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Clarke Sanders

As seen on the runways, fall 2017 makeup looks are bold, colorful and rebellious. Fall makeup is freeing with no strict set of in or out colors. While shimmery metallics, jewel tones and dark berries painted models’ faces, so did 70s-inspired bright oranges, blues, yellows and greens. Channel your inner child – playing with makeup and coloring outside the lines – and mix in some fashion savvy for head-turning beauty.

Colorful Fall Eye Shadows

Color-blocking is not just for that slimming dress. The top designers embraced color-block eye shadow to varying degrees. Oscar de la Renta kept it subtle with a line of fuchsia surrounded by violet while Emilio de la Morena went for it with thick lines of orange, blue and white. If you want to dip your toes into the trend before diving in, wear a smudge of crimson in the middle of a smokey eye. Also, anything that glitters under the lights of Studio 54 is en vogue again. Sparkle with metallic golds, silvers, bronzes and colorful jewel tones. With these colors, you can delicately line the whole eyes or use shadow sticks to create long wingtips or block smudges under the eyes.

Dramatic Eyeliner Art

Be bold, brave beauty. Dramatic cat eyes, thick wingtips and skinny lines just below the eyebrows are all part of fall’s eyeliner art. If you’ve ever wanted to embrace your dark side, take a page from Versace’s book with thick, villainous eyeliner that tips up to the outside corners of the brows. To balance such a heavy look, draw a single liquid line on the lower lid. Spider lashes have also crept into the season. Reminiscent of Twiggy’s signature style, this trend uses liner to draw long lower lashes. Balance the look with nude lips, soft shadow and minimal top lashes.

Luscious Fall Lips

You know that look after a make-out sesh? Smudged lipstick that lets everyone know what you’ve been up to? That’s the sexy look for fall, as seen on models for Giambattista Valli, Gypsy Sport, and Rosie Assoulin. Try the look in a red or berry using either a matte or gloss. Dark, gothic lips created with matte berries, crimsons and browns are also on trend. Purple and blue lips are the most fashion-forward fall looks.

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Cristian Newman

Waist trainers are to the modern woman what corsets were to older generations. The fact that they work is indisputable. You’ve only to look at celebrities like Khloe Kardashian to see how impressive the results can be. Waist trainers (and corsets) work by constraining the waist, which makes it both impossible to overeat and enhances the sensation of being bound. The “bound sensation” is what women in the past did not enjoy about corsets. But the resulting narrow waist has never been a complaint.

Are Waist Trainers Safe?

Waist trainers do carry inherent risks. If worn over a long period of time, and with sufficient tightening, a waist trainer can actually displace internal organs. Think of it. Some of your organs are in the waist area. If you squeeze them out, they have to go someplace. This organ displacement can lead to issues with digestion or even lead to internal bleeding. Obviously, this isn’t a risk that is worth having a smaller waist.

When Using a Waist Trainer Makes Sense

There are situations when using a waist trainer makes sense. If you have trouble controlling your appetite, and thus are heavier than you’d like to be. A waist trainer can help. Likewise if you don’t have a waist to speak of. A lot of women just don’t have an hourglass figure. If your shape is more straight up and down and less shapely, then it might make sense to try using a waist trainer and see if you like the results.

What to Avoid When Wearing a Waist Trainer

Now, a waist trainer can potentially help with your weight and shape goals. Some women even note that wearing a waist trainer gives them body confidence and hope, so they feel more empowered to reach their fitness goals. But first, here are some ways not to use a waist trainer:

  • Never go to sleep wearing a waist trainer
  • Don’t do heavy exercise wearing a waist trainer
  • Never wear a waist trainer while breastfeeding or while pregnant
  • Don’t wear a waist trainer longer than eight hours

Waist trainers can be a good idea as long as you don’t use them incorrectly. Be sure to check with your general practitioner before embarking on a waist training regimen, especially if you have any existing medical issues.

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Photo by Julia Komarova on Unsplash

Whether you want your nails to look beautiful because your class reunion is coming up, your best friend is getting married or you are heading out of town to meet a long-lost relative, professional nail technicians have the tools, experience and skills necessary to give you the gorgeous, natural-looking nails you desire.

