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  • Olympian Gracie Gold on Red Lipstick and Ice-Proof Makeup

    by Kirsten Chilstrom

    Courtesy of P&GCourtesy of P&GGracie Gold is everything I imagined an Olympic figure skater to be: precise and on point (lots of training), upbeat and optimistic (how else to survive all that relentless competition), and obsessed with beauty (did you not see her red lipstick?). I spoke to the 18-year-old Sochi veteran--and CoverGirl spokesperson--about her favorite products and where she looks for inspiration. Her biggest beauty lesson? "Always wear a smile because you never know who is watching." Spoken like a pro.

    Beauty inspiration: "Grace Kelly is my main inspiration, for her timeless beauty. I like Jennifer Lawrence for her fun, down-to-earth style, and Taylor Swift is always elegant. On the ice, I go for a simple, elegant--always one color, nothing extreme. When I'm at home, I am much more expressive and quirky."

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    On her love of makeup: "Red certainly is the family color. From my mother and my grandmother I've

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  • Allure Exclusive: Butt Lifts on the Rise

    by Joan Kron

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    Keeping up with the Kardashians takes on new meaning today. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has just named the future Mrs. Kanye West as one of the reasons behind a stunning 58 percent leap in the popularity of buttocks augmentation--a.k.a the Brazilian butt lift--between 2012 and 2013, the latest year for which figures are available. This is the largest percentage rise for any cosmetic surgery procedure, the society reports (and by the way, we're not for a second suggesting that Kim K. has had one!), followed by labiaplasty procedures, which rose by 44 percent in the same period.


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    Buttocks augmentation is usually done with fat injections--taking fat from the waist or stomach, say, and transferring it to the buttocks to achieve a higher and rounder posterior profile. Silicone implants are also available, but these have a higher risk of complications. What needs to be stressed when looking at these numbers is that

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  • I like Meat…And so Does My Hair

    by Lexi Novak

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    The Allure refrigerator is regularly stuffed to capacity with beet-kale-hemp-you-name-it juices. Everyone, it seems, is going veg. And after my father gave me a NutriBullet for Christmas, even this burger enthusiast has started sipping mossy smoothies at work. But after a visit to the Philip Kinglsey Clinic in New York City, I learned that when it comes to hair health, embracing my inner carnivore might not be such a bad thing.


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    The technician who examined my hair at the clinic, Stephen Pullan, applied an invigorating cocktail of scalp-cleansing, hair-strengthening masks to my head. He then informed me that my (already superfine) strands are shedding faster than normal. And one of the most likely culprits may be my diet: "You have to eat meat," said Pullan, "especially at breakfast. Fish, chicken, meat."

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    He's not the first person I've heard say this

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  • Backstage Beauty Lesson: The Ultimate Expert Tip for Covering Zits

    by Sophia Panych

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    When I interview a makeup artist backstage at a fashion show, the last thing we talk about is zits. (How pedestrian!) But here's the thing: Even with their amazing DNA, models still get pimples, and they still need to get covered up, especially when there is very little makeup in the look for a show, as there was at Balmain in Paris today. "We're using foundation, concealer, and eyebrow powder, but there's no contouring, no blush, no mascara, no color whatsoever," said makeup master Tom Pecheux. And that's when the conversation turned to covering up imperfections. Turns out, I've been doing it wrong for years.


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    The key to coverage that stays put is powder. "When we need to cover spots, we put on foundation, and we powder the area. Then we apply concealer followed by more powder," Pecheux told me. Why all the steps? "A foundation is greasy, and a concealer is greasy, so when you layer them on top of each other, they slip off.

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  • Allure Exclusive: We Got the Scoop on Anne Hathaway's 2014 Oscar Makeup

    by Jenna Rosenstein

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    At last year's Academy Awards, Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee changed Anne Hathaway's lipstick "three times in about five minutes" because of last-minute wardrobe decisions (you may have heard a little something about that). But amidst the lipstick and wardrobe chaos, Hathaway took home the award for best supporting actress. This year, needless to say, was a little less frenzied (for both ladies). "Her stylist sent me a picture of the dress a few days before, so I had an idea of what we were doing," says Lee. "The vibe was very relaxed, because she had to just show up and give someone else an award." We spoke with Lee to get all the details on Hathaway's gorgeous makeup look, but especially how to get those killer brows.

