Sophie Turner’s Plaid Comic Con Suit Is Giving Us Major “Clueless” Vibes

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Sophie Turner wore a plaid suit to Comic Con 2017 that has her channeling Cher from “Clueless.”

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Hayley Williams’s Makeup Artist Spills Her Behind-the-Scenes Beauty Secrets

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We chatted with the hair stylist/makeup artist behind Paramore’s lead singer Hayley Williams to learn more about her latest beauty looks.

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ColourPop Is Coming Out With a “No Filter” Concealer

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ColourPop is coming out with their first concealer ever, which claims to be a filter for your face.

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Selena Gomez’s Best 13 Hairstyles

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Check out 13 of Selena Gomez’s best hairstyles, from her signature sleek ponytail to a sophisticated shaggy lob.

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Party Time Anytime: Day-to-Night Makeup Hacks

Party Time Anytime: Day-to-Night Makeup Hacks

The pro tricks to making it to that summer soiree without missing a beat…

The summer social hour is in full swing, which means no more hibernating at home after a long day — these warm weeks are primed for out-of-office action. Whether you’re headed straight to a sunset cocktail hour or a sultry dancefloor sweat session, getting in the party mood doesn’t have to require a glam squad — a few clever tricks from the pros will have you camera-ready in less time than your Lyft ride.

IT STARTS WITH SKIN

“With early mornings turning into late nights, the last thing you want to wonder is, ‘is this going to break me out?’’

Prepping an after-hours makeup moment starts with a healthy canvas—especially now that skin-care-conscious beauty looks require showing off your immaculate complexion more than ever.

QUICK MIST

“I always encourage people to carry a little bottle of rose water spray in their bag,” says facialist and natural beauty trailblazer Joanna Vargas, sought after by celebs like Emma Roberts and Naomi Watts for her complexion-perfecting techniques. “Rose is awesome for hydrating skin when mixed with water, and feels incredible when you are getting sticky from walking around outside,” explains Joanna. If you’re looking for a remedy for sun-scorched summer skin, Joanna suggests a more calming formula: “This aloe soothing mist is a great way to combat pollution and stressed out skin throughout the day!”

SPOT MOISTURIZE

Everything depends on a healthy canvas of smooth, moisturized skin. “If you develop dry patches during the day, I recommend my own Rejuvenating Serum,” says Joanna, whose eponymous product line is known for its futuristic use of plant-based ingredients. Dab a bit over any dull bits to prep your face for foundation or tinted moisturizer. “It’s great for dry patchy skin because it contains good fats like olive oil that both soothe the skin and hydrate the skin from the inside.”

 

MASTERING MINDFUL MAKEUP

“I always keep a nude lip in my purse”

“Rushing out of the office straight to an event is something we all have to do,” says makeup artist Elena Miglino, who’s perfected on-the-go beauty looks for clients like pop music prodigy Daya and actress Jackie Cruz. “Skin is so important,” Elena emphasizes, touting the importance of natural cosmetics in the summer layering game. “With early mornings turning into late nights, the last thing you want to wonder is, ‘is this going to break me out?’ Using products that don’t contain harmful ingredients allows you to add on, worry-free.”

LAYER A NATURAL BASE

To even out your complexion without adding weight, Elena loves Alima Pure’s Liquid Silk Foundation. “It’s light and buildable with a flawless finish,” she explains, noting that applying with a beauty blending sponge  is the real “game changer” for last-minute touch-ups. “Start by wetting a sponge, dabbing it into your foundation, and gently pressing it into the skin. This will help add a little more coverage and even out the tone.”

PACK A PORTABLE GLOW

To quickly define features in lower lighting, a sheer (and subtly shimmering) contouring tool is key. “I would throw a product like Lilah B.’s Bronzed Beauty Bronzer in Sunkissed into your makeup bag,” says Elena, who recommends its luminous formula, not to mention near-unbreakable packaging. Sweep it along the highs of your cheekbones and temples for a flattering faux glow.

FOCUS ON THE EYES

“I usually have about 15 minutes to run to the bathroom and get myself ready before walking a red carpet or sitting in an audience with one of my celeb clients, so having a go-to look is so important.” says Elena, who has mastered the art of a quick-change beauty moment. Her favorite trick revolves around a portable shadow palette and a plan:

SUN-UP

“I would begin the day with Smith & Cult’s Book of Eyes Quad in Soft Shock by applying the khaki color all over the lid with a fluffy brush, then applying the darkest color with a tiny brush close to the top lash line,” Elena explains in detail, approving a coat or two of a flexible mascara like Smith & Cult’s Lash Dance (since you’ll be adding more later). “This leaves you with fresh, bright-eyed daytime look.”

SUN-DOWN

To amp up the volume on your way to the party, pull out your same palette and bump up the color. “Start by taking that darkest shadow and adding it onto the corners of the eye, making a sideways V (>) starting at the lash line and into the crease,” says Elena. “Use your same fluffy brush to blend it out, then press the shimmery silver shade gently into the middle of the eye, right on top of the khaki color, sweeping it under the bottom lash line for extra sparkle.” Want to amp up the sooty impact? “Add eye kohl all over!” Elena enthuses. “I like Alima Pure’s Natural Defintion Eye Pencil in Ink. It’s gentle on the eyes and long lasting. Apply that to your top and bottom water lines, then add a few more coats of mascara.”

SEAL IT WITH A KISS

“I always keep a nude lip in my purse,” says Elena, who approves of red lipstick for night as well, but leans toward the ease of a buff hue. Try a soft mauve cream formula like Vapour’s Siren Lipstick in Chere or glossy finish like Smith & Cult’s The Shining Lip Lacquer in Now Kith as your final touch before you step out of your ride. “It’s a lip that you can put on in the car — no mirror necessary!”