Choosing an Artificial Nail Material

For the most part, nail technicians use acrylic, gel and silk to create artificial nails. The material that is best for you depends on a number of factors. For example, if you want to commit to wearing your artificial nails for an extended period, you should consider acrylic or gel nails. However, if you are not necessarily interested in lengthening your nails, but you want to repair your nail(s) or strengthen your nail tips, you should choose silk.

Acrylic Nail Application

  1. First, your nail technician will ‘rough up’ your natural nail: This helps ensure that the acrylic adheres closely to your nail.
  2. As your technician creates your artificial nails, he or she will mix together a powder and a liquid. This mixture is then brushed onto your fingernails. Generally, your entire nail will be covered; however, there are times when a flexible form is used to assist with sculpting your nail extensions. Furthermore, your technician may decide to extend your nails by applying nail tips.
  3. As the acrylic mixture is exposed to the air, it hardens.
  4. Your technician can now shape your nail to your desired length and style.


As your nails grow, a small gap forms between your nail beds and the acrylic nails. Every two or three weeks you will visit your nail technician so he or she can fill in these gaps for you.


If you decide that you would like to have your acrylics removed, this can be accomplished quite easily. Your technician can remove your acrylic nails without prying or forcing them – both of which can cause damage to your natural nail.

Gel Nails

The gel used to create artificial nails is nothing like the thick gel products of years gone by. Today, the consistency of these gels resembles that of nail polish. Thus, allowing for a natural-looking result.


  1. If you want to extend the length of your nails, your nail technician will apply nail tips before he or she applies the gel.
  2. After each coat of gel is applied, you will place your hands beneath an ultraviolet light (UV) for a specific length of time (up to two minutes). The UV light allows the product to harden or “cure.”


Just like their acrylic counterpart, gels will grow out and filling in is required every few weeks.


For the most part, gel nails can be removed by immersing them in nail polish remover. However, not all gel nails can be removed in the manner; therefore, you must speak with your nail technician before attempting to remove your gel nails at home.

Silk Wraps

These wraps are designed to strengthen weak nails or assist a cracked nail as it grows out. Wraps may also be used to strengthen nail tips.


  1. Your technician fits the material to match the shape of your nail.
  2. The material is held in place while he or she brushes on the glue.

The adhesives used to apply wraps lasts from two to three weeks. If your hands frequently come into contact with water, the glue may loosen sooner. After your silk wraps are applied, you should wear gloves when you wash dishes or perform any other task that requires you to submerge your hands for any length of time.

If your wraps do come off, your technician can reapply or remove them at your next visit.

Now that you know the difference between acrylic, gel and silk artificial nails, take the time to find an experienced nail technician in your area.

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From air pollution, to stress, to hormone imbalance and more, these 4 things can wreak havoc with your hair.

1. Pollution

Unfortunately, pollution isn’t just in the air. Invisible particles from smog, dust and airborne debris fall in your hair strands and on your scalp. Once there, their toxic structure is absorbed, leaving you with scalp irritation, itchiness, and oiliness.

Until hats come back in style, there isn’t much you can do about air pollution damaging your hair and scalp, at least while you’re outside. But if you find that the irritation is intense, keep windows closed while indoors and wash hair with a shampoo that is effective against lingering irritants.

2. Hair Spray Residue

If your hair is unruly, you might actually be contributing to the problem by using too much hair spray Even light hair spray formulations contain drying ingredients like alcohol. The more often you use hair spray, the more frequently you’re drying out strands, making them stiff and harder to style. It’s a vicious cycle.

Try to break the cycle by opting for dry shampoo instead of hair spray. Spray or sprinkle dry shampoo just at the roots to give your hair a little lift. If you just can’t resist a little hair spray, apply it to your hairbrush instead of directly on your hair. That way, you’ll loose less of it, and apply only where needed.

3. Faulty Thyroid Activity

Did you know that an underactive or overactive thyroid can lead to thinning hair? Symptoms include dry, frizzy hair, and a widening part. The thyroid plays a part in the various phases of hair growth, so when the thyroid isn’t working properly, it shows up in your hair.

