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

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DIY Manicure & Pedicure

Pamper yourself with these hands-on tips from the pros.

The Do-It-Yourself Manicure

  1. Clean the nail and remove old polish with a nonacetone polish remover.
  2. File with an emery board or nail file, rounding the edges slightly. Always file in a single direction; if nails are thin or peel easily, angle the file so that it lies slightly under the nail.
  3. Soak in warm water and liquid soap, then massage cuticle oil into cuticles (the thin tissue-like skin that adheres to the bottom of the nail plate). Give it a few minutes to soak in.
  4. Use a cuticle pusher to remove cuticle overgrowth from the nail bed; trim hangnails along the sides of the nail with a clipper. Never cut the cuticle."Treating the cuticle is paramount and leaves nails looking like they were professionally done," says Dana Caruso, a manicurist for Sally Hansen.
  5. Wipe the nail surface again with nail polish remover to remove oils, then apply a clear base coat. Don't overlook the base coat; it hydrates nails to minimize splitting or cracking.
  6. Apply polish in two thin coats. If applied too thick it's more likely to chip.
  7. Fix smudges. Have you mistakenly smudged the polish? Quickly dab the tiniest drop of nail polish remover over the nick using the tip of another finger. The remover thins out the surrounding polish to cover the smudge. Wait a minute, then reapply color or top coat.
  8. Finish with a quick-drying top coat; reapply the top coat every other day to prolong the longevity of the manicure.
  9. Expert Tip: "If your normally white nails have been yellowed by polish, rub them with the peel of a lemon or grapefruit," says Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics.

The Do-It-Yourself Pedicure

  1. Clip overgrown nails and remove old polish. "I'm astounded by how many people never take the polish off their toes and just continue to paint over the top," says Ji Baek, owner of Rescue Beauty Lounge in New York. "Take the nail lacquer off and examine your natural nails to make sure they're in healthy condition."
  2. Use a dry-skin file to whittle away stubborn calluses. (If you suffer from multiple conditions such as cracked soles, calluses, or corns, don't attempt to fix these yourself. Seek the help of a podiatrist.)
  3. Soak feet in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes, then exfoliate using a grainy scrub on feet, heels, and legs.
  4. Gently push back cuticles and use a manicure stick to clean under toenails.
  5. Slather cream on legs and feet. Clean nail beds with nail polish remover.
  6. Paint on a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat, and wait at least 20 minutes for toenails to dry.
  7. Expert Tip: "Even your own tools need to be sterilized after each use," says nail expert Ji Baek. "Soak metal tools in rubbing alcohol for 25 minutes then seal in a plastic bag."
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