24 Best Mascaras of 2022 To Amplify the Look of Your Lashes, According To Allure Editors

When your place of employment happens to be Allure, everyone and their grandmothers tend to treat you like a living, breathing beauty encyclopedia — not a humblebrag, just the honest truth. Not a single day goes by when at least one person randomly asks us, “What is your favorite [insert beauty product here]?” The best … Read more

Relaxation and Self-Care Are Elusive For Many Black Women — Rest Advocates Are Trying To Change That

All my homies are tired. One is anxious to leave the company she’s diligently contributed fiveyears of her life to, while another is exhausted from the forces that challenge their mental peace: fatphobia, housing instability, colorism. As for me? I am tired of lifting my family on my shoulders, of forcing myself to forgive aches … Read more

The 24 Best Curling Irons and Wands of 2022 — Hairstylist Reviews

When it comes to curling irons, size really does matter. And the same goes for shape. Different curlers do different things, so the kind of tool you need really depends on what size or shape curl you’re looking for.  There are small barrels for tighter curls, large barrels for looser ones, and tapered, clipless, motorized, … Read more

Courteney Cox Is Making Home-Care a Thing With Homecourt Brand | Interview

On house plants: I get fresh eucalyptus each week. Even if you can’t smell it, there’s something about it that looks very natural — and I love that. I [also] have eucalyptus oil in the shower, so if I take a steam, I’ll add a few drops into the water.  On smelling good: I  always … Read more

15 Best Temporary Dyes 2022 for Bold Semi-Permanent Color from Home — Reviews

In the winter of 2020, while Allure‘s deputy editor Kara McGrath was bored at home with grown-out roots, she cracked open a tub of pastel-pink color-depositing conditioner. About 40 minutes later, she had cheery, rosy hair and 58 selfies to mark the start of what has become a long-term relationship with temporary hair color. Even … Read more

The New Battle Braids of the U.S. Military — Report

With an Army career of almost 30 years, Major General Telita Crosland, the deputy surgeon general, remembers a time when even a hair elastic was verboten: “As a cadet, you couldn’t put anything in your hair. No rubber bands, no clips, no barrettes.” Crosland recalls that, as a physician heading to Iraq in 2005, “one … Read more

Joey Mills Helped Define ’80s Glamour — and Paved the Way for Black Makeup Artists

Mills loved to talk. “We used to call him the big mouth,” says Lizzette Kattan, the former editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar Italy. “One night we were in Rome, working until 2 or 3 a.m.,” she says. “He’d go to bed and then the next day, I knocked on his door and he continued … Read more

How Bodegas Became Cultural Centers for Beauty — See Photos

The one universal that everyone can agree on is this: It can’t be a bodega without “regulars.” And by that, I don’t mean frequent patrons who might come in daily for silent exchanges of money for cat food or coffee. No. I’m talking about people for whom stopping in the bodega is a part of … Read more

Alok Vaid-Menon on the Power & Joy of Queer Beauty

Writer, performer, activist, and designer Alok Vaid-Menon reflects on gender, self- expression, and the need to reimagine beauty. As told to Sam Escobar. When I wake up in the morning, I ask myself a question: What am I feeling today? It is less about a physical location, or where I’m going, and more oriented to … Read more

Hairstylist Jawara Proudly Ignores the Idea of What’s Traditionally Beautiful — See Photos

Hairstylist Jawara is in perpetual motion. “I love to approach the unknown,” he says. And he doesn’t hesitate to do so. When you discover his artistry, you are greeted by the unconventional. Hair is sculpted into seemingly impossible shapes — and it’s a masterpiece. His creative mind is heavily influenced by Black culture. Born in … Read more