Skin and Makeup

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

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You can share your secrets, your hopes and your dreams with your friends. However, dermatologists caution, you should never share your makeup. But why?

By Sarah Siddons

Traditionally speaking, makeup and acne simply don't mix. You still have to be careful applying makeup over your breakouts, but you can now use your makeup to fight your acne.

By Sarah Siddons

Freckles are a natural part of many people's complexions. While some remain proud of them, others may wish to conceal freckles -- and that's where foundation can come in.

By Sarah Siddons

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If you have oily skin, you might be tempted to use harsh products to remove your makeup, but this can be harmful to your skin. What should you be using to clear off your makeup?

By Thorin Klosowski

Whether you wear makeup like it's 1985 or dab on just a hint of color, you have to wipe it off it at the end of the day. What removers won't make your skin scream in protest?

By Susan L. Nasr

Many women consider makeup a must-have -- they simply won't leave home without it. However, what differentiates makeup luxuries from makeup needs? We've got the 10 makeup items that you should always have handy.

By Stephanie Watson & Julia Layton

Constant use of lip balm is a very real part of many people's lives. But is lip-balm addiction a valid medical condition?

By Sarah Siddons

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You were so excited to get that bronzer as a gift with purchase with your new mascara. But every time you use it, your face itches like mad. Could you be allergic to your new makeup?

By Sarah Siddons

Both lip stain and lipstick add color to enhance your pout -- but in different ways. What are the main differences between these lip products, and is one better than the other?

By Laurie L. Dove

Most of the time, makeup doesn't have any major negative effects -- other than maybe the early-morning frustration of applying it. However, it could cause a few skin reactions.

By Sarah Siddons

Women have been using color to increase the visual impact of their lips for hundreds of years. But now color isn't enough -- women want fuller lips, too. What's the answer to this beauty quest?

By Sarah Siddons

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Luscious lips are a big business -- just take a look at Angelina Jolie. For the rest of womankind's mere mortals, cosmetics are a popular way to achieve a plumper pout.

By Sarah Siddons

If you're tired of cracked foundation, creased eye shadow and fading lipstick, adding a primer to your makeup routine may be all you need to create the flawless look you're after.

By Sarah Siddons

It's soft and fine and it comes as chalky spheres or loose powder. But is mineral makeup, touted as nature's beauty secret, as natural as it's made out to be?

By Julia Layton

Cosmetic labels printed with botanicals and promises of ingredients that are "all-natural," "organic" or "inspired by nature" might seem promising. But what's inside the bottles?

By Julia Layton

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Nothing can brighten up a woman's (or a man's) face quite so fast as a little slick of lipstick. But if crushed beetle shells mixed with wax aren't your thing, we can teach you how to make your own.

By Shanna Freeman

Need help in finding the right blush for your skin type? Cosmetic expert Bobbi Brown lends her tips on how to choose the right blush shade for your skin type in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Mascara is an amazing invention and is considered fundamental to any kind of makeup application. Learn more about this common type of makeup in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers