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Allure September 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
success story

When I was six years old, I took my first passport photo—with red lipstick on. My grandmother had given it to me. She was the one who let me put red lipstick on for the first time. My hair had been lightened by the sun because we lived in Brazil, so I had short blonde hair and red lips. In high school, my family and I moved from my Brazilian hometown, Virginópolis, to Scranton, Pennsylvania. I was an honor roll student, but instead of going to college after I graduated, I got a job at the Macy’s Dior counter selling makeup. My mother was upset, but I told her not to worry, that I would make her proud. Then I found YouTube. It started as a hobby, of course—making beauty…

1 min
spice world

For many of us, a “clean” mouth is a minty mouth, and globally, mint is the leading flavor of the oral-hygiene industry—but there are a few regional tweaks. The U.S. leans toward a mixture of peppermint and spearmint, while in the U.K. and China, paste is typically spiked with salt, a natural antibacterial and whitener. In India, cardamom—an antioxidant that helps fight odor—is a common ingredient, and further north, in Japan, green tea and elderflower flavors are freshening breath. If you’re looking to branch out, hipster-beloved Italian import Marvis offers a licorice-laced formula, while French company Lebon has evolved flavor profiles of rose–orange blossom and pineapple. Variety, after all, is the spice of life.…

2 min
the sweet spot

Black Honey started in the ’70s disco era, when the look was super glossy, wet makeup—very Halston. But it wasn’t Black Honey as we know it. The original wasn’t a stick; it was a shiny, potted black lip gloss that our founder, Carol Phillips, thought looked like a honey pot because it was so gooey. It was one of several potted glosses with Honey names, but Black Honey was Carol’s baby—there was nothing else like it at a time when everyone was wearing bright disco colors. It’s like she had a crystal ball. Fast-forward to the late ’80s, and potted glosses had gone out of fashion. Carol decided to convert just one of the Honeys, Black Honey, into a stick. She wanted everyone to be able to wear it, so—like she’d…

3 min
the 25 best lipstick tips of all time*

1 Complement brown eyes with cool blue-toned lip colors, like deep reds or purples. Against blue or green eyes, warm orange-reds and corals pop. —Vincent Oquendo 2 When hydrating your lips, more is more: Apply balm past the lip line, onto the skin. Leave it on for as long as possible before putting on lipstick. —Mally Roncal 3 Choose one place (Cupid’s bow, bottom lip) to overdraw your lips with pencil that matches your lipstick—emphasizing a single area looks natural. —Oquendo 4 Less is more when you’re wearing blush with bright lipstick—pick a blush that’s in the same color family as your lipstick, and use a light hand. —Mylah Morales 5 Put on a matte liquid lipstick, then apply a regular lipstick over it. Using similar shades—or different ones—creates its own beautiful color and…

1 min
how to get help

Crisis Text Line Text 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. at any time to talk with a trained crisis counselor. After the death of Kate Spade, the Kate Spade New York Foundation Campaign donated $250,000 to this organization. It plans to donate over $1 million to mental health awareness causes. crisistextline.org Dr. Brandt Foundation Dedicated to destigmatizing the conversation about mental health issues. Services focus on art and art therapy, reflecting the late Fredric Brandt’s passions. drbrandtfoundation.org National Suicide Prevention Lifeline This service provides 24/7 free and confidential support to people in crisis. 800-273-8255; suicidepreventionlifeline.org The Trevor Project National 24/7 suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth. They offer TrevorChat, which is a free instant-messenger service, and TrevorSpace, a social-networking site for those under 25. 866-488-7386 to talk to someone; 202-304-1200 to text with someone. thetrevorproject.org…

1 min
the evolution of enhancement

1893 Gustav Neuber, a German plastic surgeon, uses fat from a patient’s arm to fill a scar, paving the way for fillers. 1899 In Vienna, a surgeon injects paraffin into a man’s scrotum, and doctors then start injecting it into lips (and breasts and noses). Most patients wind up with permanent masses, called paraffinomas. 1960s Doctors begin injecting liquid silicone into lips. The permanent material causes bumps and nodules, but the practice continues for decades. 1981 The first collagen filler, Zyderm, is FDA approved. It’s derived from cows and requires an allergy test. Human-collagen fillers follow 22 years later. 1984 Dermatologist Arnold Klein pioneers collagen lip injections in—where else?—Beverly Hills. “Lips are the only visible sexual organ,” he tells The New York Times years later. 1996 Swedish scientists create Restylane, the first nonanimal hyaluronic acid…