What Successful Women Have In Their Sunday Routine






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We’ve all fallen victim to a bad case of the Sunday Scaries. You know what I’m talking about: those days where all you can do is lay in bed and binge an entire Netflix series, feeling sad that the weekend is over and worried about the stressors that Monday will bring. But news flash: the weekend is not over, and how you spend your Sundays can ease a lot of those Monday stressors. In fact, the most successful women know their Sunday routine can make or break their entire week. Read on for eight Sunday rituals that successful women never skip. 

 

1. Clean your home

You might not think you’re a neat freak, but trust me when I say that you will sleep better with the shower cleaned and the dishes put away. Plus, your week will feel so much more manageable when some of those chores you put off (looking at you, pile of dirty laundry) are already taken care of. Clutter in your home leads to clutter in the mind, so a one-hour deep clean or a quick closet reorganization can make a huge difference in not only your home environment, but how you feel for the rest of the week. If those major chores (like organizing the junk drawer) feel overwhelming, start with a quick clean-up of the kitchen (doing dishes and wiping up counters), tidy up the living room (fold throw blankets and stack coasters), and declutter your bedroom (that means putting away the clothes on your “worn-but-not-yet-ready-for-laundry chair–I know you have one!).

 

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2. Map out the week

If your go-to for coping with Sunday Scaries is to completely ignore the fact that work starts again tomorrow, this one is for you. You may think that not acknowledging your to-do list is the best way to deal, but even if hours of Netflix helps you “forget,” you still know Monday morning is coming, leaving you with dread, anxiety, and a whole lot of stress at 9 a.m. the next day. The ideal way to set up your week for success and feel a lot better when Monday morning comes along is to plan out the week in advance. Review your upcoming schedule, add in time to prepare for big meetings or presentations, and include time for when you’ll actually get those things on your to-do list checked off. You’ll feel much more in control and will be better prepared throughout the week. 

 

3. Prep your meals and wardrobe

Speaking of being prepared, another way to help you feel in control of the week ahead is to meal prep and plan out your outfits. We make a lot of decisions every single day, even just within the first few minutes of waking up: whether or not to hit snooze, when to turn on the coffee pot, what to make for breakfast, and what to wear (which is approximately 1000 different decisions). No wonder we all feel exhausted or overwhelmed when we’re required to make decision after decision throughout the work day itself. No matter how big or small, decisions add up–decision fatigue is real.

But good news: you can spend your Sundays to limit your decision making throughout the week. Prep your meals in advance (whether that looks like actually chopping veggies and making easy dishes, or just writing out a plan and making a grocery list) and plan out outfits (including which shoes you’ll pack to transition into happy hour on Thursday). You’ll limit some of the decision fatigue throughout the week so you can spend more time on those really important decisions, but you also might find yourself excited for those meals or that power outfit, instead of dreading the week ahead. 

 

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4. Set goals

Yes, Sundays are not just for self-care or laziness; they can also be for goal-setting. Think about what specific, attainable things you want to accomplish by next week, and how they relate to your bigger goals. For example, if you’ve always wanted to learn piano, add in a goal to practice for a total of two hours by next Sunday. If you wish you exercised more, set a goal to attend three workout classes at any point throughout the week, and then schedule in when they’re going to happen. If you want to be in a relationship, plan to go on one date this week, or if you’re dying for a promotion, set an intention to connect with your boss. No matter what your goals or intentions are, check in with what you want out of life setting them. You’ll feel more excited for your week, but will also feel like you’re making progress towards those huge life goals.

 

5. Unplug

PSA for whoever needs to hear it: you do not have to (and should not) be “plugged in” 24/7. If your weeks feel overwhelming and Sundays are scary, consider doing a temporary digital detox to reduce stress. When we’re constantly bombarded by Instagram, work emails, or even that never-ended group text, we can feel like we’re constantly missing out on something (I like to call it chronic FOMO). Turning off your phone for a few hours helps reduce that overwhelm and can allow you to actually relax. Try a full unplug and turn off all screens to read a book, take a walk with your dog, or do something creative, or just put your phone in the other room while you unwind with your favorite show for a couple hours. 

 

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6. Set Monday morning alarm for a few minutes earlier

I get it: Monday mornings are a rude awakening. That 6 a.m. alarm is probably the last thing you want to hear, and you’re tempted to sleep in until the last second possible to savor the last of your weekend bliss. But hitting the snooze button can lead to a rushed morning so you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and behind before you even start your workday. Instead, set your alarm on Sunday night for 10-15 minutes earlier the next morning. Whether you spend the extra time meditating, indulging in a luxurious skincare routine, or just brewing a cup of coffee with a moment of silence, you will not miss the 10 minutes of extra sleep, and feel much more prepared for the workday and entire week ahead. 

 

7. Read something 

One of the best secrets of successful women? Reading. Many of us have a plethora of excuses when it comes to reading more often. “I’m too tired,” “I don’t have any new books,” and “How am I expected to do anything else in my free time when all six seasons of Sex and the City are on Hulu!?” are excuses I personally use on a regular basis. But reading is not only enjoyable; it’s good for you. Whether it’s winding down before bed, taking a break in the afternoon, or as a way to kick off your Sunday, fit in some time to read during the day to inspire you and help you feel motivated for the week ahead. As for what to read? Check out these inspiring books or books to educate yourself to help you grow in both your success and life goals. 

