Rhode: Everything You Need to Know About Using Hailey Bieber’s Skincare Products

Our philosophy is making one of everything really good.” That’s what Hailey Bieber told PEOPLE about Rhode, the skincare brand she’s been teasing for months (and has been promoting very fashionably now that it’s available to buy). “What sets Rhode apart is we’re putting out a very curated, edited line of essentials.” 

Ahead of its June 15 launch, five PEOPLE writers tried out the model’s new line, incorporating its debut trio of products, which come bundled in The Rhode Kit, into their daily routines for an average of 10 days.

What to Know About Rhode

Buy It! The Rhode Kit, $95; rhodeskin.com

The Rhode lineup consists of three products: the Peptide Glazing Fluid, the Barrier Restore Cream, and the Peptide Lip Treatment. Key ingredients in the collection include peptides, which the brand says “visibly plump and reduce the look of fine lines“; niacinamide, which “nourishes, brightens, and improves skin’s overall texture“; and hyaluronic acid, which “locks in hydration.” You’ll also find moisturizing shea butter, softening marula oil, and supportive squalane.

The team definitely agreed on one thing: It looks very cool. “Clean and fresh, very Gen-Z in a cool way,” said Jenn Chan, commerce writer. “The packaging compels me to reach for it more than others because it does look so unique.” And speaking to Bieber’s intention to make her products “accessible and attainable for everyone,” commerce writer Claire Harmeyer noted, “The fonts are sophisticated and subtle and they don’t feel too fancy or inaccessible.”

Added Michelle Lee, style and beauty editorial assistant, “Aesthetically, I loved the matte gray packaging and the pastel colors when it came to differentiating the scented products. It felt very on brand for Hailey.

And speaking of scents, “the Barrier Restore Cream and Peptide Glazing Fluid don’t have scents,” senior commerce writer and strategist Alex Warner confirmed. “The cream is a richer white color, and the glazing fluid is more of a translucent white color. Both turn completely transparent within seconds of smoothing onto your skin.”

The scented Peptide Lip Treatments, obviously, have a smell, but I liked them,” said commerce writer Madison Yauger. “I didn’t notice the scents when I was wearing the products. The lip treatment comes out like a clear gel, kind of thick, but is easily spreadable across the lips.”

As for the line’s user-friendliness, “the directions are very straightforward and make it easy to figure out how to add the products to your regular routine,” said Warner.

Keep reading for more details on each product, and stick around for their final thoughts on Rhode at the very end.

Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

Buy It! Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid, $29; rhodeskin.com

Alex: The Peptide Glazing Fluid is lightweight and smooth. I expected the peptide product to be more of a liquid-y serum, not a cream. It feels slightly tacky after first patting into the skin, but that goes away once it’s all dried. It comes in a small container with a pump and pull-off cap. The cap is definitely secure and was sometimes hard to pull off, but that was good for traveling so that product didn’t accidentally leak out anywhere. I enjoy that it dispenses a pea-sized amount, controlling how much you’re using.

Madison: The peptide serum feels more like a liquid-based cream because it’s so thin and can easily be dispersed between two fingers. My skin took on an immediate dewy glow and stayed hydrated throughout the day.”

Michelle: This glided on nicely and was easy to layer with my other products (after an essence and before my sunscreen). It left my skin feeling smooth, and the lightweight formula was great for my oily skin — I tend to gravitate toward gel-like and lighter consistencies. My skin absorbed this one quicker. I didn’t have any problem applying my makeup on top of this either.

But I didn’t like how clunky the packaging was compared to the lightness of the product. While the pump dispersed the right amount of moisturizer, the cap was hard to twist on and off.”

Claire: I was hoping to visually see that ‘dewy glow’ Hailey always plugs, and I can confirm my skin does look dewier after less than two weeks of use! I really think this gives my skin a supple glow immediately. I notice extra dewiness and glow every morning after I use it the night before. I really enjoy lathering it onto my face after cleansing, because it makes my skin feel super hydrated and look dewy.

One note: The cap was not extremely easy to get off. The first time I removed it, some of the product spilled out and was lost. You have to pump pretty hard to get enough product out of the nozzle. However, I like the unique shape of the bottle and slanted top.”

Rhode Barrier Restore Cream

Buy It! Rhode Barrier Restore Cream, $29; rhodeskin.com

Madison: The Barrier Restore Cream feels like a thicker cream, but it’s still pretty light. It applies easily and dries fast. But when I used it with the Peptide Glazing Fluid, my oily/combination skin tended to have that oily shine toward the end of the day. Toward the end of the trial period, I started just doing the Glazing Fluid in the morning, and then both the fluid and the barrier cream at night.”

Alex: This has a thick texture, but it blends out smoothly when I massaged it into my skin. It comes in a squeeze tube that’s easy to open and close, but it can be tricky since you could dispense too much product. It can be wasteful this way.

But I’m definitely going to keep using it!  I’ve been looking for a good, thick moisturizing cream that I can use in my a.m. and p.m. routine, and this one has been great for hydration. I love that it doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky.”

Michelle: The cream is heavier than the Peptide Glazing Fluid, but still easy to blend into the skin. While both left my skin feeling smooth on initial application and I noticed a slight evening of skin tone and brightness after, over time, I developed irritation that made my skin texture uneven (i.e. I had some small small breakouts), and my skin felt slightly dehydrated and tight after using the Barrier Restore Cream overnight.

Claire: The cream isn’t as moisturizing as I had hoped — it absorbs very quickly and leaves me feeling like I need a bit more to really lock in moisture… I needed to use more than the ‘1/2 finger length’ suggested in order for my entire face to feel hydrated. But I like that it advises to layer with the Peptide Glazing Fluid because it feels like a nice combination.

I don’t notice as much of a visual effect from this product, but my skin does feel extremely soft after using this.

Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment

Buy It! Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment, $16; rhodeskin.com

Jenn: I think the standout here is the Peptide Lip Treatment. I loved the consistency, the scent — the shiny, dewy effect is so pretty and unlike any of my other lip balms or treatments. The watermelon one is my favorite.

Madison: The Peptide Lip Treatment felt like a much thinner version of Aquaphor. It comes out like a clear gel, kind of thick, but is easily spreadable across the lips. It created the same glossy barrier on my lips, but it looked like a lip gloss and kept my lips hydrated for several hours after application.”

Alex: The Peptide Lip Treatments come in long, little squeeze tubes with an edge that makes applying it on lips seamless. They apply like a gloss and feel slightly sticky, but not in an uncomfortable way. It made my lips feel very smooth when I rubbed them together. I absolutely love the taste and smell of the watermelon — it reminds me of lip balms I used as a kid. I plan to apply it over some other pigmented lip colors for a glossy, hydrating finish.”

Michelle: These had a heavy feel similar to a gloss that lasted after hours of application, which I didn’t mind because it felt more hydrating. After applying, my lips felt moisturized, and I didn’t feel the need to reapply numerous times. I’d say the best packaging goes to the Peptide Lip Treatments: I loved how compact they were (great for on the go), and the applicator allows the product to go on smoothly.

I loved that even the scented lip treatments didn’t have an artificial, overpowering fragrance.  As someone with sensitive skin, I always try to shop fragrance-free products, so that element was great for me. I would use the lip treatments again because I loved the application, scents, and shine, which I feel would make a great lip gloss alternative — glossy and moisturizing at the same time!.”

Claire: These bottles are a nice size for keeping in your purse or on a bedside table. The squeezing applicator makes these lip balms easy to apply without getting your fingers messy.

This doesn’t feel too sticky on my lips, but instead is lightly moisturizing and feels high-end. It absorbs pretty slowly, which is nice because I don’t feel the need to reapply shortly after. My lips definitely look softer and juicier after using this! The lip treatments are nice overnight, because they do feel a tad bit sticky for about 20 minutes after applying.”

Their Final Thoughts on Rhode

This is a line for someone on the go who doesn’t have a ton of time to fuss with a super fancy regimen,” Chan deduced. “​​Really nice formulas, not too thick or gloppy. They apply easily and absorb right into the skin effortlessly.  The products feel simple and straightforward.” She also noted that her skin felt “noticeably fresh and radiant — I did a double take one morning.”

My skin has a slightly more radiant glow a few hours after applying, but isn’t overly dewy or greasy-looking, which is ideal, in my opinion,” added Warner. “I can definitely tell my skin feels smoother after applying immediately, but I haven’t noticed any really big improvements to my skin’s overall hydration after just two weeks.

Overall, I really liked these products,” said Yauger. “Even after a week, my skin feels smoother and generally more hydrated, which is promising (especially during summer!). I plan to continue using them to see what results look like in a month, and I’m excited to see what else Rhode releases in the future.

