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Our 25 All-Time Best Beauty Tips

The Best Advice On ... Radiating Beauty
1. Love your face the way it is and the way it will age. And be sure to embrace the qualities that make you unique. If all we do is focus on our imperfections, we'll never recognize our individual beauty. (March 2003)

2. Give yourself a beauty treat at least once a week. Get your nails done, have your hair blown out, buy a new lipstick ... The point is: You deserve to take care of you, and often it's often the smallest indulgences that can make a dramatic difference in how you look and feel. (March 2003)

3. Make caring for your complexion a priority. It's never too early in life to start pampering your skin; you don't have to wait for problems (think dry skin, acne and more) to develop. Cleanse, moisturize and protect yourself from the sun's damaging rays today. (September 2004)

The Best Advice On ... Keeping A Youthful Glow
4. Wash your face before going to bed -- no matter how tired you are. Makeup left on overnight can block pores (triggering breakouts) and give skin a dull cast. (February 1986)

5. Slough off dry, dull skin. One of the quickest ways to get a radiant complexion is with a gentle exfoliating scrub, which literally sloughs off dead, dulling cells on the skin's surface-- and allows newer, healthier and more radiant skin cells to shine through. (December 2000)
2006 UPDATE Recent innovations like at-home peels and home microdermabrasion kits are more effective than ever before, allowing users to get results similar to those of services offered in a dermatologist's office.

6. Try, really try, to reduce stress in your life. Studies link it with a weakened immune system, which in turn can trigger everything from acne flare-ups to eczema. Exercise, a good night's sleep and a healthy, balanced diet are all things that can help soften anxiety's impact on the body -- and the skin. (September 2001)
2006 UPDATE Check out 10 Ways to De-stress Anytime, Anywhere, page 104, for real-life ways to beat stress.

7. Put an end to body breakouts. Clean pimple-prone body skin (back, shoulders, buttocks) at least once a day with an acne wash or with a wipe/pad that contains breakout-busting salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide; regular use of either will help clear skin and prevent new pimples from forming. (March 2004)

8. Know your skin's triggers. If you have sensitive skin, avoid perfumed, anti-bacterial and deodorant products, which can easily aggravate it. And look for the words "for sensitive skin" and "fragrance free" on product labels. (January 2002)

9. Eat foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Bright-colored citrus fruits, berries and orange or red vegetables are packed with antioxidants, which experts say help maintain youthful skin. Salmon, tuna, walnuts and flaxseeds all offer omega-3 fatty acids, which help form the skin's lipid layer -- responsible for keeping skin hydrated and smooth. (November 2002)
2006 UPDATE A healthy diet overall -- one that offers a range of vitamins, minerals, proteins, grains and healthy fats -- is more important for your body and skin than any single ingredient. See Shape.com/eatright for healthy diet advice.

10. Develop a relationship with a local dermatologist. You don't need to wait for a skin problem to develop to book an appointment. Yes, a board-certified dermatologist can help treat everything from embarrassing blemishes to serious conditions like skin cancer, but he or she can also advise you about the right products for your skin and discuss how your skin will age. (August 1992)
2006 UPDATE To find a dermatologist in your area, click on aad.org, the American Academy of Dermatology website.

The Best Advice On ... Applying Makeup The Right Way
11. Lighten up. Avoid heavy foundations and powders, which can settle inside pores and make them seem larger. (March 2000)
2006 UPDATE New makeup technology -- from tinted moisturizers and pore-minimizing foundations to radiance-boosting tints and super-natural mineral makeup -- make getting a healthy, natural glow easier than ever.

12. Wake up your eyes. A concealer or eye cream with light-reflective pigments (look for ingredients like "mica" on labels) will brighten eyes instantly. (February 2003)

13. Become a pro at applying eyeliner. To make eyes appear larger, use a darker shade near the top lashes and a lighter shade (in the same color family) on the lower lash line. Don't line eyes all the way around with the same color. (January 2001)

14. Get kissably soft lips. Exfoliate lips with a toothbrush every morning, or use a lip-exfoliating product. An added benefit: Lipstick will go on smoother. (April 2003) 15. Plump up your pout. Use a lip pencil that's slightly darker than your lipstick to line just outside your lips. Next, apply lipstick, then dab a spot of foundation onto the center of lips. Top off with gloss. (March 2002)
2006 UPDATE New lipsticks and glosses offer color plus plumping agents like cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper, which work by temporarily boosting blood flow to the lips, triggering a swelling effect.

