Stories by Erica Smith

The Best Beauty Looks from the MTV Movie Awards

This weekend, our Instagrams were flooded with pictures of flower crowns, cutoffs and tribal face paint thanks to Coachella. But interspersed with all of the crazy bohemian images from Indio, Calif., was a refreshing dose of red carpet glamour -- thanks to the MTV Movie Awards. The coolest young celebrities took a time out from all that dancing in the desert to celebrate the films that might not have been Oscar-worthy, but were still some of the hottest flicks of the year. And their red carpet looks did not disappoint. From Riri's gorgeous curls to Lupita's smoky eye, we rounded up the best beauty looks and the latest beauty trends that were making the red carpet rounds last night.   read more

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Pretty as a Picture: Art Made Entirely of Makeup

We can all agree that creating symmetrical cat eyes and coloring your lipstick inside the lines takes a steady hand and some finesse, but some artists are taking makeup to a whole new level of inventiveness. They're trading in their oils and pastels for mascara and lip gloss, and creating full-blown works of art on canvases (that are not faces.)   read more

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9 Shoes to Step into This Spring

Take footnotes from the runway this spring with 9 of the season's most stylish shoe trends   read more

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Genius Beauty Products to Get You Gorgeous Faster

You have enough to worry about on any given day -- "Is this crop top office-appropriate?" "Did Kimye really deserve that Vogue cover?" -- that getting prettified every morning should not be one of them. Put your beauty routine on auto-pilot with these seriously smart beauty products whose innovative packaging take all the guesswork and fuss out of getting gorgeous.   read more

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9 White Lies You Need to Stop Telling Your Docs

It starts out innocently enough. "I don't smoke ... " That's technically true -- you just forgot to tack on " ... Monday through Thursday," right? If completing that checklist in your doctor's office means lowballing your vices or glossing over certain unsavory details in your past, those little white lies could lead to major medical issues (yes, we're talking about the c-word).   read more

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7 Things You Should Know Before Dyeing Your Curly Hair

Curly girls have zillions of products tailored to their hair type -- shampoos, co-washes, conditioners, brushes, leave-ins ... you get the idea. But hair dyes are a different story, and naturally curly, kinky textured hair is notoriously tricky to color.   read more

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5 Reasons You Should Never (Ever) Pull an All-Nighter

Ah, the all-nighter. You think you're a badass for staying up all night on a caffeine-fueled bender, but whether you're wrapping up a deadline in the wee hours or dancing on tables at an after-hours speakeasy, sacrificing just one night of sleep is hell on your body.   read more

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Lunchtime Lipo and 10 Other Quickie Nip & Tucks

You can get a whole lot done on a power lunch: land an account, close a deal ... and turn the clock back 10 years. Unlike that girl in your high school class who mysteriously went away on an "extended vacation" (only to return with an entirely new nose), more and more women are taking advantage of quickie "lunchtime" procedures for transformations that won't put your entire calendar in disarray.   read more

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The Best HD Makeup Products For Your Next Close-Up

Most of us are never on TV or the silver screen, but we are the stars of our own reality show. Social media updates, selfies, wedding pictures, your professional LinkedIn profile pic ... there are plenty of photo ops around the corner and you want to look great because let's face it: thanks to the internet, those unforgiving, high def photos are going to be around forever.   read more

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Makeup Tricks Before & After: Can You Tell The Difference?

Almost every makeup tutorial comes with a little nugget of advice that you can tack onto your routine and claims to make a world of difference. Want eyes as big as Zooey Deschanel's? Line your waterline with a nude eyeliner! But is the difference between normal eyes and gorgeous doe-like eyes really as simple as a few swipes? Is it a placebo effect? Or are your eyes just watery and full of liner?   read more

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