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28 Apr

Watch This Vlogger Create a Cute Festival Look for Natural Hair

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Festival season is upon us, and while Coachella-inspired looks have been dominating social media, black hairstyles for festivals are few and far between. And while I’d love to just leave my 4c curls to blow free and wild in the wind, I cringe thinking about the breakage and the tangle nightmare I’d had to deal with afterwards. So what’s a girl to do? Beauty vlogger Naptural85 (aka Whitney) has the solution, with an easy protective style for all the baddies out there. It's the perfect combination of a funky festival look, combined with all the benefits that come with protective styling. Your hair stays moisturized and healthy, while you’re free to be your most expressive self – what's not to love? To execute...
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28 Apr

Valentino’s Tiny Bag Has a Big Beauty Secret

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When Pierpaolo Piccioli took the reins as a solo act at Valentino for the Spring 2017 collection, the fashion set held its breath to see what direction the storied house would take next. The first clue arrived as show opener Noemie Abigail floated down the makeshift runway at Paris’s Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in a diaphanous pink and black dress, a glossy minaudière hanging by her side with what appeared to be a discreet lipstick holder built in at the clasp. Since that sunlit October afternoon, the petit sacs have become a mainstay of Piccioli’s collections, acting as a window into the creative director’s romantic-yet-grounded vision, whether worn slung across lithe torsos, draped around necks like weighty pendants, or dangled off...
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27 Apr

Why You Should Forget About Cellulite

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With all this talk of Kim Kardashian West embracing her cellulite and in the process making some kind of feminist statement (whether consciously or otherwise) it's got me thinking that whilst it is certainly ok to love your cellulite, isn't it ok to not love it too? Because I don't love my cellulite. Sorry. It was one of my first encounters with puberty - meaning I've had a long time to mull over its presence, as well as try some pretty ambitious tactics to get rid of it (think along the lines of the cling film scene in The Full Monty – which doesn’t work). The only thing that makes a dent (or rather the opposite) is a dry body brush. But with...
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27 Apr

12 Iconic Shades Of Red Lipstick

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There are certain shades of red lipstick that have become so iconic you know them by name. There's Ruby Woo, Louboutin, and 999. You might even find yourself asking the question, "are you wearing Pirate today?" Because true red lipstick fans know that each shade is unique—and the ones that have stood the test of time deserve to be revisited again and again.

1 Dragon Girl

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An unapologetically bright color that falls somewhere between classic red and pink—it's no wonder Dragon Girl is a favorite of red lipstick queen Taylor Swift.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $27, narscosmetics.com.

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2 Devil

The boldest orange-red shade with a name to match. Dolce...
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27 Apr

How To Wear The Right Perfume For Your Skin Type

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Orange blossoms and the scent of ocean waves anchored in warm tropical coconut oil.
We’re all aware of the importance of picking the right skincare for your skin type, and the right clothes for your body shape, but have you ever thought about matching your fragrance to your skin type? The type of skin you have on your face stays largely the same for the rest of your body. The larger pores and more active sebum glands that characterise oily skin are found on the body as well as the face. In the same way, dryness or sensitivity are rarely limited to just the face. So when picking your signature scent, take your skin into consideration! Along with your diet, hormones, skin chemistry, microbiome, and body temperature, the type of skin you have also plays a...
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27 Apr

The Perfect 5-Minute Makeup Routine

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“Modern makeup doesn’t take three hours to put on,” says Shirley Pinkson, a makeup artist and a co-founder of eco-luxe brand W3ll People. Your objective: glowing skin, plush lashes, and a vibrant lip—in five steps.

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1 Easy Foundation and Concealer Use a fail-safe formula, like a stick or a compact, and focus on oily areas and redness around the nose and chin. Buff out any uneven spots with a sponge. For stubborn under-eye circles or breakouts, warm up a creamy concealer between your fingers and tap it where needed. “Tapping increases circulation around the eye area and helps wake up your skin,” says Pinkson. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer, $15, neutrogena.com; IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact, $38,...
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27 Apr

Selena Gomez Debuts a Bob Haircut on Instagram

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Selena Gomez has just made a major change to her look. Posting a photograph to Instagram on Tuesday morning, the 24-year-old singer showed off her brand-new bob. That’s right: a real bob instead of her usual lob. The star just chopped off her past-the-shoulder hair in favor of a shorter, edgier cut that hits right at her chin. The photos look as though they were taken immediately post-cut. Gomez shows off her angles, hair still wet, wearing what looks to be a white bathrobe pulled off her neck and shoulders. Looking more gorgeous than ever, she seems to be wearing no makeup to speak of. How's that for flawless? Gomez wrote no caption at all to go along with the snaps,...
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26 Apr

How to Wear Colorful Lipstick — Even if You’re Afraid of Color

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There’s a good chance you’ve got 10 different shades of lipstick in your makeup drawer but still reach for that tinted balm Every. Single. Day. Whether it's because you don't feel like a grownup in baby pink lips, haven't found the right opportunity for red, or can't figure out how to wear a deep berry shade, there’s always an excuse.
Well, to prove that you can wear color on a daily basis no matter what, Cosmopolitan.com teamed up with Dior celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin to create four stunning beauty looks that deliver serious impact. Here's all the inspiration you need to finally swap your balm for that bubblegum-pink lipstick you've been dying to use.

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26 Apr

Follow This Makeup Artist if You’re Into Weird Makeup Inspiration

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Beauty inspiration is never in short supply. There's magazines, red carpet events, film and television shows — and that's not even delving into Pinterest or social media. But saturation does not necessarily mean that you're guaranteed to be struck with divine inspiration, especially if your beauty preferences lean towards the unusual or unexpected. One Instagram account that Allure editors collectively love belongs to makeup artist Terry Barber, director of makeup artistry at MAC. His Instagram bio is much more mysterious, stating only "All opinions are my own (probably because no one else wants them)," which to be honest is pretty refreshing, considering the number of makeup artists using Instagram as a promotional platform in much less artistic ways. Barber's work is extensive and...
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26 Apr

The New Unicorn Frappuccino Manicure Is The Nail Art We Hate To Love

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Unless you've cut all ties with civilization, you know that Starbucks sent the internet into a tizzy when they added a Unicorn Frappuccino to the menu. A swirl of majestic, Instagram-worthy colors, the frappe is now inspiring nail artists, which means you can get in on the fun sans a sugar-induced diabetic coma. And we're here for that. It was nail artist @thenailhub who first posted a shot of the Starbucks-inspired mani to her Instagram. To create the whirls of majestic colors, the artist hand-painted pink, purple, and blue clouds on the nails with touches of glitter. And as the ultimate accent, one nail was emblazoned with an illustration of the Frappuccino topped with a green straw, whipped cream, and the...
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