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Blake Lively is Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Issue Cover girl.


She is simply gorgeous, a beautiful photo shoot with Allure for the Best of Beauty Issue out today!

Lively is skilled at evading questions about her romance with Ryan Reynolds, whom she married a month and a half after our interview. “I’m a very shy person,” Lively says. “I can be outgoing, but I’m also very private.” However, she does—perhaps unwittingly—reveal some clues about her life. “I’ve always wanted a big family,” says the actress. How many does kids she want? “Oh, I’d love 30 if I could,” she says. Here, Lively poses in a tulle dress by Marchesa.

Lively’s down-to-earth persona is genuine. “I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug,” says the actress. How about clubs? “The music is so loud, you can’t have a conversation with somebody,” she complains. “If I were an amazing dancer, yeah, I’d go, but I’m definitely not. My friend calls me a speed walker because my elbows are everywhere.” She adds, “It’s not like I decided on these strict lifestyle choices and I’m enforcing them. It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for.” Sweater by Balmain, briefs by Michael Kors, and boots by Le Chameau.

We asked Lively about some of her leading men. Of Taylor Kitsch, who costarred in Savages, she says, “Our first day [was filming] the sex scenes. I was in a full-length skirt, a full top, and he was the one with his tush sticking out. But that was kind of empowering, like, ha-ha!” And as for Ben Affleck, who she appeared with in The Town, she says, “As somebody who knows Ben and Jennifer [Garner], they cannot be more sacred with their family and their home life.”

For Lively’s “sexy and undone” cover look, hairstylist Serge Normant sprayed volumizer from roots to ends and blow-dried her hair straight with a round brush. He bent large sections of hair slightly with a flatiron to create a “broken wave that mimicked the texture of naturally dried hair.” After spraying dry shampoo on her roots for body, he rubbed a bit of Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray on the ends to give them shine. “I wanted it to be a bit Bardot, without any retro feel,” Normant said.

Makeup artist Dotti wanted Lively to look “very fresh, very ’60s,” so she kept the focus on the actress’s glowing skin. As a first step, she dusted taupe eye shadow on Lively’s eyelids, curled her lashes with a heated eyelash curler, and applied black mascara. “We wanted the eyes to look wide open,” she said. Next, the makeup artist applied a thin layer of tinted moisturizer, dabbed on highlighter, and blended peachy pink cream blush on the apples of the actress’s cheeks and across her nose. For Lively’s lips, Dotti simply slicked on a clear balm. “Blake’s natural lip color is pink; it’s so beautiful,” she said.

Lively is the rare actress who actually eats at restaurants—and she shares. After she digs into writer Brooke Hauser’s sorbet, Hauser takes a small spoonful of Lively’s chocolate soufflé. “Can you take a bigger bite, please?” Lively scolds, loading up a perfect bite and thrusting the spoon at Hauser.

People often ask Lively about her diet and exercise regimen, and the truth is, she doesn’t really have anything of the sort. “I wish I could lie and say that I do something, but…” She cuts herself short, perhaps realizing how unfair it sounds. “I obviously have plenty of imperfections on my body, but I’d rather have a little bit of cellulite and go do a food trip and try every ice cream place in the South.” Here, Lively photographs Kate and Baylen, her niece and nephew.

With Gossip Girl coming to an end after its sixth season, Lively is looking forward to having more time to travel. “I’ve worked on a lot of characters in the past five years, but I haven’t had time to work on my own character. That’s something that I’m really excited to do. I thought, I can’t wait for Gossip Girl to be done because there are so many movies I want to do! But right now, I’m so peaceful. I’ve never been happier in my life.”

Check out more in the Allure Best of Beauty issues on newstands today or at

Mary Kay Fall 2012

I am so excited about Mary Kay’s fall 2012 trend, Hollywood Mystique. Mary Kay creates the look using some great colors and products from their collection. It’s one of my favorite trends this fall. Check out a few of my favorite items and be sure to leave a comment on our site to enter and receive a Mary Kay®  NouriShine Plus®  Lip Gloss in Rock ‘n’ Red (ARV $14) and a Mary Kay®  Lash Love®  Mascara, I ♥ Black (ARV $15).

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors give you great vibrant colors, that are crease free. With a touch of eyeshadow base these colors last all day. Very pigmented to give you a look that is true to the pallete and super long wearing.

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Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color is a long-lasting, fade-resistant, mineral-based shade that looks gorgeous on any skin tone. It will give you intense, color in a single swipe. The formula contains vitamins A, C and E to help protect against wrinkle-causing free radicals. Designed to fit perfectly in the Mary Kay® Compact.

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If you are going to start with one item from Mary Kay check out their NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss. The formula is so shiny and none of the dreaded stickiness. I love to layer it over the Creme lipstick kicks up your lips with extra shine and sparkle.

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3 great shades for fall: Black Cherry, Red and Really Red. Mary Kay Creme Lipstick is so smooth and well creamy. I love how it feels on my lips and the color is really long wearing. The Black Cherry is my absolute favorite such a deep, sultry color perfect for  night on the town.

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Keihl’s Friends and Family begins tomorrow, September 18th!

A great time to stock up on products and maybe get a few things to put away for Christmas gifts!

Max Factor Signs Gwynnie.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the ad shoot for Max Factor.
Photo By Courtesy Photo

Gwyneth Paltrow has a new beauty gig as the “creative inspiration” for Max Factor’s makeup artists. The Procter & Gamble Co.-owned makeup brand said Thursday that Paltrow will star in a six-month Max Factor campaign that launches in November, in which she’ll model looks created by the brand’s makeup artists to reflect the different aspects of her life.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Paltrow signing as the ambassador for Hugo Boss’ new women’s fragrance, Boss Nuit Pour Femme, this summer. P&G also holds the license for Hugo Boss Fragrances, through its P&G Prestige arm. A spokeswoman for Max Factor said the firm’s relationship with Paltrow will be a “long-term” one. The upcoming campaign will span television spots, shot by Tom Munro, and a print campaign, lensed by Craig McDean, along with content on Max Factor’s Web site.

Pat McGrath, global creative design director for Max Factor, has curated the campaign. “I tasked 11 of our national makeup artists to create three glamour statements for Gwyneth,” said McGrath. “These were to be inspired by her life and the different roles she has to play — model, actress, mother, singer.” McGrath then took those ideas and created seven different looks, which will appear in the campaign. Each look will be based around three “hero” Max Factor products.

The campaign will launch globally, with the exception of Japan and North America, where the Max Factor brand isn’t present.