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The product textures that work best for your skin type and concern

When considering which skincare products are right for you, there may be one crucial factor to consider that you haven’t thought about. Stylist looks into which textures suit each skin type and concern.

From the basics like day and night moisturisers to the flashier products likelactic acid peels and essences, the beauty world’s skincare offering seems to expand every year. But finding a skincare routine ideal for your skin isn’t just about navigating lists of ingredients and endless product categories, you also need to consider the formula’s texture.

A product’s texture actually makes more of a difference than you think. Different skin types will absorb thicker creams and thinner liquids differently, and this may affect the results you get from using a product.

When our skin absorbs product, there are three barriers it has to penetrate: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue. There’s a lot of layers to get through and some ingredients actually absorb better than others. For instance, a retinol of any strength absorbs a lot easier than other ingredients which may take more than five minutes to sink into the skin.

We spoke to FOREO’s skincare therapist, Chris Luckham about which product textures work best for each skin type and concern.

Which textures are best for acne-prone skin?

The cleanser: acne-prone skin can be sensitive to certain textures such as foams, but other formulas work more efficiently. “You’ll want to focus on gel like a perhaps a salicylic acid based cleanser. These ingredients really penetrate into the pores,” says Luckham.

The exfoliator: it’s best to avoid physical scrubs to reduce the risk of aggrivating the skin. Instead, opt for a liquid exfoliator if you do use one. Try Paula’s Choice Calm 1% BHA Exfoliant, £26, if you’re looking for a gentle exfoliant that still works to unclog pores.

The mask: Clay and cream textures will be your best friend when it comes to masks. “Products containing cica, witch hazel, green tea and allantoin all work really well for this skin condition,” adds Luckham.

Which textures are best for skin with rosacea?

The cleanser and moisturiser: “Stick to milky or creamy textures for cleansers and moisturisers. Always use a device like the FOREO Luna to cleanse as this will exfoliate daily without any harshness.” Try SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser, £35.

The face mask: it’s best to stick to light, creamy textures as they don’t aggrivate the skin as much as clay and oil-based masks when you remove them. Ingredients wise, there are a few that may work best. “Try rosehip which is really calming, ceramides that help keep in moisture and niacinamide as this supports ceramides.” Niacinamide is known for its redness reducing powers. 

Which textures are best for dry and dehydrated skin?

The cleanser: embrace the creamy and milky textures, as they’re best for maintaining moisture levels. “Humectant based toners are also a great at providing a hydration hit and will only make the next steps more effective. Try hyaluronic acid or niacinamide based formulas,” says Luckham.

The moisturiser: go for a thicker cream, like Cerave’s Moisturising Cream, £13. “Look for ceramide or hyaluronic acid based moisturisers which don’t just rely on silicone. They offer a false sense of hydration,” explains Luckham. 

The face mask: hydrating overnight masks like the thin gel-like mask from Drunk Elephant’s F-balm Electrolyte Water Facial, £44, really seals in moisture. Gel textures are usually cooling and hydrating and infused, perfect for drier skin in need of moisture.

Which textures are best for oily skin?

The toner: liquid acid toners are great for decongesting pores without stripping skin.“Exfoliate using a toner focused around salicylic or lactic acid as this can help declog pores.”

The moisturiser: “Keep your day moisturiser light, look for oil-free formulas that are usually much more gel-like. In the evening make sure to feed the skin with a thicker textured cream. Hydration is key even when we suffer with excess oiliness,” recommends Luckham. Try Kate Somerville’s Oil Free Moisturiser, £55, for the evening.

The face mask: similar to clay masks for acne skin, face masks that unclog pores are important for oily skin. Clay is known for being great at absorbing excess oil. Try Sand & Sky’s Australian Pink Clay Mask, £41.90. 

Which textures are best for combination skin?

The cleanser: focus on hydrating cleansers like CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser, £9.50, that are usually water-based and have a lighweight cream texture. “Put even more of a focus on hydration, because this skin type craves deep hydration in certain areas,” explains Luckham. 

The moisturiser: a lightweight cream would work best, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £26. “Try incorporating hyaluronic acids, ceramides and niacinamide in your moisturisers.”

