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  • 5 Easy Ways to Take Years Off in a Flash

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    Lush brows like these can help take years off your face.
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    We're all heading in the same direction (whether we like it or not!), and when we see our faces change subtly, most of us scramble to find products that will solve our beauty woes. As amakeup artist, I have my favorite tricks to stay looking young and fresh. Here are my top five:

    1. A whiter, brighter smile takes years off your face. Yellow teeth can cause your smile to look dull and dingy, so lighten up! You can use teeth bleaching trays, lasers, Crest Whitestrips ($34.99, or whitening toothpaste to keep teeth their whitest.

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    2. Keep brows full and shaped. A thin, sparse brow can make you look way older than a nice healthy one. If you've overplucked or the hairs just don't grow anymore, try a brow growth serum like RevitaBrow ($110, to bring them back to life, or fill them in with

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  • The Top 5 Skin Care Ingredients You Need to Know

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    If "hyaluronic acid" sounds to you like the last thing you'd want to put on your face and "ceramide" makes you think of pottery, you're not alone. Unless you studied product labels as your foreign language of choice, it can be tough to figure out what all those science-y terms mean. Below, we break it down to the basics, highlighting five common skin care ingredients you're bound to run into - and exactly what they do.

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    Hyaluronic Acid

    What it is: A naturally occurring substance in the human body that regulates cell renewal, lubricates connective tissue and maintains skin's moisture and elasticity.

    What it does: When used topically, hyaluronic acid creates a moisture barrier on the skin, helping to make it smoother and softer. This ingredient is able to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water, thus producing amazing benefits for dehydrated skin. As an injectable, hyaluronic

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  • The Best BB Creams for Your Skin

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    Presenting: all the BB creams you can handle.

    BB creams are the biggest thing in beauty right now, and no wonder: They make your skin look flawless while delivering amazing skincare benefits, too.

    But these moisturizer/foundation/SPF hybrids, with their laundry lists of features, can also be incredibly confusing. Are they the same as tinted moisturizers? Do they work for every skin tone? We tested a full lineup of BB creams to uncover the answers, and compiled everything you need to know about these new It-creams.

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    4 Key Facts About BB Creams

    What is a BB cream? Unfortunately, there's no single answer. BB creams originated in Germany and exploded in Korea, where they were first used by laser treatment patients to ease post-procedure redness. But now that beauty consumers have embraced BBs, new formulas span a range of shades, textures and skincare benefits.

    They're NOT one shade fits all. Despite

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  • Whoa! Leighton Meester Chopped Off All Her Hair

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    It seems Leighton Meester was more than ready to say goodbye to Blair Waldorf. Instead of just throwing out her character's headbands, the Gossip Girl actress cut her long locks.

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    "I chopped off my hair after Gossip Girl wrapped," Meester told "My long, wavy hair got a lot of mileage, so it was time for a change."

    We love a good makeover, but this cut is pretty drastic. Instead of a chic bob like Rose Byrne, this looks like a hack job Leighton might have carried out in her bathroom, but we're looking forward to seeing it styled a bit sleeker.

    What do you think of the new look?

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  • Erase the Evidence of Acne

    smallA.Ferretti_2237_AW13_PW.JPG_highGrowing up, I was an accident-prone child; almost all of my injuries were on my face and required a lot of stitches. My mom always worried the injuries would leave permanent scars, but it turned out my pubescent breakouts are what really left a mark.

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    Today consumers are flooded with peels, scrubs, serums - all which come with the promise of getting rid of stubborn acne-related dark spots and scars. But how real is that promise? Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank says, "Often (dermatologists) can improve scars by 40 to 85 percent, but true removal of a scar is very difficult."

    In truth, my acne was never severe, which is why it surprises me that my skin has such an uneven texture today. When asked why only some people are left with acne scars, Dr. Frank listed three factors:

    While being out in the sun may temporarily clear up your skin, it turns out it will also cause your acne to scar.

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  • Best Celebrity Highlights

    1. Kate Beckinsale
    Kate BeckinsaleIt seems like all it took was a head of golden highlights to take Kate Beckinsale from serious actress to sexy bombshell. Now we can't imagine her ever giving up her gorgeous hair color.

