Pat McGrath On Why Diversity And Inclusivity Have Been Crucial To Her Brand From Its Launch

“I’m doing so well with swatching right now,” joked legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath during a morning event to celebrate the launch of her eponymous brand’s forthcoming Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette — a 10-pan offering of matte, shimmer and glitter jewel-toned shadows. “This normally takes a lot of nerve to live-swatch.” McGrath, whose two-year-old makeup company was recently valued at a staggering $1 billion dollars, borrowed a team member’s arm and got busy swiping the pigments on in the now-ubiquitous diagonal swatches we’ve become so accustomed to seeing across every cosmetics brand and beauty influencer’s Instagram feed.

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Now you believe my swatches online, right? They’re not fake! I know you all think it’s all computer-generated because you know I love a tech-y moment, but this is real,” said McGrath to a room of captivated editors. But truth be told, swatching has been a controversial topic lately, with multiple brands coming under fire for botched attempts at getting it right. 

In January, YSL was called out for an image that featured a dark-skinned model’s arm swatched with six shades of its All Hours Concealer — every single one laughably too light for her. In August, Becca Cosmetics drew criticism when an image promoting its Skin Love foundation range featured what essentially equated to a blackface arm (a light-skinned model had been made up to look darker), and subsequently issued an apology. As breadth of shade range has become more of a priority to makeup brands — shout-out once again to reverberations of the Fenty Effect — the marketing has failed to catch up in many regards, often beginning with egregious oversights in model casting.

Meanwhile, as a Black woman herself, there was never a question that inclusivity and diversity would be an integral pillar of McGrath’s brand from the outset. Not only has she paid careful attention to ensure that the pigmentation and quality of every product under her eponymous umbrella would work on any skin tone, but she also proves that to be true by showing every product on every skin tone as much as possible. On McGrath’s Instagram, in the Pat McGrath Labs campaigns and on the brand’s website, there is no product that’s shown simply on one skin tone. 

At McGrath’s press events, there are always at least three models on hand with a variety of complexions so that editors can get a full understanding of the products’ capabilities, too. And for McGrath, this dedication to inclusivity is personal. “I just remember as almost a child shopping in department stores and seeing all of these beautiful colors and then they never worked on my skin, or they were too bruise-y on pale skin,” she recalled, adding that when it comes to creating the products in her own line, “there’s so much study that goes into every formula, scientifically” to make sure products won’t be exclusionary for anyone based on the shade of their skin. 

It’s about the colors working on every skin tone. It’s so important to know that you’re not left out, that there’s not any skin tone, or any of us, really, who are like, ‘Oh my goodness, only three colors in this palette work for me,’” she said. McGrath has always communicated to her entire team that diversity isn’t optional — and that it starts with model casting. “Working with girls of every skin tone is so important, because if you don’t show the looks on all sorts of skin tones, how do you even know what you can buy, what suits you, what’s right for you?” she said, specifically citing Duckie Thot and Paloma Elsesser as two models of color the brand has worked with from its early days.  

FASHIONISTA

At 53, Jennifer Aniston Is Forever Beauty Goals

No one does it quite like Jennifer Aniston. A beauty icon in every way, she is perfection from her head to her toes, with the sort of glow few women can lay claim to. Whether it’s her year-round golden tan, or her much-requested haircut and colour, she rarely strays from her signature beachy glam. She has worked with the same hairstylist, Chris McMillan, since the ’90s, and while her hairstyle has evolved, she isn’t one to experiment with drastic new looks.

That applies to her make-up, too – it has always been about luminous skin, a defined eye and a nude lip for Jen. A yoga devotee who has made taking collagen supplements a daily ritual, she is known for prioritising both body and mind, and takes a very Los Angeles approach to her beauty routine. As she turns 53, Vogue takes a look at some of her best beauty moments.

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An Exclusive Look at Isamaya Ffrench’s Debut Make-Up Collection

Isamaya Ffrench is sitting at an outside table at London’s The Maine, a stone throw’s from Vogue’s HQ. It’s a particularly sunny Spring day and everyone is full of cheer, which makes what she’s about to unveil that much more subversive. Taking its cues from the visual lexicon of BDSM culture – the lids of two serums and a mascara come skewered with wearable hard metal piercings, while a bound rubbery figure emerges from a 14 pan eyeshadow palette – Isamaya’s first make-up collection (the Industrial collection), for her brand new beauty brand, Isamaya, and its accompanying Steven Klein-lensed campaign, is as much a statement about the beauty industry as it is about beauty. Because Isamaya isn’t your typical beauty brand: it’s not selling you some repackaged notion of beauty in the traditional sense, nor is it relying on tired millennial tropes to appeal to a younger audience. It’s simply about providing the tools for people to express themselves in a way that’s incredibly freeing. “Everyone’s always banging on about make-up to transform yourself,” says Ffrench. “I’ve done the transformation thing, and I get it. But actually, I think make-up is a tool to return to who you are. And I think this collection could speak to people that can be more of their authentic self with this style of make-up, as opposed to like, a pretty girly blusher or something else.

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But to focus on the visuals and underlying message alone would be to undermine what she’s managed to do in terms of the products. Because this is where the true ingenuity lies. A five-piece drop comprising a mascara, eyeshadow palette, glow serum, lip lacquer and brow laminator, Isamaya has worked tirelessly with her lab to create innovative textures and boundary-pushing formulas; a mascara that doesn’t just give you the effect of fuller lashes, but actually nourishes them to promote growth; an eyeshadow putty that melts with your body temperature to make it more blendable; a glow serum that doesn’t just contain pearlescent particles for a superficial dewiness, but also active ingredients that stimulate collagen production, creating a much deeper, more intense radiance. After years of lending her prowess to brands including Tom Ford, Christian Louboutin, Burberry – where she remains global beauty director – and Byredo, Isamaya is executing her unique vision of beauty on her own terms, and without any commercial shackles. The result is a lesson in unrestrained creativity that feels truly Isamaya. “I look at these products and I think, ‘That’s just so much more me than any other products I’ve ever seen in my life,’” she muses. “Maybe other people will be able to connect to it as well.”

Below, Vogue takes a closer look at the collection.

Industrial Skinlacq Triple Hyaluronic Glow Serum

A pearlescent lacquer for the face, but without any added sparkle, the Industrial Skinlacq Triple Hyaluronic Glow Serum is ideal for creating that glass skin look. Using a triple hyaluronic acid complex, along with cell-energising peptides, it also works to nourish and reinvigorate the skin, which was key for Isamaya. “I didn’t just want a glowy serum that doesn’t do anything else,” she says. “If I’m going to use this on my face every day, as the perfect base for my make-up, I wanted that first point of contact to be moisturising and moisture-locking.” Bottled up beautifully in a glass orb, replete with a pipette and hard metal piercing, it will bring an edge to any bathroom cabinet.

Industrial Rubberlash Latex Lift Mascara

A true example of make-up artistry and invention, the Industrial Rubberlash Latex Lift Mascara doesn’t just make your lashes look fuller and longer, it actually curls them too. “The lab created this mesh-like texture to encapsulate the lash,” Ffrench says. “It has this kind of elastic property that pulls the lashes back so you don’t need to curl your lashes.” Using three separate pigments, two black and one blue, to create an ultra black lash, it gives that coveted false lash impression, while conditioning oils nourish to encourage growth.

Industrial Liplacq Maximising Lip Serum

Described as a veil for the lips, the Industrial Liplacq Maximising Lip Serum uses a blend of coffee and ginger root oil to create a plumping effect, while its deep berry hue and almost inky texture add a sense of depth. This isn’t your average lip offering. “I wanted to create something that makes your lips a couple of shades darker because I think it’s quite sexy, quite goth,” she says. “I don’t want it to look like you’re wearing any product, though, it just deepens your natural tone with a kind of greyish, veiny tint.

Industrial Browlacq Brow Laminator

A multi-use brow lacquer, apply one lick of this hard-wearing, hard-working gel to your brows and it will hold them in place from day to night and right through to the morning after. Perfect for styling or giving that laminating effect, it contains glycerin and humectants to nourish the hairs as well. “For all the drag queens out there, you can use this to stick your brows down and then cover with foundation, and then you have no brows,” she adds. It’s also good for kiss curls.

Industrial Colour Pigments Eyeshadow Palette

Taking inspiration from industrial hues – oil slick greys and chrome silvers – but with the odd flash of acidic colour, the 14 pan palette is a mix of special effect pearls, mattes, and press putties – demi-wet textures that activate at body temperature so they blend more easily. They look just as exquisite together as they do individually. There’s a particularly arresting violet that looks almost holographic on the skin. Isamaya recommends it for cooling down your highlights, while a silver pressed metallic gives a foil-like effect. “It’s all about the textures,” she says. “They look really interesting in different lights, and photograph really beautifully.

VOGUE

Cream Bronzer is the Unsung Multitasking Hero of Your Makeup Bag

Cream bronzer is beloved among pro makeup artists because it blends seamlessly into skin, almost melting to become one with the complexion. But besides its ultra-simple application and the natural, skin-like dewy finish it creates, it’s also incredibly versatile: It can of course be used to, well, bronze, but, when applied strategically, it can also contour and sculpt the face, bring overall warmth to the chest, neck and shoulders or even serve as a neutral-toned eye shadow to build beautiful, subtle depth. What I’m really getting at here is that cream bronzer is truly the unsung hero of the makeup bag, and it’s time the product gets its due. 

With that in mind, here’re some of my (and cult) favourite cream bronzers and contour sticks, with something for every skin tone, finish preference and price point.  From sheer shimmers that illuminate skin, ultra-blendable mattes that create a natural effect and ingeniously designed sticks that can be swept beneath cheekbones or along the hairline with ease and precision. Look through the selection below to see them all. 

SAIE Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer

Lys Beauty No Limits Cream Bronzer and Contour Stick

ELF Putty Bronzer

Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Sculpting Bronzer

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

Tower28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Stick

Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer Cream Bronzer

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer

FASHIONISTA

Revlon Files for Bankruptcy

The cosmetics giant is attempting to get out from under its heavy debt load amid soaring prices and a snarled supply chain.

Revlon has filed for bankruptcy protection as the cosmetic giant attempts to get out from under its heavy debt load amid soaring prices and supply chain disruptions.

The company said in a news release that it expects $575 million in financing if the plan wins court approval. The additional funds will support the company’s daily operations. Under the Chapter 11 filing, the company is able to continue operating while reorganizing its outstanding debt.

The 90-year-old multinational is known for an array of cosmetics and skin-care brands, including drugstore favorite Almay and premium label Elizabeth Arden, which Revlon acquired in 2016 after selling more than $2 billion of loans and bonds. It is controlled by billionaire Ronald Perelman’s MacAndrews & Forbes.

Before the coronavirus crisis, Revlon faced growing competition from start-ups backed by celebrities including Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, which siphoned many of its younger consumers through its social media marketing.

But the pandemic only exacerbated those problems as sales of lipsticks — Revlon’s iconic product — curtailed when people masked up. Worldwide net sales fell 20 percent, from $2.4 billion in 2019 to $1.9 billion a year later. In March 2020, Revlon cut 1,000 positions to improve profitability. In November of the same year, Revlon avoided a bankruptcy filing after receiving enough bondholder support.

Debra Perelman, Revlon’s chief executive and daughter of Ronald Perelman, said the company’s “challenging capital structure” has limited its ability to meet consumer demand while navigating “macroeconomic issues.”

By addressing these complex legacy debt constraints, we expect to be able to simplify our capital structure and significantly reduce our debt, enabling us to unlock the full potential of our globally recognized brands,” Perelman said.

Revlon estimated liabilities of between $1 billion to $10 billion in a court filing. In its most recent earnings report, the company reported $3.3 billion in long-term debt.

Revlon said it’s unable to keep a regular supply of raw materials, putting production at risk, according to the court filing. Nearly one-third of customer demand cannot be timely fulfilled due to the lack of raw materials, it added.

While Perelman said during the March earnings call that the supply chain head winds are “temporary” and that Revlon had sourced additional vendors for key materials, the war in Ukraine and the covid lockdown in China presented new challenges to the global supply chain. Shipping from China to the United States doubled in time and quadrupled in cost compared with 2019, the company said.

Experts said Revlon could take advantage of Chapter 11 provisions to reorganize its portfolio of brands, where some older ones showed unsatisfying performance and lost customers. “If executed effectively, Revlon could emerge from bankruptcy with a cleaner balance sheet and a better operating profile, improving longer term business prospects,” David Silverman, retail senior director at Fitch Ratings, told RetailDive in email comments.

Corporate bankruptcy filings have reached the lowest levels in early 2022, according to S&P Market Intelligence data, which excludes the smallest business filings. As of the end of May, 143 bankruptcies have been filed this year, compared with 203 in 2021 and 263 in 2020 during the same period. Among the 143 bankruptcies, only three are retail filings.

However, Revlon’s filing — the first from a major consumer-facing business in years — could signal a downturn in the consumer discretionary sector, which encompasses largely companies selling nonessential products and are sensitive to the business cycle.

In May, inflation reached 8.6 percent over the last year, which led to financial pressure felt by many households. According to Census Bureau data, retail sales are down 0.3 percent from the previous month in May, as consumers shift to cheaper alternatives amid rising prices.

WASHINGTON POST

Haus Labs By Lady Gaga Is Finally Available to Shop at Sephora

Here’s some great news for Beauty Insiders and Little Monsters everywhere: You can now shop singer, actress, and entrepreneur Lady Gaga’s makeup brand, Haus Labs, at Sephora. The star has teamed up with the retailer to release new and improved versions of her brand’s coveted products.

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I always wanted to partner with Sephora,” Gaga tells BAZAAR.com. “I used to go to Sephora all the time as a young girl around 13 or 14 years old, I would go in and explore. I didn’t really have the money to buy a lot, so I would buy the Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer.” So to have her very own line there is a full-circle moment. “I also love Sephora as a company—the people who work there are really nice, and they really believe in what we do, which means a lot to me—they’re our number one fan,” she says.

Although Gaga has seen much brand success since Haus Labs’ initial launch in 2019, she says there’s still more work to be done when it comes to mastering the ins and outs of the beauty industry. “I’d say the first thing I’ve absolutely learned as a beauty founder and creator was that I had a lot to learn,” Gaga says. “When I first began this company, I had a sense of my own artistry and love of artistry, but my knowledge of the beauty industry was much more limited. It took me a couple of years to really hone in on what I wanted this company to be.” 

The line is evolving, without losing the original vision. “From the beginning, I always wanted to create a brand that was about empowering people to their makeup and helping people feel uplifted by makeup, but now, I’m looking to take it a step further,” she says.

The new Haus Labs by Lady Gaga line consists of 90 different Clean at Sephora–certified products across seven key categories, including all-over paints for eyes, lips, cheeks, gel-powder bronzers and highlighters, hydrating lip oils, gel pencil eyeliners, and more. The brand will also continue its expansion with a planned rollout into 500 Sephora stores by the end of this year and additional product launches planned in three new categories.