The face mask: double masking is a great option for combination skin as it targets each area specifically. If you’re looking to tone down oiliness, clay textures work best, whilst exfoliating, resurfacing and gel masks suit all skin types. 

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RHOBH's Teddi Mellencamp Dyed Her Hair Pink – and Son Cruz, 5, Says She Looks 'Crazy'




She also revealed her “postpartum reality” on Instagram three days after welcoming Dove.

“It is unbelievable, unconditional love. It is an incredibly powerful bond that Dove and I share,” Mellencamp Arroyave wrote alongside a photo of herself in a black bra and underwear. “It is tears of joy watching Edwin light up when he’s with her.”

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Kristen Bell Is Launching Her Own Affordable CBD Skincare Brand Called Happy Dance in the Fall


Kristen Bell's turning her love of CBD into her own brand-new skincare line.

The actress, who's been open about her experience using Lord Jones CBD Body Lotion to soothe her aches and pains, is teaming up with the company to launch a new, lower-priced hemp-derived CBD skin and personal care collection called Happy Dance in fall 2020.

“I first discovered Lord Jones CBD products two years ago and have been using them ever since,” Bell said. “I was skeptical at first, but was quickly blown away by the quality, integrity and consistency in all of the products."

Once the actress and mom of two, 39, met with Lord Jones founders Robert Rosenheck and Cindy Capobianco, they instantly clicked and decided to create affordable — but equally effective — CBD-based products. "We aligned on a shared desire to make a CBD line that would be accessible to a wider audience at a lower price point, while maintaining the same trusted quality as the Lord Jones brand," Bell said.

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"We met Kristen two years ago after being introduced by mutual friends. She was a fan of Lord Jones and told us how she used our products as part of her daily routine. We always knew we wanted to create a more affordable line to introduce CBD to a broader audience and it was Kristen’s vision to create a CBD skincare line for working moms as an everyday self-care essential," Rosenheck and Capobianco tell PEOPLE.

While Bell has yet to reveal exactly what the product lineup is going to be, she promises that they give you a much-needed positive boost each time you use them.

“Self-care shouldn’t be an event,” she said. “Self-care should consist of everyday pick-me-ups that can be integrated into one’s daily routine.”

Rosenheck and Capobianco add that every step of the way, Bell has been incredibly involved in the process of developing Happy Dance. "From creating the brand to designing the products and packaging to the formulation process, she has been integral. Kristen is a skin care expert given her long experience as a working actress," the founders say.

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Before announcing her Happy Dance news, Bell helped support Lord Jones' work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by reposting the product donations the brand has made to health care workers helping fight the virus.

"Huge thanks to @thelordjones for sending hundreds of their CBD products to NYU, Harlem Hospital, Lincoln Hospital and Jackson Health! The NYU Team was so excited to have some skin relief after hours in painful masks," the original Instagram post from @covidsupporters said.

According to Lord Jones, the brand has donated at least $360,000 worth of products to frontline workers to-date.

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How To Use Ulta Beauty’s Curbside Pickup Service For No-Contact Shopping

As the coronavirus pandemic keeps brick-and-mortar stores closed across the globe for an indefinite amount of time, you may find your beauty supplies dwindling. Since Ulta’s doors have been closed since mid-March, you’re probably ready to refill or add new beauty products to your lineup, and now, you can do it without waiting for your favorite items to ship. At more than 350 stores nationwide, Ulta Beauty is offering curbside pickup in the places it’s deemed appropriate, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

In stressful times, many people are turning to their beauty routines to find comfort, stability, and self-care. Since many cities now might have different ordinances on when stores can open back up and what is essential as some states slowly reopen, Ulta has found a solution. “We have confidently begun Curbside Pickup in select stores where we have determined it is safe to do so,” CEO Mary Dillion wrote in a letter on Ulta Beauty’s website. “To do this right, we have and will continue to implement robust health and safety protocols with our local store associates to ensure all orders are handled following CDC guidelines, limiting contact between our guests and teams.”

