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Victoria’s Secret Angels Wore This Lipstick for the 2017 VS Fashion Show

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has bedroom beauty on lock. A soft smoky eye, perfectly tussled hair, and the kind of rosy pink pout you can only get one of two ways: by making out for hours or reaching for a tube of the models’ ridiculously flattering nude lipstick.

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Last night, Victoria’s Secret pulled off yet another killer fashion show (despite having some issues with getting all the models to Shanghai). With 80 looks in total — Swarovski-encrusted wings, a sapphire studded bra, a surprise Balmain collab — it was almost hard to notice anything else. But IMHO, it was the subtle yet sexy beauty looks that stole the show (along with Bella Hadid’s abs).

Luckily, the makeup is easier to get your hands on than the abs.

To achieve the MLBB lips seen on the models last night, reports New Beauty , Victoria’s Secret’s lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux used Victoria’s Secret Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stain ($14) in Adored — on every single model. “Velvet Lip Matte Cream Lip Stain in Adored is the perfect base for lips; simply dab onto the lips to enhance a pink natural lip color,” Pecheux told New Beauty.

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With this year’s diverse runway (the range of skin tones could have given Rihanna’s award-winning Fenty Beauty foundation range a run for its money), how is that possible, you ask? After using the soft beige stain as a base, Pecheux then used a second lip shade — a dusty rose dubbed Perfection or a punchier mauve called Love — to compliment each models’ exact coloring. Pure lip layering genius.

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A M.A.C. x Aaliyah Collection Is Coming

After years of petitioning to the higher powers of the beauty industry, Aaliyah fans are finally being heard. M.A.C. just announced that a M.A.C. x Aaliyah collection currently in the works — and it’s expected to drop summer 2018.


The line, dedicated to the late R&B singer, is currently TBD (details surrounding the collection are minimal, at best), but based on past red carpet photos of the star, we’re expecting creamy nude lipsticks and all the lipglass.


“Aaliyah is truly one in a million — an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all,” the brand said in a statement. “Today we join her countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the M.A.C. Aaliyah collection. You made it happen!”

And, like clockwork, those dedicated fans are already sounding off on Twitter, showing their love for singer’s upcoming M.A.C. collection on Twitter. They. Are. Pumped.



India is the best place in the world for lipstick lovers

Pucker up, ladies. If you’re living in India, chances are you’re paying a lot less for your lip colour than shoppers around the world.

After Vietnam, India is the second most affordable market for beauty products and treatments out of 50 countries, according to a beauty price index by Linio, a Mexico-based e-commerce company. At $14.36 (Rs926), the average cost of a lipstick in India is the lowest in the world. In comparison, the average cost in Venezuela, the most expensive market for lipstick, is an astounding $1,110 (Rs71,627), largely because of the country’s inflation crisis. Peru comes in second, with the average price of a lipstick at $58.78 (Rs3,792).

Linio data also show that India offers some of the cheapest cosmetic procedures in the world. Breast augmentation, for instance, is priced at around $1,650 (Rs1.06 lakh) on average in India, much less than the $10,434 (Rs6.7 lakh) consumers have to shell out in Switzerland, the most expensive market for the procedure. Similarly, a nose job in India averages at about $1,300 (Rs83,922).

Linio’s index is based on the prices of beauty brands, services, and cosmetic procedures, and is sourced from brick and mortar shops and online retailers around the world. The company says it used at least six brands at different price points to create the average price for each product.


In India, beauty products are a booming business as aspirational urban consumers with access to blogs and social media are increasingly investing in everything from lipsticks to mascaras. Lip colours alone, for instance, are a Rs3,338.03-crore market, recording growth of 16% in 2016, according to research firm Euromonitor. As a result, local brands such as Lakme and Nykaa are adding more products to their lines, and even foreign beauty brands and retailers, including Smashbox and Sephora, are ramping up their presence in big cities.

Here’s how the prices of India’s beauty products compare with those sold in the US and China:

Beauty services are also more affordable in India, thanks in part to the abundance of neighbourhood salons that offer everything from waxing to hair dyeing at relatively inexpensive rates. There are also numerous roadside barbers for men.


As a result, Indian women on average pay $2.32 (Rs150) for eyebrow waxing, for instance, much less than consumers in the US, where the service costs $11.20, according to Linio. And men on average spend just $2.72 (Rs175) on a haircut in India, though women tend to spend around $13.50 on average.


