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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

    Getty ImagesGetty Images
    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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  • 5 Scrubs for Smooth Skin (Without the Environmental Controversy)

    by Stephanie Saltzman

    David Cook and Roger CabelloDavid Cook and Roger Cabello

    Lawmakers have proposed new legislation in New York banning the tiny plastic exfoliating beads used in many scrubs. The reason for the proposed ban? Scientists have found that the beads can slip through water treatment plants, become coated with toxins, collect at the bottom of lakes, harm marine life, and even work their way back up the food chain to humans. Yikes. Soft skin is important and all, but the environmental implications sound downright scary. Thankfully, there are plenty of scrubs on the market that don't contain the questionable plastic granules. Here, five of our favorite products that deliver soft, smooth skin--minus the environmental hazard.


    Laura Mecier Body & Bath Ambre Vanillé Scrub
    Exfoliant: Crushed vanilla seeds

    The thick, velvety cream has a sugary-sweet vanilla scent that's so good it almost makes me want to scoop it out and eat it for dessert (don't worry, I won't). It's gritty enough that it feels satisfyingly scratchy, but

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  • Look We Love: The Hair Tuck

    by Jenna Rosenstein

    Giovanni GiannoniGiovanni Giannoni

    Pixies, bobs, and lobs are still riding the popularity wave. But if you, like me, recently chopped off all your hair, then start popping the Viviscal now, because fall 2014's biggest hair trend is the hair tuck. Yes, we quite literally mean tucking the mid-lengths and ends your hair into the necklines and collars of your clothes. On purpose.


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    At Tory Burch's fall show, every model walked the runway with her hair tucked into the back of a dress or a turtleneck collar. The result not only appeared effortless, it very nearly was. "It's the first show of the morning, I don't want to use product," said hairstylist Eugene Souleiman backstage. "I'm using water. I sprayed a little bit around the head so it gives a soft, natural wave." After blowing out the hair and spritzing it with water, he used a two-tuck approach: one side went behind the ear to expose the gilded ear cuffs, and the rest of the hair was pulled back and placed

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  • Actress Jennifer Beals Shares Her Anti-Aging Secrets

    by Lexi Novak

    Allure StaffAllure Staff
    Nearly 31 years after playing a welder-cum-stripper with an affinity for legwarmers, Jennifer Beals still looks like she could Flashdance her way into the Pittsburgh Conservatory. The ageless beauty and current spokesperson for EverDeep, an algae-based anti-aging skincare line, stopped by Allure to chat about the brand, her beauty regime, and discovering the Fountain of Youth.


    What's your skincare routine? "I'm not the most disciplined person in the world, so I'm just going to be really upfront with that. But in terms of keeping my skin healthy, the first thing I really think about is nutrition and sleep and making sure I'm hydrated with water and juice. Then I just wash my face in the morning and put on moisturizer. Sometimes if I go swimming, I'll re-moisturize and then use a night cream, but I'm not really interested in something that's going to take a long time. I'm really impatient that way. Two minutes in the morning, two minutes max in the evening, boom,

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  • Allure Exclusive: Bronzing Secrets of the SI Swimsuit Models

    by Elizabeth Siegel

    Sports IllustratedSports Illustrated
    The cover is hot. The spread inside is hot. Everything about Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary swimsuit issue is, in a word, hot. Makeup artist Allen Avendano, a spokesman for St. Tropez self-tanning products, gave us an exclusive look at the tricks he used to bronze (and bronze some more) scantily-clad models like Kate Bock, Genevieve Morton, Ariel Meredith, and Emily DiDonato.


    First he gave the models an assignment. "We all flew to Switzerland for the shoot," says Avendano. Once there, in the hotel lobby he passed out bottles of body exofliator (St. Tropez Prep & Maintain Body Polish) like they were welcome gifts. "They all had to shower after the flight, so getting them to exfoliate was a no-brainer," he says.

