A Mind-Blowing Step-by-Step Guide to the Cut Crease

The cut crease eye makeup look is on par with a killer smoky eye, the perfect red lip or those loose, beachy waves everyone (but me) seems to be able to perfect. In other words, you see it everywhere, but it's more difficult than it looks to do by your own hand. If you're thinking, 'Uh, what's a cut crease?', it's a technique that contrasts eye shadow color in the crease of your eye for a sharp, defined look.   read more

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March 11, 2014  |   1:03 PM  |  3 COMMENTS
The Blush We're Buying in Multiples

We see our fair share of makeup at Total Beauty headquarters, and truth be told, it takes a lot to get all of us excited about a single product. But when the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, $45, were passed around for TotalBeauty.com Award nominations, we spent a little too much time oohing and aahing about the way they made us glow. And not a disco shimmer kind of glow. The powders are made with "photoluminescent technology" designed to mimic your skin's best qualities in the most flattering light (think diffused light, candlelight and dim light). We loved the silky texture and perfect amount of shimmer in these finishing powders.   read more

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March 10, 2014  |  11:03 AM  |  COMMENT
13 Best Makeup Tools

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. Reviewers agree that these makeup tools do the job.   See tools

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March 4, 2014  |   4:03 PM  |  63 COMMENTS
And the Academy Award for Best Hair, Makeup and Nails Goes To...

The Oscars are always filled with glamorous celebrity moments, and this year was no exception. The designer gowns, tear-jerking acceptance speeches and host Ellen DeGeneres's celeb selfie that broke the record for number of retweets (and briefly broke Twitter!) were just a few highlights. But as always, it was the beauty looks we couldn't get enough of -- and we'll be turning to them for inspiration for months to come. Since we could never pick just one, we gathered our celeb favorites in hair, makeup and nails at the 2014 Academy Awards, and included expert tips and get-the-look details.   read more

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March 3, 2014  |  12:03 PM  |  COMMENT
African American Makeup Tips From the Pros

What are the best foundations? The hottest lipstick shades? Here's your handy hot list   read more

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March 3, 2014  |  10:03 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
13 Jaw-Dropping Instagram Makeovers

I used to furiously flip through my favorite fashion magazines in search of makeover stories. They're just so gratifying -- with a little hair and makeup magic, someone transforms on the page.   read more

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February 27, 2014  |   9:02 AM  |  COMMENT
The Best of the Spring 2014 Makeup Collections

We're suckers for pretty palettes with hints of shimmer and bright lipsticks that practically beg to be worn poolside with oversized sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. But what makes these new spring makeup picks really special is packaging that's just as stunning as the makeup inside. These prestige products look just as glamorous in your makeup bag as they do on your skin, and they're all launching right now. Buying one (or all) is a no-brainer. The hard part will be deciding which sun-kissed bronzer or creamy pastel shadow to wear first.   read more

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February 27, 2014  |   9:02 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
9 Best Foundations for Dark Skin Tones

Fun fact: Back in the day, supermodel Iman toted her homemade foundations along to her fashion gigs for 14 years. Why? Makeup artists didn't have anything in their expansive kits to match her darker complexion. Fast-forward to the present and lines like L'Oréal and YSL have added darker shades to their signature products, but black women are still struggling to find the perfect match. Behind all of the "Caramel" and "Coffee" foundation tones, there's a basic lack of knowledge about dark skin tones. Many cosmetic companies only produce one or two dark shades with one or two undertones -- and this is one category where "one or two sizes fits all" doesn't work. At all.   read more

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February 26, 2014  |   9:02 AM  |  5 COMMENTS
The Juicy Spring Lip Color Trend to Try Now

Along with scouting what's vogue in shoes and scoping out "it" new hairstyles, we turn to fashion week runways and celebrities to wrap our head around new makeup trends and color palettes. And nothing gets us going like a hot new lip color trend. This spring's most daring color of choice is orange (and we love it!), but if you're too pragmatic to be an early adopter, we've got the next best thing: berry.   read more

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February 25, 2014  |   2:02 PM  |  COMMENT
New Spring Makeup Swatches That Put Us in Our Happy Place

We patiently sat through Spring/Summer 2014 fashion week months ago, just barely made it through the brutal winter months and now ... we can't wait one more second to get our hands on the new makeup launching in Spring 2014. Take a sneak peek at this pure makeup product porn: the new spring 2014 makeup in gorgeous color swatches from a few of our favorite bloggers.   read more

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February 24, 2014  |  11:02 AM  |  COMMENT

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