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  • It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 5 Ways the Beauty World is Helping the Cause

    by Alexandra Owens

    courtesy of Estée Lauder courtesy of Estée Lauder Allure's October issue features some generous and stylish ways to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But there are so many great products this year, I couldn't stop myself from sharing a few more of my favorites.

    Estée Lauder Pleasures Solid Perfume Metal Compact, $49.50
    Estée Lauder is one of the biggest advocates of breast cancer awareness out there, so it's no surprise that all proceeds from this Pleasures solid perfume compact--a soft mix of lilies, peonies, and jasmine--go straight to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And judging by how cute it is (that's it above--seriously, I want one for each purse), that will be a lot.

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    Fitbit PINK Flex, $99.95
    What better way to promote breast cancer awareness than to get healthy yourself? Last week Fitbit announced that they're making a limited-edition pink version of their cult-favorite fitness band--which tracks your daily

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  • Is Your Diet Making Your Skin Dull?

    by Elizabeth Siegel

    Romulo A YanesRomulo A Yanes They're super-tempting and delicious, but the foods below can all zap radiance from your skin. But just for the record, I'd like to dig into those fries, too.

    French fries, potato chips ... basically, anything worth snacking on. "Salt has a tremendous influence on water retention and the insulin levels that impact radiance," says Harold Lancer, a dermatologist in Los Angeles. "That's why a lot of celebrities follow no salt added diets."

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    Dessert and (we hate to say it) fruit.
    "The sugar in good carbs isn't doing your skin a ton of favors, " says Lancer. It's because sugar breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin, which causes dullness and wrinkles over time, adds Frederic Brandt, a dermatologist in New York City and Miami.

    Coffee (bad); lattes (worse). Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means it makes your pores look larger, and your skin look uneven, and I'm really sorry to be the bearer of that news. "If you

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  • Best of Beauty 2013: Cheap Thrills

    For the price of one high-end anti-aging cream, you can buy all 25 Best of Beauty-winning products on these pages. And they're not just bargains for bargains' sake. Each one has passed our rigorous testing process. They truly are the real deal.

    by Meirav Devash

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  • The 5 Best Makeup Looks from Paris Fashion Week

    by Alexandra Tunell

    Sequined face masks, color-blocked eyes, golden brows.... OK, so maybe our favorite looks from Paris Fashion Week don't exactly translate seamlessly into our everyday lives, but they sure are fun to look at. Here, our top five picks for best works of art.

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  • Stars with High-Maintenance Hair

    by Jeffrey Slonim

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    Forget the characters they play on-screen. In real life, stars are not only shape shifters, they're hair-color changers and constant length adjusters. The reasons for this are legion: They're getting ready for a photo shoot, they've landed a new role, or they're running away from an old role during a break in filming. We asked several stars about their latest hair tweaks at recent fashion shows for Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, and Christian Siriano, at the DKNY 25th Anniversary fete, and at Variety's Women in Film party in Beverly Hills.

    Elisabeth Moss: "I tend to go a little bit different from Peggy when I'm not playing her. It's a little blonder, a little shorter. I've done a couple films this summer, and this hair will be featured in them."

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    Elettra Weidemann: "This cut? Tim Rogers did it. I've had it since May. He was pushing me to do it, and I said, 'No, I like my haircut the way it is.' And then he gave me three glasses of champagne and asked me

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  • A Mathematical Formula for Perfect Brows?

    by Alexandra Tunell

    WireImageWireImage Those unreal Cara Delevingne brows--everyone wants them, but not everyone can have them. Or can they? Eyebrow guru Joey Healy, whose private shaping sessions run upwards of $100, has teamed up with Cindy Barshop of Completely Bare spas to create a protractor-like tool that measures an individual's facial structure for perfect, customized brows every time (while simultaneously giving them PTSD flashbacks to high school geometry). Here's how it works:

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    The in-salon procedure begins with an eyebrow specialist using The BrowShop Eyebrow Calibration tool to measure the bridge of your nose, the arch of your brow, and the tail to calculate your ideal brow shape based on a mathematical formula. The specialist then uses tweezers (more precise than waxing or threading) to shape the brow where needed, applies a growth formula to areas that come up short of the ideal measurements, and keeps a card on file to track your progress for

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  • New 'Catching Fire' CoverGirl Images Unveiled!

