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CHEAT ON YOUR CONDITIONER ... WITH A MASK
Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: Celeb hairstylist Sarah Potempa recently did my hair (see photo at left!) and very nicely hinted that my hair was pretty damaged. (I blame the fact that I’ve been blowing it out every day since it’s too cold to let it air dry.) She suggested ditching my conditioner three times a week – something I’d thought was practically illegal – and replacing it with this three-minute mask. Already, my hair feels way softer and healthier.
Buy It! Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Treatment, pgestore.com, $5.99
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IN HD (OR GOING #NOFILTER)? POWDER UNDER YOUR EYES
Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Style Editor: Anytime I do a morning TV appearance, I dread hearing the words “arrive camera-ready.” But last fall, a makeup pro shared her secret weapon with me: Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder. It’s meant for contouring and highlighting, but she uses it to brighten under-eye circles without creating a caked-on effect (just be sure to blend really well). It’s such a miracle worker, I use it even when I’m not in front of the camera.
Buy It! Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder, rickysnyc.com, $19.99
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USE MOISTURIZER TO WASH YOUR FACE
Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style & Beauty Director: I’d like to say my tip came from a professional makeup artist or a celeb-loved derm, but my boyfriend Kris is just a software engineer who happens to wash his face with Cetaphil lotion and got me hooked on doing the same. His argument is that it’s gentler, but still gets rid of oil (and in my case, makeup) – perfect for winter. And rather than rinsing it all off, I leave some on the skin then rub it in as a post-wash moisturizer.
Buy It! Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, cvs.com, $10.79
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TAKE THE SPRING OUT OF YOUR CURLS
Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: The stylists at Marie Robinson Salon are masters of bedhead waves. One trick I picked up from watching them in action: After you release a section of hair from the curling iron, tug the bottom while it cools down. This stretches out the curl so the result is more beachy than bouncy.
Buy It! Amika clip-free curler, bloomingdales.com, $105
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DO THIS BEFORE BLOWING OUT YOUR HAIR
Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I recently learned from a celeb makeup artist that she slathers on tons of lip moisturizer before the star gets her hair done, so when it’s time for makeup, the lips are in great shape. It’s so much smarter than my old “slap on lip balm two seconds before lipstick” routine. And I’ve added my own step: Exfoliate right out of the shower, then apply the balm. So I get about an hour of deep hydration, and my lipstick has never gone on smoother or looked better.
Buy It! Jouer Lip Enhancer, jouer.com, $14; Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, fresh.com, $22.50
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RECONSIDER THE EYEBROW PENCIL
Brittany: When you trust someone enough to shape your brows, you’ll basically listen to anything she says. That’s why, when my thread master Angee told me about this pencil – to fill in those pesky sparse spots that I over-tweezed in high school – I was totally game to test it out. The fine tip gives the appearance of tiny hairs so it looks natural, not like those drawn-on old-lady brows I used to associate with eyebrow pencils.
Buy It! Anastasia Brow Wiz, anastasia.com, $21
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TELL YOUR COLORIST YOU OFTEN WEAR YOUR HAIR UP
Zoë: While doing my highlights, Joel Warren of Warren Tricomi once asked if I wear my hair in a ponytail or a bun a lot. I wondered why that mattered, but said yes (I do topknots with the velvet elastics you see in the photo to avoid breakage) and even though I was getting just partial highlights, Joel lifted up my hair and painted a few on the section that would show when my hair was up. Now it doesn’t look like I have a color-block mane when it’s in a bun – and I plan to always mention my updo tendencies at future appointments.
Buy It! Goody Ouchless velvet elastics, target.com, $5.38
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USE YOUR MASCARA AS LINER
Andrea: I thought I knew every mascara tip in the world until Chanel celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin blew my mind with her three-step application method. And yes, one of the steps involves actually replacing your eye liner with mascara. Watch this video to see how it’s done.
Buy It! Chanel Inimitable mascara, chanel.com, $30