By Heather Muir, Allure magazine
Now that it's November, there's a reason to celebrate-one that doesn't involve a countdown to turkey (or to holiday gifts: But Santa, if you're listening, I'd like a vintage vanity this year). November, it turns out, is National Healthy Skin month. We know it's hard not to get overwhelmed with the hundreds of skin-care products that line store shelves-and the seemingly infinite information that comes with each of them-so we put together a list of five simple rules we use to keep our own skin supple, glowing, and young-looking.
1. Make SPF Your BFF: Ward off future skin damage (think wrinkles and sun spots) by rubbing on a broad-spectrum formula that contains Helioplex, Mexoryl, or Active Photobarrier Complex-they offer the longest-acting protection-has an SPF of at least 30 (the new everyday standard), and contains antioxidants. We love Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30.
2. Exfoliate often: Sad but true, cell turnover starts to slow
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Mon, Nov 1, 2010 11:00 PM EDT
By Victoria Land, Allure magazineRead More »from How to Get the Most Requested Hair Color in Hollywood
It seems everyone in Hollywood is jumping on board the ombré hair trend. In recent months Drew Barrymore, Ashlee Simpson and Alexa Chung have all adopted two-tone strands. Yesterday, Tracey Cunningham, of the Byron and Tracey Salon in Beverly Hills, told us that it's by far the most requested color by all her clients (which include a slew of A-list celebrities, by the way!). We asked Cunningham for the dirt on the dip-dye look.
What's the appeal of ombré hair?
"It's basically for brunettes who have always highlighted their hair but now want to embrace their darker, natural hair color. It's dark at the roots, and lighter at the ends, with a lot of lighter pieces around the face. It's a very grown out, carefree, low maintenance look"
When did you know the look was going to be huge?
"About a year ago I noticed my clients bringing in pictures of Lily Aldridge-she is still the most popular picture people bring in as an example of the look"
Who does it
By Angelique Serrano, Allure magazineRead More »from Are Facials Worth the Money?
I got a facial recently. It was two hours long. Yes, you read that right: Two. Hours. Long. And you know what? It was heavenly. I visited Isabelle Bellis in New York City, whose studio looks like a small, cozy apartment. She took me through a few relaxation exercises, massaged my face with products for over an hour, and even put on gloves to massage the inside of my mouth! (Totally bizarre, but oddly soothing.)
But beyond the blissful experience, there is of course always the question of whether facials are really worth the money. I mean, my skin did look amazing afterward, but was it triple-digit good? And is all that poking and prodding even healthy? Here's what some of the top dermatologists have to say about every step of the average facial-what to indulge in, and what to skip:
STEAMING. "If pores are clogged, steaming lets you clean out dirt without excessive pressure, which can cause inflammation," says Amy B. Lewis, a New York City
By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine
In a recent Hello magazine interview, former Dynasty star Joan Collins was quoted as saying, "[There] aren't that many good looking actresses around today. I mean, there's Angelina Jolie and there's...Angelina Jolie. Jennifer Aniston is cute, but I wouldn't call her beautiful. She's no Ava [Gardner] or Lana [Turner]." Ouch.
Collins now says she was misquoted-and that she in fact commented on the hotness of several actresses (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Scarlett Johansson, and Megan Fox, for starters), and was not simply comparing the attractiveness of Jolie and Aniston (who, as you might have heard, have some history together). Still, we couldn't help but notice that even after her verbal addendum, Aniston is still the only actress Collins called cute, but not beautiful, in print.
"Cute" isn't quite an insult and we're sure Collins didn't see critiquing a movie star's appearance (in her mind,Read More »from Have You Ever Dissed Another Woman's Looks?
By Angelique Serrano, Allure magazine
Smudgy, smoky eyes can be a tricky look to master-especially around the under-eye region. Done wrong, the deep shadows can make you look tired (sorry, Claire, but you've had better beauty moments). When it's applied perfectly, however, smoky under-eye makeup "gives a sort of edginess, a downtown-girl effect," says makeup artist Troy Surratt. We asked him for foolproof tips on how to rock it right:
Use a bit of brown. "The way to get the most attractive smoky eyes is to add warmth," Surratt says. "Even if I'm doing a black smoky eye, I'll mix in warm, dark brown to give dimension." He suggests lining underneath the eyes with a black pencil: "Then take a small shadow brush, dip that into [brown] eye shadow and put it over the pencil. Blend the two together, to create that rich, diffused look."
