10 Best Mascaras for 2014

We all want long, lush lashes that make our eyes pop, but only the best mascaras can get the job done. We're talking those holy grail mascaras with wands that grab and coat every last lash, formulas that let you layer without clumps and give you the volume, length and definition you crave -- all day long, without smudging. Is that really so much to ask?   See mascaras

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11 Ways to Wear Fall's Red Hot Hue

Unless you happen to be a supermodel (or, like Kanye West, you don't mind looking cuckoo bananas), there are certain fashion trends that are practically impossible to wear. So when a wearable trend -- like the burgundy shade we saw all over the fall collections -- comes along, we're all over it. The fact that the rich bordeaux color is wardrobe- and makeup-friendly makes it even better. All of a sudden, the cold months ahead seem much more bearable.   read more

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Fashion-Forward Beauty Looks for Your Holiday Party: What to Buy

Download a printable checklist here.   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 M.A.C. 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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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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12 Best Highlighters

Not to be a Debbie downer, but it's a fact of life that with each passing year, time takes its toll on our complexions. Our cheekbones become more sunken in, our under-eye bags get darker and lower, and our skin turns sallower.   See list

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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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The Foundation of Your Beauty: 10 Makeup Tips That Will Change Your Routine

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The Best Eyeliner for Your Cat Eye, Rocker Smudge or Graphic Flick

Remember when eyeliner used to just be eyeliner? Me neither. Today the aisles of Sephora present you with every kind of formula you could possibly want -- exotic kajal eyeliners, liquid eyeliners in a rainbow of colors, retractable eyeliners, crazy hybrid formulas like Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner ... the works. You may find yourself wondering, "What's the difference?" So we had Wake Up For Makeup blogger Ivy Boyd show us (and tell us) which eyeliner formula is best for which eye makeup look. Here, seven different eye makeup looks perfect for whichever formula you gravitate toward (or for that new pen you can't wait to try).   read more

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Halloween Costume Makeup How-Tos

Listen up, lazy girls: A cool Halloween makeup look is all you need to pull off a costume worthy of every partygoers' envy.   Get Halloween makeup

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