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  • Elle Macpherson Proudly Diplays Her (Non-Gray) Roots

    by Jeffrey Slonim

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    Elle Macpherson is no stranger to flaunting her considerable assets. And it turns out that at age 50 (let's let that sink in, shall we...), she has something brand-new to show off.


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    Yesterday morning, at the launch of her lingerie line for JCPenney, The Body by Elle Macpherson, the model had striking ombré hair. Six to eight inches of her luxurious brunette roots blended into a long mane of bleachy blonde waves. Macpherson told me that her colorist wasn't just hopping on the ombré bandwagon--he wanted her to flaunt her own gray-free hair color. Louis Angelo, who styled her hair for the event, was pleased to see her natural color: "Hey, if I didn't have any gray hair, I would show eight inches of roots," he says.

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  • View from the Red Carpet: Stars Bling it Out for Tiffany's

    by Jeffrey Slonim

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    On most evenings, mentioning that the ladies look like a million bucks would be a figure of speech. But yesterday, at the Guggenheim Museum for the Tiffany & Co. 2014 Blue Book Collection, the stars sparkled in jewelry that was easily worth more than seven figures. I spoke to Jessica Biel, Katie Holmes, Kate Bosworth, and more about their dazzling (if, sadly, borrowed) gems.


    "I can't even concentrate," said Katie Holmes, who wore Balenciaga. She extended her hand to show me a dizzying emerald-cut 27.31-carat sapphire ring. "If I could pass it around, I would. I did call my friends, and they came over and tried it on."

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    Jessica Biel was wearing a black velvet dress by Oscar de la Renta. "The back flies through [my feet] when I walk, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to fall," she said. Her own knuckle-size diamond ring, courtesy of Justin Timberlake, nicely matched her borrowed diamond drop necklace in platinum

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  • Look We Love: Kate Mara's Glimmering Eye Makeup

    by Sophia Panych

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    I loved Kate Mara's gold-and-purple eye shadow at the Transcendence premiere last night so much that I called up makeup artist Colleen Campbell-Olwell to get the inside scoop on this unusual combination.


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    "Kate was wearing a gorgeous gold Valentino dress with swept-up hair, so we decided to do bold and metallic shadows on her eyes, with a pop of color and luminous skin," said Campell-Olwell. "First, I placed a bronzy gold eye shadow on the middle of her eyelids, followed by a lighter gold shadow in the inner corners. Then, using a small eye-shadow brush, I tapped purple shadow along the top and bottom lash lines just at the outer corners." Campbell-Olwell finished the look with two coats of volumizing mascara--Orlane Volume Care Mascara, to be exact.

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  • Iris Apfel on Signature Style, Beauty, and Aging Gracefully

    by Meirav Devash

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    Most 'It' girls fade into obscurity well before their first wrinkle. Not Iris Apfel, the textile maven with the unmistakable owl frames. She found fame her mid-80s, when the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed her wardrobe in an exhibit called Rara Avid (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel. Now 92, she's created a handbag collection and a limited-edition makeup line for M.A.C.; she's designed glasses for Eyebobs and several jewelry collections for HSN and YOOX; she's acted as visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin; and she is the subject of an upcoming documentary by Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter). To say she's remained relevant would be an understatement. For Allure's April issue, I spoke to Apfel about style in her tenth decade.


    Can you remember your first major purchase? "I'll never forget it. It was a brooch I found in a basement shop in Greenwich Village when I was 11. I didn't have a penny, so I saved

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  • 5 Products You Need for Coachella

    by Sophia Panych

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    Maybe you're going to Coachella this weekend. Maybe you're not going to Coachella this weekend but wishing you were (that would be me). Either way, these bold, bright, colorful beauty products are the perfect way to channel that music-festival vibe whether you're dancing around in a desert or dancing around in your kitchen and it's just really hot.


    Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Violet. If a purple Easter egg fell into a can of Day-Glo and then took some LSD, you'd have the color of this totally wild and crazy lipstick shade. I honestly can say I have never seen anything as electric and intense in all my years at Allure. And the best part is the fact the liquid-y, long-wearing formula won't budge--no matter how many sips of beer you take--so you can just swipe it on and forget about it.

