12 Best Makeup Finds for $5 or Less

If your budget's more beer than champagne, your makeup doesn't have to suffer. Take comfort in these consumer-approved, high-quality finds, available online and at your local drugstore.   Makeup finds

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Runway to Real Life: Spring Makeup Trends

Sure, fashionistas are anxiously waiting for Autumn/Winter '15 trends to hit the runways at New York Fashion Week, but the rest of us are kinda eager to start wearing the spring makeup trends we saw on the runway last fall. Some trends were utterly predictable (I get it -- slick ponytails and smoky eyes are here to stay), but there were a few showstoppers, like the bold new lip colors, canvas-worthy eye makeup and modern takes on vintage favorites. Take a look at how these beauty bloggers transformed those new runway trends into totally wearable, everyday makeup looks.   read more

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Would You Buy or Swap Used Makeup Online?

Reddit is a great resource for many things: Discovering new memes, uncensored interviews with celebs (Snoop Dogg is a fan of K Pop, FYI) and, believe it or not, scoring sweet makeup deals. Yep, this stripped-down dude bulletin board is also home to the Makeup Exchange, a forum where users can sell, request and even swap products for free. Picked up the wrong shade of MAC foundation? No problem, Julie in Montana will trade you for her Stila lipstick in Phenomenal. Sounds like a makeup junkie's dream ... except for one teensy, tiny, problem: the majority of products being passed around have all been used.   read more

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The Hottest Hair and Beauty Trends From the SAG Awards

The SAG awards gave us three different takes on the 60s bouffant that we can't wait to try: Abigail Breslin did Bridgette proud in a retro half-updo, "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone highlighted her bangs with an voluminous updo and Julie Bowen paired her bouffant with a flirty ponytail.   read more

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TV Stars Who Look Totally Different IRL

We're always in awe of celebs who change up their looks for that one big on-screen moment -- Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club", Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years a Slave", Meryl Streep in almost every role she plays. But when that makeover takes place every week in your living room (we're talking TV), it's hard to picture the celebrity outside the role. Good hair and makeup is truly powerful, people. Just take a look at these television favorites -- you'll have to rewind your DVR for a double take.   read more

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The Case for Throwing Away Your Makeup Brushes

If you look around my bathroom, you'll see makeup brushes spilling out of every container. Some may say I have a tiny obsession with them. But everywhere I turn, makeup artists are using their hands as painter's palettes -- dabbing, pressing and molding faces into perfection with their digits. As it turns out, your fingers aren't just good to use in a pinch -- some products apply better with your fingers than with brushes. I enlisted Gita Bass, celebrity makeup artist and member of the Simple Advisory Board (she also happens to use her fingers to apply the majority of her makeup), to tell me all about this "finger painting" movement.   read more

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Steal These Matte Lip Looks from the Runway

The matte trend is nothing new in the world of beauty. It started last spring with matte hair (hello, dry shampoo). Then, shine-free manicures kicked glossy gels to the curb this fall. As Spring 2014 approaches, matte lips will be taking center stage. If you're already dreading dry lips and bleeding color , don't worry: the new formulas are surprisingly moisturizing. And if you prep with quick scrub, a dab of balm and a light lining with a nude pencil, you'll have soft lips and and color that stays in place for the long haul.   read more

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12 Best Eyeshadows

It's a familiar scenario: You start your day with perfectly made-up eyes. Your lashes are long and lifted, your cat-eye wings are as symmetrical as they'll ever be and your shadow is blended so skillfully that you wish you could give yourself a high five. But a few hours later, you glance in the bathroom mirror to find a pair of shockingly faded, creased eyelids. What was a makeup masterpiece this morning is now a hot mess. We've all been there.   See shadows

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Rethink Pink: 9 New NARS Colors to Blush Over

Looking for a way to switch up your makeup this year? Look no further than NARS' Final Cut Collection, a fierce and edgy take on the most classic makeup hue. That's right, we're talking about the color pink, Ladies.   read more

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8 Zero-Commitment Ways to Change Your Look in 2014

My biggest problem with New Year's resolutions isn't that you're setting yourself up for failure (even though that's generally the case), it's that executing them can be so expensive. Want to hit the gym? Get ready to shell out hundreds of dollars for a membership. Need a hair transformation? Expect a $200+ salon bill.   See ideas

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