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19 Oct

Those Weird Spots On Your Face Could Actually Be Melasma

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Recently, I was chatting with a friend who mentioned how her skin suddenly developed a weird, blotchy, brownish rash when she was on vacation. “It looked like a bunch of acne scars above my lip and on my forehead, so I thought it was just a new crop of freckles,” she said. But, when she finally went to the dermatologist after three weeks of my daily, pushy reminders, she discovered it was not, in fact, freckles, but melasma—a skin condition that can happen to literally anyone. *Cue scary music* Just kidding; it’s not the kiss of death, but it is incredibly annoying. “Melasma is a complex condition that causes hyperpigmented patches on the skin,” says all-around skin wizard, Annie Chiu, MD,...
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19 Oct

This Instagram Video Proves That Red Concealer Is The Key To Flawless Skin

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Fact: Color-correcting is confusing. I’m a beauty editor with a lifetime of hardcore love and devotion to studying makeup, and I still have to take a second when faced with a concealer palette filled with 60 shades. And if you’ve got darker skin—as in, olive, golden, or almond shades that tend toward greenish undertones—color-correcting can be an even trickier endeavor, because most concealers were not made with your skin tone in mind. Because the makeup industry, well, let's just say it's come a long way but we're not quite there yet. But that’s where red concealers come in. Yes, bright-red, lipstick-looking concealers, which are swiped over dark circles and dark patches to cancel out the green-ish, blue-ish undertones present in darker...
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17 Oct

We Relate To These Spiked Brows On a Deeply Personal Level​

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Okay, we know you’ve already been inundated with too many brow trends this year, from the squiggly wave brow, to barbed wire brows, to dragon brows, and you’ve been a really excellent trooper through it all. But the year is not over, and the hellish onslaught of sexual assault-riddled news is most likely just beginning, which means this new brow look couldn't have come at a better time. Meet spiked brows, an Instagram gem that so clearly displays our inner feelings right now of being a woman in modern society, it's almost laughable.

When you don't want people to touch your brows🖕🏻 • Products used: BROWS @nyxcosmetics / @nyxcosmeticsnl Frame&Tame brow pomade in "Espresso" EYES @morphebrushes eyeshadow palette in "35O" @nyxcosmetics / @nyxcosmeticsnl Matte Liquid liner...
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16 Oct

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Eyelash Extensions—Explained

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So you kinda, sorta, really want to try eyelash extensions, but you don't really know what to expect. We get it, and we've been there. Because from the initial appointment, to the total cost, to the actual daily maintenance, lash extensions can be a total commitment, which means you better be well-versed in what to expect before you head to the salon. And that's where we come in. Ahead, your quick and dirty guide to everything you need and want to know about eyelash extensions, as told by both the experts themselves, plus an editor who has actually gotten them done. They're Kind of Like Falsies Despite what you might think, professional eyelash extensions aren't that different from the individual lashes you can...
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12 Oct

How To Pop a Pimple Safely And Correctly

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The dreaded pimple. Chances are you’ve had a pimple sometime in your life and probably have taken extreme measures to get rid of it. Whether it was in a dimly lit bathroom, in the car mirror on your way to a job interview, or in the bathroom on a first date, you’ve touched, squeezed, pierced, and poked in hopes of eliminating your dreaded blemish. We regret to inform you you’ve been doing it all wrong—but not to worry, that’s where we come in. We chatted with two New York City dermatologists Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group and Dr. Carlos A. Charles of Derma di Colore to learn more about how to pop a pimple correctly and safely. Dr. Charles, MD, is a board...
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27 Sep

Can Cutting Dairy *Really* Fix All Of Your Skin Issues?

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Talk to anyone who has ever been on a diet for more than five seconds and you’ll discover two things: 1. that you deserve a trophy for listening to someone talk about their diet for more than five seconds, and 2. that cutting out dairy magically gave them the best skin of their whole entire life, and did you see their skin? Did you see how clear and perfect their skin is?! Did you know it was because they stopped eating dairy?! Basically, dairy has gotten a bad rap across skincare communities throughout the years (Google “dairy and acne” and you’ll get almost 10 million results), which means that chunk of beloved gouda in your fridge is now public enemy number...
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26 Sep

You Need to See These Truly Crazy Dermarolling Before-And-After Pics

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Okay, we get it—dermarolling seems like one of those gimmicky products you see promoted by spammy bloggers on your Instagram feed, but we promise you that it's actually a legit, effective wayto fade discoloration, resurface fine lines, and smooth acne scars, all by using a needle-covered roller to literally puncture your skin to stimulate collagen production. Basically, don't expect it to feel like kitten kisses on your skin. And although we officially recommend you get your needling done by a board-certified dermatologist, we know you won't do that. So instead, you can try dermarolling on yourself at home, at your own risk, using the cult-favorites Banish or Rodan & Fields AMP, as long as you promise to follow the instructions. Just know that the results are...
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22 Sep

Your IUD Might Give You The Worst Skin Of Your Life

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Okay, first, before you get all freaked out, you should know that IUDs are the shit. No, seriously. There's a reason why they're often the most-used and recommended form of birth control by doctors themselves: The little hormonal t-shaped device is 99.8-percent effective at preventing pregnancy (which is way, way, way more effective than the pill), it continues working 24/7 for anywhere from three to 10 years, depending on the kind you get, and it has virtually no user error. As my own gynecologist once told me, "IUDs are the best thing to happen to women since the invention of birth control." Basically, for many women, an IUD is a total dream option in a world of pill reminders, uncomfortable vaginal rings, and prescription renewals....
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21 Sep

Are Face Plumpers The Secret To Staying Young?

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n the lobby of Zurich's Dolder Grand hotel, a man is slumped on the floor, resting his head on his luggage and looking exhausted, like he just got off a 14-hour flight. But something's not right. His complex- ion is pasty and weirdly puffy, so I step a little closer to see if he's okay. When I'm a few feet away, it dawns on me: He's not human. I must look totally spooked, because the receptionist rushes over to explain: This is the Traveller, a 1988 Duane Hanson sculpture that's part of the hotel's art collection. I'm here in Switzerland to attend Art Basel and check out a Paul Coudamy sculpture commissioned by Swiss cosmetics company La Prairie in celebration of its...
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