PEOPLE

The Strength and Vitality of the Red Lipstick, According to Hollywood’s Most Trusted Makeup Artists

For thousands of years, red lipstick has acted as a powerful tool.

The vibrant, look-at-me shade coats the lips with the weight and fortitude of a strong piece of armor. Its packaging is just as intense. Not only is it encased in a sleek, slender tube the size of a pocket knife, but it swivels with the utmost precision like a Samurai slowly drawing their sword to reveal the weapon inside.

Red lipstick makes a statement without having to actually say anything,” KVD Beauty Global Veritas Artistry Ambassador Anthony Nguyen told E! News. “It’s a stand-out color that’s strong, sexy, bold, and exudes confidence.”

Out of all the makeup staples—mascara, eyeliner, blush and powders—nothing has stood the test of time quite like red lips. The intoxicating hue is so timeless Lady Gaga’s go-to makeup artist and Haus Labs Global Artistry Director Sarah Tanno perfectly summed up its allure, calling it, “the little black dress of makeup.

If anything, it’s become an icon in its own right.

I always signify red lipstick with something of great importance,” Tanno added. “You want to say something when you put on your favorite red lip.

Tanno couldn’t be more spot on.

Suffragettes armored themselves with the striking color as they fought for the right to vote. In 1912, beauty pioneer Elizabeth Arden handed them the bullets—tiny, but mighty tubes of red lipstick that were shaped like ammunition.

The bold move symbolized strength, independence and defiance all in one.

It wasn’t worn by everybody at that point,” Bésame Cosmetics founder and author of Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup Gabriela Hernandez told E!. “They were trying to say, ‘Hey, we’re independent, and we’re different and we wear whatever we want.‘”

The wild audacity of the suffragists showcased the ferocity of red lipstick, so much so that it became essential during World War II. At the time, beauty brands halted the production of its products, including lipstick, in order to use all of its materials for the war.

At first, they cut it out,” Hernandez noted. “But then they saw morale really slip—not only their morale but the morale of the soldiers who wanted pretty girls to come back to.”

Once again, Elizabeth Arden was linked to a historical moment. To help lift their spirits, she created a fire-engine shade called Montezuma Red—an homage to the Marine Corps’ hymn—and was given the exclusive right to sell makeup on military bases.

That color was marketed to women as a morale booster,” Hernandez explained. “You didn’t have pantyhose available. You didn’t have a lot of fabric. The only thing that stuck around were lipsticks.

Red lipstick’s popularity also skyrocketed due to Hollywood. Long before influencers hyped up (yet another) champagne-colored highlighter or life-changing eye cream, actresses like Claudette ColbertLana Turner and Rita Hayworth were the first to promote cosmetics.

Although women had emulated silent era movie stars in the Jazz Age—cutting their hair into boyish bobs and rimming their eyes with heavy kohl liners—Technicolor, which exploded in the late 1930s, truly revolutionized the industry.

Now that women could see the makeup the actresses painted themselves with—like the bright cherry stain left behind after passionately kissing their co-star—they clamored to look like them.

Reds were the shades that most actresses wore because it photographed well,” Hernandez pointed out, “And it was very definitive. You could see the lips.”

Back then, Hernandez said, actresses were assigned specific reds depending on the characters they were typecast as. In other words, Judy Garland mostly played girl-next-door roles, so she frequently wore soft and sweet rosy hues. 

A dark, vampy color was saved for the seductive types. As makeup artist Nick Barose, who works with Lupita Nyong’oWinona Ryder and Gugu Mbatha Raw, told E!, “It’s the color of blood, so when you wear it on your mouth, it adds a sense of femme fatale glamour.”

While the business model has evolved over time, it’s still a practice used today. Think of Euphoria‘s lead makeup artist, Donni Davy, who partnered with the creators of the hit HBO show and studio A24 to launch Half Magic Beauty.

Euphoria reignited people’s burning desire to experiment with makeup and Davy has supplied them with the tools they need to transform themselves. In the same way Davy maps out a character’s look to drive the story, her products are made with intention.

I named my classic red shade Self Help because I wanted it to embody that pick-me-up kind of dopamine effect that a red lipstick can have,” Davy told E!. “It gives self-respect.”

All in all, red lipstick is here to stay. As Barose so adequately put it, “The trends might change, but the very idea of red lips will always be timeless.”

Hernandez added, “Women will continue to wear red lipstick because it’s a defining feature on the face.”

EONLINE

The 5 Key Dos And Don’ts Of Wearing SPF

While wearing sunscreen is an essential all year round, it is now – as the days get lighter and brighter and we spend more time outside – that many of us begin to rethink what we’re using on our skin, SPF included. When it comes to sun protection, there is often confusion over things like the best formula to use, or how much you should be applying. British Vogue asked dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting for the five key dos and don’ts of SPF – so you can absorb that much-needed vitamin D with confidence. 

Do: Choose a broad spectrum SPF

To protect skin against both UVA and UVB light – both of which cause damage to the skin – broad spectrum SPF is a must. “What’s really crucial when we’re talking about a good skincare routine is blocking the daily UVA rays which are present all year round,” explains Dr Bunting. “They can come through glass and actually form the bulk (95 per cent) of UV light that reaches the earth.”

While UVB is the UV light responsible for the (more visible) burn – and tends to be the one we focus on more because the damage is seen quickly – it’s really important to ensure your SPF protects against UVA too. UVA damage leads to fine lines, pigmentation, uneven skin texture, big pores, coarsening of the skin and loss of collagen – all the bad stuff. “Beach holidays aren’t so much the problem. It’s the everyday, half an hour out walking at lunchtime that builds up over the years.” A broad spectrum SPF offers a significant level of protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and should be worn by all skin tones.

Do: Pick the right type of sunscreen for your skin

Sunscreens fall into two categories: chemical, which are formulas that contain ingredients like octinoxate and oxybenzone that act as sun filters, absorbing UV light to prevent skin damage; and physical, which are mineral-based and commonly contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically protect the skin and reflect light away, as well as absorbing it.

The best protection you can get? Dr Bunting says a hybrid of both physical and chemical gives “very good broad spectrum cover from both UVA and UVB rays”, but unfortunately some skin types react to chemical formulations, which are often the preferred formulas because they don’t impart the dreaded white cast over skin. (It’s worth noting that physical ones now do this less, as there has been huge innovation in this sector.)

If you are sensitive or prone to redness, have rosacea or any kind of facial eczema, generally a mineral sunscreen (which is in my Gossamer sunscreen), will offer a more gentle experience,” she says. “That’s also the type we tend to use after procedures like lasers or peels, or whenever the skin barrier is affected. You can get good UVA and UVB protection from both.”

Don’t: Scrimp on how much you apply

We’ve become so pedantic about spelling out how high the SPF is, but it’s rare that brands express how important it is to apply the formula generously to the skin,” says Dr Bunting. “The word ‘liberally’ means 10 different things to 10 different people.” To ensure you’re putting enough of the good stuff on your skin, she advises a quarter of a teaspoon (or 1.25ml) as a good measure for both face and neck. You “need to paint your face like you’re painting a wall”, she says, emphasising the importance of an even coating to get the protection you need. 

A foolproof method is her “13 dot technique” which is as simple as it sounds, and involves applying 13 different dots of SPF around the face and rubbing them in together: “It allows you to divide the SPF evenly without missing bits. If you start these simple rituals now, you will age beautifully into your 40s and beyond. I am evangelical about it.

Don’t: Rely on your make-up for SPF protection

It is a very common misconception that the SPF in your daily foundation will suffice. Dr Bunting says it is likely it won’t. “You need to use a dedicated sunscreen. SPF15 in your tinted moisturiser probably isn’t going to cut it, because that really only means it will give you a little bit of UVB protection.” Add to that the fact it is unlikely you’ll apply enough tinted moisturiser to every area of your skin to offer protection, and the importance of a dedicated SPF becomes even more clear.

Don’t: Wear a low SPF

The age old question: SPF 30 or 50? “I am profoundly for SPF50. UV light is a known entity that not only causes premature ageing but also cancer, and they are both proven without a shadow of a doubt. Both of those things are highly preventable,” Dr Bunting says. Not only does SPF50 offer 95 per cent protection from UV as opposed to SPF30’s 93 per cent (a two per cent difference which, over time, stacks up), Dr Bunting also points out that we are not perfect – meaning many of us under-apply our SPF. “I’d much rather people were under-applying an SPF50 than a 30.”

