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Jonathan Van Ness' Summer Cooling Hack Will Actually Change Your Life

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness is the hero we never knew we needed. Hilarious, kindhearted, and unapologetically himself, he lights up the screen and warms our hearts with every episode . But between the quotable words of affirmation and the Instagram feed that makes you want to cheer , he’s an all-around grooming expert. And when the Fab Five appeared on the Today Show , he shared a Summer tip that just about blew our minds.

Basically, if you’ve just blown out your hair, the back of your neck can get sweaty, especially in the Summer. The last thing you want to do is ruin your gorgeous look, so Van Ness recommends dabbing a touch of peppermint or spearmint oil on the back of your neck, which will keep it cool for up to an hour. His exact pick? This Aveda Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate. ($22) She comes in both an oil and a rollerball, so you can take her wherever you want and stay flawless on the go. Armed with this priceless tip, we can conquer Summer with our blowouts intact! All hail Queen JVN!

This Is When Experts Say You Should Really Start Dabbing On Eye Cream

There’s no time like the present to start preserving your beautiful skin , so let’s not waste another minute. Whether you’re 16 or 60 (or anywhere in between), we can all reap the benefits of a little extra TLC around our extrasensitive eye area. We talked to top skincare experts to find out when you should really start using under-eye cream, what to look for in a product, and how to apply it for maximum benefits. Read on to see what they said, then go grab some eye cream to add to your lineup.

Why I Gladly Spent $800 on the Most Perfect Hair Extensions

Something magical happened to me the month before my wedding , and it wasn’t just the idea that I was going to marry my soul mate. I discovered hair extensions , and for better or worse, they changed my life forever. (Apologies if that sounds melodramatic, but it’s true!)

To put it bluntly, hair extensions are the nose job my mane always needed. I was born with fine, flat locks that return to their natural state <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Drybar-Dirty-Martini-Blowout-35686071#photo-10

“>the second I leave Drybar. Until that glorious day at Bumble and Bumble, one month before my wedding , when a talented stylist painstakingly bonded Great Lengths extensions into my hair. Great Lengths extensions are made from gorgeous, human hair, and they are fused to small sections of one’s real hair with pure keratin.

The process takes about three hours and costs around $1,200. At the time, I thought it was worth every penny. I left the salon with the hair I always wanted and never thought I could have. It was long, lustrous, and it held blowouts for multiple days. It was perfect. And as a lifestyle blogger and stylist , I quickly realized flawless hair was the one accessory I never knew I needed. Something about my new, cascading waves made everything brighter: my outfits looked better, I was more photogenic, and my extra hair seemed to give me extra confidence, too.

But unfortunately, some love stories must come to an end. (And luckily, in this case I’m not referring to my marriage!) In my opinion, Great Lengths has one major flaw: it can fall out. And it can fall out at inopportune times. Like that time I was meeting a co-worker at the Plaza Food Hall for lunch, and I had to discretely tuck a long strand of hair into my purse. How does that happen? Well, since everyone’s hair naturally sheds, sometimes the extensions come along for the ride.

Taking out hair extensions is also time-consuming. A removal gel is applied to each of the bonds and rubbed into your hair until the bond breaks down and slides off. This process could take over an hour if you have a full head of extensions. But I was willing to look past these flaws until I decided to get pregnant and go au natural. (And by au natural, I mean I went to Ricky’s, bought some clip-ins, and had a stylist cut and color them to match my hair to get me through nine salon-free months.)

I used the clip-ins throughout my pregnancy and for three more months after my beautiful baby girl was born. But I missed the ease of waking up with a full head of perfect hair that I could refresh with a quick spritz of dry shampoo . So back to Bumble I went, and my stylist, Carrie Hill, introduced me to a new tape extension that the salon launched last Fall. To be honest, I had my doubts about sticking tape onto my hair. But after several applications and removals, I’m officially hooked. Keep reading to learn more about this salon process and discover if it’s right for you!

What to Do If Your Hair Color Comes Out Too Dark

It can happen to even the most skilled at-home colorist: you use a box color to dye your hair, and the hue comes out much darker than you’d hoped. But believe it or not, you don’t have to suffer with a hue that’s not for you. Keep reading for our tips on how to lighten a botched dye job.

