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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Sephora's Divergent Makeup Collection

If you flew through the "Divergent" series (guilty) and now you're holding your breath until the movie to hit theaters tomorrow, here's your perfect fix: the Divergent makeup collection from Sephora. Because really, the only thing that rivals a good book is a complementary makeup collection complete with nail polish, of course. Whether you see yourself as a badass member of Dauntless, a peace loving Amity gal, or Divergent (we won't tell anyone), Sephora's new limited edition collection has got you covered.   read more

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12 New Spring Makeup Buys -- For Under $15

I'm always on the hunt for drugstore products that work just as well as their prestige counterparts. Because -- to be totally honest -- glamorous logos and gold lacquered lipstick tubes may be part of my job, but they're not in my budget.   read more

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You're Filling in Your Eyebrows All Wrong

My sad, scrawny eyebrows just don't grow. (Like many teenagers of the '90s, I was an overzealous tweezer.) But bold eyebrows are now the trend; so about six months ago I started aggressively penciling them in -- and loved the result. Then, one day, my best friend looked at me and said, "Your eyebrow pencil is really obvious."   read more

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10 Discontinued Products You Loved Back to Life

You spend years and a good chunk of change searching for the perfect lipstick -- the one that complements your skin tone, stays on and doesn't run -- and you find it. Two tubes in, it vanishes, and you discover the brand discontinued that particular shade. It's my nightmare. I buy in bulk and hoard my favorite beauty products in fear of my violet eyeliner or date night perfume being discontinued. And apparently, I'm not alone. When brands discontinued these beauty products, fans and loyal customers lost it. They launched e-mail campaigns, begged and threatened boycotts. They did everything in their power to let the cosmetic company know just how much they loved these beauty products. And their efforts paid off. These discontinued beauty products saw so much love the brands brought 'em back.   read more

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Master the Matte Finish

Move over, dewy skin. Matte makeup has been all over the runways and red carpet, leaving the shimmery look popular in years past in, well, the past. But this isn't your '80s pancake makeup or the kind of spackle that you'd see on a Broadway performer. This season, the matte look is all about getting a velvety-smooth finish that doesn't look heavy. Sound like a tall order? We got the scoop from Rimmel London makeup artist Kirstin Piggott about just how to master the matte finish.   read more

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Two Jaw-Dropping Smoky Eyes You Can Do at Home

Smoky eye makeup is a standard look for a night out, a special occasion, or hey, just because you're feeling sexy. However there's a fine line between a masterfully smudged and blurred smoky eye and an eye makeup look that's simply a mess.   read more

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17 Best Blushes

A good blush gives a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow, something we all strive for with our makeup. A bad blush gives a streaky, sparkly, clownish look -- not attractive. Luckily, our reviewers have tried tons of blushes, and here we share their favorites. They guarantee you won't look like you're auditioning for the circus. (Just remember to use a real blush brush with all of them, not the little ones that come in the package, OK?)   See blushes

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6 Ways to Give Winter the Finger (and Lip)

Illamasqua has a rep for producing vibrant, theatrical makeup looks, and believe it or not, they actually toned things down a bit for the new Glamore collection. But you wouldn't know it by looking at these bright, color-saturated lipsticks and grownup-glittery polishes. Not only are the colors brand-spanking-new, the formulas have been changed up, too. Instead of the signature matte lipstick, the new shades come in a satin finish that is creamier and less drying, but still highly pigmented. And those glimmer-packed polishes? Well, see for yourself.   read more

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A Mind-Blowing Step-by-Step Guide to the Cut Crease

The cut crease eye makeup look is on par with a killer smoky eye, the perfect red lip or those loose, beachy waves everyone (but me) seems to be able to perfect. In other words, you see it everywhere, but it's more difficult than it looks to do by your own hand. If you're thinking, 'Uh, what's a cut crease?', it's a technique that contrasts eye shadow color in the crease of your eye for a sharp, defined look.   read more

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