READ ON FOR 20 Of The Best Face SPFs For Every Skin Type

VOGUE

Meet Rice Water, The Ancient Beauty Practice You’ve Been Seeing All Over TikTok

Long before rice water went viral on TikTok and YouTube and ended up on Kardashian blogs, the beauty practice had been used for centuries by women in Asia. According to research published in the Journal of Cosmetic Chemists, court ladies during Japan’s Heian Period (794 to 1185 CE) used Yu-Su-Ru (a.k.a leftover water from washing rice) on their floor-length hair.

The method was then popularized by a village in China called Huangluo. The Yao women, who inhabit the town, are famous for their long hair that averages six feet long. According to Medical News Today, the Yao women credit their strong strands and dark color to washing it in rice water.

While most of rice water’s proof of effectiveness is limited to history and tradition, there is scientific reasoning behind its benefits.

To dive into this further, ELLE.com tapped two hair pros, Dr. Jenny Liu, a board-certified dermatologist, and Richy Kandasamy, a colorist and R+Co Collective Member, to explain the benefits of rice water—plus how you can create rice water at home.

What are the benefits of rice water for hair?

Will rice water turn you into Rapunzel? Not exactly. But it does have properties that restore and promote hair growth. “Scientifically, 18 amino acids have to come together to create the protein to grow hair. Rice water contains eight of these amino acids,” Kandasamy explains. “So when rice water is used on hair, you experience more hair regeneration. The vitamins in rice water (B, C, and E) also boost hair growth. Though there is limited scientific evidence that proves hair growth.”

Dr. Liu echoes the importance of these acids. “We have limited studies, but few out of Korea demonstrate it may help with male pattern hair loss,” she adds. “Rice bran, in particular, has lots of fatty acids—linoleic acid and oleic acid that have been proposed to possibly inhibit the 5-α-reductase enzyme that is the cause of male pattern hair loss.”

How do I make rice water?

Washing your hair with rice water is easy to achieve at home. All you need is one cup of uncooked rice, a large jar or bowl, and a filter.

  1. Put water in a bowl and use a strainer to rinse your rice. You want to make sure all impurities are removed from the grains. Some videos suggest rinsing multiple times, until the water runs clear. 
  2. Fill your jar or bowl with one cup of water and add the clean rice. Stir the rice in the bowl. If you have a jar, you can secure the lid and shake the rice. The water should look milky. 
  3. Let the mixture rest for 24 hours. 
  4. After 24 hours, strain the liquid from the rice. Store the liquid in a jar, empty shampoo bottle, or container.

How do I apply rice water? 

Treat rice water like your typical hair mask or treatment. “First, you should wet your hair with the rice water, especially your scalp area, and massage it for five minutes,” Kandasamy says. “This step targets your follicles, which stimulates growth and strengthens your hair.

Wait five minutes and wash the rice water out using your favorite shampoo. 

Is rice water safe for all hair types? 

The short answer is: yes. Rice water will work on different hair types but consider your hair porosity before using. “All hair types are the same structurally, including African, European, and Asian hair types, but all absorb moisture in different ways,” Kandasamy explains. “It is rich in amino acids which strengthen hair roots, add shine and make it smooth and silky. It also contains a carbohydrate known as inositol, which repairs damaged hair and protects hair from further damage. Since it is a natural remedy, it is safe, and there are no side effects of rice water on hair.”

Hair provides more room for experimentation and trial than our skin. “In general, I would say yes, [rice water is safe for all hair types]. It’s not like moisturizers where greasy moisturizers are less ideal for oily skin,” adds Dr. Liu.

ELLE

This Amal Clooney-Approved Cream Is the “Holy Grail of Moisturizers”

It’s packed with powerful anti-aging ingredients.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream isn’t new to the beauty space, but it does continue to wow celebrities and shoppers with its star lineup of ingredients that produce visible results. It’s no surprise that celebrities like Amal Clooney, Kate Moss, and Khloé Kardashian praise the Magic Cream’s anti-aging benefits and hydrating qualities.

Much like celebrities, dermatologists also are impressed with the cream’s formula. Dr. Hadley King, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, tells InStyle that Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream Moisturizer is packaged with outstanding ingredients. “A good moisturizer contains humectants to hydrate, emollients to support the skin barrier, and occlusives to lock in the moisture — and this product contains all three: glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, shea butter. The hyaluronic acid not only locks in moisture but acts as an anti-aging agent.

Shop now: $64–$100; sephora.com

According to Dr. King, hyaluronic acid “is found naturally in our skin, where it holds water and helps to keep the skin hydrated, dewy, and plump.” It’s also a potent humectant that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, which helps keep the collagen in the skin healthy. “The collagen in our dermis forms the structure of the skin. Natural hyaluronic acid binds to collagen and links to water molecules, giving skin its plumpness,” Dr. King explains.

There are other notable anti-aging ingredients in the Magic Cream like peptides (short chains of amino acids held together by peptide bonds). According to Dr. King peptides “stimulate collagen production in skin and act as growth factors, stimulating skin cells to turn over more quickly.”

Shoppers are shocked by the efficiency of the cream, too. According to one shopper, the Magic Cream Moisturizer is…magic. “So, I’ve been dealing with dry and rough skin around my mouth and on my chin this past week. I didn’t know what to do because I’ve never had problems with my skin before. Thankfully I received the Magic Cream complimentary from Influenster. My skin started to feel better within two uses of the cream. It really is magic.”

Another Sephora shopper says that the moisturizer “has everything that I am looking for in a moisturizer,” including “hyaluronic acid, which helps plump up the skin with collagen. And [it] also has rosehip and camellia oils, which help hydrate dry skin. This is my first time using any of Charlotte Tilbury’s products, and for sure won’t be my last.

Per a final review, the results speak for themselves. “A few uses and my skin feels amazing. I have a few different moisturizers that I use daily. However, this one jar does everything that all three of mine do. It glides on the skin like butter and has a very light, fresh scent. The rosehip in the moisturizer is so hydrating but not oily. I used it at night when I first got it, when I woke up the next morning, my skin looked plump and hydrated.” For plump and hydrated skin, snag the Magic Cream now at Sephora.

INSTYLE

The 11 Best Blushes, Bronzers, and Highlighters of 2022

Swiping on some bronzer can give you a natural glow that will lift your spirits any time of year. A hint of blush can do just enough to fool people into thinking you spent your afternoon on the beach. And don’t get me started on the wonders of highlighter: How could we create that dewy look without it?! Of course, it takes the right products to achieve these things—and browsing the list of 2022 Healthy Beauty Award winners is the best place to get inspiration for your next purchase.

Best Body Shimmer: Bali Body Body Highlighter

Meet the body highlighter for people who think they don’t like body highlighters. The lotion blends easily, and better yet, naturally into your skin.

Bonus points, per the experts: This highlighter contains dimethicone, which helps keep skin soft and supple.

One tester said: “The shimmer looks a little intense and intimidating when you first see it, but it blends out quickly and easily to a nice sheen. My favorite place to wear it is on my décolletage when I layer necklaces. It really makes the whole look pop!

Best Liquid Highlighter: Valentino V-Lighter Illuminating Face Primer and Highlighter with Hyaluronic Acid

If you’re a multitasker, then you’ll love this all-in-one primer, highlighter, and hydrator! Editors found a renewed love for doing their makeup thanks to this pick.

Bonus points, per the experts: This product contains hyaluronic acid, which is loved by dermatologists because it’s a great moisturizer for all skin types—even those that are acne-prone!

One tester said: “This product is magic, and I want to do my makeup just so that I have an excuse to wear this more often. I largely used it as a highlighter on top of makeup, but you can also use it as a glowy primer too. It goes on so beautifully and basically always makes you look like you are standing in front of a ring light.

Best Stick Highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Highlighter

G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S (yes, Fergie style) is how you will feel after trying this stick highlighter, according to editors. It contains a bit of glitter, so they say it’s best used in the evening. But hey, if you love it so much that you want to wear it any time of the day, I fully support you.

Bonus points, per the experts: Made with dimethicone, this highlighter moisturizes too.

One tester said: “I’ve never used a stick highlighter, and the product from Anastasia Beverly Hills was a good place to start! Although it is a cream stick, it feels very smooth and dry—it doesn’t go on wet or messy at all. I really love the soft applicator/brush on the other side of the stick because it applies the highlighter so well!

Best Powder Highlighter: LYS Beauty Aim High Pressed Highlighter Powder

Editors loved this powder highlighter because it’s easy to use and looks really natural, never caking on skin. Just be sure to apply it lightly at first, as the formula is very pigmented.

Bonus points, per the experts: This highlighter is excellent for anyone with dull skin, thanks to ingredients like niacinamide, which brightens, and hyaluronic acid, which hydrates.

