Stories by Jessica Amaris

We Tried It: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I've been doing my makeup since I was 13 years old (I'm now 24) and I'm still looking for the perfect mascara. There are literally thousands of mascara products, and between the drugstore gems and luxury splurges, my lashes are literally drowning in options. Yet over the years, one product's buzz-worthy reputation towered above them all: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23.   read more

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Celebrity Makeup Artists Share The Best Drugstore Makeup Under $20

As much as we fantasize about the glitz of a life in the spotlight, there are parts of celebrity life we'd rather skip, given the choice. Between the award shows, red carpet appearances and daily paparazzi, the stars of Hollywood are constantly scrutinized for their makeup, hair and attire. In that sense, the camera is always rolling and the pressure is always on. It's the job of a celebrity's makeup artist to ensure they're looking fabulous 24/7. And while celebrities have plenty of dough for luxurious skin-care and makeup products, you'd be surprised by how many celebrity makeup artists rely on drugstore makeup products -- yes, the stuff you see lining the shelves under fluorescent lining at your corner store -- to get celebrity clients red-carpet ready.   read more

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Kerry Washington Keeps This In Her Purse At All Times

When she's not being a total boss babe as Olivia Pope on "Scandal," Kerry Washington is paving her way in the beauty world. But unlike many of her celebrity peers, she has a different view on the purpose of the beauty industry. "Part of what my beauty routine does for me is it allows me to have a self-loving ritual each and every day," Washington told Total Beauty. "As I go out into the world and I'm taking care of my children, taking care of work, being a wife, being an actress and trying to be a citizen in this democracy right now -- it's so important for me to have a little time that's all about loving me."   read more

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12 Stunning Looks from the 2017 Oscars

For us in the beauty biz, the Oscars are a bit like Christmas. It brings the celebs we love together and allows us a sneak peak at this year's hottest hair and makeup trends (while getting to relive some of our favorite movies of the year).   read more

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Read THIS Before Getting a Septum Piercing

Septum piercings are having a major moment right now, and they're not just for bad girls anymore. The popular '90s facial piercing is the cool-girl accessory to rock right now, and we're thankful we're well beyond the years of asking our parents for permission, because these nose adornments are cute AF.   read more

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10 Knockout Looks from the 2017 Grammy Awards

As we celebrate the top artists of the year at the 2017 Grammy Awards, we're doing a lot more than playing our favorite albums and top tracks of the year on repeat. The award show offers a plethora of up-and-coming makeup trends and hairstyle ideas we'll recreate in the months to come, not to mention the gorgeous gowns debuted on the red carpet. If you missed the stunning looks of the red carpet, we've got your beauty inspo covered. Here, the must-see beauty looks of the 2017 Grammy Awards.   read more

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Vote for the Best Beauty Vlogger of 2017

Every year we round up the top-rated beauty products and let you, our amazing readers, vote on which ones deserve to win a TotalBeauty Award. This year we realized something was missing -- namely the someones who possess the talent to turn a humble contour kit or curling iron into works of art. Yep, we're talking beauty influencers.   read more

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How to Lose Body Fat in 9 Simple Steps

We're all about self-acceptance, but if we're being honest, it'd be nice to know how to lose body fat. Whether it's for health reasons or purely to feel more confident in a bikini, sometimes we're on a mission to lose body fat fast -- but it's not an easy task. There's an insane amount of information out there on how to reduce body fat, and it can be tough to weed through the fat-burning facts -- and myths.   read more

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