The Best Advice On ... Healthy Hair
16. Coloring your hair? Get a trim too. The tinting process weakens hair and almost always guarantees you'll end up with split ends when the color is rinsed out. A tiny snip after chemical processing, and every six to eight weeks after that, will keep your locks lustrous and healthy. (September 2003)

17. Switch up your shampoo. Summer's salt water, chlorine, extra sweat and the sun's ultraviolet (UV)rays can leave hair brittle and weak. Now's the time to change to a more hydrating shampoo to keep hair shiny and soft. (July 1995)

18. Rinse pool water out asap. Dousing your head with tap water after swimming will prevent algaecides in pool water from turning blond hair green; it also rids the hair of drying chlorine residue. (August 2002)

19. Wake up with silkier strands. Before bed, work a tiny amount of deep conditioner into dry ends of hair. Shampoo out in the morning. (October 1997)

The Best Advice On...Hair Removal

20. Calm tweezer trauma. After plucking, press a cold washcloth to the spot. (December 1989)

21. Shave as a last shower step. This way, hair can soften in the warm water for smoother, nick-free results. (June 1999)

The Best Advice On...Sun Protection
22. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Sand and water reflect 60 percent of UV rays, so even under an umbrella, you may be exposed. (July 2001)

23. Mix up your anti-agers. To better protect skin from the aging effects of the sun, treat it with a medley of antioxidants -- a polyphenol like green tea, vitamin C and/or a form of vitamin A (retinol); dermatologists believe they work better than any one ingredient alone. (May 2006)

24. Protect your eyes from the sun's rays. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more transparent. Why? The natural, skin-firming tissue collagen found there breaks down faster than in other areas of the skin, which is why lines show up here first. (The sun's UV rays speed the breakdown.) Experts recommend dabbing on an eye cream with SPF 15 or higher every day. (February 2003)

25. Check (and recheck) your moles. Research shows that people who take digital photos of their moles (or have their doctors do it), and use the shots to monitor their skin from year to year, were better able to detect suspicious changes during self-exams. Remember: Check yourself monthly from scalp to toes, and have your dermatologist give you a professional exam yearly. (July 2004)

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Beauty Tips For Lankan beauties

Watermelon juice clears the skin of all its blemishes leaving it fresh and lovely. Grate a watermelon, squeeze out the juice and apply it on your face for 15 minutes. Now wash it with hot water and then splash on cold water.

2. Fenugreek leaves (methi) cure pimples, blackheads, dryness and early appearance of wrinkles. Make a paste of these leaves and apply it every night. Next morning, wash off with warm water. This improves your complexion.

3. Tea leaves and lemon juice helps prevent hair fall. They also lead to soft and shiny hair. You need to boil the leaves in water and strain out the tea. Add a little lemon juice to this concoction and wash your hair with it. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

4. Bengal gram flour (besan) mixed with curd can be applied daily on your face and hair! It will not only give you a glowing complexion, but also long and lustrous locks.

5. Orange juice is great for an instant glow. All you need to do is dip your fingers in the juice and pat your cheeks, chin, neck and forehead. Wash off after ten minutes.

Your kitchen shelf has been secretly storing all these beauty secrets for years. It is up to you to discover more.

