Stories by Amanda Montell

Secrets to Applying Liquid Liner Like a Pro

Liquid eyeliner adds a bold dimension to your makeup look that no other product can achieve. Whether you're rocking a graphic cat eye or a subtle swish and flick, liquid eyeliner enhances the eyes in all kinds of chic, flattering ways. But learning to master the perfect, clean-lined, symmetrical shape of well-executed liquid eyeliner requires a surgical level of precision that most of us simply don't have. Or so we thought.   read more

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7 Ways to Look as Fancy as Jessica Chastain for Way Less

Jessica Chastain has one of the most classic beauty looks of our time. Her porcelain complexion, feminine wardrobe and consistently vintage-inspired hairstyles evoke old Hollywood glamour, à la Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. When we spotted the stunning look she debuted at the Vogue and Ralph Lauren Wimbledon party in London, we were instantly inspired. From the timeless silhouettes to monochromatic color palette, Chastain epitomizes wearable elegance once again. It also got us thinking: This is one celebrity outfit we could actually pull off ourselves. We did some digging to find just the right pieces to recreate her look for less.   read more

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8 Chic Denim Dresses to Take You From Summer to Fall

It's time to let go of all your bad head-to-toe denim memories from high school. In 2015, denim dresses are the trend for transitioning from summer to fall.   read more

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The Rising Latina TV Star You Need to Know

Maybe the name Jessica Meraz doesn't roll right off your tongue just yet, but if you're interested in seeing more spirited, rule-breaking, unapologetic girl power on television, tune into this up-and-comer from ABC Family's new series, "Chasing Life."   read more

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9 Oversized Hats You Need in Your Life

There are only a few precious weeks of summer left, which means we have to enjoy our favorite sundresses, flip flops and other summer trends while we can. Fortunately, our favorite trend right now is one you couldn't miss it if you tried: giant hats.   read more

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9 Genius Makeup Hacks for Bigger, Plumper Lips

Straight teeth might get you hired, and dark eyes might tempt someone to tell you all their secrets; but out of all our body parts, research shows that full lips are the key to a woman's sensuality.   read more

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6 Best Dry Shampoos -- and the 2 Worst

If you're as busy as we are, you typically don't wash and dry your hair every morning -- after all, it can be a long, arduous process full of waiting, heating and styling. Which is why we don't know what we ever did before the invention of dry shampoo. Talk about an absolute game changer.   See dry shampoos

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10 Reasons You'll Never Look at Selfies the Same Again

I've just landed in New York City for the weekend to visit my best friend. I'm standing outside Terminal 5 at JFK, wearing fuchsia lipstick and blue eyeglasses, and I want my 391 Instagram followers to know I've arrived. I hold up my iPhone, grin sideways and snap. Approve, filter, post.   read more

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7 Trendy New Leggings That Are Anything But Basic

Leggings often get a bad rap -- and for good reason. There are a million ways to style them wrong. After all, it's hard to make something so comfy look chic. But recently, we've seen celebrities and runway designers revamping the style, introducing fun prints, zippers and leather. Styled just right, these leggings can take you from the gym to brunch to the office (depending on your office, of course). Here, our favorite new legging looks for summer and the pieces you need to recreate them.   read more

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7 Best Razors

For most of us, shaving isn't exactly the highlight of our beauty routine. If you're not armed with the best razor, razor burn, nicked skin and allergic reactions can be common occurrences. Fortunately, our trustworthy TotalBeauty.com reviewers have shaved their way through the masses to identify best razors on the market.   read more

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