 

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8. Get your inbox to zero

If your Monday mornings feel like a race against the clock starting the second you wake up, set your week up for success by getting ahead with your emails. While Sundays should feel like Sundays (rather than an extension of the workweek), spending just 10-20 minutes getting some work done will help you start your week already feeling ahead. If emails are a source of stress, tackle your inbox, or if scheduling feels like a tedious task on Monday mornings, plan out your meetings and deadlines the day before. Just think about how good your Monday morning will feel when your inbox is already at zero.

 

9. Have a financial check-in

Self-care doesn’t always mean bubble baths or face masks. Sometimes, self-care means being an independent adult and doing what you can to feel in control of your finances. While having a detailed financial plan and setting goals can help you reduce money-related stress and achieve what you want in life, feeling in control of your finances doesn’t always require a lot of time and energy. Spend fives minutes on Sunday to glance over your bank account and credit card statements. Getting in the habit of frequently checking in can help identify fraud early on and will also give you a good idea of where you’re spending and where you can be saving. Set a financial goal for the week, whether it’s to put a certain amount of cash into your savings account or invest in a course or service that will improve your wellbeing. 

 

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Reviewed: The Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap

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Sleeping with Black hair, no matter the style, usually means having it protected somehow. Whether that’s a bonnet, scarf, du-rag, satin/silk pillowcase—Black women and men have been protecting our hair when we sleep for centuries. My method of sleep protection usually depends on the style I’m rocking at the moment; however, I may have finally found the product to work with any style. I tried the Grace Eleyae SLAP (Satin-Lined Cap), and it’s the first product to comfortably stay on through the night, no matter the style, and prevent frizz. Here’s why it’s become the most important step in my entire hair routine and why it is worth the splurge:

 

About Grace Eleyae:

Grace Eleyae makes protective hair accessories that are fashionable and functional. All of their silk and satin-lined products eliminate hair-damaging friction, lock in moisture, and help distribute your hairs’ natural oils throughout your scalp. Cotton, like on a traditional bonnet or on your pillowcase, causes a lot of friction against your hair. This can encourage frizziness, tangles,  and breakage. Your hair glides right over satin and silk, keeping it feeling healthier and stronger over time. 

While their products include turbans, headbands, and satin-lined baseball hats, I tried the Original Slap (Satin-Lined Cap) in a size medium.

The Slap is most similar to a bonnet but instead of being puffy and full of room for your hair to move around in your sleep, the Slap has a slimmer fit but stretches where needed. It comes in size medium or large and has an elastic band that keeps the Slap in place. However, they do also have an adjustable slap if you want a more precise fit.









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Staying Power

10/10

This is what you came here for; because if it doesn’t stay on through the night, there’s really no point. Rest assured, this product will still be on in the morning. So far, I’ve used the Slap with multiple styles, and it’s stayed on for all of them. From my thick, 4C, curly hair in a pineapple with the Slap on top to hip-length box braids, I stuff all my hair inside and it doesn’t move. I was very surprised it even fit all of my braids (and still covered my roots and edges in the front), but the material has just the right amount of stretch to it.

 

Protection

8/10

The Slaps are lined with charmeuse satin, so your hair glides against the fabric to eliminate frizz and lock in moisture, unlike cotton which can cause too much friction and lead to breakage. The satin protects your follicles and creates the optimal environment for hair growth. Depending on the style, it can help preserve hairstyles like a silk press, your natural texture, curls on straight and wavy hair, and protective styles like box braids; however, I would still use a scarf for certain styles like sleek ponytails or laying my edges where I don’t want the front of my hair to move at all during my sleep.

 

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Style

9/10

The Slap comes in 12 colors and really is cute enough to wear in public without looking like you just rolled out of bed. It’s great for when I want to deep condition my hair for a few hours, I’ll just put my hair in a plastic shower cap then put the Slap on top, and I’m good to go. They also have even more fashionable products, like their gorgeous printed turbans that are THE statement piece of any outfit while offering the same protection as the Slap.

 

Price

10/10

You can get an Original Slap for $13 (or $20 for the adjustable) at Sephora. I know a regular bonnet is only a few dollars in comparison, but this one is better quality, protects my hair better, and is definitely worth the price.

 

Final Thoughts

37/40

Overall, I can’t get enough of this product, and I highly recommend it. It does exactly what it sets out to do and is an improvement upon the bonnets I’ve been wearing over the years. I can’t wait to try more of their products like the Kemi Print Turban and Satin-Lined Baseball Hat.

 









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25 Allure-Beloved Beauty Products Under $25

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Skin is your body's largest organ but it doesn't mean you have to give one up — aka, drop tons of hard-earned money and valuables — in order to properly care for it. Same goes for perfecting your washday routine or everyday makeup routine. Beauty and self-care can be, and should be, accessible to all. Just take a peek at the skin-care routines of top dermatologists — many of which we frequently tap for product recommendations — and you'll see drugstore-friendly brands like Neutrogena, CeraVe, and La Roche-Posay everywhere you look.

