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    Ladies, we are entering a new age of eyebrow anxiety, and Kim Kardashian is partly to blame. But it's not just her -- it's models like Cara Delevingne who are making women go to extreme lengths for darker, heavier eyebrows. I'm talking eyebrow transplants -- thousands of dollars to implant hairs from the nape of your neck onto your face. According to an article in Harper's Bazaar, eyebrow transplants are all the rage now. But come on, that's crazy, right? They cost between $4,000 to $10,000 and take hours. Is that really the best option for transforming your eyebrows?

    We talked with New York City eyebrow stylist/guru Joey Healy to get the scoop on this cosmetic surgery trend and to find out how we ordinary mortals can get bolder brows without blowing 10 grand.

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    We've come a long way since the '80s, when contouring and highlighting your face usually meant you were left with a block of brown beneath your cheeks and stripey, shimmery, disco-ball powder on your cheekbones. Scary!

    Modern-day contouring is all about bringing out your best features and bone structure while looking like you're not wearing any makeup at all. If contouring intimidates you and you feel like you need a degree in art to make it work, you're not alone -- but you are wrong. The great news is that contouring is wildly popular this season. There's no lack of great tutorials out there to help guide us on our path to beauty perfection.

    More from The Stir: Kim Kardashian's Makeup Artist Is a Big Fan of Contouring

    So let's get started -- here are 6 tips for contouring and highlighting your face so that you look your absolute best!

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    Making your own eye shadow is the obvious solution to busting out of an eye shadow rut. Getting bogged down by our beauty routine -- it's happened to all of us! Sure, we can get ready in five minutes (and look damn fine doing it), but it's only natural that slapping on the same couple of colors from the same palates every day would start to lose its appeal.

    So you try to spice things up as often as you can. But who has the money (or the time, for that matter) to go busting the bank at Sephora every week? I mean, you could do that -- or you could buy groceries and other necessities, like shoes for your 10-year-old whose feet seem to be expanding daily. It's no contest.

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    Braids continue to be an extremely hot trend this spring, and for good reason. They are cool, versatile, an easy DIY alternative to the ponytail, and a way to keep your hair off of your face when temperatures rise, yet they still look funky. Unlike severe updos, braids don't have to be flawless to work. In fact, one of the greatest styles we've seen recently is the ultra-hip messy braid.

    You don't have to be a stylist to re-create this look at home. Simply grab an elastic band, hairspray, and a curling iron and follow these 11 steps to achieve messy braid perfection!

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    Anyone who is eczema-prone knows one thing: the irritated and inflamed skin is painful. Keeping your skin moisturized is key, but moisture-rich facials and body scrubs are expensive.

    So to help you keep your skin as supple as possible, we've put together a healing and calming DIY facial mask that you can make from inexpensive items in your pantry.

    So grab the oatmeal, honey, and yogurt -- and get ready for some majorly relaxed skin.

    Here are the 4 easy steps you need for an amazing at-home facial:

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    Your classic cat's eye is gorgeous -- but if you're getting a little bored with the look and want to spice things up, you'll love what spring has in store for you. The next great eye makeup trend is graphic eyeliner, which you should think of as the cat eye's cooler, hipper cousin.

    Depending on how dramatic and bold you want to get, graphic eyeliner can make a real statement. Instead of placing one solid line along your upper eyelash and painting it thicker by the outer corners, you're free to allow your imagination to run wild when playing with graphic looks. From precise, thin lines that are applied to the crease to artful arrows that jut out from the eye's corner to thicker, squared-off "wings" worn with no mascara, anything goes with graphic eyeliner.

    Here are 4 great tutorials for 4 different graphic eyeliners looks to help you get started.

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    Whether you've got a Legos fan or a Disney princess lover, there's a nail art design that your kid will totally love! Of course, if you're like me, and your inner child is alive and well, you'll totally get a kick out of these designs too.

    Which one's your favorite?

     

    Image via TinaTran/YouTube

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    The next new nail art fad isn't just super cool or pretty, it actually turns you into a makeup artist/guru! Sure, you may think you're already in control of the look and style of your nails when you choose an interesting design at your nail salon. But imagine being able to actually take photos you've shared on Instagram and turn them into seriously unique nail polish stickers!

    Thanks to a new app called NailSnaps, this awesome idea is set to become a reality this fall.

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    Aside from the odd yoga class, I haven't seen very much of my bare toes in the last, oh ... six months. But boy oh boy am I looking forward to the end of winter and the onset of sandal season! However, thanks to the odd yoga class, I do know that my poor feet, stuffed into Uggs for the entire winter and basically ignored, are due for some tender TLC and pampering. Put it another way: I need to do a little groundwork before I sit myself in a pedicure chair. It's only decent.

     

    Image via oriam ziul/Flicker

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    White eyeliner pencil is going to be absolutely HUGE this spring -- and for good reason. There is no cosmetic that can quickly turn tired, red peepers into super pretty ones like this miracle item. The problem most of us encounter when we attempt to make sense of white liner is that we use it like a straight-up black or brown eyeliner pencil, draw a hasty bright line over our eyelids, fail to incorporate it into the rest of our eye makeup, and call it a day. Not good! Think of white eyeliner as magic powder -- it needn't shout "white eyeliner!" to do its job.

    Here are 5 ways you can wear white eyeliner to make your eyes look their absolute most amazing.

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