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Allure May 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
a royal change

By the time you read this, the world will likely have been thrust into full royal-wedding mania. It feels slightly strange to be writing about a royal wedding in an issue devoted to disruptors. After all, the British monarchy is ultimately a throwback—a reminder of an antiquated, complicated ruling class that feels like the antithesis of modern values. But I’ve got princesses on the brain, so let’s discuss. As the mother of a daughter, I’ve seen firsthand how princess-dom is sold to little girls. Princess parties and Jasmine/Rapunzel/Anna costumes flew into our lives between preschool and kindergarten. As a woman who was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, I vividly remember watching Cinderella for the first time at a church in my small hometown. All wasp-waisted and wispy-limbed, she looked…

2 min
the all-star team

“THERE’S SO MUCH YOU CAN DO WITH SOMETHING THAT’S SO SIMPLE. IT ALWAYS AMAZES ME.” MAKI RYOKE, MAKEUP ARTIST, “THE BOLD ONES,” PAGE 104 Hometown: “Kagoshima, Japan.” The product she uses every day: “Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 to get rid of dead skin.” The most disruptive moment of the past year: “The #MeToo movement.” The thing that inspires her to break boundaries: “Colors—once you understand how they complement each other, the possibilities become endless. There’s so much you can do with something that’s so simple. It always amazes me.” Kit staple: “Alexandra Soveral’s organic skin-care products hydrate so well and smell heavenly.” The most unexpected item in her kit: “My facial cupping tools. I use them on clients before every shoot to help reduce lines and tighten skin.” On-set playlist: “Justin Bieber’s top hits.” First job: “Waitressing.” VIOLETTE, MAKEUP ARTIST,…

1 min
men in makeup

330 B.C. Approximate year Alexander the Great lined his eyes with kohl. 1960 Year John F. Kennedy won the first televised presidential debate against Richard Nixon—with some help from a little makeup. Nixon refused it and looked tired onscreen; made-up Kennedy looked rested and tan. 0 Number of battles Alexander the Great lost. $30,000 Approximate amount French president Emmanuel Macron reportedly spent on makeup services in his first three months in office (that’s about $330 per day). 2000s Era the word “guyliner” was first used in goth circles. 9,679,310 Views (and counting) of one of Patrick Starrr’s most popular makeup tutorials on YouTube, in which he makes up half of his face, leaving the other half bare and unshaven. 19 Number of times it’s appeared in The New York Times since.…

1 min
finger paints

NEWS FLASH Gucci Westman In a perfect, always-fashion-week world, we’d have Pat McGrath on glitter duty, Charlotte Tilbury painting our cat eyes, and—without a doubt—Gucci Westman on glowy-skin patrol. Luckily, we can now get a kind-of-sort-of backstage pass with Westman Atelier, the makeup artist’s own collection of complexion-focused products, like bronzers and foundations. Our favorite is the Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter (shown here), a velvety, peach-tinged cream that blends like a dream and leaves you with a shimmery, iridescent flush (and also works on eyelids). —LOREN SAVINI SMELL RICH LIKE BATHING IN DOM PÉRIGNON, ROSÉ, AND PEARL DUST: EXTRAVAGANT SUMMER SCENTS THAT ARE BRIGHT, GRACEFUL, AND TOTALLY INDULGENT. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: JOANNA McCLURE (PROP STYLIST: HAIDEE FINDLAY-LEVIN); JOSEPHINE SCHIELE (6)…

1 min
disappearing act

Scars are stubborn with a capital S, but if you want to minimize yours, a helper could be in your kitchen cabinet. According to a study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, massaging a blend of oils (in this case, safflower and olive oils were the main players) into a nonkeloid scar (the kind that’s not raised—those need to be injected with cortisone if you want results) can improve its appearance by 14 percent in eight weeks. Oils can provide an optimal healing environment for collagen-building and scar improvement by lubricating and protecting skin, says New York City dermatologist Ellen Marmur. —JESA MARIE CALAOR FIRM ANSWERS THREE NEW PATHS TO TAUTER, PLUMPER, SMOOTHER, SKIN. The tightening gel: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel. The gel’s rolling applicator depuffs the contours…

1 min
multi masking

1. Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Detoxify + Brighten. It’s easy to see why this had a waitlist after it launched last year: The lilac clay toned down our redness and oiliness right off the bat. 2. Yes to Carrots Vitamin-Enriched Kale DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask. It’s the boxed brownie of face masks—add water to powder and get a skin-smoothing kaolin clay and kale paste. 3. Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask. This overnight mask is the richest of the bunch—perfect for making skin extra soft. (Give it 20 to sink in so it doesn’t rub off on your pillow.) 4. Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask. Combines skin-firming peptides with anti-inflammatory gold. 5. Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Pink Plumping Mask. This glittering pink gel (so ’80s Jem) plumps lines with hyaluronic acid and feels nice…