One tester said: “The colors are really nice, and I think this is a good product for people who like powder highlighters.”

Best Liquid Blush: Flower Beauty Blush Bomb Color Drops for Cheeks

Reviewers couldn’t stop talking about this blush’s wide range of colors that fit a variety of skin tones. Even better, Flower Beauty makes high-quality products that are super affordable—and one tube will last you a while.

Bonus points, per the experts: This blush contains dimethicone, which helps keep your skin from getting dry.

One tester said: “The eight colors in the range are all gorgeous. The gel-cream formula blends effortlessly and gives your skin a flush of color and a hint of glow that looks natural and radiant. I especially love the Bitten shade, which is a stunning berry hue that brightens up your cheeks without being overpowering.”

Best Powder Blush: RMS Beauty “Re” Dimension Hydra Powder Blush

This blush provides a nice glow without shimmer, creating a bright and rosy complexion. In fact, editors and reviewers said it’s the perfect blush for the “no-makeup” look.

Bonus points, per the experts: This plus contains squalene, a great moisturizing ingredient for all skin types.

One tester said: “I really loved this blush! It’s a powder-cream hybrid, which was perfect for someone like me who historically enjoys creams, but gets frustrated at their lack of longevity. I can tell it blends really well, because even when I applied too much, the formula still settled into my skin naturally.”

Best Cream Blush: Keys Soulcare Sheer Flush Cheek Tint

This tint gives you a natural, flushed look. Plus, it’s so creamy, the formula feels almost like a light moisturizer, according to editors.

Bonus points, per the experts: The jojoba seed oil in this product absorbs quickly and is suitable for people with acne-prone skin.

One tester said: “I can apply this with my finger, so it gets points for ease of use. The color I’m trying is very natural, so it looks like I’m blushing—which is exactly what you want from cheek tint!

Best Balm Cream Bronzer: Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer

Editors couldn’t stop raving about how natural this bronzer looks. The best part? It blends beautifully, so you don’t have to worry about streaks. It comes in four shades, the second-darkest shown above, so it’s suitable for a variety of skin types and colors. 

Bonus points, per the experts: This cream bronzer is loaded with beauty-boosting ingredients like oatmeal, which soothes irritated skin, and grapeseed oil, a natural astringent.

One tester said: “Once I figured out that I really had to warm this bronzer up with my brush before applying, the formula moved onto my skin really nicely—and also lasted for so long! It’s perfect for people who want a drier formula that doesn’t feel liquidy at all—but it’s not powdery or cakey either. It’s truly a second skin.

Best Powder Bronzer: EM Cosmetics

This sculpting bronzer lives up to its name. You’ll only need a few swipes to contour your cheekbones to new heights. And the streamlined compact is easy to carry in your purse or makeup bag, which is always a plus.

Bonus points, per the experts: This cream bronzer contains shea butter, which helps moisturize skin.

One tester said: “This was very creamy and blends super easily—a little goes a long way! Although I have very fair skin, I was able to use it while still matching my natural skin tone.”

Best Multi Palette: Ace Beauté Glow Essentials Highlighter Palette

This palette includes six unique shades—perfect for a blushed or more contoured look—so I’m confident it will quickly become a staple in your makeup bag. Reviewers liked that the highlighter goes on smoothly and mixes well with moisturizer. It’s also super versatile, allowing you to play around to accent your nose, cheeks, undereye area, and more, depending on what you’re in the mood for.

Bonus points, per the experts: This palette contains dimethicone, which helps keep skin moisturized.

One tester said: “I was excited to try this palette because of the different shades. I really love using a highlighter whenever I leave the house because it gives a natural glow without putting a ton of makeup on my skin. This product is especially great for summer when I don’t want to wear foundation, but still want to look a little more polished.”

Best Lip-and-Cheek Stick: Jones Road Lip and Cheek Stain

Cheeks on point? Check. Lip game poppin’? Check. This lip and cheek stain helps save space in your makeup bag when traveling and is ideal for people who hate using a lot of products.

One tester said: “My lips feel great after application as this product is very moisturizing! I tried using both my finger and a makeup sponge to blend in the stain on my cheeks and both worked great. Simplicity is the name of the game here and anything to make life easier is great in my book!”

SELF

Idris and Sabrina Elba: Beauty’s Newest Skin-Care Founders 

Idris and Sabrina Elba have it going on — in more ways than one. The partners in life and business are hosting a podcast, Coupledom, and now, launching a skin-care brand, S’Able Labs. (That’s Elba’s spelled backwards!) 

We’re a partnership, and skin care is something we can share. We are both on the same page about feeling good externally and it helps us approach our day,” Idris Elba tells Allure. There’s no “his” or “her’s” here. Instead, S’Able Labs is all about “us-care,” the idea of looking after yourself, so you can look after others — and intentionally sharing moments with the people around you.  “We all have skin we want to nourish and protect and hydrate,” says Sabrina Elba, and, she adds, “when you feel good, you do good.

Together, the duo has created a line of three products — cleanser, toner, moisturizer —  to help with the “feel good” part of that equation. It’s a simple lineup, but each product is formulated with hard-working ingredients, several of which have been thoughtfully sourced from Africa. “There are powerful ingredients on that continent,” says Sabrina Elba. “Some of my fondest memories are of sitting underneath the massive baobab trees in East Africa,” she says. 

The superfood baobab, packed with anti-inflammatory properties, is the star ingredient in the aptly named S’Able Labs Baobab Moisturiser, a lightweight formula that goes heavy on hydration with the help of shea butter and squalane. 

Each of the products are infused with The Elba’s experiences. “Somali women have been using qasil, [a powder made from the leaves from the gob tree], for centuries,” says Sabrina Elba. “I’ve watched my mom put this green stuff on her face forever. It’s a great natural soap full of antioxidants,” she tells Allure. Cosmetic chemist Ginger King confirms this ingredient is both an effective cleanser and exfoliator. 

The S’Able Labs Qasil Cleanser combines the Somalian plant with shea butter and purifying kaolin clay. “We both loved the way the cleanser felt on our skin. It provided immediate smoothness and softness — but unlike some exfoliating cleansers, it wasn’t the least bit irritating,” says Allure associate features director Dianna Mazzone, after testing it with her fiancé Herman. 

For editorial assistant Talia Gutierrez and her partner Austin, the S’Able Labs Black Seed Toner added some fun to their multi-step routine. “We enjoyed spritzing each other’s faces — a couple’s thing,” she says. “And we both appreciated the ultra-fine mist that left our skin dewy while feeling clean and hydrated, too.” They both sealed in the hydration with a penny-sized scoop of the S’Able Labs Baobab Moisturiser. “A little goes a long way,” says Austin.

Well, Allure sat down with Idris and Sabrina in a cozy, colorful room at The Whitby Hotel in New York City to chat about their exciting new brand S’Able Labs, how they like to use the products, and their favorite ways to practice “us-care.” 

IDRIS: Self-care quickly became “us-care” when we were in lockdown [during the pandemic]. We realized that only when you’re really good with yourself, are you good with someone else. 

SABRINA: It’s become such an educational process for me to talk about skin care with my partner who, you know, only used Vaseline until very recently [laughs].

When we created the S’able Labs, we wanted it to be something we could use together.

IDRIS: It’s not man or woman. It’s just human. We are both humans.

SABRINA: Idris will use the [S’able Labs Black Seed] toner as aftershave and I use it to set my makeup. It doesn’t need to be so specific.

IDRIS: I know how our [S’able Labs Baobab] moisturizer feels on my skin, Sabrina knows how it feels on her skin, and we both know that actually makes us feel good.

SABRINA: So much of my beauty routine is [about] being prepared for the day, so I don’t have to spend time in the bathroom, like having lash extensions, or my brows laminated. Even though I never look like I’m wearing heavy makeup, I’m always trying new things. If I’m going to try a color, it’s probably on my lips. And I’ve been trying colorful eyeliner recently, which is so fun. But Idris loves the no-makeup look [on me]. He says, “Oh, you look so great in the morning when you just wake up.”

IDRIS: I just sit in the makeup chair and get whatever done to me if I’m in a film. [And] I do make it a point to brush my teeth, but I’m not a flosser. Sabrina is a flosser.

SABRINA: How do you get away with so many things? I get jealous of how little you have to do [before] you walk out the door.

IDRIS: I will shave! I’m the guy who gets new growth by five o’clock in the afternoon, so I keep on top of it. And I shower every day, sometimes twice a day. I just got a fresh haircut and, honestly, my energy levels feel different. My clothes feel different. 

