Beauty

I was 22 and working my very first job in the beauty industry when I was given a gleaming porcelain jar of very expensive face cream. If I said the name of it, you would know exactly what I am talking about, but I won’t because I do not want to invite controversy into my
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Matrix artistic director Michelle O’Connor (who has worked with Laverne Cox) emphasizes that clarifying shampoos are important. “The curl community is constantly putting curls, elixirs, butters, gels, and creams on the hair. These things attract dust and pollutants from the air and they can build up and be heavy on the hair,” she explains. “Every
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We talk a lot about good “basic” moisturizers at Allure — dermatologists love them for making skin glow without extras (like fragrances) that can cause sensitivity or dryness. La Roche-Posay Lipikar AP+ Balm Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream fits the bill, and then some.  The fragrance-free formula is perfect in its simplicity. It’s gentle enough that
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However, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding this ingredient. (Though it’s often referred to as a “bleaching” agent, hydroquinone does not in fact bleach the skin. It inhibits the pigment-forming enzyme tyrosinase, thereby keeping new cells from darkening.) Research showed the benzene derivative, which the European Union banned for cosmetic use in 2001, could be
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There are no real rules when it comes to what time of year you should wear certain shades, but there’s something about the switch from summer to fall that inspires a shift to darker lipsticks. Rich plums, dramatic burgundies, bronze-y chocolates, and even straight-up black lipsticks are just a few of the deep shades available
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If you were met with an abrupt “Sold out” while trying to restock your favorite scented candle this year, you weren’t alone. Home fragrances thrived in 2020, and one reason may be their subconscious effects. Aromatherapy­—fragrance’s ability to passively modulate emotions—has never felt more necessary. The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell
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Here’s the lowdown on how to subscribe to Allure’s print edition for more beauty routines, recommendations, and features. While it’s top of mind now more than ever, let’s just get one thing straight: Every day is an opportunity to celebrate Black culture. Black innovators, artists, business people, and regular folk alike have all contributed so much to
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Hello, and welcome to your crash course on essential oils. We’re happy to have you, whether you stumbled here by chance or because you’re seeking more information on the age-old plant extracts that have become increasingly popular over the years.  Here’s the lowdown on how to subscribe to Allure’s print edition for more beauty routines, recommendations, and
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Nineties makeup is glam. Nineties makeup is a vibe. Nineties makeup is IT. If you’re looking for some beauty inspiration, it’s best to look back at the greats. The Naomi Campbell. The Aliyah. The Janet Jackson. From runways to music videos, these women used beauty to transform the pop culture area. “In the ’90s, women
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Each month, Allure editors break down the latest and greatest skin-care launches. Looking for more in skin care? Here are some of the best new products. As we step into fall, the leaves are morphing, the temperatures are dropping, and our skin-care routines should be changing as well. We know that switching your regimen up
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The updated regimen starts off with two cleanser options, Daily Clay Cleanser or Daily Foaming Cleanser (both $45). “The focus of our cleansers is exfoliation,” says Rodan. Choose between the Daily Clay Cleanser for a more physical exfoliation courtesy of kaolin clay, or Daily Foaming Cleanser for an alpha hydroxy acid-based chemical exfoliation. Both cleansers
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