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    Cool collective: Fall’s best products

    Beauty editors are routinely asked to name three essentials they couldn’t live without on a desert island. So here’s our list: water, matches, protein bars. As much as we depend on beauty products, they’re not exactly essential to survival. These luxurious fragrances, nail polishes, and tools are no exception. They’re the anti-basics—hardly your medicine-cabinet staples. They won’t shrink pores or obliterate frizz, but they will make you weak with desire. And that’s a refreshing change of pace. Beyond just looking and feeling great, each of these cool new things appeals to our sense of style. How’s that for an SOS?

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    Flaming lips: The 8 hottest bright lipstick shades

    You could breeze through the rest of summer with the same sheer balm and nude gloss you always wear. Or you could throw caution to the wind and try one of these superfun, superbright lipstick shades we saw on the spring runways. True red, orchid purple, neon orange—these lipsticks are as bold as they are beautiful.

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    Hair how-to: 8 ways to upgrade your bun

    These buns are haute! Pretty twists spotted on this year’s runway put a couture spin on the go-to bun.

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    15 things your hairstyle says about you

    Your strands are saying more than you think. Not only can your facial features tell you a thing or two about yourself, "your hairstyle can also reveal things about you," Jean Haner, an expert in face reading and author of The Wisdom of Your Face, says. Here, Haner tells what your strands most likely are saying about you, based on her studies in 3,000-year-old face reading derived from Chinese medicine.

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    10 non-awkward ways to grow out your short haircut

    Realized that pixie or bob haircut isn't for you? Luckily, it is possible to make a graceful transition back to long.

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    This girl went without makeup for 200 days

    Could you go that long without using cosmetics?

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    13 women who are changing what it means to be "beautiful"

    From a young age, little girls learn the word "pretty," but in the last few years, everything has been changing — for the better.

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    12 stars who will convince you to wear your hair naturally curly

    You've seen many a star hit the red carpet in glamorous curls. But, most of the time, these coiled updos come courtesy of a curling iron, which leaves us craving some all-natural inspiration.

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    10 weird beauty ingredients that kind of creep us out

    We've done some strange things in the name of beauty (a butt facial for one), but these powerful ingredients would make us gag — if they didn't work so damn well.

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    All your beauty timing questions answered

    Maybe this sounds familiar: You fall in love with a sweet new face scrub and love it so much that you use it, oh, every day. Morning and night. Until your skin breaks out in protest. Or perhaps you’re in the once-a-year pedicure camp, and have to spend hours pumicing your callouses before even thinking about polish. Well, the laissez-faire approach stops now. It's not just which products you choose—but how often you deploy them. Here’s a quick rundown of how frequently you should be doing various at-home treatments.

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    Fire starters: Why red is the statement hair color of the summer

    From Edie Campbell’s tawny ginger to Kristen Stewart’s flaming hue, red is the statement hair color of the summer. After all, no one goes red quietly: Whether the effect is aristocratic or punk, its transformative power brings with it an undeniable drama that hasn’t been lost on the fashion set. “The thing most redheads will tell you is that they hate it when they’re kids because [of] teasing,” consummate redhead Jessica Joffe tells us in an email. “But as soon as you become an adult, everyone loves it. People never stop talking about it.” Perhaps that’s why Karen Elson, whose career first took off when she amped up her natural strawberry blonde to a fiery copper, has never looked back, and Stewart’s supernatural orange sparked headlines this summer. Meanwhile, Emma Stone’s new russet hues look so convincing, it’s hard to believe she was born blonde. Above, a look at summer’s best reasons to take the plunge.

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    The 50 most iconic updos of all time

    We're smack in the middle of wedding season, which means you could definitely use a pretty new way to wear your hair. From Anne Bancroft's ponytail in The Graduate to Janelle Monae's signature coif, get inspired by these signature styles.

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