If you’re new round these parts you may not have heard me talk about Allure magazine before; the US-published Condé Nast beauty-centric publication, a.k.a ‘The Best Damn Magazine Ever’. If you’re a VDM old-timer then you’ve probably just sighed a ‘not again Anna’ groan. It’s ok. I’ll make this one quick. It dawned on me the other day whilst having a flick through their latest issue that this mag is one great learning tool. For someone who’s loved beauty for donkeys years and has slowly chipped away at practically every beauty tutorial on YouTube ever made over the years, discovering something brand-spanking new isn’t always easy. So here’s my top five tips and tricks that I’ve absorbed from the pages of Allure that may be fresh fodder for you too:

  1. You know those scratchy sponge tipped applicators that nuzzle up in your favourite eyeshadow compacts? They actually soak up and slick on lip stains perfectly. Time to stop tossing them out. 
  2. A dusting of talc-free powder post-fake tanning will stop your clothes and sheets turning 50 shades of orange. I’ve tried this one and it works; a bit of a faff, but I can now slip into a crisp white bed without the morning after grubby covers guilt.
  3. Apparently the original authentic beach babe lock look is rooted in the method of pairing sea water and suncream through the lengths. Sea water for wave and texture and suncream for the finish and shine.
  4. Primer should always be paired with a powder over the top of the whatever base you choose to use. That way the water in your makeup and the silicones in (most) primers won’t repel each other. Who knew?
  5. If you’re beach bound apply your first bout of suncream naked in the morning to avoid the annoying ‘missed a spot’ burn. Genius.

See I told you I’d be quick. But if this was a little anticlimactic for your morning read, no worries. There’s a mani mantra coming your way just in time for your lunchtime serving…

P.S) Where can you get Allure from? I get mine from the Selfridges Mag section, but you can spot it sometimes in larger independent newsagents. In the past I’ve also had a subscription from News Stand – but the delivery is slow. You can also subscribe directly to Allure for paper copies or the iPad edition (the latter works out the cheapest method).

  • Shrutilaya

    I’ll be keeping the sponge applicators from now on then..

  • Noisy Rain

    Lots of unknown tricks that actually really help! I was already doing the suncream trick, but never knew about those helpful sponge applicators! Thanks Anna ;) xx

  • Anna Blush

    I love Allure magazine! I have a digital subscription and although I’d prefer real pages, I can still get my beauty serving x


  • simonewongg

    very clever tips!

  • http://cardigansandnails.blogspot.co.uk/ jenny (cardigans and nails)

    I thought that the powdering over primer was pretty obvious – setting make-up like you would nail polish with a base and topcoat is how I see it, haha x

  • the french beauty corner

    I definitely have to start buying them :)

  • Emily

    I’ve just downloaded the iPad version of this. Looks like a great read :-)

  • Gita Bončina

    I just love Allure. It’s just a shame that the price for it in our country is insane! But yes, lots of useful tips and tricks to find there :) !



  • Hannah Burrows

    I’ve never heard of Allure but the tips you learn are really good, and the kinda tips that when you learn them, everything suddenly makes sense, like the suncream one haha! :)


  • SharonCoffee Gal

    That primer/foundation tip sounds good, THanks Anna… Please do another haul from Sephora!! Looks like you had a great time.

  • http://www.beautibop.com/ Rebecca

    I’ve always loved allure for its beauty tips. Glad I’m not alone! I’ve never heard of the fake tan tip…sounds messy but may be worth it!


  • Emma and Emily

    absolutely love allure and all your tips!


  • Hannah

    What great tips! Especially the one about sponge applicators…I am so guilty of binning them straight away with a roll of my eyes. Now they have a purpose!

    Hannah’s Haven

  • Shruti

    I follow the powder trick religiously but I am still a bit iffy about using the eyeshadow applicators of lip stains!! :)


  • Sandy

    Was already feeling the start of white sheet guilt at fake tanning tonight, so definitely going to try the talcum powder trick! Thanks!



  • GeorginaTheLibrarian

    I envy your Allure access, I can’t get it easily here so I have to put up with downloading a digital edition, which just isn’t the same.
    I love the tips you have picked out, especially the eyeshadow applicator one, I knew I had hoarded them for a reason!


  • Esterlyn Ottenwarden

    Definitely going to keep that first tip in miNd! Who knew those little sponge applicators could serve a useful purpose?!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    I don’t read allure but this is really helpful!


  • Louisa

    I’ve been looking for a new magazine to read for ages and after seeing you rave about this and being a lover of all things beauty myself, I really want to give this a go! Thanks for the recommendation :)

    Louisa’s Notebook

  • http://www.kmakesithappen.com/ Kassandra Fairhall

    ALLURE is a pretty good magazine, I think I still perfer cosmo tho

  • Katie Allen

    Great tips! I have actually never looked this this magazine!


  • Sascha Sophia Beauty

    Anna, I was just thinking what an amazing resource Allure is! Love the tips you’ve gleaned!

  • Mika Avila

    In the Philippines, we have a place where back issues of international magazines and I’ve always collected Allure!

  • Emma Helen

    Allure is great! I think Elle is my fave though. I can’t stand Cosmo..gah!!
    E xx

  • Tarte Tanya

    Great tips.

  • http://www.oneskimmochaplease.blogspot.com.au/ Angela

    Finally, a use for those seemingly useless sponge-tip applicators!

  • Natalie Stubbs

    I have a book written by the editor of Allure (one of my many charity shop beauty book finds) and it’s my go-to beauty bible. Couldn’t live without it!

  • Evelyn Morales

    Thanks for all the amazing tips, how knew about that fake tanning trick?? Nice post !

  • http://www.thestylepicnic.com/ stylepicnic

    This was perfect! I didn’t know any of these. So interesting too! http://www.thestylepicnic.com

  • Lara

    They stock Allure in the WHSmiths in the Plaza on Oxford Street