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  • 4 Trends to Try Before Summer's End

    Summer's flying by, and before you know it we'll be wrapped in our favorite knits wearing our signature smoky eye once again. Before you go back to your staple makeup and enjoy humidity-free nights, take advantage of one of these hot makeup trends for summer.

    Bright Eyes

    Bright shades are in this summer. Expect to see lots of greens, blues, and purples on lids, says Landy Dean, a New York-based makeup artist. Use bright eyeliner paired with a matching eye shadow like Jessica Alba's teal version. Skip the mascara and lower lash liner for a more modern vibe. Just make sure you go easy on the rest of your face for a look that will really pop.

    Try LA Splash Diamond Dust in Rich for a cool, edgy color for your eyes.




    Vibrant Lips

    Match your lipstick shade to your skin tone this summer (unless you happen to be suffering from a bad sunburn!). Dean says those who have golden skin tones should wear an orange-red shade and those with neutral tones should opt for a classic red in a semimatte,

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  • 4 Ways to Style Fine Hair

    Fine hair is a tricky subject: it looks simple compared to curly hair, but it has its own set of uphill battles that it needs to fight: limp and lifeless in the summer, static-y in the winter, and product precaution since too much can weigh it down. Using fine-haired celeb Kate Bosworth as our example, here are four different ways to style your baby-fine locks.

    Straight and Shiny
    For sleek, glossy locks, start in the shower with a volumizing shampoo and a lightweight conditioner (apply it from your ears down). Then, mist damp hair with a root-lifting spray and blow-dry using a paddle brush.
    Try Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo and Conditoner, $4 each; walmart.com



    Chic Updo

    Bosworth's red-carpet bun would look gorge at a fancy event like a wedding. For a similar effect, backcomb the crown for volume, then make a deep side part and pull hair into a low ponytail. Twist the pony into a smooth bun and secure with hairpins. Mist with hair spray for hold.
    Try Pantene Fine Hair

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  • How to Cover Up Your Acne and Rosacea

    If you have acne or rosacea, the last thing you want to do is make it worse, but it can be difficult to leave the house without a lick of makeup on, especially if you're feeling self conscious about your skin situation. We chatted with Collier Strong, makeup expert and beauty consultant for Project Runway on the best ways to cover up redness and skin irritation, and products to use so you don't end up irritating your skin more.

    RB: Is it okay to wear makeup if you've been diagnosed with rosacea?

    CS: As long as your dermatologist clears you, depending on the severity of your condition, you can absolutely wear makeup. I always recommend having an emergency kit of your go-to products with you at all times in case a flare-up occurs.

    RB: What are some things that can help cover up rosacea?

    CS: Color correctors can make a big difference by helping to neutralize the redness in the skin. They go on sheer and can be used before applying the rest of your makeup. Using a

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  • To Peel or Not to Peel...and Other Skin Care Questions

    When it comes to skin care, there are a million treatments, peels, routines, and regimes you could follow. So how do you know which one is right for you? We've tapped into our skin care expert Dr. Eric Schweiger, M.D. to have him set the record straight on our saving face issues.

    Q: I have a big event coming up, and I want smooth, flawless skin. How long beforehand should I get a peel?

    A:In general, I recommend giving it a week between a vigorous facial with extractions and a big event such as a wedding. Peels come in many different strengths. For a superficial peel (such as low-percentage glycolic), sometimes one to three days recovery is enough. But for a stronger peel like TCA, you should give your face at least three to four weeks to recover.



    Q: Is it possible to shrink my pores with skin-care products?

    A: I have many patients that ask this question, and while it is possible to shrink or diminish your pores, results are quite variable. The best treatment is probably the Fraxel

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  • 5 Tips for Growing Out Your Hair

    Have you ever mustered up the courage to chop your hair short only to...eek!...realize that you want it long again?

    Funny how the grow-out process always takes so...darn...long. Well, while there isn't a secret product that will actually speed up the process, there are a few hair helpers that couldn't hurt.

    Plus, don't miss the 50 best hairstyle secrets, including hair coloring tips, healthy hair tricks, and other ideas to get your out of a hair rut




    Tip #1: Give Your Scalp Some TLC

    Give yourself at-home scalp massages, says L.A. stylist Philip B. They stimulate the blood flow to your scalp, which helps nutrients get to your hair follicles more quickly. While washing your hair, massage the scalp with your fingertips, starting at the back of the neck and moving around the hairline. Related: Oily Scalp but Dry Roots? The Easy Fix





    Tip #2: Load Up on Vitamins

    UCLA dermatologist Harold Lancer suggests taking an over-the-counter vitamin every day that contains antioxidant blends and

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  • Why the People You Love Keep You Up at Night and How to Fix It

    You love your baby/husband/job/etc. but more often than not, they're the ones to blame for your sleepless nights. Here, we tell you the reasons they keep you up at night, and what you can do to get your shuteye back on track.

