Even the hottest A-listers have flaws: not-so-small noses, monster zits, thin lips, you name it. Who makes it all less noticeable? Their makeup artists, of course. The most talented of their kind spill their secrets, so you can fake perfection too.
By Jessica White
Bigger, Sexier Eyes
First, reach for liner. Skip black - like an LBD, it narrows your shape - and use a colored one to define your top lash line, says celebrity makeup artist Carmindy. (Blues and greens not your thing? Reach for slate, which looks awesome on everyone.) Now, swipe a shimmery white shadow onto your inner corners in a sideways V shape to catch light, which widens eyes. Finally, make your eyelash curler your BFF. Crimping the top lash line angles hairs so tips are closer to your brows, expanding the entire eye area. Immediately lock in the curve with two coats of lengthening mascara. Try: Wet n Wild Idol Eyes, $2 each
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Plush, Pillowy Lips
Grab a colorless lip balm with
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Fashion – Tue, Mar 1, 2011 6:36 PM EST
Even the hottest A-listers have flaws: not-so-small noses, monster zits, thin lips, you name it. Who makes it all less noticeable? Their makeup artists, of course. The most talented of their kind spill their secrets, so you can fake perfection too.Read More »from 7 Fix-Anything Beauty Tricks To Steal From Celebrity Makeup Artists
- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Mar 1, 2011 5:51 PM EST
Take a smooch to the next level by planting one on him in these hot spots around the U.S.Read More »from The 50 Best Places To Kiss A Guy All Across America
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Alabama On the sugar-white sands at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores. After locking lips, the two of you can fish, play a round of golf, grill, camp, or rent a cozy cabin to spend the night in.
Next to a towering spruce tree in Sitka National Historic Park, which is situated on an island with rain forests and native-carved totem poles. The trails looping across Indian River are perfect for, ahem, getting close.
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At a window table with a view of Camelback Mountain at T. Cook's, the swanky Mediterranean restaurant at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix-a place so geared toward love, they have a "director of romance," who offers couples astrology readings and scatters rose petals on your bed.
On the porch of the elegant Crescent Hotel and Spa, which dates back to 1886. This supposedly haunted
- Cosmopolitan.com | Work + Money – Mon, Feb 28, 2011 5:45 PM EST
Bonding with people doesn't just feel good-it also helps you get what you want in life. We recruited Ori Brafman, coauthor of Click: The Magic of Instant Connections, to share the secrets to making it happen. By Korin Miller
Here's the real deal: You may be talented and charming, but it's the ability to click with anyone - your boss, that hottie, new friends - who can ultimately land you the promotion, a date, and strong BFF bonds.
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"Instant connections are very powerful," says Ori Brafman, coauthor of Click. "In fact, studies show relationships that start this way can be even better and more meaningful than those that form at a slower pace because they feel like they were meant to be." That's why learning how to forge that simpatico thing with someone is an extremely profitable skill.
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After reviewing years of research on what unites people, Brafman says that initiating chemistry isRead More »from 3 Secret Ways to Click with Anyone To Get Anything You Want
- Cosmopolitan.com | Fashion – Mon, Feb 28, 2011 5:32 PM EST
The super-fashionable Michelle Obama is known for wearing surprisingly affordable duds, from a J. Crew number on Jay Leno to an H&M (yes, really) dress on The Today Show. But it's about a whole lot more than just where she shops. Her status as a style icon has a lot to do with four little fashion tricks. We got Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon and former editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, to share those look-sexy secrets.
By Gabrielle Frank
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Even if you and your man don't fight quite that intensely, it's never a bad idea to have some tricks handy for taking a blow-out down a notch. Jennifer Baker, PhD, offers a few tips to cool things down.
By Bethany Heitman
The Jersey Shore's Ronnie and Sammi have had some pretty nasty arguments over the past couple of seasons. And recently, they've gotten worse than usual-we're talking brutal name calling and trashing each other's stuff. Clearly, the explosive duo could use some cool-down tips.
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And let's be real, even if you and your man don't fight quite that intensely, it's never a bad idea to have some tricks handy for taking a blow-out down a notch.
Fights do happen between even the coolest couples. Jennifer Baker, PhD, offers a few moves that'll put the breaks on when you're really going at it.