Stay close to the lashes. "You have to be careful about howRead More »from Pro Tips for Applying Smoky Under-Eye Makeup
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazine
At a recent event, Hilary Swank apparently walked the red carpet with hairy armpits. This wasn't exactly mountain-man territory-someone with far better eyesight than I spotted the telltale hairs, but it was enough for US Weekly to call it a style "blunder."
Related: Allure's Head-to-Toe Guide to Hair Removal
But it made me wonder: Is Hilary making a statement about all-natural beauty or was she just in a rush because the limo arrived early? I did a quick informal survey to get the office consensus on underarm landscaping. More people than I had anticipated thought that letting it all hang out (literally) was just fine, while others felt that hairy armpits were a no go.
Related: Mo'Nique and Her Hairy Situation at the Golden Globes
I confess I'm in the latter category: I wouldn't go to an event wearing strappy sandals without getting a pedicure beforehand, and I wouldn't wear a strapless, gold lace dress without shaving or waxing the pits.
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Oct 20, 2010 10:43 PM EDT
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
I rarely wear lipstick, even at formal events, because the color usually spends more time on my wine glass than on my actual lips. Even long-wearing lipsticks have let me down-the color stays put, but I don't like that many of them leave my lips feeling as dry and scratchy as sandpaper. (I'm sensitive-what can I say?) Enter the new generation of lip stains, that last long and keep your mouth moist. I gave several a go, to discover that these are the best:
Ten hours strong: Stila Açaí Crush Cheek & Lip Stain. It only comes in one color, a bold fuchsia-that you will become addicted to. The brush-pen makes it easy to apply perfectly before it dries, and the color stays put all night. (I tested it at my high school reunion, and it survived what felt like dozens of cheek kisses and drinks.) This lip stain works so well, in fact, that even after washing my face (and lips) before bed, I woke up seven hours later with the fuchsia still hanging on (albeitRead More »from The Best Long-Wearing Lip Stains (that won't leave you high and dry at your next cocktail party)
By Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine
We've all seen head-to-toe makeovers that are so unbelievable, all you can do is stare, mouth agape, from the shock. But those usually involve all new clothes, new makeup, a hairstylist, a trainer-and losing lots of weight. Sometimes, however, all it takes is a simple change to make a world of difference to your looks. These transformational makeup tricks from our editors couldn't be easier.
"I am always amazed at how much definition it gives my eyes when I use a black liner along the inner rims of the lower lashes." -Amy Keller Laird, deputy editor/beauty director
"Once a week, I take a good stare in the mirror and pluck a few strays to keep up my brows' shape. I feel so much more polished. It's crazy what a big impact a few hairs can make!" -Heather Muir, beauty news editor
"I switched from wearing black eyeliner to dark brown. I really didn't expect it to make much of aRead More »from 4 Makeup Tricks That Transform Your Look
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazineRead More »from How Many Products Do You Use in a Day?
I consider myself a relatively low-maintenance beauty person. Don't get me wrong: I love new products and one of my favorite things about working at Allure is that it's completely legitimate to have a daily conversation about makeup obsessions. That said, I think of my morning routine as "pretty basics": I figured it's pretty much just dabbing on tinted moisturizer to even out my skin, curling my lashes and adding a bit of mascara, and swiping on some gloss.
Related: Are You Hanging On To Products Way Too Long?
But the other day I did a quick tally of my daily beauty routine, really counting product by product....and I realized I open up close to 20 different jars, bottles, pots, and tubes on an average day! (And that number might go up by another dozen if I was getting ready to go out for the night). Here's how my list started: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle on my hair; Cetaphil For All Skin Types Gentle Skin Cleanser, Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating
By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine
Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Laura Dern and Ben Harper-celebrity splits have been all over the news lately. And there's one with a beauty twist: Rumor has it Jessica Simpson and longtime hairstylist Ken Paves have been seeing less and less of each other.
While we hope their friendship remains strong, we totally understand taking a professional break from your hairdresser of many years. Whether you're in a rut with each other, or you feel like he or she doesn't listen-wow, this really is like an actual break-up-you too might have to end things. Here's how:
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Cheat. It's ill-advised in romantic relationships, but the right thing to do here. Ask a friend with a great cut for a recommendation or check out Allure's Directory, and just try someone else. You'll be getting a fresh perspective and possibly a great new haircut out of it. And who knows? Maybe you'll hate theRead More »from How to Break Up With Your Hairstylist