Del Sandeen: Guide to Black Hair
Buy natural products from the health food store and make your own hair care products. Natural oils like coconut, almond and jojoba go a long way, so in the long run, it’s cheaper than buying commercial. Plus, you can use many of these same products on your skin, so it’s like getting two (or more) products in one!
Gerrie Summers: Guide to Multicultural Beauty
While there are more foundations and concealer shades on the market for skin of color than several years ago, many women of color still have a problem with finding the right match for their skin tone.
First, it’s important to test foundation colors in natural light. A shade that is too light or too dark will look like a mask. You need to find the perfect match, even if it means going to a professional for a makeover or to a company that custom blends (or mixing a couple of shades on your own). Once you know your exact shade, you can match it to a less expensive brand if you wish.
Also take into consideration these three important things that can also affect how foundation will look on you: skin tone, undertone and skin type. I have dry skin and I won’t go near oil-free formulas!
Cassandra Morris: Guide to Proms/Formal Dances
You just got home from school or work, and have to be at a party in an hour! Instead of spending thirty minutes blending eyeliner and eyeshadow into a perfect smoky eye, go for a pair of red lips instead. Start with a bare eyelid. Curl your eyelashes and apply a couple coats of mascara. Then, line your lips with red lipliner, filling in your top and bottom lip as well. Use your favorite red lipstick (I love MAC) over the liner. Blot, then apply a coat of clear balm to give it a shine (I like Kiehl's). Touch up your powder and blush. Voila! In just about five minutes, you've got a killer evening makeup look.
Jen Hubley: Guide to Budget Style
I'm a big budget shopper all the time, but I especially like buying myself little treats in the winter. For those of us who are believers in retail therapy, there's nothing cheerier than a new nail polish or a great, cheap face mask. You can find amazing products at the drugstore for about what you'd pay for a fancy cup of coffee -- and the budget beauty products last longer and don't have funny names.
Kristen Nunez: Guide to Accessories
Once you decide you'd like to buy an item, take a minute to search the web for a discount code. You never know what coupon codes are floating around the Internet at the time. Do a quick search for the website you are shopping at, followed by the word "code", "discount code" or "coupon code". For example, if you're shopping at OldNavy.com, search for "Old Navy code", "Old Navy discount code" or "Old Navy coupon code". It might lead you to anything from a blog post to a coupon website, or maybe even a tweet or comment somewhere. Either way, you never really know what you might find, and it's always worth a shot.
Naomi Torres: Guide to Hair Removal
Regular exfoliation is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent ingrown hair that you get after waxing or shaving. Why? Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that pile up on skin and influence the hair to grow back into the skin, causing the bumps, redness, and sometimes pain and infection.