According to FAQ section for curbside pickup, to receive your order curbside, all you have to do is fill your cart on the Ulta Beauty’s website or app and select the “Pick up in Store” option in your bag before checking out. Your order confirmation email will contain instructions for pick up and have a phone number in it. Unfortunately, the brand can’t guarantee an exact timeframe the order will be ready from the moment you purchase, but Ulta will keep you updated every step of the way.

Once you’re notified that your order is ready, you’re free to pick up your products. You should then call the number provided in your confirmation email when you arrive to pick up your products and provide your name, order number, and a description of your car. Simply park by the front door, and an employee will bring your order out and put it in your trunk for minimal contact. Easy peasy. You won’t be charged for the purchase until pickup, but an authorization hold will be placed on your card.

You’ll have five days from the time your order is ready to pick up your order. After that, if you miss the window, your order will be canceled. (But don’t worry, you won’t be charged.) There’s also no order minimum to qualify for curbside pickup, using the service doesn’t cost anything, and there isn’t an expectation to tip, as contact is supposed to be as limited as possible. According to the brand, no products are excluded from pickup, so long as it’s in stock and available at the store.

Currently, Ulta plans on expanding curbside pickup to more stores in the coming weeks, assuming doing so is safe. As for returns, for the time being, even if you pick up an item curbside, you’ll have to return the product by mailing it to one of Ulta’s return centers, or you can wait until the brick-and-mortar stores fully open back up again. To find out if your local Ulta Beauty Location offers curbside pickup, check on the brand’s locator here.

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Best hair masks and intensive treatments for dry, damaged and frazzled lengths

There's a lot going on at the moment so our hair may have been put on the back burner. Especially since we can't get into salons for regular colour or conditioning treatments.

But if you've noticed your lengths are looking a little lacklustre and think it's high time to do something about it, then we have the product recommendations to help you bring your hair back to life.

We had our OK! beauty testing panel put seven new hair treatments to the test to see if they could fix their hair woes from just one go…

Brassiness banisher

L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Mask, buy it here for £6

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This has a highly pigmented purple formula, and is designed to be used as a weekly treatment to correct brassy tones in blonde or bleached hair.

Beauty writer Zoe says: "I have a naturally warm undertone to my hair but I like to have cool highlights. This mask is BRIGHT purple, which worried me, but I applied it after shampooing and left it for 10 minutes as instructed, and thankfully it didn’t dye my head or hair violet. My hair didn’t feel super soft, but my highlights did look cleaner."

Colour booster

Garnier Ultimate Blends Colour Illuminating Hair Food Goji Hair Mask, buy it here for £6.99

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Formulated for coloured hair, this contains 98% natural ingredients and can be used as a conditioner, weekly mask, or a leave-in treatment for hair that needs brightening, softening and restoring.

Tester Lauren says: "I used this for three minutes on wet hair before washing out with shampoo and when it was dry I could see my (not natural!) red hair was looking a little bit more punchy – which was great. It didn’t deliver very much hydration, though – and having thick, coarse hair I need this."

Hydration hero

John Frieda Hydrate & Recharge Deep Soak Masque, buy it here for £6.99

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For thirsty, lifeless hair that needs a supercharged hit of moisture, this mask has monoi oil and keratin in it to make straw-like ends soft and swisheable.

Beauty director Lynne says: "This has the most heavenly smell, and feels so thick and creamy, like scooping dollops of pudding on my hair. It made my dry ends feel so much smoother and silkier. I’d say it’s a great suits-all product because I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want their hair to be better hydrated and softer."

Fibre fixer

The Hair Boss The Double Hair Mask, buy it here for £19.99

A two-phase mask to revive bleached and dry lengths. Apply the hair fibre-repairing mask one to wet lengths, then comb through the deeply hydrating mask two immediately after.

Zoe says: "The first mask has a very runny texture, so was a little tricky to apply without spilling it everywhere. The second has a gloopy texture and isn’t easy to scoop. Having said that, it’s worth the effort because my dry, split-end prone hair looked and felt so much better after leaving both on for 15 minutes."

Strand strengthener

Pantene Pro-V Strong & Long Keratin Reconstruct Mask, buy it here for £4.99

This is made with bamboo and biotin, which help strengthen the hair strands and reduce hair loss, caused by styling and heat damage.

