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  • DIY manicure inspired by red carpet jewels.

    It takes a lot more than a fancy gown to work the red carpet- you also need some fabulously fashionable nails. CoverGirl's manicurist to the stars (and fellow Latina!), Mar y Soul, stopped by the Shine studio to show us how to get a trendy look just in time for this year's Academy Awards or any other big event you might be celebrating this season.

    To accomplish the fun look, you'll only need four items, and if you want to match the colors in this tutorials, check out the new CG Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Collection.

    Get these tools:

    -Fine-tipped tweezers

    -A luxurious, jewel-tone polish; we used CoverGirl's polish in Outlast Stay Brilliant-Nail Gloss Wine Stain #275

    -A clear nail polish, such as CoverGirl's Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Crystal Clear #105

    -Swarovski crystals; we used baguette-shaped stones

    Check out the step-by-step tutorial for this Oscars-inspired mani:

    DIY: Hollywood-inspired manicureLearn how to get this manicure, perfect for ou

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Chicharrón served with green chile salsa to dip.

    Chicharrón served with green chile salsa to dip.

    My papito was a professional eater and a cooking aficionado, and I take after his genes. When we lived in Colombia, we enjoyed great, cooking parties regularly, but my favorite feasts had little to do with the actual meals. It would start when my mom asked my Dad to get more ice or beer. My father, then, would immediately call my name and ask me to come along; I knew exactly why. On the way to the store, we'd stop at the fritangueria (a place to get fried treats like pork, meat and sausages) and order chicharrón with sausage and green chile salsa. It was all about the fun of having to eat our goodies quickly and get back before my mom got suspicious.

    To this day, I am the biggest chicharrón fan, to the point that I learned how to make them and created the best, homemade chile verde dipping sauce to go along with them. It's a super simple recipe with few ingredients, and it makes for the perfect snack or party appetizer.


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  • Create a perfect smoky eye with purple shades and flushed cheeks for a romantic and seductive Valentine's Day look.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    El Día de San Valentín is coming up, and it's time to start thinking about getting together the perfect look for your date night (or snagging that date!). I think the holiday is a great opportunity to experiment with color; you don't have to go over-the-top, instead opt for a subtle, sexy look. Purple eyeshadow is the perfect complement to brown eyes, as it makes them pop and is a twist on the classic black, smokey eye. I'll show you how!

    Seductive eyes

    Start off by applying an eye primer. I'm in love Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat. For eye shadow, I'm using Clarins Eye Quartet in Iris Blossom in order to do a sexy, purple smoky eye. Apply the shimmering white to the inner corners of the eyes. Then, take a satin taupe color, and apply to the rest of the lid. Next, apply the violet purple color

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  • Cosmopolitan Magazine

    By Milly Almodovar

    Celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor has worked on the most beautiful women in the world, including Nina Garcia, supermodel Arlenis Sosa, and Kerry Washington. Today, he's bringing us his 10 Beauty Commandments-commandments he says you must follow or face the punishment of looking like a hot mess.

    1. Thou Shalt Wash Makeup Brushes Regularly
    Washing your brushes once a week will prevent you from getting acne or skin infections, reduce facial oils from getting into your compacts, and extend the lives of your brushes. Clean synthetic foundation and concealer brushes with regular face wash, but use shampoo for fluffy powder puffs and shadow brushes. Allow time to air dry.

    2. Thou Shalt Check Your Foundation Shade Seasonally
    Your skin will usually be the lightest midwinter and the darkest midsummer. During those times of year, update by selecting a shade that disappears into your cheek when applied.

    3. Thou Shalt Buy Fresh Mascara Every Three Months

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  • For Latinos, Valentine's Day celebrates a more platonic love.

    Feliz Dia del Amor y la Amistad

    The American version of Valentine's Day, or San Valentín, has evolved into the largest holiday of passionate, sensual love between two people. This love fest, with its cutesy symbols and high expectations, gives lovers the opportunity to shower each other with gifts of flowers, chocolates and sparkly jewelry.

    An homage to friends

    While most of the world looks forward to this annual homage to red, hot love, Latin Americans take a more platonic approach and celebrate their friends on February 14th. The "Día del amor y la amistad" celebrates friendship; as a result, lovers are not the only ones enjoying roses and candy, as the holiday highlights enduring, life-long relationships that may outlast marriages and engagements.

    And while the Day of Love gets celebrated similarly to Valentine's Day in the states, there are also as many variations as there are countries in Spanish-speaking America. Here are some of the most unusual o

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