Stories by Amanda Montell

The Most Inspiring Fashion Icons Over 50 Right Now

It's about time we laud the style triumphs of the 50+ crowd. After all, a legend can't be a legend until she's built an actual legacy. That's why we've put together this list of the 12 most influential fashion icons over 50 right now. These impossibly chic women have spent decades colorfully establishing themselves as power players in the fashion world. From the androgynous ensembles of Tilda Swinton to the vintage-inspired threads of Iris Apfel, these are the fabulous wardrobes we can only hope to have one day. Keep scrolling for a world of fashion inspiration that proves style only gets better with age.   read more

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Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Hair Products

When one hair product costs $5 at the drugstore, and another $75 at the salon, you can't help but wonder, what's the difference, really? Is that pricy conditioner actually transforming your strands like no cheapy ever could, or is it just a placebo effect?   read more

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9 Cute Fringe Cover Ups to Wear This Summer

Fringe is in -- especially for summer. And our favorite way to wear the tasseled trend? A comfy bohemian cover up.   read more

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How Many Luxury Beauty Brands Can You Pronounce?

We all know how to pronounce the drugstore staples like Pantene and Maybelline, but how well versed are you with the glamorous, inscrutable names of luxury beauty brands? For every mainstream makeup, hair and skin care staple, there's a high-end brand just daring us to mangle its fancy, accent-riddled monkier. Thus, the test: How knowledgeable a beauty enthusiast are you, really? In this quiz, choose the correct phonetic spelling of each brand name to prove your beauty fluency. The right answers will be revealed with your results at the end.   read more

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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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