By Christiana Molina, Allure magazine
Hail to the queen! Drag queen, that is. Last night, Raja was crowned America's Next Drag Superstar during the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race. At the official finale preview party, I caught up with Raja and the finalists, who each shared their top beauty tips to, as RuPaul would say, "looking good, feeling gorgeous."
First runner-up Luzon is a New York native whose style is as creative as it is endearingly kitschy.
1. Load on mascara. "Just when you think that you have put too much mascara on and you look like Tammy Faye Bakker-God rest her soul-just put another tube on. I always use Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. It's a classic and it does a great job."
2. The bigger the hair, the better. "If a girl is feeling a little fat, if a girl is feeling short, if a girl is just not feeling right about herself, all she needs to do is jack out her hair. It will make the proportions of your body look so much better if you have bigger hair. You
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Apr 27, 2011 8:00 PM EDT
By Christiana Molina, Allure magazineRead More »from RuPaul's Top 3 Drag Queens Share Their Beauty Tips
By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazineRead More »from What Beauty Chore Do You Find Relaxing?
Whether its tweezing our brows or applying the perfect set of smoky eyes, there are some beauty practices that take a little more TLC than, say, slapping on a lip balm. For these more demanding tasks, we apply a steadier hand and a little bit more thought, but is is possible that these beauty chores can be somewhat relaxing?
For Emily Schroeder, a stylist at Timothy John's Salon in New York City, it is. "I find giving blow outs extremely relaxing," she told me as she straightened my naturally wavy locks last Friday. "The whole process of brushing through the warm air is very calming. And then there's the instant gratification of seeing the style take shape as you move around the head." For me, I would say my weekly exfoliation adds a much-needed dose of Zen. Rubbed in circular motions around my forehead and cheeks and left to sit for a minute to two, the Cosmedicine Medi-Morphosis Exfoliator can become my own version of a mini-vacation.
By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazineRead More »from Could Kate Middleton and Lauren Conrad Be Twins?
Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel look like long-lost twins (and Emily Blunt could be their sister). Jessica Alba and Vanessa Minnillo are at least cousins. There's something Cindy Crawford-ish about Eva Mendes's eyebrows and smile. And Shia LaBeouf looks exactly like a Young Albert Einstein. (Brains and looks?! Damnnn, Einstein.) Well, now add these celeb lookalikes to the official list:
For weeks, I've been telling coworkers that royal bride Kate Middleton looks exactly like our cover star Lauren Conrad-if Middleton got California girl caramel highlights. (Turns out, I'm not the only one who thinks so.) But another editor countered: "No! Miley Cyrus looks like Lauren Conrad-if Lauren Conrad had longer, curlier hair." True, enough. But you know who doesn't look like Miley Cyrus? Kate Middleton. So, how can two people look like Lauren Conrad and not look like each other? With the slightest of facial differences and hair differences. (Case in point:
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Mon, Apr 25, 2011 8:38 PM EDT
By Heather Muir, Allure magazineRead More »from A Genius New Trick for Finding Your Perfect Red Lipstick
Just last week I blogged about my preference for glossy pink lipstick as opposed to bold red. But this weekend, all of that changed when I lip-locked with Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Lipstick in 401, a vibrant orange-red. I was one of ten bridesmaids in a wedding (that's me, here) where the bride requested we wear red lips.
I have to admit, I didn't love the idea-that is, until makeup artist Tim Quinn (who works with celebrities like Megan Fox) said, "I have the perfect shade for you," and pulled out the aforementioned 401. The color complemented my bronzed, spray-tanned skin and, surprisingly, looked great with my brown smoky eye makeup. How come I hadn't discovered this hue before? "Most women base their shade of red lipstick on their skin tone only," Quinn says. The problem? "Skin tone often changes-with bronzers and spray tans-especially for big events like weddings." A better guideline, Quinn explains, is your eye color-not only does it always
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazineRead More »from Scary New Diet Pills
If someone handed you a pill and said "take two of these and you'll lose all the weight you want to," would you be tempted? If you answered anything other than yes, I don't believe you. We all want a magic bullet for our problems, and a new breed of diet pills has many people believing they can take the easy route to substantial weight loss. In our May issue, Hallie Levine Sklar documents how these new pills-widely available over the internet-have proven both to be both addictive and dangerous.
One person, a New York City-based hairstylist, told Sklar that at first the pills were wildly successful. He lost 25 pounds in two months. "The weight loss was pretty much effortless-I just stopped thinking about food," he said. But soon, he experienced periods where his heart would race and his mood was wildly unpredictable. He no longer felt like himself. Terrified, he stopped taking the pills and within weeks, he was gaining the weight back.
