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Allure December 2017

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

1 min
look we love bling fingers

In antiquity, obesity suggested a life well lounged; more recently, the Isabel Marant wedge sneaker did the same with its mixed message of comfort (sneaker!) and also not (wedge!) and also $$$$ (Isabel Marant). Today, we have the next frontier of luxury signifier: the bespoke 3D manicure. Who can afford to lift a finger when that finger is laden with rhinestones and gold leaf? You can, because you can afford anything, but you’d rather not and thank you. You’re far too busy exfoliating with diamond dust and marrying for love. Though you needn’t mention any of that—your nails say it all.…

1 min
work it out

Kegels aren’t just for better sex (but that’s nice, too!). They strengthen your pelvic floor, which wards off a whole host of things you don’t want to happen (peeing when you sneeze, for starters). Kegel balls and beads are designed to make the exercise more effective, but this workout isn’t the only thing you can do to strengthen the pelvic floor. We looked into the newest treatments around the world. USA May we introduce you to Pfilates? That’s Pilates plus pelvic floor exercises. The series of familiar moves chosen by a urogynecologist passively engages the pelvic floor. You can buy a DVD on its website. FRANCE French women don’t get fat—and they don’t get leaky bladders after childbirth, either. That’s because the government funds la rééducation périnéale, 10 to 20 intimate physical…

1 min
mad world

1. RETROUVAÍ EARRINGS. “The ideal earrings for a queen of hearts.” $6,395 (ylang23.com). 2. GUCCI LEATHER SHOES. “I’d pair these with a maxidress so the bows just peek out at the bottom.” $1,150 (gucci.com). 3. ERDEM ORGANZA DRESS. “I’m obsessed with the dreamy floral print. It’s perfect for a tea party.” $4,640 (net-a-porter.com). 4. JUDITH LEIBER COUTURE CRYSTAL BAG. “This whimsical bunny is coming with me to every holiday party.” $5,495, at Neiman Marcus stores. 5. GUCCI RESORT 2018. “When Alice grows up, this is the dress she’ll wear.” 6. GEMFIELDS X MUSE GOLD NECKLACE AND CHARMS. “I love that you can mix and match your favorite charms.” Necklace, $5,060, and charms, $765 to $10,450, at Marissa Collections, Naples, Florida (239-263-4333). 7. FENDI SILK JACKET AND SKIRT. “Just needs a pair of white sneakers.” Jacket, $3,150,…

2 min
american hairstory

The first thing you see when walking into the sorbet-colored Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum is a beehived mannequin named Madge, who tragically lost her arms during a freak manicure. She is, without a doubt, the least interesting thing you will see from that point on. “I like to say she soaked for too long,” jokes Jeff Hafler, the hairstylist and “hair-storian” who’s been collecting beauty memorabilia for the past 26 years or so. As we speak, he’s surrounded by treasures from the past century—a Magnum hair dryer resembling a gilt pistol plus holster, a bobby pin stapler, stockpiles of toxic hair spray. It sounds like the world’s most adorable torture chamber, but it’s America’s preeminent hair museum, stuffed with thousands of artifacts dating back to the late 19th century.…

3 min
with keala settle

My character’s name is Lettie Lutz—she’s the bearded lady. In my role prep, I did a ton of research into polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disease in females that can include overproduction of testosterone. It can lead to weight gain, acne, and in some extreme cases, prominent facial and chest hair. Last year, I discovered some articles about an incredible young woman named Harnaam Kaur, who lives with PCOS. Through her courage to speak of her own struggle, I learned so much about my own insecurities. I mean, logistically speaking, they’re nothing like that. But relatively speaking, they’re exactly like that. When I was younger, my mother wanted me to look like Claudia Schiffer. I was like, “We’re not even German, but all right.” As you get older, whatever your…

1 min
elements of style

FAVORITE THINGS skin care: “Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate.” book: “Right now it’s How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell.” footwear: “Nike Air Max.” icon: “Rihanna. She’s going to be my best friend one day. You can quote me on that.” fragrance: “Chance by Chanel.” tattoo parlor: “Ocho Placas in Miami.” album: “Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die.” cocktail: “Hennessey and cranberry.” makeup: “Benefit Mascara in Beyond Blue.” film: “I grew up watching Thirteen on repeat.” vacation: “Anywhere in the South of France. It’s fucking beautiful.” candy: “Hi-Chews. If I were a candy, I would be a Hi-Chew.” “I love lace because it can be really feminine, sexy, or dark. There are so many ways to wear it, no matter what your style is.” For more on Bria Vinaite—including her skin-care…