  • Try a clarifying shampoo: These types of cleansers are full of color-stripping surfactants (the stuff that makes your shampoo and soaps lather). The faster you can get to your freshly dyed hair, the better; just make sure you deep condition afterwards.
  • Call the hotline: If you experience unwanted results from an at-home hair color, immediately call the hotline number on the side or back of the box. The company representative can offer you professional advice on what to do next.
  • Face the facts: The only true way to lighten color is to remove it. But once that unwanted color has been removed from your hair, sometimes toners have to be added to color-correct. Sure, there are color-removing products like L’Oreal ColorZap ($12) readily available at the nearest beauty supply store, but if your too-dark color is still not looking right, heading to a professional is probably the best option.

How to prevent it in the first place: Since semipermanent or demipermanent colors typically fade a lot faster than permanent colors, they are often more gentle for the home colorist. And when coloring your hair at home, go only one to two levels lighter or darker than your natural hair color to avoid “oh no” moments. While most box color includes a description of what the shade will be (such as medium-light brown), keep in mind that level one equals black and level 10 is light blond.

How to Get Victoria's Secret Bombshell Waves IRL

There’s nothing more intimidating than being on a flight with 40 of the most gorgeous women on the planet – the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Such was the case when I flew overseas with the stunning crew for the brand’s annual fashion show. Obviously we can’t genetically morph into these glamorous models (some of us were born shrimpy!), but what we can do is take note from their beauty books, specifically when it comes to hair .

While I was abroad, I met with GHD hair pro Lorna Moore, who was part of the official runway glam squad. She showed me how real girls can get model-inspired bombshell waves. “It’s sexy, soft, touchable hair,” she explained of the classic Victoria’s Secret look. “It seems like you can run your hands through it, and you’re not going to get stuck, ’cause there’s nothing sexy about a head of hair full of hair spray. It’s effortless hair. And that’s what encompasses sexy hair.”

To get you prepped for your hot Valentine’s Day date, keep reading to discover our bombshell waves hair DIY . Then, learn two genius tricks to preserve your style .

8 Toxic Ingredients You Should Never Use in Your Skin Care Routine

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Tata Harper’s farm in Vermont, and it blew my mind. It should not have been so shocking. I’ve been a fan of her natural-ingredient, eco-friendly skin care and makeup line for years. It’s ideal for my sensitive skin, and everything smells deliciously botanical with milky, silky textures. But actually seeing the farm-to-vanity process of these products made me realize: they are the real deal.

These are not products that claim to have organic ingredients but are still packed with “processed” stuff. In fact, most Tata Harper formulas have the shelf life of just a few months. She pointed out: why would you want to put something on your face with enough preservatives to make it last for years? Gross. (I immediately went home after the trip and threw away a ton of expired formulas.)

“I started Tata Harper Skincare after my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer,” she told me via email. “Through all of the doctor’s appointments I learned so much about lifestyle and how little decisions affect health and wellbeing. That’s when I started really researching ingredients, and discovered that a lot of the ingredients with the most potential health risks aren’t even there to give results; they’re just fillers like preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners designed to keep the formula stable and give the product its texture. I only use natural ingredients because I believe that no woman should have to compromise her health for her beauty, especially if those ingredients aren’t even making her beautiful!”

The more I learned about natural ingredients , the more I only wanted to use them. Every time I wash my face with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser , I envision the apricot seed powder exfoliating my skin and the French pink clay detoxifying it. Or when I nourish my face with the Rejuvenating Serum , I know rosehip seed oil is rejuvenating my under-eye area, while Spanish lavender extract is relaxing fine lines.

If you are eager to get informed about the harmful ingredients in your skin care products, as well as natural ones to look for instead, keep reading. Tata Harper herself breaks down what to ditch, what to use, and why.

7 Amazing Ways to Save Money on Beauty Products at Target

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Target is a go-to store for snagging everything from a last-minute outfit for a weekend getaway to a stash of paper towels. But if you’re a beauty enthusiast, your Target runs always involve stocking up on drugstore favorites from brands like L’Oréal and Essie. Plus, the options are endless from Up & Up, Sonia Kashuk, and Pixi, a selection of beauty lines that are exclusive to the superstore.

Ahead, we share insider shopping pointers (yes, we consulted with Target directly) to score the best deals on its beauty offerings. Go ahead and grab your notebook to take notes so your next trip down Target’s beauty aisles goes off without a hitch.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

If there’s a deal you’re after, get to your store as early as possible. The sale cycle begins on Sunday, so your chances of finding your item of interest in stock are higher if you visit early in the week. It also can’t hurt to purchase multiple backups of your favorite beauty goodies when they’re discounted so you’re stocked until the next promotion.

