Blog Posts by Allure Magazine

  • Get the Most Out of Department Store Beauty Counters

    You don't have to sit around waiting for the UPS truck. Piles of freebies are behind every department-store beauty counter, and most are yours-if you just know how to ask.

    Don't be shy. Beauty companies (and salespeople, who typically work on commission) know that samples drive sales, and they want to get them into the hands of potential customers. But don't act entitled: It's up to the saleswoman if she wants to give them to you.

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    Go when it's quiet. A relaxed (or bored) salesperson is more likely to shower you with loot than someone who's working the lunchtime shift or weekend rush. Aim for early morning or evening. And look for a saleswoman who works with several brands as opposed to just one; she will have access to more samples.

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    Ask again. Some stores make samples on the spot. If no prepackaged sample exists, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue will create one for you in a

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  • 7 Beauty Lessons We've Learned from the First Ladies

    Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine



    For the most part, we Americans take our style, beauty, and fitness cues from the worlds of fashion and celebrity, not politics. But these six First Ladies-including Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Obama-have us pledging a new allegiance.


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  • Sleek Hair 101: Products & Tools

    Courtesy of UltaCourtesy of UltaElizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    Once you cross over from straight hair into supersleek territory, you risk looking either bald or like you've dunked your head in melted butter. Done right, "sleek hair will look really, really healthy and glossy," says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. Not obviously flatironed, oily, or (worse) fried. "There's such a resurgence of sleek hair this fall, because it's a way of making hair look polished and luxurious," adds hairstylist Harry Josh. "It's the opposite of the beauty waves and the extensions that were so popular. I think we're all looking for a change." Whether you hair is straight or has a natural wave, the best styles for fall are polished, smooth, and lustrous. Upgrade your sleek-ifying routine (or start from scratch) with these tricks, and your hair will look like it was styled by a pro-not a pastry chef.

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    Pre-shower, distribute a hair oil,
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  • How to Buy Art

    Brooke Le Poer Trench, Allure magazine

    An Interview With Courtney H. Pettit, a modern- and contemporary-art consultant and the codirector of Pettit Art Partners in New York City.

    People are intimidated by the idea of buying art, but art collecting is about your personal relationship with the object. There are no right or wrong choices, just a learning curve when it comes to identifying your interests.

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    Train your eye. Establishing your taste is the first step in collecting, and the way to do that is to visit museums and galleries. What appeals to you? You may gravitate toward Picasso in a museum but love photography in a gallery; think about which style you'd rather live with-not for a season, but for years.

    Be brave. Most galleries are open to the public, so simply walk in. Even if it's quiet and the person at the front desk seems frosty, the gallerists truly want you to come in and look around. Very few people are there

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  • How to Organize a Makeup Bag

    Sophia Panych, Allure magazine

    An Interview With Jeanine Lobell, a makeup artist and the founder of Stila Cosmetics.

    Foundation inevitably leaks, shadows crumble, and powder explodes-I've learned how to minimize the mess.

    Look inside. A bag with nylon lining is easier to clean than a leather or cotton one. Keep makeup-remover wipes in there so if anything does spill, you can clean it up quickly.

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    Double-check. It sounds simple, but the crucial step in preventing disaster is tightening all the caps. Any compacts with iffy hinges should go in a ziplock. Eyeliner caps always pop off, so I prefer twist-up pencils.

    Sort brushes. Stash brushes by type in long, narrow, snack-size ziplock bags, so dark shadow brushes don't contaminate your blush brush.

    Start over. About once a month, I empty my bag, flip it inside out, and give it a good wipe-down with a brush cleaner and a paper towel. And four times a year, I do an overhaul: I keep

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  • Election 2012: First Ladies by the Numbers

    Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

    If it's true that behind every great man there's a great woman, then the average First Lady has an awful lot to be proud of. We take a look at the ultimate First Wives club.

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  • Sleek Hair 101: How-to

    Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    Once you cross over from straight hair into supersleek territory, you risk looking either bald or like you've dunked your head in melted butter. Done right, "sleek hair will look really, really healthy and glossy," says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. Not obviously flatironed, oily, or (worse) fried. "There's such a resurgence of sleek hair this fall, because it's a way of making hair look polished and luxurious," adds hairstylist Harry Josh. "It's the opposite of the beauty waves and the extensions that were so popular. I think we're all looking for a change." Whether you hair is straight or has a natural wave, the best styles for fall are polished, smooth, and lustrous. Upgrade your sleek-ifying routine (or start from scratch) with these tricks, and your hair will look like it was styled by a pro-not a pastry chef.

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    Hawkins has the sleek blowout down to a science:

    1. Before you set

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  • What to Wear to Bed

    Courtesy of journelle.comCourtesy of journelle.comElizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    FOR STYLE

    An interview with Olatz Schnabel, designer of Olatz, a line of sleepwear and fine linens, and owner of a boutique in New York City.

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    I could never wear a raggedy old nightshirt to bed; whether or not anyone else sees it, it affects my mood. Though it's very personal, I like a spaghetti-strap slip or an oversize men's-style pajama top without the pants, which just feel like too much fabric. The pajamas should be soft silk or linen. In the winter, I love slips in right colors like red, burgundy, chocolate brown, deep green, or slate blue, and in the summer, I wear white, pale colors such as baby pink, or summer colors like yellow, orange, and turquoise. A hint of French lace gives a slip a feminine look, like something you'd see on a glamorous film star in the '50s.

    FOR SEX

    An interview with Claire Chambers, the owner of the Journelle lingerie shops in New York City. She blogs at journell.com.

    See

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  • 10 Things Every Woman Should Have According to Oscar De La Renta

    Danielle Pergament, Allure magazine



    Oscar de la Renta's ethos is simple: A woman should be "in love with the clothes she is wearing," he says. Since he started his own label in 1965, de la Renta has created clothes made with opulent fabrics, spirited prints, and ineffably feminine silhouettes. His latest dresses are off-the-shoulder, in black taffeta ("There is no sound more feminine than a woman in a taffeta dress," he says) and ruffled, carnation red organza. How have things changed since he began his career nearly a half century ago? "I remember a hundred years ago, I was at La Côte Basque and a lady walked in wearing a tunic pantsuit by Courrèges. The maître d' told her that ladies in pants were not allowed. So she went outside, dropped her pants, and returned in a very short dress." She was bold, cheeky, and according to de la Renta, "wonderful."



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  • Best of Beauty: Cheeks

    Theresa O'Rourke, Allure magazine



    A glowing complexion is at the top of every woman's beauty wish list. Here are the blushes, bronzers, and highlighters that will help you achieve it.



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