AALIYAH FOR MAC IS OFFICIALLY HAPPENING, THANKS TO A YEARS-LONG FAN PETITION

Back in 2015, Aaliyah superfan Jennifer Risinger began a petition calling for MAC to create an Aaliyah-inspired makeup collection. “Aaliyah stands for MAC’s mission of ‘All ages, All races, All sexes,” she wrote at the time. It garnered thousands of signatures. And now those efforts are coming to fruition: MAC announced on Thursday that Aaliyah for MAC will officially debut in the summer of 2018.

“Aaliyah is truly one in a million — an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all,” the brand wrote in an Instagram post announcing the news. “Today we join her countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the MAC Aaliyah collection. You made it happen! Stay tuned in 2018.”
So far, details are scarce about the specific products that will comprise the collection, but it’s safe to say that lipsticks will most likely be at least one component of it.

This isn’t the first time MAC has created a fan-requested collection that pays tribute to a young star whose life came to an all-too-early end: The brand’s Selena-inspired collection debuted in 2016 to overwhelming success. So it was no doubt that MAC was eager to respond to calls for another fan-driven collection — but it was simply a matter of whether Aaliyah’s family was on board.

“There is a certain something about each of our collaborators that inspires MAC — with Aaliyah it was the incredible passion from her fans that was everywhere we turned,” said Catherine Bomboy Dougherty, MAC’s Senior Vice President of Global Communications in a statement to Fashionista. “We admire Aaliyah because she was a not only an exceptionally talented artist, but a risk-taker and innovator who still influences the worlds of music, fashion and beauty. She continues to be a role model whose legacy inspires us all to follow our hearts. We are honored the family trusted MAC to bring Aaliyah and her fans’ vision to life. We made a lot of people really happy today and that feels good.”

THE MAJOR VMAS BEAUTY TREND WAS EYE MAKEUP THAT MATCHED YOUR DRESS

Yara Shahidi. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

The MTV VMAs often make for an eclectic, fun (and sure, sometimes weird) red carpet. The 2017 edition was fairly tame compared with what we’ve seen in years past, but that meant there was more time to appreciate the details — like, for example, the super-pretty makeup looks.

The major beauty trend of the evening was simple: Find a dress in an unexpected hue, like lavender or mustard-y gold, and then match your eye makeup to it.

The first to get in on this was Lorde, who showed up looking great in a voluminous, feather-covered Monique Lhuillier gown — her stylist Karla Welch really knows her stuff — with a pleasantly laid-back half-up ponytail styled by Cameron Rains that was casual and rumpled enough to perfectly offset the fancy dress. While most of her makeup (by Amber Dreadon) was of the no-makeup persuasion, Lorde’s brows were as prominent as ever, topping off a hazy wash of pinkish-lavender eye shadow that mimicked the shade of her dress.

Lorde. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Yara Shahidi went in a similar direction, matching her gold-and-black Zimmermann gown to her gold-and-black smoky eye, courtesy of makeup artist Emily Cheng. It’s worth noting that the actress wore a stellar ponytail — slick in the front, with a deep side part, and brushed-out, voluminous curls in back — by hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson.

Yara Shahidi. Photo:

Vanessa Hudgens also went matchy-matchy, pairing her red Yanina Couture dress with a red, rhinestone-encrusted cat eye. Makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who was behind the look, revealed on Instagram that he used Christian Louboutin Luminous Ink Liner in Rouge Louboutin Vibrant Red topped with red Swarovski crystals.

Vanessa Hudgens. Photo: @chadwoodhair/Instagram

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Kim Kardashian Has Officially Spoken: The “Baking” Trend Is Over

It looks like Kim Kardashian is officially ready to say goodbye to a beauty technique she formerly swore by. In a recent post on her website, the makeup mogul admitted that she’s totally over “beauty baking,” a makeup method that has its roots in the drag community and surged in popularity many times in the past seven or so years.