Sign Up For the Cartwheel App

If there’s one thing you should do before entering your local Target, it’s signing up for its Cartwheel App . Launched in 2013, the app lets you add dollar-amount discounts as well as offers typically between five percent to 25 percent off. And as if that’s not enough, it also includes manufacturers’ digital coupons.

You simply show the Target cashier your Cartwheel barcode at checkout to enjoy the discounts. The more offers you choose, redeem, and share with your Facebook friends, the more offer spots you’ll receive.

Tip: Scan the barcode of any item in a Target store to see if there’s an active Cartwheel offer. You’ll never miss out on any deals!

Stack Coupons

A smart Target shopper never forgets to practice coupon stacking. Put Cartwheel to work, but keep in mind you can also use any manufacturer coupons, Target store coupons (also available via mobile), and the five percent discount you receive with the Target REDcard all in one transaction.

Apply For a Target REDcard

Apply for the Target REDcard if you’re a frequent Target shopper. It’s available as both a credit and debit card which gets linked to your checking account and has no annual fee.

REDcard holders enjoy a five percent discount with every purchase in store and on Target.com, along with free shipping and an extended return policy.

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Snag Gift Cards With Your Purchase

Target is notorious for offering gift cards, starting at $5, with select purchases. You typically have to buy multiples of one product or a specific combination of products to receive a gift card with your purchase. Learn which items are eligible for a gift card promotion by checking the weekly Target ad or online as well as signage on store shelves.

Price Adjustments Are Your Friend

Don’t worry if you’ve purchased a product only to find that it’s on sale at a competitor, Target.com, or the store’s weekly ad just a few days later. Not only can you request a price match at the time you purchase the product, but price adjustments are available 14 days after your purchase, too.

Save More With Subscriptions

How many times have you finished the last drop of your face moisturizer just as you’re about to apply your makeup for work? Eliminate that frustration by signing up for Target’s subscription service on Target.com to schedule exactly when you’d like an item delivered. The service offers everything from makeup to skin care products, and you’ll save five percent plus get free shipping on every order with subscriptions.

10 Nontoxic Skin Care Ingredients That Beauty Experts Swear By

Whether you’ve dipped a toe into the world of healthy living (organic wine has to be healthier than regular wine, right?) or gone a bit deeper (vegan diet, bike to work, homemade cleaning products . . .), you’ve likely heard something about what toxins do to our bodies.

Toxic exposure can come from food, beauty products, environmental pollution, and mold in the home and work place, and is linked to health issues like premature aging, hormonal disruption, and even cancer. It is pretty much impossible to avoid toxins completely, but one area that is fairly easy to control is your skin care routine.

We know there are certain cosmetic ingredients we don’t want to use on our complexions. Then there are the well-known ingredients we look for to treat specific skin issues, such as tea tree for acne, chamomile for sensitivity, argan oil for aging. And then, there are other nontoxic ingredients in skin care products that don’t get a second glance. They may not be as popular, but these supporting players also offer big time skin results.

We asked three leading experts in the natural beauty world to reveal their favorite nontoxic skin care ingredients. Keep reading to find out how these beauties can benefit your skin and health.

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5-Minute Makeup Routine For Moms on the First Day of School

During the Summer months, most women wear less makeup. Sun-kissed skin often needs less coverage, and vacation days are spent lounging at pools or beaches where we don’t have to worry as much about how we look.

Before we know it, our luxurious warm-weather days come to a screeching halt, and we find ourselves back at school drop-off – or even worse . . . the bus stop. If you’re a mom, you might not want to have a full face on for those back-to-school mornings. As a mother and a working makeup artist, I have some simple hacks to get you looking fresh in a flash. Wake up just five minutes earlier to do these six easy steps and you will look glam and ready to face another school year.

1 Woman Is Going Viral For Her Life-Saving Curly Hair Tips

Four year transformation, all from learning how to take care of my curls from curlyhair

Learning to properly care for and embrace your curly hair can be a bit of a struggle filled with endless trial and error. One woman finally has it down to a science, but it took her four years to get there. Reddit user capslockramen is going viral on Reddit for sharing the details of her dramatic hair transformation, along with her daily routine for keeping her luscious curls in check.

