Your A-Z guide to the season's hottest beauty buzzwords-stem cells, sulfates, stain makeup!-and straightforward definitions to match. Plus, we've got over 100 easy ways for you to transform your look for summer!
#1. Airbrush Makeup
Formerly only in the hands of professional makeup artists, airbrush makeup is now available to the masses in the form of new at-home air compressor systems that allow you to precisely apply liquid foundations, blushes, and bronzers. For PhotoShop-perfect skin that lasts, stock up on replacement formulations that contain cellulose fillers for longer wear.
#2. Balayage Highlights
Call it free-form highlights. Unlike traditional highlights, in which hair is folded in foil, the balayage process involves hand-painting peroxide-based dyes on the ends of hair to replicate grown-out sun-kissed locks.
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#3. Dry Shampoo
A long-time staple of hairstylists' prep kits, these powdered "shampoos" (available in aerosol and non-aerosol varieties) absorb oils for instantly fresher-looking locks. They can also be used to add texture and hold when creating extravagant updos.
#4. Gel Manicure
These salon-only manicures entail coating the nail with a pigmented gel formula and letting it harden for a few minutes under a UV lamp. No drying time after that, this nail look won't chip-really!-for up to three weeks.
#5. Kohl Eyeliner
Favored by pros for lining the sensitive inner rim of the eyelid, kohl has been a key ingredient in eyeliners for millennia. Fans have ranged from Cleopatra (scientists concluded it was her product of choice) to pop-tart Katy Perry.
Unlike highlights, which lighten select strands a few shades, lowlights darken sections of your hair to add contrast and depth to your mane. Women with finer hair can benefit from their volume-enhancing effect.
There's more to probiotics than Jamie Lee Curtis-approved yogurt. These healthy bacteria-that naturally occur in fermented foods and yogurt-improve digestion and boost immunity when ingested to help prevent yeast infections, eczema, and acne breakouts.
#8. Stain Makeup
A longer-lasting alternative to lipstick and blush, stains add color by temporarily saturating skin with water-based dyes (think food coloring but less potent). Cheek stains are often gel- or water-based, allowing for smoother application, and lip stains don't contain wax (unlike lipstick), allowing for kiss-proof pouts.
#9. Stem Cells
When it comes to your beauty drawer, it's plant-based stem cells-not human ones-that you'll find. Stem cells harvested from botanitcals, like roses, apples, and grapes, stimulate the growth of your own skin cells to promote younger-looking skin.
These chemical agents might make your cleanser foam, but they can also strip your skin's natural oils and cause fading for color-treated strands. Those with sensitive skin (or expensive dye-jobs) should consider sulfate-free beauty products.
When used in hot tools, this natural crystal has a negative ionic charge that helps smooth hair cuticles and eliminate frizz. It also emits infrared heat when warmed, which cuts down styling time (meaning less hair damage).
This mechanical device works like a series of tiny tweezers and removes multiple body hairs by simultaneously pulling them out at the root. Fun fact: Epilation is the most common form of body hair removal in Eastern Europe.
#13. Oscillating Makeup
These new vibrating mascara wands and powder applicators live up to their buzz by evenly distributing product over lashes and skin while stimulating glow-enhancing circulation.
#14. Ammonia-Free Hair Dyes
Ammonia-free dyes don't open up the hair fiber as much as ammonia-based options. Using them results in less damage and healthier, softer locks post-coloring.
#15. Kabuki Brush
Named after a style of Japanese theater famous for its heavy makeup, these brushes-you'll spot 'em by their short handles-are designed to easily sweep powder over the face for full coverage.
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