Highlights are bright and contours are dark. Use bronzer or darker eyeshadows (in the crease) to create depth or contour, and use illuminators, highlighting pencils, etc. to brighten up the face for the highlight areas. It will make a huge difference!
I cannot rave about Elf products enough. By far the cheapest makeup, but it's seriously all high quality, gorgeous, and long-lasting. These are some of their most popular products. My fave out of the bunch is the eyebrow kit.
Lace Headband Braid Separate hair into two parts: first two inches at forehead from ear to ear and put everything else in a ponytail. Basically braid across the crown, but only add hair from the front (Easy Hair)