By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
When you bring a guy you're dating to a wedding, you never know if he'll hit the dance floor like Usher...or do the spastic "Elaine dance" from Seinfeld. Personally, I don't mind bad dancing as long as it's enthusiastic, which is always preferable to a guy who flat-out refuses to take a go-and leaves you to jokingly slow-dance with a lonely bridesmaid.
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Well, psychologists at the University of Northumbria (U.K.) actually thought to study the subject and men on the dance floor, and say that a guy's moves, or lack thereof, "may send out more subtle clues about his potential as a mate." They've also determined exactly what makes a guy's moves sexy (a variety of poses that involve tilting and twisting the torso and neck) or not sexy (repetitive motions restricted to just the arms and legs.
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Check out the difference in their 30-second video). However, this doesn't factor
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By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine
Recently, a male acquaintance approached us at a party and asked about makeup. For himself.
He's young, handsome, and while definitely the type of metro-hipster who wears his pants so tight that he's got to slap his thigh to get a quarter out of his pocket-he's also straight. He has no interest in trans-style false eyelashes, but is curious about concealer. Unhelpfully, we immediately launched into a story about how our brother dabbed some concealer under his eyes before his prom back in the late nineties, and did such an awful job at it, that we thought our mother would never stop laughing.
But this local trend story out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida shows that man-makeup and swanky skin-care purchases are now spreading beyond major cities. Not that we needed a reminder: A joint survey between Allure and GQ found that the average man uses 11 grooming products a day. American men spent close to $5 billion on products last year (and that'sRead More »from Can a Man Wearing Makeup Be Sexy?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Mon, Sep 13, 2010 8:44 PM EDT
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It may have been rainy and gray in the city yesterday, but backstage at Diane von Furstenberg things were bright and cheery. Not only were the models and makeup artists upbeat (we chatted with model Shena about tattoos and got a smile from It-girl Tao Okamoto as she snacked on a wrap)-the makeup itself nearly lit up the room. Inspired by Andy Warhol's 1974 silkscreens of the designer wearing lipsticks in colorful shades (Warhol seems to be a popular inspiration so far this fashion week), makeup artist James Kaliardos gave the models a shocking shade he described as "orchid-fuchsia." "We wanted to do something simple that would reflect Diane's image as well as the clothes from the collection," Kaliardos explained. "It's a great collection. I actually think this may be a turning point in her career, returning to the classic-Diane of years ago." He created the vivid hue and matte texture by lining and filling in the lips with M.A.C. Pro Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta, then
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Fri, Sep 10, 2010 11:33 PM EDT
By Heather Muir, Allure magazine
Tonight, NYC is celebrating Fashion's Night Out and almost every store is hosting special shopping events. Here are the seven beauty hot spots you will definitely want to stop by:
Where: Sephora, 555 Broadway (SoHo)
When: As soon as you can get there-people are already lined up!
What: Gwen Stefani is signing 100 bottles of her newest Harajuku Lovers fragrance. You can also enter to win tickets to the L.A.M.B. runway show!
Where: Chanel, 139 Spring St. (SoHo)
When: 6 PM to 11 PM
What: Be the first to get your hands on Chanel's newest nail polish collection, Les Khakis de Chanel, three limited edition shades ($25 each) created for Fashion's Night Out.
Where: M.A.C. Cosmetics, 113 Spring St. (SoHo)
When: 8 PM
What: Crack up over the hilarious Sarah Silverman's performance and get a signed copy of her new, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee.
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By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazine
Beauty bitchery pops up in the most unexpected places. I recently had a long conversation with a friend about the demise of one of her closest relationships. Her one-time BFF was no longer the loyal, supportive, funny woman she remembered and their relationship was functionally over. I'd been nodding along sympathetically until she said, "She's just a bad friend, and anyway she's always been fat and I never said anything." I was a little shocked-the comment seemed so ad hominem, so off-topic...so bitchy! But when we're angry or hurt, is there nothing more cutting than a harsh physical critique?
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All this came to mind when I read about Real Housewives of New Jersey's Danielle Staub's choice words for castmate Teresa Giudice: "She reminds me of Cornelius from Planet of the Apes. Could you imagine if her face is that hairy what her body hair must be like?" After all the rumors about mob ties and theRead More »from Are You a Beauty B---- ?
