Stories by Erica Smith

9 Best Foundations for Dark Skin Tones

Fun fact: Back in the day, supermodel Iman toted her homemade foundations along to her fashion gigs for 14 years. Why? Makeup artists didn't have anything in their expansive kits to match her darker complexion. Fast-forward to the present and lines like L'Oréal and YSL have added darker shades to their signature products, but black women are still struggling to find the perfect match. Behind all of the "Caramel" and "Coffee" foundation tones, there's a basic lack of knowledge about dark skin tones. Many cosmetic companies only produce one or two dark shades with one or two undertones -- and this is one category where "one or two sizes fits all" doesn't work. At all.   read more

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How to Flaunt Gray Hair Like a Celebrity

Recently discovered a gray hair? Let us be the first to tell you -- it's nothing to stress about. Stressing can actually cause more grays to sprout -- so take a deep breath and relax already. Going gray (and keeping it that way) is becoming more common than ever. Even celebrities aren't hiding their silver hair anymore. Stars like Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis proudly walk the red carpet showing off their natural hair color, and younger celebs like Ellie Goulding and Kelly Osborne have dyed their hair gray to get the same look.   See photos

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5 Breakfast Smoothies That Taste Like Pie

Pies are arguably one of the best parts of the holiday season. As much as we'd like to think we could eat pie every day until the New Year, it's not exactly feasible (unless you live next door to a bakery), nor the best idea for your waistline.   read more

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The Stylish One-Piece Celebs Are Wearing This Winter

Jumpsuits are having a serious moment in fashion. Nearly every designer debuted their own version of the one-piece on the runways, and now, starlets are swapping floor-length gowns for the surprisingly chic slip-on. With a variety of necklines from sexy halters to the casual crew, there's a jumpsuit for every style.   read more

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24 Must-Have Nail Polishes for Winter 2014

When freezing water is falling from the sky and the temperatures get uncomfortably close to single-digit territory, it gets difficult to stay on-trend under layers and layers of clothing.   read more

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6 Tips for Hydrated, Radiant Skin This Winter

Winter comes with its many perks (hot chocolate, cozy pajamas, endless pie) but dry, itchy skin is not one of them. While that taut, tight feeling and unsightly flakes are a nuisance for everyone, the more visible scales and ashy dryness that show up more prominently on dark skin make them even more annoying and troublesome for women of color.   read more

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9 Stylish Suede Pieces to Shake Up Your Winter Wardrobe

All year long, the runways have been filled with soft, '70s-inspired suede. And though it can be worn any time of the year, the alluring fabric looks especially good in the winter. Oh-so-soft and undeniably warm, suede is the perfect antidote to leather, velvet and other textures that we're accustomed to as the year draws to an end. When paired with boho fringe and shearling accents, this winter 2014 fashion trend makes for an unexpected look that's especially chic. See all the ways to wear suede this December.   read more

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The 6 Best -- and 5 Worst -- Hand Creams

Holding, typing, styling, high-fiving -- your hands go through a lot on a daily basis. But they usually end up at the bottom of the totem pole that is our beauty routine. Even though we spend hundreds of dollars on anti-aging face serums and new-and-improved heat protectants for our hair, it's easy to forget that our hands also show signs of aging -- even more than our faces.   See hand creams

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How Beauty Is Defined Around the World

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you don't have to look too far to realize that's true. We've all done some things in the name of beauty (eyelash extensions, Brazilian waxes and tanning beds, to name a few) that probably seem crazy to people in different cultures who define beauty much differently.   read more

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5 Fashion-Forward Beauty Looks for Your Holiday Parties

Thanks to social calendars filled with back-to-back appearances at swanky soirées and cocktail-laden gatherings, the holiday season calls for statement-making beauty looks. That's why we gathered up five glamorous holiday makeup looks that can be done in a snap. Straight off the runways, these looks will add a dose of high fashion to any cocktail dress, menswear-inspired suit or Christmas sweater you wear this holiday season.   read more

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