She posted before-and-after photos that show just how drastic her hair journey has been. The “before” snapshot was taken during her senior year of high school when she “hated” her curls so much that she “got a relaxed curl perm, bleached it blond, and straightened [her] hair five to six days a week, without using quality heat protectant.” But that all changed when she went off to college, where she decided to let her blond perm grow out and started experimenting with different products until she found exactly what works best.

Four years later, she’s mastered the art of taming her curls and finally loves her springy ringlets just as they are. “I’ve never felt more in love with my hair,” she wrote in the Reddit post. She also shared her step-by-step styling routine, which is detailed below.

  1. After shower, squeeze excess water from hair.
  2. Flip head upside down.
  3. Apply generous amount of Cantu leave-in conditioner . Run fingers through hair to ensure even distribution.
  4. Scrunch in generous amount of Miss Jessie’s MultiCultural Curls cream .
  5. Scrunch out excess water using a cotton t-shirt.
  6. Wrap hair in said t-shirt.
  7. Stand upright again and let hair sit in the shirt about 10 minutes.
  8. Flip head upside down again and remove t-shirt.
  9. Dry with hair drying facing toward the scalp. Use a diffuser! Put the heat settings on warm (not hot) with the speed on high.
  10. Scrunch hair with t-shirt while drying. This part usually takes me like 20 minutes (definitely have to take breaks so all the blood doesn’t rush to my head and make me pass out).
  11. When it’s close enough to completely dry, spray with medium-hold hairspray. Stand back up normally and fix where I want the part, hairspray that a little.
  12. Done!

Once her detailed routine went viral, amassing nearly 800 comments, the woman responded to other users’ questions with various other tips and tricks for managing curls every day.

  1. Make sure your hairstylist cuts your locks while they’re dry, and avoid using a razor to thin it.
  2. She opts for using a shampoo without sulfates three to four times per week.
  3. Worried about messing up your hair overnight? Try sleeping with a silk cap on or put it in a loose bun using an elastic ribbon as a hair tie.
  4. Brush out your locks before you shower, not after.

When celebrity hairstylist Oscar Blandi caught wind of this woman’s viral hair hacks, he gave additional helpful recommendations for gals with curly manes. Instead of using a t-shirt to dry your hair like the Reddit user suggested, Blandi told Yahoo Beauty how a Turkish towel, which is highly absorbent, may be a better option. “Press the towel on your hair, don’t rub it all over your hair,” he said. “Rubbing your wet, curly hair will create frizz.” After that, apply leave-in conditioner, and then a silicon oil-based product with just a dab of gel. “The combination will keep the hair soft and not crunchy,” he said.

At the end of the day, experimentation is key for people with curly hair, but this woman’s routine and tips seem like a great place to start if you’re looking to kick-start a journey to embracing your ringlets in their gorgeous natural state.

18 Ways to Simplify Your Beauty Routine With Vaseline

Though we’re always obsessed with the latest and greatest beauty products, there’s a reason why some items in our routines are tried-and-true classics. One of our favorite iconic formulas is probably in the back of your medicine cabinet: Vaseline . It’s been around for 150 years for a reason – Vaseline is a multitasking miracle cream , and it’s time it got its due diligence. It’s not just meant to be used for burns, as a lip balm, and as a diaper rash! Rather, it can be relied on for a slew of time- and money-saving tricks – that will keep you hydrated from head to toe. Read on and learn beauty hacks featuring petroleum jelly.

21 Unexpected Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

There are very few beauty products that we can honestly say are cure-alls, but coconut oil comes pretty close. You can use it for everything from healing scars to moisturizing dry knees. Recently, all the talk about relying on this oil for fresh breath got us thinking: what can’t coconut oil do? The answer: mattify (and it took us a minute to come up with that one). Celebrities like Emma Stone count it among their favorite natural ingredients, and you should, too. We just stuck to the beauty applications here, but there are tons more tasks it can handle, from starting fires to losing a few pounds . So head to your local health food store, pick up a jar, and allow this list to help you get creative with coconuts.

12 Curly Hair Hacks That Will Completely Change Your Life

Having curly hair brings me such joy. The springy ringlets are indicative of my large personality, but I didn’t always know how to care for my coils. About eight years ago, I was clueless about all the unwritten rules (like no more shampoo, brushes, or towels.) And the commandments vary by hair type, too. A woman with waves can’t live by the same hacks that I rely on day to day for my Afro-texture hair.

