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Allure March 2019

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
all i do is win

no shoes, no shirt, no problems TAKE OUR READERS’ CHOICE SURVEY AND YOU’LL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PRIZES.* The Ultimate Getaway: A three-night trip for two to Nayara Springs in Costa Rica, worth approximately $5,064. You and a guest will each get one complimentary spa treatment, daily breakfasts, and a $250 food and beverage voucher. Round-trip airfare will also be provided. Wheel It Away: One of our 2018 Best of Beauty suitcases, filled with $3,500 worth of our favorite makeup, hair, and skin-care products. Vanity Refresh: An assortment of amazing Neutrogena products, valued at $500. HOW TO VOTE Go to allurereaderschoiceawards.com to vote for your all-time favorite beauty products by 11:59 p.m. on March 15. *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Completion of the survey is not required to enter or win. To…

2 min
{beauty reporter}

throwing shade New primers in warmer tones seamlessly lock in foundation on all skin colors. The whole point of a primer is to invisibly smooth and prep the skin for makeup. And yet so many are milky or pearly in color, leaving a pasty cast on brown skin. Finally, formulas are being released in shades of brown, like Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Primer in Sunkissed and Beautyblender The Leveler Pore Minimizing Primer in Tan/Deep. That means women with medium or dark skin can create a base for foundation without worrying that a chalky film will peek through. And if your skin is pale? These primers are sheer enough that you can still use them—they’ll simply add a warming glow. —JESSICA CHIA LAB REPORT SO FINE Using a facial mist can improve your skin’s hydration for…

2 min
chop to it

A Cut Above Bangs have been around at least since Cleopatra took up shears. What better way to make millennia-old straight bangs look new than by dyeing them a fiery shade? Volume Up Short, fine bangs can look a little French Revolution—until they meet volumizing mousse (hairstylist Braydon Nelson used Kérastase Bouffante). Then they just look French. Test Drive A wig can provide architectural bangs without the buyer’s remorse. Short Change Left: Microbangs are embedded in a history of rebellion, including Joan of Arc and London punks—the hair equivalent of a battle cry. Curl Power Right: Great curly fringe is all in the styling—and the styling is all in the trimming, according to Nelson, who advises curly-bang trims every month for loose curls and every two months for tight curls. Level Up Blunt and layered aren’t mutually exclusive, especially when the…

1 min
beauty by numbers

4 min
global scents

Western United States For perspective, some 170 years ago, while California was being overrun by prospectors, France’s perfume trade was already well on its way to becoming the behemoth it is now (it went from a 2 million–franc business in 1810 to 75 million in 1889). Today, America’s West Coast has a bumper crop of niche perfume brands, many mixed by self-taught perfumers who work in small batches with lots of local flavor. “We buy strawberries from the farmers market and sun-dry them, then infuse them in alcohol and use it as the base of our perfumes,” says Linda Sivrican, creator of Aureum Botanica and Saguara Perfumes. “I also use a dried lavender from Ojai and sun-dried Meyer lemons.” In Oregon and Washington, perfumes tend to be just as botanically influenced,…

1 min
flower power

The Mayo Clinic advises consuming about three liters of water a day to keep kidneys functioning and joints lubricated. Gucci’s “perfumed water” in Moonlight Serenade is nearly as essential, just way more expensive. Plus: How else will you learn what such a serenade smells like? Well, it’s like being caressed by lavender flowers. It also lingers close to the skin, rather than trailing behind you (it’s not heavy on the endurance-enhancing alcohol favored by most modern fragrances). Oh, and there are two other equally pure and unobtrusive scents. Ask a doctor which one is right for you.…