What happens in a guy's brain when he sees a pretty face? Partially, calculating how much seeing that face again would be worth to him. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center used brain-imaging to study college-age men's brains while they watched a sequence of female faces interspersed with images of money go by.
Later, the participants were able to view more or less attractive faces if they spent more or less money. And the brain-scan results show...there is a correlation between looking at a pretty face and the part of your brain that measures value.
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"One part of the frontal cortex of our participants' brains increased in activation to more attractive faces," said senior author Scott Huettel, an associate professor of psychology & neuroscience at Center for Neuroeconomic Studies at Duke, on Science Daily. "A nearby brain region's activation also predicted those faces' economic value-specifically, how much money that person would be
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What happens in a guy's brain when he sees a pretty face? Partially, calculating how much seeing that face again would be worth to him. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center used brain-imaging to study college-age men's brains while they watched a sequence of female faces interspersed with images of money go by.Read More »from Men's Brains + Pretty Faces = ?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Thu, Feb 18, 2010 8:31 PM EST
The phrase "They're just really cool girls" gets tossed around a lot backstage by the beauty pros during fashion shows. But at Proenza Schouler, neither makeup artist Diane Kendal nor hairstylist Didier Malige uttered the expression-or even the word "cool" for that matter-when talking about the beauty. Yet it was hands down the coolest show we've seen this week, with an array of flirty dresses, leather mini skirts, and a booming hip hop soundtrack that shook everyone awake after days of sitting through mellow show music. The collection reminded us of how the hippest kids in high school never tried to be that way-they just inherently had that something that made you want to be like them. We can say the same thing about the fall '10 Proenza girl.
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While a lot of shows this week have focused on restraint and minimalism, Proenza was straight up sexy, but in a sporty, effortless way that's still in tune with these moreRead More »from Backstage Beauty: Crazysexycool at Proenza Schouler
A drugstore product just got some major scientific props. A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology shows that in a clinical trial, the Olay Professional Pro-X system improves the appearance of fine lines as well as a cream that contains tretinoin, the active ingredient in Renova, a leading prescription anti-aging cream. In fact, more than half of the women who were using the Olay system were judged to look better than those using the prescription regimen.
The study, which was one of the first to compare over-the-counter products with prescription treatments, used high-resolution digital imaging to compare participants' skin. (We wrote about these products and others before this study-check it out here.)
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Gorgeous 21-year old model (and ace Irish step-dancer) Coco Rocha says she's not in demand for runway shows because of her size...which is a 4. "Everybody knows that, in general, a basketball player needs to be tall and a fashion model needs to be skinny, but how skinny is too skinny?" Rocha asked the New York Times.
Rocha is not exactly hard up for work-she did walk in Sunday's diverse Diane von Furstenberg show (above), has appeared in various countries' editions of Vogue since 2006, and is now a correspondent for modelinia.com-so she can blow off any club that won't have her as a member. "You know what, I've stopped caring," she said. "If I want a hamburger, I'm going to have one."
But what does this standard mean for struggling or aspiring models? What do you think about the industry's efforts so far?Read More »from Coco Rocha, Size 4: Too Fat for the Runway?
And some food for thought (no pun intended) on Rocha's basketball analogy: Not everyone on a basketball team is tall. Even the top teams have short point guards-and
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Work + Money – Tue, Feb 16, 2010 5:49 PM EST
Marc Jacobs is like the M Night Shyamalan of New York Fashion Week: His show always includes a surprise twist. This time, he chose to cast mostly unknown models, many of whom had never ever walked a runway. Then, he added two girls to the show who weren't even models at all-just cool chicks he plucked from the streets of New York to walk his famous runway. (We'd like to know which streets those are so we can start hanging out on them and wait for our MJ discovery moment.)