That’s why we’ve called in the curly hair experts from Devachan Salon in NYC to create a beginner’s bible to curls. Stylist Eladia Lebron gave three curly editors a makeover, while divulging her best tips for every hair type . This comprehensive guide explains everything from applying conditioner to pineappling (which is an overnight curly girl trick). Get ready to achieve the best hair of your life – no hot tools required.

Can't Get Your Breakouts Under Control? You Need to Read This

Tackling day-to-day acne is quite the process as it is, but when you add hormones into the mix, it gets increasingly frustrating. Getting hit with a hormonal breakout is a major letdown: it makes me feel like I have to start from scratch to get my skin balanced again. I know I’m not the only one who knows this struggle all too well. That’s why I spoke to some leading experts in the skin care industry to find out what causes hormonal acne, how to prevent it, and ways to manage once you have a flare-up.

Acne: An Overview

Let’s start with the basics of what causes acne in general. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always about the amount of oil but the quality of oil. Some of us get breakouts when the production of excess sebum and oil is too thick and waxy. “Instead of flowing freely through pores, this type of oil becomes blocked and forms a plug,” New York City dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross explained. That plug congests the pore and results in a blemish.

Oily complexions aren’t the only source of spots. If you have dry, flaky skin and still suffer from breakouts, you may have an oil flow problem. Dead skin cells prevent sebum from making it to the surface of the skin, so it gets trapped inside of pores and creates acne-causing bacteria. This typically results in blackheads, enlarged pores, and even drier skin.

Francine Porter, founder of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals , told me another root of acne can be “abnormally sticky skin cells” because they don’t properly shed, clogging hair follicles. That’s why cell turnover is so important when combating breakouts (more on that later).

Hate Your Skin Tags? Here's What You Can Do About It

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There are a few beauty woes that are just unavoidable, no matter how sincere your efforts are to bypass them. Rain will ruin your hair at least once. You’ll smudge your lipstick . And, at some point, your epidermis will sprout a skin tag. We consulted Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz , host of DermTV.com and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz . He gave us the scoop on what these bothersome bumps are, what causes them, and (if you must!) how to get rid of them yourself.

When dealing with a complexion issue, it’s important to know what you’re up against. First, make sure what you’re looking at is actually a skin tag. Unlike moles, which are usually pink to brown in color and feature symmetrical borders, skin tags are more oddly shaped and tend to match your complexion’s shade.

“They grow out from your body, but vertically,” Dr. Schultz stated. The benign tumors are comprised of epidermis and a little bit of dermis – the two upper layers of skin. “Their height is usually much greater than their width. Sometimes they have a very narrow stalk so they are virtually hanging off by a thread,” he explained.

When I asked Dr. Schultz what causes these pesky spots, he told me that this remains unknown. “To a certain extent, they are hereditary and tend to occur in certain characteristic places, where skin folds on skin,” he said. Skin tags frequently crop up under the arms and where the legs meet the body. “They seem to occur more often in people that are overweight,” the doctor added.

However, if your skin tags are darker than your complexion, you may be dealing with dermatosis papulosa nigra, or DPN, a raised skin lesion that is commonly seen on complexions of those of Hispanic, Asian, or African descent. Dr. Schultz said that these tend to occur around eyes and on the cheekbones. “They look similar [to skin tags] but are not the same.” These benign tumors come from keratinocytes, the cells that are responsible for producing skin pigment.

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If you were concerned that these skin conditions were a sign of cancer or another ailment, relax. Neither DPN nor skin tags are an indication of any health risks. “They’re not dangerous,” declared Dr. Schultz. “Just annoying and inconvenient.”

Despite being innocuous, you might find your skin tags to be unsightly. If that’s the case, a dermatologist can remove them fairly easily. Dr. Schultz prefers to use the tip of a very fine pair of scissors to snip a skin tag off at the base. Other options include using an electric needle to cauterize the skin or freezing off the tumor, which he particularly doesn’t recommend.

“Freezing is so imprecise that it tends to affect the skin around the skin tag,” he explained. And it’s this imprecision that disturbs him when patients try to remove these bumps themselves.

“While it doesn’t take eight years of medical education to remove a skin tag, there are certain basic principles that have to be observed,” Dr. Schultz cautioned, citing using sterile tools and completely disinfecting your skin as essential.

While we don’t recommend taking off your own skin tags, if you feel that you must, Dr. Schultz declared that the most sensible method is to use a tight piece of string. We advise consulting with your doctor beforehand, then proceeding with caution!

