Stories by Allie Flinn

We Made the Impossible Happen: 7 (Work-Appropriate) Days of Glitter Makeup

I'm a firm believer that there is no bad time or place to wear glitter. So when Urban Decay's Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive landed on my desk, I pronounced that I would wear it (and the Heavy Metal Loose Glitter it works with) every single day if I could. And thus, a challenge was born.   read more

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July 23, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  COMMENT
Got Freckles? You're Probably Making These Makeup Mistakes

For anyone, finding the perfect foundation shade is about as easy as following a rainbow to its end. Add freckles to the mix and, well, you might as well be looking for a leprechaun and pot of gold, too. You're faced with issues like whether you should match your foundation to your freckles, to the rest of your face or to some shade halfway between the two.Then, there's the question of coverage: Should you completely cover them? If you don't want to conceal them, will your freckles look strangely muted? The list of questions goes on and on, making it easy to give up on makeup altogether. So we turned to Katie Jane Hughes, makeup artist and Global Colour Ambassador for Butter London, and Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Taylor Babaian to answer all our questions about applying makeup to freckled skin.   read more

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July 22, 2014  |   4:07 PM  |  COMMENT
11 Sexiest Swimsuits You Need Now (But Can't Have 'Til Next Year)

Note to self: start working on my abs now, because next year's swimsuits just showed at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Swim in Miami, and they're looking as itsy-bitsy as ever. And while I'm at it, I'm going to be bathing in vats of the best self-tanners, because a golden glow is the perfect accessory to some of these bright, patterned swimsuits.   read more

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July 21, 2014  |   1:07 PM  |  COMMENT
10 Powdered Cleansers for Glowy Skin

Some powders, like those found in envelopes circa 2001, make us want to run in the other direction. Others, like the new class of exfoliating face cleansers, make us want to dive into a vat of it, face-first (and emerge softer, smoother and glowier than ever).   read more

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July 8, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
Amazing Lipstick Looks for Dark Skin

Choosing a lipstick that works with dark skin tones can feel like a challenge. It may seem easier to stick to the plum and berry shades you know look fantastic with your complexion, instead of worrying about whether you can pull off an orange lip. (Spoiler alert: you definitely can.) But makeup --and lipstick especially, in our opinion -- should be fun, and more about what makes you feel gorgeous than sticking to a set of rules. In fact, celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says that color-wise, lipstick options are practically limitless for dark-skinned women. We got his tips on how to wear any lipstick color with a dark complexion -- think vibrant violets, dreamy nudes, bold reds that work day and night and even an on-trend ombre look that's surprisingly easy to pull off.   read more

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July 7, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
6 Ways to Get the Biggest, Baddest Lashes Ever

Move over, power brow; your eyelashes want in on the party. Bold brows can make wispy lashes look downright wimpy (so not a good look for your come-hither stare).   read more

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July 2, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  1 COMMENT
7 Ways to Wear Neon Bright Eyeliner IRL

Switching out your boring neutral eyeliners for megawatt shades of electric purple, neon green and cobalt blue may feel out of your comfort zone, but we're here to prove otherwise. These stunning summer makeup looks are completely wearable, as long as you're applying your liquid eyeliner correctly -- which is why we enlisted the help of lead Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero, who gave us her makeup tips for pulling off these daring shades, along with the best type of eyeliner to use for each one.   read more

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June 24, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  COMMENT
Makeup That Even Your Irritable, Super-Sensitive Eyes Will Love

They balk at eyeliner and tear up at the sight of eye shadow. And don't even think about going near them with mascara. If you've got sensitive eyes, chances are you have a love/hate relationship with your eye makeup. Sure, that cult-classic mascara may get you bold, beautiful lashes, but if it's causing your eyes to flip out, it just isn't worth it. So we enlisted the help of New York-based optometrist Dr. Dori Wolf, who sees patients with swollen, red, itchy and flaky eyes on the daily (she estimates that around 35 percent of her patients have these symptoms), She spilled her tips on the makeup that won't send your eyes into a tizzy. But before we even get into the cosmetic side of things, her first recommendation: Pop a daily omega-3 fatty acid supplement (otherwise known as fish oil). It reduces inflammation in the body and, in turn, help keep eyes moistened and comfy.   read more

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June 20, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  3 COMMENTS
Products That Smell Like a Tropical Vacay

Summer is finally here -- and instead of basking in the sun in some faraway tropical locale, you're marooned in your cubicle, listening to your coworker talk about her cats. To combat dreary summer weekdays spent at your desk (where the air conditioning is turned up so high you think you might be getting frostbite), try one of these tropical-inspired products. With scents of mango, coconut and island blossoms, they'll transport you on a mini-vacay far, far away from your computer screen.   read more

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May 30, 2014  |   1:05 PM  |  1 COMMENT
10 Swoon-Worthy Braids for African American Women

Everyone may be buzzing about lobs and pixies, but one hairstyle that's perpetually trendy? Braids. From pretty, plaited buns to structural cornrows to fabulous box braids, we've rounded up our favorite braided African American hairstyles. We scoured Pinterest and Instagram to find the trendiest, most-liked ways to braid your hair. Check out the swoon-worthy braids you need to try this season. Bonus: Some of these braids you can leave in for weeks to give your hair a break from damaging heat styling.   read more

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May 30, 2014  |  12:05 PM  |  COMMENT
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