In a crowded landscape, the star insists that Haus Labs by Lady Gaga is not just another celebrity-driven beauty line, or line with a few fringe skin care benefits. “There are definitely brands that have skin-benefiting ingredients added to their makeup—we are unique in that we’re also clean,” Gaga says. “But what I will say—and I say this kindly—is what I’ve noticed with a lot of products is that people will say, ‘Hey, we’ve added hyaluronic acid to this tinted moisturizer,’ but they won’t have put enough of the ingredient in for it to be skin optimizing or functional. So it’s sort of like putting a few sprinkles on the top of a cupcake but you can’t really taste them.” 

The revamped Haus Labs by Lady Gaga products, she says, focus on skin care—and then some. “We have now put super-charged ingredients into our makeup, so it’s infused with skin care. And we use futuristic clean formulas that go beyond industry standards, with a huge color assortment. These are artistry products without compromising performance and value.

As someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that is often accompanied by chronic pain, it was important to the star to feature medicinal ingredients, like fermented arnica, in the newest iteration of Haus Labs by Lady Gaga. “Both our Power Sculpt Velvet Bronzer and Bio-Radiant Gel-Powder Highlighter are infused with our proprietary complex of fermented arnica, which is 860 percent more potent than conventional arnica,” the star explains. “We did this because I have fibromyalgia and chronic pain, so I’ve always used arnica as a way to combat inflammation in my body. I thought, I wonder if this could also calm down the skin—turns out that it does. And I also have a lot of pattern redness in my face, so we put the ingredient in our bronzer and highlighter.”

The added ingredients are intentional but don’t take away from the payoff of the product itself. “While I’m wearing this makeup, my face is getting treated for inflammation all day long with very high efficacy,” she says. “So that’s the difference: It’s not just about the formula, but about the intensity and efficacy of the formula. How truly good it is for the skin as opposed to being a gimmick or just an idea.

Aside from updating ingredients and formulas across the entire Haus Labs collection, Gaga says her intention behind the new launch is to ultimately create makeup that matters while making a larger difference. “Even our packaging is sustainable,” the star says. “When you see it in stores at Sephora, you’re going to be able to see exactly the color that you’re buying—you’re not going to buy something, get home, and realize you bought the wrong shade.”

As far as her favorite Haus Labs by Lady Gaga product to wear for major events? “I would definitely say that on red carpets, I always wear our The Edge Precision Brow Pencil. It’s my favorite brow pencil, because you can get that perfect edge across the bottom, which gives you that sharp look with your brows while making those featherlike strokes,” she says. And she reveals another trick that helps give her that bright-eyed look: “Something else I always do on the red carpet is wear white liner in my waterline—it’s a trick to make the eyes look bigger, and one of the inspirations behind why we wanted this [version of Haus Labs] to be so clean. Our Optic Intensity Eco Gel Eyeliner Pencil has argan oil and vitamin E as well, so it’s safe for my waterline.” 

Haus Labs by Lady Gaga is available now online at hauslabs.com and sephora.com.

HARPERS BAZAAR

Sunflower

Model: Keanna
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Peaches, highlight in Doublegleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Brick, lipstick in Chili, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • ColourPop Freckle pen, Orange You Glad & Uh Huh Honey eyeshadow palettes
  • Sigma Beauty brushes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Keanna’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Jonathan Van Ness’ Hair Health-Focused Products Are Officially Available on Amazon

It’s true: You can now add JVN Hair to your Amazon cart. Jonathan Van Ness’ buzzy haircare line recently launched at the retailer, where everything from the brand’s volumizing shampoo and conditioner to hair treatment oil is available. 

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JVN Hair initially launched last summer and has since skyrocketed in popularity. Its products have racked up thousands of reviews and even won several beauty awards. The Queer Eye star created the line with hair health, effectiveness, and clean ingredients in mind. “I think education is a really central important temple for us,” Van Ness previously told InStyle. “We really want to help people learn how to style their hair and achieve all sorts of different things. So we’re starting off with simple products that are multi-functional.

Everything in the JVN Hair collection is free of silicones and sulfates and instead formulated with a natural silicone-alternative, hemisqualane, which controls dry, frizzy hair and prevents breakage. One of the most popular JVN Hair products is the Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil, which shoppers call “liquid gold” because of how effectively it leaves hair “super soft,” “vibrant,” and “strong.” Made with rosemary, basil root, and turmeric extracts, it soothes and calms the scalp while promoting hair growth.

Shop now: $28; amazon.com and jvnhair.com

Another shopper favorite for “silky smooth” strands is the Instant Recovery Serum, which has Drew Barrymore’s approval. The star said in an Instagram video that the JVN Hair serum has “saved” her “fried” hair. The post-shower heat styling treatment is formulated for damaged and chemically treated hair (AKA, those who frequently experience split ends and breakage).

Shop now: $28; amazon.com and jvnhair.com

And if you’re looking for an easy volume boost, customers say the caffeine-infused JVN Hair Embody Daily Volumizing Shampoo is a “miracle” for “flat hair” that needs a lift. “I just used this and my hair feels the way my organs do after I finally drink water at 3 in the afternoon instead of just iced coffee — it is absolutely thriving,” one shopper wrote.

Shop now: $18; amazon.com and jvnhair.com

Grab some JVN Hair on Amazon along with your weekly Amazon groceries — your hair will thank you.

INSTYLE

Sephora Collection Smooth + Blur Primer Has a Supernatural Way of Blurring Skin

TL;DR:

  • What It Is: A hydrating primer
  • What It Does: It has a soft-focus effect and keeps makeup fresh throughout the day
  • Who It’s For: Whether you’re looking for a product that just evens out your skin a little or for a primer that make your base wear longer, this does the trick.

A hydrating primer that goes above and beyond, Sephora Collection Smooth + Blur Primer is a silky, vitamin E-infused formula that has a supernatural way of blurring skin, like a soft-focus filter on Instagram. It immediately makes complexions look so smooth and even — hiding redness with a sheer, subtle, tan tint — you may just hesitate to add foundation on top. After letting your sunscreen (the last step in any skincare routine) absorb, smooth on the hydrating vitamin E-infused primer. Immediately, your skin will look smoother…so good, in fact, you’ll hesitate to even add foundation. Target a bit of extra coverage over any redness and your makeup will stay perfectly fresh throughout the entire day.

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ALLURE

Kim Kardashian Is Launching Skincare – Here’s What To Know

If the year’s midpoint has you craving a beauty overhaul, you’re in luck: Kim Kardashian’s new skincare collection, SKKN BY KIM, releases later this month. Kardashian’s new venture comes less than a year after the announcement that KKW Beauty was no more, a move which devotees speculated was simply a step toward a rebrand. 

But in KKW Beauty’s place, it seems, is something entirely new. Rather than market-minded make-up, SKKN is a (characteristically sleek) assemblage of high-end skin care, and a natural, elevated step in Kardashian’s minimalist-yet-aspirational offerings. 

The brand’s line-up of nine sustainably minded (read: refillable, vegan, and cruelty-free) products each centre on innovative formulas designed to revitalise skin. Housed in seriously gorgeous architecturally-inspired packaging that demands shelfie space, SKKN’s offerings are all available for under $100 (£80), a boon in the world of luxury skin care.

The line was born of a desire to understand her own complexion: Kardashian struggles with psoriasis, an immune-mediated skin condition that affects more than 7.5 million adults in the U.S. alone, and results in dry red patches on the face and body. SKKN is the tangible result of years of working with and learning from dermatologists and aestheticians (including the likes of celebrity facialist Joanna Czech) and provides a top-to-bottom routine including a gentle foaming cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum, and a nourishing night oil. SKKN BY KIM comes from Kardashian and Coty, and is set to drop on 21 June — mark your calendars.

VOGUE

Pinkies Up!

Model: Kaleigh
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Melba, highlight in Beaming Blush, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Subculture, lipstick in Thanks It’s MAC, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • ColourPop Ooh La La! & It’s My Pleasure eyeshadow palettes
  • Sigma Beauty brushes.

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The Modern Diana Bob Is Going to Be Everywhere This Season

With the end of COVID restrictions in sight and summer around the corner, many of us are starting to plan for the haircuts and colors we want as life begins to return to normal. If you’ve been toying with the idea of going for the chop for a while, post-lockdown is the ideal time to do it.

That’s where the bob haircut comes in. Celebrity hairstylists are calling it: 2022 is going to be the year of the bob. Just look to Kaia Gerber, Kim Kardashian, and Dua Lipa for takes on the bob that feel modern, refreshing, and a little bit sexy (see the sliced bob and blunt bob for reference). Not convinced there are enough modern iterations of the bob? Allow me to introduce you to the blunt bob, the A-line bob, and the midi bob. Still looking for a fresher take? Enter the modern Diana bob.

Inspired by the late Princess Diana, whose beauty look has been brought back to life via Emma Corrin on The Crown and Kristen Stewart in Spencer, this is the modern bob 2.0.

People are due a change,” says Syd Hayes, BaByliss ambassador. “We are coming to the end of a period of time where the winter was extremely tough and your roots weren’t as much of a concern as they were hidden under a beanie. Now that spring is in the air and we go back out into society, there’s carefree mood, and I think more people will want to go for bold, fun styles.”

Suzie McGill, international artistic director at Rainbow Room, says she thinks that when COVID restrictions lift, there’s going to be a huge surge in people asking for the Diana bob but with a more modern finish. “Diana has always been a style icon and the bob never goes out of fashion,” she says. “Diana sported a bob, sometimes hitting just past her cheekbones and sometimes slightly longer at the back, but what was always a statement look of Diana’s bob was the deep side parting and the volume and layers within her hair.

The beauty of this hairstyle is that, if it’s cut at a good length, like at your cheekbones, it can be left to grow out beautifully and can be a very low-maintenance cut, which is ideal with future potential lockdowns forecast. Want to make it even more modern? “If layers and a side parting are incorporated into your hairstyle, this instantly adds volume and can make your look even more low-maintenance in terms of styling,” McGill says. “Then you can simply add some styling product to add further texture to your hair, or blow-dry for a smooth finish like Diana’s.”

Andreas Wild at Larry King agrees that the modern Diana bob will be major for spring because it’s so fresh. “This is a really extreme look and is a great start for spring and coming out of lockdown,” he says. “It’s so feminine in a masculine way.” The hair expert emphasizes that layers are so important because they open up your face, and blow-drying the layers back and then forward gives bounce and provides a modern look.

Wild also says the beauty of the look lies in its versatility. “Play with it; try different partings—side, front, and slicked back—and when it grows out, leave it for a while before you get a cut, as it adds chicness to it and, when styled with the right outfit, is on point.

So what do you need to ask your hairstylist for? “This is all about the haircut,” notes Hayes. “A razor is vital for this. Shattered edges with a short shape to the haircut. Be sure to invest in texture sprays as they are great for really showing that undone and not too styled haircut. A favorite of mine is Sam McKnight’s Cool Girl Spray—he’s the man behind Diana’s infamous bob.”

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To maintain the look at home, Hayes recommends investing in a Babyliss Hydro-Fusion 2100 Hair Dryer, which he says is perfect with its diffuser and nozzle attachments to bring out the natural movement when your drying your hair. “Tuck the sides behind your ears like Diana would and diffuse on a high heat and low power,” he says. “When it’s about 85% dry, turn off your hair dryer off and let it dry naturally.”

To make the haircut more modern and on trend today, wear the hairstyle a little messier for a more relaxed take on the trend, scrunching in some mousse or texturizing spray like a salt spray into your hair and leaving to air-dry rather than blow-drying,” suggests McGill. “Alternatively, use a heated styling iron to bend some soft waves into your bob to give it an instant modern finish. This is a look that’s very on trend today and that we are seeing a lot of Instagram influencers wearing, since it gives your hair an undone finish, taking Diana’s bob from royal to chic street style. Full fringes are also very on trend this season and look particularly great paired with this bob hairstyle.”

Check out some more of my favorite variations of the modern Diana bob, below.

GLAMOUR

Tower 28 Made Its Fan-Favorite Facial Mist Into a Serum

Inspired by the brand’s best-selling, cult-favorite SOS Rescue Spray, the serum soothes irritated skin and visibly reduces redness for a clearer and calmer complexion. Like the spray, the hero ingredient is hypochlorous acid, an acid that’s naturally produced by the body’s immune system to fight off bad bacteria and calm redness. It also contains a non-drying solution of water and sodium chloride to act as a delivery system for the hypocholorous acid since it’s found naturally in white blood cells.

Dr. Kelly Killeen, a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in L.A., previously broke down the science lesson on the spray for InStyle. “Hypochlorous acid is a spectacular ingredient as it does several things,” she said. “This multitasking ingredient allows the SOS Spray to be gentle with only one other ingredient, saline or salt water. Hypochlorous acid not only kills bacteria and viruses [but] also improves blood flow and reduces inflammation. These two additional things help your skin heal faster.”

Also, similar to the spray, this formula has also earned the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance, deeming it safe for all skin types, including those with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and rosacea.

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INSTYLE

Mermaid Tales

Model: Patricia
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Melba, highlight in Doublegleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencils in Dervish and Burgundy, lipsticks in $ellout and PDA, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • ColourPop Blue Moon eyeshadow palette
  • Sigma brushes.

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(Disclaimer: I do have Patricia’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

The Best Setting Powders To Blur Your Skin

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A SETTING POWDER?

A setting powder can help extend the wear of makeup, prevent creasing in crease-prone areas, like under the eyes or around the mouth, decrease shine, and also give the skin a smoother, blurred look,” says Priscilla Quaye, Brand Director of Ami Colé. You can even use setting powders to boost your makeup look. “I use setting powder–typically a loose powder–underneath where I applied a bronzer or contour shade to clean up that area and sharpen the cheekbones further,” adds makeup artist Felicia Tricome

CAN PEOPLE WITH DRY SKIN USE SETTING POWDERS?

All skin types can use setting powder. It’s all a matter of how much you need to use for your skin type,” says Tricome. If you’re worried about increasing your skin’s dryness, it’s important to really be selective with the setting powders you buy. “People with drier skin can opt for setting powders that offer more nourishing ingredients to prevent skin from drying out, and that have a super-fine formula which makes it more lightweight on the skin,” says Quaye. “With dry skin, applying less powder is more, and ensuring that the skin underneath is well moisturized prior to application.

HOW CAN YOU AVOID LOOKING TOO MATTE OR DUSTY WITH SETTING POWDERS?

Lean into the philosophy that less is more,” says Quaye. “Always start with a very light layer and go from there. It’s always easier to add than to remove.” There are also a few application techniques that help avoid that caked-on look. “Apply powder with a damp beauty blender,” adds Tricome. “I like to do this with a pressed or compact powder, but it can also be done with loose powder. I dip the beauty blender in the powder and apply it where it is needed. It sets the makeup while keeping the skin looking hydrated.” Tricome also recommends using a setting spray at the end of application to melt away some of that graininess.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder

This powder went viral on TikTok, and the youths couldn’t have picked a better product to obsess over. This pressed powder practically erases every line and pore on your face. It’s especially great to use on the under-eyes, to make creasing a thing of the past.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

The beauty gurus have spoken, and they’re all obsessed with this loose powder. For events where you need your makeup to not budge an inch, this powder sets even extremely creamy formulas so your look stays exactly where you want it to.

