50 Best Beauty Secrets

Our best beauty advice ever!

October 1, 2008 4:20 PM
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Surprise! Concealer is only half the battle when it comes to fixing flaws. To perfect your complexion (no matter what your skin tone), try lipstick in a warm pink. "It distracts people's eyes from blemishes and other imperfections," says makeup artist Morgan Schick.

Look impossibly refreshed with the help of strategically placed concealer and bronzer.

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Overzealous tweezing can lead to emaciated brows and bald patches, where hair only grows back irregularly. Use a protein-spiked brow gel to stimulate healthy growth and brow fillers to shade in problem areas.

Never overpluck again with our guide to your most flattering eyebrow shape.

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Sure, it's chilly in your bathroom in the morning, but don't be tempted to crank up the heat in the shower. Hot water followed by cool, dry air leads to rough skin. To lock in moisture post-shower, pat — don't rub — yourself dry, and coat skin in a thick alpha-hydroxy lotion.

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For flawless skin choose a cleanser and moisturizer appropriate for your skin type that you can use a.m. and p.m., and then supplement it weekly with a purifying face mask. You should also consider using a nightly skin treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells.

Read about salicylic acid and other crucial skin-care ingredients you need to know about.

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Trying to look well rested when you aren't? Avoid piling on the foundation. Use a tinted moisturizer instead, followed by a beige eye pencil — it counteracts any redness around your eyes.

Wake up the rest of your face — our expert shows you how.

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Large pores are caused by two things: genetics and age. Want to shrink them? Go to a dermatologist or a spa to get microdermabrasion treatments, a type of facial that gently sloughs off the dead surface layer of skin.

Want smaller pores without the bill from the derm? Here's how to DIY.

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To accentuate your upper lash line without creating overly spidery fringe, apply a strip of false lashes meant for your lower lashes from corner to corner. They're shorter than traditional falsies, so they'll thicken your lash line without elongating it too much.

We wouldn't usually tell you to fake it, but these beauty and hair tips show you the right way to go faux.

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Keep your eyes open when applying liquid liner — otherwise your line will look uneven. Apply by drawing three dashes, one on the corner, one in the middle, and one on the inside corner of your eye. Then go back and connect the dashes for a smooth line.

Glam eyes are great for evening. Watch this how-to video to learn how to complete the look with the rest of your makeup.

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For full lips go for a glossy look. Try first outlining the perimeter of your lips using a concealer brush dipped in bronzer two shades deeper than your skin tone. Then, top pout with gold, peach, or coral gloss.

You've got Angelina lips, now get big eyes to match.

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"To make the waist look narrower, use a white pencil liner to dot an egg shape on each side, starting below the rib cage. Fill in just this area with a self-tanner one shade darker than your natural skin and blend," says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spas.

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Rose and lavender work wonders in calming skin inflammation, according to Michele VanLandingham, ingredient information specialist for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.

Still at odds with your sensitive skin? Show it some TLC with this expert advice.

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Prevent dead-skin pileup by using a pumice stone in the shower — and don't be tempted into using a razor. That will only cause more skin to grow back. Pamper your feet with moisturizing facial masks.

Now that your feet are pampered, treat your legs to the same TLC with our tips for a close, smooth shave.

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If you're looking for a dramatic eye, try liquid eyeliner. Choose an eyeliner brush that's small with angled bristles for a cleaner line.

Can't get a straight line with liquid liner? Practice makes perfect — but in the meantime, we'll show you a shortcut we use for an even line.

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We love the look of a perfect sheer manicure on long, tapered talons as much as the next woman, but let's face it: It takes time, patience, and money to keep it up. For equally elegant, less fussy nails, go short, round, and dark. File your nails so they line up with the tips of your fingers and round off the corners.

Going red? Match your nail polish to your skin tone for a flattering look.

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To keep eye shadow from creasing, eliminate as much oil as possible from your lids. To do it, use an eye shadow base or pressed powder before applying color.

Looser, more powdery shadows are best if creasing is a problem. Make sure you stay away from these kinds of shades.

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Naturally pale but want a healthy glow? The good news is that you don't need a lot of makeup to achieve great-looking skin, says New York makeup artist Paula Dorf. For natural-looking results, apply glow products to the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, your hairline, and chin.

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When waxing at home, apply tooth-numbing cream in the area you plan to wax about half an hour prior to your session. It will temporarily numb the skin, making the experience a little less painful.

Here are more secrets for (almost) painless waxing at home!

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Want eyelashes that are full and thick, not clumpy? Use an eyelash curler only on clean lashes, and start at the roots.

