Cosmo’s sexiest beauty secrets

cosmossexiestbeautysecretscover.jpgSince as far back as high school, each month, like million of girls (and many of my friends), I’d scour the pages of Cosmopolitan for advice on everything from my lukewarm love life to my frazzled hair.

To me, Cosmo was sort of my beauty bible — and now they’ve published a comprehensive bible of their own. COSMO’S SEXIEST BEAUTY SECRETS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LOOKING GORGEOUS (Hearst Books; November 4, 2008).

The book offers hundreds of insider tips and tricks on everything from scoring a flawless complexion to creating a ton of hairstyles to working the latest make up trends. There’s plenty of pointers drawing in our “prey”, including: the secrets to getting silky, touchable hair, captivating eyes, and soft, full lips.

Also in here: Decadent at-home spa ideas that advise women how to pamper themselves like a pro. And since every beauty junkie is bound to make a misstep now and then, Cosmo included crucial tips for overcoming common beauty blunders.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside:

- Shrink a zit instantly by dabbing it with toner then placing an ice-cube (wrapped in tissue) on the bump for one minute. Last, use a spot-treatment product before dotting on concealer.

- Get the shiniest hair imaginable by using an at-home clear gloss treatment, which will infuse your strands with potent polishers like silicone, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.

- Make your eyes look larger by rimming the inside of your lids with white liner. Then define your upper and lower lashes with a charcoal liner and finish with three coats of black mascara.

- Fake the look of fuller lips by blending a thin line of liquid highlighter along your cupid’s bow so light will bounce off it and play up this curvy area.

I love this book so much that I want to share it with my friends (though I hope that I still become the most beautiful from it, of course). Two readers will each win a copy. To win, please share your own sexy beauty secret! (We won’t tell anyone…except the millions who read the comment.) Deadline November 28.

Photo credit: Hearst Books

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    • hazel

      My secret is to moisturize like CRAZY.

    • LKG

      My secret is to exfoliate frequently, especially elbows and feet, and then moisturize for soft skin.

    • Jenn S.

      Don’t have a secret really, just to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.

    • Rita Sheppard

      Use coconut oil for a wonderfully rich moisturizer.

    • faith24

      I use oilive oil before i go to bed- it is my night moisturizer:)

    • Penny Frederick

      Beauty tips at my site-
      But the best tip I have doesn’t cost anything!
      It will make everyone better looking!

    • Alicia Webster

      Marry a man who adores you as you are, and then revel in it!
      Alicia Webster

    • erin

      simply washing your face every day and evening followed by moisturizing can make a huge difference!

    • Kate

      My secret is Trader Joe’s Lavendar Scrub. It leaves me silky soft and nicely fragrant.

    • Brittany

      My secret is to line under your lashes with a black liner to make you look super awake!

    • Linda

      I just subscribed.



    • Anne Taylor

      Olive Oil……inside and out!! The best beauty secret I know!

      I’d love this book! Thanks

    • susan varney

      lingerie and make-up turns him on everytime

    • Sito

      Ruby red toenails on well-maintained feet.

    • Nandini

      My secret is applying a mask of milk + sugar + honey EVERY evening. The AHAs in milk & sugar gently exfoliate dead skin and the honey moisturises resulting in soft, glowing skin.

    • christopher h

      hydrate – lots and lots of water

    • Carrie

      SPF and moisturizer on the skin, and tons of water.

    • http://google Tracy

      I think lots of exercise and moisturizer is great for the body.

    • elena

      put some red lipstick on the cheeks, it’s much sexier than blush!

    • Sito


    • jennifer frith

      My secret is to take a long bath once a week in mineral water.

    • Susan C

      Wear something red!

    • Julia

      Always care for your skin and it’s in the eyes. Be Bold

    • Karen Gonyea

      Candlelight :)

    • Susan

      Bed hair – not stiff or in a ponytail.

    • David B

      I wash my face with witch hazel and urine and every morning I drink my own urine

    • wendy

      regular facial routine!

    • Ashley

      stand and sit up straight, it makes you look confident and confidence is always sexy

    • Damla Kayihan

      To rub the face with coffee grounds makes the skin very soft like a baby.

    • Karen Gonyea

      Drink lots of water – high energy levels make you feel confident and sexy :)

      ktgonyea at

    • nancy

      Full night beauty sleep!

    • Judith

      I recommend exercising with a TV exercise program every morning before work.

    • djp

      sorry , i don’t want to be bleeped

    • Jennifer Reda

      do what you love and drink lots of water!

    • Jennifer Barnett

      I use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer on my fast.

