Between the filters, the Gaussian blur, and the "creative" photo angles using a phone produces, getting a reasonably flattering picture on Instagram can seem like a challenge. Fortunately, there are a some easy and smart ways to make sharing your #selfie on the popular picture-taking app work in your favor. So before you start showing off your holiday hair and makeup, check out five simple ways to get better Instagram results when you read more.
Coming up with something for a gift exchange can be stressful. You don't want to spend too lavishly, but you also definitely don't want to give a lame present. That's why the following 10 finds are all great options. They look more extravagant than they are, they're just the right size to go under a tree, in a locker, or atop a desk, and they're all between $4 and $31. So get out there and be a not-so-secret success.
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling
Wondering how to keep your skin and body in balance during the season of holiday stress and excess? Gail Simmons knows a thing or two about food and beauty, and she's happy to help. She's not only special project director at Food & Wine and judge of Top Chef but a big believer in beauty from the inside out. Gail gave us a slew of great tips for keeping your body and face in balance no matter how cold it gets or how demanding your father-in-law is. To find out how to eat your way to inner and outer wellness, just keep reading.
OK, so there's less than 24 hours left to shop for a Halloween costume. Calm down, because we've collected over 20 cute, easy costumes that will make you the life of the party no matter how dressed up everyone else is. And don't fret — for many of these looks, all you need is a black eyeliner pencil and a little attitude.
Into every life, a little nail polish must fall. But just because you accidentally lacquered your skirt, desk, or couch, that doesn't mean the stuff has to stay there. The faster you act, the better off you'll be, and most materials respond well to solvents you already have lying around the house. See our easy polish stain fixes now.
The costume: Katy Perry
Katy herself loves costumes, so she could hardly object to you dressing up in homage. And with her new album releasing today, what's a better time to dress up as your favorite pop star?
Hair and makeup: Katy's current black hair color is easy to get with either hair dye or an inexpensive wig, and don't forget to try out a playful hairstyle like pigtails, braids, or loose curls. You should complement your bold hairstyle with an equally bright lipstick, sparkly eye shadow, and some major false lashes.
What to wear: Something short, tight, and bright, preferably with sequins and sky-high heels. A sequin dress or a crop top with a mini skirt are both surefire wins.
Take it to the next level: Katy always has the wildest nails out there, so go crazy with the nail art or add some long, colorful press-on nails.
If you're still looking for an amazing Halloween disguise, I've got some great last-minute ideas that'll have your friends impressed no matter what kind of party you're going to. These 15 ideas range from the lovely to the downright creepy, and almost all of them require nothing but a face painting kit. So click through for some instant inspiration.
She's had pink hair and even blue, and there's nobody who rocks a beauty look (or red lipstick) quite like Gwen Stefani does. The No Doubt frontwoman celebrates her 44th birthday today, and — while her hairstyle changes are as numerous as her hits — she's more than "Just a Girl."
— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards and Kaitlyn Dreyling
Right now, you probably have some the gentlest yet most effective skin care ingredients sitting around your kitchen. Foods are often the source of costly skin care ingredients, after all. But have you ever considered just putting the raw version on? Learn how to be a real natural beauty when you keep reading.
Trying to grow your hair out and not having much success? While there aren't any miracle products that'll give you Rapunzel locks in no time — aside from extensions, of course — there are actually lots of things you can do to optimize your hair growth. So to find out what you can do to get your hair flowing quickly, just keep reading.
Believe it or not, cutting your own hair at home isn't as crazy of an idea as it actually seems. But before you go reaching for your plastic coated safety scissors, there are some definite tips you need to remember. Never fear, we have your go-to guide right here:
- Don't go it alone if you can. Ask a friend or a roommate that you trust to even out the hard-to-reach places, like the back, for you. And never cut too much. Think: a very subtle trim.
- Don't get too fancy. Cutting in layers and angles isn't the kind of thing you want to do haphazardly, and they require technique, so keep your first couple cuts to a single length. Leave the advanced cuts to your stylist.
- Use your fingers as a guide. It's easy to accidentally angle your scissors up or down, creating weird holes and gaps in your hair. So hold the sections you're cutting parallel between your fingers to help keep your shears even. Tip: instead of cutting straight across, consider chipping into the hair by holding your shears perpendicular to your fingers. This will give you a softer, more natural finish.
