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  • 5 Stylist Secrets that Will Change the Way You Do Your Hair (Seriously)

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill


    Patrick DemarchelierPatrick DemarchelierHave you ever wondered why your bobby pins always seem to drop to the floor, or why your ponytail droops by lunchtime? I asked top hairstylists for their best-kept secrets. And what I discovered might surprise you.

    You're using your bobby pins wrong. See how one side of the pin is bumpy? That side should always, always, always touch your scalp. "It keeps the pin from sliding out," says New York City hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. "When I teach hairdressers that, it's the biggest aha moment. Like they've been driving on the wrong side of the road."

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    Half up doesn't literally mean half up. When you pull that much hair up, you leave a skimpy-looking portion down below. The more flattering ratio is 30/70, says Hawkins. To get it, draw a line from ear to ear over the top of your head, like a headband. That front section is your 30 percent.

    You don't have the right elastic. If your ponytail droops,

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  • Michelle Phan Launches Her Own Makeup Line!

    by Sophia Panych


    courtesy of Michelle Phancourtesy of Michelle PhanWith apologies to Marc Jacobs, this might just be the biggest beauty launch of the year. Today, YouTube makeup-tutorial queen Michelle Phan is launching her own cosmetics line called em.

    Phan is no stranger to very large numbers: She has 4,507,303 YouTube subscribers, 750 million video hits, 1,412,548 Facebook likes, 417,038 Twitter followers, and…you get the idea. So I guess it's no surprise that em (a term of endearment in Vietnamese) is comprised of a whopping 250 products.

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    What sets Phan's line apart is not the fact that it's so comprehensive (OK, maybe that's one reason) or the fact that it's backed by L'Oréal++it's that the same level of detail that goes into her makeup videos went into every product, including the packaging. The loose powder is sealed with a screen so it won't spill. The cheek palette has both your blush and your bronzer. The eye-shadow palettes come with a de-potting tool so you can add and

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  • Sleep Wrinkles? the Lego Pillow Might Be for You

    by Ramona Emerson


    Do you have fine lines, wrinkles, or crow's-feet? Well, maybe it's because you're not sleeping on a pillow shaped like Transformers. At least according to the plastic surgeon who designed the JuveRest, a pillow that supposedly reduces the wrinkles acquired by smooshing our faces into our pillows while we snooze.

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    "My patients are often surprised to learn there are two types of wrinkles on their faces: those caused by expression and those caused by facial distortion from pillow contact during sleep," says Goesel Anson, the inventor of the pillow. Side and stomach sleepers are the most vulnerable since they spend a third of their lives pressing their delicate visages into heretofore thought totally innocuous bags of goose down.

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    The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow's totally un-pillowlike shape minimizes contact between the

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  • Christie Brinkley Schools Look-alike Daughter in Modeling

    by Jeffrey Slonim


    Sailor Brinkley Cook, 15, looks astonishingly like her famously beautiful mother, Christie Brinkley, so of course she has joined the family business--modeling. On Saturday night, both wore similar dresses to a white party Brinkley hosted at Georgica, a popular nightspot in Wainscott, New York, where we spoke to the pair about their life and work.

    Do you enjoy modeling so far?
    Cook: "Oh, my gosh, yes. it's so exciting. I've just been doing it for a couple of months now. We have something called m-term [midwinter term] at my school where we can do something we're interested in for three weeks. I chose photography and modeling. Once I shot for Teen Vogue, it all skyrocketed. It's been amazing. I'm shooting an advertising deal for Claire's stores right now."
    Brinkley: "We spent her entire childhood in Claire's stores, so that was fun."

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    And has the ingenue signed with an agency?
    Brinkley: "Yes, she has, but we can't say which one as of

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  • Allure Exclusive: Coco Rocha Cuts Her Hair Really Short

    by Sophia Panych

    photo: James Conranphoto: James Conran Yesterday, at the Chris Chase salon in New York City, Coco Rocha--supermodel, cohost of The Face, and social-media star--had her long, reddish brown locks cut into a pixie. She invited Allure for a behind-the-scenes look at her transformation.

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    Rocha's decision to go short was six months in the making and spurred by the fact that her long hair had just stopped growing. "With my job, my hair is constantly dyed and fried, and it won't grow any longer, so I decided it was time to get rid of it," she said. But her work kept her from going under the scissors sooner. "This almost didn't happen today because I was supposed to do a shoot, but I was just like, 'No, this has to happen!'"