A haircut does that for me. I’ve gotta make sure the hair looks right. Buying new sneakers definitely makes me feel good. There’s something about stepping in fresh shoes. And I started swimming early in the morning. It feels so alien to jump into cold water, but it’s invigorating.

SABRINA: So much of the dream treatment for me is about where I am and who I am with. We went to Iceland recently and we were in the Blue Lagoon getting a massage.

IDRIS: That was incredible.

SABRINA: Yeah, it made it so much more impactful. If I’m in a beautiful setting, it doesn’t matter if it’s a bad massage.

IDRIS: Also, hot yoga in a hot climate is different. It’s not hot yoga, it’s just yoga. Something about the elements being natural rather than having a heater… Everyone’s sweating. But it’s the fact you’re warm and supple, and the environment is great.

SABRINA: Music is [another] form of self-care for us. We sit together, listen to an album… We fell in love listening to an album on a couch. It was A Tribe Called Quest…

IDRIS: The newest one. And Sampha.

SABRINA: We were just listening to music and that was so therapeutic for us and allowed us to bond. And also, if Idris serenades anyone, I’m pretty sure they fall in love pretty quickly.

IDRIS: Don’t put that out there [laughs]. They’ll be like, “You’re good at this! Sing!

SABRINA: Idris is so passionate about music. And it’s that [same] passion that’s bled into our relationship and anything we approach together.

ALLURE

Pastel Summers

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 Melba, highlight in Soft & Gentle, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Brick, lipstick in Chili, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • ColourPop Freckle pen & Pretty Fresh Setting Mist
  • Natasha Denona Pastel Eyeshadow Palette
  • 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.)

This Resurfacing Serum Leaves Wrinkles “Practically Gone,” According to Fans

The serum doesn’t beat around the bush with its name, and calls in double-fermented Uji green tea, Akita rice, and Okinawa algae to provide high levels of exfoliating lactic acid. Together, the brand says those three ingredients comprise 73 percent of the serum, so the periwinkle bottle is a potent resurfacer. Combined with moisture-drawing hyaluronic acid, plumping sugarcane-derived squalane, and hydrolyzed collagen and elastin, the effects have earned the serum over 1,200 five-star ratings on the brand’s site.

My skin looked luminous and dewy, and fine lines around my mouth, eyes, and forehead seemed to disappear,” wrote a fan of the “definite” plumping action they saw within weeks. A 52-year-old reviewer confirmed the “unbelievable” difference in their wrinkles and newly even skin tone, and a third person said their skin is the most hydrated it’s been in 15 years.

Shop now: $88; tatcha.com and sephora.com

Those profound changes are right in line with what editors and shoppers have come to expect from the luxury brand. Its mineral sunscreen has garnered nonstop laurels since launching in March; Jennifer Aniston uses its lip mask; and its concealer-eye cream hybrid is a “miracle product,” according to well-versed editors. The Dewy Serum plays up that same multitasking facet, toeing the balance between an exfoliant, moisturizer, and anti-ager that leaves wrinkles “practically gone.”

My skin looks so new and young, I was asked for my ID the other day,” wrote one user, and another person said their formerly “very visible” pores were distinctly reduced by the fragrance-free formula. Others wrote that their redness is now less pronounced, as are their under-eye circles, and a self-described “very picky” esthetician dubbed it a plumping “drink of hydration” when swiped across their lips.

Between the gorgeous bottle, smart ingredients, and fast results, the Dewy Serum’s hold on Tatcha’s best-seller list is easy to understand (per the brand’s website, it even outranks the beloved lip mask and Meghan Markle-approved Rice Polish). If you’d like to try the exfoliating and moisturizing wrinkle-reducer, the Dewy Serum is $88 at Tatcha’s website and Sephora.

INSTYLE

Beauty Retailer Sephora Exits Russia

Sephora agrees to sell all of the shares in its subsidiary in the country to its general manager there.

Prestige beauty retailer Sephora (owned by LVMH) is exiting Russia, joining many other Western businesses that have already left the country.
 
Sephora has inked an agreement to sell all of the shares in its subsidiary in the country to its general manager there. Once the deal with the Sephora general manager in Russia closes, the activity will be operated under the Russian retail brand Île de Beauté.
 
The move will provide “continuity” for employees, according to Sephora, which employed 1,200 workers in 88 Russian stores and in operations to support the company’s website in the country.

BEAUTY PACKAGING

Zendaya On The Secret To Perfect Brows And The Skincare Step She Never Skips

Actor, singer and activist Zendaya is best known for her Emmy-winning performance in hit TV show Euphoria and her role in the Spider-Man franchise, as well as for being a stellar Lancôme ambassador since 2019. Now the face of the brand’s Idôle scent, she speaks to Hannah Coates about her brows, taking risks on the red carpet, and why she never skips moisturiser. 

On skincare rules

I never skip moisturiser – I feel like my face would just crack in half. Also, I do not sleep with make-up on. That’s a big rule. But overall, I really enjoy the process of skincare. It’s one of my many obsessions. Even though I tend to keep the routine basic, I try new products all the time and I enjoy the ritual [of it]. Sometimes it’s fun to treat yourself with a little facial before bed. I’ll incorporate different serums every now and then. I think it’s good to switch up your skincare so that your skin doesn’t get too used to it. My products always seem more effective after I’ve left them for a bit and come back.

On how she wakes up

I usually wake up to my dog and, unfortunately, go right to checking my phone. It’s a habit I’d like to break.

On the products she can’t live without

Concealer, because if you have a good concealer you can just tap it over problem areas and you’re good. That, and some kind of brow product, whether it’s a tinted brow gel or a brow pencil. I love my brows. Somehow they change your whole face. I’ve let mine grow out, and with different brow products I can change the shape and opaqueness. It’s so interesting how doing that can really change your whole look. 

On her biggest beauty risk

Every time I step on the red carpet, it’s a risk. We always do something risky.

On make-up free vs full glam

It’s day to day. Like most people, I don’t have time to go full beat all the time. So there are some times where I just chill. For events, my stylist Law and I like to create characters, and so my make-up will depend on what character I am that evening. For example, for the last Met Gala, we did a Joan of Arc reference. We added a little extra blush, because we wanted the look to remind people of an old Victorian painting with the rosy cheeks. 

Another year I had this giant dress, and dewy make-up and lashes — the whole thing. At the last minute, I looked up, and was like, “Something’s not right.” I took off the fake lashes, and I added extra gloss to my lips. But I still needed something. So I put on this bright, red-orange lipstick, and it was perfect. It was one of those things where it’s like, “Hmm, something’s just off … who is this character? I haven’t found her yet.” I like to figure it out as I go.

On her hair

I like to wear my hair natural. My natural curl pattern came back after I stopped putting heat on my hair so I try to just embrace [what I have] while learning to care for my natural hair.

On fragrance

Spraying perfume is the final step to polish off getting ready. If you’re like me and attach memories to scents, the right fragrance can bring a lot of joy. I always just do the old spray-and-walk-into-it technique.

On make-up looks

I’m a sucker for classic neutral tones, you know, just browns. They’re easier to blend, for one thing – you don’t have to be so precise. If you make a mistake, you can just add some more, no big deal. All that said, I do love a yellow eyeshadow! Or a very yellow-gold. I also appreciate a plain red lip, with nothing else on the eye or just a little mascara. When you find the right red, that can change everything, you know? It’s got to be bright enough, deep enough, not too blue, not too this, not too that. I usually just go for a simple matte red. 

On doing her own make-up

Once I started working with make-up artists, I’d just watch them. If I liked the way someone did my eyebrows, I’d just watch how they did it and try it a home. Over time, learning to do my make-up became about taking different techniques and products from people I liked and putting them into my Rolodex. Then it was a matter of trial and error. I’d go out on the red carpet and later look at photos. Sometimes, I’d be like, “Ooh, I look like a ghost,” so then I’d fix it the next time around. It’s really about trying, failing, and trying again.

I pretty much do all my own make-up for events now. It’s very therapeutic for me, especially if I’m ever stressed out before a press junket or a big event. There’s something about taking that time to just be with yourself that I find very relaxing.

On her go-to confidence booster

I go to work – I love working. That’s where I feel the most powerful and in my essence.

On spa treatments

I love a good massage, but the problem is most massage therapists don’t apply enough pressure! People think I’m going to break in half. I’m like, you’ve got to do a little bit more than that, you know?

On her personal mantra

I don’t know if I have a specific personal mantra, but I do think it’s important to live with a sense of gratitude. You can’t ever have more if you don’t appreciate what you have. I always try to list the things that I am thankful for and take a moment to appreciate those things. That act helps put everything into perspective.

