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Foods that make you beautiful!

We spend so long coating ourselves in serums, lotions and potions we sometimes forget that what we put inside our bodies can have an effect on our looks too.

In fact, what we eat can be more important in keeping us looking young and beautiful than any facial. We all know the basics – burgers, chips and chocolate = bad; fruit and veg = good – but which foods can really make us look our shiny, beautiful best?

We asked expert foodies to tell us what we should be putting in our shopping baskets to enhance our looks.

Papaya, Spinach and Kale:

It might seem like a random combination, but papaya, spinach and kale all provide a phytochemical called lutein, which according to experts from the Department of Dermatology at the University of Naples helps to boost the skin’s antioxidant capacity thereby protecting against damage from free radicals.


Researchers at Hirosaki University in Japan have just completed an intensive study which shows that blackcurrants can actually help reduce dark circles under the eyes.

The tests proved that the consumption of blackcurrants improved the blood flow around the optical nerves and drastically reduced the effect of ‘sagging eyes’.

The good news is that it’s not just fresh blackcurrants that can help, blackcurrants in any form will do the trick – including in jams and pies!


Nail Polish Tips: How to Get Model-Perfect Nails!

1) Make Fresh Paint!

Don’t waste that half-used bottle of red: “Combine two shades to create newer ones,” says celeb manicurist Myrdith Leon-McCormack. Grab last season’s leftover polish, pour another shade in it, add clear lacquer, too, then roll the bottle between your palms to blend.

2) Avoid Chips!

To make lacquer stay put, paint the tips, too. Do two thin coats of polish, then hold the brush vertically and swipe the color along the nail’s edge. “And don’t skimp,” says celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann. “Always apply a base coat, two layers of polish, and a topcoat.”

3) Do Texture!

“Put sequins on top of polish while it’s wet, then finish with a topcoat,” Lippmann suggests. Or try a glitter-flecked color. For a girly look, cover your nails with lace, says nail pro Dana Caruso.

4) Try a Bold French Mani!

Instead of pink and white, “do brighter color combos,” says nail pro Kim D’Amato. One cool idea pictured here: a blue base like Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Party in the Penthouse, paired with wild orange tips in Mango Maven ($8 each, Target).

5) Keep it Neutral!

Flesh-toned polish “makes your hands look elongated,” says nail guru Mike Potter. Try a pinky nude if you have a fair or medium skin tone. Stick with rich, earthy nudes if your skin is dark.

Tips 6-10 at!

Rachel McAdams looks stunning on the cover of InStyle!

I love Rachel McAdams. I first fell in love with her when she starred opposite Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. She went on to star in some of my favorite films, Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, State of Play, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Sherlock Holmes to name a few. I can’t wait to see her new film, Morning Glory, opposite Harrison Ford.

How does the 32-year-old Canadian stay so beautiful? Well, here are some of her secrets!

According to Beauty Assist, Rachel drinks maple syrup to help her keep thin. It also helps that she runs around when she’s hyper to burn off calories.

According to Glamour, for her appearance at the Comic Con International convention, makeup artist Troy Jensen combined two colors from the brand for a beautiful red-fuchsia shade: Palladium and Limelight. The Palladium shade has a maroon and fuchsia hue. The Limelight has a slight mixture of red, pink and coral. The combination proved to be a hit with the crowd.

Rachel McAdams wowed her fans by looking beautiful as ever at the Comic Con International convention. For stunning eyes that pop like Rachel’s, try blending a white highlighter on your entire eyelid. Then shade the crease of your eyelid using a sand colored eye shadow. Finish it off by curling and coating your eyelashes with black mascara. Be sure to visit his blog for a detailed entry on all his beauty tricks he used for Rachel during the convention, including a description of how he created her glowing complexion.


How to create the perfect smoky eye makeup for blue eyes!

I have blue eyes, and I’m always obsessed with how to achieve the perfect smoky eye look, without looking too dark. This video does the trick!

Here are tips for brown eyes and green eyes also!

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