Blog Posts by Allure Magazine

  • 15 New Wedding Hairstyles to Try

    Catherine Devine, Allure magazine



    You've settled on the groom, the dress, and the venue. Now on to the most important wedding-day beauty decision: how you'll wear your hair. We've got 17 gorgeous hair ideas-updos, half-up, flowing, and short styles-to say "I do" to.




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  • Brow Rehab: Overgrown Brows

    Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    Frida Kahlo is the exception, not the rule. "Strong brows need to have shape and separation," says Kristie Streicher, an eyebrow groomer at Warren-Tricomi salons in New York City and Los Angeles. "Otherwise, they'll overwhelm your face."

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    DIVIDE AND CONQUER: When hair verges on the dreaded unibrow territory, you need to grab the tweezers. Hold a pencil vertically from the outer edge of your nostril to your eyebrows to determine where each one should start.

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    MAKE THE CUT:
    Removing the bulk from your brows doesn't always mean pruning them. Nine times out of ten, a trim is all you need. Comb your brows straight up with a spooley brush, then trim only the longest hairs, staggering the length as you go. "Cut one hair a little longer and one a little shorter so your eyebrows don't get a crew cut," says Streicher. Follow up with a brow gel to keep hairs in

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  • Who-Knew Frizz Fighters

    Photo: Courtesy of brookstone.comElizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    When your hair puffs up by midday, make like MacGyver and try these clever frizz-fighting tricks from hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins.

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    Every hairstylist in the world loves a Mason Pearson brush-because it works. Mist a boar-bristle one with hair spray in the morning and toss it into your purse; a quick swipe will tame flyaways throughout the day.

    Hand or body lotion, or even sunscreen, can smooth hair nearly as well as an anti-frizz cream. (Try La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50.) Rub a dab between your palms, and then clap your hands before running them over your hair.

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    Moisture causes frizz. Heat removes moisture. So do the logical thing and replace the stapler in your desk drawer with a mini flatiron. Run it over the top layers of your hair before leaving work. Our pick: BaByliss Pro Nano Mini.


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  • Summer Beauty: Fine Hair

    Photo: Courtesy of walgreens.comPhoto: Courtesy of walgreens.comJolene Edgar, Allure magazine

    BEST CUT
    A chin-length bob (à la Cameron Diaz, Alexa Chung, or Kiera Knightley) "is fantastic if you have fine, flat hair," says Matt Fugate, a stylist at Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York City. "It falls into this shape perfectly." Don't let your stylist use a razor; blunt tips look thicker and healthier.

    See more: The 6 Most Flattering Haircuts for Round Faces

    IN THE SHOWER
    Every other day, skip shampoo and just rinse a volumizing conditioner through the ends to hydrate and prevent frizz without weighing hair down. Try John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner.


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    STYLING 101
    Wring out hair with your hands, not a towel, to avoid fluffing up the cuticle. Then mist it with a light thickening spray (like L'Oréal Paris EverStyle Volume Root Lifting Spray), which makes it easy to target roots on thin, lank hair. If you have lots of hair, rake through a handful of soft-hold mousse; it holds up to

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  • 15 Weird Weight-Loss Tricks that Work

    Cara Birnbaum, Allure magazine

    Everyone wants to drop pounds the easy way. Here are 15 simple strategies.

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  • Summer Hair Ideas

    Julie Giusti, Allure magazine


    Warm breezes. Bonfires. Half-day Fridays. Summer is the most carefree time of year, which means high-maintenance hair just won't do. Here are some no-fuss looks to try.



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  • How to Cook Without an Oven

    Gourmet, Romulo YanesGourmet, Romulo YanesCourtney Balestier, Allure magazine

    An interview with Eric Ripert, the executive chef at New York City's Le Baernardin, host of PBS's
    Avec Eric, and a frequent guest judge on Top Chef.

    Come summer, you can usually find me grilling outdoors. I just can't take the stuffiness of the kitchen. So when I prepare meals indoors, I rely on these tricks-none of which require an oven.

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    Cut down on prep.
    In the heat, no one wants to cook from scratch. Personalize store-bought ingredients: I boost goat cheese with chives, crushed garlic, olive oil, and cracked pepper. Add some prosciutto-wrapped melon, charcuterie, and crusty bread, and you have a buffet. People do like to graze in warm weather, so they appreciate variety.

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    Maximize flavor.
    Mediterranean food, like couscous salad, is light but still has soul. Just add curry, raisins, coarsely chopped scallions and tomatoes, and crushed mint leaves.

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  • Beauty Breakthroughs of 2012

    Meirav Devas, Allure magazine



    What's a 13-letter word for innovations? Breakthroughs. Our readers voted for the year's top innovations, and the winners make looking good as easy as the Monday crossword. Among them, a hair straightener that defies frizz for 72 hours and a sunscreen that sticks to wet skin. (Triple word) score.




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  • Streamline Your Skin Care Routine

    Brooke Le Poer Trench, Allure magazine

    An Interview With Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine.


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    There's a common misconception that the more products you use, the better your skin will be. But like many dermatologists, my routine is simple. This approach is easy to stick with and usually makes for a healthier complexion.

    Start right. Focus your morning routine on protection. Wash with a gentle cleanser in whatever formulation best suits your skin. Then apply an antioxidant serum if you like and finish with a moisturizer with sunscreen. You can layer them separately, but I prefer multitaskers.

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    Finish strong.
    Treat your main skin issue at night. Wash with the same cleanser, and then apply the right active ingredients. For instance, if you're noticing fine lines, consider a peptide cream; if you're dealing with deeper lines

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  • Ponytails: Runway to Real-Life

    Susan Trumpbour, blogger in Allure magazine's Beauty Blogger Awards

    Ponytails: They're so easy- and look great too. Here, my favorite pony ideas from the Runway to Real-way


    The Spring/Summer 2012 season was all about natural beauty, which was reinvented in modern ways. The ponytail emerged at the New York Shows as the cool "French girl" ponytail. Low-slung and simple it was seen at Reed Krakoff, Diesel, Charlotte Ronson, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera.

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    Photos: Susan TrumpbourPhotos: Susan TrumpbourAs we approach warm, humid days these looks are easy, effortless to achieve. The only thing required are ponytail elastics. I'm obsessed with these fun and fancy elastics from Anthropologie (top photo) that gives the look an added chic-appeal. Trying using accessories that complement a necklace, design or color in your outfit.

    Style your hair according to the look of your choice--- sleek or tousled, but always understated.

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