Surprising Complexion Improvers

We're constantly barraged with new products to help our skin glow or fade past blemishes -- but there are easy ways to either cut back on these products or help them work harder for you. These unexpected beauty hacks take creams out of the equation with straightforward, start-today tips to put you on the path to perfectly luminous skin.

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Thicken Thinning Lashes

It's not your imagination. Your once lush lashes might actually be thinner these days -- a byproduct of aging and sometimes too much wear and tear. Fortunately, there are ways to thicken up your fine fringe instantly: makeup and over-time solutions that can promote new lash growth.

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Nail Art for Grown-Ups

Fun, colorful nail art doesn't have to be just for teenagers and celebrities. We asked some of our favorite bloggers and go-to industry pros to tell all when it comes to nailing the latest trends in nail art. With just a few simple tips and tricks, we know everyone -- including your friends and your teenage daughter -- will be coming to you for style advice!

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Banish Raccoon Eyes!

It's a common beauty complaint: In the a.m., your eyeliner and mascara look flawless, but by 3 p.m. it looks like you've slept in your makeup. Since you're probably not snoozing on the job, the source of your smudges is most likely liner or mascara that mixes with oil and sweat and migrates down to your undereyes. Here, easy tricks to clean up your act and prevent your next eye makeup meltdown.

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Goof-Proof Self-Tanners

If you like the look of a deep tan or even just a subtle, sun-kissed glow, sunless tanner is the only way to go (no skin-damaging UV rays!). But we all know application can be tricky. One false move and you can be left with an obvious streak that lasts for days. Fortunately, the latest crop of glow getters makes a faux tan faux pas free.

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Products You Need By 30

We're all for having fun and experimenting, but by the time you hit the big 3-0, you should be able to commit to a few reliable, no-fail beauty products. We asked top hair, makeup, and skin pros to reveal the stuff they think should be in every 30-something's bathroom.

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12 Beach Bag Must-Haves

Summer days are meant to be carefree, but that doesn't mean you can drop the, um, beach ball with your beauty routine. Here are our favorite warm-weather essentials to keep you feeling and looking cool, chic, and well protected.

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Get the Most Out of Your Makeup

Your cosmetics are a precious investment. Learn how to handle them with care.

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    • Mark Up Your Makeup

      Because cosmetics aren't required to have expiration dates, use an indelible marker to note the date you opened them.


    • Keep an Eye on It

      Never take chances with anything used close to your eyes, such as mascara or eyeliner; replace each item every three months.

    • One-Year Plan

      Products applied directly to your skin that have a liquid or cream consistency (foundation, concealer, cream eye shadow and blush, lipstick, moisturizer, eye cream) will last up to a year.

    • Life Expectancy

      Powders (face powder, blush, eye shadow), which contain fewer oils than their creamy counterparts, can be used 1 to 2 years.

    • Warning Signs

      Pay attention to moisture beading, color separating, a change in the original color, or a foul smell. These are all warning signs that the preservatives in the product may have broken down. Be especially vigilant about natural and organic products as they contain nontraditional preservatives, which can affect their shelf life.

    • Just for You

      Keep your makeup (especially anything you use near your eyes) to yourself. Don't share your products -- and your germs.

    • Know When to Toss

      Don't add water or saliva (yuck!) to thin out the texture of a product that's begun to clump. Throw it away and buy a replacement.

    • Tools of the Trade

      Avoid dipping your finger (and introducing bacteria) into open containers. Use applicators or disposable cotton swabs instead.

    • Keep it Clean

      Regularly cleanse brushes, tools, and sponges that can trap oil and bacteria. Wash with mild soap or baby shampoo semiweekly and toss sponges after several uses.

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      Pump it Up

      Take note of creams in open pots, which are less stable than those with an enclosed pump, which keeps them fresher longer.

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      Play it Safe with Sunscreen

      "The FDA requires sunscreens to remain stable and effective on the self for 3 years from the date of manufacture, and a year after the tube has been opened," says Los Angeles dermatologist, Ronald Moy. If your sunscreen has expired, pitch it.

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      We're all for having fun and experimenting, but by the time you hit the big 3-0, you should be able to commit to a few reliable, no-fail beauty products. We asked top hair, makeup, and skin pros to reveal the stuff they think should be in every 30-something's bathroom.
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