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First for Women January 20, 2020

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 bite Creamy, cheesy mmm “When the long, cold winter sets in, I crave cozy, creamy comfort foods,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST ciate food editor. “And this cheesy, easy-to-make casserole satisfies every time! To make it, I melt 4 Tbs. of butter in an ovenproof skillet, then whisk in 4 Tbs. of flour and cook until bubbling, about 2 minutes. I add 1 cup each of heavy cream and milk and cook until thickened. Then I stir in 2 cups of shredded Cheddar and 1 cup of shredded American cheese until melted. I add 4 cups of al dente–cooked elbow macaroni and season with salt and pepper, then bake at 375° until golden and bubbly. It’s so delicious—and earns rave reviews!” Crafting up smiles Cozy fire starters “Last week I was looking for…

2 min
smart you solutions

Genius hack for orphaned socks Have a stack of single socks in your laundry room just waiting for their sole mates to turn up? Rather than add the next loner to the pile, turn it into a coffee cozy! Simply cut the sock above the heel and stash the calf end of the fabric in your purse. The next time you buy a coffee to go, skip the disposable cardboard sleeve and slip the sock onto your cup instead. It’ll protect your hands, keep your coffee warm and you can use it again and again! QUICK POLL How do you soothe windburned cheeks? Frigid air and whipping winds have left your face red, dry and irritated. Here, readers share their healing remedies 57% ♥ this idea! Apply honey to skin; rinse after 10 minutes, says Alexa…

1 min
festive metallics 3 style secrets

✓ Looks long and lean The billowy style of a skater skirt magnifies hips, and paired with a waist-erasing bulky sweater, it makes the frame appear short and boxy. But the combination of a high-waisted midi and a tucked-in top pulls the eye up and down for a more statuesque-looking silhouette. ✗ Broadens the body Arm-widening pleated sleeves, bump-causing gathering and a skirt that flares out at the hip cut the body awkwardly, creating optical heft from head to toe. ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds A dress with simple accents, like a waist-cinching belt and vertically cascading ruffles, highlights an hourglass and skims over trouble spots for a beautifully balanced, trim-looking figure. Carves out curves Even when paired with tailored pants, left open, an oversize suit jacket overwhelms the body for a shapeless look. The fix: A closed…

1 min
wow with starbursts

Sparkling hoops: Illuminate skin FIRST pick: Dressing Room Boutique $32 (Shoptiques.com, Sunburst Earrings) Twinkling tiers: Slim the face FIRST pick: Wishrocks, $80 (Amazon.com, Triple Starburst Earrings) The latest accessory to provide a galaxy’s worth of age-defying benefits? Celestial earrings! “The glimmering bursts draw attention up to give youthful ‘lift’ and soft focus to facial features, and the starry sparkle catches the light to impart a lit-from-within glow onto skin,” says stylist Dawn Del Russo, who’s worked with Vivica A. Fox and Rachel Bilson. “Plus, the varied sizes and styles offer beautiful balance to any face shape.” Discover the one that will help you shine bright! Shining studs: Lift features FIRST pick: Walmart, $8 (Walmart.com, Opal Simple Star Stud Earrings)…

6 min
hair that makes you happy

Best for round faces Blunt ends on a chin-skimming crop create a linear focal point that offsets the fullness of a round face and gives the illusion of a more angular jawline, says Chan. And slight tapering toward the back keeps the eye moving vertically to “stretch” the face. ASK YOUR STYLIST FOR: A blunt cut that is slightly shorter in the back than in the front, hits just below the chin and has light layering through the ends. Your face is OVAL if: The length from hairline to chin divided by 3 is shorter than the length from the tip of your nose to your chin Your face is a HEART if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple is longer than the width of your jaw from ear to…

1 min
you, youthful in a blink!

Thin lashes? Thicken them with baby powder The fine, light powder coats lashes, adding grip for mascara to adhere to while bulking up hairs so they look twice as thick. To do: Swipe a coat of mascara onto lashes, then use a clean spoo-lie to apply a light layer of baby powder on top of it. Finish with a second coat of mascara to lock in the powder. Dark circles? Erase them with lipstick An orange-based lipstick (opposite blue on the color wheel) neutralizes the bluish/purple shadows. To do: Swipe an orange-based peach (for light skin) or an orange-based red (for medium to dark skin) onto circles, blend well with a makeup sponge, then top with foundation or concealer. Droopy lids? Lift them with ‘jelly’ When applied to the highest point of the brow, light bounces off…