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5 Beauty Tricks to Make Your Cleavage Look Even Better

One surefire way to boost your sex appeal this Valentine’s Day: Pretty up your décolletage. When someone is gazing at you, say from across the table at your favorite restaurant, the chest tends to be the first place they look, according to a study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Use these expert tips—and your favorite bra—to put your best chest forward.

Prep your skin

Exfoliation is key when it comes to nixing unsightly dry patches. Use a chemical exfoliator that contains gentle ingredients such as lactic and phytic acid instead of the typical body scrub, recommends Los Angeles skincare specialist Sonya Dakar. “Body exfoliators tend to be way too strong for the sensitive skin on the neck and chest.” Our pick: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($ 36, sephora.com).

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Quell redness

Seeing splotches? Don’t panic. “Grab an aloe vera plant, squeeze out the contents, and apply directly to red spots,” advises Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City dermatologist. A soothing lotion with aloe vera works, too. One to try: Kiehl’s Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal ($ 22, nordstrom.com).

Nourish and replenish

Once your skin is feeling brand new, slather on lotion or body oil. Look for emollients like shea butter, coconut oil or almond oil to keep skin extra supple. Try: Jergens Shea Butter Lotion ($ 8, target.com). If you plan on wearing perfume, skip the scented moisturizer—the last thing you want is two fragrances trying to compete with one another.

RELATED: 10 Surprising Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Contour your cleavage

So you don’t have Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist on speed dial—no problem! Contouring your chest is actually pretty simple. Choose a bronzer that’s one shade darker than your face and create a ‘Y’ shape—blending from the sternum up and around the breasts towards the shoulders, says New York City makeup artist Kristofer Buckle.

Get glowing

Add sexy sheen with highlighter: “Dust a luminizer on the fronts and tops of shoulders and on the collarbones to pick up light,” says Los Angeles makeup artist Stephen Dimmick. To give your girls a little visual lift, Buckle suggests also applying highlighter to the area where your breast is fullest and to the inside curve of your cleavage.

Now that you have sculpted the perfect décolletage, it’s time to slip on your best dress and let it work its magic.

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Beauty Queen Allyn Rose Opens Up About Decision to Have Double Mastectomy


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“I love you. I don’t care what you look like. I just want you to be alive.”

These are the words of encouragement Allyn Rose frequently hears from her boyfriend of five years.

Rose, a 25-year-old beauty queen and model, has decided to remove both of her breasts to prevent the same cancer that took the lives of her mother, grandmother and great aunt.

Although she has made a career for herself in a world that judges based on physical appearances (including winning the titles of Miss District of Columbia 2012, Miss Maryland USA 2011 and Miss Singery 2010), it is her insistence in putting her health first that makes her a true champion.

The road to surgery hasn’t been easy, but Allyn is determined to follow through.

“Many people don’t understand what a long and arduous process it can be to plan a mastectomy,” Rose says. “I think the first and most important step is ensuring that you are in the right physical and psychological state for surgery. Your body will change, sometimes drastically, and you must have the right mindset to making good decisions and recover well.”

Before picking a date, Rose had to find the right surgical team, which can be tedious given that each doctor will discuss the procedure with you.

“Appointments are very hard, as mastectomies are not a pretty procedure,” she explains. “They can be quite invasive and prone to complications. Surgeons must inform you of all the possible risks and just when you start to feel comfortable, you hear things like ‘nipple necrosis’ and it brings you back to the reality of this surgery.”

Rose credits her “very supportive” family for standing by her decision. After all, it’s because of her family history that she is even considering it. Her mother Judy Rose, was diagnosed with cancer at 27 and 47, which she later passed away from. She also lost her grandmother and great aunt from breast cancer.

“My mother left me her journals and in them she speaks of what it was like to battle cancer. She never spoke of how hard it was, that she didn’t want to have another surgery or was sick of treatment — it was always ‘please God…don’t take me from my children,’” Rose says. “And someday, I will be a mother and my greatest fear will be having to tell my daughter that she’s going to spend the rest of her life without her mom. You have to have long-range perspective.”

Although the decision to undergo the procedure was straightforward, Rose admits to having some fear about life on the other side of the recovery room.

“Will I be able to look at my body in the mirror?” she asks. “Will I ever love my breasts again? It’s frightening. We try so hard to look past someone’s outward appearance, but we’re lying to ourselves if we say that looks don’t matter. They matter. And sometimes I’m terrified of who I’ll be to myself after surgery.”

Rose finds comfort in speaking with those who have walked in her shoes. She is incredibly grateful to E! News’ Giuliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy in 2011.

“She took time out of her busy schedule to counsel me, offer referrals for surgery and keep an open line of communication for the future if I ever needed her guidance. She is a true role model, in a world where there are very few. I feel honored to have met her and to call her a friend.”

Rose now hopes to share her own experience with women struggling with the same decisions and experiences that she has. She currently participates in the Susan B. Komen Race For a Cure.

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