Stories by Katie McCarthy

5 Nail Polishes That Look Like Nail Art

If you don't have the time or know-how to do your own nail art, a slew of ingeniously formulated polishes are making it easy. Thanks to these cool textures, multichrome colors and chunky glitters, you can get a nail-art look with just one high-tech polish. Here, the sneaky multitaskers that are about to up your nail game.   read more

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17 Unbelievable Wedding Beauty Looks Around the Globe

When you imagine a bride getting ready for her wedding day, you probably envision a mother-daughter trip to Kleinfeld to pick out the perfect white gown, or an inspiration board of bridal updos that she tries out weeks in advance. But if you're a bride in West Sumatra, Bulgaria or Morocco, that routine might look a little different -- like an eight-pound-crown, face-paint, tinsel-veil kind of situation. One thing's for sure: Beyond the Western world, bridal beauty has a million definitions. Here are some of the world's most amazing bridal 'dos, makeup and accessories we've ever seen.   read more

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6 Amazing, No-Flake Mascaras

Flakes: They're my bugaboo. I don't like flaky people, and I really don't like flaky mascara. It's been 20 years since I first picked up a mascara wand, and I still haven't found a formula that doesn't fall all over my cheeks or scrape the s!&# out of my cornea. A truly flake-free mascara, I decided, was about as plausible as a sharknado.   read more

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10 Beautifying and Healing Oils (That Aren't Coconut Oil)

So unless you live under a rock (where there are no lady mags or Wi-Fi, obviously), you know there are plenty of uses for coconut oil beyond frying and baking. Yes, fatty-acid-rich, antioxidant-packed, multipurpose coconut oil is having a major moment in the beauty world. But don't forget the other super-oils that may be hiding in your kitchen cupboard or medicine cabinet. Here are clever ways to use olive oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil and more.   read more

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The Mika for Shu Collection = Makeup in Technicolor

Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa's work pops with punchy colors, natural forms and colorful creatures. Her third, limited-edition cosmetics and skin care collab with Shu Uemura, Mika for Shu features these super-happy, eye-catching motifs. Check out the Mika for Shu Summer 2014 Collection here.   read more

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How to Ditch Your Curling Iron Forever

The last time I/the world used foam hair rollers was probably right around the time that blue eye shadow was still a definite fashion "do" and Jessie Spano was tweaking on caffeine pills. But like crop tops and Doc Martens, what was retro yesterday is hot today. To whit, women in beauty-product-obsessed Korea are all over sponge rollers right now. And when summer temps are soaring, getting gorgeous hair without wilting under a curling iron or blow-dryer starts to sound pretty fab. Here's how to get the curly, wavy or voluminous look you're after with foam rollers.   read more

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The Real Deal About Body BB Creams

I'm not sure why I didn't take notice when Jergens' breakthrough BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream came out last year -- when women were paying three times the retail price on eBay/selling their first-born children to get the stuff. I guess I was too busy smearing diluted tinted moisturizer on my legs. (It's just for special occasions! Don't judge me!) Suffice it to say when word of this body BB cream came my way, I was intrigued. I've spent so many cumulative hours trying to elevate this mug of mine from "blotchy Northern European pale-face" to "Christina Hendricks alabaster" that taking a few seconds to apply a tone-enhancing, skin-perfecting product on my body seemed completely appropriate.   read more

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13 Super-Chic Bikinis for Women Who Hate Bikinis

Did you know that three out of five women would rather have a Pap smear every day for a week than wear a triangle top bikini in public? Probably not, because I made that up, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were true. Even if you are totally cool displaying swaths of skin to the sun and your fellow man -- comfort and freedom of movement aren't hallmarks of itsy-bitsy two-pieces. (Just try diving into a strong wave if you don't believe us.)   read more

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10 BBQ Dishes That Won't Make You Bust Out of Your Bikini

Remember that summer barbecue where you stuffed your face with ribs, potato salad and ice cream and left feeling light, unbloated and without any regrets? Me, either. There's nothing like downing a sodium-bomb burger with a side of coleslaw and potato chips and realizing the gravity of your actions 10 minutes later, while you're nursing a food baby in the hot sun and pulling at your ever-tighter bikini bottoms. Get your grub on, no regrets, with these health-conscious barbecue dishes, which taste great while cutting carbs, fat and calories.   read more

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9 Amazing Asian Eye Makeup Tutorials

Maybe you're a total makeup novice who thinks tightlining is the name of a circus act. Or maybe you're so advanced you can draw a cat eye in your rearview mirror on a bumpy road. (Don't judge me, you've tried it, too.) Fact is, we all have some things to learn about makeup application, especially when it comes to the eyes. These Asian eye makeup tutorials walk you through how to create a variety of looks and how to complement your unique lid shape, lashes, and eye and skin color.   read more

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