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First for Women December 30, 2019

First for Women is a women's interest magazine that gives its readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, First delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition, to beauty and fitness, to home and family.

United States
Bauer Publishing
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every sip Minty eggnog mmm “I always have a batch of minty eggnog ready to share at holiday gatherings,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “It’s one of my go-to festive treats, but making the egg base from scratch takes a while. To save time this year, I’m starting with 1 quart of store-bought eggnog, then adding 1 cup of rum and 1 Tbs. of peppermint extract. While it’s chilling, I’ll dip the rims of 8 glasses in water, then in 2 crushed candy canes. I’ll pour in the eggnog, top with a splash of ginger ale and garnish with candy canes. For a mocktail, you can omit the rum and add 2 tsp. of vanilla extract. It’s sure to make everyone merry!” Crafting up smiles Merry tree display “During the bustling…

2 min
smart you solutions

This trick erases dark circles—in a flash! With all that’s on your calendar this time of year, a late night or two is inevitable—and so are the dark circles that come along with it! Most of us simply try to cover them by dotting concealer in a half-moon directly under the eye, but pros say that can actually highlight circles. Instead, apply concealer in a long, inverted triangle and blend. Like a flashlight, this shines focus down to the cheekbone so shadows and puffiness recede. Genius! QUICK POLL How do you make jewelry sparkle? You finally have an occasion to don that beautiful gold bracelet, only to notice the metal looks dull. Here, FIRST readers share how they get gold gleaming: 57% ♥ this idea! Buff it with a beer-dampened cloth, says Karla Jones. The acids…

1 min
burgundy velvet 3 style secrets

✓ Whittles the waist A baggy duster held loosely together with a pin erases the middle so the body looks boxy. The fix: A more structured style with a waist-cinching self-belt reins in the heavy fabric to carve out curves for a shapely appearance. ✕ Magnifies the middle A figure-hugging dress in a thick fabric combined with an asymmetrical hem cuts the body awkwardly so hips look wide and the belly looks bumpy. ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds A lightweight velvet dress that’s fitted at the waist, then gradually flares out from hip to toe skims easily over curves and lower-half jiggles for a more body-balancing appearance. ✓ Looks long and lean Together, a baggy camisole and plush billowy pants cause the eye to scan from side to side, optically widening the lower half. But pairing a vertically…

1 min
simple styles that stun!

Medium hair? Try a chic chignon A low-lying bun is the perfect updo for chin-length locks since they are just long enough to pull back to the nape of the neck. And leaving a loose tendril in front helps any strands that may fall out look intentional. To do: Create a side part, then, leaving out a 2" section of hair in front, pull strands into a low pony at the nape of the neck. Next twist the “tail” into a small roll and pin. Curl the tendril with a 1" curling iron and set with hairspray. Long hair? Opt for a half-up twist Elegant and effortless, a half-up twist ensures long locks don’t overwhelm. To do: Tease strands at the crown, then wrap 2" sections of hair around a 1" curling iron. Gather a 3" front…

7 min
look party-perfect in a pinch!

Mend a frayed or ripped hem with duct tape Just as you’re doing a final spin in the mirror, your heel catches the bottom of your pants and rips the hem. “With little time to sew it, many people turn to safety pins as a quick fix, but they create holes, can tear fabric and cause awkward billowing—plus it takes so many of them to pin a hem with no gaps,” says stylist David Zyla, who’s worked with Susan Lucci and Carol Burnett. His simple solu-tion: duct tape. “The adhesive creates a seamless line on the hem that will hold it together for the evening. “And it peels away just as easily without damaging fabric.” Bonus: This also works to shorten a hem in snap! To do: Fold the spot where you…

1 min
feel happy in heels!

Chaffed bunions? Stuffing feet with bony bumps at their base into heels all night can lead to painful friction. Podiatrist Suzanne Levine, D.P.M., advises applying moleskin (like Up&Up Super Moleskin Padding, Target.com) onto bumps. The fabric creates a soft buffer that prevents rubbing. Tingling toes? The pressure put on toes in high heels can swell nerves between them, causing them to alternate between a burning and tingling sensation. Dr. Levine’s tip: Slip a thin orthotic (like Vionic Women’s SlimFit Orthotic, VionicShoes.com) into heels to lift arches and realign feet. It helps prevent swelling and relieve pain. Ball pain? As cushioning fat pads on the balls of feet thin with age, the bones at the bottom take the brunt of our weight. Ouch! Dr. Levine advises placing a gel insert (like Tip Toes Foot Petals, Bloomingdales.com)…