    Sleep Stealer: Your Baby

    She may be adorable, but she's sure one heck of a sleep sucker. "New moms have a predisposition to fragile sleep that's heightened by shifts in estrogen levels in the months after delivery," says sleep specialist Anne Remmes, M.D., a neurologist at Columbia University Headache Center in New York City. "If you've got a newborn, one way to sneak in a little extra sleep is to take a nap whenever the baby does."

    Also, try gradually decreasing your child's daytime feedings: Babies who eat more frequently during the day will want to be on the same schedule at night. "If your child is sleeping well, and you're still not getting good rest, it might be caused by the disorganized sleep-wake cycle that often follows pregnancy," she says. Your body

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  • 5 Key Rules to Getting Your Makeup to Stay Put in the Heat

    The magazines make summer makeup look so easy -the pictures show models wearing beautiful eye shadow colors and smear-free lipstick, sans sweat beads or running mascara. Unfortunately, not all our of summer soirees take place indoors in the coolness of an air-conditioned room. Being outside in the sweltering heat definitely gives our makeup routines a run for their money, but with these five key rules, you'll be able to keep a matter finish all day long.

    Don't Fight the Elements
    "Loading up on powder can make you look cakey as the heat takes its toll," says Victoria's Secret makeup artist Meredith Baraf. "Instead, make the glow work for you. Use a tinted moisturizer, powder your T-zone a bit, and put some blotting papers in your bag for the day. I love using cream blush and bronzer in the summer too to keep your skin looking healthy and natural. A little goes a long way in the heat."

    Become a Minimalist
    When battling the heat of summer, it's never too soon to adopt the "less is more"

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  • Amazingly Bad Celebrity Hairstyles

    There are many high moments in a celebrity's hair and makeup life. After all, how hard could it be when you have a team of stylists primping you 24/7, right? Wrong. Even celebs get caught in a bad hair moment and unlike us, who can hide in our cubicle or put a hat on, they have to have their picture taken and spread to the masses. Check out some of the most recent amazingly bad celeb hairdos that will have you wondering "what were they thinking?"

    Related: Get More (Good) Celebrity Hair Inspiration


    Christina Aguilera

    Xtina has sported a lot of questionable hairstyles over the years - from multicolored highlights to crazy cornrows - but her current bleached-blond bob loses major points for lack of originality since it's pretty much a rip-off of Lady Gaga's signature style. And just like lace face masks and circle lenses, there are certain things only Gaga can get away with.

    Related: Get Hair Like a Celeb


    Britney Spears

    Technically, Brit-Brit's worst hair moment of all time was when she

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  • Back to Basics: 3 Moves to Tone Your Legs

    There are a slew of complicated leg-toning moves out there that can be more difficult to follow than the plot of an indie film. Ditch the complexities and go back to basics with these three moves that tone your hips, saddlebags, and glutes. Related: Work Out While You Cool Down

    Sumo Crab Walk

    Works: Inner thighs and glutes
    Need: Room to walk
    Directions:

    1. Get into a sumo wrestling stance: your feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out, and knees extended over the toes.
    2. Keep your back straight, chest out, and abs tight throughout this move.
    3. In this almost-sitting position, take a step forward, one foot at a time, and advance as far as you can go in the space you are in; then turn around and walk back to your starting position.
    4. Do 20 steps total or until you feel the burn in your legs.
    Related: Exercise Plans for Commercial Breaks


    Leg Balancer
    Works: Inner and outer thighs
    Need: A bench, flat chair, or countertop
    Directions:

    1. Stand straight and place

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  • Editor's Picks: 4 Products We Swoon for This Summer

    As the life of a beauty editor goes, we see our fair share of products. After awhile, our brain gets so beauty overloaded we can't remember if we just tested a lipstick or a shampoo (maybe that's why our mouth tastes a little soapy...). But then there are the beauty all stars, products we come across and have a deep love affair with. This summer we've come across a plethora of great products for your hair, skin, and makeup. Check out some of our favorite pick's so far this season.

    Editor's Pick #1 - LiQWD Professional Volumizing Catalyst

    After doing some research and discovering that Rachel Zoe recently referred to LiQWD Professional Volumizing Catalyst as "life-changing" on her site, The Zoe Report, we knew we had to get our hands on this magic spray. This high tech spray helps create a lush, full look without the stickiness typically associated with volumizers. Plus, as Zoe would say, "we died" over the line's signature fruity-floral scent.

    Where to get it: prestige salons and

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