The matte lipstick trend is making a comeback and we couldn't be more excited. Not only does matte lipstick work well for day and night, it also tends to have longer staying power -- and less of a sticky quality -- than traditional lipsticks and glosses. But one of matte lipstick's biggest downfall is its chalky, patchy application that can dry out lips. That's why our criteria for the best matte lipstick has three parts: It should be highly pigmented, last all day and -- most importantly -- not make your lips feel dryer than the Sahara. According to our readers, these nine best matte lipsticks fit the bill. read more
Remember when you were 16 years old? That night you swiped a six-pack from your parents and snuck out in the middle of the night to split it with your best friends? Remember how invincible you felt? That rebel still lives in you somewhere, and though it's no longer cute to engage in juvenile teenage behavior, we can all benefit from a little darkness here and there. See Tips
It's a (no-so) scientific fact that -- from cookie exchanges to work parties to New Year's Eve toasts -- social engagements increase 1,000 percent around the holidays. It's also a fact (of life) that work can put a serious damper on getting ready for said engagements. After all, the sparkly holiday eye makeup we're donning for our friend's holiday party probably isn't going to fly at the office. read more
Brown lipstick -- yes, the kind you wore in the '90s -- is back, and looking better than ever. Need proof? Just scroll through the Instagram feeds of "It" girls like Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls, who have all snapped themselves wearing the throwback hue. read more
If you don't prime before applying eye makeup, you're committing a serious makeup crime. If you aren't convinced that you need (or have time for) this crucial step, maybe this will do it: Experts say that the No. 1 way to prevent makeup from melting and smudging is to prime. (Think about it this way: Taking an extra 10 seconds in the morning to apply eye primer is quicker than spending five minutes wiping eyeliner off your lower lids in the afternoon.) See them now
You might be surprised by how much you can learn from "The Hunger Games" movies. Between Effie Trinket's makeup to Katniss' hair to the other outrageous styles from Capitol-dwellers, "The Hunger Games" movies have delivered countless memorable hair and makeup looks. Now, as "Mockingay Part 2" hits theaters, some of the most outlandish beauty looks from "The Hunger Games" movies, and what they taught us about hair and makeup. read more
At the risk of sounding like a tampon commercial, your lipstick should be able to hold up to everything that you do -- especially a lipstick that claims to last six, eight or even 24 hours. read more
Guyliner. It's exactly what it sounds like: Guys wearing eyeliner. Because, why not? We wouldn't dream of depriving men of all the joy one derives from greeting the world with perfectly defined kohl-lined peepers. read more
Putting on makeup just to look like you're not wearing any seems a little counterintuitive. But it only takes a glance at the Instagram accounts of supermodels like Gigi Hadid or the runways at NYFW to see why the no-makeup makeup trend is here to stay. It's all about enhancing your natural beauty in subtle, but noticeable, ways. read more
There are currently 67,756 posts (and counting) on Instagram with the hashtag "strobing." And it's easy to see why this trend has become so popular -- it's the lazy girl's answer to contouring. It's like highlighter on steroids, and makes your cheekbones look so high and sculpted it's like they were blessed by Beyonce herself. "True strobing uses light-reflective textures like frosts and shimmer to make the skin look like it's glowing from within," says M.A.C. Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt. "Strobing makes the skin look ethereal and really makes the cheekbones pop." read more
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