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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
There are opposite lip trends battling it out right now. In one corner, there's the bright orange look from Fashion Week. On the other, there's the nude lip that's been dominating awards show season. read more
After a long winter of darkness (both outside and in my makeup routine) I'm ready for summer makeup collections full of light pastel washes and punchy brights. Enter Topshop Beauty's summer 2014 makeup collection and I'm head over heels in love with each and every piece. Topshop's new Sheer Lips, Lip Varnish and Lip Paints were inspired by the iconic lips of model Kate Moss (the perfect match for all the Kate Moss for Topshop fashions perhaps?). And while the lip colors are nothing short of wow-worthy in bold colors and both matte and glossy finishes, the pastel nail polishes in the summer makeup collection are perfectly understated. The Best part? Every piece is under $25. I'm making a vow right here and now to forsake pricey department store makeup (well, at least for now) and head straight to the mall for my summer beauty look. read more
You could say that I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. Some days I enjoy playing with all the different colors and get excited when my smoky eye turns out perfectly. See cheat sheet
This weekend, our Instagrams were flooded with pictures of flower crowns, cutoffs and tribal face paint thanks to Coachella. But interspersed with all of the crazy bohemian images from Indio, Calif., was a refreshing dose of red carpet glamour -- thanks to the MTV Movie Awards. The coolest young celebrities took a time out from all that dancing in the desert to celebrate the films that might not have been Oscar-worthy, but were still some of the hottest flicks of the year. And their red carpet looks did not disappoint. From Riri's gorgeous curls to Lupita's smoky eye, we rounded up the best beauty looks and the latest beauty trends that were making the red carpet rounds last night. read more
There's a time and a place for bright lipsticks and lip glosses -- and M.A.C.'s summer collection, Playland, has convinced us that's anytime and everywhere. From vibrant fuchsias, covetable corals and even bright yellows, we're feeling inspired to leave behind our neutral palettes and indulge our wild sides. Pick up these gorgeous shades online April 15th or get them at a M.A.C. counter April 17th. read more
Trends, by their very nature, are fleeting. What's fresh and innovative today turns tired tomorrow. While some beauty trends, like stiletto nails and undercuts, can't seem to go fast enough, there are plenty more that we'd like to see stick around forever. Never has that been truer than in this year's TotalBeauty.com Award submissions, where we spotted so many emerging trends and technologies that have kind of become our beauty BFFs. read more
The secret to this supermodel's pout is a punchy shade of orange -- spring's super trendy lip color. Not only can you use this to freshen up your makeup now, but the color promises to be hot for summer, too -- and it looks great with a tan. read more
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
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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