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

Making your makeup last all night long doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. This loose powder comes in eight sheer shades, and helps mattify and set your makeup, while adding a hint of extra coverage.

KOSAS Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Talc-Free Vegan Powder

Even dry skin types can use powder! This baked powder expertly mattifies oily areas without caking on product. It has an almost invisible formula. You can keep your dewy look, with no unnecessary creasing.

Glossier Wowder

For lovers of loose powder who want an upgrade, this packaging is quite the innovation. Using mesh, Glossier has made it easy to reap the benefits of a loose powder, without it spilling all over your belongings. The effect is blurred, matte skin that still looks like, well, skin.

HUDA Beauty Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder

For the ultimate glam look, this powder is your best assistant. Not only does it blur and mattify pores, but it’s also great for baking your under-eyes, or underneath a contour. It comes in nine sheer shades, and will help brighten and set your face for A+ selfies.

Hourglass Veil™ Translucent Setting Powder

With this powder, you don’t have to worry about it enhancing rather than blurring fine lines. It has a natural, non-cakey finish that reduces oily areas and blurs pores, without looking dusty and caked on. Plus, it lasts for hours, so there’s no need to re-apply.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Translucent Setting Powder

If you want a filter on your face at all times, swap in this pressed powder for a similar effect. Not only does it absorb excess oil from your skin, but it also expertly blurs pores, so you can forget about FaceTuning your selfies.

Saie Airset Radiant Loose Setting Powder

Clean beauty doesn’t have to mean dewy, all day every day. This loose powder uses ingredients like squalane to nourish the skin, while ethically sourced mica help mattify the skin and absorb oil. The effect is a beautiful, non-cakey finish that actually helps the skin, instead of clogging pores.

ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starr Ultimate Blurring Setting Powder

No patchiness here! This loose powder expertly blurs fine lines, pores, and texture. It lasts all day long, so you can go to after-work drinks without needing to re-apply. The powder is so finely milled, you never have to worry about looking dusty.

Supergoop (Re)setting 100% Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 35 PA+++

We know we’re supposed to reapply SPF every two hours, but who really does that? This powder makes it easy, by setting your makeup and adding a layer of sun protection at the same time. It comes in four sheer colors, so you can match your skin tone, for on-the-go retouching.

Beauty Bakerie Face Flour Baking Powder

If your skin turns into a slip-n-slide by the end of the day, investing in a long-wearing, loose powder is a must. This one was truly made with oily skin in mind, setting makeup and absorbing oil, all without compromising the look of your makeup.

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Always an Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder

If you want a matte finish without the heavy powder feeling, this version is the perfect middle ground. It blurs and absorbs oil, without feeling caked on and dusty. Plus, it also lasts for hours without budging, so you won’t need to reapply throughout the day.

ELLE

Bite Beauty Is Closing Later This Year

After ten years, the brand is shutting down soon after an unsuccessful relaunch.

Bite Beauty, a portfolio brand of LVMH-owned beauty incubator, Kendo, has announced that it will close later this year.
 
The brand shared the news in a post on Instagram:
 
We are sad to share that Bite Beauty will be closing later this year. Thank you for the past 10 years of love, growth and fun. You have always been our ultimate inspiration.”

While Bite Beauty is exiting the market, associated Lip Lab locations, where shoppers can obtain custom makeup products, will remain open and expand. There are currently nine Lip Lab locations.

About Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty was founded by Susanne Langmuir in 2011 with a focus on lip products and food-grade ingredients. Highly pigmented lipstick Amuse Bouche was the hero product out of the gate when the brand launched in 2012.

Kendo took over Bite Beauty 2014. Four years later in 2018, Langmuir departed the brand, and went on to spearhead the beauty incubator SL&Co. and waterless skincare brand An-hydra. Many fans felt the brand lost its way after Langmuir’s departure.

In 2019, Bite Beauty discontinued Amuse Bouche and announced a rebrand was in the works. A year later, the rebrand was implemented with a vegan reformulation and extensions into the complexion category, but it wasn’t until 2021 that a replacement for Amuse Bouche (Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick) was introduced. Reviews for the rebrand were mixed at best.

In a way, I already said goodbye to Bite Beauty,” writes Christine of Temptalia. “The rebrand did not strike me as promising (I loathe ‘clean beauty’ and never liked that they were leaning into it), and when products came out, nothing made me fall in love with the brand again, only more and more disappointed over time. I’m still sad over the loss of the products from before the rebrand, LOL!

BEAUTY PACKAGING

Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol Are Skin Care’s Latest Power Duo

Over the past few years, hyaluronic acid and retinol have become such skin-care staples that coming across a product without one or the other is rare. “In skin care, they’re the holy grail,” says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a dermatologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sure, every few months a new wunderkind skin-care ingredient is discovered in some remote locale, and pretty soon it’s everywhere—in your masks, serums, foot creams, insert-step-in-your-beauty-routine-here. But at the end of the day, there are only a handful of ingredients that have stood the test of time and truly become essential. 

Hyaluronic acid and retinol do deliver results—but what exactly those results are might still be confusing. (Understandably.)

Retinol: For Softening Wrinkles and Fighting Acne

If there’s one ingredient lauded more than any other for its wrinkle-fighting, complexion-perfecting abilities, it’s this derivative of vitamin A. “Here’s the deal with retinol,” explains Hirsch. “We were talking about it in 1975, and we’re still talking about it now because it works.” In study after study, retinol has been shown to build collagen, decrease fine lines, improve skin texture, and fight acne.

When it comes to incorporating a retinol into your skin-care routine, it’s better sooner than later. “Retinol works best as prevention, so don’t wait until wrinkles and dark spots occur to start using it,” says Corey L. Hartman, M.D., the founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama. “Another misconception about retinols is that they ‘thin the skin.’ This could not be further from the truth. It actually thickens your skin by increasing production of glycosaminoglycans to keep the skin firm, taut, and smooth.

The prescription version (which goes by retinoic acid, or Retin-A) acts fastest, but it’s pricey—and it can be drying. Over-the-counter retinol, however, take 8 to 10 weeks to show results compared with 6 weeks with an Rx, but is normally paired with anti-inflammatories to calm the redness, peeling, or dryness. It can also cost less than a prescription—which, depending on your insurance coverage, can generally start around $100.

Whichever type you use, you’ll want to ease into your retinol use slowly. “I start patients on the mildest version, one night a week at the onset,” says New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, M.D. As your skin begins to tolerate a pea-size amount, you can eventually go up to two nights a week. But stay off harsh physical scrubs and peels while you’re using retinol; remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize; and use extra sunscreen for the first six months.

Hyaluronic Acid: For Serious Moisture

Despite its name, hyaluronic acid actually doesn’t exfoliate your skin (if you’re looking for one that does, try glycolic acid instead). This tiny molecule helps lubricate joints and keep skin plump, and is one of the world’s finest humectants, or molecules that attract and retain water. Since these molecules so effectively replenish skin with water, they’re beloved for their hydrating abilities.

In addition to being a terrific hydrator, Wechsler says, HA pairs well with other active skin-care ingredients (so you can layer it with retinol, for example, and use it daily). Not only that, but it also goes above and beyond its duties as a humectant. “Along with hydrating the skin and preventing dehydration, hyaluronic acid provides an environment that keeps wrinkles away,” says Hartman.

Bottom line: “The beauty of hyaluronic acid is that it doesn’t have any fine print,” says Hirsch. “It benefits any skin type, at any age. And the truth is that everyone looks great with hydrated skin.”

What Are the Potential Side Effects?

As with any ingredient, no matter how ah-mazing they are, there are potential side effects that should be kept in mind when using. “When patients start a retinol, the hyper-exfoliation can oftentimes cause redness, peeling, and dryness during the first couple of weeks of use,” says New York City dermatologist Rita Linkner, M.D., founder of RVL Skincare.

If your skin tends to be more on the dry side, it’s worth considering how you can add that extra boost before and after applying your retinol to minimize excessive peeling as much as possible. (Newbies can also try the buffering trick to take down the sting.)

As for our hydrating superhero? “Hyaluronic acid is known to increase the permeability of the skin, making it more sieve-like—which is why it should be combined with a moisturizer to draw more water to itself,” she says.

What Are the Benefits of Combining the Two?

Good news: Retinol and hyaluronic acid actually have a synergistic effect. “They can be combined so that the benefits of retinol can be achieved more easily with concomitant use of hyaluronic acid, which helps to prevent retinol irritation,” says Hartman.

As for what that ultimately means when you look in the mirror: “Overall texture should improve when using the two actives, as well as fine lines,” says Linkner.

How to Get the Best Results

To max out your benefits, “I often recommend that patients use a hydrating serum like hyaluronic acid before they apply their retinol cream,” says Hartman. “Hyaluronic acid plays well with most ingredients, while caution must be taken when using retinol in combination with alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, and some types of vitamin C.”

Linkner echoes the tip about avoiding vitamin C.  “I also wouldn’t advise using a vitamin C after hyaluronic acid, as it can increase the irritation effects of the ascorbic acid.” (Ascorbic acid, the chemical name for vitamin C, is still an acid, after all.)

If you’re new to this combo, it’s worth doing a patch test to see how your skin reacts to the amped-up duo. Because hyaluronic acid can increase the potency of the secondary product, Linkner says, it could potentially draw out the acclimation period when you first start using a retinol.

That said, retinol and hyaluronic acid are a match made in heaven. And if you’re looking to level-up your skin-care routine with even more effective products, here are some fan favourites.

La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Pure Retinol Serum

Thanks to vitamin B3, which can help soothe inflammation, and the gradual-release formula, this retinol serum is gentle enough even for sensitive skin types. (As with most retinols, though, you’ll still want to do a patch test and start by applying at night.) During the day, don’t forget to layer on SPF to get the most anti-wrinkle benefits.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that your body makes inherently. It provides a plumping effect in the skin by drawing water to itself like a sponge,” says Linkner. This O.G. hyaluronic acid serum from The Ordinary delivers maximum hydration (thanks to the added B5) and comes in under $10.

Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Moisturizer

While you’ll want to be cautious about mixing hyaluronic acid with peptides, the payoff is pretty incredible if the combination is suitable for your skin. “Think of peptides as Legos—they’re protein building blocks,” says Hirsch of the skin strengtheners. Studies show certain peptides can boost collagen production and speed wound healing; or they can mimic the effect of Botox when applied topically. That means you’ll likely want to introduce peptides in your 30s, when you notice your skin doesn’t feel quite as firm or bouncy as it did in your 20s.

GLAMOUR

Founders Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson Depart Too Faced Cosmetics

Tara Simon will step into the role of global brand president of Too Faced starting July 1.

Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson are leaving their brand, Too Faced Cosmetics to pursue new entrepreneurial endeavors as of June 30, Estée Lauder Companies announced on May 6. Effective July 1, Tara Simon will be promoted to global brand president of Too Faced and will still report to Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer of Estée Lauder Companies.

Blandino and Johnson founded Too Faced 24 years ago in 1998, creating many noteworthy products throughout their time such as Better Than Sex Mascara, Born This Way Natural Finish Foundation, and Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper.

Jerrod and Jeremy started the brand with a simple yet compelling creative concept and transformed it into something that is truly extraordinary,” William P. Lauder, executive chairman of ELC said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing where the next phase of their journey takes them and wish them all the best as they set out on new adventures.”

Before becoming Too Faced and Estée Lauder Companies’ senior vice president and general manager of Too Faced, Simon was the senior vice president of merchandising of prestige beauty at Ulta Beauty. Since joining Too Faced two years ago, she has “inspired products and unique experiences” and led the teams through her brand-building expertise, Freda said in a statement

She also helped to increase the brand’s sales growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the brand. In her new role, Simon hopes to further improve the company’s category strategy for makeup.

I am confident that under Tara’s leadership, Too Faced is well-positioned for its next phase of growth,” Freda said. “And we are so grateful for Jerrod and Jeremy’s outstanding work over the last six incredible years spent as part of the ELC family.”

ALLURE

Schick Hydro Silk Introduces First-Of-Its-Kind Live Streaming Mirror To Dismantle Toxic Beauty Culture

To launch the new Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand, Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE: EPC) announced that Schick Hydro Silk is encouraging all women to ditch filters on social media by introducing The Hydro Silk Unfiltered Beauty Mirror, a first-of-its-kind prototype that livestreams unedited content. Unlike other beauty mirrors, the prototype is uniquely designed to build emotional awareness and self-compassion, encouraging women to face and embrace their up-close reflection by generating authentic, unfiltered beauty content. Featuring a built-in smartphone slot that allows users to stream live content from the mirror’s reflection on Instagram and TikTok, it eliminates distracting likes, comments, shares from followers in real-time, removing the ability to filter content before sharing with the world.

The Hydro Silk Unfiltered Beauty Mirror and The Hydro Silk® Dermaplaning Wand

As a brand that’s committed to helping women look and feel their best from head to toe, Hydro Silk is on a mission to make all women feel confident and embrace their unfiltered beauty. According to the SeekHer Shift 2022 Report on the State of Women’s Mental Health, social media has a strong impact on beauty standards. In fact, 31.8% of women say their body image and self-esteem are negatively impacted by social media, while 42.3% say they have difficulty showing themselves forgiveness and self-love because their imperfections make them feel less worthy or valuable as a person. As part of the Hydro Silk’s “You, Unfiltered” campaign, beauty influencers will use the innovative mirror to produce live, unfiltered beauty content across Instagram and TikTok during the month of May, to align with Mental Health Awareness Month.

Our journey to launch was challenging, as we spent months trying to secure a prominent woman who would get up-close, ditch the filters and dermaplane live, but everyone we asked was uncomfortable with the idea,” said Melissa Murphy, Senior Brand Manager for Schick Hydro Silk. “We realized that while the conversation about going unfiltered isn’t necessarily ‘new’, many well-known influencers, whom millions of women look up to, still don’t feel comfortable being completely vulnerable and unfiltered. That told us how important this message was, so we pivoted our strategy and challenged a group of authentic and diverse social media influencers to share their stories and kick-start a new conversation about beauty.” 

To showcase the mirror prototype, several beauty influencers will live-demo the new Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand while speaking to the mental benefits of being unfiltered, and share how it boosts their confidence inside and out. The brand hopes that these authentic experiences about the unrealistic beauty standards that permeate our society will spark an open dialogue during Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond.

Consumers are encouraged to tune into the live sessions then get up-close, embrace their natural authentic selves, and share their unfiltered content using the Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand with the hashtag #HydroSilkUnfiltered. To tune into the live sessions, consumers can follow Hydro Silk on Instagram @schickhydrosilk to learn more about upcoming livestreams.

The Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand is a new refillable, premium, full-face dermaplaning tool. The product features a professionally inspired ergonomic handle, exfoliating edge with unique micro guards to protect delicate facial skin, and offers seven skin benefits, including:

  • Removes fine hairs
  • Radiant skin
  • Smooths
  • Softens
  • Improves skin texture
  • Helps absorption of lotions and serums
  • Smooth make-up application

This multi-purpose tool is dermatologist-tested and clinically proven to create a flawless base for makeup or skincare product application and makes it easy to skip the salon and dermaplane from home. The Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand is currently available for purchase in stores, on retailer websites and at Schick.com.

