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First for Women November 30, 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 Cran-apple mmm “A simmering pot of savory-sweet chutney is a must at my house for Thanksgiving,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This year, I decided to mix two of my family’s favorites into one scrumptious topping. To make, I core, peel and chop 2 apples, then add them to a pot with 1 cup of fresh cranberries, ¼ cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of chopped onion, 1 Tbs. of apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp. of grated orange zest, 1 tsp. of grated ginger and ¼ tsp. of ground cinnamon. Next, I bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until thick, about 30 minutes. The wonderfully warm aromas always with smiles. Crafting up smiles Pretty plate topper My go-to stuffed turkey recipe…

2 min
smart you solutions

Breathe this way to stop stress When that never-ending holiday to-do list starts to feel overwhelming, try standing tall with your chest puffed out and your hands on your hips. This superhero-like stance helps open up your rib cage, which allows you to breathe more deeply, helping your body produce anxiety-easing nitric oxide. In fact, one study even found that women who adopted this stance experienced a 20% plummet in stress levels within minutes! QUICK POLL How do you remove glitter polish? Ready for a color change but can’t get those pesky sparkle flecks off your nails? Try these FIRST reader removal tips 59% ♥ this idea! Place an acetone-soaked cotton ball on each nail for 5 minutes, says Lisa Lee. This loosens up the glitter bonds, so flecks swipe right off. 41% ♥ this idea! Buff the…

1 min
faux leather 3 style secrets

✓ Elongates legs Textured panels break up the smooth look of “liquid” leggings, creating a squeezing effect that makes legs look thicker. But a plain, uninterrupted design draws the eye vertically so legs appear long and lean. ✗ Adds width The balloon-like appearance of lowslung, oversize, wide-leg leather pants that fan out above the ankle creates unflattering bulk from hip to toe. ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds A more tailored cigarette pant pulls the eye in to minimize hips and legs, while a higher waist directs focus upward to “stretch” the lower half for a leaner look overall. ✓ Carves out curves A boxy leather jacket worn open over a billowy top erases the waist for a fullerlooking middle. The fix: A structured topper with a waist-tied self-belt cinches the middle to highlight an hourglass silhouette. FIRST PICKS…

1 min
pretty in berry lips

Fair skin? Opt for raspberry Raspberry’s rosy hue brings out the lighter skin tone’s youthful flush, while its cool blue undertones keep the complexion from looking sallow. Bonus? The blue also helps make teeth appear instantly brighter! FIRST pick: FLOWER Beauty Powder Play Lip Color in Cheeky ($11, CVS.com) Olive skin? Choose cranberry Rich red pigments in cranberry counteract the green undertones in olive skin to enhance its gilded glow. FIRST pick: Revolution PRO New Neutrals Satin Matte Lipstick in Stiletto ($5, Ulta.com) Dark skin? Try boysenberry A bold plum-based berry pops against a dark complexion while pulling out the deeper skin tone’s natural warmth for added radiance. FIRST pick: Physicians Formula Nourishing Lipstick in Sugar Plum ($7, Walmart.com) SHUTTERSTOCK; GETTY (5). TEXT: LEANN GAROFOLO…

7 min
you—holiday beautiful!

Our festive fetes may look a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still shine bright! The easy key to appearing 10 years younger and 10 pounds slimmer, whether having an intimate in-person gathering or a virtual on-camera get-together? Making small changes to our go-to hairdos, makeup tricks and wardrobe picks! Bonus: Since we’ve been spending our days more casually for the past few months, these easy tweaks will amp up the holiday glitz and glamour too! MAKEUP TWEAK Lift features with this 2-step technique Precisely placed highlighter and bronzer can add age-defying radiance, instant slimming and holiday-ready sparkle to any complexion. “That’s because highlighter’s light-reflective particles direct the eye up to where they are placed for a facelift effect,” says makeup artist AJ Crimson, who’s worked with Angela Bassett…

1 min
camera tricks to even more gorgeous!

Fill your face with light Poor lighting can make skin appear sallow on camera and also put agers like crow’s-feet and laugh lines on display. Myers’ fix: Sit facing a window. Natural light shines directly on you to illuminate the face, blurring any imperfections, she says. If there’s no window or if it’s nighttime, place a tall lamp (sans the shade, which can cast shadows) behind the back of your computer screen. Angle the camera here Find yourself counting chins whenever you’re on a FaceTime or Zoom? Your camera is most likely tilted toward the lower half of your face, which can put focus on a double chin or saggy neck, says Myers. Instead, stack a few books beneath the screen until the camera is at (or slightly above) eye level. And position…