VOGUE

Ariana Grande’s New Lip Oil Has a Unique Feature That Was Inspired by Her Favorite Eye Cream Tool

Ariana Grande stans, rejoice: the singer’s latest r.e.m. beauty chapter is now available at Ulta Beauty.

Alongside Chapters 1 and 2, Ulta customers can add the latest r.e.m. beauty Chapter 3 products to their carts. The newest collection features five lip products, including a balm, oil, liner, and two new formulas of the On Your Collar lipstick: a liquid version and a hydrating option packaged in a thin bullet.

With Chapter 3, we blend the romance and retro-glamor of the ’50s’ approach to lipstick that I’ve always loved,” Grande tells InStyle. She says she’s “obsessed” with the new “high-performance” formulas, and shares a secret about the Essential Drip Lip Oil: “We brought a little skincare magic to your lips — the lip oil applicator was inspired by one of my favorite eye cream tools and really enhances the experience.”

The applicator of the r.e.m. lip oil and gloss hybrid has a unique design that includes a small metal ball at the tip, similar to eye cream products that are designed to de-puff the undereye area. The brand recommends using the metal part to apply the oil and then blending it in with the sides of the cupped applicator. Made with cocoglycerides, an emollient derived from coconut oil, the oil comes in four scents: raspberry, mint, lavender, and peach.

Shop now: $16; ultabeauty.com

Fans are already fawning over the Essential Drip Lip Oil on r.e.m. beauty’s website. Shoppers love the “original design” and say the oil is “not sticky at all, has the “best cooling effect,” and makes their lips feel “10 times more moisturized.”

One thing’s for sure: You can count on r.e.m. beauty’s Chapter 3 for a plush and plump pout!

INSTYLE

Caroline Hirons Breaks Into Beauty Tech With Skin Care App Launch

Caroline Hirons, the British aesthetician and influencer, has launched her new skin care app on 13th of July.

The free Skin Rocks app will provide curated information and advice on the type of skin users have, and will then match products best suited for the individual.

A soft launch was held on 28 June, when it was offered to the 120,000 members of Hiron’s Skincare Freaks Facebook group for testing.

The beta launch made it to number four on the top free apps in the Apple chart within 12 hours, according to Hirons.

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We have been blown away by the response and cannot wait to share the fully loaded Skin Rocks App with our industry peers at our official launch event on the 13 July,” said Hirons.

The app has been launched as a part of the Skin Rocks Limited business, which creates skin care kits featuring products hand picked by Hirons.

Dubbed the ‘queen of skin care‘, Hirons has over 37 years of experience in retail, including 25 years working as a consultant in the skin care industry.

She launched a book in 2020 titled Skincare: The ultimate no-nonsense guide, which won the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year in 2021.

COSMETICS BUSINESS

Brazilian Blowout vs. Keratin Treatment — Which One Should You Get?

A smoothing treatment can be a worthwhile investment for anyone with frizz-prone hair. So while salon services like a Brazilian blowout or a keratin treatment can set you back $250 on average, they’ll give you smooth, shiny hair that’ll last for months.

Both treatments will spare you the time you’ve been wasting styling your hair with frizz-fighting products that never quite seem to work. So, what’s the difference between the two, and which one should you get? InStyle turned to Christina B. of New York City’s Rita Hazan Salon to spell it out.

What’s the Difference Between Brazilian Blowouts and Keratin Treatments? 

Brazilian blowouts and keratin treatments essentially have the same effect on hair: both eliminate frizz and boost shine. They’re safe for all hair types and can be done on color-treated hair. However, Brazilian blowouts are more customizable.

Since the market is so saturated with keratin treatments you could spend hours googling what you think would be best for the look you’re after, but the Brazilian blowout can be adjusted for different hair textures,” explains Christina B. “The stylist can flat iron the hair at different temperatures and achieve different looks.

What this means is that if you don’t want your hair completely straight, your stylist can tailor the treatment so that your natural hair texture isn’t completely lost. They’ll still seal the treatment with a 450 degree flat iron, and you’ll still have smooth, voluminous waves when they’re all done.

The other way the treatments vary is in their downtime. Following a keratin treatment, it’s recommended that you don’t tie your hair up and you can’t wash it for three or four days. As for a Brazilian blowout, you can go about your regular styling routine.

What Should I Know About What’s In These Smoothing Treatments? 

Although a Brazilian blowout has its benefits, the treatment can’t be mentioned without addressing the controversy surrounding it. There has been concern about the formaldehyde in its formula.

I find that if they’re done properly and in well ventilated areas they are not harmful at all,” says Christina B. “But you can find formaldehyde-free versions if you are worried about that.

Whichever treatment you do choose, research salons in your area that offer the service to find one that’s reputable. You’ll get the results you want without sacrificing the health of your hair.

INSTYLE

Vanessa Hudgens’ Makeup Artist Used This Blurring Foundation to Get Her Glass Skin Look at the MTV Movie Awards

Vanessa Hudgens turned heads more than once at the 2022 MTV Movie Awards after making seven (yes, seven!) outfit and hair changes. As the host of the event, the actress donned a new look every time she announced a category and winner — but it was her makeup that really stole the show.

Like me, you’re probably wondering how Hudgens achieved her stunning red carpet look. Fortunately, the actress’s makeup artist Tonya Brewer shared the exact lineup of products she used to give Hudgens her glow — and they all happen to be from celeb-favorite Pat McGrath Labs. Jennifer Lopez, Doja Cat, and Julia Fox have all recently used Pat McGrath products, and for good reason.

The secret to Hudgen’s red carpet glow is the Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation, a natural, blurring foundation that features amino acids and diamond core powder to enhance her radiance and decrease fine lines and pores. Available in 36 shades, the silky formula glides on like butter for a smooth and dewy finish that’s designed to make your skin sparkle, according to reviewers. Suitable for most skin types, shoppers are calling it “the best” foundation for a “sheer, natural finish.”

Shop now: $68; sephora.com

Brewer paired the Sublime Perfection Foundation with other Pat McGrath face favorites, like the Sublime Perfection Concealer, which also comes in a range of shades, and Sublime Perfection Setting Powder. The lightweight setting powder has moisture-absorbing amino acids that soak up sweat and condensation, making it perfect for hot summer months, and is also free of parabens.

To get Hudgens’ dewy cheeks, Brewer tapped Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish: Divine Blush Duo in paradise glow (which is currently out of stock in all colors), as well as the Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo in nude, which shoppers are calling their “secret weapon” for achieving an all-over glow. Brewer then used Pat McGrath Labs Fetish MascaraPermagel Ultra Glide Pencil, and Mothership I Subliminal Eye Shadow Palette to give Hudgens a daring eye featuring a dramatic, smokey wing with a glittery blue finish. And last but certainly not least, she finished off Hudgens’ plump pout with three lip products: the Lust Luxe Lip Balm in nude temptationPermagel Ultra Lip Pencil in structure, and Blitztrance Lipstick in skinsane.

So, if you ever find yourself wanting to recreate Hudgens’ gorgeous red carpet look at the 2022 MTV Movie Awards, you totally can with makeup from celeb-favorite Pat McGrath Labs. Or, just use these products to feel red carpet-ready, no matter what your summer plans are.

INSTYLE

The 14 Best Tried-And-True Drugstore Mascaras

Whether you’re going full glam or in the mood for a more natural look, mascara can really bring any makeup look to life. Finding the perfect mascara for you can be a little tricky since there are so many out there. While higher-end mascaras may seem more promising, you’d be surprised by the impressive formulas and lasting effects of mascaras found in the beauty aisle of your local drugstore. What’s more, they provide the same results as any Chanel, Dior, and Charlotte Tilbury mascaras out there– just at a more affordable price.

BEST FOR EXTRA VOLUME : Mega Volume Mascara by Wet n Wild

  • Doesn’t clump
  • Cruelty-free
  • Affordable price
  • You may need to use multiple coats

You’re bound to receive lash envy with this mega-volumizing mascara complete with a full spiral fiber brush. Your lashes will not only look thicker and fuller but they will also be moisturized and nourished with vitamin E.

Voluminous Original Mascara by L’Oreal

  • Builds lashes evenly
  • Comes in a variety of shades
  • Not waterproof- the colored shades may run down your face from tears or sweat

Ready for full, dramatic lashes? The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara helps to build your lashes five times their natural thickness. You won’t have to worry about clumping or buildup with its wand, which separates and hugs every lash for a bold look.

BEST FOR CLEAN BEAUTY : Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara by Covergirl

  • No smudging
  • No clumping
  • Thick bristles
  • Hard to hold handle

Argan and marula oil condition your lash while the vegan formula works to create the high-volume lash look of your dreams.

