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Allure February 2020

Allure, the first and only magazine devoted to beauty, is an insider's guide to a woman's total image. Allure investigates and celebrates beauty and fashion with objectivity and candor, and places appearance in a larger cultural context.

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United States
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English
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Conde Nast US
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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
art appreciation

We’ve long celebrated the creativity of beauty here, from Guido Palau’s iconic, gravity-defying hair sculptures to Pat McGrath’s paradigm-shifting makeup looks to the simple art of you, the individual, defining and owning your unique look. Today, there’s been an incredible democratization of artistry, with muses and creators found across the globe. So we hereby dedicate this issue to the inspiring, ever-shifting art of beauty. Great art connects emotionally. It makes you think. It takes risks. One person who seems like the living embodiment of that is our cover star, Billy Porter. In all of its 29 years and 345 issues, Allure has never featured a man on its cover—until today. So I’m thrilled to have the Pose star as our first. After decades of performing, the trailblazing actor is now a household name…

1 min.
state of the art

What is left? Lips have been painted for centuries. Cheeks have been flushed with makeup since ancient times. And the shading of eyelids burst into neon recently. But we always want more. We want bigger horizons and more profound sunsets. It was only a matter of time before we began painting our hair, that real estate on our head waiting for something other than bleach and dark dyes. That moment came on the Moschino spring 2020 runway, when a trio of artists—designer Jeremy Scott, hairstylist Julien d’Ys, and the restless spirit of Pablo Picasso—came together to transform this new canvas. Hair is only just hair if you decide it is, they seem to say. But it can be so much more. It can be a blank page. FROM TOP: JOSEPHINE SCHIELE;…

1 min.
easy on the eyes

We have to talk about that mascara wand you’re holding. In fact, you might want to put it down. In a recent study, Kim Harley, an epidemiologist and associate professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley, found that women wearing eye makeup made with parabens and phthalates had significantly higher levels of those chemicals in their bodies than women who did not. “Both parabens and phthalates are suspected hormone disruptors, meaning they might interfere with the action of estrogen in women’s bodies, which could impact reproductive development or be related to reproductive cancers,” says Harley. You might pay more attention to the ingredient list of products you apply in larger amounts, but location matters too: “The skin on eyelids is the thinnest on the body, so anything…

1 min.
smooth as silk?

According to urban myth, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria owned a bulletproof vest woven from silk. Unfortunately, he wasn’t wearing it when he was fatally shot, in 1914, thereby throwing the world into World War I. It has since been shown that this silk would have halted a bullet of the era. Silk may be marred by a few drops of salad dressing, but weak it is not. This surprising resilience has not gone unnoticed by skin-care brands. “There are two proteins in silk with supposed benefits: sericin and fibroin,” says Morgan Rabach, a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai in NYC. “Sericin forms a layer of protection over the skin and may help promote hydration. Fibroin may help repair skin cells and balance moisture levels.” Tatcha’s silk products weave…

1 min.
painted ladies

You were four. Maybe six. The school fair had a face-painting station and you’d be damned if you weren’t going to wait however long it took to get a purple butterfly on your left cheek. There was perhaps nothing that brought as much joy, as much God-help-me-life-is-good abundant joy, as that butterfly. But then somewhere between goodie bags and work bags, that stopped. This season, Marc Jacobs, Simone Rocha, and Rixo asked, “Why? Why did the party end?” Why did the floating rainbow have to become a subtle flick of violet or aubergine? Who told us to take makeup—and ourselves—so seriously all the time? Makeup artists at the 2020 spring shows seemed to have a lot of fun sticking out their tongue at these dusty ideas—they painted petals and feathers,…

1 min.
time to glow

I know, I know. Tanning comes with all kinds of cautionary tales. But the threat of skin cancer and looking like a dry, leathery pair of chaps when I’m older doesn’t stop me from wanting to make my fair skin bronze. Once I discovered Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer (an Allure nine-time Best of Beauty winner, incidentally), it became my skin—and mood—savior. Now the formula comes in travel-friendly towelettes, and one is enough for my whole body. Right before bed, I swipe the hydrating vitamin E–infused wipe all over, going light-handed around the ankles, elbows, and knees. Then I wash my hands, let my skin dry, and go to bed dreaming of the tropics. When I wake up, it almost looks like I’ve been there. JOSEPHINE SCHIELE (3); @MAYTHAMI/INSTAGRAM (2); @VISIBLEJUNE/INSTAGRAM; @…