Grab your favorite mascara and follow along as we show you how to make those lashes pop with metallic eyeshadow.

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Treating your neck like your face doesn't work. "Your neck ages in its own way and so has special needs," explains Adrienne Denese, M.D., Ph.D. "Neck tendons shrink through the years and become more visible and the thin skin in this area doesn't respond to lasers and peels as well as your face does." She suggests good posture and neck stretches.

Reverse the aging process on your neck with this do-anywhere stretch.

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To add length or volume to your hair, steer clear of extensions in not-found-in-nature colors and textures that don't blend with your own. Also, since it's difficult to disguise the point of attachment, use hairpieces just to lengthen a ponytail or fatten an updo.

Not an extension gal? Sport 'em on your eyes instead. Fake lashes can make your eyes pop. We show you how to wear them during the day.

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Want to make your small eyes look bigger? Stay away from dark eyeshadows. Start with a nude base, then apply shadow a shade or two darker than the base to your crease and use your finger to blend the color up toward your eyebrow.

Turn back time - look younger with sheer, natural shades like these.

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When applying fake eyelashes, put a little more glue on the edges than the rest of the lash, since they're more likely to come loose. Blow on the glue for a few seconds for a better hold.

Fake lash application doesn't have to be an all-night ordeal. Got two minutes to spare? Watch our step-by-step video for full, glam lashes.

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Lance Etchison, skin-care aesthetician at Bluemercury in Washington, D.C., suggests incorporating one new product at a time. "And, since most active ingredients take effect over time, don't give up if you don't see immediate results," he advises.

From express solutions to long-term investments, here's a rundown of what you can expect from self-service skin care.

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Plump up your lower lip! When your lips look small, the rest of your face looks larger by comparison. The best way to beef up your mouth is to dab a shimmery gloss in the middle of your lower lip (on top of a lip-tone lipstick or gloss).

Step away from the lipliner: what products to keep and what to toss to make your face look slimmer.

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Olive oil is a great cure for all things dry. For soft cuticles, place your fingers in a bowl of warm olive oil. Olive oil is also a great way to remove waterproof mascara. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and smooth over closed eyes.

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For daytime moisturizing, think layering: Use an antioxidant serum under a face cream, topped off with a sunblock. To stave off flaking, consider light exfoliation once a week. Moisturizing without exfoliating first can result in breakouts and dull skin.

Exfoliating shouldn't stop at your face and body. Your lips need TLC too. Read on for our guide to a smooth, moisturized kisser.

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When covering up blemishes, select a color for what you're covering up. For example, orange-tinged concealers counteract blueish under-eye circles. A mint-green concealer hides the redness of a pimple. The idea is that concealers act as neutralizers. Unlike foundation, concealer is mostly made of pigment, so you need only a little bit.

Never walk out of the house with a (visible) zit again with our step-by-step guide to blemish-free skin.

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"I frequently see women with deeper wrinkles on one side of their face — the side they sleep on, of course," says New York dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf. To avoid "sleep lines," opt for silk or satin pillowcases and pile on the antiaging products.

Our tips make looking radiant so easy, you can do it in your sleep — it's called beauty rest for a reason.

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To sop up oil and refresh makeup, lightly mist your face with toner, then pat with a tissue, says Eva Scrivo, makeup artist and owner of the eponymous New York City salon. Finish with a dusting of loose powder.

You can refresh product-loaded hair too — all you need is this one product.

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Even if you didn't get enough sleep last night, your skin doesn't have to give you away. Nothing wakes up a face like bright cheek color. Consider a cream blush with red or pink overtones. Blend into the apples of your cheeks and set with loose powder.

Want to take your blush to the extreme? We show you how to pull off a runway look.

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Refresh your makeup by spraying your face with water. While your face is still wet, start reblending the foundation, powder, or concealer you already have on.

If you go from made up to washed out by lunchtime, watch this video for more tips on refreshing your makeup in just a few minutes.

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Sidestep streaks by mixing self-tanner with moisturizer before applying. This dilutes the formula so you don't look stripey.

Already have dark skin? You should still go faux if you want to go darker — read up on why there's a high fatality rate for skin cancer in those with darker skin.

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To minimize your makeup bag, pack only the essentials: moisturizer for luminous skin, rehydrating elixir to refresh your makeup, powder to de-shine your T-zone, an eyeshadow palette, lipstick, and mascara.

Our makeup expert makes it easy for you — never leave the house with a makeup bag the size of your purse again!

