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Allure February 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

1 min
dakota johnson

For Johnson’s ethereal photo shoot, the makeup was inspired by the Beverly Hills mansion that served as the backdrop. “After seeing the floral-wallpapered rooms, the word ‘painting’ kept coming up,” said makeup artist Emi Kaneko. “There was also a floral arrangement with the most beautiful colors. I decided to mimic those pink and peach tones with the makeup, especially for her lips.” Kaneko painted on Gucci Sleek Contouring Lip Pencil in soft and peachy Rose Dragée and then topped it with Gucci Sensuous Deep-Matte Lipstick in Blossom (a rose-petal pink). “I wanted her lips to look super matte and romantic,” said Kaneko, who offset them with dewy, fresh skin. “I used my favorite eye mask from Skyn Iceland, and Dakota asked her assistant to buy a bunch right after.” Hairstylist…

3 min
beyond #metoo

Years later, I had filed this deep, deep away. But it was dredged back up into my psyche with the #MeToo movement. I recall being scared, all-nerves-firing scared. But what troubled me most was what happened afterward. I called security, who sent a guard to detain the man. Two police officers arrived shortly thereafter, and I watched from afar as the guard explained what had happened. And almost as if I were watching a movie, I looked on while they laughed. Like a bunch of locker-room bros. They laughed. I felt like my life had been in danger. It wasn’t that huge of a leap to think that this totally wasted, disheveled man who could do that in public would attack me the next minute. To them, he was just a…

1 min

3,858,425 (and counting): Posts on Instagram that use the hashtag #FreeTheNipple. 1952 Year Lucille Ball’s character in Year Lucille Ball’s character in I Love Lucy got pregnant; the p-word couldn’t be said on the air. 8 Number of times the terms “having a baby” and “have a baby” were said in the episode instead of “pregnant.” 1896 Year Fatima’s Coochee-Coochee Dance became the first film to be censored for sexuality. The Syrian dancer’s gyrating pelvis and shimmying chest were covered by what appeared to be a white picket fence. 20151 Year London mayor Sadiq Khan—a father of two teenage girls—lobbied to censor ads on the Tube that promote unrealistic body expectations. 1.01 Seconds for which Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s nipple on air during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, broadcast by CBS. 540,000 Number of…

1 min
then we got naked

One day I was packing for a trip, and all I wanted was a quad of my favorite nude eye shadows. I got my product-development team together—there were three of us at the time—and said, “Bring me your four desert-island nude shadows.” That was the brief—the desert-island palette. But when we came together, the colors all looked so good. Why should we limit it to four? I know that might seem obvious now, but this was in 2010, when there weren’t any neutral palettes that large. There weren’t really any neutral palettes at all. We ended up with 12 shades. It’s meant to look like a flow of skin tones, and it was overdue recognition that there’s no one shade of nude. The name was supposed to be a little…

1 min
electric feels

It’s an age-old question: How can I make my human body look more like a Greek statue of a human body? At the age of seven, Spartan boys left their homes to take on a rigorous series of physical challenges and sometimes-violent games to harden the body and mind, but this seems like an inefficient (and uncomfortable) use of my precious time. It’s 2018, and I want a taut body with much less work than it took 3,000 years ago. Conveniently, there is now a handheld device that uses electrical current (prickly, not painful) to zap muscles into a more toned-looking state. It’s NuBody, from the makers of NuFace, the handheld facial device that took professionally administered microcurrent skin-firming treatments DIY. It uses metal spheres to channel electric waves through…

1 min
exclusive   counter culture

It’s shaving 101: Push the blades forward and there will be blood. That forward motion, however, is precisely what Schick Intuition’s new F.A.B. (Forward and Back) razor was engineered for. And it’s going to freak you out a bit. The first time I held it—with its two sets of blades, each facing an opposite side —I had one thought: This is a really bad idea. I gingerly touched it to my shin, pulling toward myself, then slowly pushing it away. And... it worked! Without a drop of blood! Then I started pushing and pulling with abandon, as I would a vacuum. Not having to pick up the razor between strokes made shaving my legs speedier, though I still got the closest shave when pulling up, against the direction of hair…