To further the conversation, Hydro Silk worked with its beauty influencer partners to identify SeekHer Foundation, an organization that amplifies advocacy for women’s mental health. Their advocacy projects spotlight the unique challenges disproportionately impacting women to find sustainable solutions that better support their well-being. Hydro Silk will support the organization with a one-time donation this Mental Health Awareness Month.

PR NEWSWIRE

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin to Expand Across Africa

Fenty will launch in eight African countries on May 27.

This May, Rihanna is launching Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin across Africa, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017 in 17 countries with a vision of inclusivity and global reach at its core, she sought to help “everyone feel beautiful and recognized, no matter their race, ethnicity, culture or personal style.” It is this brand ethos of “Beauty for All” that makes Rihanna’s decision to expand her Fenty brands to Africa a momentous milestone and natural next step.

Every launch is exciting— we’ re all about being reachable to everyone, everywhere. But launching across Africa in eight countries not only feels really significant to me on a personal level , but is also a big step towards our goal of bringing Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin to the whole world,” said Rihanna.

Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin will be available for purchase across Africa starting May 27, including cult-favorite complexion essentials, best-selling lip products, and skincare starters. Additionally, customers in Africa will be able to immediately pick up the newest launches from the brands.

BEAUTY PACKAGING

Lady Gaga’s Haus Labs Signs Exclusive Retail Partnership with Sephora

Lady Gaga’s Haus Labs (formerly known as Haus Laboratories) is getting a facelift. On June 9, the beauty brand will launch a new revamped product line exclusively with Sephora.

Haus Labs originally launched in 2018 as the first exclusive beauty brand to partner with Amazon—but the new Haus Labs products will not be sold on the e-tailer’s site.
 
In addition to overhauled distribution, every consumer touchpoint with Haus Labs has been rethought. Packaging, formulas, logos and advertisements have all been given an update.
 
Featuring cruelty-free and vegan formulas and sustainable packaging, Haus Labs by Lady Gaga will introduce a new line of products across eye, lip and cheek. Furthermore, the brand promises these stress-tested formulas are science-backed and biocompatible, but “still pack the same punch of vibrant shades and longwear that Haus Labs is known for.”
 
Lady Gaga welcomes you to join this new chapter of Haus Labs, with supercharged products created with innovative formulas that will shape the future of the beauty industry. She believes artistry should be for everyone, and that no one should have to damage their skin or sacrifice their principles to be self-expressive,” the brand said in a statement.
 
The new products are created with the new HausTech Powered Innovation, that merges together the fields of science and skincare to create makeup that works to make skin look and feel better while still delivering high performance and high pigments.
 
See the brand’s announcement on Instagram below:

BEAUTY PACKAGING

Purple Memory

Model: Teanna

Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Melba, highlight in Beaming Blush, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Boldly Bare, lipstick in Daddy’s Girl, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • HUDA Beauty Pastel Lilac eyeshadow palette
  • SIGMA Beauty brushes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Teanna’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

These 10 Hydrating Serums Will Make Dry Skin Vanish

Hydrating serums are useful because they bring hydration into the skin,” stresses New York City dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group. Because healing dry skin calls for both humectants and emollients (that draw in moisture and lock in moisture respectively), a good humectant like hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water, will draw hydration to the skin to bouncier, glowier effect.

When the atmosphere is more arid, such as in wintertime, the dry air draws moisture out of our skin… so these barrier products prevent loss of moisture,” explains Nazarian. “Over time, as we age, our skin is less capable of drawing in and locking in moisture—so these skin habits are useful in the short-term seasonally and long-term because as we age, our skin weakens.” Below, some of the best serums for dry skin to help you lock in moisture all season long.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive Hydration serum is an ultra-nourishing cocktail comprised of vitamin B5 and fruit ceramides to brighten and heal moisture-depleted skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules

To instantly jolt a weary complexion back to life, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s highly-concentrated, single dose ampoules team long- and short-chain hyaluronic molecules with her signature anti-inflammatory ingredient purslane.

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

SkinCeuticals’s sinks-right-in gel serum is a favorite for all skin types with its juicy concentration of hyaluronic acid and a heavy dose of hydrating b5 gel, which plumps the skin for a smoother, dewier complexion.

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum

To target signs of aging, Kate Somerville’s Quench Hydrating serum is laced with regenerating retinol, firming wheat germ, and skin barrier function-bolstering lipids for a plumper, more luminous skin.

Tatcha The Dewy Serum Resurfacing and Plumping Treatment

The Japanese beauty-inspired brand’s buzzed-about elixir is a milky serum that lifts impurities with lactic acid and quenches skin’s thirst with hyaluronic acid and sugarcane-derived squalane.

TruSkin Hyaluronic Acid

This hyaluronic acid formula has raked in thousands of Amazon review raves not only for its wallet-friendly price tag, but the radiant results it produces with help from antioxidant-rich vitamin c, protective vitamin e, and soothing aloe vera.

Moon Juice Plump Jelly

Moon Juice’s lightweight jelly hydrator teams hyaluronic acid with unique natural ingredients such as free radical-fighting reishi and healing tremella mushroom.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Intense Smoothing Eye Gel

Given that dark circles become that much more notorious during the winter months—a 2011 study found that 82 percent of women believe they have dark circles in the winter versus 38 percent in summer—you can brighten and de-puff the under-eye area with a serum like Chanel’s smoothing Hydra Beauty Intense eye gel, which sinks right in thanks to its patented micro-droplet technology.

La Mer The Hydrating Infused Emulsion

An instant, fast-absorbing dose of hydration, La Mer’s lightweight serum-lotion is spiked with its famed sea kelp-based Miracle Broth to heal and replenish, while fatty acid-packed soy and antioxidant-rich lime tea concentrate work their magic.

innisfree Green Tea Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Innisfree’s best-selling hydrating serum got a fresh update. The newly minted formulation includes different types of hyaluronic acid and a special green tea probiotic complex that hydrates and helps support the skin microbiome.

VOGUE

Kendall Jenner and Brooke Shields Use This Sunscreen Every Single Day

In the skincare world, there are few sunscreens that reach “legendary” status. Neutrogena and La Roche-Posay are ubiquitous for a reason, but if you’re searching for something that’s earned myriad celebrity stamps of approval, EltaMD’s line of celebrity-favored SPFs can’t be beat.

The brand’s most recent celebrity endorsements come via Brooke Shields, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber (EltaMD has the range). Shields revealed to Elle in late May that she was diagnosed with actinic keratinosis, which skincancer.org classifies as the most common precancerous diagnosis caused by long-term exposure to UV rays. Scary, and what Shields describes as the result of slacking on sunscreen throughout her youth — something that no longer slides.

I do use sunscreen now, every day – even in the winter,” she said. “I’m a long-time user of the EltaMD sunscreen line. I always apply in the morning and one time during the day. I even use a thin layer before putting it on my foundation.” That passion is echoed by Jenner, who told Vogue in November that she wears EltaMD’s UV Clear sunscreen everyday, mixed with SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic serum.

Buy It! EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, $29.60 (orig. $37); amazon.com

Along with accolades from Shields and Jenner, Bieber says she doesn’t leave the house without coating her face in the tinted version of the brand’s SPF.

It’s an absolute must for me. I know for a fact it’s the biggest anti-aging step I can take at my age right now, so it’s super important,” Bieber explained to Elle in March. “A lot of sunscreens make my skin breakout, and this one has been my holy grail.” 

No wonder the formula earns the top spot as Amazon’s best-selling facial sunscreen, and 16,000+ five-star ratings from shoppers across the age and shade spectrums. Also 20 percent off is EltaMD’s UV Sheer Face Sunscreen, while the brand’s Skin Recovery SerumSkin Recovery Light Moisturizer, and Skin Recovery Toner are 30 percent off for Prime members. 

The sunscreen upholds the brand’s good name, according to shoppers, as do the latter — we’d expect nothing less from the dermatologist-developed formulas. The Recovery Serum in particular wins praise for toning down redness and hydrating mature skin with its hyaluronic acid, since shoppers write that their skin “slurps it in.” Soft, smooth skin is left in its wake, a feat that the coordinating Light Moisturizer locks in with moisturizing squalane, panthenol, and vitamin E.   

Shoppers say the Skin Recovery Toner, meanwhile, is unparalleled for Swiffering away dead skin without leaving your face dry and tight. Red, “angry-looking” blotches quickly dissipate, the toner calming down sensitive skin with its fragrance and sensitizer-free recipe. It feels like water, one person says, but the hydration lasts to leave your skin feeling fresh, but not coated. In a phrase, made for hot, sticky summer days.

PEOPLE

6 Ways To Make Your Foundation Look Like A Second Skin

Parisian make-up artist Violette’s top secret for how to apply foundation? Execute it without a trace. “I want people to say, ‘Oh my god, your skin looks amazing!’ not, ‘Your foundation is so great,’” she explains. And while finding the perfect formula is half the battle, once you have it, making like Houdini and ensuring it vanishes into your complexion is just as crucial. Here, three in-demand make-up artists share their fine-tuned tips for how to apply foundation and achieve that ever-elusive, second-skin finish.

Create a glowing canvas

Clean and moisturised skin is a no-brainer, but to really supercharge your glow, begin with a hydrating mask and follow it up with a lymphatic facial massage. When make-up artist Nina Park works with clients such as Zoë Kravitz and Bella Hadid, she begins with a sheet mask specifically targeted to their skin type, with ingredients such as rose to combat oiliness, aloe to treat dryness, and green tea to soothe inflammation. After masking, gently massage your moisturiser into the skin to boost circulation and reduce puffiness. “It creates a natural flush that makes the face look more awake,” says make-up artist Kira Nasrat, who helps give Jessica Alba that perpetually luminous complexion.

Prime as needed

To prime or not to prime? It’s an eternal question for amateurs and pros alike. While Violette typically skips the extra base step in the interest of using as little product as possible, when applied correctly, it can prolong foundation for all-day wear. “I use an anti-shine primer for hotspots like the forehead, hairline, sides of nose, and around the mouth, and then a sheer, illuminating one for the tops of the cheekbones,” explains Park, adding that she applies each with her fingertips.

Apply from the centre and move outward

Only apply foundation where it’s really necessary, insists Violette, who counts Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Foundation with SPF 45 among her favourites. “Start in the centre of the face, on the apples of the cheeks, and slowly blend out,” she instructs, adding that another key part of the face is the area around the mouth, which is prone to yellow undertones and shadows. To ensure the foundation looks as natural as possible, Violette often skips the bridge of the nose — letting freckles show through for those who have them — and the corners of the nostrils, so the pigment doesn’t cling to dry patches.

Don’t paint, buff

No matter what tool you’re using — a foundation brush, a BeautyBlender, or your fingers — buff (or bounce, if you’re using a sponge) the foundation into your skin as opposed to “painting” it on to build coverage smoothly and avoid streakiness, says Park.

Strobe wherever the sun hits

For dimension, blend highlighter onto the high planes of the face that catch light naturally, such as the cheekbones, temples, and Cupid’s bow. “I’m not a fan of powder highlighters because it looks a bit fake to me,” says Violette. “Creamy balm textures will give you a dewiness as if you’re not wearing any products.

Blot, then set

First, soak up excess oil with blotting papers. Then, look to a featherweight translucent powder to seal in foundation and prevent unwanted sheen. “Use a brush to apply it very lightly and only to the areas that get the most shiny,” says Nasrat, adding that the leftover lustre is what will really drive home that second-skin guise. Silky smooth and even-toned, with just the right amount of lit-from-within dewiness, that’s how you execute believably perfect skin.

VOGUE

Zoë Kravitz’s 9-Step Beauty Routine For A Lit-From-Within Glow

I have always been super into skincare,” Zoë Kravitz says on a recent summer afternoon. Today, the High Fidelity actress is finally revealing the secrets behind her signature lit-from-within complexion, from what she puts on her skin to what she puts into her body. Beginning with a pumpkin lactic cleanser – “it smells like Christmas!” she quips – Kravitz’s routine includes just a handful of carefully selected skincare saviours, including a light serum from Retrouvé, the French pharmacy favourite Caudalie mist, and Isun’s SPF 27 Sun Butter – many of which she has shared with her mother, Lisa Bonet. “My mom and I are constantly sending each other things that we like,” says the 32-year-old, who notes that she also embarks on a 30-day Dr Schulze detoxifying cleanse with Bonet every year. “I really think wellness starts with diet, exercise, [and] hydration,” she says. “I think it’s all about balance, right? I think it’s about joy and happiness and laughter. I really think that affects how you look and feel. Then, you don’t have to use make-up to cover yourself up; you can use it to highlight.” 

With her face adequately moisturised, Kravitz goes on to reach for only nine make-up products, all of which leave an almost entirely imperceptible finish. “It’s fun that no one can tell you’re wearing something on your eyes or on your face,” she muses, after perfecting her complexion not with foundation but rather with light strokes of Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat concealer. “It’s like a little trick!” Here are her own above-the-neck sleights of hand: First, she dots a thin-tipped black pencil on just the outer corner of her lids, blending the mark outward and upward with her pinky finger for an opening effect. She then pats a bronze Nudestix pigment onto her cheeks and lids for a touch of believable colour. Finally, with a pink-toned Marc Jacobs crayon in hand, she softly lines her lips, paying extra attention to the centre of her mouth for peak poutiness. “There are different kinds of make-up, and everyone finds their own style, but I do like to try to encourage people to enhance the things that you love and not try to change your face completely,” she explains of her go-to approach. After all, as she puts it, “Everyone is so pretty in their own way.” 

Below, shop Zoë Kravitz’s beauty secrets. 

VOGUE

The Best Eye Creams To Look Like You’ve Had A Full Night’s Sleep

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, right now my soul is looking tired, lined, puffy, and a little distressed. Along with genetics, it seems like everything can affect that sensitive under-eye area in some way. Too little sleep, stress, wine (oops), or excess time spent in front of a screen can all contribute to your under-eyes looking a bit worse for wear. Selfie-worthy eye treatments can help when you’re feeling like a lost cause, but what about eye creams? To answer our burning questions–like, “Do they even work?”–ELLE turned to dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal, for insight.

WHY IS EYE CREAM SO POPULAR?

Eye creams have become popular in the past two years because our eyes are the only things people see due to masking,” says Dr. Lal. “I have had a five-fold increase in people asking for eyelid rejuvenation treatments and eye creams.

DO EYE CREAMS WORK?

I believe eye cream is necessary in a skincare routine because the eye sockets and eye skin change dramatically as we age,” says Dr. Lal. “The issue with eye creams is people think they work quickly when in reality the creams should be used for at least 12 weeks before making any judgment about their effectiveness. I make patients take selfies at baseline and after 12 weeks of daily use to compare.” If after 12 weeks you’re still not seeing a huge improvement, you might prefer to opt for an in-office treatment. “Eye rejuvenation includes procedures such as platelet-rich plasma to improve crepey skin, tear trough filler for hollow under-eyes, vascular laser treatment for darkness from blood vessels, or ablative resurfacing for overall skin laxity.”

