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Allure January 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

7 min
the doctors’ orders

kavita mariwalla, 40 “Dark circles are probably the number one complaint of South Asian women like me,” says Mariwalla. “I’ve had them my whole life.” And because the darkness can worsen from little things like leaving the house (sun exposure), breathing (seasonal allergies), and being a human in 2018 (staring at a screen a lot), Mariwalla is diligent about using sunscreen and pigment-inhibiting products. “The dark circles are really a point of self-consciousness for me,” she says. “You don’t want your patients to think their doctor is tired.” her MVPs SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum. “An antioxidant serum boosts the power of your sunscreen.” La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily SPF 50 Sunscreen. “I apply it up to my eye sockets; blinking brings it up to my lower eyelids.” Dermablend Cover Creme SPF 30 in Honey…

1 min
mask off

For the morning after you went to bed with makeup on: Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Mask’s skin-cleansing moringa-seed extract and softening shea butter remedy bad behavior. For the week your calendar looks like a game of Tetris: The St. Ives Soothing Sheet Mask and Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Lifting Mask team soothing oat extract with water-attracting hyaluronic acid to plump and perk up tired skin. For a back-from-Tulum glow in Cincinnati: Pond’s Hydrate + Glow Sheet Mask’s niacinamide fades dark spots for a brighter complexion, while its papaya extract exfoliates for radiance. For days when your skin is just...meh: Elizabeth Arden’s Superstart Probiotic Boost Mask is loaded with smoothing ceramides and plumping sodium hyaluronate to breathe life into lifeless or dull skin.…

2 min
allure regrets

1. We shouldn’t have called them “scary crevices.” But we did, in 2006, and then we doubled down with:“The most evil eye skin problems can be combated—without voodoo.” So bonus points for being creepy and weird! Then we just got personal (in the same story):“You don’t have to be a chronic squinter like George W. to end up with crow’s-feet.” 2. We definitely should have thought twice before quoting a plastic surgeon who said this in 2008:”For young people with highly expressive, hyperactive muscles, Botox can stop the expressive muscle activity and thereby smooth wrinkles [like crow’s-feet].” 3. And we probably shouldn’t have been so liberal with our use of the word “simple” in 2009:“The best prevention for this type of wrinkling is relatively simple:Try to relax, wear sunglasses, and don’t read…

2 min
the shining

1 min

13 Milliseconds the human eye needs to be exposed to an image in order to send the brain enough visual input to identify it. 1.3 Millions of Americans who are legally blind. 3 Approximate number of times per second our eyes shift their gaze. 2009Year America’s Next Top Model judge Tyra Banks coined the term “smize”—to smile with your eyes. 4Number of hours it can take Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg (@tal_peleg) to paint a miniature masterpiece— such as Dali’s The Persistence of Memory—on her own eyelid. 2 Number of eye colors a person with heterochromia (like Kate Bosworth) has. 188 Average number of eyelashes that humans have on each eye. 10 Minutes it takes for LASIK—a visioncorrection surgery performed with a laser—to be done on one eye. 55,127,877 Number of views (and counting) of Michelle Phan’s YouTube…

1 min
the vanishing act

We’re coming up on Bi-Facil’s 30th birthday. Back in 1989, there were hardly any biphase (oil-and-water) cleansers. There was one around then, by the French brand Jeanne Piaubert, and it was so good at taking off all kinds of makeup that my boss at Lancôme asked me to make one specifically for the eye area. You’d shake it, the oil and water phases would mix, and then they’d separate again. I tried so hard to make a pink-and-blue version that would turn violet when shaken, but only the blue color was stable; the pink became transparent. So I went with cool blue —I thought it’d look calming—but it started turning people’s contact lenses blue in the development stage! Back to the drawing board. I spent eight months testing versions of…