Lynne says: "I’ve tried plenty of expensive hair masks but this one, for under a fiver, trumps most. My hair felt different even as I was rinsing it out – not only was it silky to touch, there just seemed to be more swish and substance to it as well. After blowdrying, it was smooth, glossy and looked thicker. Love it!"

Shine enhancer

Aussie SOS Repair Shine Treatment Shot, buy it here for £3.99

A 25ml supercharged shot to give your hair a weekly shine-enhancing boost. This is made with Australian superfruits to deeply nourish and banish lifeless lengths. Between now and May 20th, 100% of UK sales profits go to the WWF’s work repairing the devastation caused by the bushfire crisis.

Zoe says: "This mini was the perfect amount to coat my very long hair, so shorter lengths may get two uses. Smells fruity and delicious and I let it sit on damp hair for 20 minutes before washing as normal. My hair was much easier to comb and felt very soft."

Melting fix

We Are Paradoxx Mind Blown, buy it here for £40

Meet the world’s first-ever hair mask candle! Leave the wax to melt, pour the conditioning mix of shea and cocoa butters and avocado oil into your hands and then massage into your hair for a spa-like treatment. Leave for 10 mins or overnight.

Lynne says: "As I dripped candle wax into my palms, I couldn’t help thinking of Madonna’s infamous Body Of Evidence sex scene. My hair looked disgusting smothered in wax overnight, but the treatment washed out easily and I was impressed by the silky result. It’s a bit of a faff, but I’d use it again if I fancied an intensive fix."

Get the most out of your mask

  • "I’d recommend using a mask once a week, but if your hair feels or looks more damaged than usual, you can increase to two or three times a week," says Lisa Shepherd, celeb colourist and founder of The Hair Boss.

  • "There’s no need to go overboard with your mask – a little product can go a long way. Start with a two pound coin-sized amount, then use a little more if really needed. Concentrate most of the product on the ends," Lisa advises.

  • "Read the instructions to see how long to leave it on for," says Lisa. "Some people like to sleep in masks, which works too, but it may feel too heavy for some fine hair types."

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How to deal with overgrown roots, according to a hair colour expert

Written by Hanna Ibraheem

Noticed regrowth at your roots? Here, a colour expert explains how to hide your roots during lockdown.

Have you debated changing your hair during lockdown? Maybe it’s cutting your own hair. Perhaps you’ve been inspired by Normal People’s Marianne and decided to give yourself a fringe. Or maybe you’re reaching for a bottle of hair dye to refresh your colour. But what about outgrown roots?

As the days tick by and our hair slowly grows, those with coloured hair will notice their natural colour peeking out at the roots. For some, it’s a time to embrace their natural hair colour but others are in search of ways to cover up their roots. 

If you fall into the latter group, we asked Seniz Alkan, senior colourist at Neville Hair and Beauty, for her tips on dealing with outgrown roots. Her first piece of advice? Don’t assume you need box dye. 

“Attempting to apply colour at home could be dangerous as you may accidentally overlap colour resulting in serious breakage and damage,” says Alkan. “Home colour can take months to repair.”

”Changing the colour of your hair permanently isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly, because it changes the physical structure of your hair.”

Alkan also stresses that used incorrectly, the chemicals involved in colouring hair can have damaging effects. “Hair colour, for example, contains allergens that can cause a wide variety of allergic reactions, from cases of rashes and hives, to hospitalisation and even fatalities,” she explains.

“The most common allergen is paraphenylenediamine or PPD and is found in over 99% of permanent hair dyes. You may or may not be aware that it has been a legal requirement for all hairdressers to carry out patch tests prior to colour services.”

So, if you’d rather skip hair colour and chemicals, Alkan says there are a number of alternatives you can rely on.

“Look at other products such as L’Oréal Professionnel’s Root Touch Up Spray or Color Wow’s Root Cover Up. Even coloured dry shampoo will blend your regrowth.”

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“You could also adopt a nifty new parting,” says Alkan. “Side partings are better than centre partings to disguise regrowth. Pick yours depending on where most of your roots are.