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE GOOD TO LOOK FOR IN AN EYE CREAM?

Most people want to get rid of dark circles and crepey skin,” says Dr. Lal. “I love eye products that have arnica in them, which helps with darkness and pigmentation from fragile under-eye blood vessels. I also love products that have peptides that stimulate collagen production. One of my favorite peptides in argireline, because it tightens the skin similar to how Botox works.” 

WHAT INGREDIENTS SHOULD YOU AVOID IN AN EYE CREAM?

I avoid eye creams that have a lot of fragrance because eyelid skin is very thin—one of the thinnest parts of our body—and this can lead to irritation, which can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation,” says Dr. Lal.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Sleepless nights might be the cause of your under-eye crinkling. If so, this product taps retinol to combat those lines. Over time, your eye area will start looking brighter, with more even skin tone, and fewer crow’s feet.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

Our eyes go through a lot, which is why they need a little bit of extra protection and nourishment. with a combination of moisture building and sealing hyaluronic acid and ceramides, this eye cream forms a barrier that will help minimize the effect of stress and reduce and prevent puffiness.

Naturium Multi-Peptide Eye Cream

With the help of argireline and squalane, Naturium’s treatment visibly tightens the skin around your eyes, while also delivering plenty of hydration and nourishment. You’ll look so refreshed and awake that people will think you actually sleep eight hours every night.

Clarins Total Eye Lift Eye Cream

No need to book that appointment with your friendly plastic surgeon. This eye cream works double-time to eliminate signs of aging like crow’s feet and other fine lines. Plus, it works fast. In just one application, you’ll notice a definitive difference in your eye’s contour.

Strivectin Advanced Retinol Eye Cream

Odds are you’re already aware of using retinol on your face, but this product uses the ingredient to specifically target many of the same skin concerns around your eyes more gently. In addition to reducing fine lines, the cream also plumps and hydrates for a firmer appearance.

Shani Darden Intensive Eye Renewal Cream

Using peptides, ceramides, squalane, and niacinamide, this product works to reduce dark circles. Plus, it also fights against puffiness and imparts crucial hydration to the under-eyes.

Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream

The trick to looking younger, for longer? Intense hydration. This eye cream uses squalane and soothing marine algae to make the under-eyes look smooth and radiant by diminishing dark circles and puffiness. Over time, the treatment can also help fade fine lines.

Ole Henricksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

The skin under our eyes can start looking dull when they’re not properly cared for, emphasizing dark circles and puffiness. This brightening cream uses collagen and vitamin C to help your eyes look younger, brighter, and more contoured.

Clinique All About Eyes Rich

Nothing says “I haven’t slept” more than puffy under-eyes. This cream helps reverse that look to well-rested—even if you spent the night drinking wine instead of sleeping. Plus, it’s also a great primer for under-eye concealer to prevent creasing while covering dark circles.

Olay Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Brightening Eye Cream

As the name suggests, peptides and vitamin C in this eye cream promise to brighten and firm the under-eyes, alleviating dark circles and hyperpigmentation. For people with sensitive skin, the formula is also fragrance-free.

ELF Holy Hydration! Illuminating Eye Cream

If your under-eyes desperately need some soothing hydration, this eye cream brings all that and more. Using hyaluronic acid, peptides, shea butter, and green tea extract, eyes will feel completely rejuvenated like a day at the spa.

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Cream

You need coffee to look like a functioning adult in the morning, but why leave your eyes out of the fun? This eye cream uses caffeine, shea butter, and natural extracts to brighten and de-puff your sleepy under-eyes.

ELLE

Taste the Rainbow

Model: Jael with MODE Models Int.
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Faux Sure, bronzer in Give Me Sun, 24H concealer, clear eyebrow gel, Prep+Prime lip, Fix Plus spray
  • SUVA Beauty UV Brights Hydra FX eyeliner palette.

Model: Jael with MODE Models Int.
Photographer: @patriciastablesphotog
Publication: @scorpiojinmagazine

(Disclaimer: I do have all parties’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Pat McGrath Is Launching Her First Skincare Product – And Naomi Campbell Is Already A Fan

For all the follows and likes Pat McGrath generates around her make-up artistry every season (Julia Fox’s internet-breaking black eyeliner didn’t just happen), it’s the skin quality she has pioneered over the course of her storied career that is perhaps her biggest calling card. Hydrated, but not oily; smooth, but realistic, with a make-up-priming moisture quality that is “lightweight yet nourishing,” McGrath explains. Much like she developed a seven-step lipstick technique to achieve the ultimate in petal-soft pigment, McGrath has been cocktailing her own skincare formula for her entire career, layering simple creams spiked with rose water to create a quick-penetrating emulsion. And just as that signature make-up technique became Pat McGrath Labs’ best-selling MatteTrance Lipstick, her patented skin prep has finally been bottled. 

Called Divine Skin Rose 001 and formulated by a Korean lab, the milky liquid that will launch on patmcgrath.com on 29 April closely resembles a blendable essence, formulated with 92 percent naturally derived ingredients; shake it up, and a ceramide-boosted oil phase combines with an antioxidant-spiked rose water phase to create McGrath’s replenished, rebalanced glow. 

The truth is I’ve been working on skin care as long as I have been working in make-up,” admits McGrath, who has tweaked her formula not in focus groups but on supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, who stars in the campaign for the rose-tinted glass bottle. “I wouldn’t use anything else,” says Campbell — which is high praise considering Campbell is serious about her skincare, specifically her hydration. “You never want your skin to look dried out. It’s not attractive. It’s unbecoming,” she says. Here, Campbell reveals how she’s been using the uniquely textured essence, and why after all these years in the business, good sleep might be the real secret to good skin. 

As someone who has been on countless sets with Pat and at countless shows with Pat, what is her point of difference when it comes to skin finish?

When you work with Pat, before you she puts make-up on you, she really massages your skin — she loves glowy, dewy skin. So your make-up goes on smoother, everything just rolls. That’s her secret: that the skin still looks like skin and you see you and that’s important, I feel. That’s what I love about her; she never makes me matte. When you’re too matte you lose the whole person. Your make-up becomes like a mask. Pat’s make-up never looks like that.

As a McGrath Muse and, perhaps even more importantly, a Pat McGrath confidant, were you at all a part of tweaking early incarnations of her first skin-care product?

She’s been trying this out on me for a while now so I’ve had a bit of a head start in using it in my skin regime. We were actually using it last year when we were doing the Divine Rose make-up launch, but I couldn’t talk about it then, so I’m so excited that I can say all of this now. The cat’s outta the bag! In the beginning, she would ask me things like, “How does it feel? How long did it stay on?” But it’s really always been so easy — and it goes on the skin, but it also goes in the skin. 

It just makes everything glowy and plump, which is important for me because I’m on set all the time, and I’m in front of lights, and I’m on planes, and my skin dries out and it gets really dehydrated no matter how much water I drink. Drink water, drink water. I never drink enough. My test is really traveling, though — how often do I need to reapply something on the plane so my skin feels hydrated. I usually sleep straight through flights and with this, I’d wake up and still have the shine.

It is not an exaggeration to say that your skin is, in fact, divine. Drop the routine!

It’s about clean for me. I cleanse in the morning and I cleanse at night. You’ve got to get the make-up off! And I need products that help make my skin look good without make-up, because I don’t wear make-up when I’m not working. I just put little bits where I want to cover blemishes so my skin can breathe. My next step is usually a serum, and sometimes I use the Essence first, before my serum, and sometimes I mix it with my serum and put it on together. You can top it off with a cream if you like, but in the summertime you don’t need to. The Essence is enough. 

I watched an amazing clip on your YouTube channel about some of your pre-runway body prep including an incredible lymphatic drainage massage. Are there any treatments that you regularly engage in for your face in tandem with good skin care?

I try to do my facials — you need to if you’re travelling, or you’re in the sun a lot. I don’t wear a lot of sunblock on my skin because I break out from sunblock. So I like people to extract because you have to clean out your pores sometimes! And I do microneedling every once in a while, too.

These days, so much of good skin care comes down to good self-care. How do you prioritise yourself with such a busy work schedule — and a newborn at home! — not just physically but mentally and spiritually?

The water thing is huge for me, and I’m always, like, how can I make water fun? Growing up I wasn’t really raised on soda so we always had cordials that we mixed with water, and that’s what I still drink. And I try to eat the right food and take the right vitamins — vitamin D, vitamin C, B, zinc, fish oils. Good skin is so much about what you eat, too. And sleep! I try to get as much sleep as possible even though I have a young one now. When I was younger I really didn’t need that much sleep, but now I like my sleep. It kickstarts things and helps me be enthusiastic about the day ahead.

VOGUE

House of Bronze

Model: Kaleigh
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Coppertone, highlight in Double Gleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Boldly Bare, lipstick in Teddy 2.0, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • Natasha Deanna Bronze eyeshadow palette
  • Sigma Beauty brushes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Kaleigh’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

This “Face Altering” French Retinol Blows Other Anti-Aging Creams Out of the Water

When it comes to skincare heavy hitters, retinol is often the first and last thing out of savvy shoppers’ mouths. In a world where marketing lingo runs rampant and the majority of products are hit or miss, it’s reassuring to know that retinol, at least, has reversed signs of aging for decades. From there, the decision comes to which over-the-counter retinol cream is best, and French brand Avène’s found the sweet spot. 

As a successor to the brand’s beloved RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream, Avène one-upped itself with the RetrinAL Advanced Wrinkle Corrector. The former excels as an anti-aging moisturizer that smoothes skin with added vitamin E and peptides, while the latter is a targeted treatment you dab anywhere you’d like skin to look significantly more plump and firm.  

According to dozens of elated reviews, abracadabra, the Corrector grants that wish. Two weeks sees fine lines start to disappear, shoppers’ “deep nasolabial folds” receding in a “face altering” feat. “I saw results right away! I used this on certain parts of my face and put another retinol on the other parts to test its effectiveness, and by far this blew my other retinol out of the water,” a reviewer writes of the Corrector’s effects. 

Shop now: $56; aveneusa.com

Others say the formula’s diminished deep wrinkles around their mouth and forehead so much they’re now looking for other places to put the cream, an accomplishment if we’ve ever heard one. Even 54-year-olds with “deep lines between [their] eyebrows” say a couple nights of the treatment has made an enormous difference — so, to get the science behind exactly how the Corrector puts other treatments to shame, InStyle asked Sheila Farhang, board-certified dermatologist and YouTube creator, for her thoughts on the ingredients. 

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives, and are considered one of the ‘gold standard’ ingredients for anti-aging,” Farhang says. “They increase cell turnover, thereby increasing collagen stimulation to help with fine lines and discoloration. Retinoids also ‘de-plug’ clogged pores, which is why it’s commonly used for acne as well.” Speaking to the Avène formula specifically, she notes that it uses retinaldehyde, which is the most potent over-the-counter retinoid — so if you’ve tried other retinol creams and haven’t seen a big difference, it would be your best next step. 

The stronger the retinoid, the higher the risk for redness, flaking, and irritation, so Farhang says you should always take it slow if it’s your first dance with the ingredient. Thankfully, Avène anticipated the potential sensitivity and added hyaluronic acid and thermal spring water, which she notes calm skin for “a win-win situation.” 

Fellow dermatologist and YouTube creator Dr. Alexis Stephens agrees with Farhang, writing that the addition of algae-derived collactintm also helps skin look younger and more radiant. “The beauty of this formulation is that the powerful retinaldehyde is alongside Avene’s thermal spring water, which is clinically proven to smooth, soften and calm the skin,” Stephens says of the safe-for-sensitive-skin treatment. “I recommend this product so often, I carry it at my private practice for my patients.” 

All of the above makes for a trauma-free experience, even for 49-year-old shoppers with “hyper-sensitive” skin. “Almost EVERYTHING gives me a bad reaction and/or breaks me out. Two and a half weeks in, and [I’m] seeing reduced neck wrinkles and pores shrunk to almost unnoticeable. I’m impressed.” As the French would say, voilà; in American English, whoomp! 

INSTYLE

8 Cat Eyeliner Tricks To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger And More Striking

The eyes have always had it, but in the age of ongoing face mask-wearing, extra attention is being paid to the gaze. In lieu of red lips, it’s perennially classic and universally flattering cat eyeliner that’s receiving renewed focus. “Now more than ever, eyeliner is the most effective tool to instantly enhance the shape of the eyes, express our mood, and accentuate our unique individuality,” says Gina Brooke, who paints winged eyes on clients including Cate Blanchett and Sofia Boutella. From creating a flattering base to drawing on the perfect eye-elongating wing, here pro makeup artists reveal their tricks for nailing cat eyeliner.

Start by tightlining

To begin, make-up artist Emily Cheng, who works with Yara Shahidi and Laura Harrier, recommends tightlining, also known as the invisible eyeliner technique, which consists of “applying eyeliner in between the lashes” to make them appear thicker and fuller at the roots. It will create a base for a richer, longer-lasting cat-eye look.

Swipe on a natural eyeshadow

After pro Tasha Reiko Brown (who works with Alicia Keys and Tracee Ellis Ross) tightlines, she adds a sheer swipe of a light, natural eyeshadow on the lids for a clean backdrop to add contrast. “Use a domed eyeshadow brush to apply a warm natural brown in the crease,” instructs Brown. To double down on brightening the eye area, Brooke recommends adding a neutral, flesh-toned liner at the inner corners of the eye, as well as to the lower inner perimeter to instantly open the eyes and ultimately create the illusion of larger eyes. “Using a gradation for colour and smudging the liner away from the upper and lower lash lash line will widen the eyes and provide a fresh, wide-eyed appearance,” she says.

Find the right texture

While there’s power in choice, sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide what type of eyeliner — easy-to-apply pencil, precise felt-tip liquid, or creamy gel with a brush — will be best for your desired cat-eye result. “The right tools and texture can make all the difference,” confirms Brooke, who prefers to use a soft angled nylon fiber lip brush with gel eyeliner for application. 

Often, Cheng will take a hybrid approach. “I’ll start a wing with liquid liner and blend up and out with a black shadow,” she explains. “This will also contribute to making the eyes looking larger without the eyeliner looking like one large block.” Brown has a similar dual-minded approach, laying the groundwork with a kohl pencil before adding a layer of liquid liner, concentrating it at the base of the lashes for “sharply defined liner with a diffused edge.” 

No matter what, though, it’s about finding the right balance between what’s easiest to apply for you and your desired result.

Choose your shade

The most flattering shades are the ones you feel most confident in,” insists Brown. That being said, universally you can’t go wrong with warm, rich, deep browns to bring warmth around the eye. “It defines the eye without pulling focus and has more of a subtlety than black,” she says. For a similarly soft effect, Cheng recommends deep maroon as an alternative for a striking pop. But for the most part, she tends to stick to the ultimate classic, a highly-pigmented black liner, for a “sharp and clean” effect.

