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100 Crush-Worthy Valentine's Day Nail Art Ideas

It’s no secret that holidays produce the most festive fingertips. While we’ve seen some jaw-dropping designs for Christmas and Halloween , the whimsical creations that come out of Valentine’s Day hold a special place in our chocolate-and-rose-loving souls. And just because filling out Valentine’s Day cards for classmates may be a thing of the distant past doesn’t mean you can’t show your spirit for the holiday of love. So we combed Instagram to find cute and crafty manicures to inspire your next look – no matter your relationship status.

– Additional reporting by Maria Del Russo

Opal Rainbow Hair Is the Dreamy Dye Trend You Need to Try

What happens when you mix the gray hair trend with rainbow color ? Opal. Yes, the new trend in hair color pulls inspiration from the sea (which makes sense because #mermaidhair is a thing). An opal stone is a mix of pearl and iridescent pinks, blues, and purples. So of course, this paint job created by Aura Friedman at Sally Hershberger features metallics and pastels.

First, Aura lightens the hair to a pearl hue (the shade just before you reach gray). “It could either be prelightened to a platinum or pale yellow or it can be painted with heavy highlights and prelightened that way,” she explained. Then after toner is applied, layers of color are added. The result is a washed-out version of the sand art look. “For me an opal or any iridescent color has these nuances of color with very subtle hints of the greens and the pinks,” she said. “It’s not a ‘come and slap you in the face’ kind of color.”

Aura came up with the idea for opal years ago when she was experimenting with pastel colors. “Opal is my birth stone, and it’s one of my favorite stones, so I started doing it on wigs a long time ago,” she said. “I actually did one for Lady Gaga , but we ended up not using it.” The key to getting this look is layering. The colors should look different from all angles – like an iridescent gemstone.

“[It] is not just one color. It’s different colors from root to end and those different colors sit on top of other colors,” she explained. “It reflects a different color every which way you look at it. If you tilt it one way you see more of the pink, and if you tilt it another way you see more of the green.”

There are many different variations on the iridescent hair trend, from mother of pearl to oil slick. For the daring ladies who already went gray, it’s an easy way to refresh your silver strands once they’ve gone yellow. Want the look? Keep scrolling for photo inspiration to give your colorist.

The 1 Instagram Beauty Hack You Should Avoid at All Costs

Deodorant & bio oil?! Before any accusations this is a brand new deodorant I bought 😊 Putting a stick of deodorant on your face may sound ridiculous, but the powdery ingredients can help mattify the face. Also, some natural deodorants include mineral salts that can help dry out zits and bacteria-fighting ingredients that can also curb breakouts. Bio oil- helps diminish the appearance of scars and also helps even out skin tone @clinique 2-1 foundation shade buttermilk @lagirlcosmetics beautiful bronze to contour classic ivory & porcelain mixed for concealer and highlight @benefitcosmetics hola bronzer @anastasiabeverlyhills glow kit that glow @urbandecaycosmetics naked lip pencil & back talk lipstick from there new vice lipstick & liner collection @hudabeauty & @shophudabeauty lashes in Carmen

A video posted by Shabnam H. Khawja 💎 (@s_hossine) on May 11, 2016 at 8:21pm PDT

We’ll admit it – there are plenty of sneaky beauty tips that we’ve learned from Instagram, and all with serious merit. There’s proof that onions can actually grow your eyebrows , garlic can quash a breakout , and mouthwash can stave off dandruff . But sometimes, you have to draw a line at some of the more ridiculous techniques, especially if there’s a risk of causing damage.

Instagram user s_hossine shared that she applies a bit of deodorant to her face to keep oil at bay. While this does make sense – and likely works well – it’s not something you should try. You see, deodorant works by clogging the pores in your armpits that are connected to sweat glands, thus preventing odor and wetness. But we all know that plugging up our facial pores leads to congestion and pimples.

If you really want to mattify your complexion, use a product designed specifically for this use: a primer. Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer ($45) can be used under and even over makeup to flatten shine and prevent oiliness. It even contains tea tree oil, which is an antimicrobial ingredient that prevents blemishes.

