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 fragrances: Perfume wearing off too quickly? Moisturize before applying and spray onto heat-activating pulse points (wrist, neck, behind the knee).

For eyeshadow: Foundation might act as a base layer on your face, but on eyelids, it may crease. Equip yourself with eyeshadow primer for a smooth surface.

For your skin: Create a DIY microdermabrasion mask using baking soda and your favorite face wash. Combine and massage into congested skin, then rinse and follow with a swipe of toner.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 15, 2014

Project Runway alum–turned–New York Fashion Week regular Christian Siriano is a true success story. And his Spring 2015 Collection? In icy arctic blues and greens, sharp laser-cut patterns, and crystal embroidery – inspired by the diffusion of light and reflective transparency of Sergio Redegalli’s glass sculptures – well, it’s par for the course.

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Makeup artist Polly Mellon helped bring the vision to life, with models batting glittery eyelashes as they strutted around the set’s tall framed mirrors. We suspect shimmering lids will be a beauty trend with staying power (and one that would look particularly good on front-row guest Coco Rocha). So we connected with Polly to get the scoop on how to bring the iridescent look home.

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September 9, 2014

When it comes to makeup, I’m a less-is-more kind of girl. And while I’m certainly up for a little extra lip color and highlighter for the right occasion (hello, company holiday party), the thought of shellacking my eyelids with glitter is enough to send me hiding behind my shower curtain.

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But just when I thought sparkly lids had secured their place in the annals of 80s history, they’re making a comeback. And the new iteration is tasteful enough that I might just try it. According to the beauty buffs at New York Magazine (who got a little help from a pro), the trick to rocking glittery lids without looking silly is to stick with neutral tones like pink and beige – or other shades that complement your eye color – and blend a metal-foil-finish shadow with a regular shadow to keep from going overboard on sparkle. Seems simple enough, right? Here goes nothing.

Learn how to get flawless glitter lids at NYmag.com.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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December 5, 2013

We’re not ashamed to admit it. Sometimes we’re a little high-maintenance when it comes to getting ready.

1. A hairstyle for every day of the year (and more).

2. Pain is beauty. These perfectly groomed eyebrows are proof.

3. So we may not have the patience to try all 450+ of these makeup tricks. But they look awesome.

4. If we got manicures like this every week, our wallets would be very angry.

5. The last touch before we walk out the door? A spritz of perfume.

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August 6, 2013

New York Magazine: The Cut, on the perils of everyday life:
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July 5, 2013

We Couldn't Have Said It BetterBy Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 8, 2013

Trying to figure out which makeup brushes to use? From contouring to defining, our makeup artist, Rachel, weighs in on the must-haves to add to your beauty arsenal ASAP – because having the correct brushes for application can make all the difference.

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1. Concealer brush
Used for precise application and blending of all concealers around the eye, or to cover blemishes and red marks.

2. All-over eye color brush
A loose-bristle brush meant for applying eye shadow all over the lid.

3. Crease brush
Meant for defining eyes and creating depth in the creases.

4. Flat liner brush
The best way to get a perfectly straight line with gel or powder liner.

5. Foundation brush
Used to apply foundation evenly – without the added oils from using your hands.

6. All-over powder brush or Kabuki brush
Perfect for applying a powder foundation and bronzer.

7. Angled blush brush
The ideal size and shape for applying blush to your cheeks.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 5, 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

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It’s resolution season – we’re back at the gym, attempting to eat healthier, and swearing off bad habits we want to (permanently) ditch in 2013. During this time of You 2.0, there’s no shortage of ways to better yourself – so let’s not allow the small things to fall by the wayside.

Take your makeup brushes, for example. Cleaning those babies is something we should be doing on a fairly regular basis. How often, you ask? Here’s the breakdown:

Ideally, clean brushes between each use. This will help remove color from previous applications. Simply twirl your brushes over a damp facecloth and leave on a clean paper towel to dry.

Keep a schedule. To remove product buildup, excess oil, and bacteria, invest in a reliable brush cleaner (I love Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner) and go to town once every two weeks. Apply a liberal amount of cleaner to the head of the brush and use a thick tissue to wipe bristles from base to tips.

When the seasons change. Commit to a deep cleaning four times a year. Use warm water and a drop of your daily face wash or baby shampoo. Work up a lather and rub the bristles between your fingers. Reshape the brush by squeezing water from the base to the tips, then let air-dry.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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