We know airbrushing is a reality. The models and celebs we see on the covers of our favorite magazines are almost always Photoshopped to achieve the insane level of perfection that has become standard.
While the debate continues (Are we teaching teenage girls to strive for something impossible? Is it right to idolize this kind of beauty? How much airbrushing is too much?), one BBC reporter, Tulip Mazumdar, wanted to know what it felt like to be the one having her imperfections erased virtually.
Tanning Diaries: A Faux-Glow Novice’s Guide to Faking It
I treat myself to a pedicure. Big mistake. The leg massage and scrub that felt so rejuvenating also had the effect of stripping away my lovely bronze color from my shins down. Sad face. Luckily I still have more product at home.
Avoid this tanning mishap (and other Snooki-level orange moments).
Let this Birchbox staffer’s foray into the world of fake tanner be your guide to more beautifully bronzed pastures.
For even more tips on how to score a perfectly even glow, here are tips from Birchbox’s resident self-tanning expert.
Show Some Skin
We’ll spare you the usual “bikini season” line. You know the deal: It’s summer, and you’ve got a closet full of sundresses begging to come out and play. The missing piece: bare-worthy limbs, preferably without a million squats and weekly spray tans.
Worry not—we’ve got shortcuts and troubleshooters that will make you confident about showing some skin, all summer long.
Trying to score a bronzed glow without all that sun damage? Here’s how to fake a tan without sunless tanner.
On Duty vs. Off Duty
In today’s round-the-clock work environment, “off duty” may sound like a quaint term. But when it comes to beauty regimens, even the most successful women draw a line between work and play.
These three awesome rock stars from the startup world share their power moves—from their fave outfits to the products they can’t leave home without—for the workplace and the weekend.
We all love a little pampering even off-duty. These 5 Luxe Beauty Products will have you feeling like a million bucks.
During the summer, humidity conspires to keep hair at all-time frizz levels. While it may seem like your uncontrollable locks have gotten the best of you, don’t give up hope just yet!
These frizz combating tips from Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist of New York’s Fox & Boy salon, will save both straight and curly hair from a frizz nightmare.
The easiest way to keep your frizz under wraps? With a head scarf. Try these 4 Glam (and Supereasy) Ways to Wear a Hair Wrap and call it a day.
The Product that Changed My Life: Robin Epstein
This forehead foliage obviously needed pruning ASAP. Otherwise, the freak hair would likely keep me from my destiny: meeting and marrying the stranger I was certain to encounter on the plane.
Read the rest of Robin’s hilarious story to find out more about the product that changed her life.
How To: Choose the Perfect Top Coat
This month, we’re turning the spotlight on this unsung, but totally crucial, member of your nail lineup. From the contender with the fastest drying time to the one that’s the best at preventing those unsightly chips, here are four of our favorite top coats that add staying power to any mani.
Need more mani advice? Be sure to check out our column, Mani Monday.