As Allure editors, it's essentially our job to scope out the best cheap beauty products that'll make your skin glow, makeup stand out, and hair look like it just got out of the salon. In the midst of Best of Beauty Award testing season and all throughout the rest of the year, we trial countless brands — like The Inkey List, Tower 28, and Black Girl Sunscreen — that offer amazingly innovative products with more-than-reasonable price tags.

To prove that they're seriously up-to-par, each item listed below has won at least one of our highest honor, the Best of Beauty Awards. Even more impressively, some products including La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen and Tweezerman Slant Tweezer have earned multiples awards since their debuts. It's safe to say these products are well on their way to entering the Allure Best of Beauty Hall of Fame.

Keep scrolling to shop 25 makeup, skin-care, hair-care, and body-care products that we've sworn by for years — and will continue to take up permanent residence in our bathroom shelves and bedroom vanities. Let us convince you, once and for all, that you don't need to spend more than $25 to invest in an effective, well-trusted product.

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How I Started Investing for the First Time





Some things in life are just begging to be pushed to the end of my to-do list, not to be done until I’m absolutely forced to: filing my taxes, making the appointment to get my yearly skin check, calling maintenance to finally fix my finicky door lock—the list goes on, and for me, finally dipping my toe into investing always had a permanent spot on my to-do-eventually list.

To say I’ve always felt as if I didn’t have enough knowledge to even know where to begin investing is an understatement; I’ve always felt like I didn’t even know what I didn’t know—a notch below “absolutely clueless.” My journalism major ensured I learned absolutely nothing about finance in college, and it felt like—even at 24—I was so desperately behind the pack that it was too late for me to really get a grasp on the stock market.

This year got me to do the things I had been pushing aside because I was busy, and after weeks of writing “START INVESTING” at the top of my planner, I decided it wasn’t something I could push off anymore. Enter: Public.com. Public is an investing social network where investors can own fractional shares of stocks and ETFs, making the barrier to entry significantly lower than other investing platforms. They know that a significant reason why many don’t invest is due to a lack of financial literacy, so they aim to unlock the stock market to a wider range of people through the empowerment of a community where you can learn and grow.

It felt like Public was welcoming my non-experienced self with open arms. Their mission is to make the stock market inclusive and fun, two words that felt like the opposite of other website’s goals. They also incorporate a social media aspect, where members can share ideas and news in a feed with other investors. This meant that I would be able to learn and grow my confidence with the help of other, real people, not just stock experts that I would feel were talking down to me.

After years and years of putting it off, I can finally say that I, Madeline Galassi, am an investor. Here’s where I began, how it all went, and what I learned:

 

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Where I began

In partnership with Public, they gave me $500 to begin investing. Once I had my funds in my app, I was prompted to invest in blue-chip stocks like Google and Apple to get my portfolio built. I chose to divide my $500 between five stocks, investing $100 each in Google, Apple, Disney, Amazon, and Visa.

The process was much easier than I had anticipated. I expected to be greeted with hard-to-understand jargon, but Public helped me get my money invested in the stock market immediately, and then I could easily trade and sell my stocks from there, right in the app. 

To decide what to trade, I relied on the social network part of Public to educate myself. I looked at what fellow traders were talking and excited about, which helped me understand which stocks were currently doing well without needing to have the NASDAQ ticker up on my TV all day (or have men on cable screaming about what I should invest in). I learned from real people who spoke in layman’s terms, and it helped me decide to invest in ACN (Accenture Public), something I previously had no knowledge about.

Being able to interact with other, real investors made investing something I actually looked forward to. I checked my app every day and watched my shares go up and down and began to understand why. I felt empowered, curious, and excited—three words I never thought I’d associate with my investing experience.

 

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Why fractional shares are a total game changer

My initial investments were toward blue-chip stocks with high buy-in rates, so how did I do it with only $500? One share of Google is currently $2,846, and I obviously didn’t have that to invest, but since Public lets you invest in portions of stocks (what I learned is called fractional shares), I was able to say the exact amount (which could be anything) that I wanted to put toward each stock. This meant that I still got to be an investor in these profitable, reputable companies that give a reliable return to investors, just at a scale that I could afford.

Something I learned quickly was how important being able to invest in fractional shares is to an investor, especially a beginner like me. Blue-chip stocks have extraordinarily high costs per share, which are amounts that someone like me would be uncomfortable investing in to start (and that I simply didn’t have the funds for). But being able to invest in portions of these stocks is important because of their return rate to investors. They consistently grow and make investors money, and by being able to invest an amount I chose, I could reap those benefits without needing to pay the high barrier to entry, which is a win for me.

 





 

I’m constantly learning from real investors

Public.com provides learning resources on their website, which helped answer the questions I had, from the super basic ones to the more in-depth. They had answers to questions I was embarrassed to ask—they even have a page dedicated to answering “what is a stock?”

I made it a goal to read through one question every day for a few weeks, which got me familiar with concepts I didn’t think I’d understand for a while, from what blue-chip stocks are (and look, today I was able to talk about them in my own words!) to understanding index funds. I was able to stick to it because their answers were free from intimidating jargon and instead stuck to terms that I was able to completely understand—and even find interesting—as someone with limited knowledge.

