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  • Banish Under-Eye Circles in 3 Quick Steps

    Source: Banish Under-Eye Circles in 3 Quick Steps

    Just as there are tricks for concealing pimples without making it look too obvious, there are ways to hide under-eye circles sans the cakey, flakey effects. The biggest mistake many women make is trying to hide too much, explains What Not to Wear's Carmindy. "I see women put on so much concealer," she says. "It settles into those fine lines and wrinkles, and lines end up looking worse than if they just left well enough alone." But how do you use that concealer to your advantage?

    • Prime time: Start off with an illuminizing face primer to reflect light all over.
    • Lay your foundation: Next, lightly buff foundation onto your skin, making sure that you carry it all the way up to underneath your eyelids. "It can even be a tinted moisturizer, just so you have a little bit of coverage to start. That way you're going to need less concealer," she explains.
    • Add concealer: Now it's time to conceal with a radiance-boosting product. "Look
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  • Ingredient to Watch: Pumpkin

    Source: Ingredient to Watch: Pumpkin

    When you arrange to carve your Halloween jack-o'-lantern this month, don't you dare throw away the pulp! Pumpkin is one skin-enhancing ingredient you can find in the produce aisle and in your skin care products - and its beauty benefits are legend. See why you'll want to eat it and wear it after the jump.

    What is pumpkin?
    Pumpkin pie, pumpkin patch hay rides, pumpkin seeds . . . the list of seasonal delights goes on. This squash has its historical roots in Mexico and is most known for its role in Thanksgiving dinner. As with the tomato, some people think pumpkin is a vegetable. But because it contains seeds, it's technically a fruit.
    The beauty benefits:
    Aside from its culinary delights, pumpkin carries alpha-hydroxy acids that help exfoliate the skin. Vitamins A, C, and beta carotene are antioxidants that help protect skin from damage. Nibbling pumpkin seeds can provide you with zinc, which promotes collagen production. So eat up!
    The products:

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  • What We're Sweet On: A Polish-and-Peel Duo

    Source: What We're Sweet On: A Polish-and-Peel Duo

    If there's one skin care myth we'd like to bust, it's this: in order for a skin care regimen to work well, it has to be long and involved. So not the case when a product like Algenist's Triple-Action Micropolish and Peel ($75) comes along. This at-home peel does double duty when it comes to your skin. You apply it as an exfoliant and massage it into your skin, then leave it to dry as a mask. Using fruit enzymes and micro-crystals, his polish/peel buffs away dead cells and promotes healthy growth, leaving you with instantly smoother and more radiant skin. It's like a minifacial in a bottle. And since you only need to use a pea-sized bit of polish once or twice a week, that bottle should last a long time. Pair it with your favorite sunscreen, and you'll be showing good face all season long.


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  • What We're Sweet On: A Lip Gloss that Doesn't Skimp on Color

    Source: What We're Sweet On: A Lip Gloss That Doesn't Skimp on Color

    Have you ever had a lip gloss that appears pigmented in the tube but disappears on the lips? That problem will be a thing of the past with Becca's Ultimate Colour Gloss ($24). Each shade settles into a bright hue that's just sheer enough for a daytime look. The base color is evident after only one coat, even on darker skin tones. With hydrating vitamin E, it feels more like ChapStick than makeup - which is great for bold-lip newbies. Could this be the perfect marriage of stain and gloss? Signs point to yes.Have you ever had a lip gloss that appears pigmented in the tube but disappears on the lips?

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  • The 3 Products You Need to Get a Radiant Makeup Look

    Source: The 3 Products You Need to Get a Radiant Makeup Look

    Wearing a navy Oscar de la Renta gown, Amy Adams attended the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards last night looking as radiant as ever in a peaches and cream makeup palette. Celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto complemented the actress's coloring with warm pink cheeks and lips. But it was Amy's gorgeous glow that put her in the spotlight. Uncover the three items you need to achieve her lit-from-within style when you read more.

    • A wet sponge: To start, Sollitto used Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation ($38) with a wet sponge. "This dilutes it, and puts a light blanket so the skin looks healthy," he says.
    • A deeper shade of blush: "I often like two different colors on the cheeks," explains Sollitto. For the deeper shade, he chose Jouer's Blush in Rose ($24) to accent the shadow of her cheekbones.
    • A softer shade of blush: Sollitto next used a soft pale pink from the apples to the nose so that the blush colors
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  • Minute Makeover: How to Look Awake in No Time

    Source: Minute Makeover: How to Look Awake in No Time

    Sometimes it takes more than a strong cup of coffee to make you look like you got your eight hours the night before. Puffy eyes, sallow skin, and droopy lids are all signs of a less-than-restful night. Luckily, there are some sly tips and tricks for helping you look on your A-game. And the best part is, they only take a minute.

