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  • Picking Makeup Colors: What Works and What Doesn't

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    There are a lot of factors that go into choosing makeup shades whether it's determining if you have cool or warm undertones to figuring out which eye shadow hues "go" with your coloring. But celebrity makeup artist, Vincent Longo, wants to make something clear. "When it comes to eye shadows and lip color, women should be free to experiment and have fun. A woman's eye color should not determine what eye shadow hue goes on the eyes."

    So, don't be afraid to mix and match warms and cools, as Longo explains
    : For example: Brown eyes (warm) can look beautiful with blue eye shadow (cool) - as seen on Keri Hilson. Blue eyes (cool) can look great with brown eye shadow (warm). Green eyes (cool/neutral) can look fantastic with topaz eye shadow (warm). Hazel eyes (warm/neutral) can look stunning with purple eye shadow (cool).

    And when in doubt
    : Longo recommends the following universally flattering colors: for the eyes, go with a brown,

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  • The 10 Next Big Ingredients in Beauty

    Source: The 10 Next Big Ingredients in Beauty

    By now, you may already have heard about argan, quercetin, and maracuja. After all, they're three of the hottest skin care and makeup ingredients around these days. But what about the stuff you'll be hearing about in six months or a year's time? We've gathered 10 of the buzzed-about ingredients that are just making their way into products. So get ahead of the game, and start using them before they get trendy (and expensive). To see the contenders for the next rave-worthy ingredient, just keep reading.

    1. Pracaxi oil - This oil of Amazonian extraction has high levels of behenic acid, so it's antiseptic and moisturizing at the same time. It's supposed to help with acne, and it also makes hair more hydrated and shiny. If you're in the market for an inexpensive way to gloss up your hair, you'll find pracaxi in Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter, which hits stores in October. Or you can just order the oil yourself on Amazon and then
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  • Three (Nearly) Effortless Ways to Get Gorgeous Hair When It's Hot

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    Summer is in full swing, and the thermometer has reached new highs, so why spend hours fussing with your hair? There are easy ways to keep your mane in check when it's hot out, so we turned to celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis to find out how.

    Skip the styling tools
    There's no need to use heated styling tools when it's sticky outside. Instead, Francis says to let hair air-dry with a little help from a styling product such as Phyto Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray ($28). "It's a great, fool-proof summer product to use when you just want beautiful, natural texture," he says. "Just spray it into towel-dried hair, from roots to ends, and run a wide-toothed comb through it. Then section off your part and let it air-dry." It's as simple as that.

    Stay frizz-free in humidity Extra moisture in the air can wreak havoc on your hair. So to beat frizz, Francis says not to touch your strands while they're drying.

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  • Ways to Look Better Without Spending a Cent

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    Looking good doesn't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, it doesn't have to cost a thing. There are plenty of ways to look better without spending a single penny. We talked with top dermatologists, hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians to score their secrets for looking your best for the best price of all: free.

    De-puff while you sleep Banishing puffy eyes overnight is as easy as changing the way you sleep. "Elevating your head with pillows while sleeping helps the fluids from gathering around the under-eye area," says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow. Got a few cents to spare? "Cucumbers and cold chamomile tea bags are great, too," she adds.

    Posture, please
    Standing tall can have long-term benefits. "My mother-in-law is 93 years old and has amazing posture," says dermatologist Dr. Kathy Fields, co-creator of Proactiv skin care. "She looks at least 20 to 30 years younger because of it! It's the cheapest tip on earth

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  • 5 Gorgeous Celebrity Looks Explained

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    The secret to great hair and makeup is that there is no secret. You just have to know a few tricks and be able to pick out the right products. We got the scoop on how five stars' stylists and makeup artists created their leading ladies' latest beautiful looks. Whether you love Taylor Swift's eye shadow or you're coveting Lea Michele's hair, we've got the lowdown on getting the look for less (money and effort).