Lack of knowledge about the stock market is something that, honestly, I used to be very conscious about. In my day-to-day life, I’m surrounded by men who know the stock market like the back of their hand, and have been making money off of it for years. My dad has been a life-long investor, and my boyfriend and his three male roommates actually had a point in time where they were competing against each other for how much each could make in the stock market every day. It gave me such a deep, uneasy feeling of being behind, and I never thought I’d catch up to them. But guess who has been joining into the stock banter lately? A girl who used to stay silent throughout every conversation.

 

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How I felt four weeks later

After a few weeks of getting really comfortable, I started to follow some of their guidance and gathered information from other investors on what I might be interested in. I started a running list of stocks I was interested in investing in and watched what other investors were saying about each of them in my news feed.

One of my favorite parts of the app is the “theme” feature. It provides a list of different overarching stock themes, from cannabis to food delivery to even “Women in Charge,” which highlighted companies owned by women, and have lists of stocks to invest in under those umbrellas. I chose to sell one of my stocks and invest in Accenture Public, which is women-led and something I felt excited about making a priority for myself in my investing. It made investing feel more personal to me—I wasn’t copying what investing experts were telling me to do, but I was putting my money toward companies and leaders I truly believed in myself, which makes investing that much more enjoyable for me. 

Investing isn’t one-size-fits-all, nor should it be. There’s no rule that says I only need to invest in the stocks other investors say I should, and with Public, I’m able to learn about what I want to invest in in the future because it interests me. 

 

I learned it wasn’t worth being afraid of

Four weeks ago, the stock market felt like a big, scary thing that I needed a special set of skills to approach. I thought it was going to take me years and years to feel like how I feel right now: I have the basics under my belt and am excited to approach my future as an investor.

When I was given non-intimidating resources, I was able to not only understand investing but also actually enjoy the process and feel pride in doing something with my money—but I honestly don’t think I would have felt this way if I had approached it without Public. Public allowed me to learn and had resources that were meant for someone like me—a complete and utter beginner—and existed to help empower me without talking down to me or expecting me to Google every term they were using in order to understand. It gave me an easy-to-use app, community of like-minded investors, and tools to choose which stocks were the best for me to invest in. After all this time, I finally am an investor, and thanks to Public (and much to my surprise), I even feel confident about it. 

 

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Tiffany, Jada, Yvonne, and Willow All Revealed Why They Shaved Their Heads

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Red Table Talk is back on Facebook Watch for a fourth season, and its hosts, Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jada's mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris (better known as Gammy), kicked things off with a very vulnerable discussion. On Wednesday, September 15, they were joined by comedian Tiffany Haddish and Insecure star Yvonne Orji for a candid conversation about shaving their heads. 

Haddish starts off by sharing her story behind getting the Big Chop, noting that she shaved her head after spending some time reading the Bible and the Torah. "During that pandemic time — the beginning of the pandemic — I was reading the Bible more, checking up on the Torah and everything. Everything is talking about know thyself, know thyself," she said. In addition to spending some time with God in the early weeks of the pandemic, the comedian was doing reshoots for a movie that involved wearing braids that would have "taken hours [to take out]," further affirming her decision to cut her hair. 

Jada shared her story next, and she says to Haddish that her desire to shave her head was also "a mixture of a spiritual calling and dealing with hair loss. "Girl, at some point, you're hairline's going to be back here, [gestures to the back of her scalp], so we might as well just do it now," she says. Once the hair was all gone, Jada said she felt "more connected to myself and to the great divine in a very special way."

The discussion then turned to Willow, who confessed that getting up to do her hair every morning as a kid "just always felt just like a challenge or a chore." She continued: "And I just didn't feel beautiful. Like, I just felt like I looked like a Troll doll."

This frank conversation on shaving hair concluded with Yvonne Orji's story. Similar to Haddish, she decided to get the Big Chop in self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic as well. "I was looking like Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons 'cause [the hair] was growing out on the side. One day, I was like, ‘You know what? Let's go ahead and make this thing happen," she said.

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As Willow said, "hair holds energy," and even though these women no longer have these vessels of ardor, they all look as gorgeous as ever with their buzzcuts. To watch the full conversation — which includes how they dealt with the wide range of positive and negative reactions people around them had to the new, short styles — check out the first episode of Red Table Talk's fourth season on Facebook Watch above. 

The Best Hair and Makeup Moments From London Fashion Week

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After a busy week of festivities in New York City, including, but not limited to, the VMAs, Met Gala, and New York Fashion Week, models, hairstylists, and makeup artists are heading over the pond for London Fashion Week. Yup, fashion never sleeps. 

As designers show off their spring/summer 2022 collections, fun hair and makeup looks are being displayed too. Tassels, magenta, and double-stacked winged liner are just a few examples of the vividness we're seeing on the runway and in lookbooks for LFW. 

We rounded up the boldest, brightest, and generally gorgeous looks and put them all in one place for all to enjoy. If you see some looks you want to recreate at home, lucky for you, we recommended some products to help make that happen. You're definitely going to want to grab your closest magenta eye shadow, cream blush, and liquid liners.

