Stories by Katie McCarthy

The ABCs of Acne

SKIN CARE

The ABCs of Acne

What causes acne, how to prevent acne from forming, and how to treat existing acne are three of the most mystifying issues in dermatology today. That's because acne can be influenced by such a weird amalgamation of factors -- from major influences like lifestyle, heredity and stress down to seemingly insignificant details like what you pour over your cereal in the morning. Here's everything we know about acne and how to cure it, from the foods that cause acne to pimple home remedies to antibiotics for acne.   read more

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9 Negative Space Nail Art Looks to Copy Now

The trends of nail art and nude-colored polish aren't going anywhere this season, but the fall/winter 2014 runway shows showed a new style of manicure that combines the look of both. Manicurists are dubbing this hot look the "negative space manicure": minimalist, often geometric-looking nail art that lets slivers of your naked (or nude-polished) nail peek through. Check out these inspirational negative space manis, and tips on how to DIY them.   read more

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Look 10 Years Younger by This Weekend

Most women think that looking years younger is going to cost them: time, money and/or pain. And anti-aging products and cosmetic procedures cost. But the truth is that looking more youthful -- by years, even a decade -- is much more about tweaking perceptions. These 10 science-based tips show how simple changes can help you turn back the clock by a decade or more.   read more

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4 Apps That Give You a Virtual Makeover

Sure, the arrival of the new year presents a great excuse for making self-improvements. But if you don't want to spend more time at the gym, do a juice cleanse or buy new mascara, these free smartphone apps are a pretty cool shortcut to your new year makeover (or, at the very least, a bangin' Facebook profile pic). We tried four beauty apps on our road to selfie-made perfection -- and took photos along the way. Here's how they fared.   read more

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Should You Try Clairol Professional FLARE Permanent Cream Color?

Some women find DIY too intimidating to try, but coloring your hair at home with the right product can help you achieve professional results at home while giving yourself to an instant makeover. Nevertheless, you might wonder: Will a drastic color change be too hard to pull off? Will you get the shade you see on the box? Will it damage and dry out your hair? Will it cover dark roots or grays?   read more

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17 Instagram Beauty Gurus You've Got to Follow

Your Instagram friends' #nomakeup selfies and the pics of the amaze burritos they had for lunch are great. But your feed could use a little more glamour. A little more pizzazz. A little more prettiness. The following beauty gurus and tastemakers make Instagram look like an art form, with amazingly gorgeous, well-curated feeds. From beauty product porn to braids for every occasion to enviable nail art, the images in these Insta feeds are the prettiest things you'll see all day.   read more

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15 Ways to Wear Hair Ribbons

The schoolgirl fashion trend -- plaid kilts, collared blouses -- is going strong, so it's only fitting that hair ribbons are also back in style. The problem: Unless you're Alexa Chung or Brigitte Bardot 50 years ago, you feel kind of silly wearing a hair bow.   read more

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Makeup Transformations That Totally Trump Your Halloween Costume

Talk about a makeover! These internet makeup stars pull off believable celebrity-inspired makeup transformations with amazing skill. Here are six of our favorite makeup artists -- Michelle Phan, Promise Phan, Carly Paige, Kandee Johnson, Lucia Pittalis and Anastasiya Shpagina -- and their best makeup transformations.   read more

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13 Best Microbead-Free Exfoliators for Face and Body

Your beloved face and body scrubs are about to get a huge makeover:   read more

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Get Your Glowiest, Most Radiant Skin Ever

Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are the workhorses of your skin-care routine, exfoliating dull skin and fading imperfections minus scratchy microbeads. Yep, pretty much everyone can benefit from having acid in their routines -- but you shouldn't pick just any ol' AHA cleanser. If you wanna get nerdy about it, the various alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid) work differently on a molecular level, and choosing which one to use can make or break your skin. We asked Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., a Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist, to decode some of the most common AHAs and BHAs and tell which one you should be using.   read more

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