Beauty & Style Makeup

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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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    Clear lip gloss is one of those items we've all got kicking around in our purse. In fact, we've probably got a tube in EVERY purse we have, and in some cases, even more than one. It's a product we are constantly using and then losing and then re-buying it.

    The fact that we only use it for typically just one thing? Now that's just plain wasteful. You might not think it to look at that tube of gooey stuff, but there's a whole lot more you can with your gloss beside perfect your pout with it. This stuff is practically all-purpose! Here are just 15 of the other ways you can you your lip gloss. We bet some will surprise you.

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    It's almost time for the Easter Bunny to arrive! I look forward to this time of year for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being ... CHOCOLATE! Yummm! Get yourself -- and your fingers -- into a festive mood with these super cute Easter nail art ideas. (Each of these slides link to a video tutorial if you want the blow-by-blow.) All the better for eating Cadbury mini eggs with!

    Which design is your favorite?

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    I pretty much wear at least a little bit of makeup every day, but you'll hardly ever catch me wearing bold or bright lipstick, except for the ocassional special event like New Year's Eve. And yet, I love the way it looks on other people! (Especially the ladies of Mad Men. Am I right?) About a month ago I had a little epiphany: I happened to have bright red lipstick on when I popped into the grocery store one afternoon, and it totally made the whole chore much more enjoyable. So, I thought it would be fun to run a little experiment: put lipstick on every single day for a week -- and I mean bold lipstick that Betty Draper would approve of -- and see how it affected my outlook (if at all).

    I just picked a random Monday to start my experiment, and you can see a photo a day, what I was up to, and the particular shade I was wearing, in the slideshow below. Did my lipstick improve my mood? Click through to find out! Groundbreaking scientific research, I say!

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    Spring has finally sprung! If I could, I would kiss Spring on the lips! MWAH! But since I can't, I'm channeling my friskiness into this round-up of sexy new beauty products fit for a spring fling. They're a little exra glam and a little extra flirty -- perfect for this sassy season! Enjoy!

     

    Image via Maybelline

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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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    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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