Rue How-To: Beauty Tricks for When You’re in a Bind

The key to a beauty routine that endures? Being prepared for mishap after mishap – and having a few quick tricks up your sleeve. And since I’m not one to hold on to a good secret, I’ll let you in on a couple of mine.

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Green skin, be gone.
This beaming five-karat rock? That’s five karats of plastic. And the band, well – let’s just say there’s no Tiffany & Co. inscription hidden on there. For four bucks it was too flashy and fabulous to pass up, but unfortunately, there’s a not-so-fabulous green ring around my finger by the end of the night. The solution? Clear nail polish (not just for runs in your tights). Paint one coat around the inside of your costume jewels, let it dry, and your wicked-witch skin problem is solved.

The lipstick trick.
We’ve all been there. You’re in a cab, it’s dark, you try to freshen up your lipstick, but instead, you twist it into the cap. A perfectly good piece of makeup, ruined – or so you think. You’ve had a few Um… yes answers to Is there food in my teeth?, so you should have mini dental floss in every handbag. Pull out a small piece, twist the lipstick down so the broken part is the only part exposed, hold the tube firmly, and glide the floss flat across the top. Voilà! You’re ready to reapply. Left your floss behind? Use a piece of hair. I swear, it works.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 19, 2013

The Best of Both Worlds: Mixing Fine & Fashion Jewelry

Give your favorite pieces extra life

This may come as a shock, but fashion steals and exquisite fine jewelry aren’t mutually exclusive. The key to pulling it off? It’s all about balance:

Statement Necklace
When you’re rocking a look-at-me statement necklace like this 18-karat gold, sterling, and Swarovski® marcasite piece, rest assured that all eyes with be on you. Rather than opt for an equally extravagant earring, keep things simple with small CZ studs or gold vermeil drop. With all the attention on your finer gems, you have the freedom to skimp on the other duds.

All About Arm Candy
If a heavy arm party is your look, feel free to mix cheaper metals with your best gems. On their own, gem-studded gold, silver, and pearl bracelets can look too formal, but bunched with a feisty wrap watch and a stack of noisy bangles (yes, the ones you regret to admit you spent less than $5 on), these more expensive pieces of your arsenal become much more wearable.

Delicate Earrings
Like me, you probably don’t leave the house without earrings. Usually, real gemstone varieties are enough on their own and have sparkle to spare, but when pairing with other accessories, forgo the necklace and stick with rings and bracelets only. Though I’m normally a fan of mixing metals, in this instance I suggest matching these extra duds to the metal of the earring (whether they’re precious or not).

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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December 15, 2012