To refresh your memory, this method has nothing to do with your oven and everything to do with that loose powder your grandmother probably uses. The tactic involves first applying foundation and concealer and then using a damp sponge to pat a thick coating of powder on areas you’d like to brighten, such as under your eyes or along your jawbone. After that, you must let the powder sit for up to 10 minutes (some wait up to 20), and then dust it off with a brush. Baking sets your foundation and results in picture-perfect coverage that can last through even the longest of days, but man, is it time-consuming!

In the post on her website, Kim admitted that she and her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, used to do “really heavy baking” a few years ago. “Back in 2009 or 2010, having a super light under-eye was the thing to do and I absolutely loved it at the time. But looking back, sometimes I looked a little crazy — especially with the camera flashes.”

Now, the makeup maven is looking to keep things more “simple,” mostly going for muted nudes. “Throughout the years, I’ve tried a lot of beauty trends,” she wrote. “It’s fun to look back at the old glam I used to do — a lot of contour, really baked under eye and long lashes. Now, I tend to stick to a monochromatic nude look.”

We couldn’t agree more that this tedious process should fade away into its grave, right alongside matching your eye shadow color to your clothes.

Everything You Thought You Knew About Face Mapping, Debunked

If you’ve ever tried to self-diagnose your recurring breakouts through a quick internet search, you’re probably familiar with the concept of face mapping. The popular technique tracks breakouts on different areas of the face to determine potential causes and help guide treatment. Ever since discovering this practice on one of my many rabbit hole internet sessions, I figured I knew enough to pinpoint what was causing my flare-ups. Breaking out around my mouth? I probably needed to eat more vegetables. A slew of pimples dotting my forehead? Stress was likely the culprit. But after speaking to a dermatologist, everything I thought I knew was quickly debunked.

While most of the online conversations around face mapping connect different facial zones to internal health, Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group revealed that it’s more complicated than that. A better indicator of determining the cause of your breakouts is first tracking the type of acne it is, then looking at where its appearing on the face as a secondary factor. According to her, certain behavior patterns and perhaps some types of acne can be triggered by specific sources, in addition to appearing in certain facial zones. Keep reading for the dermatologist-approved way to map and treat your breakouts, and learn how Differin® Gel is a treatment for mild to moderate acne or even occasional flare-ups.

Blackheads and whiteheads on the forehead and nose

When it comes to your forehead and nose, anything that creates more oil production, whether behavioral or dietary, can lead to breakouts.

“There’s a very high density of oil glands in this area, so people in humid weather, people who are exercising, or people who wear a lot of hats and headbands will usually experience a lot of little breakouts in the forehead.” Dr. Nazarian said. “In addition, fatty, fried foods have been shown to change the viscosity of the sebum in your oil glands, which can clog pores and trigger acne.”

Inflammatory acne on the cheeks

Experiencing acne on the cheeks? You may want to watch the sugar intake.

“While the evidence is still growing, high glycemic index foods and foods that contain natural hormones, like milk and yogurt, can cause basic, inflammatory acne on the cheeks.” she noted.

Tender red bumps on the lateral face and neck

If you’re experiencing deep, red lesions in a U shape around your face, hormones, potentially correlated to your menstrual cycle, could be likely to blame.

“Hormonal fluctuations is thought to affect the outside parts of the cheek closer to the ear, the chin, the jawline, and the neck,” Dr. Nazarian explained.

Treatment

Now that you’ve determined how to map your flare-ups properly, how do you treat it? Dr. Nazarian recommends starting with a gentle cleanser and following up with an oil-free moisturizer before applying a retinoid acne treatment, like Differin® Gel. For sensitive skin, we recommend using every other day or even every third day for the first couple of weeks or so, until your skin gets acclimated with the retinoid. “Retinoids work really well for blackheads, whiteheads, and inflammatory lesions, and can be used generally on facial skin,” Dr. Nazarian advised. “They help regulate the skin cell cycle by dissolving blackheads.” By integrating it into your skincare routine, you can help prevent breakouts before they occur to help restore texture and tone over time.

