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Allure April 2018

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
Conde Nast US
11 Issues

in this issue

2 min
for what it’s worth

A few months ago, a controversial story called “The Skincare Con” from The Outline made the rounds online. In it, the writer argued that skincare products are a waste of money and that humans survived for centuries without them, so why do we need them now? The story stoked a fiery debate, with skin-care lovers around the Internet jumping to the defense of their beloved cleansing oils and ampoules. I won’t dignify the story with too lengthy a rundown. But in a nutshell, the writer claimed that there’s little science behind skin care (not true), that it must be a scam because people who practice it sometimes get pimples (whaa?), and that it’s a worthless pursuit because you’ll never achieve the “perfect” skin you’ve been promised (um, OK). Needless to say,…

1 min

18TH Century when men and women wore mouches, velvet patches made to look like moles and cover up scars from smallpox, popularized by fashionable women like Queen Marie Casimire of Poland 8 Size in bits of Ms. Pac-Man’s beauty mark. $30–$80 Price range for a Marilyn Monroe piercing, a stud on the lower left cheek meant to imitate her signature mark. 10–40 Approximate number of moles a person has on her body by adulthood. ¼ The width in inches of a typical mole. (If it is bigger than a quarter inch, it should be examined by a dermatologist.) 21 Age at which Dita Von Teese tattooed a mole on her left cheek. 2012 Year Chanel sent models down the runway wearing black velvet “beauty mark” face stickers in the shape of the brand’s interlocking-C’s logo. They’ve commanded…

2 min
dermatologist to the republic

Her job is to fix things. When Tina Alster was training as a dermatologist at Yale in the late ’80s, she met a woman who changed her trajectory in medicine. The woman was middle-aged, with a port-wine stain occupying the left side of her face and a full face of makeup concealing it. Her husband and son had never seen the stain. Alster had just read an article about laser treatments for vascular lesions and was inspired to learn more. Much more. A few years later, she would return to her hometown of Washington, D.C., and open the first freestanding laser center in the world, which would develop into the world’s destination for cosmetic laser treatment. As for the woman? Alster zapped her stain nearly clean off. “I changed her…

1 min
clean break

Back in the 1870s, there were two kinds of soaps: laundry soaps that you’d use with a washboard, and “toilet” soaps for the body. Most came in brown or white, and everyone just called them brown soap or white soap. Then James Gamble, a chemist, developed a white soap strong enough to clean clothes but gentle enough for skin. His cousin Harley Procter thought it could be huge. One day, Procter was in church and heard a Psalm that referenced clean-smelling clothes and ivory palaces. He thought, Let’s call our soap Ivory. Other soaps were cut at the store from large slabs, but he put theirs in a branded wrapper. For a year, the cousins sold white soap and Ivory soap—same price, same product—side by side. Ivory outsold white soap…

1 min
take it easy

Oh, happy day. There’s a wave of unfussy that’s washing over the beauty industry, and not to suggest that we’re lazy, but we couldn’t be more excited about it. If you have the skill set and energy level to raise your arm (and not even for a long time!), you now have the ability to take care of your skin and hair. The Yes to Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting SnapMask Stick leaves a thin, even, quick-drying layer on damp or dry skin—it’s not picky. Just rinse it off after five minutes and your face will look less red and blotchy off the bat; it also brightens skin over time. Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum keeps clean skin soft and takes 18 seconds to run over your entire face. (In the…

1 min
derma planing

Which we could also just call: shaving your face. Because this treatment involves gently pulling a blade along your skin. But! Dermaplaning, unlike traditional shaving, uses a smaller blade to slough off dead skin cells in addition to removing wispy facial hair, so skin is more even in tone and texture. It’s superficial (there will not be blood) and strangely reminiscent of a cat lick (tickly, sandpapery). It makes makeup go on smoother, too. Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo uses it to get celebrities like Lily Collins and Hailee Steinfeld ready for high-definition cameras. And unless you have pustular acne, eczema, rosacea, or cold sores, you can safely DIY. Here’s how: 1. Prep skin. Even though you’re not piercing the skin, it’s important to make sure your face is clean so you…