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First for Women January 11, 2021

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 Chocolate pie mmm “Chocolate and caramel are a match made in heaven,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “And this week, I decided to treat everyone with my so-easy, nobake fudgy ‘candy pie.’ To make: In a pot, melt 20 caramel squares over medium heat; stir in 3 Tbs. of heavy cream and ½ cup of chopped toasted nuts, then spread the mixture in a 6-oz. prepared chocolate piecrust. Next, heat 1 cup of heavy cream, pour it over 2 cups of dark chocolate chips and stir until melted. Spread the mixture over the caramel, then chill until set, about 2 hours. It’s pure melt-in-your-mouth chocolate decadence and always wins raves!” Crafting up smiles Napkin cuff wow! “Last weekend, I was thinking of a quick way to dress up a…

2 min
smart you solutions

QUICK POLL How do you sidestep pesky static cling? Ugh! Winter’s cold air and the dry heat inside is causing your top to stick to your leggings. Here, FIRST readers share their hacks to prevent it: 58% ♥ this idea! Rub a wire hanger (like from the dry cleaner) over clothing, says Ann Ling. Metal negates static-causing charge. 42% ♥ this idea! Spritz clothing with hair spray, says Joan Morris. The alcohol content neutralizes electricity that causes cling. READER TIP Easy hack to clean makeup brushes “Turns out my not-so-clean makeup brushes were irritating my sensitive skin, until I learned this trick to remove lingering grime: Squeeze a few drops of liquid dish soap onto a rubber glove, then gently run the brush’s wet bristles over the glove’s grooves—the friction dislodges built-up product and bacteria stuck within the bristles.…

1 min
festive metallics

✓ Subtracts 15 pounds Worn open, a shimmering jacket that’s two sizes too big and two inches too long optically magnifies the body. But worn closed, a tailored fit that hits just below the hips draws attention up and in to the waist for a slimmer-looking silhouette. ✘ Adds bulk A shiny bump-hugging skirt paired with dizzying details, like a printed scarf, chunky belt and gold sandals, causes the eye to scan all over for a body-widening effect. ✓ Highlights an hourglass The simpler style of a flowy metallic A-line skirt paired with a plain tucked-in top and a gold waist-carving belt shows off curves without over-accentuating them. ✓ Looks long and lean A draped, off-the-shoulder top with billowy sleeves adds visual body-shortening bulk. The fix: A fitted long-sleeve top pulls focus vertically to “stretch” the torso…

1 min
wow in a winter hat

A beret lifts features Thanks to its inherent asymmetrical style, a side-skewed beret draws attention diagonally for the illusion of lifted eyes and cheekbones. What’s more, one in a snowy white hue reflects light onto skin for a youthful lit-from-within glow. One to try: Halogen, $29 (Nordstrom.com, Wool Blend Beret) A pom-pom beanie slims the face The faux-fur “ball” atop a cozy hat creates a long line that directs focus up for a face-elongating and slimming effect. One to try: C.C, $18 (Amazon.com, C.C Thick Cable Knit Faux Fuzzy Fur Pom Beanie) A fedora hides agers A fedora’s low-lying brim hides forehead furrows, gray roots and a receding hairline. And one in a wool plaid design keeps you warm in style! One to try: Crown Cap, $26 (CrownCap.com, Wool Plaid Fedora)…

7 min
hair that makes you happy!

Best for square faces The polished pixie The rounded silhouette of a long pixie softens the rigid angles of a square face, says hairstylist Ursula Stephen, who’s worked with Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington. What to ask for: A rounded, ear-length pixie with stacked, graduating layers and side bangs. Cut-prolonging style tip: After blow-drying, wrap 2" sections of hair around Velcro rollers (like Drybar High Tops Self-Grip Rollers, Sephora.com); let sit for 15 minutes, then remove. The rollers create oversize curls that keep the cut looking rounded and structured as it transitions to a longer crop over time. Best for heart faces The flirty flip “The ‘kick’ of flipped, angled ends directs the eye out and away from a pointy chin,” says hairstylist Carrie Butterworth, who has worked with Sigourney Weaver and Mena Suvari. Also flattering:…

1 min
trim your own hair like a pro!

Noticeable split ends? Try this technique The longer the hair, the more prone it is to split, scraggly ends as it grows out. Ferrara’s advice? Part dry hair down the middle, from the front all the way down the back, then pull the sides forward and cut ends in a straight line with hair shears (like Walgreens 5-Inch Hair Shears, Walgreens.com). This cuts off dead ends while leaving a neat, natural-looking “U” shape in the back. Overgrown sides? Use a men’s hair clipper Too-long sides on a short crop can cause the style to look unkempt. The fix: Trim sides with the number 8 attachment on men’s hair clippers (like Conair Number Cut 20-Piece Haircut Kit, CVS.com). “It creates a safeguard that leaves at least 1" of hair so you don’t go too…