October Beauty Reads

My October magazines are here! As I mentioned last month, I’ll be scouring the issues of my favorite fashion magazines to bring you the latest and greatest in beauty trends and tips. This month, I paged through the issues of Elle, Allure, Marie Claire and People StyleWatch.

1. Allure

Cover Girl: Olivia Wilde

Spotlight on: Best of Beauty

Every year, Allure reviews thousands of beauty products and polls readers to find the very best in everything from hair products to concealer. The products on this list are at various price points, with drugstore finds like Neutrogena Shine Control Primer and splurgeworthy treasures like Chanel Le Vernis in Rose Exuberant.

Pro tip: Allure tapped Pat McGrath for five change-your-life mascara tips. McGrath collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana to create Passioneyes Duo Mascara, a lightweight mascara that boasts a curved wand. McGrath recommends applying mascara from the inner corners (so you’re sure to coat your tiniest lashes) and skipping your bottom lashes.

Etc.: Allure names apricot the color of the moment. I’m a huge fan of Cargo blush and the magazine recommends the line’s Cannes blush, a warm apricot, perfect for fall. There’s also a feature on how to channel some of the best celebrity red carpet looks and a roundup of the best beauty bloggers in the game.

2. Elle

Cover Girl: Lady Gaga

Spotlight on: Beauty in the Internet Age

Elle’s October beauty section features a primer on how to look good on Skype, FaceTime and other video apps. The magazine naturally reached out to YouTube veteran Michelle Phan, who recommends facing a sunny window to get the right amount of light and lowering your chin to fake high cheekbones.

Pro Tip: Pat McGrath is everywhere these days! She talked to Elle about what’s in her own makeup kit,  the time a flight attendant dumped out her entire makeup bag in an attempt to get a consultation and this genius tip via a fan: use a flossing brush to separate lashes when your mascara gets clumpy.

Etc. Don’t miss Elle’s look at 21 breakthrough products and services to keep you looking youthful and a feature on what herb-based products can do for your skin.

3. Marie Claire

Cover Girl: Vanessa Hudgens

Spotlight On: Most Wanted Beauty

MC delves into reader beauty favorites from products to apps. They raved about Beautylish, an app that features product reviews and video tutorials. Other honorees include Chanel (most splurge-worthy brand) and Burt’s Bees (most socially responsible beauty company). Most wanted cosmetic procedure? Laser treatments.

Pro Tip: Combat frizz by switching to a silk pillowcase. It will also help you avoid breakage!

Etc. MC’s beauty director shares her favorite travel goods, with an emphasis on luxe. At $150, La Prairie’s anti-aging cream/lip balm duo,  is a little out of my price range, but hey, a girl can dream. There’s also a feature on futuristic beauty (sounds like something Justin Timberlake would like in a girl), an essay about a “natural” botox (it involves very cold temperatures and isn’t yet approved in the U.S.) and a guide to Japanese-inspired beauty products.

4. People StyleWatch

Cover Girl: Nina Dobrev

Spotlight On: Under $10 Beauty

People StyleWatch is increasingly becoming one of my go-tos for beauty tips. This month, the magazine spotlights “beauty cheapies,” recommending everything from face oil to a fresh lip palette — all for under $15.

Pro Tip: I always find something to covet when I read Beauty Director Holly Carter‘s monthly picks. In this issue, she introduces, Lipstick Queen’s Entourage, a sultry red lipstick that is flattering for various skin tones. And she uses ones of my own tricks when it comes to taking her lip color from day to night: “I blot it down for a stain-like effect during the day and wear it full-on at night.”

Etc. The magazine features a step-by-step guide to getting a smooth blowout, with tips from Blow’s lead stylist. There’s also a feature on how bobby pins can spiff up your ‘do (complete with celebrity snapshots) and a section on the best in skin care products.

Stay beautiful,

Bethonie, S&P Beauty Contributor

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