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What to Watch Next, Based on Your Zodiac Sign






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We don’t know about you, but we might actually spend as much time deciding what to watch as we do actually enjoying a series. And while we love to explore what’s out there in the streaming universe, we’re busy people—and so are you. In the interest of maximizing your time and getting you to the good stuff, we’ve made it our mission to help you find your next “so-good-you-recommend-to-everyone-else” series.

And while we await the creation of a dating app that will match us with a show based on our personality traits, we’re turning to the next best thing: Your next series to binge-watch is written in the stars. Here’s what to watch based on your Zodiac sign:

 

 





 

Succession

Where to stream: HBO

Number of seasons: 2

Aries are known to be passionate, independent, ambitious, and competitive as hell, which makes Succession an obvious choice for the Aries in need of a new binge-watch. In this HBO drama, we meet the Roy family, who controls Waystar Royco, an international media conglomerate. As the aging patriarch of the company and father of the family contemplates what the future holds, the rest of the family struggles for power and control as loyalties collide. 

 





 

Suits

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Peacock

Number of seasons: 9

Tauruses think deeply about all things money, love, and career, which makes Suits the perfect binge-watch on a weekday night. In this legal drama, a team of lawyers is launched into a battle for power when a new partner joins the firm. With heartbreaking betrayals, fiery romances, witty banter, and nine seasons, this one will keep you entertained from start to finish.

 





 

Behind Her Eyes

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Geminis might just be one of the most dynamic signs of all: They’re versatile, expressive, curious, passionate, and they love a good plot twist in their choice of entertainment. By the standards of any Gemini, Behind Her Eyes, a psychological, supernatural thriller with a touch of romance, is worth the watch. With twists and turns they’ll never see coming, it’s a show that they’ll recommend to anyone who will listen.

 





 

The Chair

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

While Cancers are known to be a bit intense, they have a funny side with a dry sense of humor—kind of like one of Netflix’s newest dark comedies, The Chair. When a woman at a large university becomes the first woman of color to step into the role of Chair, she is challenged with meeting the conflicting demands and high expectations of saving a failing English department. While the content is urgent in nature, it makes room for dry humor that will make you fall in love with the first season and long for a second. 

 





 

Real Housewives of Potomac

Where to stream: Hulu, Peacock

Number of seasons: 5

If there’s one sign we secretly wish that we could all be, it’s a Leo. Known famously for being outgoing, firey, self-assured, and adventurous, Leos deserve a show that’s as bold as they are. And when we think unapologetically fabulous, we think of Real Housewives of Potomac. With five seasons, a ton of “did she just say that?” drama, and bold personalities all around, this reality TV series serves up all of the tea you could ever want.

 





 

Grace and Frankie

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 7

Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend must have never met a Virgo. Virgos are the Golden Retriever of the zodiac signs: bold, intelligent, warm, and courageous. And what better storyline of female friendship than our all-time favorite comedy-drama series, Grace and Frankie? This rivals-turned-friends storyline is one that we hold near and dear to our hearts and one that keeps us laughing for hours on end.

 





 

Dear White People

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 4

Libras are lovers of balance, justice, and exploring multiple viewpoints, and for that, we can’t help but recommend one of our all-time favorites, Dear White People. In this comedy-drama series based on the film with the same name, a group of students of color at Winchester University use irony, self-deprecation, brutal honesty, and humor to highlight issues that still plague today’s “post-racial” society.

 





 

The Queens Gambit

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Scorpios tend to be pretty intense. They’re passionate, stubborn, brave, and unafraid of controversy, making The Queen’s Gambit a guilty pleasure for Scorpios everywhere. In this drama miniseries, a young chess prodigy will do anything to rise from an orphanage to the world stage, no matter the cost. While grappling with mental health issues, romance, and addiction, her will to become the greatest remains unwavering in the face of conflict.

 





 

Outer Banks

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

We love a Saggitarius—extroverted, optimistic, funny, generous, and a born-adventurer—just as much as they would love both seasons of Outer Banks. This action-adventure mystery has it all: on-point chemistry between characters, a wild treasure hunt, a bit of humor, and a ton of mystery that will keep you coming back for more. With a recurrent theme of friendship and an action-packed plotline, you’ll want to finish both seasons in one sitting.

 





 

Peaky Blinders

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 5

Capricorns are serious, tenacious, disciplined, detail-oriented, and intelligent, which makes them the perfect viewer for the critically acclaimed series Peaky Blinders. This British crime drama tells the tale of a notorious gang led by the fierce (and easy-on-the-eyes) crime boss, Tommy Shelby, who will do whatever it takes to move his family up in the world, no matter the cost. While the beginning of the series takes some setup and time to gain momentum, Capricorns’ affinity for discipline and detail is perfect for the high-investment, high-reward payoff.

 





 

Ted Lasso

Where to stream: Apple TV+

Number of seasons: 2

Aquarians deserve a show as fun-loving, sweet, and quirky as they are, so it would be no surprise if Ted Lasso was at the top of their watch list. In this outstanding comedy series, Ted Lasso, a small-time football coach hired to coach a professional soccer team overseas with no experience, takes on an uphill battle of bringing a team together with optimism and underdog determination. It’s a feel-good show that’ll make you wonder why you didn’t hop on it sooner.