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Identify blemish patterns on your face. Look at the way you hold the telephone, whether you sleep more on one side of your face or if you hold your head up with one hand when sitting. Try to avoid doing these things.

Click here for other hidden causes of your breakouts.

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For a modern take on luminous skin, try pearlized pink-sand shades on lids and cheeks. With a pale matte mouth, you'll look rock-club cool (not disco).

Pair pink lids with a natural, understated face. We'll show you how.

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The first step to looking refreshed is moisturizer. Use an intense moisturizer in the morning, and then continue to apply a lighter cream throughout the day.

Don't let your skin give you away — get more ways to look refreshed and luminous here.

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Easy on the foundation. Makeup used to cover up pimples tends to clog pores and cause more blemishes. Try using a concealer with a zit-zapping ingredient like salicylic acid.

Way past the teenage angst but still stuck with the breakouts? Find out how to get rid of them for good.

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The best way to make a makeup change is to choose the feature you get complimented on most, and play it up with a color that's the opposite of what you normally wear. Like neutrals? Go for color. Like color? Try earth tones.

What's the best time of year to shop for funky, bold makeup colors? Keep reading for the answer, plus more insta-makeover tips.

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Breaking out? Use a deep-cleansing mask once a week to rid your skin of impurities and dead skin cells that may be clogging pores.

Make sure you're using the right type of mask for your skin type.

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To avoid an orangey look with self-tanner, after application, wipe a cotton swab or a damp paper towel across your eyebrows and along your hairline.

Got rid of the telltale orange, but still have noticeable tanner streakers on your skin? We'll tell you how to get an even, flawless glow.

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Instead of shading hollows of your face, switch to highlighting. Using paler hues, accentuate under the brows for a mini lift, and dust a lighter blush along the cheekbone to plump cheeks.

Is your makeup making you look old? Find out what you need — and what you don't — for an ageless, youthful look.

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Water, paper, chemicals: all enemies of soft hands. "You have to fight back every day," says Jan Arnold, founder of Creative Nail Design. "First, exfoliate to slough off the dead cells. Then, while skin is moist, slather on a cream rich enough to compensate for how few oil glands your hands have. Treat your hands to a paraffin-wax dip next time you're getting a salon manicure," adds Arnold.

Pamper your body from head to toe with these skin-soothing methods.

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Here's a secret for super-smooth, quenched lips: Use your richest eye cream on your lips! Note: Be sure it's a "hydrating" formula, not "firming" — which is code for drying.

Have painfully chapped lips? Try this to get them back in tip-top, kissable shape.

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The choice is yours: Lower your calorie intake by a third or add antiaging resveratrol (from grape skins) to your regimen. Both send your body into survival mode, which can increase your lifespan and help maintain youthful-looking skin. But before you start drowning your liver in cabernet, know that the recommended 2500 mg per day requires 15 glasses of red wine.

Your kitchen is full of great things for your skin. Find out what they are here.

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When you're strapped for time, do the T-zone blow-dry: down your part and around your hairline only. "As long as the front and top of your hair looks finished," says makeup artist Eva Scrivo, "so will you."

Keep reading for more only-have-a-minute beauty tricks.

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Full brows have been spotted on all the runways and are the hottest trend right now. So, stop plucking! Keep unruly brows looking polished with a slick of clear brow gel. Dab highlighter directly under the brow bone — you will achieve an instant eye-lift effect!

You're not the only one who just can't stop once the tweezers are out — find out how our writer finally grew out her overplucked brows.

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To copy the bevy of celebs sporting smoldering eyes on the red carpet, stay away from blue hues, which can make you look like you have under-eye circles. Instead, go for black, gray, brown, or — if you want "color" — dark green shadows and liners.

Seriously smoky eyes can look smokin' if you do it right. Use our tips to kick your evening look up a notch.

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Low on cash but still want to indulge? Pamper your feet. If you're going to indulge in any spa treatment, go for a pedicure. It costs more than a manicure (though much less than a body treatment), and it lasts for weeks.

Prefer to DIY? Here's how to get salon results at home.

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The space between your eyebrows should be equal to the width of your eyes, and start where they line up with your nostrils.

Find out if your eyebrows match up and follow along with our step-by-step video to get your best brows ever.

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Play up your pout — it reminds people you're no pushover — with a deep, dramatic lipstick. Use your finger for a personally stamped finish. Want a fuller effect? Highlight the area above your bow with a brush of gold eyeshadow.

From your eyes to your cheeks, pick a feature to play up and take it to the extreme. We'll show you how here.