More evidence that women's paychecks are related to their looks? A University of Queensland study found that women with blonde hair earn 7 percent more than those with any other shade, reports the Telegraph. We seriously hope that changing your hair wouldn't be the thing that snags you a raise-but in case you're thinking about lightening up this summer anyway, we've been thinking about the best blonde.
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Here's how to get great color, according to Justin Anderson at the Neil George Salon in Los Angeles: bleach the ends, leaving your crown slightly darker, and sprinkle in highlights to make your hair look like a surfers'. Ask your colorist to apply your highlights an inch to two inches below the roots, with a natural-looking color that gets lighter as you move toward the ends.
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More evidence that women's paychecks are related to their looks? A University of Queensland study found that women with blonde hair earn 7 percent more than those with any other shade, reports the Telegraph. We seriously hope that changing your hair wouldn't be the thing that snags you a raise-but in case you're thinking about lightening up this summer anyway, we've been thinking about the best blonde.Read More »from Blondes Have More Funds
At Allure, we test tons of products-so we know a thing or two about beauty's biggest bargains. Like these five picks, all costing less than ten bucks. They're so inexpensive, you can score the entire list for under $35. And that's a pretty beautiful thing.
"Cover Girl Lash Blast Length mascara ($7.79) has molded plastic bristles that really separate and define the lashes. And the skinny brush and narrow tip make it easy to get into your corner and lower lashes without smudging. The effect is smooth and fluttery-natural, but perfected." -Amy Keller Laird, beauty director
"Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads take off even waterproof mascara in just a few swipes-you never have to rub or tug at your skin to get everything off. They dissolve the makeup quickly and easily. And you get a jar of 80 pads for around $6, so you don't feel guilty going through them quickly." -Victoria Kirby, beauty editor
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Ah, beauty sleep. You've heard of it. Maybe even gotten a night of it. But wake up gorgeous after every seven of slumber? That's always been the stuff of dreams-until now. Seriously. Allure's beauty director Amy Keller will be dishing the details of how to wake up looking good tonight on Inside Edition (log on to insideedition.com to find your local listing). Here's a sneak peek of what you'll want to do before going to bed this evening:
Wake up with radiant skin. Slather on a gradual tanner like St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Body Lotion before climbing into bed. It won't streak or stain the sheets, and it will give you a subtle glow by morning.
Use the strong stuff. Nighttime is the best time to use that power anti-ager, retinol, because the ingredient can be deactivated by the sun. We love the RoC Multi Correxion Skin Renewing Serum. Try mixing it with your moisturizer if you notice any irritation.
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The ubiquitous smoky eye makeup that we often see on the runway and red carpet can be hard to accomplish in real life-there's a fine line between rocker and raccoon. Smoky eye kits can help, but they're usually only found in department stores or makeup boutiques, complete with the solid price tag-until now. Cover Girl has created three kits packed with all of the essentials to get three different versions of smoky eyes.Read More »from Smoky Eyes Made Easyâ€”and Cheap!
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Natural Look uses shades of brown; Glamorous Look is the traditional shimmery black; and Bold Look is vibrant blue. Each set includes full-size versions of their SmokyShadow Blast double-ended cream sticks, LineExact Liquid Liner Pen, and LashBlast Mascara as well as instructions and a diagram to make the process as simple as possible. The best part: each kit is just $16.50 on walmart.com (they'll be in the stores starting May.)
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Frizz isn't just a problem for women with coarse, curly hair-plenty of fine-haired folks get it, too, especially if you color your hair, which frays the cuticle and allows water to enter the hair shaft, swelling it open. But many smoothing products can flatten fine hair, so you used to be left to pick your battles. Now, though, there are smoothing products designed specifically for fine hair, and if you follow these tips, you'll find that body and sheen can go hand-in-hand (or, should we say, strand-in-strand).
1. Try water-based smoothing products. They're lighter than creams and tame frizz well on fine hair. Just be sure to apply only from ear-level down on damp hair (then you can work a volumizer through your roots if needed). No Frizz Straight Making Styling Spray contains a lightweight, nonsilicone molecule that repels moisture. Moroccanoil Light is a less concentrated version of the cult favorite anti-frizz oil.
