5 Unexpected (and Unusual) Beauty Uses for Avocado

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We, along with the rest of the world, are absolutely crazy about avocados: they’re delicious, nutritious, packed with healthy fats, and can even be used to moisturize our skin and hair. We’ve used avocado as a hair mask, we’ve used it as a face mask, and now, we’re itching to see what other ways we can try to get the very most out of our avocados (besides eating them, of course). We think these five unusual avocado beauty uses are a pretty good place to start.

Revitalize your hair and scalp.
Lest you think that the only health and beauty benefits lie in the avocado itself, let us introduce you to the magic of avocado oil. Many of avocado’s beauty uses take advantage of its rich nourishing properties and healthy fats, so it makes sense that the lightweight oil derived from the fruit (yup) can help to soothe and moisturize a dry or dandruff-prone scalp. Dispense a few drops of oil in your hand and massage it into your scalp, then work it through the lengths and ends of your hair as well. It’s easily absorbed, which means it shampoos out clean, rather than lingering in the hair like some other oils we know (ahem, coconut).

Freshen your breath.
Weird but effective: avocado is, in fact, the best natural way to fight even chronic bad breath. The thick, creamy texture actually cleanses your mouth when chewed, and beyond that, the nutritious enzymes in avocado soothe the stomach and small intestines as they go down. Oftentimes chronic bad breath is caused by inflammation in the gastrointestinal system rather than something you just ate, so the fact that avocado addresses the issue at the source makes it a bonafide miracle cure. Kind of.

Soothe sunburn.
Fatty, creamy, and best served at room temperature, applying a paste of avocado to a gnarly sunburn helps to rehydrate the compromised skin and speed along the healing process, thanks to its incredibly nutrient-rich value. Your skin is at its most sensitive when you’re suffering from a sunburn, so it’s important to use gentle healing treatments, and avocado is the most gentle of them all. Furthermore, relatively new research has shown that fats and oils derived from avocados can actually help reduce sunburned cells and inflammation—so it isn’t just a placebo effect.

Ditch your shaving cream.
We can’t exactly picture a situation during which we’d have avocados on hand but not shaving cream, but hey, you never know. If you ever find yourself caught in that predicament—or, more likely, you’re just trying to go more natural with your beauty routine—both avocado flesh and avocado oil make the perfect lubricants for shaving. We don’t suggest that you run to the fridge and slather guacamole on your legs, but the smooth, rich texture of the avocado really works as a gentle, irritant-free shaving cream.

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5 Unexpected (and Unusual) Beauty Uses for Avocado

Jamie Grill/Tetra Images/Getty Images

Jamie Grill/Tetra Images/Getty Images

We, along with the rest of the world, are absolutely crazy about avocados: they're delicious, nutritious, packed with healthy fats, and can even be used to moisturize our skin and hair. We've used avocado as a hair mask, we've used it as a face mask, and now, we're itching to see what other ways we can try to get the very most out of our avocados (besides eating them, of course). We think these five unusual avocado beauty uses are a pretty good place to start.

Revitalize your hair and scalp.
Lest you think that the only health and beauty benefits lie in the avocado itself, let us introduce you to the magic of avocado oil. Many of avocado's beauty uses take advantage of its rich nourishing properties and healthy fats, so it makes sense that the lightweight oil derived from the fruit (yup) can help to soothe and moisturize a dry or dandruff-prone scalp. Dispense a few drops of oil in your hand and massage it into your scalp, then work it through the lengths and ends of your hair as well. It's easily absorbed, which means it shampoos out clean, rather than lingering in the hair like some other oils we know (ahem, coconut).

Freshen your breath.
Weird but effective: avocado is, in fact, the best natural way to fight even chronic bad breath. The thick, creamy texture actually cleanses your mouth when chewed, and beyond that, the nutritious enzymes in avocado soothe the stomach and small intestines as they go down. Oftentimes chronic bad breath is caused by inflammation in the gastrointestinal system rather than something you just ate, so the fact that avocado addresses the issue at the source makes it a bonafide miracle cure. Kind of.

Soothe sunburn.
Fatty, creamy, and best served at room temperature, applying a paste of avocado to a gnarly sunburn helps to rehydrate the compromised skin and speed along the healing process, thanks to its incredibly nutrient-rich value. Your skin is at its most sensitive when you're suffering from a sunburn, so it's important to use gentle healing treatments, and avocado is the most gentle of them all. Furthermore, relatively new research has shown that fats and oils derived from avocados can actually help reduce sunburned cells and inflammation—so it isn't just a placebo effect.

