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The Best Way to Put on Mascara

I often get asked how to avoid a clumpy mascara application. I just saw a new trick (which, after nearly 20 years in the industry is really saying something): Swipe the formula on your arm hairs first! Yes, it is a small mess (though nothing that a makeup wipe can’t fix), but this removes excess makeup from the brush so […]

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Is Your Nail Polish Expired?

Notice your nail color isn’t as shiny and bright as it used to be? There’s a good chance that your polish is expired, which can happen over time. If a simple shake of your nail polish doesn’t solve discoloration and color separation, it’s probably time to toss the bottle. Says John McCook, a cosmetics chemist and the CEO of Discovery […]

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Multicultural Makeup and More

When I met with the founders of Doobop.com—Jodie Patterson and Benjamin Bernet—I was struck by how different they were. Female and male; French and American; dark skinned and light skinned, respectively. However, as we all know, beauty is more than skin (and hair!) deep. “We are not so different, Jodie and me,” Bernet told me in his tres charming French accent. […]

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Do You Have Combination Skin?


You may have noticed how many beauty brands have started labeling products “for combination skin.” So what does that mean, and how do you know if those products are right for you? Unless your face is constantly shiny or perpetually parched, chances are you have combination skin, says Real Simple Beauty Assistant Jenny Jin. One quick way to test if […]

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The Best Nude Shades for Eyes

In our December 2013 issue (currently on newsstands), we featured the winners of our Makeup Palette Road Test. Unfortunately, one palette was not available at the time we were testing: Urban Decay’s Naked3 ($52 at Sephora and Ulta). But it is now, and I feel it merits a spot in the Palette Hall of Fame. Let’s call it a winner in the […]

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A Beauty Gift for Your Friend Who Lives for Facials

Usually, I’d wait until after Thanksgiving to even mention the December holidays, but seeing as stores are already trotting out their good deals, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this great beauty gift should you be inclined to start shopping early. Glamglow’s Gift Sexy Box (available exclusively at Sephora for $69 while supplies last) not only contains two awesomely […]

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What’s the Difference Between a BB, a CC, and a Tinted Moisturizer?

Here’s a question people have been asking me just about daily since the introduction of the now-famous “alphabet” creams (as in, BBs, CCs, and even DDs): How are they different from tinted moisturizer? If you polled a dozen different beauty editors, you’d get a dozen different answers. In my opinion, the answer is (and it’s one that I’ve heard echoed […]

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A Perfume for a Good Cause

Describing fragrances has been the bane of my beauty editor existence for years. How can I possibly relate to you what something smells like when it contains a blend of eight million notes (fragrance-eeze for specific aromas, such as “rose,” “jasmine,” or my favorite unknowable, “labdanum”)? It would be much easier if I could just give you the actual recipe for […]

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A Simple Way to Enhance Your Moisturizer

Looking for a way to give your moisturizer a little more oomph? Try a drop of oil. Adding drop or two of grapeseed or coconut oil into your daily moisturizer will help boost hydration without clogging pores, says Jasmina Aganovic, an MIT-trained chemist and the CEO of Bona Clara, an all natural skincare and wellness company based in Boston. If […]

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How to Get Lipstick Off of Skin

If someone’s ever planted their pucker on your cheek with freshly-applied lipstick (hello, Aunt Bea!), or if you’ve been a little bit too overzealous with your Halloween makeup, you can understand how difficult wiping away a heavy lipstick stain can be. The next time you’re in a crunch and don’t have any makeup remover handy, try this trick. Dissolve the […]

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