Backstage, we asked hairstylist Guido why Jacobs went with unknown beauties. "When you don't recognize the faces on the runway, there's more of an anonymous feel to the show," he said. "You really just focus the clothes." Makeup artist François Nars added, "Marc wanted an intellectual type of beauty for this show. These girls aren't glamazons-they're a bit more special and unique. You're able to get a sense of their personalities."Read More »from Backstage Beauty: Real Women Walk the Runway at Marc Jacobs
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Mon, Feb 15, 2010 8:41 PM EST
By Jessica Prince
Backstage at Diane von Furstenberg yesterday, lead makeup artist James Kaliardos created "iridescent smoky eyes inspired by butterfly metamorphosis and peacock colors." As you can see, this=gorgeous! We watched as he created the look.
1. He applied black cream liner as eyeshadow, spreading it across the lids from the upper lash lines to the creases. Then a smaller shadow brush was used to "blend the color up to the brow bones."
2. Next, the black cream liner was applied along the lower lash lines and winged out along the outer corners.
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3. M.A.C. Pro Loose Pigment in Steel Blue (a sparkly greenish blue) was applied below the lower lash lines and a brighter cobalt was applied in the inner corners of the upper lids.
4. He dabbed M.A.C. Pro 3D Glitter with a pointy brush just in the inner corners of the lids. He topped off the look with a "good, thick coating of mascara."
Photo credit: Jessica Prince
I had to wake up at 4:15 yesterday morning to film a TV segment. Needless to say, I had some raging undereye circles. Lucky for me (and for the people watching my segment), makeup artist Angella Valentine was stocked up on concealer-and ready to share her application tips. A few things I hadn't heard before that work:
Mix a dab of primer with your concealer: You can use eye primer, but if you don't have any, face primer works just as well. (In fact, Valentine likes Smashbox Photo Finish, which is made for the face). This can do a lot of things:
1. For people whose sensitive skin is irritated by eye cream, the added primer helps moisturize the area in a gentle way.
2. For people who aren't irritated by eye creams but end up with caked-up concealer two minutes later, the primer is smoother (and less dense) than a cream and locks the concealer in place.
3. The combination gives you full coverage without theRead More »from The Best Concealer Tips
Take it from someone who has been on prescription acne medicine for a decade-laboratory science is a girl's best friend. Still, there's something appealing about DIY beauty remedies, too. Whether it's because we love the idea that nature has provided for us in some way (sea salt for exfoliating!) or simply that we have the ingredients already in the kitchen (to think, I almost threw out that cold tea bag!)-we're always eager to try made-at-home treatments.
In our February issue, Emily Blunt revealed that she's soaked her face in olive oil in the name of soft skin. (Oil and our acne-prone skin do not mix.)
Do you swear by any DIY treatments? Is there one you've always been curious about but haven't had the guts (or the potato chunks) to try?
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Beauty-related crime always catches our eye. There was the transgender prisoner who wanted the state to pay for his sex change and electrolysis; and then the Canadian inmates who spent four months using a nail clipper to dig a tunnel to freedom. Now, we just heard about a man charged with larceny after he stuffed 75 bottles of Bath & Body Works lotions into his pants at a Massachusetts mall-so many that he couldn't even run from the authorities or bend down to get into the police car.
Legal issues aside, what we do know is that there are more efficient ways to moisturize. Here's what the experts suggest.
-Most bar soaps look innocent, but a harsh formula can leave skin uncomfortably dry. Look for a creamy cleanser that contains glycerin or petrolatum. We like Johnson's Body Care 24 Hour Care Moisturizing Body Wash.
-Mild exfoliation using a gentle scrub with soft, synthetic beads can remove dead skin cells and reduce dullness and allow moisturizer to function more effectively. TryRead More »from The Best Ways to Moisturize Your Skin
A couple Valentine's Days ago, we thought our BF knew us well enough to know what we would want. A bottle of bad scented body lotion later, we realized how wrong we were!
So with February 14th approaching, we wondered how much of this new British research reported in the Daily Mail applies here in the U.S. The survey of 6,000 men, sponsored by The Perfume Shop, found that the men were clueless about their partner's dress size, birth date, natural hair color, and even eye color. (What?!) Thirty percent didn't know their partner's bra size, and 12 percent didn't know the name of their girlfriend's best friend.
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Do you think your boyfriend knows enough about you to buy you a decent Valentine's Day present? Here's one place you can look to start hinting...
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