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If Someone Stares at THIS Body Part, They Want to Be Just Friends

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The study was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, and it found that men and women look at different body parts when assessing people.

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So, Usher Has Herpes — But So Does 15 Percent of America

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This week we learned that Usher has genital herpes, which newsflash, is a manageable STI that some 15 percent of Americas from 14 and 49 also have.

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Your Major Skin Milestones

Your Major Skin Milestones

Here’s exactly what happens to your complexion at every life stage, and how to be prepared for the highs and lows…  

Skin — like your body — changes over time. Sometimes these shifts can seem incredibly random. Like, why is my skin so dry all of a sudden? Or how can I be breaking out in my 30s? And where did these dark patches come from? Turns out such complexion swings are actually very predictable. Here, we asked Manhattan dermatologist Sue Ann Wee, M.D., who is an expert on the science of skin health, to fill us on the major skin milestones most women face. Then we tell you how you can get in front of these issues now — so you’re prepared for any complexion curveball that might be coming your way.

Skin Milestone: Your Teens

What to expect: Oily skin, acne and stretch marks

What’s going on in your body: Overactive hormones “stimulate sebaceous glands to produce an oily substance called sebum,” says Dr. Wee, which can clog pores. In many women, acne may flare up several days before your period. And high levels of hormones strike at the time when your body is growing, which can stretch the skin’s tissue.

What to do: See your dermatologist to get an acne regimen that works for you — benzoyl peroxide washes, salicylic and glycolic acids and topical sulfur are good over-the-counter remedies. Stretch marks are best treated early; your doctor can choose the right treatment for you (typically pulsed dye laser, but the choice of laser or treatment depends on your skin tone among other factors). In the meantime, we suggest a body oil to help minimize the effects of skin stretching.

Skin Milestone: Your College Years

What to expect: Acne and eczema flare-ups

What’s going on in your body: “The combination of increased stress and lack of sleep, which can spike the stress hormone cortisol, and poor eating habits (sugary, processed foods, and alcohol) can increase inflammation in the body,” says Dr. Wee, adding that this can lead to “skin changes such as increased acne, exacerbation of inflammatory conditions of the skin like eczema and psoriasis.” Plus, in your 20s, “there is already increased oil production from more active sebaceous glands, which makes acne even more likely during stressful times in college.”

What to do: Make good lifestyle decisions!  Try to avoid all nighters by sticking to a regular study, exercise and sleep routine. Embrace a whole-food diet and check in with your dermatologist to formulate an acne treatment plan (early treatment can prevent or minimize acne scarring). Other good skin care habits we recommend include using gentle cleansers that don’t strip the natural pH of the skin, non-comedogenic moisturizers, and high SPF broad spectrum sunscreens (reapply every two hours and use a nickel-sized dollop for face and shot glass amount for the body).

Skin Milestone: Pregnancy

What to expect: Dewy, radiant skin (yah!), changes in pigmentation, acne

What’s going on in your body: “Although the precise mechanisms are not clear, hormonal and metabolic changes during pregnancy significantly impact the skin,” says Dr. Wee. “Increased estrogen positively affects collagen production, elasticity and hydration,” she says, and high levels of progesterone may boost elasticity and skin firmness. The “pregnancy glow” is thought to be due to amped up oil production and blood supply to the skin; “however, these same hormonal changes may aggravate acne or rosacea,” she says. Stretch marks often occur with pregnancy and as well as melasma, or darkening of the skin, that might have to do with increased estrogen, sun exposure, and genetic predisposition.

What to do: First, chat with your dermatologist as the options for treating acne during pregnancy are pretty limited. After pregnancy, your pro can work with you to treat melasma and any hyperpigmentation issues, which might include topical bleaching agents, peels, and lasers. Your dermatologist can also treat stretch marks with lasers that target redness and help smooth the texture. Most importantly, practice good sun protection. Although melasma cannot always be prevented, it’s hugely beneficial to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day; during pregnancy, experts often recommend using physical barrier, zinc-based sunscreens (here’s one we love).

Skin Milestone: Your 30s and 40s

What to expect: Dryness, dullness, fine lines, especially in areas of facial expression such as forehead and around the eyes; skin also may start to appear less taut in certain areas. Hormonal acne is quite common now and even later into menopause.

What’s going on with your body: Signs of intrinsic and extrinsic (ultraviolet light, pollution, lifestyle) aging start to surface now, says Dr. Wee. The cumulative effects of UV radiation can damage DNA, increasing melanin or pigmentation (i.e. brown spots). Estrogen production gradually decreases, resulting in drier and less hydrated skin, increased wrinkling, slower wound healing, and less firmness and elasticity in your skin.

What to do: Sun protection continues to be critical and keeping skin hydrated helps it appear plump and smooth. We’re all about creams with hyaluronic acid and other humectants combined with occlusive emollients. You can also try hydroxy acid masks and antioxidant serums containing vitamin C. Ask your dermatologist about lasers like Clear + Brilliant to address early photo-aging changes (fine lines and pigmentation) and Fraxel Dual lasers for more significant wrinkles and pigmentation in your 30s and beyond, as your collagen levels diminish.

Last thing! Be sure to see your dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene. Healthy teeth and gums are important for your underlying jaw and maxillae bones, says Dr. Wee, all of which play a major role in the structural foundation of the face!

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or skincare issue. 
Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet, skin or health-related regimen.

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Beginner Butt Plug and Anal Play Advice

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Butt plugs are fun for people regardless of gender, orientation, or genitalia, but you have to know how to use them.

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