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    CoverGirlCoverGirl Get your Pinterest boards ready. The premiere of Catching Fire is only 50 days away, and people (ie, fans. ie, us) are already starting to gather beauty and fashion inspiration for its release. That's because this portion of the trilogy features Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) all dolled up for her winning Capitol tour. That means: out-of-this-world braids, burgundy smoky eyes, and intricate, avant-garde gowns that you'll want to adopt right into your own routine. Kind of.

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    To help bring some of those futuristic looks down to the present, CoverGirl is launching a Capitol Collection of bright, bold makeup items, as well as a website with images and how-to videos by celebrity makeup artist Dotti. In the coming weeks, they'll "unlock" 12 new looks for each of the districts, and we got the first look at two of them. "I wanted to create looks that were avant-garde, but also elegant and approachable," says Dotti.

    The makeup for the

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  • Our 3 Favorite Hair Looks from Paris Fashion Week

    by Lexi Novak; reporting by Sophia Panych

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    Hair accessories definitely had a designer-upgraded moment at Paris Fashion Week, and although the Black Swan feathered headdresses at Louis Vuitton were outrageous in the best possible way, our favorite looks were cleaner, simpler, and much easier to wear.

    Leather Headbands at Valentino (above). This "noble" khaleesi-inspired hair--perfect for any ruthless dragon princess oozing sex appeal--is the ideal balance of beauty and austerity. "She's the same Valentino girl," says hairstylist Guido Palau, "she's just a little bit more severe." He prepped hair with Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion, blew it dry, then combed it into a low ponytail, leaving two face-framing sections loose. After placing the headband, he pulled the two pieces back over the ears and wrapped them around the base of the ponytail, securing with pins. We may not be leading an army of warriors to battle, but at least we can pretend while wearing this style.


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  • The Base-ics: How to Apply Every Type of Foundation

    by Catherine Devine; reporting by Ellen Miller, Sarah Z. Wexler, and Jessica Matlin

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Foundation can do wonders to mask some of our biggest skin issues, but sucessfully blurring the lines isn't always as fun as Robin Thicke makes it sound. When your complexion is spackled with redness, uneven skin tone, scars, and dark spots, it's easy to forget that you don't actually need a mound of coverage to hide it all. In fact, getting a base that looks natural starts before you even dip into your makeup bag: Exfoliate first, then moisturize. "I massage moisturizer into the skin and really get the blood flowing," says makeup artist Pat McGrath. Here, more tricks from the pros on the ins and outs of applying every type of foundation:

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    Liquid: Split a dime-size dollop between your forehead, the tip and sides of your nose, and your chin. Using your fingers, blend towards the perimeter of your face, using small, downward

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  • The 4 Lipstick Colors You'll Love for Fall

    by Cara Brook
    Allure 2013 Beauty Blogger of the Year

    M.A.C.M.A.C.You'll be 100 percent prepped for all the fall trends if you have these four key lip colors in your arsenal!

    #1 Lightening Bolt Red!
    Check out: M.A.C. Lipstick in Dangerous, above.
    I'm talking about a head-turning red here. You aren't gonna fit in with this bad boy on, so wear it when you want some ATTENTION! There's something about having the guts to wear a red like this that makes you could probably rule the world.

    #2 Dark Blood-Red
    Check out: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in Blood Red
    This color is a great way to get the drama out of your lip color in a very grown-up, put-together way. I like to line my lips with black eyeliner first, then blend the line and dab the lipstick on my lips starting in the center and blending out. It creates depth and keeps the red from bleeding.

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    #3 Wine
    Check out: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Chaos
    Dark raisin or wine colored lips

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