Amanda Flores Beauty Director

Amanda Flores is the beauty director at Latina. As a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, there isn’t a product that comes into her office that she doesn’t road test. Her love of everything beauty started at a young age when her mother started selling Mary Kay cosmetics and Amanda couldn’t resist breaking into the pink boxes to swipe on the latest shade of lipstick or shadow.

Before starting at Latina, Amanda worked in the beauty departments at Family Circle, Woman’s World and—the place where her love of beauty journalism began — Redbook, where she worked as an intern while studying at NYU.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter, @afloresbeauty

The Latino celeb I'd want to be best friends with: Salma Hayek, a humanitarian, businesswoman and a true beauty.

My first celebrity crush: Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing. Could he be more adorable??

My Latina Role Model: Sonya Sotomayor — proving to young girls everywhere that no dream is too big and all things are possible.

Fun Memory from My First Day at Latina: I had a wardrobe malfunction on my way to the office — I guess I hulked out and a button popped off the back of my shirt — so I had to wear a safety pin to hold it together for the rest of the day. Oops.

If I met Jennifer Lopez, I would: ask her to teach me some of her killer dance moves

Movie that makes me cry: Up (Pixar) gets me from the first scene every time.

Favorite Interview with a Latino Celeb: Shakira on her love of creating fragrances that make women feel sexy.

Favorite Latin dish: Sancocho

2014 Fragrance Gift Guide
Just In Time for Holiday Shopping: Your 2014 Fragrance Gift Guide

Every January you make a resolution that this will be the year you get a head start on your holiday shopping. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of our favorite gift-ready fragrances. Everyone, from your party-loving BFF to your world-traveling man, will fall in love at first spritz.

PLUS: The best celebrity fragrances, ever!

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Master the No-Makeup Makeup Look With These Quick Tricks
We Woke Up Like This: How to Look Like You're Not Wearing Makeup

The seemingly “natural” look that supermodels like Gisele Bunchen have perfected isn’t as easy to achieve as its name might suggest. It actually requires a full face of makeup. The key for us real-world chicas is to enhance our features with the right type of products and in shades closest to our natural tones. Here are the five essentials that will make you look effortlessly beautiful. 

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World Smile Day: 6 Best Bets For A Bright Smile
World Smile Day: 4 Best Bets For A Bright Smile

There’s (almost) no way to avoid it: teeth will stain! Whether it’s from your morning coffee or your after-work wine, a lot of what you eat and drink causes them to turn an unflattering yellow color. Luckily, we have options. 

Here are your four best best for a bright smile: 

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Press-On Nails Just Jumped to a Whole New (Chic) Level
Press-On Nails Just Jumped to a Whole New (Chic) Level

Remember playing with press-on nails as kids? Well, thanks to a new company, Static Nails, you can have just as much fun changing up your nail look but with age-appropriate styles. The options are always right on-trend and runway-worthy. Consider these your press-ons for grownups. (Bonus? Enter code "LASN25" now through November 6 for 25% off your Static Nails purchase!)

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Fall's Must-Have Hair Colors
Celebrity Hair Color: How to Switch Up Your Look for Fall

The minute you find yourself reaching for a pumpkin spice latte, it’s time to rethink your hair color. The new season encourages bold statement colors and richer hues. We went to Carlos Rodriguez, a senior hair colorist at Sally Hershberger in LA, to break down fall’s trends, share some celeb inspiration and, of course, pro tips! 

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5 Pillows That Beautify While You Snooze
I Woke Up Like This: 5 Pillows That Beautify While You Snooze

Beauty sleep is a real thing. Seriously! But while getting eight hours of sleep may be hard, choosing the right pillow is easy. These pillows (and cases) promise to make you more beautiful as you snooze, so it's time to rest even easier.

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10 Textured Accessories to Dress Up Your Fall Wardrobe
10 Textured Accessories to Dress Up Your Fall Wardrobe

The perfect addition to any outfit is an accessory that really makes a statement. This season, from makeup palettes to necklaces, the best pieces are the ones that scream "touch me!" Check out the ones we’re coveting for fall:

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Even Mami Will Approve Of This Tattoo Trend
Flash Tattoos: Why We’re Obsessed and You Should Be, Too

Getting inked isn’t for everyone. Not that we don’t love the work of tattoo artists like Kat Von D, but the whole permanent part can be scary. Lucky for us commitment-phobes, we have Flash Tattoos: temporary tats that go on just like the ones we had as kids that go on with water). They’re super-shiny, metallic and from a distance, they look like jewelry. Here’s how to wear some of our faves!

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The 2014 Latina Beauty Awards!
The 2014 Latina Beauty Awards!

With thousands of new products launching each year, it's hard to choose the best. No worries! We've smeared, lathered, applied and puckered up to find the ones that will be a hit with even the most beauty-savvy Latinas. Here are the 2014 Latina Beauty Awards:

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Sneak Peek: Check Out Behind-the-Scenes Beauty at the Emmys!
Sneak Peek: Celebs' Behind-the-Scenes Beauty Prep at the Emmys!

Yes, we love how amazing celebrities look on the red carpet, but it’s so much fun to see the prep! We stalked their glamsquads and put together some of our favorite getting-ready snapshots from last night's Emmy Awards:

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