Best of Both Worlds: The Fashion & Beauty Collabs We’re Loving Now

We appreciate a good eye shadow and love a designer accessory (who doesn’t?), so it should come as no surprise that we’re huge fans of designer beauty collaborations. Check out a few of our favorites for this spring below.

Designer Beauty Collaborations for Spring

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April 9, 2014

Spring Is Here: Get Glowy (Sans Sun) with Clarins

As soon as the seasons change, so does my skincare regimen. Sure, I slather on the SPF-infused moisturizer year-round, but now that it’s spring, I’m looking to liven up my pale Northeast complexion – without any damaging rays of sun. Cue Clarins to the beauty rescue.

I spoke with one of the brand’s insiders, who gave me the scoop on its new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. Which, as it happens, is what super-chic celebrity stylist Sophie Pera uses to maintain her enviably bronzed complexion. I dare you to tell me you’re not preemptively obsessed after watching the video below.

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April 9, 2014

Beauty Maintenance: Keeping Your Makeup Brushes Clean

If you’re anything like me, in between contouring and concealing, you let your makeup brushes sit on your vanity counter collecting bacteria. But here’s the thing: cleaning your brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. By doing so, you’ll avoid clogged pores and endless breakouts. And it’s easy to do – just check out the steps below.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

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March 26, 2014

Surf & Sand Style: 4 Beauty Products for Your Next Beach Getaway

You’re in the home stretch. Winter is almost over. But while you wait for temps to rise, booking a tropical vacation is never a bad idea. What is? Jumping on a plane without these four must-have, getaway-ready beauty products.

Beach Beauty Tips

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March 12, 2014

Winter Beauty Woes: 3 Gold-Medal-Worthy Solves

The 2014 Winter Games may have come to a close, but cold weather is still out in full force. So, until things heat up, we’re taking our beauty cues from figure skater Gracie Gold, who managed to look flawless throughout the games despite freezing temperatures. Here are a few tricks to get you through the next couple of months.

How to Beat Winter Beauty Woes

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February 26, 2014

The Thick of It: How to Achieve Bold Brows This Season

Step away from the tweezers. When it comes to this season’s eyebrows, bushier is better. Sure, big brows are nothing new – thanks to It girls like Cara Delevingne, they’ve been a major beauty trend this past year – but the F/W 2014 runways made it official. They are here to stay… for now, anyway. To get in on it, check out the tips below.

How to Get Bold Brows

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February 19, 2014

The Beauty Report: The 3 Best Looks From NYFW

So, clothing may be the biggest draw of New York Fashion Week – but there’s no shortage of beauty trends on those runways, either. Here are three looks sure to be a hit next fall.

NYFW Beauty Trends

  1. Dramatic Eyes
    From rag & bone to Meskita, bold cat-eyes lined the lids of models strutting down this season’s runways. And I’m not talking about a little flick of liner – come fall, your cat-eye should be anything but subtle.
  2. Loose Chignons
    As seen on the runways of Altuzarra and Christian Siriano, messy, loose chignons are primed to be a big hair trend, so say goodbye to those polished ballerina buns.
  3. Burgundy Accents
    From the nail art at Prabal Gurung to the shadow seen on the lids of Helmut Lang’s models, burgundy seems to be the upcoming color du jour. I, for one, am certainly not complaining.

 
By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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February 12, 2014

While You Were Sleeping: 3 Overnight Beauty Tricks to Try

If you’re anything like me, getting those recommended eight hours of sleep isn’t always an option. But luckily, with these three beauty tricks, making the most of your (limited) shut-eye is easy. Simply take note and prepare to sleep your way to beautiful.

Overnight Beauty Tricks from Rue La La

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January 22, 2014

Master the Makeup Trick: A Guide to Contouring

Think only beauty pros and Kim Kardashian can understand the science behind contouring? Think again. We makeup novices can sculpt our faces, too. Simply check out the tips below and give it a go. Trust me, the benefits of contouring are just too great to pass up – not only does it slim your face and accentuate your natural beauty, it also makes you look younger. I know. Here’s how:

A Guide to Contouring

First, stock your beauty toolbox.

  1. Find a large, angled brush for emphasizing your cheekbones. I recommend MAC’s 168 Large Angled Contour Brush.
  2. Pick a matte shadow in a shade darker than your skin tone. It’s a must for adding depth to your face.
  3. Look for a cream-based highlighter to let your best features shine while maintaining soft lines. Try out NARS’s “The Multiple.”

 
Then, play up those features.

  1. Begin with the large angled brush and matte shadow. Brush the shadow under and up into your cheekbones. (Goodbye, pudgy cheeks.) To slim your face, add shadow along your hairline and jawline as well.
  2. Next, use your highlighter to play up your best features. A simple guide to contouring is to focus on the area that you have already dusted with shadow. For example, highlight under your eyes to the tops of your cheeks to contrast with the shadow under your cheekbones.

 
See? Wasn’t that hard, was it?

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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January 15, 2014

Case of the Blues: A Look at This Season’s Hottest Eye-Shadow Hue

After my middle school days, I swore off blue eye shadow. I had a heavy hand with my makeup brush and it just wasn’t doing me any favors. But now, blue shadow is making a triumphant comeback after being featured in both the Fall and Spring Fashion Weeks – and this time around, I’m determined to wear it right.

Blue Eye Shadow

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January 8, 2014