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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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The Dos and Don'ts of Sensitive Skin

If your skin gets red on the spot, or if every serum you've tried feels like fire on your face, then you probably have sensitive skin. "Many people with sensitive skin make it worse by choosing the wrong products or using them the wrong way," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Read on for expert tips on easing the tingle, soothing irritation, and erasing redness.

DON'T Be a Beauty Tester. "People with sensitive skin frequently try all sorts of different products on the market looking for the right product," says New York City dermatologist Janet Prystowsky, M.D. "When they come in they usually have a bag full of products that they are concerned with and want to know which one causes their dermatitis." 

If you're sensitive-skinned, stick to a simple regimen with basic products (think: cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF). Bring your own soap instead of using the hotel soap, and don't be so quick to try "the next new thing" at the spa. Trying multiple products or rotating through different things can be irritating to the skin. But more than that, since you're trying everything under the sun, it's hard to pinpoint what is causing the reaction.

DO Avoid Additives. Additives are preservatives, coloring, fragrances, and extra chemicals. While your normal-skinned friends may not have to think twice about slathering on the pink lotion that smells like strawberries and roses, it may sting or break out your skin. You could patch test every new product you buy, but a more efficient (and money-saving way) to save your skin from the burn is to focus on finding products that have little to no additives mixed in.

DO Keep It Simple. Dermatologists praise basic beauty products for use by everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin. Soaps should be mild (Prystowsky recommends Dove Unscented Cleansing Bar and Pond's Cold Cream), and everything else should be no-frills. "Plain zinc oxide makes a fairly good sunblock that can be camouflaged well with a dusting of a light powder," she says. "Plain mineral oil in the bath will help moisturize the skin and plain Vaseline is good for very rough hands and the excess can be wiped off with soft tissues leaving the hands soft and smooth.

DON'T Dry Out. It's important to keep sensitive skin super moisturized. Dr. Jaliman recommends using a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, which binds water to the skin. You should apply lotion right after showering, when skin is still slightly damp. "But steer clear of hot showers as the hot water pulls oil from the skin," Jaliman says. "Lukewarm water is 100 percent better!" And always use a humidifier to add moisture to the air and skin (especially if you're running the heat in your house).

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