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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The Blush We're Buying in Multiples

We see our fair share of makeup at Total Beauty headquarters, and truth be told, it takes a lot to get all of us excited about a single product. But when the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, $45, were passed around for TotalBeauty.com Award nominations, we spent a little too much time oohing and aahing about the way they made us glow. And not a disco shimmer kind of glow. The powders are made with "photoluminescent technology" designed to mimic your skin's best qualities in the most flattering light (think diffused light, candlelight and dim light). We loved the silky texture and perfect amount of shimmer in these finishing powders.   read more

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13 Best Makeup Tools

Imagine a world without makeup tools. Scary, right? I'm sure we could probably survive -- plus, these celebrities show that sometimes being tweezer-less is a good thing. But a simple tool like a foundation brush or eyelash curler can make all the difference in your makeup routine. Reviewers agree that these makeup tools do the job.   See tools

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And the Academy Award for Best Hair, Makeup and Nails Goes To...

The Oscars are always filled with glamorous celebrity moments, and this year was no exception. The designer gowns, tear-jerking acceptance speeches and host Ellen DeGeneres's celeb selfie that broke the record for number of retweets (and briefly broke Twitter!) were just a few highlights. But as always, it was the beauty looks we couldn't get enough of -- and we'll be turning to them for inspiration for months to come. Since we could never pick just one, we gathered our celeb favorites in hair, makeup and nails at the 2014 Academy Awards, and included expert tips and get-the-look details.   read more

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Total Beauty's makeup tips and tricks are the answer to all your foundation, mascara, eye shadow, and blush questions. If you've ever seen a look on someone, be it a celebrity or girl-on-the-street, and wondered how you could do it at home, you've come to the right place. The art of makeup application has never been easier with our how-to and do-it-yourself articles and videos. These resources will provide you with all the information you need to get exactly the look you're going for - be it forties sophistication, the eighties drama, seventies playfulness, or natural girl-next-door.



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