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  • Teeth Whitening: Going to the Dentist vs. DIY

    Source: Teeth Whitening: Going to the Dentist vs. DIY

    "Bleaching [your teeth] is probably one of the most significant changes that you can make," says Beverly Hills-based general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Arthur Glosman. "But whenever you're going to do any type of teeth whitening, it's always best to get some kind of consultation with your dentist first." However, what are the advantages of having your dentist do it as compared to doing it yourself? While both techniques can indeed work and have their advantages, see some reasons you might get better, longer-lasting results from a professional treatment when you read on.

    What at-home bleaching cannot do: Bleaching will not get teeth that are dark-stained white, such as those affected by tetracycline antibiotics. This also includes teeth with cavities on them, or dental bondings that are experiencing leaks and therefore are more apt to decay or stain from coffee, tea, or smoking. "It's always important to get that kind of general

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  • Celebrities Reveal Their Beach Bag Must Haves

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    It might be the first of August, but there is still plenty of beach time to be had - and there are still plenty of summertime beauty products to tote around. Stay tuned tomorrow to see BellaSugar partner Michelle Phan's beach bag must haves revealed, but in the meantime, see what some of your favorite celebrities count as their beach bag essentials.

    • Gwyneth Paltrow : She says that Adara 's travel-size organic coconut oil ($12) is great for use as a moisturizer, gentle makeup remover, and hair conditioner.
    • Rachel Zoe : The stylist's ah-mazing picks include La Prairie Ultra Protection Stick ($65) and Tatcha Blotting Papers ($12).
    • Cindy Crawford : Cindy revealed to PopSugarTV that sunscreen, a good book, a phone, hat, and water are in her beach bag this season.
    • Karolina Kurkova : The model keeps her skin in check with Cosmedix SPF 30 sunscreen.
    • Kim Kardashian : Kim explained that Burt's
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  • The 5 Beauty Myths No One Tells You About

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    There are a lot of common beauty myths people are eager to disprove: drinking water makes your skin more moist, popping pimples makes them go away, etc. But there are some misconceptions that are just as pervasive and don't get nearly as much attention.

    1. You can shrink your pores Nope - you can minimize the look of your pores by exfoliating and keeping them free of debris, but they're going to be the size they are. Astringents can help the skin contract, making them look smaller temporarily, but can't shrink them in the long term.
    2. The cysts on your face are always acne Most people assume their breakout is just that - a breakout. In reality, though, there are many other common skin conditions that look similar. People often try to treat bumps from rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and skin allergies using acne products, which can just end up irritating skin more.
    3. Tanning keeps your skin clear This is deceptive; it
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  • 5 Blushes That Make You Look Like You Just Got Some

    Source: 5 Blushes That Make You Look Like You Just Got Some

    Vasocongestion, aka the sex flush, is an increase in blood flow that occurs throughout the body as a result of becoming sexually aroused. But you don't have to slip under the sheets to get that unique glow. There are easy ways to fake it, and no one else will be the wiser.

    Most famously, Nars Orgasm blush ($27) mimics a heady postcoital glow, but there are plenty of other options out there these days, no matter your undertones or budget. So say "oh, yes" to yourself with these five takes on the faux big O.




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  • 5 of the Worst Beauty Tips Ever

    Source: 5 of the Worst Beauty Tips Ever

    There are lots of great tips for looking your best out there, but there are also some downright terrible ones. Most aren't bad enough to do real damage, but a few are so epically horrible that they're both hilarious and very, very scary. Behold! Five of the very worst beauty tips in all of history. They're jaw-droppingly awful, so to see them in all their infamy, just keep reading.

    1. The original 1891 White House Cookbook is full of all kinds of cool facts about hosting state dinners and presidential favorite foods, but it also has recommendations on the best products to make for your "toilet." To remove freckles, the White House told young people across the country that: "The following lotion is highly recommended: One ounce of lemon juice, a quarter of a drachm of powdered borax, and half a drachm of sugar; mix in a bottle, and allow them to stand a few days, when the liquor should be rubbed occasionally on the hands and face."
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