 





 

Never Have I Ever

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

Pisces are creative, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, sympathetic, and totally wear their hearts on their sleeves, so they’ll definitely fall head-over-heels in love with Never Have I Ever. In this coming-of-age romance meets comedy meets drama, we meet Dev—a witty, first-generation Indian American teenager who wants to make the most of her social life in the wake of a traumatic year. 

 

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The first beauty product you probably fumble with is bronzer. Maybe it’s too orange (even Selena Gomez admits to being there), maybe it’s muddy, maybe you just applied way too much—bronzer, in all, is tough to get right. But not all is lost. We’re making headway every day in the beauty industry toward better shade ranges, easier applications, and overall better formulations. While we wait, we’re sharing all the need-to-knows about bronzer: how to apply it, where to apply it, how to choose a shade, and more. Wondering how to use bronzer to finally enhance your features? You’ve come to the right place.

 

In this article

1
What is Bronzer?

2
What is Contour?

3
Where to Apply Bronzer and Contour

4
How to Choose A Bronzer Shade

5
What Bronzer Formula to Try

6
Matte vs. Shimmer

 

Meet the expert
Renee Loiz
CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST
Renee Loiz is an LA-based makeup artist with over 20 years of experience. Her work has been featured on red carpets and in advertisements for brands like Target, Disney, and Urban Outfitters.

 

What is Bronzer?

Bronzer is a way to add depth and dimension to your face, especially when you’re wearing a full face of foundation. “Bronzers are warmer with a redder undertone and are used to warm up your face and give a sunkissed look,” said celebrity makeup artist Renée Loiz. The skin isn’t naturally one color. Whether naturally or from being out in the sun, we’ll always have a few different shades in different parts of our faces, and bronzer is there to alleviate that.

People often use bronzer to contour their face, adding shading and shadows to create a slimmer or more chiseled appearance. It’s also used to give a summertime glow, like you just got back from vacation.

 

What is Contour? 

On the contrary, contour products are for sculpting your face. You’ve seen makeup gurus contour their nose or TikTokers turn themselves into Harry Styles—all using contour. Contour is all about shading, so it’s typically a cool-tone, grayish color that mimics what a natural shadow would look like on your face, but you can also contour with a neutral bronzer depending on your skin tone and preferences. 

When you’re looking at a contour product, assume it’s a cool or a neutral tone, while bronzer might lean warm. 




Danessa Myricks Beauty

Balm Contour

This contour balm has a lightweight consistency that blends like butter—and the shade range is one of the best we’ve seen.

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Kiko Milano

Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour

This creamy stick contour comes in two cool tone shades that sculpt your face without making you look dry or ashy.

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Where to Apply Bronzer and Contour

 

Bronzer

Where you apply bronzer all depends on the shade and the look you’re going for. If the shade is only a little darker than your skin, you can apply bronzer all over with a fluffy brush and a light hand to give a sunkissed glow to the skin. If the bronzer is more than one shade darker, then you’ll want to focus it in the “3E” method: around the temples, under the cheekbones, and under the jawline, creating a “3” and an “E” on each side of your face. This method is pretty foolproof. You often see people applying bronzer and contouring in little dots all over their faces or in complicated shapes, and while that works, it doesn’t have to be so elaborate to get results. 

“Don’t forget to sweep bronzer along your neck and chest to match your face,” Loiz suggested. 

 

Contour

With contour, your application might depend on your face shape and what you’re hoping to chisel. 

  • If you want a slimmer nose, apply contour in two lines on either side of your nose. The closer together the lines, the slimmer your nose will appear. 
  • If you want to enhance cheekbones, apply contour just above the cheekbone and blend down. Make sure to focus this far back toward your ear too. 
  • If you want to make your forehead appear smaller, apply contour to the top of the forehead and blend upward toward your hairline. 
  • If you want a more pronounced jawline, apply contour right on top of the jawline and blend down, underneath the jaw. To really make it pop, add a bit of concealer between the jawline and cheekbone to carve it out and make that area look really enhanced. 
  • To make your face appear shorter, apply your cheekbone contour in a vertical line and blend out toward your ears. 

 

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How to Choose A Bronzer Shade

Bronzer is about adding warmth and dimension, which is often why people can go overboard if they pick the wrong shade. When you naturally flush, what shade does your skin go? That’s the bronzer you should choose, according to Loiz. Choose a shade that matches how your skin would change if you spent a day out in the sun (before you started slathering on buckets of sunscreen). It’s all about looking natural and enhancing your skin, not covering it up or changing its tone. 

If you have a very cool undertone, a warm-tone bronzer will likely pull very orange on your face—a major no-no. In this case, you’ll want to opt for neutral or even cooler-toned bronzers that enhance your natural skin. This is also important for very fair skin. 

On the other hand, people with very warm undertones will need a warm, even leaning red, bronzer that matches the undertone in their skin. Cool contours might look muddy on their face, as if they just rubbed dirt all over their faces instead of makeup. 

As for depth, your bronzer should be one or two shades darker than your skin tone. If it’s any darker, it’s easy to go overboard. Any lighter, you’ll have to work pretty hard for the product to show up against anything else you have on your face. 

