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Allure December/January 2020

Allure, the first and only magazine devoted to beauty, is an insider's guide to a woman's total image. Allure investigates and celebrates beauty and fashion with objectivity and candor, and places appearance in a larger cultural context.

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11 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
your skin-care superhero

It’s been recommended by dermatologists for decades to treat lines, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. So why isn’t everyone and their mother (and sister, and niece) using it daily? We get it—there’s a lot of skin-care info out there, and about a bazillion products on the shelves. We’re here to break it down for you: Glycolic acid is a necessary ingredient to have in your regimen if you’re looking to reduce wrinkles and dark spots and even skin tone. Read on to find out what it is, why derms (and Allure editors!) love it, and how you can get it in your life for a fraction of the cost of the more expensive serums out there.…

2 min.
allure’s guide to glycolic acid

WHAT IT IS: A kind of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), like lactic acid, with the smallest molecules of any of its brethren. That’s a great quality to have in a skin-care ingredient, because it means the formula can go into your skin to do its powerful smoothing, resurfacing work. WHAT IT DOES: Glycolic acid is first and foremost an exfoliator, which means it resurfaces your skin by removing dead and hyperpigmented cells from the surface of skin, leaving fresh, radiant skin behind. And you won’t have to use it for months on end before seeing results: With L’Oréal Paris’s new formula, dark spots can be visibly reduced starting in as little as two weeks, and fine lines and wrinkles in four (talk about multitasking!). And the longer you use the serum,…

2 min.
scents memory

When I first started at Condé Nast more than 20 years ago, I was an intern at Glamour at 350 Madison Avenue. Four years ago, when I walked back into the company’s offices for my first day at Allure—this time at 1 World Trade Center—I was struck by a familiar scent. In an entirely different building in an entirely different decade, I was immediately drawn back to memories of those early days. I don’t think it’s one particular fragrance per se, but rather a sweet blend of hundreds of perfumes in the beauty closets of different magazines wafting through the hallways. It’s no secret that scent has a powerful connection to memory. Unlike sound and touch, smell is processed in an area of the brain that has a direct connection to…

3 min.
ready for takeoff

About an hour and a half east of Venice Beach, beneath the imposing gaze of Mount San Antonio, is Cable Airport, family-owned since Maude and Dewey Cable bought it for less than $10,000 back in 1945. But on one recent fall day, the buzz on the runways had nothing to do with engines. Allure had taken over its concrete expanse to shoot monony-mous Hollywood phenom Zendaya. The artists who created her looks that afternoon broke down the day for us. Sheika Daley, makeup artist: “The location is just beautiful. It feels like an airport out of the movies, with the small planes taking off all around us. And being with Zendaya is like being around family.” Larry Sims, hairstylist: “We’ve all done a lot of shoots together. At this point I feel…

1 min.
this season’s forecast

We’re all in favor of dressing for the weather you want, not the weather you have—or at least matching your makeup to it. These surreal, dreamy looks at Mansur Gavriel’s fall 2019 presentation were created by makeup artist Romy Soleimani, who thinks the looks work because of “the juxtaposition of painterly eyes with fresh, glowing skin.” Once you decide on the weather you want to wear, use a tiny brush with a tiny amount of product on it, says Soleimani. Here, she layered powder shadows and MAC Acrylic Paint. Don’t overthink it, though: It’s fun, inspired, and right as rain (or shine). JOSEPHINE SCHIELE; ADAM KATZ SINDING/COURTESY OF BOBBI BROWN; COURTESY OF BOBBI BROWN…

1 min.
brilliant thinking

Like many Latinxs, I love beauty—bright, bold, fragrant beauty—as much as I love dancing. (In other words: a lot.) So while I’m not surprised to see more and more vibrant Latinx-owned beauty brands come across my desk, I’m definitely thrilled. Here are stars from four of my favorites: 1. ALAMAR COSMETICS COLORETE BLUSH TRIO IN DARK/RICH. These silky powders have major color payoff—and we love them on our lids as much as our cheeks. 2. MOMIJI EYE SHINE BRIGHTENING EYE PATCHES. Scoop out one of these serum-soaked patches to depuff (with caffeine) and moisturize (with ceramides) that delicate undereye area for an at-home spa day. 3. VERVAN ALMOND & LAVENDER HAND CREAM. An unlikely pairing, lavender and almond essential oils combine to create a soothing scent that won’t overwhelm. And…