    • Curl your eyelashes and add a coat of mascara. The lift will help your eyes look more open and awake instantly.
    • Dab some concealer under your eyes to mask dark circles. Focus an orange-tinted concealer from the inner corner of your eye to the middle of your iris for the most natural coverage.
    • Line the inner rim of your eye with a white liner. This will make the whites of your eyes look larger, which will make you look more awake.
    • Sallow skin is a giveaway of the sleep-deprived. Swipe bronzer along your hairline, from the tops of your ears to the bottom of your lips, and along your jawline. Finish
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  • 5 Steps to Covering a Pimple, with Tips from Carmindy

    Source: 5 Steps to Covering a Pimple, With Tips From Carmindy

    Breakouts: everybody gets them at some point or another. And while it may seem like the world is zeroing in on your spots, celebrity makeup artist Carmindy (who has recently partnered with Abreva) urges you to think otherwise. "First and foremost, you want to just take a deep breath and relax, and realize that nobody sees your pimples as much as you are," she says. "Pimples can be a real confidence killer, but they don't have to be." Five steps for concealing acne with confidence when you read more.

    • Treat: "First of all, you want to get yourself a salicylic acid [treatment] or even a salicylic-glycolic acid combination," Carmindy advises. What this does is help dry out the pimple and assist in clearing the complexion.
    • Prep: Apply moisturizer and primer as usual, but avoid putting them directly on your pimple(s) in order to keep your impending makeup from slipping off. Tip: dab a clean cotton swab over the pimple to
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  • 6 Beauty Essentials to Keep in Your Bag This Fall

    Source: 6 Beauty Essentials to Keep in Your Bag This Fall

    For Hair

    • Conditioner: If you only buy one hair product this season, conditioner is it. Because strands often suffer from moisture loss during Fall, opt to cleanse with a conditioner at least once a week for a gentler wash. You can also use a little bit of product as a leave-in from midshaft to ends. So long, frizz.
    For Body

    • Solid perfume: Don't let your favorite fragrance get carried away by the heavy wind this season. Try a highly concentrated solid perfume instead for a hint of moisture and a whole lot of scent.
    • Vaseline: Petroleum jelly is a natural moisturizer that will help heal your driest areas. Lips, hands, elbows, knees, cuticles, and heels can all benefit from the added hydration.
    For Face

    • Foundation: Bring out the heavier foundation for the colder months to give your skin the added protection and coverage it craves. Also, plan to keep face powder nearby to maintain the matte makeup look that's
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  • 9 Reasons You Don't Have the Nails You Want

    Source: 9 Reasons You Don't Have the Nails You Want

    Your hands can reveal a lot about you, from a nervous disposition to even medical ailments. It's time to stop hiding your nails from the world, though. Grow longer, stronger nails with these nine talon-saving tips.

    1. You Bite
    You've been a busy beaver chomping on your tips. Not only does nail-biting (aka onychophagia) hinder growth, but it can facilitate the spread of infections and harm your teeth. Especially avoid ripping off hangnails with your mouth; soften the skin with moisturizer and clip carefully instead.
    2. You Skip Cuticle Care Hydrating your nail bed is crucial for achieving long, shiny nails. Moisturize the cuticle with oil and lotion often. Also when you visit the salon, skip cuticle cutting and opt for a gentle push-back instead.
    3. You Overwork Your Tips
    Filing and buffing can leave you with jagged, peeling ends if you do it the wrong way. Use a fine-grit emery board to shape your nails, sweeping in one direction on

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  • 5 Things You Need to Know to Care for Curly Hair This Fall

    Source: 5 Things You Need to Know to Care For Curly Hair This Fall

    Curly hair constantly craves moisture, and when the temperature drops, hydration can be hard to come by. Don't allow your kinks and coils to suffer, though. Heed these five tips to maintain the best curls possible - no matter what Fall blows your way. Get seasonal styling advice when you read more.

    1. Conditioner is still your best friend:
    The biting Fall air has trouble holding moisture, and therefore wants to steal hydration from your scalp and strands. Keep your hair as hydrated as possible by co-washing (that's conditioning in lieu of shampooing) over using clarifying shampoos. Increase the frequency and length of your deep conditioning regimen, as well. After applying your heavy-duty hydrator, cover hair with a plastic cap and towel for at least 30 minutes to lock in heat (or you can use an electric steamer or conditioning cap).
    2. Your ends are under attack:
    The fragile ends of hair are the most susceptible to

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