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    2. Emma Roberts
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    If you're unsure about taking your honey-hued base to Marilyn-level blonde, ask a colorist to give you a half head of Balayage Highlights. The new 'paint your hair' treatment looks more natural than conventional foils, and already has a cult following that includes other celebs like Drew Barrymore and Jessica Biel.

    3. Ciara

    Taking hair from jet black to blonde can oftentimes end in disaster, but Ciara's hair professionals kept the singer looking hot, not fried.

    4. Gisele Bundchen
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    Gisele could be the spokesmodel of natural looking highlights. Her highlights range in colors, so she always looks like she's back from the beach.

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  • 4 Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

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    Try these makeup tips for glasses to look as sexy and sophisticated as Rashida Jones.
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    We've always thought those movie makeovers where the geeky girl loses her glasses and instantly becomes "hot" were super lame. Specs can be smokin', as stars like Rashida Jones (our current beauty crush) prove. With this in mind, we asked Nick Barose, the celebrity makeup artist behind Rashida's look here, for his tips to keep in mind when working with a framed face.

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    Use a soft shade to play up the eyes.

    Dark frames like Rashida's already add definition, Barose says, "so a heavier liner or smoky dark eyes will look 'too much.'" Instead, choose a medium-toned neutral. "We went with soft lined eyes with a bronze tone to give just enough definition." He used Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable ($25,, a perfect not-too-bold shade.

    Keep lashes streamlined.

    "Lenses can accentuate

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  • 4 Surprising Tricks for Better Hair

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    How's this for a pretty hair vision board? Sofia Vergara, Ashley Greene and Blake Lively make us aspire to achieve better hair.
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    It's hard to surprise a beauty editor, but when experts told us these out of the ordinary strategies for better hair, we almost didn't believe them. Read on for their "who knew?" secrets to a more beautiful mane.

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    1. Brush Up

    Wait, haven't we filed the "100 strokes before bedtime" myth under Terrible Advice To Never Heed? Well, yes, but some brushing can actually be good for hair, says Hollywood hair treatment expert Philip B.

    "You should always brush just before you shampoo," says Philip, who explains that the scalp's oil is hair's natural conditioner. "A good brushing helps you make the most of your shampooing: It moves the natural oils off your scalp and down the hair shaft, where they're needed. It revs up circulation and helps to loosen any dead cells or greasy

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  • The Hottest Hues for Hair Right Now

    If you don't already know, Tracey Cunningham is basically THE celebrity colorist, responsible for Hollywood's most covetable heads of hair. Just take a look at the Redken Creative Consultant for Color's ridiculously impressive client list: Emma Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon all owe their gorgeous shades to Tracey. So when she opens up about trends, we're all ears. The LA-based colorist recently gave us the scoop on her top three looks this season for brunettes, redheads and blondes, plus her take on whether edgy ombré and rainbow color are fading away or still going strong. Read on for her expert take!

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    For Blondes

    "Ash blonde is having a moment. This natural multi-dimensional, non-fussy, natural blonde is definitely a must-have this season for many of my clients. And for those on the lighter end of the spectrum, Gwyneth Paltrow's gorgeous natural color

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  • Get the Look: Lauren Conrad's Retro Makeup

    Who wouldn't take beauty tips from Lauren Conrad? Her latest appearance at the "Designs For The Cure" Gala For Susan G. Komen, complete with retro winged liner and a bold red lip, has got us even more pumped for her beauty book, Lauren Conrad Beauty ($21.99,, coming to stores tomorrow! Makeup artist (and The Beauty Department contributor!) Amy Nadine gave us the step-by-step on how she created Lauren's retro look, from her dewy finish to long-lasting red pout.

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    Lauren Conrad Design For The Cure Gala
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    Using a Beauty Blender Sponge ($19.95,, Amy applied Illuminaire Concealing Foundation in Fair ($27, all over her face and neck for a sheer finish. Then she dusted Laura Mercier Pressed Powder in Natural Beige ($36, on her t-zone.

    She started with Kevyn Aucoin Cream Blush in Euphoria ($24, on the apples of her cheeks, and

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