Skin and Makeup

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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?

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Jennifer Sellers

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?

By Brion O'Connor

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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.

By Victoria Vogt

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

By Marianne Spoon

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?

By Jennifer Sellers

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.

By Heather Kolich

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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?

By Molly Edmonds

No matter what part you're playing, stage makeup helps you look your best. But how do you know what type of makeup to use, and how much? As it turns out, it's a bit of an art and a science.

By Jonathan Strickland

There are times when a few simple strokes of mascara just won’t cut it, and you just need something more theatrical and glamorous. When you want a little makeup fakery, head to the eyelash bar -- where eyelashes, not cocktails, are on the menu.

By Molly Edmonds

Certain cosmetics, just by their name or signature packaging, entered our childhoods and came to symbolize the very essence of femininity and beauty. We've got five famous products that have set themselves apart from the pretty-making pack.

By Molly Edmonds

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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?

By Debra Ronca

It doesn't have anything to do with fairies' pixie dust or illicit drugs. It has to do with your cosmetics. Are cosmetics manufacturers pulling the wool over your eyes about their products?

By Charles W. Bryant

There's a fine line between just enough and too much makeup. But knowing where that line falls can be tough.

By Sarah Siddons

The simplistic look of nude makeup is a classic that rarely goes out of style. Learn tips and tricks for letting your natural beauty shine.

By Sarah Siddons

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Before you leave for work, you probably spend some time in front of the mirror so that you leave looking fresh and flawless. But by lunchtime, a glance in the mirror reveals the staying power of your makeup leaves something to be desired.

By Sarah Siddons

If you love the look of eyeliner and lipstick but are tired of applying makeup each morning, you may be considering permanent makeup. But how does permanent makeup work, and is it safe?

By Sarah Siddons

Your complexion says a lot about your health and mood -- a bright one means health, happiness and good rest, whereas a dull one tells people that you're tired and worn out. But a little research can reveal a few tricks to combat a dull complexion.

By Sarah Siddons

The paradox of a suntan -- it makes you look healthier, but it's actually unhealthy for you. Get that sun-kissed glow from a bronzer, instead. A good bronzer can make you look like you've spent time in the sun even when you haven't.

By Sarah Siddons

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Take a look in any fashion magazine and you'll probably notice many of the models inside with dark, mysterious eyes. Just how did they get that smokey eye look?

By Sarah Siddons

provides the base of your look, so it's important to find one that matches both your skin type and skin tone, but how do you select the foundation that's right for you?

By Sarah Siddons

Nothing can make you look older and more fatigued than a pair of dark circles under your eyes. What can you do to get rid of them?

By Sarah Siddons

Want to know how to enhance your eyes? These simple tips will make them really stand out.

By Sarah Siddons

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Aging, genetics and sun damage can all do a number on our skin. Along with sagging skin and crow's feet, it's possible to develop enlarged pores, too. Although we can't get rid of them permanently, we can take steps to minimize those noticeable dots.

By John Barrymore

With all the activities waterproof makeup can withstand, it's no wonder it's so hard to remove. How can specially formulated makeup removers make a difference?

By Sarah Siddons