Ditch your shaving cream.
We can't exactly picture a situation during which we'd have avocados on hand but not shaving cream, but hey, you never know. If you ever find yourself caught in that predicament—or, more likely, you're just trying to go more natural with your beauty routine—both avocado flesh and avocado oil make the perfect lubricants for shaving. We don't suggest that you run to the fridge and slather guacamole on your legs, but the smooth, rich texture of the avocado really works as a gentle, irritant-free shaving cream.

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#WCW: Nicki Minaj

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If there's one woman we can't stop talking about after the 2015 VMAs, it's Nicki Minaj. Not only did she serve one of the most amazing beauty looks of the night, she also opened the show with a truly incredible performance, called Miley out live on stage AND won the award for Best Hip-Hop Video. Not bad for a night's work.

But Nicki is so much more than a professional thrower of shade: her music is incredible, she's been the highest paid woman in hip-hop for four years running and speaks out passionately about feminist issues. Plus, we love a woman who can work a pink wig the way that she can. For all these reasons and more, Nicki Minaj is our Woman Crush Wednesday. Check out the evolution of her beauty game over the last five years right here.

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At the American Music Awards in 2010, Nicki's out-there beauty style was developing—and girl was going big straight out of the gate. Note the light eyeshadow and dark liner, bubblegum-pink lips worn with black and pink hair.

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Following the release of Pink Friday, Nicki was a bonafide star—and her alter-ego had a colorful signature look to go along with it. The neon blue eyeshadow, long fake lashes and hot pink, hand-painted wig helped establish her Harajuku Barbie character and differentiate her from the ‘real' Nicki Minaj.

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Nicki has always cited fashion legend Betsey Johnson as one of her all-time biggest influences, and you can even see that in her beauty choices here. Teal hair, glitter eyeliner, grass-green shadow and baby-pink lips certainly constitutes A Lot Of Look, name one person who could pull this off half as well as Minaj does.

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By the time she swept the 2011 American Music Awards, Nicki was beginning to turn down the volume on her signature look. Her hair is still pink, but the retro curls give it a more sophisticated vibe. The false lashes are still long and thick, but the brows are more full and natural-looking. And without the heavy contouring, the candy pink lips provide the perfect focal point.

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By 2012, Nicki's look was still larger than life—but it was being executed in a more sophisticated way. Observe the subtle contacts, seriously perfected (but still dewy-looking) skin, beyond perfectly blended blush and glam glitter eyeshadow. And honestly, if one is going to wear a neon wig, the MTV VMAs are basically the perfect occasion for it.

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And just like that, in 2013, Nicki's look took a turn for the undeniably chic. At the Met Gala Ball, she paired wine-red lips with a double-tailed cat eye, higher arched Click Here For More

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How to Master Winged Eyeliner

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Hailee Steinfeld's cat eye liner is perfection. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Cat eyes are a classic beauty look, and we couldn't be happier that it's making a comeback. Winged liner has been huge on the red carpet recently, and it's shaping up to be a big look for Fall—but if you're like a lot of us, the feline flick can seem incredibly intimidating. The good news is that cat eye liner isn't as complicated or scary as it seems; it just requires a little practice and some know-how.

And nobody knows more about liquid eyeliner than we do, so we've put together our essential guide for how to do winged eyeliner. Read on and learn how to totally master the cat eye look.

1. Choose your liner.

Gel! Liquid! Angled brushes! Straight brushes! There are just SO many different types of eyeliner—how do you know which is right for you? While personal preference plays a big part in this, we have some general tips that will make finding your perfect liner much easier.

Gel eyeliner is probably the easiest to use if you're a cat eye newbie because the formula is a little softer and more forgiving of mistakes. You'll generally need a separate angled brush to apply it, though, which can involve a bit of a learning curve.

Liquid eyeliner often comes in a small pot with a thin brush attached to the lid. These brushes can be super flexible, which allows for very delicate—but they can also be TOO flexible, which can lead to mistakes.

Our favorite type of liquid liner comes in a pen with a marker-tip applicator instead of a brush. This makes it easy to use and control—you use it the same way you'd use a pen, and odds are that you're pretty familiar with that. Our favorite liquid liner ever is LORAC Front of the Line PRO ($23, ulta.com) which has a long, flexible marker-type tip that dispenses a gorgeously dark black, truly waterproof liner. It's perfect for beginners and advancedcat eye practitioners alike.

2. Line 101.

Not all cat eyes are created equal, but there are some general shape rules that you should keep in mind.

Cat eyes are not the same width all the way across. They begin thin at the inner corner near the tear duct, getting thicker towards the outer corner.

The way you play with the line's

thickness can create some cool illusions. If you want to make your eyes look wider, make the line above your lashes thicker at the center. If you're looking to make your eyes seem longer, make that line thin all the way across.

3. Wing shape matters.

People often think of a cat eye wing as a one-size-fits-all prospect, but that's not true. The angular wings of cat eyes are as unique as the eyes that wear them, and while the shape you fall in love with depends mostly on what you like the best, there are some guidelines to adhere to.

