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

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

While I’m all for resolutions, taking on too many can end in disaster. So, this year, I’m starting with a few small and simple beauty changes that make a big impact. Check them out below.

3 Beauty Tricks for the New Year

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January 1, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be ringing in the New Year on the dance floor. Which means you’ll need a look that can withstand a bit of sweat (glisten, that is). To help put your best face forward this New Year’s Eve, check out the tips below for a makeup look that will actually stay put past midnight.


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December 26, 2013

Fact: You lose moisture through your lips ten times faster than anywhere else on your body. Top that off with dry winter weather, and you’re left with a serious case of chapped lips. Well, pout no more. With these DIY solutions, you’ll be puckering up in comfort all season long.

Home Remedies for Chapped Lips

Gently brush lips with a toothbrush, then mix a small solution of half honey and half olive oil. Pat the mixture on your lips, let it sit for a few minutes, and wash off with a damp towel. Voilà – chapped lips, be gone.

This one is simple: wet a green tea bag with warm water and apply to lips for five minutes. The tannins in the green tea will help ease the harsh winter burn.

Grab a few rose petals from your garden (or, if you’re like me and lack a green thumb, from the store). Wash the petals with water and soak in milk for a few hours. Mash them until they form a thick paste, then apply two to three times a day. Not only will this soothe lips, it’ll also bring out their natural pink color.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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December 4, 2013

Take a breather – doing your hair for Thanksgiving tomorrow is going to be a whole lot easier than baking that apple pie was. Unconvinced? Check out this quick step-by-step tutorial for a faux bob. On-trend and low-maintenance (so you can worry about the turkey instead of flyaways), it’s one hairstyle you can give thanks for.

How to Style Hair – Faux Bob

Step 1: Create a loose curl on your hair’s top layer with a 1.5” curling iron.

Step 2: Slightly tease the back crown of your hair for added volume.

Step 3: Create a loose braid, allowing shorter pieces to fall out naturally. If needed, touch them up with the curling iron.

Step 4: Roll the braid and tuck it under the nape of your neck. Use bobby pins to secure and spritz with hairspray.

See? Easy.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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November 27, 2013

RSVP “yes” to all those holiday party invitations you have rolling in. With these stress-free looks, you’ll be ready for every festive fete and family soiree. ‘Tis the season to look beautiful, after all.

Two Makeup Looks for Holiday Parties

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November 20, 2013

Bright lipstick made a big impression on the Spring 2014 runways. The key to rocking the look? Choosing a color to complement your complexion.

Bright Lipstick

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November 13, 2013

You’re not the only one confused by the endless cream and moisturizer options out there this fall. BB. CC. DD. (Do they remind anyone else of bra sizes? Maybe it’s just us.) Here, a rundown of everything you need to know about the season’s top hydrators.

The Fall Moisturizer Guide

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November 6, 2013

The last time you saw black lipstick was on angsty teenage mall rats. But since Fashion Week, the look has been a lot less goth and a lot more chic. (For proof, see model and blogger Nikia Phoenix.)

Lucky for you, this costume-clad week brings endless Halloween soirees to try it out. But that’s only the test run. Swap the costume for your favorite GNO outfit and follow these simple, foolproof rules to wear this bold look on the weekend.

Black Lipstick

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October 30, 2013