For your eyes: Want a barely there touch of color on your peepers? Just sweep a bit of bronzer onto your lids for subtle definition. Added bonus? One less thing to carry in your cosmetic bag.

For on-the-go fragrance: Say sayonara to your number-one perfume leaking everywhere in transit. Spritz cotton swabs with the scent and drop them into a plastic sandwich bag for touch-ups during the day.

For your midday workout: Lunchtime yoga doesn’t always allow you to shower after. Freshen up with a paper-towel pat down and wipe your face. Then go beyond deodorant and dust yourself with body powder. Finish off with dry shampoo and a few brush strokes through your hair.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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May 4, 2015

Achieving two beauty looks using just one product? Let us show you how it’s done. Our resident hair and makeup artist, Rachael B., illustrates two of spring’s most coveted eye looks in just a few simple steps. All you need to get started: a pot of gel liner.

The Fine Line How-To

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March 24, 2015

For unruly brows: Struggling to keep each and every brow hair tame? Grab a clean toothbrush and medium-hold hairspray. Spritz the brush bristles, and comb through eyebrows to groom. Let dry and voilà – your arches will keep shape all day long.

For post-workout plans: Tackle the yoga-to-happy hour transition with ease. Before exercising, wash off makeup. After, splash cold water on your face to cool down and fight redness. Then apply concealer, powder, two swipes of mascara, and a blot of lipstick.

For DIY hair ties: Sick of losing those ubiquitous black hair elastics? Make your own with cording from the craft store (bonus points for punchy hues). Cut five-inch strips and double knot the ends of each strip. Not only are these easy to spot – they also double as bracelets.

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March 16, 2015

For dried-out eyeliner: Felt- and brush-tipped liquid liners can dry out quickly, but you can keep the ink flowing with a few easy tricks. Make sure to give a good shake before use, and always store tip-down at room temperature.

For chapped hands: One of the biggest polar vortex pitfalls? Cracked knuckles and peeling cuticles. A balm is the best remedy, so carry one in your bag and apply often. To avoid getting grease marks on your to-do list or clothing, spot treat only the problematic areas.

For your under-eye: You know it well – the dreaded early-afternoon concealer crease. To prevent it, tap face oil along your under-eye before patting on concealer. If you notice any crevices later in the day, reapply one drop of oil rather than more makeup.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 12, 2015

For your eyes: Highlighting your bottom lash line is oh-so-hot right now. Dip a slant-tipped brush in water, then dab it in an eyeshadow hue that’s slightly lighter than your top liner. Apply for a soft, diffused look.

For removing stray nail polish: Simplify your next at-home mani and battle the mess before it begins. Using a Q-tip soaked in baby oil, trace the outline of each nail prior to painting. Any stray polish will rub right off when you’re done.

For minimizing hair static: Ease static (that pesky winter hair woe) with natural bristles and metal combs instead of plastic ones, and don’t underestimate the power of a cream-based styling product.

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December 8, 2014

The glitter-filled holiday season is prime time for trying new beauty trends – but sometimes you just want a foolproof look. Enter: this feminine, universally flattering combination, courtesy of our resident hair and makeup expert Rachael C. Ready to master it yourself? Here’s how, step-by-step.

Go-To Holiday Makeup

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November 25, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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September 29, 2014