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  • Getty ImagesGetty ImagesMaddie, age 14, is head over heels for Justin Bieber. The 17-year-old pop sensation is ranked third on Forbes' list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, and is as famous for his cotton candy voice as his awe-shucks smile and floppy hairstyles. Maddie finds him "extremely good-looking" and wants to tell him that they should hang out "because, you know, that would be awesome." Millions of girls agree.

    So does her mom.

    Marlys, age 48, borrows Maddie's iPod to listen to Justin Bieber on the treadmill. She loves "Overboard," admires Justin's devotion to his family and enjoys dancing to his music.

    She is not alone. Readers: Meet the Bieber Boomers.

    According to an informal survey from Popeater, a widely read pop culture site, more than three-quarters of Bieber fans fell into two categories: under 17 and over 40. A full 21 percent were over 40.

    Grace, age 54, first listened to Justin Bieber when she purchased his CD for her 8-year-old granddaughter. "I'm hooked," she

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  • What Makes a Face Beautiful?

    ThinkstockThinkstockWhile you may spend hours scouring beauty counters searching for miracle concoctions to help you look more attractive, what others inherently find beautiful about your face may actually be based more on proportions than potions.

    What are some of these markers of beauty? And more importantly, why do we find them to be beautiful?

    "All of these questions are linked to evolution," says Dr. Pamela Pallett, a researcher at Dartmouth University. "You want to have a healthy mate because that person likely has good genetics, and the faces we perceive as beautiful can signify good genetics."

    So, to some degree, we are programmed to be more attracted to certain faces over others. Sexual dimorphism, a fancy term for sex-specific traits, is one of the major factors in determining what we find beautiful. The more feminine a woman's features are, the more attractive she's perceived to be.

    QUIZ: How Satisfied Are You With Your Face?

    "For women, things like large eyes, a small nose

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  • Casey Anthony: Is a Pretty Face More Likely to Get Away With Murder?

    Casey AnthonyRed Huber/Getty ImagesResearch suggests that jurors tow a hard line with unattractive defendants and go easier on the attractive ones.

    Yesterday afternoon, Casey Anthony, the mother charged with murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, was acquitted of all charges except lying to the police.

    How did the millions of onlookers react? The Twitter-sphere flipped out, Kim Kardashian was "speechless," and comparisons to O.J. were everywhere. No one expected her to walk.

    What went down in that jury room? Of course, no one knows, but we can't help noticing that Anthony is easy on the eyes and research suggests that "get out of jail free" cards are more plentiful for the pretty.

    MORE: What Makes a Face Beautiful?

    As early as the 1970s, researchers have been documenting what they call "the attractiveness bias," or the tendency for juries to take it easy on attractive defendants. In fact, it's one of the most consistent outside influences to scribble on a juror's blank slate.


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  • 8 Ways Sex Makes You Beautiful

    Brigitte BardotBettmann/CorbisWe spend countless hours and dollars to doll ourselves up, but Mother Nature has given us women an au natural way to turn heads: S-E-X.

    Sure, there's a time and a place for perfectly applied eyeliner and not-a-strand-out-of-place hair. But really, what's hotter than devil-may-care, mussed up bedhead and a swagger that just won't quit? It's time to channel your inner Brigitte Bardot, ladies!

    Sex is the ultimate beauty enhancer. No product or procedure can beat getting down and dirty in making you even more gorgeous. Check out these eight reasons why.

    1. Natural Makeup
    Every morning, you apply makeup and by lunch, you already need a touch up! But if you spend 15 minutes a day doing the deed, your cheeks will naturally flush, your lips will have that perfect red pout and your skin will glow. Move over Sephora-sex is nature's makeup! As YouDoc Dr. Michael Roizen, the Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Roizen explains, during sex, "You get excited, and you

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  • Why Does Makeup Work?

    ThinkstockThinkstockWomen have a complicated relationship with makeup.

    Some revel in it, running from CVS to Sephora to try on every last trend, delighting in transforming their look with the flick of a brush. Others keep it simple, sticking with the bare basics and often forgetting to put it on at all. And many abhor the stuff, either because they don't like its feel on their skin, or don't like what it stands for.

    Love it or hate it, women have been using makeup, in different forms, for a very long time.

    Fashionable sixth century women made their faces paler by bleeding themselves, either directly or with the help of leeches. During the Italian Renaissance, women coated their faces with toxic chemicals including arsenic, lead and mercury.

    It was even popular to look sickly in the 19 th century, when tuberculosis was considered a "romantic" disease. Women of that era emphasized the circles under their eyes and used rouge to look flushed with fever.

    When did people first start using

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