you'll find one near you.