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A Quick Tip for Long-Lasting Eyeliner

Does this scene sound familiar?: You spend a few minutes in the morning carefully applying eyeliner, but by the time you get home at night, you’re rocking bare lids. If you’re looking to extend the length of your makeup, look to the formula you’re using. The hard and fast rule is that liquid and gel liners last longer than pencil. […]

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Top 11 Beauty Products I’d Take to a Desert Island

This weekend, as I was spring cleaning, I did a fun experiment (well, fun by beauty editor standards, anyway). I tried to pare my cosmetics down to 10 items. I did it to clear clutter, of course, but also because I think it’s a good way to determine which products are really working for me. Hopefully the 11 (in the end, […]

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How to Apply Foundation

Confused about what exactly to use to apply your base? Powders are pretty straightforward: Use a powder brush. But here’s a good rule of thumb for wetter textures: For less viscous formulas (think: bb or cc creams or tinted moisturizers), take a hands-on approach. For thicker consistencies (say, heavy liquid or cream foundations), opt for a sponge, says Virginia Linzee, a New […]

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The Fastest Way to Minimize a Facial Flush

Squeezing in a quick workout may sound like a great way to utilize your lunch break, but showing up to that midday meeting with a flushed face is not a good look.

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Should You Wear Sunscreen Indoors?

Spring is officially here, and New Yorkers can even expect the temperatures to climb into the 60s this weekend. (Let’s not dwell on the snow flurries predicted for Monday.) Now—with this long, cold winter technically behind us—is the perfect time to answer a burning sun care question: Must you wear sunscreen even when you’re indoors? According to Miami dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd, […]

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Reflections on Real Simple’s Beauty and Balance Weekend

Real Simple hosted its first (hopefully yearly) “Beauty and Balance” weekend this past Saturday through Sunday. The event was held at the Andaz hotel in New York City and included everything from healthy cooking demonstrations, to yoga classes, to—my favorite—beauty treatments (including mini-styling sessions courtesy of the Ricardo Rojas salon, makeovers courtesy of BeneFit cosmetics, and manicures courtesy of Sally Hansen). […]

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How to Lighten Hair That’s Been Dyed Too Dark

If you enthusiastically jumped into the role of at-home colorist, but ended up with a botched dye job, don’t panic. In some cases, hair that’s been dyed too dark can be fixed with a single product everyone should have handy: dish soap.

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Nominate Someone Beautiful

Is there a beautiful woman in your life between the ages of 20-59 who deserves a moment in the spotlight? People magazine is currently running the third annual “Search for Real Beauty at Every Age” campaign, looking for a real woman to be featured in the 25th anniversary of the “100 Most Beautiful” special double issue, which hits newsstands April 27. […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil

As much as I consider myself to be up on the latest beauty trends, I was sadly behind on the whole coconut oil craze (in fact, I first heard about it in the comments section of a blog entry I posted weeks ago—thank you, Real Simple readers!). Anyway, now it’s become one of those things; once you know it exists, […]

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Imagine If Proust Had Known About Jean Naté

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the March 2014 issue of Real Simple.] I mean, maybe I’ve never had a really, really good madeleine, but I find them a bit, shall we say, subtle. How that delicate taste could evoke such a strong reaction in Marcel Proust is beyond me. Or maybe it just substantiates why he […]

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