Use a sterile piece of gauze and isopropyl alcohol to thoroughly cleanse the area and a length of thread. After looping the string around the very base of the skin tag, double knot it so it is very tight, cutting off the blood supply to the skin tag. Finish your DIY dermatological procedure by trimming the ends of the threads with a disinfected pair of scissors, so the string doesn’t catch on anything.

Patience is key! Once you’ve tied the string, do not touch the skin tag except to dab it with a bit of alcohol. After a few days to a week, the tiny tumor should fall off on its own. When this happens, be sure to nourish the small wound with a bit of antibacterial ointment, keeping it covered with a bandage until the area has healed – that way you won’t leave a scar.

The doctor is particularly against most of the over-the-counter medications available for removing skin tags. When people apply these caustic formulas at home, many get more of the product on the surrounding area than the actual tumor itself, which can lead to blistering and scarring.

A skin tag is harmless and practically invisible to others, so if you don’t think you can remove it safely, don’t risk it. In the end, you could make a blemish more noticeable (and painful!) than that tiny little bump.

Keep Eczema Rashes at Bay With These 5 Drugstore Beauty Buys

If you suffer with eczema, then you’re familiar with the dry, itchy flare-ups that come with the topical condition. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common genetic condition that causes itchy rashes on parts of the body. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep the frustrating itch and pain of the ailments at bay.

In addition to avoiding stressful situations and following an anti-inflammatory diet , you can tailor your body and skin care regimen to soothe your rashes. You don’t have to splurge on costly goods to do it, either. In fact, there are a handful of effective dermatologist-approved products you can find at your local drugstore to help keep your irritation at bay (they also work wonders even if you don’t suffer from eczema!). Read on to learn about which ones you should be picking up on your next drugstore run.

Proof That Color-Correcting Can Hide Acne Scars Like Magic

If you thought that color-correcting is just another makeup fad, think again. Beauty bloggers and professionals alike have been using multicolored concealers on dark circles and redness to create a clear complexion. One Reddit user proved the popular technique is equally as effective in covering up severe acne scars .

In a thread posted online, she shared the incredible before-and-after images of her face in three phases: without makeup, with foundation only, and with color-correcting concealers. With just the application of a few pigmented concealers, her acne scars were practically undetectable compared to using foundation alone. Scroll through to see her transformation and get inspired to try it out yourself!

No Makeup

“I have medium/deep skin that scars easily. Every blemish, knick, breakout leaves me a lovely parting gift- for months. This is actually the best my skin has ever looked, and I’m still kinda nervous.”

Up Close

“As you can see, I have some full on purple pitted acne scars with marred skin on my jaw that is especially dark around my lips.”

Old Foundation Routine

“I did one side of my face the old way: foundation layer one, foundation layer two, spot conceal.”

New Foundation Routine With Color Correcting

“I prep my skin with Skindinavia Primer Spray ($35). I squeeze out a bit of L.A. Girl orange corrector ($5) on my hand mixing it with the L.A. Girl yellow corrector ($5) to make a shade that is close to my skin tone. The L.A. Girl orange corrector is POTENT. Applying it straight on changes my undertone and I felt like my face was a bit “two-toned” post foundation. Mixing it with a pure yellow (or concealer if you need it way lighter) allows it blend seamlessly.”

“I dot it [the concealer] right over the blemish/scar. I will put the pure yellow corrector directly on the most prominent part of my under eye circles and blend.”

“Set with Sacha Buttercup powder ($20), using a very light hand. I’ll fast forward past my brows/eyes.”

“I added two more dots near my chin. All the foundation I’m using!”

“Conceal and blend the under my eyes. Set with Banana shade in NYX contour palette ($25)”

Results of Old Routine

“Two layers of foundation, concealer, creme contour and highlight, and set with powder.”

Results With Color-Correcting Routine

A Broke Girl's Guide to Getting Rid of Hyperpigmentation

We often hear that a flawless face of makeup starts with a great skin care routine . But if you struggle with hyperpigmenation, clear skin isn’t always that simple.

Like many women of color, I’ve long experienced the effects of scarring and hyperpigmentation following adolescent and hormonal acne . Though I was eventually able to tame my sporadic teenage breakouts, getting rid of its remnants has been a long, challenging process.

