Photo By: Getty ImagesThis month, we're applying ELLE's Make Better mantra to our love lives. Writer Catherine Townsend reveals practical pointers for building happier, healthier relationships.
We've all been here before: We start the year with the best of intentions to lose weight, save money, or stop drinking, only to start February on the couch with champagne and cupcakes. Resolving to improve our relationships in little ways, however, is more realistic than we think. Below are 25 of them-whether we're single, dating, or deeply committed.
1. Apply CEO logic to your relationship. Mega-successful people don't dwell on their failures; they treat them as learning opportunities. Think: What if that bad breakup was the best thing that ever happened to you?
2. Shut the bathroom door. You can't maintain sexy mystique if he can see hair remover on the sink or talk to you while you are on the toilet.
3. Go to your girlfriends instead of your man to vent. For women, talking about problems releases
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Keri BlairMAC Cosmetics Senior Makeup Artist Keri Blair grew up in a farm town in Maryland, but her unlikely punk-rocker aesthetic was influenced by British pop bands, Cyndi Lauper, and even candy. Because the idea of making a living as a makeup artist seemed remote ("Too enjoyable to feel like a bona fide career" she said), her initial foray into beauty was studying chemistry to create her own hair-dye colors. Blair began working in video, doing lighting and sound, before meeting a makeup artist who inspired her to forge a cosmetics career. ELLE.com caught up with Blair to discuss All Hallow's Eve beauty, including her best tips on how to create a bespoke gothic lipstick (and make it utterly portable), the best retro reds, and how to turn eye-shadow into a super-scary mask.
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