Stories by Allie Flinn

Clumpy Lashes Are a Thing -- Here's Why You Should Embrace Them

It's time to throw out everything you thought you knew about how mascara should look, because the times, they are a changing. Instead of clean, clump-free lashes of seasons past, the latest trend -- straight from the runways of brands like Prada, Gucci and Nanette Lepore -- is all about embracing the clumpy, spidery lashes you used to fear.   read more

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The 10 Commandments of Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are essential for creating a flawless makeup look. Have you ever tried to blend eye shadow with your fingers? Not pretty. But even though they can make applying foundation, eye shadow, blush and contour products much easier, they can also make your makeup application a whole lot more difficult if you're using them wrong. So, we came up with a list of rules (commandments, if you will) that will ensure your brushes live up to their full potential.   read more

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Kat Graham's Must-Have Makeup Item

Even if you don't watch "The Vampire Diaries," you should know Kat Graham. Not only does she star on the show as ultrapowerful witch Bonnie Bennett, she also boasts singer and beauty ambassador for Wet n' Wild on her impressive resume.   read more

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6 Moves to Get Crop-Top-Worthy Abs

Thanks to the return of skin-baring trends like the crop top, the desire for killer abs is no longer dependent upon whether you're hitting the pool in a bikini or not. Yep, abs are back in a big way. Simone De La Rue, celebrity trainer (she works with stars like Anne Hathaway and Camila Alves McConaughey) and founder and creator of Body by Simone, is here to help us achieve the toned tummy of our dreams through her new book Body by Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan.   read more

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10 Prettiest Makeup Palettes You'll Want to Take Everywhere

There's something about makeup palettes that turns us into giddy schoolgirls. The pretty packaging, the multiple shades, the travel-ready size ... the list goes on. Here, the best new palettes to add to your summer makeup routine, from Urban Decay's latest smokey eye shadow palette to a bronzer palette that's (almost) too pretty to use.   read more

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The 3 Moves You Need to Get Maria Menounos' Amazing Beach Body

You don't need a fancy gym membership or tons of expensive equipment to get in shape. Gorgeous celebrity-news correspondent and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Maria Menounos is proof. In her book, The Everygirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness, she gives tips and tricks for getting healthy that require minimal time and money -- just like she did. (That sizzling bikini body is the result of dropping 40 pounds.)   read more

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3 Gorgeous Ways to Wear Urban Decay's New Naked Smoky Palette

Here's the thing about eye shadow palettes: Though they tend to look gorgeous in the package, how many times have you bought one, only to use two (maybe three) shades from the whole thing? Luckily, that's not the case with Urban Decay's cult-favorite Naked palettes.   read more

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9 Highlighters for a Next-Level Summer Glow

Move over, contour powder. It's time to adjust your makeup for the sweltering summer days. This season is all about strategically placed shimmer that defines your cheekbones and gives you an ethereal glow.   read more

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What Should Your Signature Smoothie Be?

A neurotic Crossfitter or a blissed-out yogi -- find out what your favorite health drink says about your personality   read more

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The Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection is Too Pretty for Words

If you look at makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's Instagram, you'll find images by famed fashion photographer Norman Parkinson (he spent over 50 years in the business, and photographed icons like Sophia Loren, Vivien Leigh and Iman) sprinkled throughout her posts of celebrity clients and backstage snaps. She often uses his images in her mood boards, so it was only fitting that she collaborated with his grandson to create a limited edition line that captures the essence of Parkinson's work.   read more

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