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.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 8, 2014

Good news, Burberry lovers. You can soon add some British cool to your vanity. The fashion house has announced its debut beauty collection, and the face of their first campaign is actress-slash-model Suki Waterhouse. Well, more specifically, Sukis eyes.

The launch, featuring mascara, eyeliners, and brow pencils, is focused on creating the illusion of a “natural, larger eye,” according to the label’s makeup artist consultant Wendy Rowe. (That explains why Sukis captivating gaze is perfect for the job.)

So if I purchase an eyeliner, will my eyes resemble those of Bradley Cooper’s main squeeze? And what’s the secret to getting Cara’s famous brows? We’ll have to wait to find out.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2014

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

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

Sure, clothes are the big draw at New York Fashion Week (both in and out of the tents) – but without the right hair and makeup, a look just wouldn’t be complete. Take SKINGRAFT’s show, for example. The models’ minimalist makeup and wet, tousled hair really drove home the line’s edgy yet sporty aesthetic. To see how it all came together, I went backstage to talk to the artists behind the beauty.

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September 12, 2013

Makeup Gourmet (SF) 1.15.13;

I form deep and lasting attachments to my favorite makeup products (this probably has something to do with how much I spend on them). Yes, I am the type of lady who will hold on to a Chanel eye-shadow palette long after we should have parted ways because it cost upwards of $50. But, like a bad boyfriend, we need to toss the “just isn’t cutting it anymore” products from our makeup bags when they have nothing left to offer – besides bacteria. Ew.

Unsure of when to toss your mascara or that remaining nub of eyeliner? Here’s the shelf-life breakdown of your everyday basics.

Mascara: Every time you swipe your lashes, your wand collects itty bitty particles of bacteria that end up going right back into the mascara tube. Knowing this is enough to make me want to buy new mascara after each application, but experts recommend switching every two to three months.

Foundations: With the exception of powder mineral foundations (I live and die by Bare Minerals), most of which can last up to two years, all foundations are water-based, meaning they attract bacteria easily. It’s best to replace your foundation after six to twelve months.

Concealer: Powder and stick forms of concealer can last up to two years (take that, blemishes!), while liquid concealers should be discarded after one year.

Blush: The same rules for foundation apply to blush as well. If it’s powder-based, you’re good until you hit the two-year mark. Cream blushes, however, should be thrown away after a year.

Eye shadow and eyeliner: Follow the same rule of thumb as mascara: if a product is going anywhere near your eyes, replace after three months.

Lipstick and lip gloss: Both contain oil-based ingredients, which make these low-risk products in terms of spoiling. Aim to replace glosses and lipsticks after one year, unless you’ve been sick – then toss and start fresh.

The upside of cleaning out your makeup drawer? Shopping for new products, of course. (Sorry, bank account.)

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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January 17, 2013

In honor of the holiday season (and all the parties you need to get gussied-up for), here are the beauty blogs we’re loving right now.

1. Chalkboard Nails
There are enough manis here to go way beyond the 12 days of Christmas.

2.  Hair Romance
You can now achieve anything you’ve ever wished for your hair.

3. No More Dirty Looks
All-natural, organic, and DIY beauty in one blog? Perfection.

4. The Formula
How can you not love a blog that profiles beauty pros and editors in a section titled “You Are a Babe”?

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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December 13, 2012

A smooth, radiant, and perfectly contoured (hello, model-worthy cheekbones) face? We’re after it. But getting that natural glow without looking overdone is easier said than done… until now. This incredibly helpful tutorial from Into The Gloss demonstrates how to create a dewy and fresh-faced look inspired by Renaissance portraits.

Looking for more help achieving this look? The girls in the beauty department at Glamour put together a tutorial on how to achieve Kim Kardashain’s sculpted face.

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August 6, 2012