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    Then he gave them a tan. "I tanned the models late, late, late the night before the shoot in my hotel room," says Avendano, who finished up around 1:30 A.M. "They had to be really dark, because the photos would

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  • Zoe Kravitz on 'Divergent,' Dating, and More

    by David Denicolo

    Jason McDonaldJason McDonald
    The 25-year-old daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet has entered the family business. This month Kravitz appears in Divergent, the first film based on the wildly popular Veronica Roth trilogy of young-adult novels, and next year she's in for an apocalyptic road trip in Mad Max: Fury Road. But she is more than the sum of her parents:

    Tell us about your character in Divergent. "She kind of has foot-in-mouth syndrome. She says whatever comes to mind."

    Are you at all like that? "Yes. I will always play the obnoxious girl."

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    Are you attracted to action movies? "When I think of girls in superhero films, I think of girls that I don't look like. But that's changing a bit, which is awesome. And they're really fun to make, honestly."

    You told Jimmy Fallon that your father behaves like a Jewish mother. Still the case? "Yeah, it is. He's very proud and very excited whenever I do anything. He takes pictures and asks

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  • 5 Fixes for Dull, Dry Winter Hair

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill; additional reporting by Lexi Novak

    Fairchild ArchiveFairchild ArchiveTrying new hairstyles is fun (have you picked up Allure Hair: The Ultimate How-To Hair Guide yet?). But no matter how you twist, turn, or pin--a new 'do won't look good on hair that's dry, damaged, and generally just blah. And trust me, I've got all sorts of that going on in this polar vortex. Here are the products I've found to really make a difference on these five winter hair issues:

    Dryness and Static: Weleda Oat Replenishing Treatment
    All that static crackling around your head is caused by low humidity, indoor heating, and friction from hats and scarves. So crank down the heat, lose the beanie (when you can) and coat the hair in this shea butter, oat protein, and coconut oil mask.

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    Breakage: Neutrogena Triple Repair Leave-In Cream
    Your hair is most prone to snapping in two when it's dry. This protein-rich mask smooths and reinforces the hair's cuticle.

    Itchy Scalp:

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  • Backstage Beauty Trick: How to Get Curls Without a Curling Iron

    by Alexandra Tunell

    George ChinseeGeorge Chinsee
    Backstage at Tracy Reese, the hair stylists and makeup artists were given more free rein than usual to create individual looks for each model. Working with the theme of emotions (seven, to be precise), the makeup team used dark lips to convey sex appeal, metallic blue-gray shadow to show aggression, and glitter to represent happiness, while the hair stylists embraced texture--lots and lots of texture.


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    Allure StaffAllure Staff

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    There were loose waves and tight, crimped spirals and surprisingly, not a lot of curling irons being used to create them. Instead, stylists used a bobby pin and a straightening iron. Here's how:


    1. Take a large bobby pin and stretch it open, then place a small section of hair in between. (You want the bobby pin a few inches below the roots.)

    2. Wrap hair around each side of the pin in a figure-eight pattern. The tighter you twist, the tighter the

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  • Four Quirky--and Incredible--Cult Products

    by Alexandra Owens

    Courtesy of Egyptian Magic Courtesy of Egyptian Magic
    Would you buy a product that touted itself as the "Ancient Egyptians' Secret, Magical Cream?" Probably not, unless you're a believer in the Dark Arts. But you'd be missing out. Sure, we love sleek packaging and sensical labels, but there are a few amazing cleansers and treatments--including one of the magical Egyptian variety--that work wonders despite (or maybe just in addition to) having eccentric exteriors.

    Egyptian Magic. It would be easy to roll your eyes at this Vaseline-like moisturizing balm, which claims to be "a secret of the great sages, mystics, magicians, and healers." (It's magic! From Egypt!) But loyal followers--including Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, and Madonna--rave about its pure, hyper-moisturizing ingredients--honey, beeswax, olive oil, royal jelly, bee pollen, and bee propolis-that can ease eczema and psoriasis without clogging pores.

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