You fall head over heels for a $58 BB cream that leaves your skin soft, dewy and impossibly clear -- and you're quite sure there's no other product in the world that will make you look so youthful and radiant. So you do want any beauty-product-obsessed girl on a budget would do: splurge on another bottle and eat ramen for the next week. No matter how much you love a product, it can be hard to justify the price tag, especially on day six of shrink-wrapped noodles. While there truly are some magical beauty products out there for which there is no substitute, plenty of expensive department store beauty products have a drugstore doppelganger that works just as well -- and for a lot less money. We road-tested every popular beauty dupe on the market to find out which high-end beauty products are worth the splurge and which ones you may want to reconsider. read more
Imagine a world without makeup tools. Scary, right? I'm sure we could probably survive -- plus, these celebrities show that sometimes being tweezer-less is a good thing. But a simple tool like a foundation brush or eyelash curler can make all the difference in your makeup routine. TotalBeauty.com readers agree that these makeup tools do the job. See tools
Foundation has come a long way in the last 10 years. BB creams and CC creams have taken over the category, and even traditional liquids now pack good-for-your-skin ingredients. However, compact foundations have seriously lagged behind. They're notoriously drying and tend to look flat and unnatural -- that is, until now. read more
There's a certain je ne sais quoi to the natural glow of flushed cheeks and rosy lips. Of course, not all of us are blessed with a perpetual glow and just-bitten pout. But the good news is that the makeup industry has done its best to give us what nature should have through the ingenious invention of lip and cheek stains. That said, while some of these products have forever earned a place in our reader's makeup bags, others have wound up in the trash. See products
Every 15 seconds, seven tubes of Maybelline Baby Lips are sold. Maybe it's Maybelline, or maybe it's that the best tinted lip balms offer complexion-brightening, unfussy color plus tons of moisture. While we don't dispute the amazingness of Baby Lips, we wonder how other, new tinted lip balms stack up against the most popular brand. These eight new lip balms -- which deliver a kiss of color, a heaping dose of moisture plus long-term benefits including age-fighting antioxidants -- are about to up your tinted-balm game, big time. read more
In theory, contouring is a magical makeup technique that makes your face look 10 pounds slimmer and gives you cheekbones that rival those of Angelina-Jolie-as-Maleficent. In practice, many things can go wrong: choose the wrong shade and end up looking like an Oompa Loompa; don't blend it enough and wind up looking like you just completed a mud run; use too-pale highlighter and get ghostly half-moons under your eyes. read more
Dirty little secret: I wear mascara to the gym. Without it, my blonde lashes disappear, which makes me feel freakish. What I've learned is: Not all waterproof mascaras live up to their claims -- and a sweaty workout can leave me with smudges around my eyes (a dead giveaway that I'm high-maintenance). read more
A good blush gives a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow, something we all strive for with our makeup. A bad blush gives a streaky, sparkly, clownish look -- not attractive. Luckily, our reviewers have tried tons of blushes, and here we share their favorites. They guarantee you won't look like you're auditioning for the circus. (Just remember to use a real blush brush with all of them, not the little ones that come in the package, OK?) See blushes
Sure, the clothes and accessories of New York Fashion Week have us drooling, but we can't get our hands on those without time traveling into next season (and forking over a month's rent). For us beauty editors, the best part of New York Fashion Week is the gorgeous makeup looks. Our favorite accessory isn't a pair of Loubs or a darling clutch -- it's these of-the-minute beauty looks. Here, the trendy, fresh, need-it-now makeup looks from New York Fashion Week that you can get right this instant. read more
If our mascara review section is any indication, the majority of you have found your mascara soul mate: the can't-live-without-it, life-changing product that gives you the fluttery lashes of your dreams. In beauty-speak, we call this a Holy Grail product (HG, for short). But if your HG mascara isn't waterproof, that makes situations that call for budge-proof makeup (e.g. your wedding day, the series finale of "Parks and Rec") pretty tricky. And that's where these waterproof topcoats come in. 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.
In addition to bringing you makeup tips, Total Beauty also offers you comprehensive information on the latest beauty products and complete beauty news coverage. Our articles will help you learn to apply makeup, understand what products will work best for your skin type, and to pick colors that will suit your complexion. All you have to do to get a fabulous, professionally-applied look is to follow our step-by-step beauty and makeup tips.
Use the beauty guides we offer at Total Beauty to accentuate your favorite features, streamline your makeup routine, or try something new. You will be able to get exactly the look you're going for with our makeup dos, don'ts, tips and tricks, videos, and much, much more.
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