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Shape December 2018

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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
✔ shape digital

Slay All Holiday Tone It Up trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott camp it up in this countdown to the holidays as they demo the 12 total-body moves to keep you fit. Rep along at shape.com/12moves. Matcha Cocktails, Coming Right Up Your favorite winter flavors (chocolate! peppermint!) come together in this creamy, minty matcha blender drink that could almost double as a (spiked) dessert. Get the recipe that will raise your entertaining game at shape.com/matchacocktail. Dive Into Our Cover Go behind the scenes at our Brooklyn, New York, photo shoot with cover star Amber Heard as she dodges raindrops in OMG stunning looks. See the video at shape.com/amberheard. SCAN FOR WHAT’S HAPPENING! Download the free Shape Next app and scan the page. Give the Gift of Shape Activewear Or treat yourself! Shop at shapeactivewear.com for everything from fierce…

2 min.
the shape of things

Two years ago, I decided that during December, it would be fun to post pictures of lights—holiday lights, candlelights, any light—to my Instagram account every day. Yes, they’re pretty and festive and an integral part of the season, but the real purpose was to stay in the moment and be uplifted by the visual experience. It was so much fun that I decided to do it again the next year, focusing instead on color. This time it took a slight detour, and I ended up “regramming” more than posting my own shots. And while the images didn’t necessarily have a holiday theme, the outcome was the same—I gained a sense of being in the moment and focusing on a specific intention. Which leads me to this year’s (apt) theme: shapes!…

4 min.
next level giving

BONUS Inspired gift picks from some of our favorite tastemakers 1. Give a Lift This is a dumbbell set no one will forget in a corner. Technogym’s Wellness Rack combines sleek silicone-trimmed disks (no scuffing surfaces!) that load easily onto the handles to form sets of dumbbells from two to 18 pounds each and multiple weights in between. ($1,060, technogym.com) 2. A Luxe Compact For the pal who appreciates a demure smoky eye and a covetable case to boot: The three shimmery pastels and one matte charcoal shadow in this Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad have a translucent finish but won’t fade by cocktail hour. (Available in 12 shades, $80, cledepeaubeaute.com) 3. Body Candy On-the-money gift for the jewelry lover who revels in the latest trends? A subscription to Switch, the luxury jewelry membership that…

2 min.
it’s all about eyes

Vinyl lids Go subtle or sensational: Tap clear gloss (try Milk Makeup Face Gloss, $20, milkmakeup.com) on your eyelids, and they will reflect in the light for a fresh, glowy effect. Apply that gloss on top of a vibrant cream shadow, like NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Crème Colour in Love Overdose ($10, nyxcosmetics.com), for way more attention, says makeup artist Jenny Patinkin. But know that gloss tends to crease and move. “Just resmear with your finger,” Patinkin says. “The look isn’t supposed to be precise.” Spotlit corners A pop of brightness in the inner corners of the eyes truly perks up your whole face by getting rid of the natural shadow there, Patinkin says. Anyone, no matter her age, eye shape or color, or skin type, can and should rock this, she…

4 min.
change your skin’s destiny

two influences come into play with skin aging: extrinsic (outside) forces, like UV damage, and intrinsic causes, which are dictated by our DNA. We know we can control damage from factors like sun exposure (with sunscreen and other protection), but science is discovering that we also have power over internal triggers—much more than we realized. The food you eat, the supplements you take, the lifestyle you follow, and even some things you put on your skin can shift your genes to interpret (or “express”) the information coded in your DNA in a way that actually slows aging. “It all comes down to communication,” says Shape Brain Trust member Ellen Marmur, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology and genetics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New…

3 min.
the winter beauty battle is on

your scalp is constantly trying to adjust to accommodate the artificial heat indoors and the cold outside, says Justine Marjan, a celeb hairstylist and a GHD brand ambassador. That yo-yoing can cause itchiness, dandruff, dried-out strands, and lots of static. Get a handle on the situations; otherwise they might quickly turn into more pressing dermatological issues, like dermatitis or folliculitis, says Lars Skjoth, the founder of and the head of research and development at Harklinikken. Luckily, there are quick fixes. Itchy, dry scalp In addition to extreme temperature changes, hormonal shifts and holiday travel and stress can contribute to a dry scalp. “It’s the result of dead skin cells constantly replacing themselves because your pH levels are off,” Marjan says. The solution? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Look for a conditioner with hydrating oils,…