CULT-FAVORITE : Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara by Maybelline

  • Volumizing
  • Waterproof
  • Hard to remove
  • Clumpy

This viral TikTok mascara features a lightweight formula that won’t cause any flaking or smudging. The mascara is designed with an exclusive flex tower brush that will reach every single lash no matter the length.

BEST FOR A SPIDER EFFECT : Big Mood Mega Volume & Lifting Mascara by e.l.f. Cosmetics

  • Affordable
  • Lasts all day
  • Hard to apply with brush handle

Get big, bold lashes in one stroke. Infused with jojoba wax, this e.l.f. Cosmetics mascara has a smooth, creamy formula that helps hold your lashes’ curl. It will plump and lift your lashes and last all day. It’s also smudge and flake-resistant.

BEST FOR SHORT LASHES : Telescopic Original Lengthening Mascara by L’Oreal

  • Lengthens
  • Applies evenly
  • Difficult to remove
  • Dries out quickly

Short stubby lashes are a thing of the past, thanks to the L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara. This drugstore gem lengthens even the shortest lashes and has a smooth formula that applies easily and smoothly, providing you with a desired clump-free result.

BEST FOR LAYERING : Lash Princess False Lash Effect by Essence

  • Lengthens
  • Adds volume
  • Sticky texture

The Essence Lash Princess mascara features a fiber brush wand that will give your lashes a dramatic volume while achieving a sculpted length. It’s a no-hassle application as it won’t clump up or leave product build-up.

BEST FOR FULLNESS : Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara by Maybelline

  • Applies evenly
  • Good applicator
  • Dries out quickly
  • Flakes

After one application of the Lash Stiletto mascots, your eyes will look brighter and wider. The mascara’s formula includes pro-vitamin B-5, which conditions and smooths your lashes to help them shine.

BEST FOR LENGTHENING : Mega Length Mascara by Wet n Wild

  • Cruelty-free
  • Increases definition
  • Multiple applications to see results

If you’re looking to increase definition and give yourself longer lashes instantly, Wet N Wild has you covered for just $3. This wand allows for precise application and hugs every lash from root to tip, encouraging optimal length.

BEST AFFORDABLE OPTION : Volumizing Mascara by e.l.f. Cosmetics

  • Doesn’t clump
  • Stays on throughout the day
  • Heavy formula
  • Hard to remove

The e.l.f. Cosmetics Volumizing Mascara adds volume to create fuller, thicker-looking lashes that will widen your eyes. Apply the product to your eyelashes from root to tip and work in a zig-zag motion to fully coat your lashes for the best result.

BEST FOR SUBTLE VOLUME : Great Lash Washable Mascara by Maybelline

  • Gives you volume and definition
  • May transfer to skin after drying

Considered America’s favorite mascara, the formula of the Great Lash Washable Mascara glides on seamlessly to build healthy lashes. This mascara will give you a natural volume and will easily become a staple waterproof mascara in your makeup routine.

BEST FOR EASY REMOVAL : Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara by Maybelline

  • Applies evenly
  • Doesn’t clump
  • Smudges
  • Flakes

Maybelline’s thickening formula nourishes each lash with Vitamin E. The best part of this mascara is its quick dissolve system that allows for easy removal with no residue.

BEST FOR A LASH-LIFT LOOK : Clump Crusher Water Resistant LashBlast Mascara by Covergirl

  • Applies evenly
  • Doesn’t clump
  • Difficult to remove
  • Sticky texture

The innovative curved brush of this Covergirl mascara will separate your lashes, courtesy of its double-sided design that evenly coats each hair clump-free.

BEST FOR LONGWEAR : Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline

  • Great brush
  • Applies evenly
  • Difficult to remove

The fanning brush of the Lash Sensational mascara has ten layers of bristles, which grabs onto your lashes for a perfectly fanned look. With a waterproof, buildable formula, it’s a great product to trust as your all-day, every day mascara.

FAQs

What should you look for in a drugstore mascara? 

When shopping for mascara, makeup artist Desiree Delia says to think about what your ultimate goal is for your eyelashes. Are you looking for length? A little volume? Or maybe both? 

Volumizing and lengthening mascaras are key to creating that fake lash look without having to use any lash glue. In just two to three coats, you’ll see that your lashes appear thicker and fuller. While there are options of falsies and lash extensions, there’s nothing better than being able to get your desired lash length every day without the pricey upkeep. Plus, using a lengthening mascara is the easiest and most effective way to add some length to your lashes. Waterproof formulas become locked into the lashes, which prevents smudging. 

It is also important to keep an eye out for three key things: the formula, the wand, and the removal process. 

Formula

Look for a mascara that won’t clump, dries quickly, and washes off considerably easily. If you are looking for a clean product, you’ll want to consider a cruelty-free formula. If having a longer-lasting product is important to you, you should look for a waterproof formula. 

Wand

To help you achieve your lash goal, it’s important to look at the mascara wand and its bristles. Delia says a fluffy brush helps to thicken the lash, whereas an hourglass-shaped brush helps to volumize the lash. “If you’re unsure, a more rectangle-shaped brush is a general brush that helps target all your needs,” she adds.

Removal

Mascara is great for making your eyes pop throughout the day, but sometimes, it can be a challenge to remove. Ensuring you’re using a product that can be easily removed with your face cleanser or wipes is important. If it’s a hassle to take off your mascara, it may not be the product for you. With waterproof mascaras, Delia explains that you must use an oil-based cleanser or baby oil to remove the mascara, and often the removal process may require some extra care. But, you’ll find that non-waterproof mascara will come off a little easier.

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Focus

A little behind-the-scenes look at our project with Katie, photo taken by Andrei Roman.

Enhancing faces since 2017, I truly never get tired of working on new people, projects, visit new places, and create new looks. It is truly my passion and I am grateful for every face I get to work on!

Happy summer, everybody!

Makeup Entrepreneur Bobbi Brown Has Launched a New Beauty Brand

Bobbi Brown, the makeup mogul who pioneered the “no makeup makeup” look in the early 90s, is back at it with a new venture. 

Based on the belief that the world “doesn’t need more beauty products, it just needs better beauty products,” her new brand, Jones Road, which she launchred during the pandemic, offers a relatively small range of “clean” products, formulated to eliminate potentially harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates and sulfates. And, in keeping with her less-is-more approach, many items in her new range are multifunctional — such as a balm that can be applied to cheeks, lips and eyelids. 

Jones Road comes decades after Brown sold her namesake label and years after she exited the company.

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Building a brand

Brown first entered the beauty world in the 1980s as a makeup artist when the overly made-up look was in vogue. “It was Studio 54, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Hall,” recalled Brown during an interview with CNN. “I tried to do that and it didn’t work. So I thought, ‘let me make people look more natural,'” she said. 

Bucking the trend, she bid on consumers wanting a more natural look and launched Bobbi Brown in 1991, building a business that was so successful that Estée Lauder came knocking on her door just a few years later. According to Brown, the then CEO Leonard Lauder called to tell her she was beating the cosmetics giant in all the major department stores. He invited Brown and her husband over for dinner and asked if he could buy the brand. “We aren’t for sale,” she told him at the time, but eventually Lauder made an offer she couldn’t refuse. 

When Leonard said to me, ‘what if I can promise you that we can grow your business and you could do what you love’ — and this got to me — ‘you keep doing all of the creative, we do everything else and you can be a really good mom and have your family and not spend your life traveling,’ I said OK. He was the right partner at the right time,” Brown said.

She stayed on at the brand for more than two decades after the reported $74.5 million sale but eventually came to regret a non-compete agreement she had signed, which would bar her from launching any new beauty brands for 25 years. “I’ve always only put my name on things I believe in. It is one of the reasons I left the last brand,” she said. “At the end of my tenure I was forced into approving things that I never had a chance to approve. I refused. I never put my name on something that I don’t believe in.” 

But there were still four years left on the non-compete agreement and she finally had the luxury of time to figure out what she wanted to do next.

‘Empowering people’

In her second act, Brown went back to school to get certified as a health coach. “I didn’t go back to school with a purpose. I went because it was the first time in my life I had time to think of what I wanted to do,” she said. “I’ve always been a health nut and a foodie so going back to school I figured out healthier ways to eat food that I love.” During that time she said she started wearing even less make up. 

Honestly, I sort of stopped wearing it after I left the brand. I was getting healthier, I was less stressed, and I looked better,” she said. 

Brown said she could see what was happening on social media with the many direct-to-consumer beauty brands emerging but saw a gap in the market for the company she was quietly starting to envision which was “somewhere between old Celine, when Phoebe Philo was there, and Supreme.”