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Cindy Crawford, living legend, opens up to Elle Canada about the beauty and life lessons she's learned from her nearly 30-year modeling and entrepreneurial career. Our favorite? Her advice on living an authentic life. “If people call you a cow and you know you're a giraffe, you're still a giraffe. You should know your own truth, and I think you should live your truth.” [Elle Canada]

Looking to upgrade your Fall beauty look? These are the tricks, tips and (wearable) trends that you need to know about. [StyleCaster Beauty]

Estee Lauder has released the ad for their new fragrance, Modern Muse, and it stars none other than Kendall Jenner. It's a beautifully shot, fun commercial—and we need to get our hands on that bright red lipstick immediately. [Estee Lauder's YouTube]

Would you ever get a butt facial? Yes, that's a thing now—and one intrepid editor tried to out to see if it really deserves the hype. [POPSUGAR Beauty]

And if you haven't already seen it, the trailer for the final season of Downton Abbey has been released—and as you'd expect, it's packed full of incredible beauty inspiration. Lady Mary's bob is at the top of the list of haircuts that we dream about, and Edith's peachy-pink makeup is positively dreamy. [Go Fug Yourself]

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting (and Keeping) Shiny Hair

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It's no secret that we all want shinier hair. Just walk down any drugstore aisle and you'll find tons of sprays, masks, and serums all designed to make your locks look more lustrous (their words, not ours). But since most of these products don't deliver lasting results, we asked the experts for their best advice on how to get shiny strands for good.

What Makes Hair Shiny?
Shine is essentially light reflecting off a surface, says Eric Spengler, chief commercialization officer and SVP research & development at Living Proof. Light can only bounce off of smooth surfaces. If a surface is rough, the light will diffuse, so if you don't have shiny hair, then it's a clue your hair isn't as healthy as it can be. “The hair cuticle is like shingles on a roof,” says Eric. “We wash it, comb it, blow dry it, highlight it, and all of those things have an influence on the outer protective layer.” So while products that contain oils and silicones, like shine serums and sprays, will serve as a quick fix, they won't help hair to stay shiny, which is something only healthy hair can do.

According to celebrity hairstylist David Gardner, even the way we wash our hair can leave it dull. “The rubbing of the hair on itself is going to roughen up that outer cuticle layer and leave it dull and damaged,” he says. To properly wash hair, he suggests wetting hair in the shower, applying a shine-enhancing shampoo to the roots, and letting the lather run through the mid-lengths and ends. This simple technique will get hair clean without stripping its moisture.

So while the answer to shinier hair isn't nearly as easy as taking some magical pill (maybe one day!), glossy hair can be achieved through a proper hair routine:

Step 1: Wash hair using David's gentle method with a shine-enhancing shampoo, like René Furterer Fioravanti Shine Enhancing Shampoo.

Step 2: Use a conditioning treatment, such as Living Proof Restore Mask, which contains a special ingredient known as OFPMA to smooth your hair's cuticle.

Step 3: Cut down on styling when you can—heated tools and constant washing will only hurt your efforts toward healthy hair—but when you do choose to give yourself a blowout, use a heat protectant spray beforehand, like Living Proof Restore Instant Perfection, which has ingredients that will give hair an immediate shine.

Step 4: As you go through the process of repairing hair so it can be healthy and shiny, feel free to use quick fix products before heading out the door, like Frizz-Ease Glossing Mist, Shu Uemura Limited Edition Essence Absolue Nourishing Fragrance With Oil Pearls, and Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray. They're guaranteed to add a temporary sheen to your hairstyle—but, again, it's only temporary.

Read more from Daily Makeover: 5 Ways to Get Gorgeous, Healthy Hair Overnight

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Find the Most Flattering Makeup for Your Eye Shape

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Figuring out the best makeup for your specific eye shape is absolutely key to finding your best look overall. Applied incorrectly, eye makeup can make your eyes look smaller, your dark circles darker, and your entire face less youthful or even dated, which are all things we definitely don't want out of our makeup. Rather than get all befuddled about where, exactly, that liquid liner should go, get informed about the very best makeup for your eye shape.

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Round
Complementing round eyes for the most flattering look entails adding the illusion of width to the eye. Winged liner is the perfect way to elongate your eyes and draw attention to their shape, and a smoky eye that follows a winged-out shape through the outer corners will also serve you well. You'll want to leave the lower lash line minimal, with just a touch of liner for definition, and leave the focus on the upper lid.

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Almond
Almond eyes tend to be set deeper into the face, so the goal is to exaggerate that depth and dimension—think bedroom eyes. Accentuate the eye's natural curve with a classic cat eye shape or a simple stroke of black liner on the top lid. For a seriously smoldering look, try lining both your upper and lower lash lines with black pencil liner as close as you can get to the actual lashes.