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It's no secret that Allure editors are fans of Smashbox makeup: Their Lip Enhancing Gloss has won a Best of Beauty award, and their Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a repeat award winner. Recently, the company's chief creative officer and co-founder, Davis Factor (a great-grandson of the famous Max), was in New York with his makeup team. Factor also happens to be a photographer, so after Stephanie Vazquez, East Coast Sephora artistry trainer for Smashbox, did my makeup, Davis snapped some shots of me with my son, Mack (below). As Vazquez was working her makeup magic, she gave me these great tips:
1. To remove redness under your eyes, dab eye primer (like the one shown above) right along your lower lash line. It does this job well since it's developed to cover up veins and mottled tones.
2. When using a bright blush shade, dust it on with a fan brush-the fluttery bristles diffuse the color so it doesn't look clownish.
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Spring is in the air. And that means it's time to swap our clothes, shoes, and fragrance for something a bit lighter. Here's what Allure editors will be spritzing this season:
"Bobbi Brown Almost Bare is great for both spring and summer because the delicate floral notes like jasmine and lily of the valley mix with cedar and amber so your skin smells both warm and fresh." -Amy Keller Laird, beauty director
"I don't know if it's the contrarian in me or what, but I've been craving a deep, dark scent for spring. My favorite: Feuilles de Tabac (Tobacco Leaf) by Miller Harris. It's warm and masculine, but it still has a hint of something green so it doesn't smell heavy or like cologne." -Kristin Perrotta, editorial projects director.
"Now that it's spring, I've been working Fresh Citron de Vigne into my fragrance rotation. It's a tangy citrus, so you don't smell like a cleaning product, but it's still refreshing and crisp." -Kayleigh Donahue, editorial assistantRead More »from The Best Scents for Spring
by Jessica Prince
Looks like even the most loyal tanning-bed goers are learning that the sun is bad. It's about time! This week Snooki (real name Nicole Polizzi) shot a video for Sunlove, a sunless tanner at Belmont Lounge in New York City. We stopped by for some one-on-one time to find out about her tanning habits-and poof-creating products.
When did you start using self-tanner?
"I just heard about Sunlove not too long ago and then I tried it out. It doesn't leave your face greasy, and there's no bad smell to it like other spray tans. I never used spray tanners until this one because I usually just went tanning. But you know after the taxing, you don't want to deal with that, and friggin' cancer-so this is a great product to replace all the bad stuff of tanning."
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So do you think you'll use self-tanner going forward rather than hitting the tanning beds?
"Oh yeah, definitely, definitely."
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Having the right set of brushes can mean the difference between years of great makeup applications-and years of mediocre ones. Makeup artist Troy Surrat, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Freida Pinto, tells us how to choose the right ones:
- Buy the best you can: "I really believe high quality brushes are worth the price," says Surrat. A $60 blush brush, for instance, can last for decades (really!) if you care for it properly. Natural bristles work best; they're fluffier and have a natural cuticle, like human hair, "that grabs pigment and holds it until you place it exactly where you want on the face." Blue squirrel is the finest (and most expensive), but pony hair, goat, and kolinsky sable are also good. Don't skip synthetic brushes altogether though-they're best for applying creams and liquids.
- Keep them clean: Once a month, mix warm water with a little soap and swish the head of the brush around in it. For natural bristles, Surrat recommends shampoo (Aveda Shampure
Not only is the sun harmful to our skin-it really harshes on our hair. Add in a soaking of sea water and chlorine, and you've got a recipe for a rat's nest. That's why we turn to products that contain ingredients like sea kelp extracts, marine peptides, and even natural dead sea salts (just a sprinkle for texture) to re-create sexy, beachy waves. Here are our favorites:
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (shown above). It's great on hair that's wet or dry. Spritz it all over and then try scrunching while simultaneously using a diffuser to dry your hair. You'll end up with matte textured waves and lots of body. Trust us, it really works.
Blow Beach Blow Texturizing Mist. If you want to rough up iron-created curls, spray this in right after you finish heat styling. Use your hands to give yourself a head massage and break up the curls to give them a tousled, more natural texture.
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