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Skin and makeup are very closely related. Learn more about skin and makeup at HowStuffWorks.

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5 Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics

Like us, the Egyptians used cosmetics to accentuate beauty and to protect skin from the harsh climate. What perfumes, soaps and makeup did they use?


Does the lead in lipstick cause cancer?

For many of us, putting on lipstick is as routine as brushing our teeth in the morning. But are there dangers lurking in your lip color?

Should I Use Gluten-Free Makeup?

Giving up gluten is hard enough, but should you try gluten-free makeup. We talked to experts to get the down-low on gluten-free makeup

5 Uses for Toner

Find the best toner for your skin with as we explain the many uses of facial toner – and how it can become an essential part of your skin care routine

Quick Tips: What Makeup Does to Your Skin

When you go through your morning makeup routine, the goal is simple – improve your appearance. But how is that seemingly harmless, perfectly applied layer of powder or moisturizer really affecting your skin?

5 Tips for Applying Makeup to Dry Skin

If you have a dry complexion, applying makeup can be a challenge. Sponges and even the daintiest of fingers may worsen red, flaking skin, but these tips can help you keep your makeup smooth and your skin healthy.

Weird Makeup: Fast Facts

Get fast facts on makeup, and learn about how to apply and care for your favorite cosmetic products.

Makeup Tips Image Gallery

Take a look at these makeup tips pictures to learn about makeup application, storage and use. Improve your skills with makeup tips pictures.

Does wearing lipstick protect you from cancer?

Although we don't often think of it, our lips are easily exposed to the sun's harmful rays when we venture outside. If you're wearing lipstick, does the popular cosmetic help or harm your chances of getting skin cancer?

10 Common Makeup Mishaps

A makeup mishap may not kill you, but it could hurt your appearance -- and your self-confidence. Before you give up on cosmetics for good, try these tips for avoiding makeup blunders and putting your best face forward.

12-hour Lipstick

It's a busy world, and most women have a to-do list a mile long. A jam-packed schedule doesn't leave time for frequent pit stops to reapply lipstick. Is the all-day lipstick an advertising myth, or has chemistry come to the rescue?