Checking for a faulty thyroid is only a matter of a simple blood test, so if your hair has undergone some troubling changes, it’s worth a visit to your physician to see if your thyroid is at the root of the problem.

Photo: alexraths

4. Stress

Stress can lead to hair fall and hair that won’t grow. What happens is that when you have chronic stress, your body releases a chemical that makes your follicles go into hibernation mode. Hair falls out and doesn’t grow back in.

If you are dealing with an inordinate amount of stress, it’s critical to find ways to alleviate it or deal with it so the burden is lessened.

Photo: avemario

It’s true that you can tell a lot about the your health from your hair. If your hair isn’t what it used to be, maybe one of these culprits is the reason.


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Acne scars are something that most of us have to live with. However, if your teen acne was chronic, or particularly bad, you might have unsightly scars that are detracting unfairly from your appearance. Thankfully, modern methods have made it possible to get rid of diminish acne scars so that they are less visible. Following are several available options.

Light Therapy Mask

The Illumask Acne Light Therapy Mask is a product that you can purchase and use in the privacy of your home. Wearing the full face mask helps to diminish the redness of acne scars, as well as to help prevent new acne from forming.

Regeneration Serum

If you have newer acne scars, try a DNA Regeneration Serum, which helps healthy skin grow in place of scar tissue. This topical solution may help existing fresh scars to heal and blend in with surrounding areas.

Skin Lightening Cream

Various brands of skin lightening creams are available over the counter, and in stronger formulations through prescription. With regular use, these creams can lighten red and purple toned scars, which will help camouflage them against the rest of your skin. One drawback is that sun exposure may undo any lightening that the cream has accomplished.


If you have pitting in addition to colored acne scars, microdermabrasion might be able to help. In this salon process, the topmost layer of the skin is sheared off, which exposes healthier skin, as well as boosts your skin’s natural production of collagen. Microdermabrasion could very well help your skin look smoother and more uniform in color.


If you have shallow, depressed acne scars, you might get some improvement with a filler. In this treatment, your dermatologist fills the acne depression with a substance such as body fat or collagen. This helps make a more smooth surface on top of the skin, making the scar almost disappear in some cases. With fillers, you might have to get repeat treatments one or twice a year, depending on the individual circumstances.

Whether your acne scars are confined to your face, or you also have scarring on your chest and/or neck, these acne scar treatments might be able to help diminish or get rid of them completely. Talk to your dermatologist about which option might be right for you.

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In today’s workplaces, web conference calls are commonplace. Whether this is a daily or quarterly event in your office, you know the pain of seeing your face on screen and thinking “Is that how I look today??”

First of all, video – particularly webcam video – distorts your features slightly, depending on the angle, quality of the camera, and lighting in the room. So, don’t worry. That’s not really how you look today.

Of course, you still want to look nice for the others in the online conference. Especially when you’re trying to make a good impression at work, appearances are important.

Luckily, there are three simple tricks to help you improve your web conference look – without piling on tons of clown makeup.


Poor lighting can do things on camera that it doesn’t do to your face in real life. If you can select your space, take your laptop somewhere that’s bright. Natural light on a sunny day is always a winner. This will reduce the amount of dreary shadows that creep under your eyes and mouth.

If you’re stuck in a dim and crowded conference room, try to sit closer to the camera so your face picks up the light of the monitor.

Eyes and Lips

The shadows and other minor distortions of webcam calls darken your eyes and mouth, so that’s where you need to focus your makeup attention. There’s no need to overdo it; a little goes a long way.

The goal is to brighten your eyes and make them “pop” as much as possible. Eye liner and mascara are essential.

Concealer is great for quick fixes under the eyes or covering pimples and wrinkles around the mouth, but remember that opposite colors on the color wheel actually cancel each other out. If you have redness or dark circles, check with your beauty specialist for the perfect correction color.


Overall, aim for color contrasts. There’s no need to go overboard. Focus on adding warm color to your cheeks to send a message that you’re happy and pleasant to work with. Choose a lipstick color that contrasts with your hair and skin. This will help your lips stand out, and it will bring attention to you when it’s your turn to talk.