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  • How to Make Your Perfume Last--on Your Skin and on the Shelf

    Alexandra Tunell

    George ChinseeGeorge Chinsee

    Here's a real first-world problem: I have so many beauty products that they're starting to expire before I can even try them. Face creams from last year are getting yellow and chalky, and saddest of all, my perfumes are smelling a bit...funky. Not only that, but they're wearing off before I even get to the office. I asked Sue Phillips, president and CEO of Scenterprises and owner of the Scentsorium, an appointment-only, custom-fragrance studio in TriBeCa, how to extend the life of fragrance.

    How to choose a long-lasting scent: "Citrus, green, and floral scents are brighter than woodsy ones, but they don't last long. If you want a perfume that you won't have to refresh after four hours, look for words like 'spicy' or 'oriental' in the description."

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    How to make it last: "Fragrance lasts much longer on moisturized skin, but don't apply a scented moisturizer first--it will conflict with your fine perfume.

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  • How to Coachella-Proof Your Skin

    by Alexandra Owens

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    Making the most out of the stellar musical lineup. Snagging an invitation for the afterparty where Daft Punk is rumored to be DJing. Sampling the best food trucks on the West Coast . They're all essential parts of the Coachella experience--right along with protecting your skin from the desert sun, wind, and heat. Here's how to stay radiant for all three days.


    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70 For someone who is terrified of both the sun and goopy sunscreen, this product qualifies as a drugstore miracle. The sweatproof liquid gives full UVA/UVB protection and disappears completely into your skin with no sticky residue, so it's easy to layer under makeup. There's also a body-mist version for fast application and a solid stick that I plan on toting in my bag for mess-free touch-ups throughout the day.

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    Sephora Collection 8 HR Mattifying Moisturizer SPF 20 My skin gets dry on the best of days,

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  • Minnie Driver on Her Curly-Hair Must-Haves and an Old-School Skin Trick

    by Stephanie Saltzman

    COURTESY OF CLARITINCOURTESY OF CLARITIN

    Sure, Minnie Driver is an Oscar nominee and the star of a new TV show (NBC's About a Boy). But that doesn't mean she's above a simple DIY beauty hack. We spoke to the actress recently at an event for Claritin (Driver is a spokeswoman for the brand) about how she cares for her famous curls, her skin-care routine, and the surprising trick she learned from a Hollywood icon.


    Have allergies ever affected you on set? "They have. When we were shooting The Riches, we were out in the dry Californian summer. It was brutal. I was playing a crack addict, though, so the weepy eyes kind of worked for the character. But I'm outside with my son a lot, so I have to get control of my allergies. Medication is really the thing that works. Claritin! You've got to take it, and you have to stay on it."

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  • Allure Meets Big Ang of Mob Wives

    by Patrick Rogers

    Allure StaffAllure Staff

    Blink and you'll miss the Drunken Monkey, the modest storefront bar on Staten Island owned by Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, the star of VH1's Mob Wives. But you will never, ever miss Big Ang. On a Friday night, Allure contributing editor at large Joan Kron and I are having a drink at the bar when the TV personality walks through the door, smelling sweetly of Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée body lotion. The place lights up: Fans are there from California and Florida, and a pair from Sweden have arrived to propose a modeling job. "They're from everywhere," says Ang, who clearly loves her public. Italy, Australia, the U.K.--a group from Saudi Arabia even showed up once with bodyguards. "It's nice," she says, "but sometimes they jump on me when I come in. That's a bit much."


    We get the impression Ang can handle it. She orders herself an espresso martini (there's a painting on the wall of her spilling one) and gamely sits down to discuss the elements of her singular style.

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  • 10 Things Only Long-Haired People Will Understand

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    Robert MitraRobert Mitra
    Long hair, don't care? Think again...

    1. You have two morning-alarm settings: the wash-your-hair alarm and the dry-shampoo alarm. And they're about two hours apart.

    2. You're perfectly happy to get into the pool--up to your waist.

    3. Birthday candles (and open flames in general) terrify you.
    If your hair doesn't catch on fire this year, consider your wish granted.

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    4. Even the ends of your hair have been around longer than your current boyfriend. And you'd never waste any of those ends on a breakup cut.

    5. On windy days, your hair could be classified as a weapon. Not to mention your sticky lip gloss's worst enemy.

    6. You've gotten your hair stuck in doors, fans (we feel you, Bey), and Pilates reformer machines. Which leads us to our next point...

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    7. There's always a band around your wrist. And it's not a Fitbit.

    8. You're willing to give up a

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