She launched the brand on October 26, 2020, the day her non-compete was up.

Brown joined Tiktok in January this year, posting videos with straight-talking advice, including tips for people who are over 50. In one video she makes a case against contouring — a makeup technique used to define and shape certain facial features — asking, “why would you want to contour your nose?” while explaining how she learned to embrace her natural features.

Brown has also used the platform to address critics. One of the brand’s foundations had received some negative feedback from users online — some didn’t like that the oil-based foundation separated in its container, others felt the coverage wasn’t enough. She responded with a series of videos defending the product and explaining how to mix it properly and how to apply it. 

A lot has changed since Brown launched her first brand, but she appears to be embracing the opportunity to talk directly to consumers and share positive beauty messages. 

I believe in life, you have to use what you have and stop fighting who you are,” she said, “I really believe in empowering people to be the best versions of themselves.”

Bobbi’s Top 5 Beauty Tips:

1. Smile a lot, you just look so much better when you do!

2. Hydrate yourself, I don’t care if it’s water or herbal tea — it makes such a difference in how you feel.

3. How you feel is tied to how you look, so instead of running to get work done, ask yourself “why don’t I feel good?” and make some changes to your lifestyle.

4. Wear sunscreen and wear a seatbelt.

5. Streamline your regime: Find a few beauty products that take you just a few minutes to apply that make you feel good no matter what, where and when.

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How Isamaya Ffrench Created The Glossy Skin For Vogue’s August Pride Cover

When the August issue of British Vogue is a big celebration of Pride, representation, individuality and activism, how does one approach the make-up? For Isamaya Ffrench – a make-up artist who is always pushing the boundaries of what it means to transform via colour, texture and prosthetics – it was about honouring the unique character and beauty of each LGBTQ+ cover star. “We wanted everyone to look and feel amazing, to celebrate individuality and beauty, so that each person’s make-up complemented their personality,” she tells Vogue.

From Cara Delevingne and Ariana DeBose to Cynthia Erivo, Munroe Bergdorf and Jordan Barrett – just five of the 12 change-makers depicted in the story – there were an array of luminous faces for Ffrench to paint. “We had conversations with each cover star about how they liked to make themselves up and the message they wanted to convey and took it from there,” she says.

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They landed on fresh-faced make-up looks, which enhanced each individual’s unique features, whether DeBose’s arresting brown eyes (subtly defined with liner) or Aweng Chuol’s vinyl lips, which were captured smiling widely.

Glossy skin, with varying degrees of shine, was a common thread throughout the shoot: “We celebrated glowing skin and took time to perfect everyone’s skin using a mix of skincare and make-up products,” explains Ffrench, who used products from Jones Road, Johnson & Johnson, and the SkinLacq Glow Serum from her newly launched beauty line, Isamaya. Glass skin in a bottle, the serum is infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, while emollients create a healthy sheen across skin – it will be available to buy soon.

What was it like working on a shoot celebrating these LGBTQ+ stars? “It was such great energy!” she asserts. “There’s nothing better than celebrating each other.”

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Bronze This Way

Model: Charlotte
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 Boldly Bare, lipstick in Velvet Teddy, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • Natasha Deanna Bronze midi eyeshadow palette
  • Sigma Beauty brushes.

Model: Charlotte
Photographer: Ken Soon (Chasing Beauty)

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

Don’t Forget to Pack These Vacation Makeup Essentials

With vacation season in full swing, there’s no better time to pare down your beauty assortment to curate your must-have travel makeup essentials. Whether you’re adhering to TSA guidelines or just want to pack lightly, most of us will not be traveling with our complete makeup collection.

While planning your trip details and what to wear are certainly exciting tasks, editing your beauty stash can actually be quite stressful. The entire process makes one reflect on what you’ll need on hand once you reach your destination—especially if you’re going somewhere without a drug store for last-minute beauty buys. Regardless, you’ll want at least one complexion product to even skin tone and veil imperfections, along with multitasking pigments to bring warmth and subtle color to the face. And let’s not forget how you’ll store all your makeup to avoid spills or damage.

Trusted Organizers

First things first, determine what travel makeup organizers work best for you. Maybe you already own the best toiletry bag that can fit both your skin-care and makeup necessities, or perhaps you’d prefer to store them separately. Away’s water-resistant case offers spacious compartments, transparent pockets, and even a detachable makeup brush organizer—perfect to secure in your carry-on. Otherwise, consider Longchamp’s zippered pouch, which is compact enough to pop in your purse or personal item for easy access.

Skin Prep

From the Oscars red carpet to the Met Gala, experts wax on about the importance of skin prep for glowing, beautiful skin with or without makeup. So, rely on skin-nourishing products and face primers to prep your base. We’d reach for Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas to weightlessly nourish, blur, protect, and prime—or, the French beauty favorite Embryolisse cream to restore skin moisture and leave a satin finish.

Multitasking Tools

Maybe you’re fine with applying all of your makeup products with your fingers. If not though, don’t forget to pack the beauty tools you rely on at home to perfect your look. For brushes, consider a dual-ended option that pairs two different brush types in one, like this Hourglass option suitable for powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter. On the other hand, classics like the Beautyblender sponge make blending liquid, cream, and powder products a dream.

Foolproof Complexion

Selecting your vacation complexion products is arguably the hardest part, with so many different types of foundations, concealers, and powders to choose from—many of us requiring multiple shades for a brightened under-eye or combat hyperpigmentation. You can’t go wrong with Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint for lightweight, dewy coverage that even boasts sun protection and nourishing ingredients (read: niacinamide, squalane, and hyaluronic acid). For concealer, the Kosas’s creamy formula not only offers dewy medium coverage, but brightens, soothes, and plumps skin over time thanks to a blend of caffeine, peptides, vitamins, and hyaluronic acid. Seriously, who can say no to efficacious clean concealers and foundations?

Set the Look

Even on vacation, it’s important to lock your look in place appropriately. Charlotte Tilbury’s setting powder is excellent to have on hand to reduce shine and blur skin where you need it, earning bonus points for mess-free application (as opposed to loose setting powder options). Then, spritz your face with Supergoop!’s mist that sets and protects against UV rays and pollutants. In fact, a similar formula by the brand saved Vogue commerce writer Alexis Bennett’s makeup during Coachella.

Enticing Eyes

Bring your go-to eye look on your tip by way of the best mascara and eyeliners—both of which work wonders to make your eyes pop and enhance their shape. For smudge-free lengthening and lifting, reach for Merit’s clean mascara. To perfect your signature wing or add some dimension to your look, Ilia’s liquid water-proof formula allows you to precisely etch liner however you see fit, thanks to a fine felt tip.

Tinted Lips

Makeup artists say that the key to nailing a minimalist makeup look is adding an accent of color. One of the easiest ways to do so throughout travel is by keeping a tinted lip product on hand for a statement-making moment. Kosas’s gloss delivers a lip filler effect by visibly plumping the lips—especially if paired with a lip color complementing liner. Not a big gloss fan? Reach for Merit’s satiny lipstick for sheer, buildable color no matter the occasion.

Adaptable Color

We’ve quickly become huge blush enthusiasts, from viral TikTok picks to the best cream formulas. Either way, blendable blushes, and multipurpose color pigments allow you to customize your glow and place colors wherever you want. Versatility is key on any kind of vacation. Tap Merit’s creamy tint across the eyes, lips, and cheeks for a skin-like wash of color. Prefer a liquid formula? Saie’s water-based Dew Blush creates a natural tint after just one dot from its doe foot applicator—blended with one of the previously mentioned makeup tools.

Defined Arches

Brows say a lot about a person, so think ahead to perfecting yours when you’re packing for travel. Draw realistic brow hairs in sparse areas with makeup pro Dani Kimiko Vincent’s ultra-fine pencil, or comb hairs in place with a brow gel like Ilia’s to volumize and thicken with flexible hold.

Glam Optional

Maybe your travels are for a wedding or gala that requires full glam, or maybe you’re not quite sure what your itinerary entails. Nevertheless, a few products specific for camera-ready, longwear glam is essential. Think false lashes to amp up the drama; with this Velour Lashes kit, you have everything you need to apply natural-looking lashes on the go without trimming or measuring. Finally, the last thing you want during full glam is an unnecessary bout of shine. Stop oil in its tracks with Tatcha’s blotting papers without budging your look—housed in packaging small enough to fit in your party handbag or clutch.

VOGUE

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.  

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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.

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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

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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.

Welcome to Artist Spotlight #81 series on my blog.

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. 

Welcome to Artist Spotlight #80 series on my blog.

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.

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

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.

SHOP IT $34

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