The Picassos of Body Paint

Body paint enthusiasts made their way to Austria to compete in the 16th annual World Bodypainting Festival, where they showed off some of the most incredible art in the flesh we've ever seen. Models posed wearing nothing but makeup and gallons of paint and glitter -- who knew you could do so much with makeup? Check out some of our favorite from this year's festival.   read more


Challenge: 1 Palette, 2 Office-Ready Looks

In the Total Beauty and Beauty Riot office, most of us don't have makeup bags so much as makeup trunks, and even those are often overflowing with products.   read more


New Beauty Buzzwords: Punk, Vamp, Shimmer

Sure, summer is just getting into full swing, but we're already hearing whispers about the new makeup trends for Fall 2013. It's bold (brows), it's bright (skin), it's retro (dig out those Doc Martens), and it's what we'll be wearing come September when things start cooling off.   read more


5 Lip Colors You Must Try This Summer

When the temperatures start to rise, that's your cue to refresh your makeup bag and fill it with plenty of bright and bold hues. Summer is a veritable celebration of color, and what's the easiest way to inject a pop of color into your beauty routine? Start with your lipstick.   read more


Sneak Preview: NARS Fall 2013 Collection

Matte is back in NARS' new Fall 2013 line, which includes eyeshadows, eyeliners, lipsticks, and nail polishes. We love the intense, midnight-toned hues of the shadows -- they remind us of the rich colors you see in the night sky hours after sun goes down. You can grab the new looks at NARS online starting July 15.   read more


How to Not Be a Hot Mess at Essence Fest

Some of my favorite things about festival season -- besides being able to wear crazy prints, trendy crop tops, boho headbands ... and not look insane -- is keeping my makeup to a minimum. Warm weather and full-blown makeup just doesn't mix. Sweaty, drippy, streak-ridden foundation is never sexy and a hairstyle that requires constant fixing (while you're still dripping sweat) is never a good look. That's why creating a happy balance between what's essential and what's excessive is key.   read more


Challenge: 1 Palette, 2 Easy Weekend Looks

Weekends to us mean leisurely brunches, hiking with friends, and, OK, catching up on errands too. What they don't mean: spending hours in front of the mirror perfecting a cat eye before heading to the coffee shop or grocery store.   read more


We Found It! A Truly Waterproof Eyeliner

It's summer -- primetime for swimming and sweating. If you're like us, it also means your eyeliner takes a hike on your face, dripping and smudging in places it was never intended to wander. So, you look for a waterproof eyeliner. But here's the thing about finding the perfect one: the only way to find out if it actually works is to buy it and try it. And if it doesn't? Sorry, sucker. Add it to the pile of other products with broken promises.   read more


Check Out This Crazy New Mascara Brush

Over the last five or so years, mascara wands have morphed from simple to seriously kooky. First, there was an onslaught of rubber, spiky brushes (like CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Mascara). Then, vibrating wands had their five minutes of fame (see: Lancome Oscillation Mascara). And who can forget the terrifying Givenchy Phenomen' Eyes, which looked a bit like a Medieval torture device?   read more


MAC's Tropical Taboo Collection Drops Today

MAC surprised us today with an early online launch of the new Tropical Taboo Collection -- a sizzling lineup that's a thousand times hotter than "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights." The vivid, shimmering color collection, on sale today online and in stores June 27, brings the heat, with an emphasis on glamorous eye shadows, bold lip colors, and super-shiny lip glosses. Kudos to the team for the up-tempo names, like "Cha-Cha-Cha" and "Calypso Beat" -- they kinda take us to a Latin boogie happy place.   read more


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