Stories by Amanda Montell

How to Win Best-Dressed at Your Fourth of July Barbecue

Dressing on-theme for a holiday get-together without looking absurd is no small task. It's especially tricky on the Fourth of July, when the color palette and pattern options are fairly limited. (As it turns out, stars and stripes tend to look better on a flagpole than a human body). That's why we put together this roundup of chic Independence Day outfit inspo. Scroll through for 10 outfit ideas that are totally wearable, and click on the links throughout to recreate each look.   read more

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7 Best CC Creams for Flawless Skin

Radiant, even-toned skin sets the stage for the rest of your makeup -- but you don't need a heavy foundation and layers of powder for a smooth, flawless complexion. Not anymore, at least. Over the past several years, the best CC creams have inspired many women to give up heavy foundation, thanks to the natural, skin-perfecting coverage they offer.   read more

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31 Irresistible Summer Nail Colors You Need This Season

Nothing ushers us into summer like a bright, beaming manicure. And this summer, nail colors are more spirited than ever. Say goodbye to spring's gentle pastels and the dark, brooding colors of winter -- unlike your typical summertime palette, nail colors this year are taking on a newer, friskier personality.   read more

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12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 2 Worst

Whether we like it or not, sunscreen is a must for all of us. And according to Heidi Waldorf, M.D., of Waldorf Dermatology & Laser Associates in Nanuet, NY, we need "an SPF of at least 15 daily." For prolonged sun exposure (anything more than the incidental exposure you might get from driving or working near a window), she recommends an SPF of 30 above with a water-resistant formula. She also suggests choosing a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl as its active ingredient.   See sunscreens

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How to Apply Lipstick Like a Makeup Artist

We know what you're thinking -- how complicated can lipstick possibly be? True enough -- it isn't brain surgery. But somehow, by the end of the day, women around the world catch themselves in the mirror to find uneven, flaking, smudging, bleeding lip color that makes them want to (almost) resign lipstick altogether.   read more

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Can You ID These Celebs by Their Most Iconic Features?

It starts innocently enough: A casual flip through People Magazine at the salon, an hour once a week devoted to your favorite reality TV show. But celebrity obsession is a slippery slope, and before you know it you're checking TMZ every hour on the hour and Googling Lady Gaga's address. Don't be ashamed -- there's a trace of celebrity stalker in all of us. But how bad is your case? Take this quiz to find out if you recognize these famous freckles, noses, hairstyles and other body parts better than you recognize your own children.   read more

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10 Stylish Beach Bags to Carry All Summer

A day at the beach is impossible without sunscreen, shades, beach reads, towels, lip balm, sun hats, sandals and myriad other necessities that let you enjoy the sun, salt and sand. Now, all you need is the perfect beach bag to tote around your summer swag in style.   read more

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14 Best Lipsticks

We kiss with them, we sip with them, we angle them with finesse to create coy little smiles -- they're one of the sexiest parts of the body, and paired with the right gloss, balm, stick or stain, can make an onlooker weak at the knees.   See the products

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18 Best Night Creams

Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is great, but what if we told you there's a way you can do even better? What if we told you there's one simple step before you crawl under the covers that can give you the complexion of your dreams?   See night creams

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