This Instagram Movement Will Make You Stop Photoshopping Your Face

The morning I took the selfie ahead , I did not feel good about my skin. It was blotchy and dull, and I had a few breakouts. I attempted to take a Snapchat but immediately deleted it, because the results were not flattering. Since I was into my hair that day (shout-out to Jen Atkin’s line, Ouai , which gave me those air-dried beach waves), I wanted to make it work. So I blended some of Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Foundation onto my face, along with Clé de Peau Beauté concealer , La Prairie cream blush , and Benefit highlighter . I was shocked when I stuck my camera phone in front of my mug and was able to snap a photo that needed little filtering (and I can admittedly feel very self-conscious about my #selfies ).

I didn’t want to brag – because that’s so obnoxious on Instagram, right? – but I was really excited about how glowy my complexion looked thanks to makeup. Unlike past images, I felt no need to zoom in using apps like Aviary, Snapseed, or Facetune to blur my under-eye bags, red spots, or fine lines. With a touch of brightening, the photo was ready to post. But before I pushed “share,” I wanted to call out that this was a “real” photo. So I dug around the social media tool and discovered that diverse women have been using the hashtag #nofacetune when they shared similar sentiments and images.

The message behind #nofacetune is to shed light on the fact that these close-up pictures were not photoshopped in a popular app called Facetune . Kim Kardashian famously uses a comparable one called Perfect365 , while many top vloggers rely on the former. In this essay , I coined the term Botox Instagram Face (aka BIF), which described the flat, matte complexion you often see on influencers. In person, their skin looks very different, but these aforementioned Photoshop Instagram apps can quickly change it with just a few swipes.

#Nofacetune is the antimovement to the BIF. Instead, women are calling out the foundation, self-tanner, and other makeup they’re using instead of Photoshop. And if some skin imperfections show through the coverage, so what? Makeup is not necessarily natural, but it’s a lot more realistic than photo manipulation. Instagram users are also going deeper, bravely revealing their bare skin – sunspots, wrinkles, and all – and philosophies on the matter.

Instagrammer Sarah Woodier writes: “It’s shameful that apps like ‘facetune’ and *ahem seriously* ‘cream cam’ exist, you don’t need a smooth face, no wrinkles, no freckles to be beautiful. What does it do for self confidence adjusting your face to within a inch of recognition? How does that increase your self worth when you’re not being yourself. I would revel in our differences and embrace the ageing process, you are you and nobody else can be you. That’s pretty powerful. Please embrace the you that doesn’t need to look like a generic version of beauty/womanhood. We’re all different and that’s a GREAT thing.”

Her message is empowering – as are these 15 photos shared by real women (including yours truly) incorporating the hashtag #nofacetune. There are even some familiar faces, such as a model made over by Kim’s go-to makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, and Jourdan Dunn . I encourage you to share your own snap and tag us (@POPSUGARBeauty ) so that the world can see your true beauty!

The Secret to Conquering Dark Circles Is in Your Spice Rack

Fans of curry dishes are already familiar with turmeric. It’s a powdered form of ginger that transforms bland sauces into fragrant, yellow-tinged delicacies. But it’s time that beauty junkies got acquainted with the spice – and incorporated it into their skin care regimens.

In this quick video from Instagram user farahdhukai , she mixes about an eighth of a teaspoon of turmeric into approximately a tablespoon of buttermilk, then paints the blend onto her dark circles. After letting it dry, she washes it away to reveal a brighter, more luminous complexion . . . with no “raccoon eyes.” Her under-eye area looks so flawless, it appears like she applied concealer. Farah suggests applying this cocktail frequently to keep shadows at bay.

It seems possible that the vibrant yellow hue of the antioxidant-rich powder is lightly staining the skin to counteract darkness, but the results are so impressive, any discoloration would be totally worth it to us! Watch the video to see how effective the treatment is.

Olivia Munn Shares 4 Secrets to Antiaging That Don't Include Botox

As y’all know, I’m a big believer that most women in their 20s and 30s don’t need cosmetic surgeries , such as Botox. So I was thrilled when Olivia Munn, who is four years my senior at 34, shared the Instagram and message below. In it, the gorgeous actress reveals her theories and own findings when it comes to discovering natural antiaging methods.

