Stories by Allie Flinn

13 Contour Kits That Practically Sculpt Your Cheekbones for You

In theory, contouring is a magical makeup technique that makes your face look 10 pounds slimmer and gives you cheekbones that rival those of Angelina-Jolie-as-Maleficent. In practice, many things can go wrong: choose the wrong shade and end up looking like an Oompa Loompa; don't blend it enough and wind up looking like you just completed a mud run; use too-pale highlighter and get ghostly half-moons under your eyes.   read more

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8 Waterproof Mascaras That Stand Up to the Sweatiest Workouts

Dirty little secret: I wear mascara to the gym. Without it, my blonde lashes disappear, which makes me feel freakish. What I've learned is: Not all waterproof mascaras live up to their claims -- and a sweaty workout can leave me with smudges around my eyes (a dead giveaway that I'm high-maintenance).   read more

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17 Best Blushes

A good blush gives a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow, something we all strive for with our makeup. A bad blush gives a streaky, sparkly, clownish look -- not attractive. Luckily, our reviewers have tried tons of blushes, and here we share their favorites. They guarantee you won't look like you're auditioning for the circus. (Just remember to use a real blush brush with all of them, not the little ones that come in the package, OK?)   See blushes

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9 Feminine Ways to Wear the Menswear Trend

Awards season is typically a parade of sparkly dresses and sweeping evening gowns. But no matter how much you love sparkles, it can start to feel a little predictable. This season, the red carpet's leading ladies are taking a cue from the boys and donning tailored pieces with menswear undertones. They're just as glamorous as a dramatic gown, but infinitely more unexpected.   read more

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The Show-Stealing Runway Looks We're Obsessing Over

It's easy to get overwhelmed at New York Fashion Week. Between the hundreds of shows happening between February 12-19, the stylish bloggers teetering around in the snow and the gorgeous hair and makeup looks created by some of the best stylists and makeup artists in the world, it's a lot to take in. Which is why we've simplified it for you. Here, get your daily fashion fix and see the best runway looks of the day (AKA, the only ones you need to know about).   read more

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4 Mascara Topcoats With Magical Waterproofing Powers

If our mascara review section is any indication, the majority of you have found your mascara soul mate: the can't-live-without-it, life-changing product that gives you the fluttery lashes of your dreams. In beauty-speak, we call this a Holy Grail product (HG, for short). But if your HG mascara isn't waterproof, that makes situations that call for budge-proof makeup (e.g. your wedding day, the series finale of "Parks and Rec") pretty tricky. And that's where these waterproof topcoats come in.   read more

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Watch Live Coverage of NYFW Fall 2015 Now

Get front-row access to New York Fashion Week with a live stream of the runway shows   read more

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14 Prettiest Date-Night Hairstyles

Hot date? You've probably already planned your outfit, down to your killer, confidence-boosting stilettos and your on-trend box clutch. But a date-night ensemble is about so much more than just the clothes you wear. (Read: Don't leave your hair until the last minute). We'd even argue that your hairstyle is more important than whether you don an LBD or leather leggings -- try picturing ratty gym hair with a sleek, skin-baring jumpsuit and you'll see why. Hair sets the mood for your entire ensemble.   read more

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The Crazy-Gorgeous, Must-See Beauty Looks From the 2015 Grammys

The Grammys dress code is a bit different from that of the Golden Globes or the Oscars (see: anything worn by Lady Gaga). The outfits are edgier, and so is the hair and makeup. This year was no exception. The biggest names in music stepped out wearing everything from emerald liner to graphic cat eyes. Here, the most adventurous, stunning beauty looks from the 2015 Grammys.   read more

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Why You Need to De-Germ Your Gym Bag ASAP

Avoiding illness at the gym is a bit like driving defensively: You need to anticipate that other people will make mistakes, leading to dangerous (read: germ-y) situations. But while most of your attention is focused on the germ-ridden elliptical machines and free weights, you're completely overlooking a sneaky, disease-harboring source: your gym bag.   read more

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