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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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  • View from the Red Carpet: Front Row Hair for Fashion Week

    by Jeffrey Slonim

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    Not all eyes and iPhones are on the models during a fashion show. In fact, celebrities in the front row may get even more scrutiny: Pre- and post-show, they are mobbed by paparazzi, TV crews, and well-dressed selfie-seekers. So, of course, they want to look fabulous. To find out how the stars picked their hairstyles during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, we approached them backstage and from our strategic second row perch and asked: What were you thinking?


    Katie Holmes (at Donna Karan): "This dress was a little more formal, so I thought the hair should be a little more downtown."

    Tyra Banks (at Marchesa): "I did a photo shoot, and I pulled the tear sheet, and I showed the hairdresser. And I said, 'You did it for the photo shoot. Do it for Marchesa.'"

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    Mary J. Blige (at Dennis Basso): "Special fashion hair? Yes. I toned it down, didn't make it so big, because the fur I'm wearing is doing a lot."

    Anna Kendrick (at J. Mendel): "[I

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  • View from the Red Carpet: Do 'SI' Models Really Wear String Bikinis?

    by Jeffrey Slonim

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesOn the cover of the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal, and Lily Aldrich bare their Jessica Rabbit-like back ends covered only by infinitesimal string bikinis. But what do the models wear to the beach in real life? To find out, we dropped in on the launch of the 50th Anniversary issue at the Swimsuitbeach House in Soho. I know, tough job.

    Lily Aldridge: "I took every one of my swimsuits home with me. The swimsuits they get for Sports Illustrated are tiny and tinier, and you can't really find those in stores. I honestly think a small bikini is more flattering on a woman."

    Nina Agdal: "As tiny as possible. It's just about feeling good about yourself. And a small bikini doesn't give you tan marks, that's the main reason."

    Petra Nemcova: "It depends where I am, and if I'm with many people. I definitely used to wear tinier bikinis than I do now. It takes a lot of confidence, and who is around plays a role."

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  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Megan Fox

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

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    Sure, Megan Fox is a male fantasy incarnate--but it turns out, she's also a girl's girl. I sat down with her in New York to dish about beauty and her latest fragrance, Avon Instinct for Her. Here's what I learned:

    1. She had her share of awkward years. "Braces, '90s choker... And no makeup. In junior high my mom was not letting me wear makeup."

    2. Her two biggest beauty regrets are overplucking her eyebrows and sunbathing. "It was not a spray tan. When I was tan, it was a real tan, which is scary because I'm so fair skinned naturally."

    3. Her favorite makeup is no makeup. "The pictures of me as a kid. That's me. That's how I prefer to look. More natural."

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    4. And often she does it herself. "It happens to be some of my best makeup."

    5. Brown hair may as well be written into her contract. After donning a lighter wig for an SNL skit, "my (agent) Leslie said, 'don't ever

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