The FDA has
By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazineRead More »from To Wash Or Not to Wash, That Is the Question
When it comes to high-end fashion and stylish silhouettes, Proenza Schouler CEO Shirley Cook likes to keep it clean. But when it comes to her hair, its a totally different story. "I stopped washing my hair about six weeks ago," Cook told the beauty blog Into The Gloss.
"It's a miracle! A friend of mine doesn't wash her hair and it looks incredible..." Now, we know hairstylists suggest washing every other day, we've even been known to let a few days fall in between washes-but six weeks? While it almost sounds cringe-worthy, we wonder if Cook is onto something (or, at least, how she started her no-wash polish): "[My friend and I] went on vacation-I would wet [my hair] every day and brush it and put Moroccan Oil in it, just on the ends, but wouldn't wash it. My hair changed, and it doesn't get greasy," she said.
Would you go sans-rinsing for a month for healthier hair? Or does the idea of it make you want to hop in the shower immediately?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Apr 20, 2011 4:58 PM EDT
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazineRead More »from Would You Take Beauty Tips From Glee's Matthew Morrison?
He's got great hair, a hit TV show with Glee, a charismatic singing voice, and crazy-tight abs-but that doesn't mean we should necessarily be taking beauty advice from Matthew Morrison. Although he's been giving out a lot of tips lately, and we're sure he's just trying to help out his fans, most of his tidbits fall somewhere between "seems unlikely to actually work" and "flat-out-wack-a-doodle." Here, some of Morrison's questionable beauty bon mots of late:
Crash diet on sweet potatoes.
For his shirtless photo shoot for Details, Morrison says he ate nothing but sweet potatoes for the three days prior. He even limited his fluid intake to "very little water" to look extra-ripped. Why sweet potatoes? "The potato acts as a sponge and your body literally shrinks and gets ripped and tight," he said. Um, really?
Use body products, not hair products, on your hair.
Morrison told Conan O'Brien that one time he ran out of his regular hair products and decided
By Heather Muir, Allure magazineRead More »from The Secrets to Christie Brinkley's Beautiful Skin
Christie Brinkley (above, with daughter Alexa) obviously has some killer genes, but she's also relied on dermatologist Patricia Wexler for the past 25 years to keep her skin looking gorgeous. Well, it's paying off: Brinkley is currently starring in the Broadway musical Chicago as 25-year old murderess Roxie Hart-a character 32 years Brinkley's junior (yes, the supermodel is actually 57!). Wexler shares some of the ways Brinkley keeps her skin in great shape.
Stock up on sunscreen. "Christie is a surfer, but you'd never know it-she always uses sun protection, the number-one way to prevent aging," Wexler says.
Be vigilant. "Christie's a perfectionist and doesn't let things-even little things-go," explains Wexler. "Instead of waiting until you have 30 sun spots on your face to go see a dermatologist, stay on top of it and go when you see just one. When Christie has a little brown spot, she comes in and we treat it with a laser."
Don't yo-yo diet. "After
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazineRead More »from Is Nail Polish Safe for Kids?
Last week, neon-pink nail polish made some unlikely headlines when a J. Crew advertisement showed the company's creative director, Jenna Lyons, painting her five-year-old son's toenails with the bubble-gum shade. While talking heads debated the appropriateness of nail polish for boys and recommended that Lyons put aside some money for Beckett's future therapy bills, I kept thinking: Is adult nail polish even safe for children?
I have an almost-two-year-old son and he took one look at my feet after a recent pedicure and said "Henry have those toes." I'm happy to let him cover his toenails with rainbow nail polish, but I am just overprotective enough to wonder if the grown-up stuff is right-health wise-for him. (I'm also pretty convinced my helicopter-Mom instincts are the thing that will drive him into therapy, not my permissiveness about makeup experimentation.) Here's what I discovered:
Adult nail polishes may can contain things such as
By Heather Muir, Allure magazineRead More »from How to Loosen Up After a Run
So maybe you didn't run the Boston marathon today (if you did, major kudos!), but runners of all intensities know the muscle soreness that can follow pounding the pavement. I asked Geraldine Abergas, spa manager at the Tribeca Equinox for tips you can do at home to ease aches and pains after your next run:
Choose ice over heat. The next time you're sore, soak in a cool bath for 20-minutes instead of grabbing a heating pad. "Using heat after running will just cause more inflammation," says Abergas. "You're better off dropping a few ice cubes in your bath water, and sprinkling in some Epsom salts-they help draw out minerals and toxins your muscles produce when running." (As for that pad: "Heat helps muscles relax, so use it on days you aren't running before bed.")
Snack on pineapple. The juicy fruit contains bromelain-an ingredient known to help reduce inflammation, Abergas explains. "Cut some up and eat it after a run, or drink pineapple juice."