“If you want to tie your hair up, a loose ponytail with volume is better than tight so the roots are less visible. Or simply sweep your hair into a top knot or put on a lovely chunky Alice band or elegant silk scarf.”

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Are YOU applying too little skincare? This clever photo shows just how much your skin really needs

You may know that you should be cleansing, moisturising and applying SPF daily – but do you know how much of each essential skincare product you should be using to really benefit from it?

The answer is probably no, unless you’re an expert. But top US dermatologist Dr Howard Murad has made it easier than ever to refine your skincare routine so you can reap the rewards, thanks to this clever graphic.

Using a hand for size guide, the image shows the ideal-sized blobs of eye cream, serum, cleanser, sunscreen, exfoliator and moisturiser you should be applying to your skin each time you use them.

You might be surprised to see some are probably far more than you’ve been slathering on.

So why do we need those exact amounts? And how often should you be applying each? Dr Murad, dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, explains…

Facial sunscreen

Apply it: Daily

How much? 10p size

“This should most definitely be applied daily so we can protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays from the sun – which can damage the skin and cause premature signs of ageing” Dr Murad says. “Any less than the 10p size and you might be missing some spots.”

He also highlights that the seemingly large blob is the ideal amount to give your skin and neck the full protection it needs and should be an essential part of your skincare regime, even if it’s cloudy (as rays can still penetrate through clouds).

Don’t forget, if you’re in direct sunlight or on holiday, you should top up your suncream every few hours as it can be rubbed or wiped off from sweat, water and towels.

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Moisturiser

Apply it: Twice daily

How much? 10p size

“As well as moisturising, this works to protect the skin barrier from environmental aggressors such as pollution, so you need the 10p amount to cover your full face," says Dr Murad.

If you can, use a specific night cream for your second application, as “while we sleep, the skin is healing and repairing so typically needs richer textures to renew the skin.”

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Cleanser

Apply it: Twice daily

How much? 5p size

“Cleansers often come in a highly concentrated form and are mixed with water, so we don’t need to use a lot of it to see a result,” Dr Murad notes. “A 5p amount when worked into the skin is more than enough.”

If you’re wondering why you need to cleanse twice a day, instead of just at night, it’s because cleansers remove the build-up of pollution, dead skin cells and make-up particles that often sit on your skin – even if you can’t see them. Your skin also produces oil at night which can clog pores if left to sit.

TOP TIP: If you wear a lot of make-up, remove it first with a micellar water so that your cleanser can properly get to the skin to remove all the remaining grime.

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Eye Cream

Apply it: Twice daily

How much? Pea-sized blob

“The eye area is very delicate and the skin is naturally thinner, so we must be careful not to overload it with cream and cause problems such as puffiness or bumps under the skin,” Dr Murad says. “So don’t be tempted to over-apply more than the pea-sized amount.”

You can use a small amount after cleansing and moisturising in the morning and evening.

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Serum

Apply it: Twice daily

How much? Pea-sized blob

“These are designed to be very concentrated formulas, so a smaller amount is all that’s needed to ensure we don’t over-stimulate the skin. The pea-sized amount is enough to absorb into the skin and get to work,” adds Dr Murad.

He also notes that a serum is “the most important step in your regime as they contain the highest potency of ingredients to treat the deeper layers of the skin”. So apply morning and night after cleansing to get optimal results.

TOP TIP: You can use different serums in the morning and at night. You may, for example, benefit from a vitamin C formula in the morning and a retinol-based serum at night.

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Exfoliant

Apply it : Once or twice a week (depending on the product)

How much? 5p-10p size

“Around a 5p-sized amount should be enough, as exfoliants have an important role to play in our routine but over-doing it could lead to irritation and sensitivity,” says Dr Murad.

“The skin renews every 28 days so it is important to remove dull surface cells to smooth and improve skin texture, brightness and clarity over time.”

You can get scrub exfoliators with bead-like particles, or ones with fruit acids – both deliver forms of exfoliation. Always check the back of your product to get the exact application advice as some AHA (fruit or glycolic) exfoliators can be quite powerful so if you start using one and find your skin flares up, stop using it and opt for a more gentle formula.