She writes: “Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I love research. Convinced that there’s got to be natural, healthy ways (ie not only the rich and connected can do it) to keep your skin from aging, I do lots of research.”

Then she shares four methods that kept her own face looking fresh: losing weight, reshaping her brows, using Proactiv Mark Correcting Pads to reduce her sun spots, and eating Japanese potatoes (that, according to Olivia, “are high in hyaluronic acid [to] help keep wrinkles away”).

Keep reading to learn more about her secrets of youth, and hopefully it will inspire your own healthy habits!

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I love research. Convinced that there’s got to be natural, healthy ways (ie not only the rich and connected can do it) to keep your skin from aging, I do lots of research. Who says guys are the only ones who can get better with age? We’re gonna turn that myth around if we share what we learn with each other. So here are 4 skin tips I’ve learned just over this past year that really helped the texture and shape of my face. Left Pic: 1 year ago. Right Pic: Last month. 1. I lost 12 pounds this past year while training for Xmen. I kept it off by coming up w/an hour workout I do a few times a week. The weight loss leaned out my cheeks and jawline. Working out is also great for your skin because it increases blood flow to your face which helps rejuvenate. 2. Reshaped my brows. I do my own brows and always thought they were supposed to have a high arch. Then a facialist pointed out to me that I was shaping my brows into a frown. So I let the top of my brows grow in (which is never fun because it looks spotty for a few weeks) and then I plucked the bottom. That gave my brows a more horizontal angle and instantly brightened my eyes. 3. Got rid of sunspots. I love my freckles. But over the past couple of years I’ve seen more come up and merge with other freckles to make large dark spots. Dark spots prevent your skin from reflecting light and gives you a dull complexion. So for the past year I’ve been diligently using @Proactiv Mark Fading Pads. I wipe my face with one every night and now my face has a more even tone and the large spots aren’t as noticeable. 4. I’ve talked about this before and I still stand by it: Japanese potatoes that are high in Hyaluronic Acid help keep wrinkles away. Look up this video: “Connie Chung Yuzihara” to learn all about it. There are Hyaluronic Acid pills and vitamins but I think that the best way to get it in your system is by eating them in foods that naturally have them. I’m still looking into what gets rid of the lines that develop around your neck. I think it has to do with tension and acupuncture might be the answer. When I find out more, I’ll let you know. 👯👍

A photo posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on Feb 23, 2016 at 6:26pm PST

DIY Your Own Blackhead Treatment With This Surprising Product

DIY blackhead remover using glue Thank you for reposting @style.video #hudabeauty

A video posted by Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty) on Mar 1, 2016 at 11:23am PST

No matter how clear we manage to get our skin, there is one complexion foe we have yet to defeat: blackheads. Scrubs, chemical peels, and masks are regular steps in our routine, but those pesky spots remain. The only treatment that ever helps is the use of a pore strip.

Though we DIY this remedy frequently, the brilliant beauty Huda Kattan found a clever hack to re-creating these blackhead blasters with just one product: school glue. It may sound strange, but she demonstrates how effective this technique is in this quick Instagram video. She slicks the sticky stuff over her nose and waits for it to dry, then carefully peels it off. As the glue lifts away from her skin, it adheres to each blackhead and pulls it out, declogging every pore.

Watch and prepare to be amazed, then view Huda’s glue tutorial on her YouTube channel .

Multimasking Is the Most Efficient Way to Give Yourself a Facial

We’re going to let you in on a beauty editor secret – one mask is never enough. You have to layer your products for the best results. So, of course, we’re 100 percent behind the new Instagram skin care craze: multimasking.

Multimaskers recommend using several different treatments at the same time to get a customized skin remedy (which is exactly what an esthetician does during your facial). Always getting breakouts around your nose ? Apply charcoal or clay in that area. Got dry cheeks? Use a hydrating cream in that particular patch. Have major under-eye bags after a night out? Throw on an eye-specific sheet mask . Creating your own concoction makes it easy to treat combination skin or spot-specific flare ups. Plus, now you have a valid excuse to keep three or more masks in your skin care rotation.