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Knockout Nails
You might not think you're ready for turquoise matte nails this summer—neither did we—but when we tried KO Cosmetics polish in Pool ($19;, we were glad we took the plunge. The polish comes in 12 other richly pigmented—and matte—shades, from a sweet pink to a playful Kelly green. If you're feeling conservative (but still want to make a splash), try the ultraglam, femme-fatale Karen red.
Smashbox Heartbreaker Baked Fusion Soft Lights


Swirl Power
It may not rank with making a featherlight chocolate soufflé or passing national healthcare reform, but finding the right blush can be a challenge (this one's too frosty, that one looks muddy, another is verrry bright). Smashbox Heartbreaker Baked Fusion Soft Lights ($30; makes the blushing process a whole lot easier. Run a brush over the powder pinwheel, and the slivers of color meld into a bronzy rose that illuminates any complexion beautifully.
Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow

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Bright Idea
Sometimes a great notion... is a small one. Case in point: Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow ($20; can be opened with just one hand. All it takes is a squeeze between your thumb and index finger, and pop! Pretty easy.
Tatcha blotter paper

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When a Dab Will Do You
Even if you've never, in your whole life, used a blotting paper to de-shine your face, you'll want to try these ($12 for 30 sheets; Each generously sized paper, composed of highly absorbent abaca leaf fiber, is handmade in Japan and contains no powder or fragrance. The slender package is so elegantly designed, it looks as if it might hold a gift. Treat yourself!

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