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15 Minutes and You’re Done: Beauty Tips

Who needs hours to get beautified? These quick hair and makeup tricks take just 15 minutes or less.

Makeup in Minutes

Quick Makeup Tricks
Tips that will improve your looks in no time.

Makeup Tips for 8 Common Problems
Two top-notch makeup artists helped Real Simple readers find the answer to their makeup conundrums—in their own cosmetic bags.

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17 Crazy-Easy Beauty Looks

Quick pro makeup tricks involve little effort but pay off in big “wow!” results.
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15-Minute Rejuvenating Beauty Treatment

Get a radiant complexion, shiny hair, and a brighter smile―without leaving home.
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13 Hot-Weather Makeup Secrets

How to look cool and pretty when the sun sizzles? Use these expert makeup tricks.
Photo: Susie Cushner

4 Easy Eye Makeovers

Four women brighten their entire look by playing up one key feature (see it and believe it). 
Photo: Greg Broom
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Nails in No Time

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The 5-Minute Pedicure
Having sleek feet does not necessarily involve lolling at the salon (though we have nothing against that). Groom your feet in just minutes.

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Quick Tricks to Make Your Manicure Last, and More
Easy tips for prolonging the life of your manicure, hair color, and makeup.

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Essential Beauty Products Checklist

Like air and water, some beauty products are absolute musts—whatever your skin type—say dermatologists.

  • Gentle cleanser No matter if it's a bar, a liquid, or a gel, a cleanser should suit your skin type and be mild enough to use two times a day.
  • Daily facial moisturizer with SPF 30 A high SPF ensures that skin is protected every day of the year. "Ones with antioxidants, like green tea, are terrific because they offer a second line of defense against UV damage," says David E. Bank, M.D., director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, in Mount Kisco, New York.
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen Pick up another sunscreen to use in place of your daily one on days when you're outside for an extended time, like on vacation or in the summer. "It's the single best anti-aging product on the planet," says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., vice president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. Look for one with stable UVA shields, like Mexoryl and Helioplex, which can be used on the body, too.

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