This Luxurious Serum Makes Your Skin So Perfect, You’ll Proudly Skip Foundation

I’m usually first in line to try a trend. I am addicted to at-home peels, have made contouring a permanent step in my makeup routine, and even own more than one blue lipstick. But despite all the praise heaped on them, I couldn’t get behind beauty oils.

Coconut oil made my fine hair too greasy, and I splurged on luxurious treatments only to break out the next day. So when I came upon Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185), I was more than hesitant — I was flat-out skeptical. So I reached out to the product’s creator, April Gargiulo, to find out what makes it special.

“I don’t have a beauty background,” Gargiulo admitted to me immediately. “I’m a winemaker.” She had not only struggled to treat her fine lines, breakouts, and inflammation but also couldn’t find a formula that she believed was safe enough to put on her skin. Because of this void in the market, Gargiulo decided to create her own product.

“I applied the same philosophy — no shortcuts! — to skin care that I would to fine winemaking,” she explained. She spent two years developing her treatment with scientists, and the result was a golden serum absolutely packed with nutrients.

A brief look at the ingredient list surprised me. All 22 items are extremely recognizable: they’re plants! Each one is naturally loaded with vitamins. For example, alfalfa leaves contain vitamin D, and carrot seed oil features vitamin A, the original source of retinol. “It’s everything your body needs to thrive . . . and the same ingredients are intensely skin beautifying,” Gargiulo told me.

Hearing Gargiulo’s passion for her serum made me eager to try it, despite my initial reservations. She advised me to cleanse, tone, and then use the Active Botanical Serum.

In the carton for the formula, there’s a small insert counseling users on the “push/press” technique, which was developed just for this product. I followed along closely: after dispensing a few drops, I rubbed my palms together, which is supposed to activate the botanical ingredients. (It also allows the lovely rose aroma of the serum to permeate the room!) Then, I carefully pressed my serum-coated palms onto my face, neck, and décolleté for 30 seconds.

I immediately observed a dewy radiance, but it was later that week that I fell in love with the formula. I’d been using it nightly and noticed that my typically sallow complexion looked bright and healthy each morning. In fact, one day, I went through my entire makeup routine but skipped my foundation, because I thought I had already put it on. Daily application of the Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum had made my skin tone that even.

I had never been disappointed by my skin before using Gargiulo’s product, but now I was proud of it. I finally understand what Beyoncé is saying in “***Flawless” when she declares that she “woke up like this.”

This Quill-Shaped Eyeliner Will Have You Ready For Your First Day at Hogwarts

For those unfamiliar with its kitschy products, TonyMoly is one of the brands partly responsible for the crossover success of Korean beauty products in the United States. Now available in major retailers like Urban Outfitters and Ulta, TonyMoly always adds a creative spin to everyday products from hand cream to sheet masks. One dramatic eyeliner, however, recently caught our attention.

The Inked Cushion Gel Liner ($18) is meant to resemble a quill and a pot of ink, and it’s giving us major Harry Potter vibes! Though it is not in affiliation with the series, it seems like it came straight out of Hogwarts.

To apply the eyeliner, you first have to unscrew the cushion formula from the bottom of the decorative ink pot. Then simply press the eyeliner brush onto the cushion so that the ink can fully coat the brush. The eyeliner comes in black, brown, and a slightly more shimmery pearl brown.

As a word of advice, the eyeliner might be difficult to apply if you aren’t comfortable with gel liner application. Our tip: gently glide it along your lash line for the smoothest application. And if you don’t put it away after using it, we get it. Any Potter fan would proudly want to display this product on their vanity.

HOW TO GET AN EVERYDAY GLOW WITH A GRADUAL TAN

From sticky mousses to pungent lotions, fake tan suffers from such a bad reputation that while the quest for a full-body glow is at the top of our agenda come summer, the perilous pitfalls that come with it can be seriously off-putting.

Enter, gradual tan. A quick and super-easy way to achieve natural sun-kissed skin all year round, it’s time to trade in stained hands, orange bed sheets and white patches for fool-proof tanning.

What is gradual tan?

