The Ultimate Guide to Bronze Smoky Eyes

Like magpies, we're drawn to things that sparkle and shine. So, naturally, we were excited to see gilded eye makeup pop up at the runway presentations of designers like Jason Wu. Bronze shades are perfect for creating a spring-ready bold eye, and they look especially stunning against tawny skin tones and blue eyes. Wear this look on a Friday night out for cocktails -- and get ready to turn heads.   read more


Get the Illuminated Look

Sure, the matte trend isn't budging anytime soon, but a dewy complexion is always pretty -- and downright easier to achieve when summer comes around.   read more


$14 Million Mascara and 11 Other Crazy, Extravagant Beauty Products

Fellow beauty fiends know that our product "habit" can become a little expensive. Many times I have asked myself, "Do I really need to spend $60 on that night cream just because it promises to erase my every pore?" The answer is typically, "Yes, yes, I do." But even though I'll forgo a morning latte (or let's be real -- a week's worth of groceries), I draw the line at big-ticket items. These luxury beauty products are made up of the finest elements and ingredients on earth, and promise big returns. And although I don't quite have the budget for high-end makeup or luxury beauty products that cost as much as a car -- they are tempting. These high-end makeup brands and beauty brands contain diamonds, gold, even rare flowers from the ends of the earth. If I had money to burn, these would be the luxury beauty products I'd spend it on. A girl can dream.   read more


The Prettiest Powders to Pick Up This Spring

Mother's Day bouquets, painted eggs, pastel everything ... springtime is full of eye candy and beauty products are no exception. Spring lipstick shades and pastel shadows are one thing, but this season's powders (think highlighters, blushes and bronzers) are raising the stylistic bar.   read more


First Look: Proenza Schouler for M.A.C.

"It has taken a couple of years -- it's crazy!" Jack McCollough, half of the Proenza Schouler design team, says of his brand's collaboration with M.A.C.   read more


A Splash of Carnival in Your Makeup Bag

This summer all eyes will be on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, so perhaps that's where the spark of inspiration came from for Revlon's summer 2014 makeup collection. The collection, entitled Rio Rush, draws on the vibrant, tropical colors of Brazil and will have you instantly dreaming of Carnival, shirtless soccer players and drinks on the beach. This limited edition makeup collection was designed by renowned makeup artist Gucci Westman, Revlon's global artistic director. A peek at her inspiration board for the collection revealed lots of bronzed beach babes and words like "provocative," "energy" and "texture." But personally, Revlon, you had me at Brazil.   read more


How to Get a Red Carpet Look at Home

There's never a shortage of enviable beauty looks on the red carpet. With professional glam squads at their disposal, celebrities have a leg up when it comes to getting gorgeous in a snap. But we're here to tell you that it is possible to get a red-carpet-worthy look at home without professionals and a hefty price tag. Read on to see the tips, tricks and tools you need to get a celeb status look for your next close-up.   read more


Spring Trend: Vampy Lips


Spring Trend: Vampy Lips

The runways have spoken: The dark, wine-stained lips of the '90s are back in full force. Of course, this isn't the easiest trend to master. To pull off a dark kisser like a pro (meaning: without looking like a goth kid), keep the rest of your makeup minimal. A smoky eye will take this look over the top. Another pro tip? Before application, fill in your lips with liner in the same shade. This will prevent your statement lips from fading. Finally, choose a shade that flatters your skin tone. Fair-skinned women should choose deep red or berry hues, while burgundy will flatter ladies with medium and olive skin tones. Gals with darker skin can get away with blue-toned purples.   read more


5 African American Makeup Myths, Debunked

Blondes can't wear yellow, shorties can't wear maxi dresses, white ensembles look tacky after Labor Day. Well-meaning fashion rules like these shouldn't always be taken as fact. You just have to know how to wear them. Likewise, similar myths exist in the makeup world, especially with regard to women of color. "Nude lip colors never work," "Bright eye shadows look tacky" ... you get the picture. But giving into dated rules means you miss out on all the fun, and if there's anything we've learned, it's that rules are meant to be broken.   read more


12 Nude Lipsticks -- There's (at Least) One for Every Skin Tone

There are opposite lip trends battling it out right now. In one corner, there's the bold purple look being seen on the red carpets. On the other, there's the nude lip that Kylie's made famous.   read more


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