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Experts to Follow on Twitter

Taylor Swift. Jennifer Lopez. Katy Perry. What do these lovely ladies have in common aside from a backup dancer they might have all once dated? They each have over 10 million Twitter followers.

And because their 140-character tweets aren’t always more useful than an actual bird’s, here’s a little secret: If you want insider advice on how these celebs got the perfect fingerwaves or what they did to finally clear up their skin, don’t follow them. Follow the people that got them looking that way.

Whether you want to know what the best skin care products are for your skin type or how to create the perfect smoky eye, these 15 beauty experts are worth following. From top beauty bloggers and world-renowned makeup artists to celebrity hairdressers and dermatologists, these tweeters have just as much substance as they do style. With constant words of beauty wisdom popping up on your TweetDeck, these hair, makeup, and skin care experts may even help you look like you have at least a million followers.

Why You Should Follow: Former “Hills” star turned fashion designer, Lauren Conrad has teamed up with celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess and makeup artist Amy Nadine to bring you easy-to-follow beauty tips that will have you MTV-ready in no time. Their tutorials on topics such as how to expertly blow dry your bangs or draw the perfect cat-eye are some of our favorites.

Sample Twitter Tip: The more wave/frizz you have, the less you should air dry for a blowout.

beauty treatments to biggest dilemmas

Sure, patience may be a virtue — but it’s an increasingly hard one to value in this age of quick fixes and instant gratification. When we buy something online it can be delivered that day. If we hear a song we like we can immediately download it via iTunes. Hungry? Drive two minutes, pull up at a drive-thru, and pick up a No. 2 with a diet coke. So when we want to be ourselves, but, say, 20 pounds lighter, hairless in certain areas, and with the wrinkle-less face of a 23-year-old, we’re tempted by the option that guarantees the fastest results.

“All of us are looking for a quick fix that’ll make us look and feel better,” says board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour of Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgical Group. “But quick fixes often come with risks.”

See how some quick beauty treatments can backfire now.

To make sure you’re armed with all the beauty tips you need before you sign on the dotted line, we asked dermatologists, doctors, and beauty experts to fill us in what can go wrong with certain beauty treatments — and the safer options that’ll give you similar results. Here’s what they had to say.

The quick fix: Waxing your eyebrowsPlucking is a painful, time-consuming process, which is why so many of us get our brows waxed instead. Unfortunately, with speed also comes a higher risk of crooked brows. Reema Khan, founder of s.h.a.p.e.s Brow Bar, says it’s common for clients to come in with uneven brows. “I had one client come in with one brow that was too short on one end while the other had an arch that made her look permanently confused.”

The better option: Pluck your brows
If you’re a wimp when it comes to plucking, “use children’s teething gel to slightly numb the area,” says brow guru Kristie Streicher of Warren-Tricomi Salon in New York City and Los Angeles, Calif. But before you shape your brows, grow back all your eyebrow hair to get the most optimal brow shape for your face. Try using an all-natural hair growth product like Lash Allure MD Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum, $49.50, to speed up the process. Khan says you can also put castor oil on your brows every night, which can stimulate hair growth.