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4 Steps to a Flawless Face

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Smooth

Step # 1
Foundation is one of the first things women skip yet it’s key to looking flawless. That’s because this “base layer” helps makeup last longer, and colors (like blush) look truer. To pick the perfect shade hold bottles next to your face and narrow down the options. Then swipe each where skin is most uneven (usually, your cheek); if it blends in, you’re set. Once you’ve nailed the hue, sweep along your forehead, nose, chin, and cheekbones, then blend outward to help it disappear into your skin.

Cover

Step #2
Concealer is every woman’s favorite tool for hiding it all—from under-eye circles to blemishes. Apply a small amount over foundation for a natural look. For best results you’ll need two concealers: one that’s a shade lighter than your foundation to downplay dark, blue-toned, under-eye circles and make skin appear brighter. The other should match your foundation to help hide reddish blemishes or broken capillaries. Use a thin makeup brush and apply concealer to the inner- eye corners first (by the tear ducts, where circles tend to appear darkest) and feather it outward.

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Brighten

Step #3
Learn to love luminizer. This secret weapon comes in liquid or powder form and is made with opalescent, pearl-like particles that give skin a sheer finish and a subtle, sexy sheen. Choose the shade closest to your skin tone: Pink and white luminizers complement fair skin, while gold and bronze suit medium to deep coloring. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Use a clean fingertip to dab a pea-size drop onto your brow bones, along the tops of your cheekbones, and at the innermost corners of your eyes. Be sure to blend well to achieve a barely-there radiance.

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Step #4
Powder keeps foundation in place longer by blotting away excess oil. Use loose powder (it offers an airy, light finish) or use your favorite compact powder and sweep it on with a brush. Apply along your T-zone, under your eyes, and across your lids (to give eye-shadow color staying power). Remember to choose a shade that matches your skin. When in doubt, go a touch darker.

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Glamour presents- Two Makeup Eye-deas For Mid-Summer Days

I don’t know about you, but by early August, I usually get more than a little lazy with my makeup routine. However, these lovely shots of Kerry Washington and Blake Lively at an event in the Hamptons have inspired me to whip out my neglected eyeshadow brush sometime very soon.

These two eye-shadow schemes are playful and not too involved–perfect for a mid-summer day. First, check out Kerry’s look. She had a sheer wash of green shadow swept across her top lids and then verrry gently haloed beneath her bottom lids. Black liner (applied inside the lash line, too) and mascara kept the look neat and tidy enough for day (versus smoked-out and sexy for night).

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Of course, not everyone can, or wants to, wear green shadow–but I think basically anyone can pull off this next idea, as seen on Blake Lively. She rimmed her eyes all around in sheer, shimmery white, adding a little extra at the inner corners and adding some matte nude shadow below the brows to add definition. Lots and lots of mascara on top and bottom are the perfect finishing touch.

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Beauty Tip: Sweating It

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My perspiration during summer is out of control. Any stay-dry tips?

Whether you’re experiencing makeup meltdown, underarm wetness, foot odor—or all three, overactive sweat glands can definitely cramp your summer style. The good news is there are ways to combat hyperhidrosis (i.e. excessive perspiration) and cope better with it.

Stay Cool on the Go
While it’s commonly believed that sweating helps detoxify your body, the truth is that sweat contains few toxins. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, the liver and kidneys—not the sweat glands—are what filter toxins from the blood; sweat simply serves to cool you down when you overheat. With this in mind, be prepared the next time you’re invited to an outdoor fete: Pack your purse with gentle facial cleansing wipes (the compact ones by Simple are easy to tuck away), cool-to-the-touch cream (Lumene’s miniature Time Freeze Instant Cooling Eye Stick is ultrarefreshing), and travel sized Evian Brumisateur Mineral Water Spray (bonus: It makes your makeup stay on longer). Another tip: Before popping open your ice-cold can of soda, hold it to the back of your neck for a quick cool-down.

Sweatproof Your Makeup
While supermatte ’90s-inspired skin is in for fall, during summer a little shine is actually chic. (So don’t blot away with oil-absorbing sheets the second you feel moisture poking through!) That said, Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens are a godsend. You should also never underestimate the power of a good makeup base. To keep brow sweat at bay, use makeup that allows your skin to breathe while keeping it shine-free: Start by using a water-based oil-absorbing primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Light and follow with a similarly absorbent powder foundation such as Make Up For Ever Duo Mat. And when it comes to your eyes, opt for powder shadow and waterproof mascara and liner. Plan on being outside during prime sweat time (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)? Nothing beats liquid liner.

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Watch Your Diet
Caffeine and nicotine have both been linked to excessive sweating so instead of reaching for coffee or cigarettes, your best bet is to grab a glass of water and carrot sticks. While water helps hydrate and regulate body temperature, fruits and veggies are healthier alternatives to processed foods (particularly those with lots of sugar) which, incidentally, have also been shown to stimulate sweat glands.

Amp Up Your Antiperspirant
Many drugstore brands—Dove, Secret, Degree—have released “clinical strength” antiperspirant formulas, but if these don’t work for you, consider talking to your doctor about a prescription version. Over-the-counter options like Drysol, Saldrize, and Certain Dry may help and can be used on the soles of feet as well if products such as Avon Footworks Deodorizing Foot Powder don’t do the trick. Prescription oral medications such as oxybutynin and glycopyrrolate are another option but are typically considered a last resort, as they can be accompanied by serious side effects that include drowsiness, visual impairment, and dryness of the mouth.

Try Red Carpet Treatment
If you’ve exhausted over-the-counter antiperspirants to no avail, you may consider doing what many Hollywood starlets are rumored to do: Get Botox injections in your underarms and/or feet. In July 2004, the FDA approved Botox for hyperhidrosis that can’t be resolved with topical treatments; by blocking the release of a chemical in the nervous system responsible for triggering the sweat glands, Botox can temporarily reduce perspiration in the area that’s been injected. Results usually last for up to six months.

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Follow these steps to create two sexy ponytail looks.

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