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How to Groom Your Own Eyebrows — Without Making a Disastrous Mistake

Whenever we've asked a makeup artist or esthetician about the right way to tweeze eyebrows at home, they've responded with one incredibly frustrating response: "Don't! Go see a professional."

Honestly, we understand. This answer totally eliminates the chance of you accidentally plucking them all out like you did in 1999, but since we're all under quarantine at the moment, and unable to make an appointment for eyebrow threading, waxing, or shaping, that advise is also really unhelpful.

Still, we're convinced there is a way for you to tweeze and groom your own brows at home without making a disastrous mistake. And with a little urging, we finally got the pros to share their best step-by-step tips for getting your brows in shape — all on your own. 

Step One: Prep Your Brows 

Remove any makeup to ensure you are starting with your bare, natural eyebrows. This eliminates the chances of you over-plucking or tweezing your eyebrows in the wrong areas. It'll also give you a clear view of those pesky stray hairs. "When removing hair, it is essential that the skin is makeup-free and cleansed," Glamsquad Artistic Director Kelli J. Bartlett says. "Use a makeup remover first to ensure the skin has no residual dirt or makeup." In a time crunch, you can always just use a makeup wipe. 

Applying heat to the area also helps. "Always take a shower or apply a warm compress before you tweeze your brows," Anastsia Soare, founder and chief executive of Anastasia Beverly Hills tells InStyle. "The heat opens up the pores so it’s much less painful. Make sure the skin is clean and dry, not greasy, and with no lotion or creams." 

Step Two: Gather Your Tools

You want precision for this task, and a slant-tipped tweezer allows you to easily grab hold of individual hairs. Bartlett swears by BrowGal Eyebrow Tweezers. You also can't go wrong with Tweezerman's Slanted Tweezer. 

Soare adds that you should also have a pair of thin-blade scissors handy just in case you need to trim a few hairs. She also warns that even if you're tempted, don't ever attempt to wax your eyebrows yourself — simply stick to tweezing for the time being. "It takes a lot of skill; you have to keep your eyes open, and the wax could drip, taking off more than you intended," she says. 

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Step Three: Figure Out Your Shape 

When the goal is cleaning up random hairs from your brows, celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo has a genius trick. "My first recommendation when using tweezers to clean up your brows is to start with a white pencil to outline your shape," he says. This allows you to see the way your eyebrows naturally grow and calls attention to the stray hairs growing out of place. Then, he recommends coloring in these stray hairs with the white pencil. "By doing this you see your shape before you pluck to stack the deck in your favor and give yourself a better chance of nailing it and scoring an identical set of brows," he notes. 

"The biggest mistake I see people make is trying to eyeball their shape," the makeup artist adds. "By not sketching the shape out ahead of time, they tend to quickly lose control and end up with brows that look like distant sisters and not identical twins."

If you don't have a white pencil at home, Soare offers another solution, and she's got a name for it and everything. "Start with the three steps of the Golden Ratio Shaping Technique: Brows should begin directly above the middle of your nostrils, brows should end where the corner of the nostril connects with the outer corner of the eye, and the highest point of the arch should connect the middle of the tip of the nose with the middle of the iris," she says. "This technique tailors your brow shape to your unique bone structure." 

Step Four: Get Started, But Start Slow 

This isn't something you should try to tackle in 10 minutes. "Take it slow, make it something you do on a lazy Sunday night — the more time you allot to getting comfortable shaping your brows, the better," Oquendo says. "I’ve for sure rushed through grooming myself in the past, and have definitely come out looking lopsided." 

When you are ready to get going, be sure to only grab hold of those tiny stray hairs to get a natural finish. And make sure to follow Bartlett's rule of thumb. "Pluck no more than two hairs at a time before stepping back and evaluating the shape," she says. "It is easy to get pluck-happy and take too much."

Isolate the hair by slowly lifting it up from the skin; gently pull it in the direction of the growth to avoid breaking it in half or irritating the skin. 

Step Five: Aftercare

Immediately after tweezing, Bartlett recommends cleaning your tweezers with soap or a facial cleanser to eliminate any lingering bacteria. If you experience any redness, Oquendo suggests patting on a soothing moisturizer, like the Shiseido Waso Jelly to the sensitized skin. Soare adds that a gentle toner or aloe vera gel will also do the trick. 

