For avoiding hat hair: ‘Tis the season for beanies – and hair dents. To prevent flatness and cowlicks, part hair on the opposite side than you usually do. Flip back upon removing your headwear for volume.

For just-waxed arches: Want a quicker recovery after a brow waxing? Dab on a natural astringent (for example, witch hazel), and then an antiseptic lotion like Neosporin to ease irritation quickly.

For the best DIY mani: Painting your nails with an unpracticed hand can be tricky. Try to maneuver your dominant hand as it’s painted, holding the brush still in your non-dominant hand. Here’s some guidance.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 17, 2014

For better skin while flying: Remove makeup with your to-go wipe of choice. Then apply a translucent hydrating mask or face oil during your journey. Lastly, reapply essential cosmetics: cream blush and mascara.

For cowlick-free bangs: Bangs dry faster than the rest of your hair, so grab a blow-dryer ASAP to tame uncooperative texture. Angle it toward your forehead from above and brush strands side to side until dry. Finish by rolling the ends under.

For those last drops of topcoat: Holiday greetings, save-the-dates, and thank-you cards. Spare yourself the trouble (and bitter taste) of licking every envelope shut. Instead, just paint on a couple lines of clear nail polish to seal.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 27, 2014

For fishtail braids: Forgo a hair elastic next time you sport a relaxed braid. Instead, tie the ends of your plaited hair together and slide a bobby pin upward into the knot.

For your photo ID: Renewing your license or passport? Angle your face directly toward the lens – and skip lip gloss, which can catch the light in a strange way.

For makeup removal: Be sure to pre-cleanse before using an actual cleanser. Wipes, water, or cleansing oils will do, preventing the day’s cosmetics and dirt from seeping into open pores.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 6, 2014

For peaceful sleep: Take a steamy 15-minute bath before bedtime to raise your body temperature. When it drops, you’ll coast into dreamland.

For bright lips: Fall hues may be moody, but don’t hesitate to perk them up with a neon lip color. Consider it a statement accessory for your neutral pieces.

For blemishes: Use a safety pin to pop a gel capsule pain reliever like Advil – instead of popping the pimple – and squeeze it onto skin.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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September 29, 2014

For pristine sneaks: You tried the normcore trend and now you have white canvas sneakers to keep clean. Common sense might suggest throwing them in the wash, but don’t – it leads to yellow-tinged rubber.

For blondes: In between highlight sessions? Camouflage creeping roots with a tinted dry shampoo in your hair color.

For your next party: Don’t serve watered-down drinks these last days of summer. Make hibiscus ice cubes for a floral-infused beverage that is seriously pretty.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 18, 2014

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

Odds are, you’re going out tonight. And odds are, you’re going to have one sip of champagne too many – just accept it already and have fun. You can hate yourself in the morning when you’re peeling yourself out of bed to attend New Year’s Day brunch. Hey, at least you don’t have to work.

The Morning-After Makeover

But still, you want to put on a good face for your first outing of 2014, right? Well, lucky for you, Refinery29 has recruited makeup artist James Vincent to dish out a few tips for making sure those telltale bags under your eyes go completely unnoticed. And honestly, from a few spritzes of toner to a little topical vitamin C, it’s pretty amazing what a difference his makeup tricks can make. Simply take note before you go out, and then order up that Bloody Mary in the morning. Hair of the dog, people.

Watch “The Ultimate Post-Party Makeover” on Refinery29.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 31, 2013

I’d like to let you know that, at this point in my adult life, I’ve mastered the side braid, the pigtail braid, the fishtail braid, and the French braid. Before you congratulate or humiliate me, I’d also like to let you know – I truly thought that was half decent. Until I stumbled on this hair manual: Braids, Buns, and Twists! 

Braid, Buns, & Twists: Christina Butcher

Image of Christina Butcher via NYLON

In it, braidmaster Christina Butcher proves that there are, in fact, more than four ways to braid one’s hair. And gives step-by-step directions as proof.

Seriously, this woman’s hair is gorgeous. So feel free to go crazy and try all 82 styles. If that’s aggressive, simply pop over to NYLON have a go at the Grecian braid. Then report back. My repertoire needs a little padding.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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December 22, 2013

At first glance, this is admittedly a little freaky. Reminds me of the 90s when the inner-lid eyeliner was all the craze. But don’t panic – we’re not getting that close to our contact lenses this time. Tightlining, sometimes called “the invisible eyeliner,” is characterized by full, thick lashes and achieved through a subtle application of eyeliner.

Eye Can Do It: How To Tightline

How to apply? “Key to mastering tightlining is pulling up your eyelid slightly and then depositing pigment not above or below your lashes, but straight on them, so that you fill the ‘gaps’ left by the growth of your individual eyelashes,” writes New York Magazine: The Cut.

The trick is to appear as if you’re not wearing any eyeliner whatsoever. While I don’t suggest practicing while sitting in traffic on the way to work, tightlining can be an effective technique for adding definition to your eyes – in a super sneaky way.

Visit The Cut for a full GIF tutorial on tightlining.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 9, 2013

Achieving a streak-free sunless tan? It’s no easy feat. We’ve all made the rookie mistakes that result in orange hands or splotchy knees. But, as an avid collector of these products – with a strict UV-free policy – I have created a system to swear by. For best results, start the process before you head to bed and then shower in the morning.

BLG-Sun

1. Exfoliate. Shave your legs. Then scrub with bath salts. A smooth surface is essential.

2. Moisturize. Any lotion will do. Dry skin will cause your sunless tan to flake sooner rather than later. Wait 5 – 8 minutes for the lotion to dry.

3. Apply tanning lotion with gloves. (If you choose not to use gloves, be sure to wash your hands with scrubbing salts when you’re finished.) Using both hands, massage the lotion in a circular motion. Start above your ankles and work your way up. Ask a friend to help with your back. Areas to skip for now: feet, ankles, knees, elbows, neck, face. Let the tanning lotion dry completely before continuing.

4. Once the lotion is dry, use a tanning spray held 4 – 6 inches from your body to lightly sweep over your legs, midsection, arms, back, and the areas you skipped in step 3 (except your face). This will cover any spots missed by the lotion. Let it dry for 5 – 10 minutes before bed.

5. To add a little color to your face, incorporate bronzer into your makeup routine. Or, use a dab of face tanning lotion and mix it into your moisturizer or liquid concealer.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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