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Beauty How-To: Covering It Up

Lazy Girl Beauty Tip
Get awesome waves with zero effort. Read More »
Bronzing Basics
Laying down the bronzing law. Read More »
Breakdown: Contouring
Class 101 on facial contouring. Read More »

Skin woes: I am intimately familiar with them. I enjoyed the first two decades of my life with a face as smooth, pale, and unblemished as an egg shell. I fielded endless compliments about the condition and clarity of my perfect skin, as well as many an elderly person croaking in my general direction that I “SHOULD NEVER GO OUT IN THE SUN.” And when old people tell you things, you listen. Then, about a year ago, everything changed. (I would appreciate if somebody could please hold my hand while I talk about this.) While in the past I hadn’t weathered much more than a whitehead or two every so often, I started developing swollen, excruciatingly painful cystic acnes (not a scientific term) that would never come out from underneath my skin. They would just linger there, taunting me, until I hauled ass to the dermatologist and got them injected with cortisone for the small price of an insurance copay.

The story does not end here. I guess my previously perfect skin had just had it with me, or the fact that all I ever seemed to be doing was eating Chinese food and chain-smoking (ugh, I know, I was sick of me too), because it hasn’t been the same since, even despite my having made some significant Lifestyle Changes. I definitely don’t get as many terrible cysts as I used to, praise god, but my face is full of texture and other stuff that I don’t like. Because my number one priority is always, without fail, presenting what I like to refer to as “a united front,” I got really, really good at concealer instead of sitting around looking in the mirror and crying about it. Just kidding, I sat in front of the mirror and cried about it first, then I got really good at concealer. Keep reading »

This New Lip Gloss Ad Would Like For You To “Spread Those Sexy Lips”

Poisonous Vagina
A woman tried to poison her husband with her vagina. Read More »
Vaginal Probe Ad
NC candidate co-stars with vaginal probe in new campaign ad. Read More »
"Vagina" Censored
iTunes censors the word "vagina" in "The Vagina Monologues" e-book. Read More »

Hey, do you think this lip gloss ad from Vbeauté might have anything to do with … well … vaginas? Nah. What about that dress? No vaginas there either, right? [Refinery29]

Beauty Cues: Never Miss A Beat This Summer

Bad Lip Dub: Beyonce
Bey's "Star Spangled Banner" gets the bad lip dub treatment Read More »
On Beyonce
And the luxury of playing "Mrs. Carter." Read More »
Beyonce Lightened
Beyonce skin lightened ad
Whoa, this doesn't look like Beyonce at all. Read More »

Beyonce sure has a lot going on lately (and, um, all the time): a massive tour, a controversial trip to Cuba, a rumored second pregnancy… But regardless of how much Queen Bey has on her plate, she never misses a beat when it comes to looking flawless, whether she’s rolling in to a Nets game or a red carpet event. Mrs. Carter’s flame-embellished gown at the Met Ball was a polarizing choice, but her makeup for the evening? Universally gorgeous. A few tips and tricks, after the jump… Keep reading »

Beauty How-To: Go Bronze Yourself

Breakdown: Contouring
Class 101 on facial contouring. Read More »
Your Perfect Lip Color
How to hunt down your perfect better-than-natural lip shade. Read More »
Perfect Bronzer Picks
Look no further for a subtle summer glow. Read More »

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I am Pale. Like, really pale, so pale it warrants a capital P for emphasis. I glow under black lights; practically all of my veins and arteries are peeking through my flesh braying for you to notice them; when I go out in public without makeup on perfect strangers ask me if I am okay. (I am fine.) However, I will melt in direct sunlight, and the fake bronze look of artificial tanning just does not appeal to me, so I long ago fully embraced my fairness with open (white) arms. In fact, I quite like it, and I quietly resent anyone, friend or foe, who tells me off-handedly that I “need a tan.” No, I don’t — I just need a little bit of bronzer, and then I’m back to looking human again.

I’m a dope hand at contouring because I’m obsessssssed with cheekbones, but my full-face bronzing technique leaves something to be desired (I stick a huge, fluffy brush in the pan and just slap it all over my face, whatever). Consider this remedial how-to my effort at learning with you.