Strategise shape and lift

The intention of winged liner is to elongate the eye. To do so with optimal results, “Start with liner at the innermost corner and drag out slightly past the end of eye,” instructs Brown. “The line should be ultra-thin at the inner eye and gradually become slightly thicker as you move outwards.” One point that Brown drives home is that the tail end of liner doesn’t necessarily have to flick upwards in a cat eye motion. 

The tail end should angle slightly upwards and out for elongated eyes with a gentle lift,” says Brown. Before actually drawing on the flick or wing, really think about what kind of “lifted” look you want to achieve in the end. “Following rules of thumb for certain eye shapes won’t necessarily work in your favour as each face is a unique creation and other facial factors come into play,” she explains. “Really take a moment to analyse your face and your desired results and plan your technique from there.

Add the flick or wing

To keep steady and trace on your ideal shape, Cheng recommends keeping your eye open and looking into the mirror with a relaxed face before attempting to sculpt the shape. “Following the curve of your bottom waterline and sweeping upward is a good place to start in finding the angle of your eyeliner,” explains Cheng. “This way you’ll avoid going too straight or too angled upwards, unless that is the look you are going for. I find following the waterline to be the most natural and flattering.”

Another thing to consider is if you want a crisp or diffused edge — the latter, which Cheng calls a “soft baby wing” delivers a softer, sheerer finish. “It instantly defines your eyes and it’s an easy way to create shape,” she says.

Clean it up and refine

No matter what your desired effect is, a tapered point Q-tip will be your best friend to clean up errors, as well as sharpen lines and shapes. “When I have a liner that has gotten too thick or to correct any mistakes, I’ll take a pointed make-up Q-tip dampened with micellar water and refine the line,” says Brown, cautioning that you should be wary of using traditional Q-tips as the fibers can get caught in mascara on lashes and travel into the eye. 

Additionally, eschew make-up remover, which can disturb the surrounding make-up around the line too much and leave an oily residue (stick to micellar water instead). Another tried-and-true technique is harnessing the correcting and contrast-creating power of concealer. “Finishing with concealer underneath will also accentuate the liner,” says Cheng.

Finish with mascara

The final touch is mascara. After liner has dried, curl the lashes if desired, then wiggle it on. “The end result will give you depth and definition around the eye, and lashes that standout against brightened lids,” says Brown. For an eye-widening, wing-accenting curve, Cheng suggests “concentrating mascara on the outer corner, which will help elongate,” she says.

VOGUE

Pink State of Mind

Model: Chanel Hartwig

Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Melba, highlight in Double Gleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Boldly Bare, lipstick in Sellout, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • Natasha Deanna Lila eyeshadow palette & eyeshadow palette 28 Green-Brown
  • SIGMA Beauty brushes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Chanel’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Why Gua Sha Is the Original Form of At-Home Self-Care

If you discover the heavily trafficked gua sha hashtag on Instagram, you’ll be lost in a feed featuring smooth, pore-less faces, not only unmarked but supposedly de-puffed and contoured. In place are elegant facial rollers and flat, grooved tools made of jade, rose quartz, and other divinely polished stones—the practice associated with pain now rebranded as a soothing, meditative, and even luxurious experience.

Why was I just now hearing about these “ancient Chinese beauty tools,” as they’re frequently billed online? Was facial gua sha—which has been put through the woo-woo wellness spin cycle, really the chosen beauty routine of ancient Chinese princesses—another piece of internet lore? “Well, that is false. It’s marketing,” explains Ping Zhang, DOM, L.Ac, a New York–based traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) guru and a pioneering acupuncturist in the field of facial rejuvenation. “Gua sha was originally used for two conditions: the abrupt, immediate, sudden collapse of the body from heatstroke, and seasonal diseases, like a cold virus.” Zhang goes on to describe how traditionally, gua sha could be performed with whatever tool was on hand—an animal bone or horn, a soup spoon, a coin—and was often used as far back as the Yuan Dynasty to revive farmers who collapsed with exhaustion from working under the hot sun.

The facial benefits of gua sha were discovered by mistake,” claims Cecily Braden, a holistic esthetician and New York–based spa educator who has spent her career importing traditional Eastern beauty and wellness treatments and translating them for a Western audience. As acupuncturists used facial pressure points to treat ailments in other parts of the body, they stumbled upon their facial rejuvenation effects as well. “They had this aha! moment when they saw that wrinkles were going away, too,” says Braden. In her popular Gua Sha Facial Fusion protocol, outward, upward strokes of a flat S-shaped nephrite jade stone work to help manually drain sluggish lymph—stagnant fluid that can cause puffiness and inflammation—to, as she puts it, “kick our bodies natural cleansing system into gear.

At the Paris-based atelier of acupuncturist Elaine Huntzinger, gua sha facials were one of the most sought-after appointments during the spring collections. “My whole face feels different, like, all of the tension is gone in my jaw,” Eva Chen, the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram and a vocal Huntzinger supporter, posted pre-Balenciaga. Canada-born with family roots in Hong Kong, Huntzinger was raised on TCM. After her mother’s death, she found herself drawn back to the home remedies she grew up with, driven partially by a desire to find a solution for her own eczema, which had not responded to cortisone or antibiotics. Her skin finally cleared up when she started to address her diet and lifestyle, but also her grief. “In Chinese medicine, you learn the root of what’s causing your imbalance with emotional issues,” she says. She brings these lessons to her treatments, which begin with a 20-minute consultation to determine physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

This emphasis on a top-to-toe approach is a nod to a somewhat obvious philosophy that is only beginning to gain traction in the beauty industry: “The skin is a map for what’s going on in the body,” explains Katie Woods, a Bay Area–based esthetician and the owner of Ritual SF, a San Francisco face-massage studio offering bespoke facials that incorporate gua sha tools and techniques. Before even entering the treatment room, one has to fill out two pages of paperwork covering everything from a menstrual cycle to bowel movements, a line of questioning that is more comprehensive than many conversations to be had with a primary-care physician. The customized experience begins with an edible honey-and-berry mask that Woods prepares on the spot—“Your skin loved that,” she says as she wipes it off—and includes a deeply relaxing gua sha interlude administered with cooling spoons and stone tools of all shapes and sizes.

When one catches a glimpse of oneself post-treatment, the face is bright and clean, its natural lines defined as if the angle of the jaw and the plane of the cheek have been sculpted anew. And one feels oddly drained—in a good way. “You can do it once a week,” says Portland, Oregon–based licensed acupuncturist Beth Griffing Russell, speaking to a big part of #guasha’s 21st-century viral appeal: Unlike with Botox, these results can be replicated at home. Griffing Russell emphasizes that home gua sha enthusiasts should not neglect the neck. “Flick up,” she instructs, moving her gua sha tool from one ear to another and around the base of the skull to stimulate the muscle that connects the back of your head “to the wrinkles in your forehead.”

Then there is Oakland Foot Health Center, a walk-in storefront not dissimilar to the medical-massage clinics in China serving working-class men on their lunch breaks, aunties, grandmas, and others. “Gua sha has saved many peasants’ lives,” a masseuse tells an interviewer in Mandarin as she scrapes their back during an hour of body acupressure with gua sha, which goes for a modest $60. When asked what her tool is made of, she chuckles. “It’s supposed to be ox horn, but it looks like plastic to me.”

So why would someone pay $285 to visit Crystal Cave LA, a “healing hut” in Santa Monica where Julie Civiello Polier performs her much-blogged about “shamanic” gua sha facials three days a week? Described as “a meditative journey and intuitive reading,” the whole concept makes one laugh before arrival. “I love how gua sha gives us a tool that is charged by the person using it and the person receiving it,” Civiello Polier—a petite blonde former actor—tells people of her popular treatment’s purported energy exchange.

But when Civiello Polier places crystals on one’s various chakras—including an amethyst at the feet that she claims “wants to go home” with one—you do feel something, a deep radiating warmth that allows your overthinking mind to let go. As she performs the facial gua sha, at one point even sticking her fingers inside one’s mouth for a deep, tension-relieving buccal massage, she takes long audible breaths that lull you into an ASMR-like trance. Afterward, the skin does not look totally transformed. “There’s a limitation to the results you can get with gua sha,” confirms Julia Tzu, M.D., a clinical assistant professor at NYU’s Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, who recommends fillers, such as Restylane Lyft, for longer-lasting tightening.

These days, the craving for a more holistic conception of beauty is very real. I remember reading something Huntzinger wrote when describing her work. “These days, society is so yang, so active. With the advent of social media, the yang has been overstimulated to such a degree, and the yin has not been nourished,” she explains. Maybe, in a paradoxical twist, #guasha has risen precisely from our innate desire to restore focus on the yin—the darker, interior, reflective parts of ourselves.

People are not just getting a skin-deep treatment,” Zhang confirms of what she sees as the technique’s actual rejuvenating benefits. She slips into Chinese for a moment for emphasis, and you notice that in place of “antiaging” she uses the words yang sheng—a phrase that is heard often from older aunts and grandmothers when telling one to take care. After all, yang sheng as simply utilitarian: It translates more directly to “nourishing life.”

VOGUE

Glossier’s New Moisturizer Is Magic for Incredibly Dry, Flaky Skin

The brand went fully plant-based for the moisturizer, which can be appreciated, especially because many similarly occlusive favorites rely on fossil fuel derivatives. In 2022, we have more regenerative options. Here, cupuaçu butter seals in the moisture that glycerin draws into skin, and vitamin E-rich babassu oil and ​​linoleic acid reinforce skin’s own defenses. Post-biotic ferment adds a microbiome-friendly component, according to Glossier, and green microalgae extract lends vitamins and minerals. 

Texture-wise, the cruelty-free cream is a dead ringer for Nivea Creme, down to the color. Glossier’s smells like unscented cold cream, and a little goes a long way: One finger-swipe’s worth is enough to coat the whole face in a wash of delicious hydration. Glossier’s balm doesn’t disturb even the most sensitive skin — the National Eczema Association knew what they were talking about. 

Is it a long-term fix for, say, seborrheic dermatitis? No — damn this poorly understood fungus-immune system ailment to hell — but After Baume is profoundly calming. And other shoppers note that it comes with added benefits: One commenter on Glossier’s website said it diminished their forehead wrinkles, another wrote that it got rid of their flaky skin, and a third said they use it to slug without greasy ointments.      

My skin felt hydrated and supple,” wrote another fan after they “woke up feeling dewy and luminous.” I can confirm: If you’re looking for a gentle moisturizer to smooth dry skin, plump wrinkles, and minimize flakes, After Baume is your girl. 

Get it for $28 on Glossier’s website.  

INSTYLE

You’re Right On Blue

Model: Keanna
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Peaches, highlight in Double Gleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Stripdown, lipstick in Honeylove, single eyeshadow in Triennial Wave, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel.

(Disclaimer: I do have Keanna’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

10 Healthy Hair Tips That Actually Work

The grass is always greener, especially when it comes to healthy hair. On one hand, who doesn’t want soft, strong strands? On the other, some of us came of age in the early 2000s, and it shows (stick-straight hair, anyone?). Between curling irons, flatirons, highlights, and straightening treatments, there are endless combinations of ways to customize your hair to your preferences—which can take a huge toll on it in the process.

At a certain point, you may come to a crossroads: Continue down the path of beating your hair into submission, breakage be damned, or try to make peace by living with—and seriously coddling—your damaged hair. It can be a tough call. But the latter can have some serious rewards.

For one thing, healthy hair always looks better, no matter what texture or color you were born with. And it also entails a different kind of maintenance—rather than devote an hour to straightening your hair, you, say, use two products designed for your natural 2C curls. Instead of bleach, you deep-condition. It can be hard to bring your hair back from the brink, but these women who have been there are proof that it’s worth it. Read on for their best healthy hair tips.

If You’re Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural…

In 2007, Danni Washington, a TV presenter and ocean activist in Miami, chopped her hair off after years of relaxing it at the salon. She’d been perming it since she was six years old, so she didn’t even really know what her natural texture looked like. “I remember the day that I pulled my roots back and saw that this gorgeous curl pattern was growing out of my head,” she says. “I didn’t even know it belonged to me.” It took three years—and some key hydrating products—for it to get to a place she considered healthy.

Keep hydrated.

Staying hydrated was key for Washington’s hair health. “I can see and feel the difference in the health of my scalp and my hair when I’m really hydrated,” she says. “If I’m not hydrated, I’ll deal with issues like dry scalp and frizz.” Hydration, of course, works two ways. One, internally: meaning drinking enough water. But investing in a good mask for your hair and scalp will go a long way too.

Rinse with cold water.

Washington deep-conditions her hair once a week and lets it sit under a shower cap for a few hours to sink in. “Then I wash it out with cold water,” she says. While a warm, steamy rinse might sound cozier, cold water helps to seal the cuticles of your hair shut, which helps boost shine and retain moisture.

If Your Hair Is Dry and Brittle…

For years, Chicago beauty blogger Belinda Selene Villa was coloring and lightening her hair every other month—and not using products to maintain or protect her color-treated hair. “After a bad salon experience, my hair became dry, brittle, and eventually broke at the ends,” she says. “Half my hair was gone in length.” She cut off the damaged hair and began focusing on repair, which brought her hair back to life within six months.

Avoid heat tools.

Unplug, but in a different way than you might think. “The best thing I did to help repair and grow my hair was to use leave-in hair conditioners and treatments while doing heatless hair styles,” says Villa. “I would skip the hair-dryer and try to let my hair air-dry as much as possible.” Since air-drying can take some time, she would work in a leave-in conditioner like Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Liquid Strength Treatment with Protein and either braid her hair or pull it into a bun.

Invest in a bond-fortifying treatment.

Villa’s since eased back into her styling routine, but now she plans ahead. “I’m able to dye it again while taking precaution not to do it as often and treat my hair at the same time—something I wasn’t doing before,” she says. Now she protects her hair before using styling tools with Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Heat Tamer Spray, and often follows it with Bumble and Bumble Glow Bond-Building Styler.

If Your Hair Is Overprocessed…

When fitness expert and blogger Eve Dawes moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, her hair was damaged from years of bleach. “I had really dry, overprocessed hair from colorists using bleach that was too strong for my hair,” she says. “Plus, they didn’t lift my color gradually.” Once she was in Las Vegas, someone she trusted recommended a new colorist, and it made all the difference.

Find a supportive colorist.

Your colorist should take your hair health into consideration, and that’s tough if you’re going to someone new month after month. When you’re working with the same colorist, “they know where they’re laying down your color and can be more cautious about not overlapping,” Dawes says. Her appointments now run longer to account for a lower concentration of bleach, longer processing time, and not overlapping highlights, but it’s worth it.

Use products for color-treated hair.

If you color your hair, you should be using products that are made to protect it. Dawes now swears by the entire Olaplex line, a favorite of celebrities and their hairstylists alike. “The vegan, cruelty-free formula actually strengthens the bonds in your hair,” she says. “I’m not sponsored by them—I truly see the impact they’ve had.