    • christina

      Always use an eyelash curler for that extra pop

    • Erica C.

      get lots of sleep!

    • Sito

      I read once that Sophia Loren said that dark glasses after a certain age are makeup, not an accessory. I now wear tinted glasses.

    • Terra H

      Rinse your hair in cold water for added shine!

    • Tonya Froemel

      Take of all of your makeup before going to bed!

    • kristi blackstone

      Black mascara and clear skin!!

    • Karen Gonyea

      Sleep, Water, Fresh fruits and veggies :)

      ktgonyea at

    • MElissa

      I spray perfum on the back of my neck so he can get a wiff as I walk away!!!

    • sarah

      organic products!

    • Brandlyn

      Instead of spending a few bucks on a tube of lip gloss just lick your lips and presto, you have instant lip shine! That is a trick that I read that old hollywood actressses used in the 50′s.

    • Karen Gonyea

      Diet and Exercise – If you’re confident, you will look sexier :)

    • Carol Drury

      use a white lineer and then a black liner under the eye to open it up – light on both and only for dress up!!


      water, and lots of it

    • ky2here

      Moisturize and stay out of the sun.

    • Rosanne Morrison

      I spend a lot to have good hair color and cut and I use good quality cosmetics

    • katie gardini

      Put an ice cube over my face to close pores to prevent breakouts.



    • Karen Gonyea

      Use sunscreen every single day :)

      ktgonyea at

    • Karen Gonyea

      Buy quality products.

    • Tia Carter

      i hope i win

    • Karen Gonyea

      Count me in please :)

    • Jill Miller

      Lots of sleep + lots of water

    • Karen Gonyea

      Sunscreen – EVERYDAY :)

    • sandra kao

      wear something sexy underneath, or at least something that makes you feel sexy.

    • Cassandra Shuff

      water, sleep, sunscreen!!!

    • Tia Carter

      plenty of rest

    • Julie Terry

      My beauty secrets are, wear sunscreen, get lots of rest and know that you are always beautiful no matter what anyone says.


    • Vanessa C.

      With a baby it’s hard to get a lot of rest so I focus on the rest of the must-do’s…like drink plenty of water (with an anti-oxidant booster!), exercise daily and always take great car of my skin…including doing no-makeup whatsoever twice a week.

    • Tina hartley

      I really need this

    • Kobi Hendrix

      My secret would be to wear nice sexy underwear. Even if no one sees it you will know it’s there and will make you feel sexy

    • getpalmd

      Honestly? Get a boyfriend. It’s a self-esteem boost to daily hear how lovely you are. When you know someone else thinks so, you feel lovely! (And sexy)

    • Amy L

      Beauty sleep is not a myth. Being well rested keeps our brain active and our body healthy which only brings out our beauty even more.

    • Samantha Pruitt

      think sexy = be sexy!

    • Deborah Wellenstein

      My beauty sleep is pretty basic-get enough sleep!

    • Karen Gonyea

      Take lukewarm showers, not HOT :)

      ktgonyea at

    • D Johnson


    • Dan Smith

      wear sunscreen

    • Tia Carter

      hope i win

    • Pamela Hansen

      olive oil is the best moisturizer and I get plenty of rest and fluids

    • Rebecca Sanders

      I mainly use natural looking eyeshades unless I’m going for a more dramatic look with a colorful outfit or smokey eyes for a sultry kick butt look with chic clothes

    • kathy pease

      i never leave the house without makeup thats for sure but its no secret

    • Ed Nemmers

      Blue eye shadow and body glitter

    • Pamela White

      My secret is to use blush as eyeshadow in a pinch.

    • Michelle H.

      I use an eye makeup primer which keeps my eye makeup flawless the entire day.

    • Helen

      Drink lots of water and moisturize often!

    • Donna K

      Use a good moisturizing lotion daily.

    • Veronica Garrett

      A fabulous perfume that compliments your body’s chemistry.

    • Renee We

      Sly sultry smiles go a long way.

    • Peggy Gorman

      Moisturize your whole body

    • Heather C

      Degrease oily hair with witch hazel when you don’t have time to shampoo. Apply to roots with a cotton ball.
      Or! Invest in waterless shampoo.

    • MISS M

      Get enough sleep every night to look and feel great!

    • Diane

      Cold spoons for undereye circles

    • Diane

      Also, blend your eyeliner at the outer corner for an instant smokey eye

    • Lily Kwan

      I try to stay well hydrated and drink plenty of fluids.

    • Courtney

      I use white eyeshadow to highlight my Cheekbones, chin, nose and forehead it gives a natural glow and looks gorgeous!