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Fashion – Fri, Feb 25, 2011 6:20 PM EST
Hi! I'm Amri Kibbler, Cosmo's Senior Fashion Market Editor. No I didn't just have a big lunch before this photo. I'm five months pregnant. I'm at that awkward stage where most of my pants are too tight, but it's not super clear if I'm pregnant or just gained a few, so I want to be careful of what I wear.
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I'm challenging myself to keep to my style and not fall victim to preggy frumpy style…without spending a lot of cash. Let's see how I do.
This photo was taken during New York Fashion Week, when everyone is checking each other out at the shows and you want to look good at all times. Pulling it together is hard enough normally-when you know your wardrobe and what works for your body. Doing it when you're pregnant is twice as hard. Stick a small pillow under you shirt and reassess your wardrobe, you'll see what I mean.
You wouldn't put a Steal My Stuff! sign on your front door, but you may be sending criminals a similar message by saying too much on Facebook or Twitter. Follow our rules and you'll lower the odds of being the victim of a break-in.
By Kimberly Goad
Keri McMullen was stoked. It was a Saturday in late March, and that morning, the 33-year-old had completed a 10K race. To celebrate, she and her fiancé, Kurt, and four of their friends were going to see the Fire Department Band, a local group, play at the Phoenix Hill Tavern in Louisville, Kentucky, about 10 minutes from the house Keri and Kurt were leasing.
Just before 6 p.m., Keri logged on to Facebook and posted a typical status update: "Heading to the Hill with Kurt...to see Fire Department." About two-and-a-half hours later, the couple was having a great time listening to music at the bar. Meanwhile, two men wearing hooded sweatshirts were burglarizing their house.
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Want to know why even the tiniest-on-top A-listers always have a perfectly propped-up pair? They live by these tips!Read More »from Get Sexy Celebrity Cleavage in 5 Easy Steps
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1. To copy Evangeline Lilly's sexy set, Meredith Baraf, celebrity makeup artist for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, suggests putting on your best push-up bra (it sets your boobs in the perfect position), and grabbing a soft powder brush plus two bronzers - one that's darker than your skin, another that's lighter and shimmery.
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2. Starting where your bra strap meets the cup, sweep the dark bronzer along the highest points of one natural curve, then down the inner edge of your cleavage. Repeat on the other side. The crescent shape defines your pair so they look rounder and voluptuous.
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3. Now brush the light bronzer down the middle of your cleavage. The shade will catch light and create depth in your
When Sandra Bullock's marriage famously imploded last year, shortly after she picked up the Academy Award for Best Actress, we started to think the "Oscar curse" might really exist.By Zoë Ruderman
After all, it happened to Reese Witherspoon (who won in 2005 and divorced Ryan Phillipe the following year), Halle Berry (won in 2001 and split from Eric Benet in 2003), Hilary Swank (won in 2004 and ended her marriage to Chad Lowe in 2005), and many others who'd walked away with a statue.
And recently researchers at the University of Toronto found that the curse is for real. They looked at all of the Best Actress winners from 1936 till now and found that they're 1.68 times more likely to divorce as actresses who were nominated, but didn't win. The men who got the Oscar for Best Actor, however, weren't found to have a higher rate of relationship demise following their big win.Read More »from Is Your Job Sabotaging Your Relationship?
- Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 24, 2011 5:25 PM EST
From a new morning after option to the condom mistake that can get you knocked up to the soon-to-be tested birth control pill for guys, check out the latest info about keeping yourself baby-free.Read More »from 9 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Birth Control
By Yelena Shuster
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You're Now Protected for Up to 5 Days After Unsafe Sex The FDA approved a new emergency contraception pill last year, called ella, that offers five days of post-sex pregnancy prevention. Expect ella in drugstores already, but here's the catch: It's prescription only. If you don't have health insurance or access to a doctor who can write you an Rx, hit a pharmacy for Plan B, the other morning after option that is effective for three days after unsafe sex. Plan B is available without a prescription (though you have to ask for it at the counter).
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Being Careless with Contraception Results in Close to Half of All Unplanned Pregnancies Skipping a few Pills in a row. Not putting on the condom until