A Roundup of Gorgeous Urban Decay Naked Smoky Looks! For this week's Friday Favorites, we've rounded up stunning Naked Smoky looks for daytime and evening.

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@daniellerobertsmua

Urban Decay caused a near-riot this summer when they announced the latest addition to their Naked collection: the Naked Smoky palette. You may be thinking…why do I need another palette? What sets it apart? Keep reading and you’ll see – guarantee you can’t get through this post without running to Sephora.com to add it to your cart! It’s a beautifully packaged palette (seriously, can it get more gorgeous than that smoky, translucent case?!) that has everything you need: crease shades, transition shades, mattes, satins and shimmers. Plus, it’s extremely versatile – you can use it during the day or for super-dramatic evening looks. Check out some of our favorite Naked Smoky looks, below!

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How to Perfectly Straighten Your Hair with a Flat Iron

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There’s no better feeling than walking out of the hair salon with sleek, shiny, straight hair. The only downside? It can get expensive! Depending on where you go, it’s possible to spend upwards of $200 a month getting your hair straightened. Save that cash by investing in a good flat iron, heat protectant products and learning how to perfectly straighten your hair at home. Read on for a step-by-step guide to a gorgeous DIY blowout.

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10 Primers to Keep Your Makeup On!

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10PRIMERS

Ever wonder why some people look flawless all night long, and you have raccoon eyes and creasing three hours into the party? Primer, especially during warm summer nights, is something that’s not up for debate. It will, without a doubt, transform the way your makeup applies and lasts throughout the day and night. For such an important part of the beauty routine, it amazes me how many people seem to skip this step or don’t even know what about it. (If you want to a primer refresher course, click HERE.) Beauty novices often complain about shadow that doesn’t go on smoothly, cracks or creases and wonder what to do about it. The answer is simple: prime, prime, prime! Read on for our favorite face and eye primers that will completely change the way you go about makeup.

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A Roundup of Bronzed Beauties!

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As I was preparing this blog post, I asked one of my friends if she knows what I mean when I say ‘the J.Lo Glow.’ She immediately responds, “obviously. It’s what we all strive for.” It’s that perfect, sun-kissed, bronzed, glowy look that’s become popular thanks to the one and only Jennifer Lopez and her makeup artist, Scott Barnes. Keep scrolling for a roundup of our favorite bronzed beauty looks from social media…plus, the products they used to get that glow!

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A Guide to Multi-Masking: What You Need to Know about the New Viral Trend

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Multi-masking, more commonly known as #multimasking, is the latest viral beauty trend. Just search the #multimasking hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or any other social media and you’ll see hundreds of posts on the topic. Seems like there’s a new one every few weeks – hello, strobing! Multi-masking is an internet sensation we can definitely get behind, unlike some of the other ‘trends’ (cough, Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge, cough). Multi-masking is all about using a bunch of different masks, rather than one, to target different skin concerns at once. Why would you use a blackhead remover on an area with zero blackheads? It makes no sense. Plus, it’s a perfect way to use up all of those foil sample packets you get from department stores and Sephora. I feel like I have over a hundred in my vanity, bathroom and scattered around my room, and now they’ll finally get put to use. To get more details on this new trend, keep reading!

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HOW MICELLAR WATER CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Monday Must-Haves: 10 Micellar Waters

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MICELLAR WATER BENEFITS

There’s always a new ‘miracle product’ in the beauty world. “This will get rid of your undereye circles after two uses!” “Your wrinkles will disappear!” These magical products are, almost always, overhyped, a little disappointing and (worst case scenario) make your skincare issues even worse. That’s why I was hesitant when I first heard of micellar water – an all-in-one product that can act as a makeup remover, cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Too good to be true? Nope, this stuff actually works! With just one product, you can streamline your routine and vanity. No more fumbling through tons of serums, creams and oils. Micellar water can save you both time and money.

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Before and After: Incredible Makeup Transformations

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Earlier this summer, YouTube beauty guru NikkieTutorials posted a video to her channel that proved “the power of makeup.” The video was intended to shut down outspoken makeup haters and shamers, and it sparked a viral movement. (The power of the Internet, too!) People all over the world began posting photos to social media of their half-made-up faces, to show that they’re beautiful both with and without makeup. Gorgeous Samantha Ravndahl also posted her before-and-after, above, a while back, which really put her on the map. Makeup isn’t about hiding or being ashamed of who you are – it’s about feeling confident, having some fun and loving yourself. Scroll through for some of our favorite before & after transformations that prove #ThePowerofMakeup!

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How to Apply Mascara Like a Pro!

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How to Apply Mascara Like a Pro

Mascara is a crucial component of many people’s makeup routines, but there’s more to this step than a simple sweep across your brows. To get long, full, fluttery lashes that open up your eyes, you need to get your technique down. No one wants clumpy lashes (unless that’s what you’re into…)! To learn how to apply mascara like a pro, keep reading!

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THIS SUMMER’S TOP SUNSCREENS

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SUNSCREENS

By now, everyone knows that using sunscreen should be a non-negotiable part of your everyday routine. Not only does it protect your skin from harmful rays, but it can prevent aging, sun spots and more. Thankfully, as the importance of using SPF becomes more well-known, companies are releasing new formulas that are lightweight and comfortable to wear. No more sticky, white, heavy lotions! Keep scrolling for ten of our sunscreen favorites.

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A Roundup of Liquid Lipstick Looks! Liquid lipstick looks for this week's FRIDAY FAVORITES!

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Has there been a new beauty product that’s been more of a sensation than liquid lipsticks? It’s such a great feeling to know that you can put on a vivid color and not have to worry about it feathering, bleeding or fading throughout the night. You never have to worry about leaving your lip marks on a glass, tissue or cheek again. Keep scrolling for our favorite looks (like Teni Panosian, above, in ColourPop’s Succulent) from a wide variety of brands, from drugstore to luxury to indie.

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