magazine ∣ December/January 2021 · Allure
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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.
all in the family • WHILE I WAS GROWING UP, MY MOM WAS A BEAUTY MINIMALIST. BUT SOME OF HER HABITS (AND PRODUCTS) HAVE BECOME MY STAPLES.
down to a science
dream weavers • WHEN BEAUTY ENTREPRENEURS PULL FROM THE RICH TAPESTRY OF THEIR CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, YOU GET GOLD HAIR JEWELRY REMINISCENT OF AFRICAN RELICS, SKIN CARE FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE AMAZON, AND A SPECTRUM OF EYE SHADOWS TO FLATTER EVERY SKIN TONE OF THE WORLD.
EDITORS’ FAVORITES • ALL THE PRETTY PICK-ME-UPS GETTING US THROUGH THE LONG WINTER NIGHTS.
the future of sustainable beauty is… cork?
How I Roll • IN AT LEAST ONE RESPECT, THE FUTURE IS ANALOG—FACE-SCULPTING ROLLERS OF ALL SHAPES, SIZES, AND MATERIALS. (APOCALYPSE BONUS: NO ELECTRICITY REQUIRED.)
Jaha Dukureh • She’s a Gambian women’s rights activist and the founder of Safe Hands for Girls, an organization that provides support to survivors of female genital mutilation. And after receiving a L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth award, Dukureh became the first honoree to be named a brand spokesperson.
y’allmeansall • CUTE NAIL STUDIO KEEPS AUSTIN BEAUTY CULTURE WEIRD, INCLUSIVE, AND DOUSED IN GLITTER.
smile nation • THE BIG, BRIGHT AMERICAN SMILE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A COMMODITY OBJECT—AND A SPARKLING BEACON OF INEQUALITY.
NUMBERS • WHAT BEGAN AS A MILITARY HAIRCUT IN THE 1940S HAS BEEN ELEVATED TO AN ART FORM, LARGELY BY BLACK AND LATINX BARBERS—PLUS A FEW NBA PLAYERS AND POP STARS. THE FADE JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER WITH TIME.
ellie goldstein • SHE RECENTLY APPEARED IN A HISTORIC BEAUTY CAMPAIGN. BUT THIS BRITISH MODEL HAS LONG BEEN CHALLENGING PERCEPTIONS JUST BY BEING HERSELF.
american women • DECADES AGO, A “HOUSEWIFE” WAS, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, A BYSTANDER TO SEISMIC CULTURAL FORCES. TODAY, THEY’RE A RULING CLASS OF THEIR OWN. THE REST OF US ARE FOLLOWING ALONG ON BRAVO.
THE WHOLE BOWL OF SUGAR* • “I can’t tell you how many people bring in pictures of Sonja [Morgan] and say, ‘Whatever she is doing, I want that,’” says Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist in New York City, who knows what Morgan is doing because Nazarian does much of it (typical sessions might include Botox or peels). For the full story, we went straight to Morgan herself, the 57-year-old star of The Real Housewives of New York City and a paragon of “good work.”
You Are Entering Salt Lake City • The newest Real Housewives installment takes place against the blue, low-oxygen skies and chalet-inspired mansions of Salt Lake City, which has more plastic surgeons per capita than Los Angeles. Along the surrounding highways, billboards for breast augmentation are posted among those printed with Bible verses paid for by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know this because, in 2017, I traveled to Utah to report on the culture of Mormon beauty for Allure.
BEAUTY SPACES WITH Cynthia Bailey
“I’M A LIP PIONEER” • Lisa Rinna is as famous for her lips as what comes out of them, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s star combined both qualities with the recent launch of Rinna Beauty. Her lip kits (sets of lipstick, liner, and gloss) don’t hold back, with shade names like Pucker Up, B!tch and Troublemaker.
“We Bring It” • Lots of words get tossed around on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but minimal is not one of them. We talked with the newest cast member, actor Garcelle Beauvais, about the joys of being unapologetically glam and the moment she got the call to make history as the show’s first Black cast...