If Your Curl Pattern Is Damaged…

My whole life, I have fought with my hair,” says New York City publicist Jenelle Hamilton. “I did quarterly Brazilian straightening treatments, colored my hair, blow-dried weekly, and flatironed my hair almost every day.” She was trying to force her 3C curls to be something they just weren’t, which seriously damaged them in the process. After years of trying to straighten and smooth her hair, it began to look overprocessed and break.

Commit to a long-term routine.

Once you swear off straighteners, you’re not going to wake up to healthy hair instantly. “At the beginning of my hair journey, I would watch YouTubers and look on Instagram and think, Why doesn’t my hair look like that? Why isn’t it growing faster?” Hamilton recalls. “I was so impatient!” However, once she gave her hair months to heal, the growth eventually followed.

Look for products with nourishing ingredients.

In addition to giving up heat-styling, Hamilton scaled her routine back to washing weekly. She counted on two products to nourish her dry, brittle hair: The LUS Gentle & Moisturizing Shampoo and TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner by Andre Walker Hair. The shea-butter-infused shampoo “cleansed and moisturized” and “a little went a long way, so it was very cost-effective,” she says. Her conditioner, meanwhile, featured strand-strengthening keratin, a protein that helps fortify and protect damaged hair. “I used it religiously and it helped a lot,” she says. A few other ingredients to look out for: coconut oil, argan oil, aloe vera, and spirulina.

If You Want to Smooth Frizz…

While she was growing up, Delilah Orpi, a beauty blogger in Miami, dreamed of straight hair. “I was picked on for my puffy hair as a kid and struggled to style it,” she says. “I envied the smooth, shiny hair that some of my friends had.” Her mom wouldn’t allow her to flatiron hers, so when she finally got the chance, she went all out, straightening her hair three times a week for 10 years. Cut to recently, when she was packing for a trip to Thailand. She couldn’t fit her hair-dryer and straightening products into her suitcase—so she decided this was the push she needed to quit. “I was done fussing with my hair,” she says. “I wanted to simplify my routine.”

Avoid drying your hair with a towel.

A game changer for Orpi has been applying her styling products, such as Evolvh TotalControl Styling Crème, in the shower. “I apply them to soaking-wet hair in the shower by scrunching, and never use a towel or a brush,” she says. The scrunching helps the curls clump, which leads to definition once it dries, and cuts down on frizz. “After lots of scrunching, I either air-dry or diffuse-dry,” she says.

Preserve your style.

Orpi only washes her hair two or three times a week. She stretches out the lifespan of her curls by covering them when she sleeps. “I protect it at night by wearing a scarf over it so that it lasts a few days and doesn’t get frizzy and tangled,” she says.

GLAMOUR

Grunge Makeup Is Back — Here Are 8 Looks to Get You Inspired

Beauty trends tend to be cyclical. Everything has its moment, and what’s on-trend eventually falls out of style until enough time passes — then it’s back. Now, the latest trend to re-emerge from the vault is the grunge aesthetic. 

Yes, the kohl-rimmed eyes, brick-colored lipstick, and matte complexions that were popular in the ’90s have returned, and they’re all over runways, Instagram, and red carpet events. 

Celebrity makeup artist and founder of KIMIKODani Kimiko Vincent, says this grunge aesthetic is all about “a bold, gritty, and imperfect makeup look that eschews popular culture with defiance.” 

For her, the key characteristics of the look are messy, smoked-out eyeliner, “Like you’ve been partying all night,” she says, and a deep lipstick in a dark burgundy tone. “This is not a precisely-applied lip complete with liner; it looks more like it was reapplied at 2 am in the dark bathroom of a bar.” 

For celebrity makeup artist and Haus Labs global artistry director, Sarah Tanno, grunge makeup is less about the individual elements and more about the collective energy it radiates. “Grunge makeup has a ‘lived in’ vibe — it allows for more freedom in the sense that there are no rules to follow and gives off an ‘IDGAF’ attitude.” 

Ahead, eight grunge-inspired makeup looks to inspire your inner angst.

Smudged-Out Smoky Eye 

During the most recent New York Fashion Week, models at the Nicole Miller show wore eyeliner looks that were as bold as they were imperfect. They also wore matte foundation and matte lip colors. It was the perfect makeup look to complement the brand’s grunge-inspired clothing collection.

Glam Eyeshadow 

Models in the Alice + Olivia’s FW22 NYFW show wore glam black eyeshadow which was complemented by velvety-matte foundation makeup and a simple neutral-pink lip. “2022 is all about drawing attention to the eyes with a bold eye makeup, and grunge fits right into that with a strong, dark eye,” says Tanno.

Brick Red Lips 

Shay Mitchell’s take on grunge makeup involves some of the most classic elements — that is, smoky eyeshadow and a brick red lipstick. When it comes to the latter, Tanno’s favorite product to use is the Haus Labs Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon. Try the shade ‘Wine Mouth,’ a warm mahogany brown that screams glam grunge.

Bleached Eyebrows 

The grunge makeup trend is also Versace-approved. At the most recent Milan Fashion Week show, Gigi Hadid walked the runway wearing a bold swipe of charcoal eyeshadow with a nude matte lip. The look was kicked up a notch with bleached brows.

Dark Red Lips 

With smoked-out eyes and a dark lip, this look is classic grunge. “A lot of people try to update grunge makeup by making it more precise with a tidy smoky eye and a well-lined lip, but to me, this loses the rebellious essence of the look,” Vincent says. “For an updated version that still maintains the essence of grunge makeup, choose a blendable eyeliner in black or deep brown and smudge it slightly with fingers or a brush. You can even add a little gloss over the lids for an undone eye. Finish with a black volumizing mascara — and don’t worry about perfect application because the look is meant to be a bit messy.” Accentuate the look with a dark wine-colored lip color, a fresh no-makeup makeup complexion, and defined brows.

Graphic Eyeliner 

Julia Fox took the grunge makeup trend and put an editorial spin on it, opting for a thick winged liner look that was rounded and upturned at her temples. True to theme, she kept her complexion and lips matte, choosing a powdery berry color for the latter.

Kohl-Rimmed Eyes 

Sydney Sweeney chose a grunge-inspired look for a recent karaoke night. Look closely, and you’ll see smokey, kohl-rimmed eyes and a velvet matte complexion. To achieve this look for yourself, all you need is a good eyeliner pencil. Tanno recommends the Haus Labs Eye-Dentify Gel Kohl Eyeliner, and recommends applying it all along the eyelids before blending it out with a brush. “This liner has a nice slip and blendability, making it perfect to create this look and it lasts all day,” she says.

Neutral-Toned Lips 

Kourtney Kardashian has been channeling a punk-grunge look for a while now, and this is a glamorous version of that aesthetic. Notice her smokey eyeshadow, defined brows, and matte complexion. Her fluttery lashes and glossy neutral-brown lip are what elevate the look and give it a modern feel. 

For a similar brown-neutral lip color, makeup artist Christine Cherbonnier recommends the MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Cork. “It’s a must-have for that neutral brown lip or a base to create a red or brown undertone for  many skin tones,” she says. “Every ’90s fan or makeup artist needs this color in their kit. It’s classic and timeless.

INSTYLE

The 15 Best Blush Products For Healthy-Looking Skin In Seconds

If there’s one make-up product that can inject life into your skin in seconds, it’s blusher. Finding the best blush for your skin tone and type is easier than you might think, and while it has taken a backseat in many of our make-up bags over the years, it’s actually one of the easiest ways to look radiant and healthy.

In fact, there is science to back that up. We naturally flush when we’re excited or aroused, and it was our friends in the Georgian period who first noticed that applying some faux “rouge” was a rather nifty way to suggest robust health. Studies have since shown that a little flush on the cheeks indeed indicates our wellbeing to others.

Blush is like an accessory,” says make-up artist Gucci Westman, whose Baby Stick Blush is an excellent melt-into-skin formula. “My advice is to match it to your mood and the statement you want to make that day – how much colour do you want to see?

There isn’t one single place to wear it. While many of us buff a cream or powder formula onto the apples of our cheeks, that’s just the classic method. Others prefer to wear higher on the cheeks for a lifting effect, and some even apply on the bridge of the nose to recreate a sun-kissed feel (especially good in the summer months). The modern way is to consider how your skin naturally flushes – whether around the temples or below your apples – and applying to those areas, buffing and blending in for a seamless, natural finish.

Be it a bold coral, soft pink or warm peach, a bit of colour can make you look healthier and brighter with minimal effort. Here, Vogue rounds up some of the very best blush products on the market, from classics like Glossier’s Cloud Paint to new and exciting formulas like the Nars Air Matte Blush. From powders to creams, shop the very best blushers below.

Best Blush For Oily Skin: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush

Within this oily-skin-friendly blush are blurring pigments which help soften the appearance of pores and blemishes, while brightening your complexion. 

Best Blush Palette: Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio

One palette with three blush shades? Yes please. Use each colour alone or layer them up for a hue totally bespoke to you and a blush that will look totally natural.

Best Blush For Dry Skin: Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

Those with dry skin should look out for creamy blushers, like this one, which is oil-free but contains ingredients like squalane to hydrate.

Best Blush For Olive Skin: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush – No21

A formula that quickly melts into skin, this Chanel blush stick is an excellent one to keep in your handbag at all times and creates a healthy, dewy finish.

Best Long-Lasting Blush: Benetint

A lip and cheek stain famous for its staying power, Benetint is also a brilliant blusher for those who like a rosy flush. It’s cult for a reason.

Best Blush For Medium Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury’s Cheek To Chic blush compact features two shades, with the outer one designed to be swirled over the cheeks and the core shade there to provide a pop of colour at the apples. Love is the Drug is a Vogue office favourite.

Best Blush For Holiday Skin: Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo

This blush duo is the perfect partnership. Both shades offer a light-reflective finish for a little shimmer and shine come nightfall – and are especially good set against healthy, holiday skin. Mix them together, wear alone or apply as eyeshadow.

Best Matte Blush: MAC Powder Blush

For a truly phenomenal shade range, look to MAC’s much-loved Powder Blush, which has hues for every skin tone. For a classic pink, try Pink Swoon.

Best Powder Blush: Vieve Sunset Blush

If you know influencer and make-up artist Jamie Genevieve, you’ll know of her ability to create the most flawless beauty looks around – and this blusher is just one of the products from her brand, Vieve, that she uses often. Imparting a soft, matte finish, it delivers brilliant colour that can be built up or blended in depending on your preference. 

Best Blush For Fair Skin: Glossier Cloud Paint

A creamy, blendable cheek colour that instantly melts into the skin, Glossier’s Cloud Paint is inspired by New York sunsets. The Dusk shade is universally flattering and works particularly well on paler skins.

Best Blush For A Dewy Finish: Chantecaille Cheek Gelée

With its unique, gel-like texture, Chantecaille’s Cheek Gelée in Happy blends easily into the apples of the cheeks for a seamless wash of healthy-looking colour.

Best Blush Stick: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick

A swoosh-on-and-go cream stick, this blush works beautifully on all skin tones. Made by Gucci Westman, who has worked on countless supermodels’ faces over the years, it’s formulated with gentle ingredients and Ayurvedic oils to keep skin clear and healthy.

Best Cream Blush: Nars Air Matte Blush

Super easy to blend, this new Nars blush is soft-focus make-up in a pot and makes a natural flush a breeze. It might even rival the brand’s iconic Orgasm blush…

Best Drugstore Blush: E.L.F. Primer Infused Blush Always Rosy

Infused with primer, this blush won’t budge and it offers great colour pay-off, particularly for the price.

Best Blush For Dark Skin: Dior Couture Long-Wear Powder Blush – 999

Darker skin tones will love this pigmented Dior blush, which imparts a beautiful flush while staying put all day. 

VOGUE

The Armani Runway Offers a Masterclass in the Perfect Smoky Eye

With a focus on the eyes this season, the beauty at the Giorgio Armani fall 2022 show in Milan on Sunday night complemented a collection full of plush velvets, reflective metallics and smoky hues. Statement eyes were paired with a sophisticated nude lip on the runway. 

As per the brand’s Instagram page, Mr. Armani can be found “backstage before a fashion show overseeing every detail from the beauty to the runway,” so you can see his meticulous hand in every final touch. The show was staged in a small theatre, reminiscent of an intricate jewelry box, and models walked the runway in silence. The designer’s decision not to use any music in the show was a sign of respect in light of the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine.

To emulate the Armani look, try a smoky line of eyeshadow along the crease of the eye, applied using a small but dense smudge brush. That way, the eyeshadow pigment remains while giving you the freedom to draw your cut crease with the space to smudge out (or conceal) any mistakes. To soften the eyes and brighten the look, a matte white eyeshadow was used in the inner corners, giving an ethereal halo effect and adding even more dimension to the look.

A few individual eyelash extensions were applied on the outer corners of the eyes on a number of models to achieve the right amount of flutter and lift the eyes with minimal effort. Brows were filled and extended, but the focus was on the structured eyeshadow. Using Giorgio Armani’s Lip Power, each model wore their perfect nude. The pigmented yet satin finish of the lipstick left lips looking healthy and hydrated.

Meanwhile, models’ hair was styled in cornrows or combed back and saturated with product to create a cool high-shine wet look that perfectly complemented the dazzling metallics in the collection. 

VOGUE

Hair Botox – A Facelift For Your Hair?

HAIR BOTOX: 

It’s one of the only treatments that penetrates the three layers of the hair and reaches the cortex to deeply moisturize and repair the hair’s structure. 

Hair Botox is excellent to treat dull, lacklustre and porous hair. It helps regain moisture that is lost over time, and brings back a youthful natural shine, while adding that beautiful softness we all love!

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How To Get Glazed Skin, Spring’s Most Delicious Beauty Trend

When Hailey Bieber declared 2022 the year of “glazed doughnut” skin, it was inevitable that it would become one of the year’s biggest beauty trends. A tasty term used to describe ultra-hydrated and plump, dewy skin, it’s the perfect trend to try for a fresh, youthful and healthy sheen, especially now that it’s springtime. 

When you are attempting to create the glazed skin look, I would say that one of the most important steps you can take is using good skincare,” says make-up artist Vincent Oquendo. “You have to make sure that your skin is hydrated and exfoliated.”

As a first step, gentle exfoliation is key to slough off dead skin cells, and create a smooth surface for ensuing shine to bounce off. Oquendo touts exfoliating wipes, such as Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel Pads, as easy options to keep in your make-up bag, as well as Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial mask, which he is “currently obsessed with”. 

As well as having excellent genetics, Bieber achieves the look by layering her skincare, starting with exfoliation and following with hydrating serums and sheet masks (she multi-masks, where you apply different masks to different parts of the face), and she has previously discussed her obsession for barrier-boosting moisturisers to seal it all in, too.

A number of excellent hydrating skincare products have recently launched that promise to get you the right level of dewiness, while simultaneously nourishing the skin and keeping it in peak condition. A good all-rounder is Lancôme’s Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum, which blends hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, ferulic acid and niacinamide to illuminate the skin, while protecting it from external aggressors and improving its appearance over time.

Meanwhile, for those with mature skin, Revive’s new Targeted Skin Filler is expensive, but excellent at plumping, softening and filling in fine lines, for the kind of cushiony skin that dreams are made of. 