Best described as moisturiser-meets-fake tan, gradual tanning products aim to help you achieve a softer, more natural-looking colour day-by-day.

Unlike self tan, which gives you results after just one application, gradual tan is typically applied daily in order to build a glow over time. Whether you’re new to tanning and testing the waters, or simply want to maintain your already sun-kissed skin, these products allow you to apply every day until you reach the level of intensity you’re after.

Tan Luxe, The Gradual Tan Lotion, £22, Space NK
How do I apply it?

Just like traditional fake tan, you should try to exfoliate your skin before you begin but you can skip the moisturiser. This is because gradual tanners already contain hydrating ingredients to keep your skin hydrated and prevent your tan from fading.

Depending on the type of colour you want, you can alter how often you apply these products. While some people like the results after just one application, others prefer to make it a part of their daily routine and build on their gorgeous glow all year round.

Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, £38, Charlotte Tilbury
Here’s our handy step-by-step guide:

1. Exfoliate your skin, shower and dry.

2. Taking a small amount at a time, rub in the tanner with your hands, applying in a circular motion.

3. After applying, wash your hands to avoid stained palms.

4. For best results, apply every day and you should see tan develop in a few days.

5. Moisturise every day, and re-apply gradual tan as necessary.

Bondi Sands, Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk, £11.99, Superdrug
What products should I use?

From budget to high-end luxury, gradual tanning is big business and, while the amount of products out there is vast, it can be overwhelming to find the right one for you.

If you want to start at the lower end of the price spectrum, we suggest picking up Garnier’s Summer Body Milk or Dove’s DermaSpa Summer Revived Gradual Self Tan.

Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion, £14.50, St Tropez

Alternatively, Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk and St Tropez’s Classic Face and Body Lotion are great mid-range products. Also, if you’re stuck for time, why not invest in St Tropez’s In Shower Tans? They take just three minutes as part of your daily routine and leave you with a healthy looking tan after just 3 consecutive days. Simply shower and glow

MULITMASKING: WHAT IS IT AND SHOULD YOU BE DOING IT?

Spurred on by the K-beauty crew, multimasking is more than another crazy beauty trend, instead this one actually makes a lot of sense.

Common practice in South Korea, the idea is to combine treatments into “mask cocktails” so that you can tailor your application dependant on your skin’s different dermal needs.

Whether your skin is characteristically dry, oily or combination, nobody’s face is the same all over so, naturally, it seems sensible to treat each area separately.

Glamglow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, £39, Boots
Is your T-Zone looking oily but you’ve been suffering from dry patches on your cheeks?

Never fear, because instead of applying one mask and hoping for the best, this method means you can target different areas of your face all at once.

But, what types of masks should you be using to get your personalised skin remedy?

L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Multi-Masking Face Mask Play Kit, £7.49, Feel Unique
For the forehead, nose and chin – otherwise known as the T-Zone – a mask that is pore-clearing is best. As such, look out for clay or charcoal products that will help remove blackheads and draw out impurities. A word of warning here though: these types of mask can be drying, so use sparingly.

Your cheeks and lateral planes will thank you for a heavy dose of hydration, so for best results opt for masks that contain Vitamin C, peptides, collagen and anti-ageing properties. These will help to fight signs of sun damage and replace lost elasticity in the skin.

Rodial, Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks, £39, Space NK
When it comes to your eyes, it can be easy to get scared off by the fact that the skin is so much thinner, but don’t let that put you off. Patch masks specifically designed to target the under-eye area will help combat everything from fine lines to dark patches and even puffiness.

Aesop, Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask, £29, Net-a-Porter

Tata Harper, Clarifying Mask, £60, Cult Beauty

Origins GinZing Peel-off Mask, £25, Debenhams

MUM KICKED OUT OF CHURCH FOR BREASTFEEDING STAGES ‘NURSE-IN’ PROTEST

A woman who claims she was kicked out of church for breastfeeding has come together with other mothers to stage a ‘nurse-in’ protest.

