HowStuffWorks has everything you need to look great through every phase of your life. We know that your style changes as your life changes and we've got tips on hair, makeup, accessories and fashion that will help you look your best and always look like you.
Some fashions -- the little black dress, for example -- are timeless. Others, like poodle skirts, looked cute back in the day. And then there's the black-sheep category: stuff that never looked good in the first place.
If you have short hair, you might think you need to bid adieu to hair accessories. After all, you can't sweep your hair up into kicky ponytails anymore. But don't fret -- there are plenty of ways to have fun with short hair.
You may love your hair stylist. He makes you look like a star and gives you the best scalp massage in town. But he's also getting paid. What are 10 things your stylist could be keeping close to the chest?
It takes a lot of energy, time and money to tame waves and ringlets into stick-straight strands. So why do it? Here are five ways to love your curly locks!
Thin, lifeless and flat is no way for your hair to look. But what to do? Tease it, cut it, spray it? Never fear -- we'll guide you to a fuller, more luxurious mane.
Oh, that long, shiny, bouncy shampoo-commercial hair -- we've all pined for it, but it seems like only a select few can actually achieve it. Don't throw in the towel so soon -- these five tips might help.
It's only natural: Women with straight hair would often kill for a curly hair day. Sleek can be stunning, but straight hair isn't always sleek and maintenance-free. How can you keep your tresses looking shiny and full of volume?
It's time for a new do. You're finally ready to go short -- well, not too short and absolutely no spiky bits. Whether you're going to your regular stylist or a standby, getting the haircut you want can be easy if you follow these essential tips.
Great handbag styles tend to come back around, and there's nothing quite like a retro bag to add depth to a modern look. But what's the difference between retro and vintage, and for that matter, between retro and fake?
Victoria Beckham is known for handbags with shockingly high prices -- her collection of Hermes Birkins is rumored to be worth $2 million. What other handbags can match the fame of the Birkin?
From cost and color to details and designer, there's a lot to consider when trading out your tired old tote for a stylish, classic bag. What matters most when choosing an investment bag to last you for years?
Sticker shock doesn't just apply to cars, it relates to shoes. But why? We'll take a look at some of the reasons.
If the shoe fits, you want to wear it as long as possible. We can help.
There are some looks you just can't pull off, no matter who you are. Don't let your feet commit these fashion faux pas.
In the words of the immortal Elle Woods (of "Legally Blonde" fame), "Why let someone else do for you what you can do yourself -- except in the case of eyebrow maintenance." Truer words may never have been spoken.
To the unfamiliar, eye makeup tools can look more like torture instruments than anything else. But as any beauty expert will tell you, the tools you use to apply your makeup are just as important as the makeup itself. How should you stock your kit?
The smoky eye is not a look to be worn with a sundress. It's heavy, sultry and surprisingly easy to pull off if you have the right tools and a little patience. What's the trick to smoldering eyes?
Want to look like a blushing beauty or a bronze goddess? Choosing the right product is essential.
When supermodel Iman first hit the runway in the 1970s, she had to pack her own makeup kit. Times have changed, and cosmetics for women of color have expanded to a rainbow of options. What should you pick to best emphasize your own features?
Applying makeup is just like anything else: You can't get the job done right unless you have the right tools. But which ones should you invest in?
Even if you're a lip-balm-only kind of girl, there will come a time in your life -- a black-tie party, perhaps, or a job interview -- that will compel you to put on some makeup. Be ready with these moisturizer, concealer and foundation tips.
We've met with and moved forward from the big 4-0. We're all grown up. It's time to make some fashion changes that reflect our maturity. How can women in their 40s adapt to their changing lifestyle?
You can still be fun and flirty in your 30s, but your clothes should have a slightly more sophisticated feel and they should be more about your personal style than what's on trend at the moment. Check out our guide for more fashion tips.
Dressing younger doesn't make you look younger. In fact, it can have the opposite effect. What can you wear to look your best in your fifties?
It's official: Your days of visors and aprons are over. On Monday, you slip on the tights, tie back the hair and get started at your first office job. What should you have in your wardrobe that will make a splash?