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40+ Beauty Tips | Look Years Younger with Makeup

  • Wednesday, 01st Aug 2012
    40+ Beauty Tips | Look Years Younger with Makeup
    Look years longer with our over 40 makeup tips! It's time to update your beauty routine and try new, innovative cosmetic formulas to create youthful and stunning makeup looks.
    • 40+ Beauty Tips | Look Years Younger with Makeup
    • 40+ Beauty Tips | Look Years Younger with Makeup
    Makeup can be tricky. If you're stuck with the same makeup routine you've done for years, it can be as aging as an out-of-style wardrobe. Yet, while there are many trends in makeup, the best bet is to leave the crazy colors to the teens and create a naturally stunning look. But that doesn't have to mean makeup-free. In fact, certain makeup tips can make your face look years younger without having to resort to expensive skin-care products or extensive – and painful – anti-aging plastic surgery. Here's how to use your cosmetics to create a younger look:

    Prepare your skin
    Before you apply a drop of makeup, be sure your skin is exfoliated once or twice a week. Sloughing away dead skin cells will actually allow your makeup to absorb better into your skin, rather than “sitting” on the skin, which can create a “cakey” look. Be sure to moisturize your skin and ensure you have SPF protection either in your moisturizer or foundation.

    A great foundation
    Apply a pore-minimizing primer. You can find this in powder or liquid form, and it's one of the newest ways to really create a flawless canvas for your makeup. A new type of product known as BB creams actually combine a primer, moisture, anti-aging ingredients and a bit of color for coverage. Or you can opt for a lightweight foam-like foundation or even a spray foundation that you apply with a sponge. With a primer, you don't need a heavy foundation.

  • Chanel Fleur de Lotus 2012 Makeup Collection
    Resisting the mesmerizing beauty of colorful makeup pigments becomes more and more difficult as renowned makeup brands such as Chanel are competing to create the most flattering makeup hues. One of the best examples of fabulousness in makeup is given by Chanel's Fleur de Lotus makeup collection, so take a peek at the products and tell us what you think!
    The magical world of makeup never ceases to amaze us as each season new innovative textures and pigments are created by makeup developers and since the sky seems to be the limit, the attention is constantly focused on the latest collections revealed. One of the go-to brands when it comes to makeup, Chanel, put on display its creativity by launching various makeup collections this year including the Fleur de Lotus, a makeup collection that is in perfect sync with the season and which aims to accentuate femininity using fresh and fab pigments.

    Chanel's Fleur de Lotus 2012 makeup collection displays a wonderful palette of floral inspired pigments (flower gardens have been a huge muse for makeup creative directors), particularly lotus flower pigments which aim to create a fresh and seductive look that is perfect for the spring/summer season. The essence and elegant allure of the lotus flower has been perfectly captured by Chanel, so no wonder that these sizzling pigments will lure you into giving them a try.

    As a girl can never have too much makeup, check out the fab high quality products featured in Chanel's Fleur de Lotus makeup collection and find out which ones make you feel like a true goddess.

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Quality Counts

Quality Counts
Get the best cosmetics that you can afford.  This is not a time to skip on quality and get some budget brand.  I like and recommend the Artistry Brand, it is not found in stores but well worth asking around for it.  It is rated in the top five in the world, but has a drug store price. Remember the Three B's of Makeup

You can easily blend in liquid or creme foundation with a sponge. Select the appropriate foundation formula for your skin type and preferred coverage. Then, using your fingertip, dot foundation on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Use a clean sponge and, starting from the top of your face and working down and out, blend the foundation smoothly and evenly, being careful not to leave edges.  Use two coats! (blend, blend, blend!)

For Photography I like to apply a liquid foundation as a first coat and follow it with a powder foundation to finish it.  Whatever you choose, you will need to apply a foundation that gives more coverage than street makeup.  You can apply powder foundations with a sponge for heavier coverage, or with a large powder brush for lighter coverage. 
There are countless ways to apply eye shadow, but a common goal should be to focus attention on your eyes and not your eyelids.
The simplest and most natural look comes from using eyeliner next to your upper and lower lashes. Smudge the line, then apply an eye shadow on top to set the line and give extra depth and emphasis to eye color and shape.
First use a light-colored eye shadow over your entire eyelid then apply a medium color in the crease of your lid. Finish by applying a deep color next to your lashes.
To create a big, open-eye look, or for straight lashes, first curl your eyelashes and then apply mascara. Use one application of mascara for a soft look, and two or three more applications for a more dramatic look that is right for photography.