 

What Bronzer Formula to Try

 

Cream

Cream bronzer isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s typically a bit harder to blend, but it’s easier than ever to find a thin formula that’s seamless on skin. Loiz explained that creams have a “softer, sheerer” finish, so they can look a bit more natural once blended out. A few years ago, the only cream bronzer we knew of was Chanel’s Sol Tan De Chanel, an orange-y shade that only worked on light skin tones (now they have one other shade, but that only just released this year). Now, cream bronzers can be in vast shade ranges, in easy-to-use formulations, and in better packaging. 




Fenty Beauty

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

This creamy formula offers a full range of shades for just about every skin tone. Our editors love this because it’s sheer and easy to use, making the application seamless and easy for travel.

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Makeup By Mario

Soft Sculpt Shaping Stick

Sephora has been struggling to keep these in stock since they launched. With a built-in brush and easy-to-apply stick, this was made for beginners and anyone on the go.

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Em Cosmetics

So Soft Multi Face Play

This cream stick bronzer has a creamy finish that glides over skin and blends in three seconds flat. It comes in three neutral bronzer shades and one cool-tone, greyish contour.

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To apply a cream bronzer, use a stippling brush to apply it, and then blend with either the same brush or a beauty sponge. If your product is in a stick form, you can apply it straight from the stick, but it might be easier to blend if you apply with a light hand from a brush.




Fenty Beauty

Cheek Hugging Bronzer Brush

Easily place all of your products right in the contours of your cheek and jawline with this brush.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics

Putty Blush Brush

Although this is marketed for blush, it’s the perfect brush for stippling on cream and liquid bronzers before blending with a sponge.

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beautyblender

Original BeautyBlender Sponge

Blending in cream and liquid bronzer is one of the best uses for your beauty sponge. It’ll soften the edges and add a touch of radiance without using too much product.

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Liquid 

Liquid bronzers are newer on the market, but they’re coming in hot with tons of new products launching just in the last year. A liquid formula is typically a bit runnier than a cream and comes in a tube or dropper. These are usually shimmery or radiant formulas to make your skin extra glowy, unlike a cream that can go both matte and shiny. 




Glossier

Solar Paint

This liquid/cream hybrid makes applying your bronzer on-the-go a breeze. It has a unique sheen that isn’t shimmery—but definitely isn’t matte either—that makes your face glow.

Don’t let the product images fool you. While these shades look majorly washed out in photos, IRL, they actually go quite deep.

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Iconic London

Sheer Bronze Liquid Bronzer

If you want an all-over bronzey glow, this liquid bronzer will give it. This formula is unique because it’s sheer and can be mixed with foundations, primers, and moisturizers to give a bronze sheen to your whole face. But it also works wonders when built up with a brush and applied like a true bronzer.

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Apply a liquid bronzer the same as a cream: using a stippling brush or beauty sponge. 

 

Powder

We all know powder bronzers. It’s probably the bronzer you’ve always used. But there’s a reason they’re still around. These bronzers are easier to blend than the others, and when you find the right shade, it’s basically a foolproof application. They have a bit more pigment, but the blendability makes them the most beginner-friendly.  




LYS Beauty

No Limits Matte Bronzer

This bronzer is perfect for beginners because it’s natural and one of the easiest to blend.

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Fenty Beauty

Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer

No one was surprised when Fenty up and launched one of the best bronzer ranges we’d ever seen at that point, but it doesn’t make it any less memorable. This range has every depth and undertone down pat—even olive and deep cool. Loiz recommended this as well for the impeccable shade range that works for just about everyone.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Airbrush Matte Bronzer

If you love Charlotte’s famed Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, this bronzer has the exact same formulation, just in deeper tones. This makes it blurring on the skin and super blendable. Plus, this package is refillable—granted, the component is so large, I’m not sure who would ever use one up.

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Physicians Formula

Butter Bronzer

There was a time where you couldn’t get through a drugstore favorites video on YouTube without this popping up. It’s still one of the most well-known bronzers, especially at the drugstore, because of its smooth texture, natural finish, and amazing coconut scent.

This bronzer, however, is definitely better for light and medium skin tones. Physician’s Formula, please add deeper shades to this range.

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The key to powders is using the right tools, like a big, fluffy bronzer brush that will cover a large surface area.




Milani

Powder Bronzer Brush

This fluffy brush will offer pinpointed application as well as all-over coverage.

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Matte vs. Shimmer

Matte and shimmer bronzers offer different looks, but there’s room for both in a collection. 

A matte bronzer will focus on making you look sculpted and adding that dimension back into your skin. Matte bronzers are usually a bit harder to blend, as the formula isn’t as soft as something with shimmer might be.




Juvia’s Place

Bronzed Duo

Your skin isn’t just two colors—especially for those with deep skin. This bronzer duo lets you achieve a sculpted, bronzed complexion, combining both a warm and cool-tone bronzer to mix and match.

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Benefit Cosmetics

Hoola Bronzer

Hoola Bronzer reigned surpreme for years and years, and now that they’ve finally begun to expand the shade range, it’s still making a name for itself. It’s smooth, easy to apply, and never looks muddy.

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ELF Cosmetics

Putty Bronzer

Leave it to e.l.f. to make a cream bronzer at the drugstore with an adequate shade range. This rivals high-end cream bronzers, with its creamy finish and easy-to-blend formula.