Amanda Zilliken was breastfeeding her four-month-old daughter at the back of Elevation Church when she says a volunteer turned on a flashlight and asked her to relocate to the ‘mother’s area.’

When she tried to carry on nursing, explaining to the volunteer that it was her right, Zilliken claims she was given little sympathy and taken to the ladies toilets.

Mother gets revenge on museum who told her to stop breastfeeding

“It embarrassed me and drew people’s attention,” Amanda told the Charlotte Observer.

“To take me to the mother’s restroom was totally unacceptable, humiliating – and illegal.”

The church is based in North Carolina where women are permitted by law to breastfeed in public spaces – even Pope France has said that it should be allowed in church.

“That’s the way it is. You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus,” he said during a speech back in January.

Following the incident, Zilliken posted an image of the bathroom where she was forced to breastfeed her baby.

“I just got kicked out of church for breastfeeding with a cover on and directed to the bathroom … shame on you Elevation,” she wrote.

Within a week, the post has been shared more than 1,600 times and won the attention of Ariel Tauro – a breastfeeding activist who is now helping the mother-of-three organise a ‘nurse-in’ protest during Sunday worship this week.

“When she questioned the volunteer, she was told it is not about her own comfort, but the comfort of others,’ says Kelsey Henderson, who is trying to raise money for Amanda to hire a lawyer.

“I want to make certain this does not happen to another woman at Elevation services. Not only should they have trained their staff better, there is no excuse for leading a breastfeeding mother to a bathroom.

The mother working to normalise breastfeeding older children

“The goal of the lawsuit is to STOP the embarrassment and discrimination of breastfeeding mothers.”

Elevation Church has since responded with a statement saying, ““We do not have a policy that nursing mothers can’t be in the sanctuary. A volunteer had a conversation and felt both parties arrived at the same conclusion to exit mutually.

“We are sorry that this in any way offended anyone. We welcome everyone and anyone to attend Elevation church.

ESTEE LAUDER LAUNCHES 25TH ANNIVERSARY PINK RIBBON COLLECTION

Illustrious beauty brand Estée Lauder has announced the launch of its 25th Anniversary Pink Ribbon collection.

A movement that started with one woman, Evelyn H Lauder in 1992, The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was born when the visionary became troubled by the lack of awareness, funding and resources necessary to overcome the disease.

The brand started the campaign by handing out pink ribbons at its beauty counters around the world, and then Lauder went on to establish the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a non-profit organisation, to generate funding that would be solely dedicated to the study of the disease.

Brave mum shares photo of dimple to raise awareness of breast cancer

A quarter of a century later and the campaign has gone from strength to strength, uniting women, employees, customers and researchers.

This year, for the 25th Anniversary Pink Ribbon Collection, the legacy lives on with a trio of beauty bonuses.

First up, the Pink Ribbon Knockout Eyes Collection features a stunning eight-piece Pure Colour Envy Eyeshadow Palette, a full-size Knockout Mascara, eyeshadow brush and a mini Double Wear Eye Pencil.

What’s more, the best-selling shades also come encased in an eye-catching zip-around make-up bag.

Pink Ribbon Knockout Eyes Collection, £45.00
A cult product that any beauty buff will be acquainted with, Estée Lauder has also released a limited edition pink bottle version of it’s number one recovery serum, the Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II.

Crafted using the brand’s exclusive ChronoluxCB technology, it’s proven to maximise the power of your skin’s natural night-time renewal and leaves fine lines and wrinkles significantly reduced.

Limited Edition Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II, £72.00
But, if beauty products aren’t quite your thing or you fancy flaunting something a little more showy, why not pick up the Estée Lauder Commemorative 25th Anniversary Pink Ribbon Pin.

This year, the pin is engraved with the message “celebrating 25 years”, and accented with two stones; one pink and one blue to represent the fact that for men in the United States, the risk of getting breast cancer stands at 1 in 1,000.

Commemorative 25th Anniversary Pink Ribbon Pin, £10.00
20 per cent of every purchase made from the Estée Lauder 25th Anniversary Pink Ribbon collection will be donated to the BCRF.