For a soft, natural appearance, use a blush brush to apply powder blush to the balls of your cheeks. Using a clean, dry sponge, blend evenly in all directions until all edges disappear.

For a more contoured look, apply powder blush from the front of the center of your ears and continue forward, curving slightly under your cheek bones, to the center of your face. Blend well with a dry sponge. The deepest color should be closest to the ears to create depth.


  • Use light tones in areas you want to highlight and darker tones to shade areas you want to downplay.

  • Use a foundation or concealer in a shade lighter than your natural coloring to highlight different areas on the face for a "lifted" look. Consider the corner of the eyes, center of the forehead, tops of the cheekbones, underneath the brow bones, under the lower corners of the mouth and the center of the chin.

  • Use a darker makeup, concealer or powder to shade, or create a shadow, that recesses a particular area of the face. This can give the face quite a dramatic effect, especially in photographs. It's less effective and unnatural looking in daylight, so for street makeup use this technique subtly, and blend your makeup well.

  • Contouring can define your jawline, diminish a double chin, create a cheekbone or soften a prominent jawbone.

  • Shading works best if used under your regular foundation. Use powder shading, however, after you've applied your foundation.

  • Highlighting looks best if used on top of foundation.

  • Blend well when highlighting and shading.

  • You can use shading to shade the hollows of the cheek.


Lip color is the match that lights the fire of the face. Nothing brightens, lightens and lifts quite like lip color

1) Line the edge of your natural lip line with a lip liner that blends well with your favorite lip color.

2) Use a lip pencil not just to line but also to color your entire lip for color that lasts.
3) Apply lip color, then blot your inner lip area with a tissue. For best control, apply lip color with a lip brush.

4) Apply a second coat of lip color and blot lightly.  Consider a gold gloss top coat for glamour sessions.
Powder   When you are done set the entire face with a good loose powder. Apply powder to hold down the shine, which will keep you looking radiant in photographs.


Nail and lip colors don't have to match, but nails should blend with your cosmetic and wardrobe shades for a totally coordinated look.

  • Don't use them as tools to keep them from breaking. Use a pen or pencil to dial a telephone number and a letter opener to open envelopes.

  • Avoid using rough metal nail files that can damage nails, and never clip or cut a cuticle unless absolutely necessary.

  • After they've been in water, let nails dry completely before filing them.

  • Keep nails away from detergents, chlorine and salt water whenever possible.

  • Wear gloves in the winter not only for warmth but to protect nails from chipping.

  • Wear protective gloves when gardening or doing other household tasks, especially if it involves using hot water, soaps or strong chemicals.

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Makeup Basics

Makeup Basics

Woman applying mascaraWoman applying blush with a brush

Woman applying lip color with a brushLearn the 3 steps for everyday application―and a few tricks to give your look a boost.

Step 1: Even Out Your Skin Tone

If You Want a Basic Look: Use Concealer

Woman applying blush with a brush


  • Using a fine, densely bristled brush, apply a small amount to the inner corner under the eye.
  • Draw a crisscross over any redness or discoloration that needs to be covered. (This distributes color more evenly.) Cover the top of a pimple rather than the area around it.
  • Using your index finger, blend with a light tapping motion.

Pitfalls to Avoid

  • Choose the right shade: If your concealer is too light, it will accentuate dark patches.
  • Don't rub the makeup from side to side, which will actually remove the product from the skin. Pat it gently.
  • Keep concealer away from the outer corners of the eyes, where it can highlight fine lines.

If You Want a Boost: Use Foundation

  • Look for areas that are discolored or need evening out.
  • Using a flat foundation brush, a wedge sponge, or your fingers, lightly dab a small amount of the product in the center of these areas only (not the whole face).
  • Blend the color into your skin working in downward and outward strokes so that fine hairs on the skin lie smoothly in the direction of their growth.
  • Apply concealer over foundation.

Pitfalls to Avoid

  • Don't slather foundation all over, like moisturizer.
  • Remember to blend along the hairline, under the jawline, and in front of the ears to avoid a makeup "mask."


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