Blog Posts by Allure Magazine

  • How to Choose a Gift for a Man

    Will Welch and Jonathan Wilde, Allure magazine

    It's not that guys are tough to buy for-throw a shiny gadget at us and we'll be entertained for hours. But sometimes you want to give a gift that's more personal than whatever happens to be on his Amazon Wish List.

    Upgrade. A lot of guys don't like to splurge on themselves. Treat him to a luxe version of something he wears all the time, like a hand-crafted Billykirk belt or a cashmere beanie from Steven Alan. Whenever he puts on his impossibly soft hat, he'll think of you, and that's never a bad thing.

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    Choose an experience.
    Your man likes Scotch? Take him to a Scotch-tasting session. He yells himself hoarse watching his team on TV? Get him two tickets to a game-the good seats. And here's the key part: Go with him. He will appreciate that you're taking part in the things he loves.

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    Dig deep.
    Yes, men can tell when a gift came from a

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  • Must-Have Products for Your Party Clutch

    Renee Trilivas, Allure magazine



    'Tis the season for holiday parties. But hours of eating, drinking, and being merry can have an ugly side-smeared mascara, smudged lipstick, shine where you want it least.... We've found a pretty solution: ten beauty essentials tiny enough to tuck into your clutch, making it easy to look amazing from hors d'oeuvres until the last dance.



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  • How to Organize Your Drawers

    Courtesy of the Container StoreCourtesy of the Container StoreLiz Krieger, Allure magazine

    An interview with Linda Rothschild, owner of Cross It Off Your List, a personal-organizing service based in New York City.

    Drawers are notorious black holes-things have a way of drifting to the back and languishing there. I hang up whatever I can and then do my best to keep everything else in sight.

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    Divide and conquer. Drawers are best for corralling smaller stuff, like jewelry, underwear, and socks. Drawer dividers are fabulous: they keep everything organized so you know what you have and you can see what you're actually using. No need to arrange by color, but I do suggest sorting things by narrowest categories-for example, thongs, boy shorts, and so on. I like clear acrylic dividers the best because you can see the contents and they're easy to wipe clean.

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    Take the temperature.
    Many people rotate their closets seasonally, but

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  • How to Try a Beauty Trend

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioSophia Panych, Allure magazine

    An interview with Gucci Westman, a makeup artist and the global artistic director for Revlon, Westman has worked with Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

    A makeup trend is no different from a clothing trend: It can be scary to step out of your comfort zone. But if you see a bright lipstick or colorful shadow that inspires you, go for it.

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    Make it real.
    Makeup that's done for the runway or a photo shoot is exaggerated to look good under powerful lights. The key is to adapt a single element. Lips are easiest. Try applying a new color with your fingers rather than a lip brush so it doesn't look painted on. Eye trends are trickier, but a colored eyeliner is an easy way to be adventurous.

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    Don't go retro.
    Avoid trends that reference the past too literally. Forties-shaped eyebrows are always going to look costumey.

    Be honest with yourself.
    A shade might be fashionable at the

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  • 5 Ways to Use Facial Oil

    Catherine Q. O'Neill, Allure magazine

    Dermatologists tell us that face oils (plant-based, not mineral) offer intense hydration; makeup artists rave about how they leave skin fresh and glow-y but not greasy. Still need a reason to try one? Here, our top five renegade uses for face oil.

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    1. Even if it's not labeled 'cleansing oil,' any face oil will gently remove waterproof mascara, long-wearing eye shadow, and lipstick with just a few swipes. And it won't strip the skin.

    2. Rich fatty-acid oils (like argan and jojoba) that are easily absorbed by skin are also easily absorbed by skin are also easily absorbed by hair. Hairstylist Guido suggests smoothing a drop over parched ends or unruly bangs to tame frizz and flyaways.

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    3. Adding oil to any cream or liquid foundation will make it more hydrating and more sheer, so you can get away with the shade you wore all summer even if it starts to

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  • 10 Under $20: Foundations

    Julie Giusti, Allure magazine



    We expect a lot from foundation-it should hide blemishes, smooth fine lines, tamp down shine, and basically do everything but the dishes. But that doesn't mean it has to cost a ton. Here, ten flawless-skin fakers that are less than $20 a pop.



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  • Braiding 101

    Catherine Q. O'Neill, Allure magazine

    Braiding isn't exactly an Olympic sport. But like an athlete, you need to master the fundamentals before you can excel at the game. At Barrett's Braids in the John Barrett Salon at New York City's Bergdorf Goodman, hairstylists are required to ace the following techniques:

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    Fishtail Braid
    1. Divide the hair you want to braid into two, not three, equal parts.

    2. Pull a quarter-inch piece of hair from the outside of the left section and cross it over to the right section. Do the same on the right, bringing a piece to the left. When you return to the left section, add a small piece of hair before you cross to the right.

    3. Repeat this process on both sides until all the hair is gathered into two sections. Tie the ends with an elastic.

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    French Braid
    1. Take a handful of hair and divide it into three equal parts.

    2. Begin braiding: Cross the right piece

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  • Undereye Circles: How to Deal

    Courtesy of SephoraCourtesy of SephoraJolene Edgar, Allure magazine

    There are four primary causes of undereye circles, and a full eight hours won't help with any of them. Experts reveal what's really behind those stubborn shadows-and the treatments that work.

    Dark circles are a democratic affliction: People of every skin tone and age group are susceptible; they can show up on the most sleep-deprived grad student or the perkiest Spinning instructor. And yet "a fix-all solution doesn't exist," says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. That's because there are several different reasons for undereye circles-and they all require a different course of action. The bright side? The right diagnosis and treatment will have you stepping out of the darkness in no time.

    Genetics

    THE PROBLEM: If you have light skin, hair, and eyes, chances are you've inherited dark blue circles as well. Fair skin can be too translucent to hide the purplish network of

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  • How to Wear Glitter Nail Polish

    Sophia Panych, Allure magazine

    There is nothing subtle about glitter nails, and that's precisely the point. After years of advocating only the most tasteful glint-more flicker than glare-we've found ourselves besotted with the latest nail craze of mega-size, mirrored flakes in metallic and jewel tones. It's like a trip back to the Palladium circa 1984. And we're totally digging the trend: It's a little rebellious, very luxurious, and gaudy in the best possible way. Here's how to shine on.

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    Neat nails are a must. Glitter on ragged nails looks like a kid's art project. Nails should be at least an eighth of an inch long and filed into a soft, round shape. "Glitter looks more feminine that way," says manicurist Jin Soon Choi.

    Size matters. Fine glitter looks best on short nails. The longer your nails, the bigger the glitter can get; just apply a thin layer so the flecks aren't too close together. It should resemble stars in the sky, not

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  • Make Your Eye Color Pop

    Courtesy of SephoraCourtesy of SephoraCharlotte Tilbury, Allure magazine

    People ask me all the time if I wear colored contacts-sometimes my eyes are blue-gray, sometimes blue-green, and other times intense emerald green. My secret is eyeliner. It's the makeup artist's equivalent of a magic wand. Once you find the liner (or shadow) that gives you the eye color you've always dreamed of, you will be hooked.

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    Blue Eyes:
    To make blue eyes look electric, try a terra-cotta-colored eyeliner, like Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Grenat. I understand it sounds weird, but the red undertones play off blue eyes in the most intense way. You don't need as much as this model is wearing-just a skinny line wedged into your upper lashes is enough. Finish with black pencil at the outer corners.

    Green Eyes:
    Any variation of purple can transform green eyes into a surreal shade. Try Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumières in 4 and do a gradation: Line the upper lashes with deep plum, dust purple

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