By Heather Muir, Allure magazine
Although I am a certifiable beauty junkie, few products have the privilege of calling my nightstand home. But Chanel's newest men's fragrance, Bleu de Chanel-a mix of grapefruit, peppermint, cedar, and vetiver-now holds a permanent residence there. Is it my boyfriend's? Nope. It's mine. Maybe the warm, watery scent makes me feel comforted, like I'm in a man's arms (sigh)? Who knows-but I'm addicted to it. I spray it on in the morning before work (I use the spritz-and-walk-through method to avoid overdosing, since it's stronger than my typical women's fragrances) and before bed (I actually mist it on my sheets lightly). Chanel claims the new scent is "rugged and intensely masculine" (the opposite of me-I swear).
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So why do I love it so much? When women choose a masculine fragrance, says perfumer Frédéric Malle, "it's like wearing your boyfriend's shirt or his Rolex. The paradox is that it makes a woman moreRead More »from Do You Wear Men's Scents?
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
Now that I'm a bona fide grown-up, few things make me feel more childish than when I have to wear an ugly beige Band-Aid. But designer Cynthia Rowley just announced she has designed limited-edition "Dress Up Band-Aids" that are so cool I might pull a Nelly and just start wearing one on my face every day.
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I'd probably skip the design that just says her name (I'm not convinced a paper cut is an appropriate spot for product placement), but the rest of the Band-Aids in the retro metal tin are colorful and whimsical, covered in bows, jewels, chains, metallic sequins, or scenes from Rowley's runway shows. If I'd had these when I was a kid, maybe I wouldn't have cried so much about skinned knees.
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By Angelique Serrano, Allure magazine
So summer is sadly coming to an end....chin up-the makeup trends this fall are a happy return to vivid color, gorgeous skin, and just a sprinkle of shimmer. There was really so much good beauty to choose from for the season-check out our backstage coverage of the best fall runways shows here-but these are the looks even jaded beauty editors are jonesing for.
1. Flawless Skin: Sound impossible? It's actually easy with makeup artist Pat McGrath's recipe (check out the results she got at Louis Vuitton and Gucci). Before you even crack open a foundation bottle, exfoliate and moisturize really well. Then warm up the foundation in your hand and rub it over any red splotches and dark spots-including the ones on your neck and chest. Pat matte concealer under the eyes and around the nose (McGrath likes Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage), and paint it onto any dark spots with a pointed brush (McGrath's pick: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow Brush 16S). Next, goRead More »from Fall Makeup: The Top 5 Trends
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Fri, Sep 3, 2010 8:48 PM EDT
By Kayleigh Donahue, Allure magazine
This weekend marks the unofficial end to lazy days. And while we're sad to see our summer Fridays disappear, there are a few beauty trends we're more than happy to send packing:
"I've been wearing teal eyeliner all summer. I love the quick flash of color you get from it, but there are so many great green shades for fall. I'll be moving on to a more forest-y or emerald liner shade like Estée Lauder Emerald Star eye shadow or Sue Devitt's Golden Triangle eye pencil."-Amy Keller Laird, beauty director
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"All summer I've been relying on Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint because it gives me a glowy, dewy look. But I was inspired by the perfect skin Pat McGrath created for the fall Gucci and Louis Vuitton shows, so I can't way to try a perfecting foundation with a little more coverage and a matte finish like Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch Compact Long
By Kayleigh Donahue, Allure magazine
There's no better way to close summer with bang than with a BBQ. But a table full of endless appetizers, dips, and desserts is the last thing you want to be faced with when you're trying to eat healthfully. Here's how to indulge without abandoning your diet.
Eat before you go. A snack high in protein (like low-fat string cheese or yogurt) will curb any major hunger pangs to help you avoid binging on more fattening options at the party.
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Show some skin. These are the last days to pull out the sundress or micromini, but more importantly, dressing body-consciously may help prevent you from overdoing it. "Studies show that women who wear loose-fitting clothes eat more," says nutritionist Jana Klauer.
Go ahead, have a drink. Just keep in mind the fact that alcohol has the ability to stimulate your appetite and cloud your food-choosing judgment, warns weight-loss expert Stephen Gullo. Sip aRead More »from Eat Right at Labor Day BBQs