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PUT LIPSTICK ON YOUR CHEEKS
Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I can never get blush to stay on my cheeks, so by noon I tend to resemble a vampire. Rather than carry my entire makeup bag with me, though, I just refresh the color when I reapply my lipstick (right now I'm using NARS in Dolce Vita). I tap my fingers against my lips to set the shade, then rub the excess lipstick over my cheekbones like cream blush.
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HEAT UP YOUR LASH CURLER
Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: When I lived in Mexico, I tried to master the technique women there use: curling their lashes with a spoon. But I never could so I adopted this move, which works even better in my opinion: Hit your curler with a hairdryer (set on low) for a few seconds before using it. You'll get a more defined, longer-lasting curl.
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LINE YOUR UPPER RIMS
Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director: I know, it sounds scary (and looks even scarier) but lining your rim of your upper lid makes your eyes pop and your lashes look thicker. The trick is to use a waterproof liner (I'm loving the new Sephora Contour 12HR Wear formula) and trace all the way from the inner to the outer corners. Blink a few times to transfer the pigment to your lower lids for a sexy, smudgy effect.
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TREAT YOUR EYES TO VASELINE
Nicole Mazur, Deputy Art Director: Instead of makeup remover, I use Vaseline to take off waterproof mascara. It's so gentle and effective, plus it moisturizes the skin around my eyes rather than drying it out. Just dab it on with your finger then wipe it away with a cotton ball.
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LAYER YOUR MASCARAS
Maddy Zollo, Assistant Beauty Editor: I always layer two different mascaras on top of each other rather than doing the typical two coats of just one type of mascara. I start with volumizing then I use a lengthening formula, concentrating on the outside and bottom lashes to make sure they are more defined.
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DITCH LIP LINER FOR COCONUT OIL
Jackie Fields, Writer-Reporter: Since I refuse to use a lip liner, I often "color outside the lines" when applying lipstick. To clean up any mishaps, I dip a pointed Q-tip in coconut oil (any kind works, even the cheapo stuff they sell at the grocery store) then use it as a "tool" to perfect my lip line. I've found it cleanly wipes away even the darkest colors.
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MASSAGE IN YOUR MOISTURIZER
Andrea: Celeb facialist Nichola Joss (the brand ambassador for Sanctuary Spa who's actually touched Angelina Jolie's face), recently told me that it's not enough to just apply face lotion, you have to really rub the stuff into your skin. I'm talking give yourself a full-on face massage to boost circulation and help the active ingredients penetrate. I've been doing it with Lifeline Stem Cell Moisture Serum and my skin looks more radiant.