The trick is to employ formulas – from essences to serums – that promise to deeply hydrate. After that, seal them in using an equally hydrating moisturiser. Top tip: Bieber always applies her serum to damp skin, so it “soaks in a little better”, as she previously revealed on Instagram.

To amp up dewiness in all the right places, melting a face oil into the high points of the face (namely the upper cheekbones), can help deliver a sumptuously healthy sheen in seconds. Of course, depending on your skin type and how well you get on with oils, make-up is also an option to create the same finish.

Important note: forget anything shimmery or pearlescent. Oquendo is a big fan of Kevyn Aucoin’s Glass Glow Face and Body Gloss: “It comes in a few different shades, so no matter your skin tone, it always gives an otherworldly shine,” he says. Other excellent glazing products to try include Chanel’s Baume Essentiel, and Glossier’s Future Dew.

The last thing to note is that glazed skin is all about clarity, so if you suffer from redness, blemishes or pigmentation, it’s a good idea to gently conceal them. “I would always follow skincare with a fuller coverage concealer on any blemishes or areas that need it,” says Oquendo. “And, if you need it, follow that with a luminosity-boosting tinted moisturiser.”

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Finally, A Powder for People Who Hate Setting Powders

Here’s what makes Airset so special: it reduces excess oil on the face, but has a radiant finish that compliments the highlighter and dewy foundation. What’s more, the powder is infused with hydrating squalane so it stays smooth and velvety all day. It comes in three flexible shades.

To shop: $30; saiehello.com

After applying makeup, gently press a bit of the powder on the T-zone with a flat brush to prevent excess shine. Use the powder on makeup-free skin, adding a bit to areas where you have discolouration, such as the under-eyes and chin. 

The packaging also deserves a call out. Aside from makeup flashback, some may have also avoided setting powders in the past because they’re messy and get everywhere. Airset has a little sifter with holes that allows you to pour a little bit up onto the cap and then close it when not in use.

While the early 2000s have inspired many of the current beauty trends, such as thin eyebrows, one that’s not coming back is the heavy, chalky setting powder. Thanks to formulas like Saie’s Airset Radiant Loose Setting Powder, we can reduce shine and radiate.

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The 8 Best Color Correctors to Hide Dark Under-Eye Circles, According to Thousands of Reviews

Whether they’re from stress, a sleepless night, or even genetics, dealing with dark under-eye circles can be a daunting task. Many eye creams and serums can help diminish their appearance over time, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, you’ll likely need a concealer to cover them.

And if your dark circles are still showing after that, you might want to add a color corrector into the mix. These innovative products balance discoloration on your skin by canceling it out with the opposite shades on the color wheel. While you may think all color correctors do the same thing, think again.

Many correctors have green and purple undertones, which are great for covering up blemishes and dark spots, but do little for concealing dark circles. Instead, you should choose color correctors in shades of red, pink, yellow, or orange, as these will help balance out the bluish-purple color of under-eye circles. To help you find the best color corrector for your under-eye circles, we turned to reviews from shoppers to see which ones they love the most.

Whether you are looking for a color-correcting palette that allows you to blend multiple colors, a brush-on option that makes application a breeze, or a brightening color corrector that makes you look more awake, there’s an option on this list for just about everyone. Keep reading to see the seven color correctors that customers say cover up dark under-circles the best.

These are the best color correctors for dark circles:

Best Overall: Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector

With more than 80,000 likes and 1,000 reviews, this Bobbi Brown color corrector is one of the most popular options at Sephora for a reason. Not only is the cream concealer infused with moisturizing ingredients to keep your under-eye area looking smooth and hydrated, but it’s also waterproof, sweatproof, and humidity-resistant, so it should stay put all day. Plus, there are a variety of shades ranging from porcelain to deep bisque, so you should easily be able to find an option that works for your skin tone. “This product is amazing,” wrote one shopper. “I have extremely dark (hereditary) under eyes and lids that I’ve had my whole life so I’ve tried pretty much every concealer and quite a few colour correctors. This is the only thing that’s ever actually worked without looking cakey or too orange.”

Shop now: $29; sephora.com

Best Palette: NYX Cosmetics Color Correcting Concealer

This handy NYX palette comes with six color correctors so you can mix and match the different shades to find a custom match for covering up circles or any other blemishes. Customers love how lightweight and easy to blend the product is and the fact that it’s cruelty-free. “I love this product,” wrote one reviewer. “I keep perpetually dark circles under my eyes no matter what I do, as well as some scarring from acne in the past. I always thought I just needed to cake on more foundation or concealer to cover it, but I’ve since realized that wasn’t the answer — this was. Now I wear very little foundation or concealer because this product gives me the coverage I need.”

Shop now: $9 (originally $12); amazon.com

Best Sponge Option: Maybelline New York Master Camo Color Correcting Pen

Hundreds of Amazon shoppers love how easy this Maybelline color corrector is to apply. The handy correcting pen features a sponge-tip applicator that helps you apply and blend the perfect amount of product each time. Reviewers say the creamy formula provides ample coverage, and it doesn’t crease or become cakey in their under-eye area. One happy shopper wrote, “My extra-dark circles are hammered back to the depths of where they came from when I use this. Nothing will ever fully conceal them, but this easy-to-spread and easy-to-conceal formula helps immensely. I’m always shocked at what a difference the orange tone makes.”

Shop now: $8; amazon.com

Best Brush-On Option: L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer

Looking for a long-lasting color corrector that won’t break the bank? Ulta shoppers suggest this L.A. Girl option. Along with a brush tip that makes application a breeze, the color corrector is specially formulated to provide natural-looking coverage for hours at a time. “I have always bought expensive orange correctors to cover my horrible dark circles,” said one customer. “My circles go around my whole eye. But this product surprised me because of the price. Great coverage and lasted all day under my concealer.”

Shop now: $5; ulta.com

Best Stick Option: Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer

This Maybelline stick corrector is another affordable find that’s incredibly popular. The $6 dermatologist-tested product is hypoallergenic and specially formulated to not clog pores. It’s also waterproof, so it will stay put through workouts and hot summer days alike. With details like that, it’s no wonder that hundreds of shoppers have given the color corrector their approval, including one who wrote, “I’ve used this for years as I have very dark circles under my eyes. It works great. People have no idea how dark my under-eye circles really are. I have sensitive skin, and there is no irritation.”

Shop now: $6; amazon.com

Best Brightening Option: Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector

If you’re looking for a product that will brighten your under-eye area at the same time as covering dark circles, thousands of Sephora shoppers recommend this option by Becca. The color corrector’s tinted pigments cancel out the dark blue/purple hues of dark circles, while the backlight technology illuminates your skin. “Would highly recommend it to anyone with dark circles, it really does make a difference and brightens your under eyes well,” said one customer. “I would just not add too much or else it’ll look too cakey and make the concealer crease. You barely need any and it makes a difference!”

Shop now: $32; sephora.com

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Full-Coverage Option: Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector

The best beauty products can tackle more than one issue, which is why customers love this multitasking Tarte color corrector so much. Along with providing long-lasting full coverage, the product is also formulated to hydrate and nourish the delicate skin under your eyes, leaving you with a smooth and more youthful appearance. One happy shopper said they “can’t live without it,” before adding, “I’ve been using this pretty much every single day, for years. Gives that ‘good night’s sleep’ look, and the pan lasts a long while. I simply layer concealer on top on days I want more coverage. Hooked is an understatement!”

Shop now: $25; sephora.com

Best Crease-Proof Option: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector 

Hundreds of Sephora shoppers are fans of this Charlotte Tilbury color corrector because the full-coverage product brightens dark under-eye circles quickly. It’s specially formulated with carnauba wax, which makes it easy to apply and prevents creasing, as well as flavonoids to help reduce the appearance of puffiness. There are four shades to choose from: fair, medium, tan, and deep. “I have always struggled with dark eyes,” said one reviewer. “I have tried many color correctors and this by far is MAGIC! It also feels a bit moisturizing and is the perfect prep for concealer. Will def buy again!”

Shop now: $32; sephora.com

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No Punchline

Model: Lauren Kean
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Coppertone, highlight in Double Gleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Brick, lipstick in Marrakesh, Lipglass, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel.

Model: Lauren Kean
Photographer: @destinys_boudoir_photography

(Disclaimer: I do have Lauren’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Winnie Harlow on Creating Sunscreen for All, Inspired by Her Jamaican Roots

The model, who has spoken widely about her vitiligo, poured her own experience with sun sensitivity into her debut SPF range, Cay Skin. It’s all about a healthy glow: “I want to put the sun in the bottle.”  

Born in Canada to Jamaican parents, the model is accustomed to toggling between warm weather and cold. (During the pandemic she joined the westward migration to Los Angeles, signaling her preference for backyard pool life.) The constant throughout, no matter the season, is a protective dose of SPF. “I just remember running on the beaches, and my dad slathering sunscreen on my skin with his rough hands from being a mechanic,” Harlow recalls of her childhood visits to the Caribbean. At age four, she was diagnosed with vitiligo, a condition that disrupts the melanin production in certain regions of the skin, leaving them especially vulnerable to the sun. Her unique pigmentation became a topic of conversation in 2014, during a turn on America’s Next Top Model, which jumpstarted a career that has included marquee runway appearances (Marc Jacobs, Schiaparelli), fashion editorials, and a TED Talk about evolving beauty norms.  

Welcome to Artist Spotlight #79 series on my blog.

But it wasn’t until 2018, while on a modeling job in the Bahamas, that the seed for Harlow’s new beauty brand, Cay Skin, was born. “I was shooting from sunup to sundown both days, and on set no one wanted me to reapply sunscreen because of that blue-silver shine that isn’t very complimentary to any skin tone, especially to darker skin tones,” the model recalls. A serious flare-up followed. “I had to have doctors come to my hotel to give me injections for pain and inflammation.” 

The experience reinforced the idea that there was plenty more room in the sunscreen space, particularly with inclusivity in mind. Cay Skin—the name nods to the landscapes of Caribbean islands—arrives today with four products to suit different preferences and needs. For fans of mineral sunscreen, there’s an ultra-sheer SPF 55 with zinc oxide, alongside skin-nourishing squalene and sea moss. (The butter-yellow tint comes from plant-derived antioxidants.) Harlow’s daily staple is Isle Glow SPF 45, which sets a trio of broad-spectrum chemical filters within a luminous base. “I wear this under makeup, but I also wear this insteadof makeup because it just adds such a beautiful glow,” she says. Meanwhile, the SPF 30 body oil delivers the throwback appeal of a 1980s tanning mist with modern protection. 

Everyone always forgets about the lips,” Harlow says of the last product, a plush SPF 30 balm that avoids the chalky texture of other formulas. “I wanted something that was going to be hydrating and nutrient-rich, but also protecting the lips.”  

As Harlow picks up a couple of the tubes, it’s clear that the palette of the packaging—pale peach and chestnut brown—isn’t just about good-taste neutrals. In fact, the colors are practically Pantone-matched to her skin tones: a visible reminder of the brand’s something-for-everyone ethos. She’s also left her fingerprints on other elements of Cay Skin. The natural scent hints at a vacation mood while steering clear of “artificial coconut”—a pet peeve of hers. The ingredients pay tribute to the Caribbean, including aloe vera, which her mother used to cut fresh to apply to mosquito bites and the occasional pink sunburn. Even the visuals have Harlow doubling as model and creative director, giving her a 360-degree look at the process. “I had so many hats to wear on that campaign shoot day. But it was so rewarding,” she says.

Even more satisfying will be the feeling of settling into the sand, with her own products in tow. She ticks through a few of her beach favorites. Her snack of choice is a whole coconut: first the water, then the scraped-out jelly. “Melissa Simone, she’s also Canadian; she’s a Black girl. She makes the most beautiful swimwear,” Harlow says, describing a blue-and-green bikini she wore for her birthday in Mexico a couple years ago. “I just loved the way that it held onto my body.” And for music? “One of my favorite artists from Jamaica is Vybz Kartel—but anything dance hall. I want to have fun and dance on the beach,” Harlow adds. Her skin, well shielded, will be ready for it.

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9 Of The Best Setting Sprays For A Base That Stays Put

When it comes to keeping makeup in place, setting spray is the way to go. The best setting sprays deliver hydration to the skin keeping it refreshed; hold makeup in place for hours, no matter what you throw at it; and prevent shine and excess oil from creeping up on the skin. Makeup artists swear by it. If you struggle with makeup sliding off your face, you need a setting spray.  

Whether you’ve got an event that requires a flawless base that lasts (think: wedding), or you simply want a daily glow that doesn’t slide off your face on the commute, Vogue has compiled the best setting sprays to help you get the most out of your beauty look.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray

Prime, set and refresh with Charlotte Tilbury’s cult setting spray. Loved for its long-lasting setting power, it creates a film that acts as a shield on the skin, keeping your make-up in place for up to 16 hours.

KVD Beauty Lock It Setting Mist

One of the best make-up setting sprays on the market, this delivers a lightweight mist which dries quickly, keeping your make-up in place for hours.

Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray

Inspired by the brand’s cult Hangover Primer, this Too Faced setting spray sets make-up in place for hours, leaving a beautiful dewy finish.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Mattifying Mist

The famed Studio Fix+ is now available as a matte version, which is perfect for those with oilier complexions and make-up wearers who want to keep skin looking fresh.  

Benefit Porefessional Super Setter Setting Spray

Lock make-up into place for up to 16 hours. This refreshing mist leaves skin hydrated and creates a water- and smudge-proof veil that keeps make-up on throughout the day. You can’t go wrong. 

E.L.F. Dewy Coconut Setting Spray Mist

If you’re looking for a setting mist that’ll ensure your base is budge-proof and create a dewy glow, this one is for you. It’s infused with coconut and cucumber to deeply hydrate.

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Set & Refresh Setting Spray

Acting as a topcoat, this setting spray is like a magnet for your make-up. The blue and green layers (the grip phase and glow phase) work in unison to keep make-up in place, while ensuring skin is hydrated and glowing. 

NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish

Perfect for those who prefer a matte finish, this comfortable NYX setting spray gives skin a shine-free finish that remains oil-free all day long. 

Makeup Revolution Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray

Perfect to prevent smudging throughout the day, this setting spray sets make-up in place for up to 12 hours. 

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Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer is Like a Shot of Espresso For Your Skin

TL;DR:

  • What It Is: A gel moisturizer with circulation-boosting caffeine
  • What It Does: Hydrates while offering antioxidant protection
  • Who It’s For: All skin types, though those with oily skin may most appreciate the gel texture

Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer combines my passion for skin care with my penchant for coffee. The formula is packed with caffeine, which turns out to also have benefits for your skin: it increases circulation, which in turn helps decrease puffiness and generally makes your skin look less dull. Caffeine is also an antioxidant, meaning it can play a role in protecting your skin from environmental damage (though it doesn’t take the place of sunscreen, of course).

Here, caffeine is delivered in the form of a gel moisturizer, which — unlike some thick creams — doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on my oily t-zone. The formula also has a bright, energizing citrus scent, which really hammers home that this stuff is like a wake up call for your face. Time to rise and shine!

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