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  • The Best Makeup for Your Eye Shape

    By Wendy Rodewald, Daily Makeover



    Makeup can completely change the shape of your eyes, but it's a two-way street. If you know the right techniques, you can make your eyes look bigger and more lifted, but a makeup misstep can close off your eyes in an unflattering way. Of course, there's no one-size-fits-all trick to playing up your gaze. Instead, the method you use should make the most of your unique features. We tapped MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist Cynthia Rivas (@MAC_ Cynthia_R) for her tips on the perfect makeup for your eye shape.



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    Before we begin, a couple quick tricks: "False lashes are an easy and quick way to change the appearance of the shape of your eye without makeup," says Rivas. "If you can't figure out what eye shape you have, remember that a smoky eye complements most shapes. When in doubt, smoke them out!"



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  • Get Fuller Brows with These Tips

    By Megan Segura, Daily Makeover

    Bigger Brows For most of us, big, bold brows are but a dream. Whether it's genetics or too much tweezing in the past, our wimpy little arches could use a boost. Thankfully, in this day and age we have tons of options for getting fuller-looking eyebrows.

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    Di Medlock, the director of waxing at Exhale Spa isn't new to the issue of sparse brows. "If a guest expresses and interest in growing their brows back, I put them on 'the system,'" says Medlock. "It's important to see what your brows are capable of producing without outside assistance. We allow the brows to grow with no tweezing, waxing or threading for four weeks. This will show me how much natural growth is possible, trouble spots and the willpower of my guest."

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    If after four weeks you're still seeing skinny eyebrows, these methods will help make them look beefed up:

    Brow Pencil/Gel
    When it comes

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  • Is Living in a City Bad for Your Skin?

    By Wendy Rodewald, Daily Makeover

    Rosario Dawson If you live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, you've probably seen at least a couple "air quality alert" days this summer. The pollution that becomes more concentrated in hot weather isn't just bad for your lungs - it can mess with your complexion, too.

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    Even celebrities with access to the fanciest facials and dermatologists aren't immune. Rosario Dawson recently said that spending time in the city has been breaking her out. "I'm from New York but I've realized how long it's been since I've been here because my face wasn't acclimated," she told People. "I had bad skin all of a sudden! I had to get exfoliator and all this stuff … I was like 'What happened?!'"

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    The evidence isn't just anecdotal. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that "ambient particulate matter" (read: all that junk floating around in

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  • Celebrities Who Regret Cutting Their Hair

    By Megan Segura, Daily Makeover

    RihannaEarly this morning, Rihanna took to Instagram to show off her new haircut, saying "Still tryna get used to my hurr, so I threw on some #redlipstick #RiRiWoo." Judging by the pout on her face, we'd say she's probably feeling a teensy bit of regret for parting with her long locks. She's not the only one, though. Not only have each of us had a bad haircut experience in our lives, but other celebrities have spoken out about the hairstyles they hated.

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    Cameron DiazEveryone has seen Cameron Diaz with short hair before in the movie There's Something About Mary, but the actress cut it again in 2012 and was less than thrilled with the results. While on Jay Leno's late night show, she said, "There was a little misunderstanding. I said, 'Oh I just want a little bit off' … and it went from here to here. I just burst into tears and started crying, and I felt so vulnerable."

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  • Makeup Tips to Showcase Your Freckles

    By Shannon Farrell, Daily Makeover

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    Many women with freckles have been conditioned to cover up their complexions completely. But since too much foundation can look cakey, we say let 'em shine! Embrace your freckles with these tips from Maybelline makeup artist Melissa Silver.

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    "A tinted moisturizer or BB cream is best for freckled skin since it gives the skin a natural tone without trying to hide the freckles - a near impossible task without looking pasty." She recommends the Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream ($8.99, maybelline.com) because of its amazing shade range and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ­($43, lauramercier.com). With SPF 20, the moisturizer protects against the sun's rays as well as creates a soft, dewy glow.

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    Silver warns against using full-coverage foundation over freckles. "I only recommend a foundation if it's very watery and sheer," she says. "Too much coverage on freckled skin

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  • How to Supersize Your Hair

    By Wendy Rodewald, Daily Makeover

    Get big, beautiful, runway-ready hair like the model at Bottega Veneta's fall 2013 show.
    If you have the type of fine hair that falls flat after a few hours and won't hold a curl, humid weather can leave your style looking deflated (cue the sad trombone). Try these tricks for every styling stage for volume that lasts through anything - even sauna-like heat and humidity.

    In the Shower
    Choose a volumizing shampoo that won't dry out hair. Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo ($27) and Condition ($29, pureology.com) remove buildup that can weigh down hair and thicken strands with flexible volumizers.

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    On Wet Hair
    Before you blow dry, prep hair with product to boost volume at the roots and on the lengths to coat and thicken strands. Apply Kérastase Paris Lift Vertige Root-Uplifting Gel ($36, kerastase-usa.com) directly to your comb to create lift at the scalp. Rake a lightweight mousse, such as Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse ($3.99, target.com), through the rest of your mane to plump

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  • How to Ditch Body Acne for Good

    By Shannon Farrell, Daily Makeover

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    Something as small as blemishes on the shoulders or red acne along the bikini line can be enough to make a woman feel self-conscious about baring any skin. We spoke with Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist about the best ways to keep body acne at bay.

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    You should always start with a good acne-fighting body wash. When choosing one, you want to be sure it won't dry out the skin. "Salicylic acid is a good ingredient to look for in a body wash to prevent acne," says Dr. Jaliman. "But aloe, chamomile and vitamin E are good to prevent drying out the skin. One of the best products I've found is Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Body Wash ($5.79, drugstore.com)." Another salicylic acid wash she recommends is Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash ($6.49, neutrogena.com), which contains glycerin to moisturize skin.

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  • 10 Beauty Essentials to Pack for a Camping Trip

    By Shannon Farrell, Daily Makeover

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    Camping can be a high maintenance girl's nightmare, but as beauty editors who are often attending events wearing flawless makeup and hair done to a T, we'll admit that the idea of taking a break from the glam is enticing. That said, there are some beauty essentials every beauty girl just can't live without, even when she's roughing it in the woods. Here's a little cheat sheet for a (very) condensed beauty bag.

    Dry Shampoo
    Showers aren't the easiest to come by in camp sites. Plus, the water pressure just won't compare to what we have at home. To save yourself the hassle, turn to Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo ($17.99, Joico.com for salons). The formula leaves no white residue, zaps oil out in seconds and creates a lift that your blowout-deprived hair will love.

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    Ultra-Strength Deodorant It's hot, it's humid - do we really need to provide an explanation for this one? For long periods of time,

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  • 5 Beauty Products You Should Never (Ever!) Use

    By Megan Segura, Daily Makeover

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    We're usually hearing about the beauty products we can't live without, but it turns out not every product in the beauty aisle has our skin's best interests in mind. We asked top dermatologists and skin care experts to weigh in on the items you shouldn't be putting on your skin.

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    1. Bar Soap "Washing with bar soap, no matter how expensive it is or how moisturizing it claims to be, is an absolute no-no," says celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. "The binders that hold a bar of soap together naturally have a high pH balance, so they are too strong for the skin. Washing with something that's too harsh strips skin of water, leaving it dehydrated with dry skin buildup."

    Safe alternative: Try a sulfate-free cleansing gel, like the Renée Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel ($35.50, reneerouleau.com).

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