Step Six: Dress Them Up

Never apply makeup to irritated skin, but once it has calmed down, Soare says there are a plethora of products out there to take your brows to the next level. She recommends a few from her collection like Dipbrow Pomade, Brow Wiz, as well as Tinted Brow Gel — all of which have a cult following. But she's not going to pick favorites, that's totally up to you. "Try a few and see what works for you and your brows," she suggests. "And if you have the time, developing a several-step brow routine will always be best."

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Where To Get Glow Recipe’s New Watermelon Glow Toner For All The Hydration

Until about four years ago, I was ridiculously skeptical about toners. Like, you’re telling me I’m supposed to rub this watery stuff on my face every time I do my routine? What does it even do? Since becoming a beauty editor, I’ve learned my lesson and have since collected 8345934599203 toners. But now, there’s a new I’m actually pumped about. Enter: Glow Recipe’s new Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner, which launched on Sephora.com and GlowRecipe.com on Friday, April 17.

After cleansing your skin, you should apply a toner first, because, as co-CEO of Glow Recipe Christine Chang says, it "sets the tone" for the rest of your skincare. In addition to removing any excess, surface-level dirt or impurities from the skin, the molecules of a toner can penetrate into deeper layers of your skin to deliver a wealth of benefits, like hydration, nourishment, antioxidants, gentle exfoliation, and pore tightening, and it’ll prepare the skin to reap the benefits from the rest of your routine.

In the past, some toners on the market were harsh, drying, and made with mostly alcohol, which wreaked havoc on most people’s skin. However, toners now, particularly Glow Recipe’s latest, have finagled their formulas to carry the same benefits of a toner, but with more hydrating properties. The Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner ($34, Sephora) , specifically, is designed to help you achieve smooth, supple skin, with alllllll the hydration you need for a super dewy glow.


The formula contains a blend of actives meant to help minimize the appearance of pores, including polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), a combo of acids which help significantly improve skin’s texture by sloughing off dead cells in a way that’s still safe for sensitive skin. The toner is also made with 6% hyaluronic acid, which aids the skin in locking in moisture, as well as tea tree oil to soothe irritation, cactus water for antioxidants and electrolytes, and, naturally, watermelon for added hydration. Even better, the formula is cruelty-free, vegan, and devoid of all the things you effing hate to see: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and super drying alcohols.

When I tried this product just before launch, I was (spoiler) so pleasantly surprised, particularly because I had fallen into a slump with toners I was trying feeling too drying or harsh for my sensitive skin. After I cleansed with Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($34, Sephora), Chang walked me through using the new Watermelon Glow Toner. After shaking out a few drops into my hand, I rubbed the product between my palms and pressed it into my skin, which instantly felt hydrated to the touch and looked wildly glowy (but not the bad, sweaty kind of glow). I finished my skincare routine like usual, and the end result was a much more moisturized, dewy version of myself, with skin that looked like one even canvas:

What surprised me about adding the Watermelon Glow Toner to my routine was that this glow and dewiness stuck around a lot longer than usual. Whereas the residual glow from my skincare products sticks around, just not heavily, my skin was "I just walked out of a facial" dewy for almost eight hours. Bible. And after that, my skin still felt baby butt-level soft and moisturized through the remainder of the day.

If you want that good glow, too, Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner is available now on Sephora.com and on the Glow Recipe website.

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10 Temporary At-Home Hair Dyes To Try When You’re So Freaking Bored

If you’re bored beyond understanding, you may be looking to do something drastic. A great way to achieve a new look without taking scissors to your head or permanently changing (a potentially damaging) your hair is to try temporarily dyeing it at home. All you need for the process is a pair of gloves, a towel over your shoulders, a very well-ventilated room, and a cool new color. Here are some of the best temporary, at-home hair dyes you can use to fill some hours and end up with a new look the safer way.

I’ve been bleaching and dyeing my hair in the confines of my bathroom for almost six years now, so I consider myself an educated amateur on the topic. First and foremost, I recommend always buying a second box of whatever temporary dye you’re using. Usually, you have more hair than you think you do, and you really want to get every strand with the new color if you’re planning on doing your whole head. If you’re mixing colors, only use plastic or glass bowls, because metal can oxidize the dye and potentially change its color.