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Makeup Bag: 5 Subtle Glow-Boosting Bronzers

Exhibit A: I am not an expert on tanning, or anything even remotely having to do with tanning. My skin glows under those neon lights at the bowling alley. I am, however, sort of an expert (I flatter myself) on faking a healthy summer glow, when the last thing I am in actuality is healthy and/or glowing. Yep, I’m a bronzer connoisseur, and not Snooki-style — I’m all about all bronzers subtle, sheer, and “natural”-looking. Basically, anything that will help me to look less like I just clawed my way out of a mole tunnel. Whether you’re pale pale pale like I am, or just in need of a boost, these 5 bronzers will let the light in … Keep reading »

Multitasking Makeup
Brightening bases for effortless summer skin! Read More »
Bright Spring Color
Lips, eyes, and cheeks - we've got it covered. Read More »

14 Things Men Will Never Understand About Our Beauty Regimens (Demonstrated In GIFs)

Mom Secrets (GIFs)
There are some things we'd rather die than tell our mothers... Read More »
Men On Makeup
When men say they like "no makeup," they mean the no makeup LOOK. Read More »
Porn Stars Without Makeup
Porn stars without makeup
They look kinda like regular people! Read More »

Men! There are plenty of things about women that they don’t understand, but they really, really don’t understand what goes into our appearances. Sure, they sort of get why we might feel like we need concealer, or even lipstick. But when it comes to more nuanced beauty tricks, like filling in your eyebrows or using a blow-dryer, they are clueless. Here are 14 things that men will never, ever even begin to understand about our beauty regimens … [Clueless man image via Shutterstock] Keep reading »

Beauty Cues: The 2013 Met Costume Institute Ball

If there’s one thing we can say for certain about Monday night’s “punk”-themed Met Gala, it’s that there was certainly a lot to look at. Like, a lot. We hardly even know where to begin. There was the good, which was at its best over-the-top and in keeping (or attempted) with the misappropriated theme, and then there was the cringeworthy bad, which was either a total miss (do you even know what you’re here for?) or uncannily similar to a first-degree crime committed on the local Hot Topic store. But the beauty, by and large, was spectacular! Red carpet events usually call for boring stalwarts of things like “red lips” and “Hollywood waves,” but makeup artists and hair stylists really got a chance to show their edgier chops last night. For this, we are grateful… and, naturally, jealous of the stars who got to wear some of the best looks at the gala. We’re taking cues from six of our favorite looks of the night, right here…

Turkish Airlines Bans Crew From Wearing Red Lipstick, Nail Polish

Miniskirt Ban
Indonesia to thoughtfully ban miniskirts so women don't "invite" rape. Read More »
Uggs Banned By School
Uggs were banned at one middle school, but it's not why you think. Read More »
Another Miniskirt ban
Italian town considers a miniskirt ban to "restore urban decorum." Read More »
red lipstick
  • Turkish Airlines has banned stewardesses from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, claiming bright makeup “impairs visual integrity.” Critics say the restriction is a sign the moderate Islamic country is becoming more conservative, in particular towards women’s sexuality. [Guardian UK]
  • According to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-MI), there are over 70 sexual assaults involving military personnel every single day. This comes following the news that 26,000 service members had reported “unwanted sexual contact” in 2012, up from 19,000 the year before. In response, President Obama sharply rebuked those who are “betraying the uniform.”  [Yahoo, Salon]
  • A Fox News host asked, hella inappropriately, if 14-year-old Malia Obama is on birth control. [Madame Noire]
  • A history of smear campaigns against politicians centered around abortions. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Winging It: 10 Gorgeous Celeb Winged Liner Looks

Winged eyeliner is one of the most versatile, and most flattering, makeup looks around. It gets a bad rap for being difficult to achieve, but once you’ve got your technique down, you’ll be able to nail it every time. Not only is there something that’s just cool and insouciant about it, but a thick black wing has been the calling card for some of the sexiest stars of all time, from Brigitte Bardot and Jean Shrimpton to Jane Birkin and Sophia Loren. Whether they’re in classic black or an unexpected pop of color, these 10 winged liner looks are not to be missed …

Makeup Bag: Multitasking Makeup For Effortless Summer Skin

It’s getting warmer out there … which means many things. One of them is that it’s high time to chuck your heavy winter foundations in favor of something lighter, less smothering, and preferably the kind of simple one-step product that you can just smooth on and go. This is not the time to be painstakingly dotting concealer on every little blemish — that’s what the other 9 months of the year are for. For one less thing to worry about, grab one of these 5 light, multitasking base products, toss ‘em in your beach bag, and go! Keep reading »

Your Perfect Lip Color
How to hunt down your perfect better-than-natural lip shade. Read More »
Bright Spring Color
Lips, eyes, and cheeks - we've got it covered. Read More »
Breakdown: Contouring
Class 101 on facial contouring. Read More »
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