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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How to Minimize Pores

As you collect candles on your birthday cake, your pores can become more pronounced. While you can't shrink them permanently, you can make them look a whole lot better.

Get a smooth start
Makeup primer will fill in tiny holes, making skin look dramatically more even. Finish by dusting on a powder foundation; it won't settle in pores and can help absorb excess oil.
Try: CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer, $15.99; drugstores; and BareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation, $29; bareescentuals.com

Nix tiny hairs
Just like oxidized oil, dark follicles can call attention to pores. "If you have black dots on the side of your nose and they don't clear up with treatment, they
may be hairs rather than blackheads," says Ranella Hirsch, M.D. Pore strips are surprisingly good at removing them.
Try: BioreĢ Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, $7.99; drugstores

Identify your skin type
If you have an oily complexion and that oil gets trapped inside your pores, it oxidizes and becomes dark, creating blackheads. Using serums and creams marked "pore minimizing" once a day can help. These formulas contain mild exfoliants that will dry out pores over time.
Try: Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment, $75; sephora.com; or Vichy Noraderm Night Cream, $24.50; vichyusa.com

Toss your magnifying mirror
"No one's skin looks attractive in one of those -- and the truth is it doesn't need to," Hirsch says. "Others see the whole picture, not small flaws." Extreme mirrors encourage picking that can lead to redness and scarring.

Revamp your anti-aging regimen
Age and sun damage also play a role, because both time and UV rays break down the collagen and elastin structures in the skin that prop up pore walls. "They begin to stretch and sag, making pores look larger," Hirsch says. First, be sure you're protecting skin rain or shine with SPF 30, then add a serum or cream that contains retinol (which boosts collagen and elastin production) to your daily routine.
Try: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Serum, $18.99; drugstores.

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