From the daily archives: "Wednesday, April 22, 2015"

makeup

As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, we humans have an inexplicable urge to clean everything around us and get rid of all the junk we’ve hoarded over the long winter. This phenomenon is called “spring cleaning,” and this year, be sure to hit your makeup collection with a little tough love. According to the FDA, cosmetic companies are not required to print expiration dates on labels of their products, but find a timeline for when to toss your collection staples in the notes. –– Olivia Paladino

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bridalhome

Bridal Fashion Week kicked off last Thursday in New York City. That means designers, future brides and celebrities flocked into Manhattan to see the latest wedding styles from Oscar De La Renta, Marchesa, and of course, Vera Wang. Between the tulle and silk, there were a number of beauty looks, from the classic to the ethereal that stood out. I’m personally excited about the bohemian waves and braid wedding styles, which looked especially new. To see my favorite looks from the shows, click through to style notes, and prepare to be wowed. (But also be careful, these styles will have you hankering for a walk down the aisle.) –– Michelle Rotbart

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casual

Looking polished –– intentionally put together –– is great for job interviews and court appearances. But let’s be honest: most of the time we don’t want to look like we’re trying too hard. We want to look gorgeous in an easygoing, approachable, natural way. But how do you pull off effortlessly beautiful without running the risk of looking lackadaisical? Click the style notes to find out. –– Laura Martin

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contrast color

Clearly defined boundaries provide stability: they make things feel more solid. Placing a contrasting color at the edge of your hair makes your hair look thicker, highlights the texture, and makes your color pop. This look is especially good for fine hair because it adds visual density. Learn how to select colors, where to place them, and how to apply them in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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