Stories by Claire Ballor

12 Best Makeup Primers

Obvious foundation streaks, noticeable pores, redness around the nose -- these are all makeup blunders on par with a glaringly large flake of black pepper stuck between your teeth. Celebrity makeup artist and beauty brand founder, Napoleon Perdis, says these makeup faux pas can be avoided by adding one simple step to your morning routine: applying primer (you're on your own with the pepper though).   Get primers

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9 Best Self Tanners for 2014 - Self Tanner Reviews

The last thing you want to hear in your head after slathering on a self tanner is that Oompa-Loompa song. We've all been duped by too-orange self tanners, no? Nothing's worse than trying to do the right thing by avoiding the sun and arduously applying a lotion, cream, foam, gel or spray to your body, only to wind up with dark elbows and streaky legs.   See products

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The Most Out-There Japanese Fashion from the Past 30 Years

We're always enthralled by the bold, cutting edge style that comes out of Japan. Makeup artist-turned-cosmetics giant Shu Uemera was a legend in his day -- a genius at creating groundbreaking, haute makeup looks with his eponymous line. "Future Beauty," an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, reminded us of his sharp, forward-thinking aesthetic. The show features 80 spectacular gowns by 31 top Japanese designers, including Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe. "The exhibition shows how Japanese fashion design launched itself on the world stage in the 1980s. Japanese fashion designers at that time developed breathtaking aesthetic positions that subsequently influenced a younger generation of Western designers including Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Alexander McQueen," said the SAM's curator of modern and contemporary art Catharina Manchanda.   read more

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We Tried It: Deborah Lippmann Punk Rock Collection

I've never been one for nail art. I see my nails as an opportunity to complete my outfit, not compete with it. I'll admit, my typical navy or coral nail polish could use an upgrade, but I don't want to look like I'm back in junior high trying to combat my oppressive school uniform with outlandish nails. I knew there had to be a sophisticated middle ground, so I picked up Deborah Lippmann's new Punk Rock Collection, a trio of polishes named for punk anthems (think: the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated").   read more

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The Clever New Answer to TSA's 3 Fl. Oz. Rule

Listen, I know TSA exists for a reason. We don't want concealed weapons and explosives on airplanes. I get it. But asking me to stuff all of my beauty products into 3 oz. containers is a joke. When I fly, I inevitably toss a favorite lotion or foundation at the security checkpoint, either because I forget to check my makeup bag for over-sized products ... or because I'm secretly hoping that maaaybe this time they won't really mind me bringing six ounces of cleanser on board.   read more

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We Tried It: Does This 3-in-1 Hair/Body/Face Oil Promise Too Much?

The first time I saw a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, I thought my epic beauty routine would get a wee bit less complicated. Then I tried one, and it left my hair dry and dull. Strike one and two for that lesson learned the hard way. Naturally, a product that promises 3-in-1 versatility -- in a body, face and hair oil -- got my attention. Or should I say ... suspicion.   read more

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Guess What You'll be Putting On Your Face Next?

I showed up at a meet-and-greet event for Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis fully prepared to ask him the same five questions we ask everyone and to chit chat about his new tinted BBB cream (which by the way has snail mucus in it, but that's another story). He told me about the benefits of the snail mucus in his new cream, his plans to use donkey's milk in the future, his businessman-turned-makeup artist life story, and ... wait, donkey's milk?!   read more

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Quiz: What's Your Skin Missing?

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Quiz: What's Your Skin Missing?

You probably have a standard regimen for your face, but when's the last time you gave a thought to your skin below the neck? It needs attention too, so take this quiz for expert tips on what your skin could use.   read more

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This Guy Gets Paid to Teach You How to Make Out

Three hundred and thirty-six. That's the number of hours the average woman spends kissing in her lifetime. And sure, while Megan Fox blows the average for us norms, when we stumbled across this freaky fact, intrepid researchers here at the office thought: Hey, we like to kiss. Heck, we'd like to kiss a lot more. Who can help us with that?   read more

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Yep, You'll Be Wearing This Punk Polish Soon

Get ready to toss your pretty little pinks and summery corals -- punk looks were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2013, where these new hues from Deborah Lippman debuted. Always ahead of the curve, Lippman released this trio of textured polishes with names pulled from classic punk anthems from the Ramones , the Clash, and the Sex Pistols. It's the perfect way to tiptoe into the trend -- unless, of course, you want to die your hair green or get a safety pin piercing.   read more

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