If you're anything like us, you're probably pretty discerning about what makes the cut in your makeup bag(s). Only the best makeup will do. So we painted our faces with all kinds of products (from BB creams and lipsticks to bronzers and primers) to find the best of the best makeup: the mascara that gave us lashes a mile long, the foundation that made our skin look flawless and the concealer that hid all traces of a late-night Netflix binge session. read more
There's something about the words 'limited edition' and 'Nars' that when put together, completely throw us into a frenzy. So of course, the new Nars summer makeup collection, Adult Swim, has me lusting after lime green (yes, I said it, lime green) eyeshadow. Adult Swim launches in store April 15, and combines the best of all facets of summer makeup -- pastels, neons, metallics -- and somehow makes it all work together. read more
Let's face it: Despite our best intentions, getting a solid night's sleep just doesn't happen all the time. Whether it's a work deadline or a "House of Cards" binge-watching spree that's robbing you of Zzz's, the result is still the same: puffy, tired-looking eyes. When you're already sleepwalking through your morning routine, the last thing you want to deal with is a complicated camouflaging strategy. Slathering on eye cream and a concealer? That's just way too much work. Which is why we're obsessed with the latest crop of concealers. Instead of merely hiding the problem, they contain skin care ingredients that help reduce dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles in the long run, while instantly brightening, de-puffing and covering dark circles (so you don't have to wait for the long-term results to kick in). So leave the raccoon eyes to, well, the raccoons and start fighting dark circles and fine lines as you cover them up. read more
Nothing brings me to my childhood happy place quite like the fresh colors of spring. Pastel blues that remind me of eating flossy cotton candy in amusement park lines, or light pinks and greens that take me right back to the first sunny beach days of the season -- strolling the boardwalk with a dripping ice cream cone of strawberry and mint chocolate chip. Now, I'm itching to add these colors to my beauty routine -- embracing the pastel eyeshadow trend. read more
If you woke up this morning and dabbled on your eye makeup the same way you do every day, we've got a little treat for you. The next time you have a spare five (or 10) minutes, try one of these amazing eyeliner looks. Unlike the smoky eye (which, let's be honest, takes a bit of brilliance in blending artistry), the only thing these looks require is a steady hand. And maybe a little glitter. And, oh yeah, the right brushes and tools. read more
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If you have dark circles, you know how irritating it is to hear, "You look tired." That's why some of us of us would rather walk out of the house in our bras and underwear than go sans concealer. As a matter of fact, a poll of TotalBeauty.com readers indicates that dark circles are your biggest beauty concern. read more
You have enough to worry about on any given day -- "Is this crop top office-appropriate?" "Did Kimye really deserve that Vogue cover?" -- that getting prettified every morning should not be one of them. Put your beauty routine on auto-pilot with these seriously smart beauty products whose innovative packaging take all the guesswork and fuss out of getting gorgeous. read more
Step away from the highlighter: After years of gleaming, shimmery skin being in fashion, matte face makeup is finally in vogue again. But this isn't a retro, I-was-assaulted-with-a-loaded-powderpuff matte face; the modern matte look demands that skin looks flawlessly airbrushed, but still completely natural -- no easy feat. Rimmel London updates its best-selling Stay Matte makeup line with new Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, a feather-light formula designed to deliver a matte look without a cake-y texture. We asked top bloggers and TotalBeauty.com reviewers to try Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and give us their honest feedback: Is this their matte makeup match? Read on to find out. read more
It's a fact of life: Our bodies aren't perfect. We're not talking about muffin tops and love handles, but those other annoying body blemishes that make us want to run for cover -- bruises, spider veins, stretch marks and scars. You don't have to give up showing a little skin just because you have a regrettable tattoo or unplanned tan lines on your body. Just take a tip from the flawless-seeming Victoria's Secret models: When they strut down the runway, those amazing bodies are thanks, in part, to layers and layers of body makeup. We're not suggesting you spend all day contouring a six-pack that isn't there, but there are a few tricks you can steal to hide a tattoo from your in-laws or cover up bruises for a big event. Ready for a flawless finish? We've got you covered. read more
When we heard music artist Santigold was collaborating on a summer 2014 makeup collection for Smashbox, we couldn't wait to get our hands on it. Santigold began designing the limited edition makeup collection in 2012 with the help of makeup artist Lori Taylor, when end-of-the-world hype was running rampant. You recall that an ancient Mayan prophecy predicted the world would end on December 21, when a planet was scheduled to crash into Earth. Santigold's inspiration came from imagining post-2012, a time when aliens would coexist with humans. OK, so it sounds a little crazy, but that doesn't mean the vibrant colors and graphic makeup packaging aren't completely out of this world. "I wanted to create a collection that looks good on all skin colors ... products that stayed in place and looked the same as they did in the pot," Santigold told New York Magazine of the Smashbox collection (in stores April 1). We'll be snapping up, oh, just about every piece. read more
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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Use the beauty guides we offer at Total Beauty to accentuate your favorite features, streamline your makeup routine, or try something new. You will be able to get exactly the look you're going for with our makeup dos, don'ts, tips and tricks, videos, and much, much more.
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