If your hair color is dark, some products likely won’t show up in it, so always read the product description to see if it’s suitable for darker hair. And lastly, try to be organized whilst dyeing; section out your hair to ensure you don’t miss any parts. Also, before applying dye to your whole head, do a test strip on the under portion of your hair to make sure you like the color.

Although dyeing your own hair sounds like a very daunting task, it only takes an hour or two in time tops. Having a second person on deck, even if they don’t touch your hair, is a great way to ensure you don’t miss any chunks on the back of your head. Even if you don’t love your new color, a temporary dye will usually only last about a month’s time — although, in my experience, blue sticks around for a long time, so be forewarned. Revamping your hair is a fun way to add some color and change to your day to day with as much or as little commitment as you want. Check out these temporary at-home dyes, find your favorite color, and get started.

If you want to play with colors that only last between hair washes, try Poser Paste ($18, Good Dye Young) from Good Dye Young. Created by Hayley Williams of Paramore, Good Dye Young promises vibrant color. Essentially, Poser Paste is hair makeup that goes on as easily as lipstick and won’t get on any of your clothes. Available in eight colors, this paste lets you play with fun colors without any commitment.

For longer-lasting color, Sephora Collection’s Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($12, Sephora) brings pigment-packed color that fades in about 10 washes. It comes in vibrant pink, purple, and turquoise colors. If your job doesn’t allow colored hair and you’re looking for something to try during a longer vacation, this is a great option.

Often, dyeing your hair means damaging it, but not with Moroccanoil’s Color Depositing Mask ($28, Moroccanoil). While the product deposits a bright color or something more natural into your hair as you use it, the argan and apricot kernel oil formula deeply conditions. Whether you’re refreshing your dyed hair as you wait to get a salon appointment or trying something new out, this mask will leave your hair looking silky and healthy.

L’Oréal’s Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($11, L’Oréal) dyes hair without peroxide or ammonia and gradually fades with every shampoo. By mixing the dye with conditioner, you can achieve a lighter, more pastel look (and hydrate your hair in the process). Be aware, though, that this dye tends to work best on light hair.

For something even less permanent, L’Oréal’s Colorista 1 Day Hair Color Spray ($10, L’Oréal) works on all textures and shades of hair. To use, just spray 4 to 6 inches away from the head, and then, wait as the color dries and brightens. If you’re looking to dye your hair for just a day or two, this is a great option.

Another fun hair color spray is Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair Rainbow Mist ($14, Lime Crime). These sprays don’t bleach or damage the hair, but rather, it just coats strands in powerful color. There are eight shades ranging from silver to purple to rose pink that work on any starting shade of hair. Just remember to wash it out before going to bed to avoid staining any of your pillowcases.

Hair chalk is one of the easiest ways to dye select sections of your hair. A simple, one-wash-out way to get as many colorful streaks in your hair as you could ever dream of is to use Hot Huez Temporary Hair Chalk ($10, Sally Beauty). The four colors are pigment-packed, and all you have to do is slide the chalk over your hair for a pop of color.

If you’re looking for just a temporary root fix, Garnier’s Express Retouch ($10, Garnier) is a quick solution. The water-resistant formula is safe from rain or sweat but still washes out easily. And rather than coating your whole head, you can just apply this powder to your part and around your face for the best coverage.

If you’re nervous about dyeing your hair, Overtone offers an easy solution and a simple application process. Its Coloring Conditioner ($29, Overtone) gently deposits color into hair and is easy to apply without staining your hands. This product uses coconut oil, shea butter, and avocado oil to strengthen and smooth hair, so you can achieve bright colors while keeping your hair strong. This deep treatment mask also makes it easy to refresh your color whenever it starts to fade, sans the very careful process of dyeing hair.

Manic Panic’s Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel ($10, Ulta) features neon shades that glow under blacklight, metallics, and regular vibrant colors that come out in one wash. Comb it out for a softer effect like hair chalk or leave the gel in thick for strong color.

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