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Hooded
If your upper lid tends to “fold over” the crease of the eye and hide any shadow or liner you've applied directly to the lid, you've got hooded eyes. The downside of this eye shape is that you have less real estate, so to speak, than those with different shapes because the lid disappears behind the rest of your eye (which, unhappily, also causes creasing). Our suggestion: play up your eyes with liner rather than shadow to maximize what you've got. A thin line right at the lashes with a more substantial focus on the outer corners, whether it's sharp or slightly smudgy, helps to make eyes look bigger.

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Wide-Set
Wide-set eyes have plenty of space to spare in the area, so don't be afraid to get dramatic with your eye makeup. That said, people with wide-set eyes often aim to make them look a bit closer together. To do so, you want to put the emphasis on the very inner corner of the eye and work outward, but avoid extending the line past where the outer corner ends—it'll only make your eyes look farther apart. The benefit is that large wide-set eye shapes can get away with wearing dark liners and shadows on both the upper and lower lash lines, which Click Here For More

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Ask Us: “How Do I Find the Perfect Foundation?”

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Today's question came to us from Madison on Twitter, who asked “I've never worn foundation but I want to start. How do I pick the right foundation?”

An excellent question! Finding the perfect foundation can be an intimidating proposition sometimes—there are just so many formulas and colors, so how do you know which one is right for your unique skin? Luckily, your friendly neighbourhood editors here are DM have been through the Looking For Foundation ringer a few times, and we have quite a few tips to make the process easier. Here's exactly how to pick—and love—the right foundation.

Know your requirements.

At the very least, you should know your basic skin concerns and what you're looking for in a product. Are you prone to dryness or oiliness? Do you want sheer coverage or something more substantial? Are you looking for a matte finish or something more luminous? Make a list of the key elements that you'd like in your dream foundation. Even if you don't know where else to start, simply knowing what you're looking for is sometimes enough.

Do your homework.

Now that you know what you're looking for, start checking around. Start doing some searches for the best lightweight foundations, or foundations that mattify even the oiliest skin. See which brands and ingredients pop up. Make a list of the products that you would most like to try, then go out and try them! No amount of reading online can replace actually testing a beauty product in real life—not only are colors and undertones impossible to judge on a computer screen, but so is the way a product feels when you wear it.

Dress for success.

And when a-testing you do go, make sure you wear a white crew-neck tshirt. This provides the most neutral frame for your face, no matter your skin tone or hair color—you won't be distracted by too much skin, and you won't have any peculiar colors reflecting off your clothing and onto your face. This way, it'll be much easier to find a foundation that's a perfect match!

Take your current product.

If you have a foundation that already matches your skin nicely, be sure to take it along with you. This way, you can compare the new foundations you're trying to a swipe of your existing formula—and it's way easier than swatching everything on your jawline!

Embrace technology.

If you live near a Sephora, get thee to a store immediately and get your complexion matched with their Skin IQ shade matching system. Not only will this amazing machine tell you how dark your skin is on a scale of 1-15, you'll also be told your undertone and how strong that undertone is—and then you'll be given a list of foundations that perfectly match that color. It is actually magical…and the service is free. Not to mention they're also rolling out concealer matching AND helping you find your perfect lipstick. We truly do live in the future.

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Bold Berry Lipsticks To Wear This Fall

Whether we like it or not, the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing and all things pumpkin spice are coming back in full force. There's no doubt—Fall is around the corner. Welcome sweater weather with open arms by reaching for a berry lip. The trend is an ideal way to add a little pizazz to your wardrobe and embrace all the colors fall has to offer.

From hints of deep cranberry to bold grape, berry lipstick works well with any style, is great for any occasion and complements any skin tone. We rounded up three celebs who mastered the trend perfectly and pinpointed three stunning shades from Mary Kay to help you get the fall-inspired look at home.

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News: See Jennifer Lawrence’s New Dior Ad; A Terrifying New Lip-Plumping Trend

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Jennifer Lawrence was announced as the face of Christian Dior Addict Makeup back in May, and now you can see her first ad for the brand. We love Addict lipsticks, and we're really into the glossy pink lips and retro-inspired pin curls that J.Law is rocking here. [Allure]

Today is Queen Rania of Jordan's birthday, and we're taking a look back at some of her most iconic beauty—and style—moments. [People]

Would you derma-roller your lips to make them plumper? One fearless editor tried it, and the results were kind of surprising. [Byrdie]

It looks like Kylie Jenner is getting ready to release a lip color line—could she be starting her own indie brand? [StyleCaster Beauty]

Tom Ford is releasing 15 new lipsticks for Fall, and we are SO EXCITED. [PopsugarBeauty]

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