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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Pore Perfection: 9 Ways to Minimize Pores

Your pore size is, for the most part, determined by genetics (thanks, mom), but sun damage, cleansing habits, and even the wrong makeup can all make them appear larger -- which can make you look older. Learn how to minimize your pores (even just temporarily) and get a smoother, younger-looking complexion.

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    • Can you really shrink your pores?

      Sorry to say it: The idea that you can "shrink" or "close" your pores is a beauty myth. "Everybody has a physiologic pore size," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. How large (or small) they are is determined by genetics. That said, a buildup of dead skin, oil, dirt, and even the loss of collagen can stretch out your pores, making them appear even larger. Here's how to make your pores as small as possible.


    • Come Clean

      The quest for less prominent pores starts at the sink. Switch to a face wash that contains exfoliating acids such as salicylic or glycolic, which dissolve pore-clogging dead skin cells and oil deep inside pores. Try Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser ($8; ulta.com), with salicylic acid.

    • Stick It to Them

      You've seen those sticky strips that claim to pull out blackhead-causing gunk, but do they really work? Jaliman says yes. For best results, she suggests applying them to dry skin -- not right after cleansing or showering. "Your skin will be too sensitive," Jaliman says. Try Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($10.25; drugstore.com).

    • Apply Some Heat

      Like the steam during a facial, heat-activated masks soften up the dead skin cells in your pores, Jaliman says. Look for a formula that's self-heating and apply it to clean skin one-to-two times a week. Try The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask ($17; The Body Shop).

    • Have Some Clay Time

      Clay draws out impurities, oil, and even water. By using a clay-based mask, you not only get a deep clean, but also a temporary tightening of your pores. It's a great quick fix before a big event. Try First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay ($30; sephora.com).

    • Reverse Sun Damage

      Your sun-worshipping sins of the past could be to blame for your pore size today. "Sun damage breaks down the collagen and elastic tissue, which supports the pore," Jaliman says. Losing this support makes pores larger. To repair the damage and make pores appear smaller, add a collagen-stimulating, topical retinoid (such as retinol) to your skin care regimen. Bonus: Retinoids increase the rate at which skin cells slough off, so less dead skin will end up lodged in your pores. Try Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night ($47.50; drugstore.com).

    • Make It Matte

      Enlarged pores and oily skin tend to go hand in hand. Consider adding a mattifying product to your daily routine, which works by absorbing excess oil so it doesn’t pool in your pores. Try L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher ($25; target.com).

    • Prime Your Pores

      If you want instant, poreless gratification, slick skin with a makeup primer before you apply your foundation, says celebrity makeup artist Erica Whelan. Typically formulated with silicone, primer smooths skin's surface, filling in pores so they're virtually undetectable. Try Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser Primer ($6; walmart.com).

    • Ditch the Dew

      Skip foundations that yield a dewy or shimmery look, says makeup artist Emily Kate Warren. "Sometimes the highlighting mechanism in the product makes the pores look more dramatic," she says. Instead, opt for a lightweight formula like a tinted moisturizer. It's not so pigmented and heavy so it won't sink into pores and moisturizing the surface will prevent that orange-peel look, Warren says. Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($17.49; walgreens.com).


      Need more coverage? Consider a formula that contains gel-based pigments, which blur out skin imperfections while delivering medium coverage, Whelan says. Try Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15  ($42; smashbox.com).

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      See a Pore Pro

      Still have problem pores? Schedule a visit with a dermatologist, who can shrink down pores permanently with a laser. Jaliman, who uses the Genesis laser, says to expect results after four to six treatments, done two weeks apart. Expect to pay, on average, $500 a session.

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      10 Dry Skin Fixes from Your Kitchen

      The remedy for dry, itchy skin could be in your pantry. Staples like your go-to cooking oil and favorite breakfast food can be used to soften and hydrate a dull, dehydrated face and body. Not the DIY type? Just order in; try a premade product that contains the same edible ingredient (but please, don't actually eat it).
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