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Q. People are always telling me I look "cute." How can I get a sexier, more polished style?

A: A round face and soft features are what tend to make us appear "cute" or youthful (which is why using fillers to add volume to the face is a popular anti-aging technique). So you might try giving definition to your features, suggests the very sexy, polished makeup artist Mally Roncal. Start by creating a flawless canvas with foundation and concealer; then add dimension by sweeping a rosy blush from the apples of your cheeks right up to your temples, she says. To define your eyes, have your brows shaped professionally, and, using a brow pencil a shade lighter than your haircolor, fill them in with feathery strokes. Line your upper lashes with a black liquid eyeliner; follow that with several coats of black mascara. An opaque lipstick looks more polished than a gloss; if you're not used to wearing bold colors, choose a soft pink or light red.

Keep in mind: A hairstyle with long, sideswept bangs will emphasize the "sexy" and minimize the "cute."

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