I’ve tried and invested in prestige full-cover foundations and concealers but over time I found that these were just temporary fixes that weren’t very cost effective. I’ve also spent my fair share of cash on luxury skin care goods that didn’t give me the instantaneous results I’d hoped for. But on my quest to clear skin I’ve found that not every magical product has to cost a fortune. In fact, I’ve come across a few drug store products that have actually worked wonders on my skin (without draining my pockets).

If you’re on a budget but want to commit to an effective skin care regimen, I’ve rounded up some of my drugstore favorites. These underrated gems won’t cost a ton in upkeep, so you’ll be able to consistently work towards radiant skin. Read on to check them out.

Meet the 14 Geniuses Behind Your Favorite Beauty Products

Maybe you can’t pack a makeup bag without Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or imagine the days when you couldn’t just pop into Drybar for a blowout. Anastasia Beauty might be your favorite Instagram feed (it has over 10 million followers, after all), and you love watching YouTube celebrities show how to use the latest Tarte , Benefit, and Too Faced launches. Perhaps every time MAC reveals a new collaboration , you set a Google calendar reminder to shop it. And when Jen Atkin created her own hair care line , you were ecstatic because you could finally own the tools to get cool-girl, Kardashian waves at home. These are all cult brands and products, and they achieved that status for a reason: genius strategy mixed with focused, innovative vision. Behind every beauty empire is a talented person with the coveted job of creative director.

Creative directors are very important figures to your beloved brands. At each company, the role means something different. For smaller brands, it could be the founder who also has his or her hand in every project. At larger corporations, it might be the employee who designs the packaging, comes up with the product concepts, or oversees the greater vision of each collection. Some creative directors are industry vets (like Sonia Kashuk), while others are teens with brilliant ideas (Taylor and Ally Frankel of Nudestix).

Regardless, these are some of the biggest badasses in the biz. They are not afraid to take risks and even fail. To spotlight what they do, we interviewed 14 of them (mostly over email) about everything from their greatest regrets to unusual ways to use top products (bet you never knew dry shampoo can double as deodorant). Many of them had similar advice: use social media to spread your message, and trust your gut! But you should also “be prepared to shed dangerous amounts of blood, sweat, and tears,” according to Dineh Mohajer, founder of Hard Candy and Smith & Cult.

Whether you one day dream of being a creative director or just want to learn more from the masterminds who invent the beauty goods you can’t live without, we promise everyone can learn something from these boss ladies and gents.

One Black Girl Got a Spray Tan and Lived to Tell the Tale

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Siegel

I have always been a firm believer that black girls shouldn’t artificially tan . To me, using liquid enhancers on dark complexions just wasn’t necessary, and I’ve always feared that any form of enhancement to our natural complexions would end up in an orange Willy Wonka disaster.

So when POPSUGAR’s senior beauty editor Lauren Levinson approached me with an opportunity to get spray-tanned by the pros at Vita Liberta , my first thought was to immediately decline. However, after giving it thought, I wondered if my reaction was purely the result of a beauty myth. Out of pure curiosity, I decided to challenge myself and sign up for the spray tan to debunk the myth or confirm my theory that liquid enhancers aren’t flattering on dark skin.

When it was my turn to strip down (yes, down to my undies) and get into the tanning tent, I knew there was no turning back. I stood there as the cold spray latched onto my pores and anxiously closed my eyes. After a few brief turns and chills, the entire process was finished. Once my tan was complete, I gazed in the mirror and was overwhelmingly pleased with my glowing, toasty complexion. The tanning liquid coated my skin with a radiant shine that made it look like I’d just returned from an exotic vacation. I was visibly darker, but my complexion still looked completely natural.

Throughout the day, I was extremely aware of the tanning solution on my body. I personally couldn’t wait to rinse it off to see the hue once it was settled in my skin, but the experts at Vita Liberata said it was OK to skip a shower and sleep in your tanner to achieve a deeper tint (just avoid white sheets!). But that night, I opted to shower with a gentle exfoliating cleanser to lather away the first layer of liquid enhancer. My tan melted down to a more bronzed version of my typically pale, blotchy skin. I couldn’t wait to throw on a plunge-neck top the next day to show off my sexy complexion. To say I was obsessed with my tan was an understatement.

As it turns out, my earlier hunch was wrong. My belief that a certain beauty enhancement is made solely for one type of skin is just a myth that feeds into beauty stereotypes. I am a black girl, I got a spray tan, and I loved it. And after my first experience, I’ve learned that like your favorite bronzer or liquid illuminator , a faux tan will simply just lift your natural skin tone to transform it into a more radiant version of you. So if you’re like me and thought that spray tans and black girls don’t mix, I can confidently assure you that they do. With proper research into products and technique, you lower the risk of mishaps during your first tan.