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A shimmery bronzer formula is all about the glow. You can usually focus a shimmery bronzer’s application higher on the cheekbones to act as a bronzer/highlighter/blush hybrid. They’re easier to blend into the skin, but if it has too much shimmer and not enough depth, you can walk away looking like a disco ball instead of a vacationer. 




Huda Beauty

GloWish Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder

Huda’s newest bronzer is for the person who wants to look like they just got back from Tulum. It’s ultra glowy, and the undertones look like you actually got a tan, but it somehow still looks seamless and natural on skin.

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Tower 28 Beauty

Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

This tows the line between cream bronzer and highlighter, containing an ultra-glowy shimmer that never looks glittery or cakey. This bronzer adds just the right amount of color and shine so you truly can have that vacay glow all year ’round.

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L’Oréal

True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer

Say hello to sunkissed skin without any sun damage. This bronzer has a silky texture that glides right onto skin and gives an all-over warm, healthy glow.

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No One Is Doing Y2K Beauty Right Now Better Than K-Pop Stars

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The Y2K wave has officially splashed all over American beauty and fashion trends. The cheeky, cute, and colorful vibes of the early aughts have also made their way to Seoul, South Korea, and music videos for hit K-pop songs, like Somi's "Dumb Dumb,"Sunmi's "You Can't Sit With Us," and Taeyeon's "Weekend," are pretty solid (and stunning) proof. 

K-pop stars are bringing Y2K aesthetics to their hair, makeup, and nails in droves. So many throwback looks are returning that we can hardly keep up, but some of our favorites include baby braids, black nail polish, and chunky glitter makeup. (We'll dive into each — and many, many more — below.) 

Even Unistella's Eunkyung Park can personally attest to the rising popularity of Y2K beauty trends in Korea — and has even bolstered it with her creations for the likes of Blackpink, DPR, Somi, and Sunmi. The Seoul-based nail artist was just getting started in the industry in the 2000s. Back then, manicures actually veered more on the conservative, simpler side in Seoul. 

"The era of nail art was just beginning back then," she tells Allure. "Us nail artists struggled a little to explore what we could do without being concerned too much about what people would say. I love how [Y2K] has become a trend now, so we can all try different things on nails without being judged."

However, the K-pop groups of the early 2000s, like S.E.S., Fin.K.L, Baby V.O.X, and SHINHWA, were all about the same looks we're seeing now in their hair and makeup, like tendrils, bright pastel eye shadow, and chunky hair accessories. Keep scrolling to see how K-pop stars of today are giving Y2K beauty trends 2021 twists. 

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How to Get a Serious Fall Skin-Care Routine for Just $23

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If you're not already an Allure Beauty Box subscriber, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Each month, we lovingly pack our favorite beauty products into a shiny white-and-red box and deliver them to your doorstep. You, too, can get said shiny box sent straight to your door — filled with $165 of luxury beauty products for just $23 — if you become a member now. 

Intrigued? Here's what you'll find in this month's box, which is filled with products to revamp your seasonal skin-care routine — just in time for fall.

It starts with the Australian peel that everyone is talking about: Alpha-H Liquid Gold Exfoliating Tonic (full size) is so popular that two bottles sell every minute worldwide. This is not a typical peel (clearly!). It's gentle enough to leave on overnight but effective enough (with 5 percent glycolic acid and licorice root extract) to dissolve dead skin cells, brighten, and act like a reset button for skin. One editor's stubborn post-breakout dark spot finally faded after a week of using it. Lucky for you, you'll find a full-size version in the box.

Next up, a clean beauty serum that (sensing a theme here?) isn't like any average serum. Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum uses one of skin care's buzziest ingredients, a retinol alternative called bakuchiol, to smooth, soften lines, and minimize breakouts. The bottle contains a dual-phase formula: blue essence (with soothing antioxidants like turmeric) and yellow serum (a moisturizing blend with jojoba oil). Shake them together until it turns green, and apply a few drops to clean skin.

Top it off with Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb or Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, K-Beauty moisturizers that we love for giving skin a rush of hydration while helping it look smooth. (We are not the only ones: Aqua Bomb is a classic with a loyal following, while Moisturizing Bomb is the latest moisturizer from Belif.)

And no skin-care routine is complete without sunscreen, so finish yours off with a full-size bottle of one from a little brand you may have heard of, Sunday Riley. Sunday Riley Light Hearted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. The skin-care brand's first sunscreen is pink and it is good, soothing skin (and one editors' redness) with turmeric extract and safflower seed oil as it protects. And for a super-indulgent way to glow from the neck down, lavender-scented bath salts, Kneipp Lavender Mineral Bath Salt.

But really, is any fall refresh complete without a perfect berry lipstick? So you will be getting a dreamy rich lip color, too: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick In Trust Issues (full size) or Oryza Beauty Opus Velvet Ribbon Lipstick (full size).

And as a little thank you, new members will also be gifted these amazing eye products: Huda Beauty Samantha Lashes (long, fluttery false lashes have been best sellers since they launched in 2013) and the ByMe x MyBeautyBrand Liquid Eyeliner (pitch-black liquid pigment in a budge-proof formula, full size). Subscribe to the Allure Beauty Box today for your gifts — and so much more.

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