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Gabrielle Union: How 'Selfies' Can Work to Your Beauty Advantage

Jul/22/2013 at 12:16 PM ET

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PEOPLE StyleWatch editors were uniformly obsessed with Gabrielle Union’s stunning glow at a pre-ESPYs event last week. So imagine our delight when the Being Mary Jane actress told us she achieved it completely on her own.

“I can do my own hair and makeup and not look completely crazy!” she told PEOPLE. “[But] you just don’t have that same confidence as if a professional did it. My friends were on watch all night.”

She also relies on her friends for makeup advice before she gets to the event. “Sanaa Lathan is one of my best friends, and she believes there’s no such thing as too much blush,” Union shared, so that night, “I used a Sanaa trick where I used a ton of blush. Provided it’s not too deep for your skin tone, your face can generally hold more [color] in a well-lit area, like a red carpet.”

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Jessica Alba's 5 Beach Essentials (Abs Not Included)

Jun/13/2013 at 06:06 PM ET

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We can help you buy her bikinis – the body, we can’t do anything for. Famous for her rock-hard figure, Jessica Alba always looks flawless while enjoying a day at the beach. So how does she manage to stay stylish even when basking in the sun? The actress let’s us in on her summer essentials.

1. Kick off your heels and slip on some flats! “I’m always on the go during the summer, so I love shoes like Jenni Kayne’s D’Orsay flats,” says the mom of two, “They’re light and easy to [take off]—that way I can jump right into playing with my girls.”

2. Buy more than one pair of these vibrant shades from Knockaround because, Alba advises “they come in a ton of great colors and, if they get lost at the beach, they are not too expensive to replace.”

3. Invest in a chic cover-up. Sure, this Tory Burch caftan is a bit pricy, but it’s like three outfits in one (plus you’re saving on the sunglasses!). “This a great summer cover-up because it allows you to easily transition from the pool, to an afternoon lunch, to alfresco dinner,” Alba explains. “Super-chic and easy to wear.”

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Why Is This Self-Tanning Kit So Amazing?

May/27/2013 at 06:00 AM ET

It would be impossible to determine exactly how many self-tanners editors here have tried over the years, but we’d venture a guess of, oh, every single one out there. We refused to stop in our search until we’d found one that is easy to apply, doesn’t streak, doesn’t look orange, dries quickly and smells so good. This Xen-Tan self-tanning kit fits all our requirements.

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Stars' Secret Weapon for Bronzed, Flawless Skin

May/13/2013 at 06:00 AM ET

This month, we trade in our jeans for cutoffs, our sweaters for tanks, our lazy-Sunday loungewear for bikinis and (if we’re feeling bold) our full-sized shirts for crop tops. Which is why we’re also stocking up on Prtty Peaushun’s “Skin Tight” body lotion, the smoothing, perfecting, beautifying, glow-inducing product that Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna rely on when they’re showing a lot of skin.

Hear the interesting story behind Prtty Peaushun, find out why it works so well at covering up cellulite and other imperfections then click the product below the video (or click here) to order. And be sure to enter STYLE15 if you’re a new Joyus customer to receive 15% off your order.

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We Tried It: Kardashian Sun Kissed Self Tanner

Apr/18/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

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This week, style news editor Alex Apatoff wonders if she could hack it as a Kris Jenner offspring.

There are two things I’ve never really understood: self-tanner and the Kardashians. Admitting to being clueless about both of those things makes me somewhat of an anomaly in our celeb-and-beauty-obsessed office, but despite my best efforts, I just haven’t been able to come around on either concept.

So when a flashy gold bag emblazoned with the word KARDASHIAN arrived at my desk stuffed with the sisters’ latest beauty venture, Kardashian Sun Kissed, I decided it was time to confront my fears in the name of science. And true to the scientific method, I had my hypothesis even before I began: I was going to hate it.

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Ouch! See Kelly Osbourne's Awful Sunburn - and Learn How to Prevent One of Your Own

Apr/18/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

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You’d think after Kelly Osbourne’s recent health scare, she would be extra-careful these days. But on Wednesday, the E! Fashion Police co-host, 28, shared a photo of a major health no-no on Twitter: a terrible sunburn. “I’m smart!” she sarcastically Tweeted, along with the pic of her bright red back and intense tan lines.

We feel for her, but as any good PEOPLE StyleWatch reader knows, the first step to having fun in the sun is protecting yourself from it. If you’re already in the summer mindset, it’s time to get prepared now — and these three products have you covered.

For Face: Besides protecting your mug with a cute summer hat, try Clarins SPF 30 Face Sun Screen. It’s not greasy and smells delicious. The brand also makes a special lotion for your eyes, which combats wrinkles and won’t cause irritation.

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For Body: Toss this cute Yes to Cucumbers SPF stick in your everyday bag — it won’t take up much real estate and has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

For your bigger vacation bag, Neutrogena’s new beach defense line is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and comes in an SPF 85. It’s got your back (but get a cute guy to get your back too — just for fun).

For Overexposure: And if you find yourself in the same painful boat as Kelly (tsk!), natural remedies work best. We swear by aloe vera, shaving cream (cools the skin for immediate relief) and Vitamin E as a triple threat that takes the sting out fast.

Tell us: What’s your favorite safe sun product?

–Brittany Talarico


Coachella and Beyond: The Zoe Report Styles You For Any Music Festival

Apr/15/2013 at 12:24 PM ET

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Since we love all things fashion and beauty, we want to bring you as much on-trend style scoop as we can! So we’ve partnered with the pros at The ZOE Report, a daily newsletter created by Rachel Zoe, to talk clothing, makeup, accessories and more. This week, they share six must-haves to make the most of your music festival attendance.

Music festival season is upon us, and we’re ringing in the occasion with a bevy of concert-appropriate pieces. With an embroidered floral dress as our cornerstone, we styled a hippie-chic look that’s you’ll want to wear, whether you’re attending Coachella, BottleRock or Bonnaroo. We even included a cute camera in the mix, so you’ll have no excuse to not take plenty of rockstar snaps!

Clockwise from top left: Bop Basics bag ($65); Juicy Couture dress ($228); Shiseido face sunscreen ($32); Cynthia Vincent sandals ($248); Nikon Camera ($109); Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ($110).

Tell us: Are you going to any music festivals this summer? What’s your concert uniform?


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