In a perfect world, we'd all have perfectly bronzed, smooth, airbrushed-looking legs, no matter what season it is. Realistically, though... well, that's just not the case for most. Thankfully, many of our favorite beauty brands recognize that the struggle is real — and have gone ahead and created body foundations that'll blur and bronze your gams into supermodel perfection.
Ever had a beauty product you love so much that you shook, hacked, scraped or squeezed its container until you were absolutely positive you had expended all of its precious contents? Rare indeed is the product that elicits that deliciously desperate feeling, especially in beauty editors. So when our team of beauty mavens encounters a rave-worthy product, you know it's the real deal. Herewith, our editors rattle off their "beauty empties," aka the best beauty products that they can't help but use until the last drop. Read on for their best nail polishes, hair products, skin care products and makeup now.
When it comes to beauty products, mascara seems to be one of the most subjective of them all. What may be professed as holy grail for one person could be described as mediocre by another. It makes sense — like the hair on our heads, our eyelashes truly are unique. Thick, thin, short, long, curly and straight...the list goes on. So it's no wonder that we have a plethora of picks for enhancing our lashes. Recently, Too Faced launched its Damn Girl! 24 Hour Extreme Volume Mascara, $25, and I giddily raced to Sephora to snag a myself a tube. Touted as version 2.0 of the iconic Better Than Sex Mascara, $25 (which is constantly a global bestseller), I knew I needed to try it ASAP. I tested both products, separately and one on each eye, to test the similarities and differences — and to ultimately determine which mascara worked best for me. If you're curious about the new Damn Girl Mascara, read on for a side-by-side comparison to its older sibling, Better Than Sex.
We all want lipsticks that a) deliver soft, kissable lips, b) come in really cool colors and c) stays in place all day long. Now, we've all been led to believe that only really expensive lipsticks can do this for you, but that's not true.
Finding the perfect foundation is hard enough as it is — no one needs limited shade ranges to make things even worse. Luckily, thanks in part to the Fenty Effect (aka Rihanna and her 50-shade foundation collection), things are starting to change. It also took the work of outspoken customers and even internet celebrities like Jackie Aina (who partnered with Too Faced to add 11 new shades to one of its most popular foundation formulations) to really get the ball rolling.
Your skin changes as you get older: In your 20s, you battled acne and oily skin — and in your 50s, you'll be dealing with fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin's natural oil production will stars to slow, which can lead to a duller complexion... and suffice it to say, with these changes, your same old foundation (and other makeup products) may not work the best for you anymore.
Want to do your makeup for the Fourth of July... without looking cheesy? It's a bit of a challenge, sure, but it turns out there are lots of ways to rock red, white and blue (and/or stars and stripes) in a very stylish way. We scoured the recent runways for inspiration and were able to find a ton of great makeup inspiration — keep reading for 20 of our Independence Day favorites; from cobalt blue mascaras to silvery star-shaped "freckles."
You know how every dermatologist — and skin care guru, for that matter — in the world tells you that you not only need to wear sunscreen, but that you need to reapply it throughout the day? It's some of the best advice out there, but it's common for people to skip SPF reapplication for fear they'll mess up their makeup. After all, one does not simply slather sunscreen on top of their perfectly made-up face.
Most makeup is meant solely for looks; it's not typically made to help your skin's health. That said, more and more brands have started to incorporate skin care benefits into their makeup products, in part to stress just how important good skin health is.
Making the switch from a powder to a cream blush can be game-changing for a makeup lover. There's something about the way it melts effortlessly into your skin, creating a wash of natural, believable warmth across your cheekbones. A little dab blended in with your fingertips is really all you need, and it can be applied with or without a foundation base and look seamless either way. For the best cream blushes your money can buy, we asked makeup artists to indulge us with their favorites.
It's tempting to want to skip the mascara in the summer, we know. With sweat, beach, pool parties, and general summer fun, the risk of smudging is dangerously high — and the raccoon look is never good. But you know what? You better believe that everyone's eyes look better with mascara on them. So check out these amazing mascaras, swipe some on in the morning, and look fabulous all day — no matter what summer shenanigans you get yourself into.
Ever since Ilana rocked teal lips in the first season of "Broad City," bright, out-of-this-world lipstick has been an instant hit. What better way to show your summer swag than to hang poolside sipping a frozen margarita, whilst showing off your luscious lips? Teal me about it! Keep reading to see 6 of our favorite teal lipsticks for summer — from pastel aquamarine, to neon bright blue, to antiqued teal.
We know sunbathing, tanning beds and even spray tanning can cause some serious skin issues, but does that mean we're doomed to be pale and pasty forever? Not a chance. There's still one safe way to get that golden glow, and it's in your makeup bag: bronzer.