    Skin. Lee prepped Hathaway's skin with Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum and Creme. "It's like a drink of water," Lee says. She let both sink in while Hathaway had her hair done, before applying Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in Beige

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  • Lupita Nyong'o's Makeup Artist Nick Barose on Her 2014 Oscar Look

    by Stephanie Saltzman

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    To say Sunday night was Lupita Nyong'o's night is an understatement: She owned the red carpet in an ethereal Prada gown, took the award for best supporting actress, and made 90 percent of the room cry with an incredibly moving acceptance speech. And she had the beauty look to match: To accompany her gold-and-diamond Fred Leighton headband (swoon), makeup artist Nick Barose went for a makeup look that was truly fit for a star. "I was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor, if she were to go on vacation on an island. It's ethereal fresh. We wanted [Nyong'o] to look like modern-day movie star."


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    The Eyes. "We wanted the brows to be dramatic. I filled in the eyebrows using Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Noir Cendré to add a stronger shape, but it's still pretty soft. She's wearing liquid liner [Chanel Ligne Graphique De Chanel in Noir], but you don't even see it from a distance. For the eyes, I used a mix of shades

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  • Celebrity Hairstylist Chase Kusero on Prepping Jared Leto for the Oscars

    by Alexandra Tunell

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    Last night, Jared Leto took home the Oscar for best supporting actor, saved a slice of pizza for his mom, and rocked his best waves yet. In other words, a good night. I talked to Chase Kusero, Leto's hairstylist and colorist of five and a half of years, to get the scoop behind his Academy-Award winning look.


    How far ahead do you plan the hair look? "Jared and I usually decide day of, though a couple of days ago we thought maybe we'd put his hair up. But when I saw the white Saint Laurent blazer, I thought, We've just got to go with him and what he's known for, which is his hair."

    Where did you get ready? "At his home, in the movie-star room. Just kidding. In this little room off his kitchen."

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    Be honest--are those waves natural? "The last time he had long hair was in the 2000s, and he used to razor and cut it a lot, but now he doesn't and has a lot more natural wave. I use a

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  • Giada De Laurentiis on Her Beauty Routine, Style Icons, and the Many Uses for Olive Oil

    by Stephanie Saltzman

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    Giada De Laurentiis fills a lot of roles: TV personality, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, mom, Italian accent coach, California girl next door, and shiny hair exemplar. In between all of that, she sat down with us to discuss her beauty routine (spoiler: it involves olive oil), style icons, and the hairstyle that now makes her cringe.


    What is your beauty routine like?
    "When it comes to my face, I exfoliate every day, usually at night. When I'm at home, I make my own blend of baking soda, olive oil, and a little bit of water to thin it out. And I do a hair mask of avocado and olive oil. When I'm on the road, it's harder to do that, so I use the conditioner in the box of Clairol Natural Instincts. [De Laurentiis is a spokesperson for the brand.] It has coconut oil and aloe, so it's really moisturizing."

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    Is there anything you wore during your first few seasons on TV that now embarrasses you?
    "I have very curly, frizzy

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  • Eat Your Way to a Better Memory

    by Elizabeth Siegel

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    Youth is a state of mind. Now, if only you could remember who said that. Here are six dietary changes to commit to memory--or fine, write down for future reference--that will boost your brain power.


    Eat fruit--it doesn't even have to be goji berries from the Himalayas. Everyday fruits, like oranges, strawberries, blueberries, and grapefruit, aren't just good for your body: "There's evidence that diets high in C and E are associated with better memory," says John Swartzberg, a clinical professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. "We think it's because they neutralize free radicals before they can damage healthy tissue in the brain."

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    Drizzle olive oil over everything and sprinkle nuts on everything else. Stop freaking out over fat. A recent study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry compared the effects of three diets on the

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  • Look We Love: Lots of Lashes at Versace Fall 2014

    by Sophia Panych

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    After a scarcity of mascara during New York Fashion Week (I'm convinced there was some kind of collective amnesia and everyone just left theirs at home), makeup artists have more than made up for things here in Milan.


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    We've already seen thick, clumpy lashes at Gucci and Prada. Then today at Versace, makeup artist Pat McGrath glued two sets of false lashes on to each eye, which was an unexpectedly sexy--I mean seriously sexy--look. In real life, I suggest using only one strip of false lashes (unless you want heavy lids), but you should follow the recipe McGrath gave me backstage for the perfect fake-lash look: Start by lining your eyes very close to the lash line with a dark brow pencil. Curl your lashes and coat them with mascara. Only then do you glue on your falsie. Once the glue is dry, go over the lash line with a very fine tip black liquid liner to make sure you conceal any gaps between the lash strip and your natural

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