Stories by Allie Flinn

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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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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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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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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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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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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The Beauty Products Your Dermatologist Swears By

We got a little voyeuristic and took a peek into the skin care routines of some of the best dermatologists (who also happen to have really, really pretty skin). Ranging from one who absolutely, will not, under any circumstances, leave the house without putting antioxidants on her face to another whose routine is as simple as cleanse-and-moisturize, these top dermatologists spill the products, treatments and injections that keep them looking impossibly young.   read more

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9 Best Acne-Fighting Products -- and the 3 Worst

Adult acne seems like a cruel joke. Weren't we supposed to leave zits behind with our fluffy '90s bangs and high school boyfriend?   See products

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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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Is Your Diet Making You Fat?

Nothing is more frustrating than sticking diligently to a diet and seeing no results -- or, maybe even worse, seeing awesome results only to plateau a few weeks later. But it can be hard to pinpoint what, exactly, is going wrong. So we chatted with Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, author of the New York Times best seller S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches, to give us the skinny on the surprising mistakes people make on popular diets -- see if one of these sneaky saboteurs is messing with your weight loss goals.   read more

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