I’ve gathered all of my learnings to prepare you for your first spray-tanning experience . Read along for everything you need to know before getting spritzed or doing it at home (especially if you have brown skin).

Preparing For Your Tan

There are a few general rules to follow before stepping into the tanning tent. The day before my tan, I was advised to thoroughly exfoliate with an oil-free body scrub to create a smooth canvas. I smoothed my skin with a brown sugar, honey, and lemon DIY concoction. I was also advised to not apply any moisturizer the day of my tan. So, the night before, I slathered on a thick layer of Ceramidin Body Cream by Dr. Jart+ ($35) so my skin would still be hydrated the following day.

If you’re going on vacation and plan on scheduling a bikini wax around the time of your tan, it is highly recommended to do all hair removal, including shaving your legs, 48 hours before tanning.

The week of your spray tan requires some prep for optimal results, too. CEO and founder of Vita Liberata Alyson Hogg recommends drinking lots of water and eating foods high in lysine (like kale, spinach, and avocado) to further enhance the brightness of your skin. In addition to being mindful of what you eat, wear loose-fitting dark clothing you won’t mind getting dirty, as color from the tan can transfer onto your clothing.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

During Your Tan

Your chances of a flawless application are greater when you tan completely naked. If you’re not comfortable getting bare or if you won’t be in a bikini anytime soon, leaving on undergarments is also totally fine; just don’t wear any lingerie pieces you won’t want to dirty with the bronzing liquid.

Before applying any liquid, your tanning expert will cover the rougher areas of your body with a thin layer of lotion to prevent the liquid from settling into those lines. You can protect your hair with a plastic shower cap, and you’ll be given sticky slippers to protect under your feet. Your tanning expert will instruct you on how to stand and place your limbs. After two to three minutes of turns and large sprays, the entire process will be done!

After Your Tan

Most new spray tans are formulated to dry quickly, like the Vita Liberata one I experienced during my first time. So after your tan, you are able get dressed as normal and go about your day. However, you should avoid contact with water for six to eight hours so your tan can set. Also try your best to wait two hours before washing your hands.

If you removed any makeup prior to getting tanned, it is also recommended to wait two hours (or more) before applying liquid makeup to your skin. But if you’re headed to an event or errand post-tan and want to touch up your makeup, you can use a long-wear powder foundation to avoid reapplying throughout the day. I lightly dusted Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder Makeup ($40) on my face with a fluffy powder brush ($75).

To ensure that my “guide layer” and any dead skin rinsed off completely during my shower, I lathered with an extragentle exfoliating cleanser from Nubian Heritage . After showering, it is imperative that you keep your skin hydrated by moisturizing twice daily to avoid peeling and to help your color fade consistently.

For At-Home Self-Tanning

If you’d rather take your tan into your own hands, there are a few things you can do to have the most effective at-home experience. In addition to your essential prepping steps, a tanning mitt should be the first piece of your arsenal, along with a coloring agent and a thick moisturizer. (Check out which self-tan liquids POPSUGAR editors use at home .)

I consulted celebrity tanning expert James Read of James Read Tan by email, and he stressed the importance of applying the liquid to your body from shoulders to toe in sweeping motions to avoid blotchiness and streaking. He suggested to abstain from placing tanning lotion directly on your elbows, knees, feet, and ankles, as those areas are often rougher in texture and can cause creasing. Instead, protect that skin with a thin layer of moisturizer as your first step. And when tanning your face at home, use a lighter tanning liquid shade to achieve the most natural finish. You can even mix some tanning solution into your facial moisturizer to avoid going too dark!

When using self-tanner at home, be extra cautious of overapplying. To avoid an unwanted dark hue, make sure to spread a thin layer of the liquid or mousse and add more if needed. Most at-home tanning lotions will gradually darken, so try not to overdo it. If you still desire a deeper glow after your first application, opt for an overnight tanner.

Similar to getting tanned by a professional, carefully cleansing and moisturizing your skin is key to a flawlessly fading tan. In addition to exfoliating and hydrating your skin, aftersun products will help preserve the life of your lifted complexion. But no matter your skin complexion or race, protecting your body with SPF is an absolute step to gorgeous healthy skin – tanned or au naturel!