- If you want something truly simple, this is probably the easiest way to cut hair if it's wet: flip your head over, brush it out, and then cut in a straight line all the way across. It'll create a bit of movement without a harsh line.
- Keep the sections you're working on small, and longer than you think you'll want them — it's always better to have a little more hair you can even out later. And if your hair has even a little curl, it'll be a good deal shorter when it dries. In fact, the curlier your hair, the longer you should leave it if you're nervous about overcutting.
Today is Left-Handers' Day, the official celebration for those among us who are sinistra, but not sinister. So in honor of all our lovely lefties, we've put together a few fun beauty facts to help the right-minded get gorgeous.
- Cut it out: Get some lefty nail scissors ($15). You'll be surprised at how much less pain you're in every time you trim your cuticles.
- Avoid eyeliner pens: They seem convenient, but like most pens, they're designed for right-handed people, who pull them from left to right. Since lefties either push left to right or reverse the whole thing and go right to left, you might end up with bumpy, messy liner that doesn't come out evenly.
- Using angled brushes: Remind yourself to work from right to left. Even though it might feel a little funny at first, you'll smudge your makeup a lot less. If you still have trouble, use a straight-tipped brush (they're good for either hand).
- Electric mascara wands: One caveat: they're designed to roll outward when held in your right hand, so if you hold one in your left, it rolls inward and gunks up your lashes. So either switch hands or make sure the wand you buy is reversible.
- Mastering the curling wand: Being left-handed when your curling wand came with a right-handed heat-resistant glove can be frustrating. But fear not. You can wave your hair and keep your fingers protected with the HAI Thermal Styling Glove ($25) that was also made to easily fit your left hand.
Got any more lefty tips? Put them in the comments.
Beauty products make a lot of claims, especially when it comes to natural and organic ingredients. Rose oil is supposed to make your skin as pretty as a flower, tea tree is reputed to blast away acne, and marine algae has started to sound like the fountain of youth. But do these ingredients actually live up to the hype? Get the facts on 10 of the most popular natural beauty boosters now.
The FDA doesn't regulate a lot of the chemicals in your makeup and skin care, and it's up to you to know what's in your favorite nail polish and foundation. We're lucky to live in a time when there are increasingly products with natural and organic ingredients available. Just adding jojoba oil to the formula, however, does not a safer, healthier product make, and it's sometimes hard to discern what's actually more health-conscious and ecologically responsible, and what's just got a label with pictures of plants on it. To cut through all the green-washing, we've put together 18 responsibly produced products that actually do the job. The majority are organic, and they're all free of parabens, phthalates, and harsh chemical surfactants. So click through and get a little green on your face.
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, rocked her baby bump with quite the glow, but she's always had confidence and style fit for a (future) queen. We've long admired her approach to beauty, and no matter what your personal taste, there are a few lessons Kate can teach us all. So in honor of the royal birth, let's take a look at what makes Kate so great.
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling
If you've ever been to an Indian, Moroccan, or Pakistani wedding ceremony, you've probably seen — or worn — mehndi. Many brides, both abroad and in the United States, wear these henna "tattoos" on their hands and feet for wedding celebrations; look closely and you might spot their loved one's name worked into the design. See 30 strikingly beautiful examples of this decorative art form now.
Cellulite strikes the supermodel and the graduate student alike, and there's a world full of potions and procedures designed to get rid of the stuff. So what, exactly, is cellulite, and why does it want to get its dimples onto you? Find out if you have all the facts now.Take the Quiz
Gradual hair-lightening sprays are great because they give you natural-looking color and highlights without the damage or unpredictable results of bleach. But if you'd prefer a natural version of the product, they're also incredibly cheap and easy to make, and you probably already have all the ingredients. So if you're ready to get the sun-kissed look for (almost) free, just keep reading.
This Summer has brought on heat wave after heat wave with plenty of humidity to boot, so why spend hours fussing with your hair? There are easy ways to keep your mane in check when it's hot out, so we turned to celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis to find out how. Read on to see his tips.