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How to Choose Between Toner, Essence, and Astringent

Experts explain the difference between each type of product and which one is right for your skin.

This $6 Bacteria-Resistant Makeup Sponge Could Save Your Skin

We all know how important it is to clean our makeup brushes and tools on a regular basis. We also know that sponges, especially, are havens for bacteria and mold. And a makeup sponge...

The Unexpected Beauty Product You Can Find at Starbucks

You're probably expecting another article extolling the virtues of caffeine. And yes, caffeine can work wonders for thinning hair and may even help prevent skin cancer. But the coffee at Starbucks isn't what we're...

Why You Should Swap Your Conditioner for a Hair Mask

Most hair masks are recommended for once-a-week use, but several beauty editors at Allure (myself included) slather one on their ends every time they wash their hair. I was curious—are we onto something or...

Sheet Masks for Your Lips Exist...and People Love Them

One of the little conundrums of a sheet mask is that your lips are left out all alone in the wide open air, not getting a drop of that magical hydration. And we all...

Why Do All These New Foundations Come With Weird Droppers?

When I first laid eyes on the Best of Beauty–winning YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, I was a little confused. Um, what is that stick applicator and how am I supposed to use it? I...

How to Wear the New Liquid Makeup (Without Overdoing It)

There's a texture revolution happening in your makeup bag. First, lipsticks went from solid to liquid. They shine like a gloss and wear like a stain but have the boldness of a cream lipstick....

Put Down the Shampoo: Before You Write Off That Blowout, Read This

If you just love washing and blow-drying your hair every morning, then this advice isn't for you. OK, everyone's still reading, correct? If you've got your priorities straight, and you'd rather spend time on...

Would You Use a Hair Serum That's Also...Lube?

The beauty universe is full of multitasking products—think lip stains for cheeks or swapping in translucent powder for dry shampoo. But one combination I never expected to see? Lube as hair serum. (Well, I never...

How to Get the Most Out of Whitestrips

Don't want to spring for an expensive, in-office teeth whitening session? We don't blame you. Ahead, see what the pros have to say about getting the most out of your whitestrips at home.

The Best Teeth-Whitening Tricks That Actually Work

Looking to upgrade your smile? We found six ways to get your pearly whites looking, well, white.

3 Ways You're Sabotaging a Brighter Smile

You brush twice—sometimes three—times a day, you've slapped on a few Crest Whitestrips, and you opt for white wine instead of red at parties. And yet, your teeth are still not nearly as white...

How to Sweatproof Your World Cup Face Paint

Here are some of the thoughts that went through my head during last night's World Cup game between the United States and Portugal: GO U.S.A.! Cristiano Ronaldo is so hot! (Except when he scored...

This Common Spray-Tan Mistake Could Turn Your Armpits Green (Yes, Green!)

Of all the things to fear during a spray tan—stains, streaks, splotches—I never thought bright green armpits would be one of them. Until St. Tropez tanning expert Sophie Evans schooled me on this very common...