    To prepare, she looked at pictures of famous pixie cuts from past and present and settled on a cut similar to Tilda Swinton's longer version of the increasingly popular look. "I love that she can wear it in multiple ways," Rocha told

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  • Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer Talks Body Image and Sex Scenes

    by David Denicolo

    photo: Jason McDonaldphoto: Jason McDonaldEnglish actress Natalie Dormer has a gift for seduction. As Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, she was the medieval minx who transformed Europe. And on the addictive Game of Thrones, the 31-year-old is a shrewd player cloaked in sylphlike innocence. This month she appears in Rush, about European Formula One racing in its 1970s heyday.

    Do you like to drive?
    "I love to drive. My present to myself from The Tudors was a red Mazda MX5 hard-top convertible. I loved that car, and also what she represented--my first success."

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    Automatic or standard?
    "Come on, you're talking to a European. None of this automatic bollocks. You've got to feel the car, feel the gears."

    How do you explain the Game of Thrones mania?
    "There's the violence and the bloodletting and the honor. And then there's the romance and the sex and the naked bodies. There are the costumes, and the coming-of-age stories for younger viewers. There are gay heroes and straight heroes.

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  • Jennifer Garner’s Beauty Secrets

    by Lexi Novak


    photo: Donato Sardellaphoto: Donato SardellaEqual parts kick-ass action heroine and adoring mom, Jennifer Garner has the balancing act down: The natural beauty, Allure's September cover girl, knows exactly where to spend time and where to cut corners in her beauty routine. Here, her favorite tricks, products, and exercises, as told to writer Judith Newman.

    Garner's number one skin-care rule: "Skin has to be clean, and it has to have sunscreen. And then everything else after that is gravy. Sleep is really important, too, but I don't get enough sleep for my skin. I don't know what woman does."

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    Products she can't live without:
    "I'm starting to use more stuff that has things like alpha hydroxy [acid] or retinol. But I really don't believe that your skin-care products have to be the fanciest things in the world. I like drugstore products, especially sunscreen, because I use so much of it--I like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid sunscreen SPF 70." (She's a spokeswoman for

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  • News Flash: Have Your ID Ready to Buy Nail-Polish Remover

    by Lexi Novak

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Next time you take a trip to the drugstore to replace your empty bottle of nail-polish remover, prepare to be asked if you can show some ID. CVS/Pharmacy will now require customers to show a form of personal identification before purchasing products that contain acetone.

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    According to news sources, the common ingredient in nail-polish removers can be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, and CVS's policy--which also limits the number of bottles per customer--is an attempt to curtail underground production of the drug. So does this mean a 13-year-old girl who wants to stock up on mani-pedi essentials is out of luck because she doesn't have a driver's license yet? And what exactly is the maximum quantity of polish remover allowed?

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    I'm sorry, but I don't like the idea of being profiled every time I enter a CVS to determine whether I fit the Walter White description. I already

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  • Hair Theft Crimes on the Rise

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    photo: Jeremy Nelsonphoto: Jeremy Nelson We can think of a lot of hair crimes over the decades: mullets, bowl cuts, and so on. But in recent years, it seems like the number of actual crimes linked to hair (specifically hair extensions) is on the rise, and it has us doing some serious thinking about our own strands.

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    Take Venezuela, for example. This week, reports from the city of Maracaibo indicated that a group of "piranhas" is stalking long-haired women in malls, beaches, and downtown areas. The perpetrators grab victims by the hair, cut it off with scissors, and sell it to wig and extension makers. Similar attacks have happened in Colombia and South Africa.

    There's a black market for hair in Europe and Asia as well, wherein women fall victim to harsh financial pressures, if not actual hair-stealing criminals. As David Elman, a co-owner of Raw Virgin Hair Company, told the New York Times in 2010,"People who have temporary

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  • Three Tips for Applying Nail Wraps on Short Nails

    by Jenna Rosenstein


    photo: courtesy of NCLAphoto: courtesy of NCLARemember that scene in Mean Girls when Karen Smith looks down at her hands and proclaims "My nail beds suck!"? Well me too, Karen, me too. I was genetically cursed with short, stubby nails, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that manicurists have looked at my nails and laughed uncomfortably. But after much trial and error, I can say I've picked up a few tricks, including how to apply nail wraps to short nails without embarrassment. Read on:

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    1. Choose your Pattern Wisely
    Sure, a picture of your cat's face or an elaborate landscaped design is beautiful on a lengthy nail. But when you have less surface area to work with, you're probably going to have to chop off a good chunk of that sticker before you apply it on your nail. Better to pick a pattern that's small or repetitive, like polka dots or stripes. And if you must have a more elaborate design, make sure the bulk of the image will be down near your cuticle.

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