India is the best place in the world for lipstick lovers

Lipstick Under My Burkha actor Ratna Pathak Shah: Hope it shakes up the audience and makes them think

Lipstick Under My Burkha is making a buzz for all the right reasons now that it is finally set to release on July 21. We caught up with veteran actor Ratna Pathak who plays a fifty-five-year-old in the film and is being slammed for ‘not behaving according to her age’, in the film’s trailer. Ratna opens up about acting, the current scenario for women in the Indian film industry, and how she transforms into her character with ease. Here’s an excerpt from the interview.

The trailer of Lipstick Under My Burkha, and the lipstick rebellion that followed it. It is quite impactful, but it is being categorised as a ‘bold’ film, your take?

It is a bold film, not bold in the way as is commonly understood to mean a sexy film. It is bold because it is making a point, which, so far has not been made so clearly and so sharply before. It is that women have dreams and desires; and desires are not only sexual desires, desire to do something with their life, desire to have a sense of place, a validity in your own life, a validity to take decisions in your own life, these are the kind of desires women have, sexual desires are just a small part of it! It (the film) is talking about desires in a larger perspective. From a point of view that you are imagining a life for yourself. From that point of view, Lipstick Under My Burkha is definitely bold! It is saying things that are not commonly heard, so I am hoping that it will shake up the audience and make them think. From that point of view bold is required. Unfortunately because of the censor controversy, the expectations from the film have also become like maybe it is a sexy film a ‘dirty’ film.

How does the film tackle these new found ‘sexy’, ‘dirty’, ‘women oriented’ labels?
With courage! And, with genuine interest in women, and therefore the stories are interesting, their entire journey is interesting and what they are fighting for is interesting, and the way they are going about it is interesting. So I think the film has gone to areas which have not been explored before, and that’s the USP of the film.

This story is being told by a woman filmmaker, not many films are made by women filmmakers in our industry, we don’t have an equal number of male and female filmmakers? Why do you think it is so?

There are fewer filmmakers, and there are women who’ve had great deal of difficulty while making their films at some point. And some of them would not have got to make the films they wanted to make. Now things are changing, now people with interesting scripts, regardless of their gender are being given opportunity to make films the way they want to. I am so glad that this film is an interesting film, a fun film and that it is thought provoking. I am hoping that this will get across to a varied audience not just to those who are used to watching such film. Others might get curious and come to watch the film, and stay on to find that there are ideas of emotions and thoughts here as well.

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You quite easily portray a character which looks very real on-screen, from Kapoor and Sons to Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na? How?
I approached the part like I would any other, I read the script many times and I tried to imagine myself in Usha’s position, and what I would do if I was in her position. How different and similar is Usha to me? These are some of the ways by which you make connections with the roles you are doing. I have seen women of all these types, the kind of struggles they are going though in their lives. These are women and friends around me. So that way this film is written in an extremely believable and real manner, and therefore portraying that part is not difficult to do. It is when the script is not so good, and truthful – then it becomes very hard for an actor to provide truth in their behaviour. I have been extremely lucky that the films you mentioned were extremely well written. The thought and the nuances that the director brought to this film were real, and reflected life as we know it, hence it was easier for me to participate in a film like that. The script is the prime motivator in the film for me, followed with the director of course, but the script is really the backbone of any artistic venture.

In lipstick Under My Burkha, you are portraying the role of a fifty-five-year-old woman who has desires. In the trailer, we saw that you are asked ‘apni umar ka lihaaj karo’ (act according to your age). Why do you think people think that older people are only supposed to retire?

Well! Older people have been looked at, unfortunately, as people on the shelf, their stories told, they should not disappear and faint into the sunset. But that’s not true, we are living so much longer, what to do? We are going to have so many older people around us, can’t help it, they’re there! Their stories need to be told. Oldage is a very very complex and difficult time for everyone. To find your space, your self image, after a particular age it becomes harder and harder, particularly in a society that puts so much premium on youth. Our film industry is not kind to women, young or old. Look at what poor Madhuri or Deepika get to do. Now at least, there is more meat for these women. Look at Kangana Ranaut in Queen for example, or Swara in Nil Battey Sannata or Anaarkali of Aaraah, there are now parts written for people who are slightly different that the usual. So it is a good time in that sense, stories of different types will be told, and our audience are not perceived as a single block. Now we have expected that people have different tastes and these tastes need to be fulfilled. So we are at that process, it is long and slow, but at least it’s begun and I am hopeful.

You’ve been someone who has been vocal about a lot of issues in the society and the film industry. We now have many other women like that too. Do you think the audience and the industry are ready for women who speak up their mind and raise their voice?

I think the audience is ready, the industry may not be. Not all of the audience, of course, how can all go in one same direction? But definitely there is a sizable audience for films which want to talk with intelligence, that wants to raise issues, but doesn’t do it in a pedantic and preachy way! So those kind of films will be made, I am sure. With the internet opening up, and the short films – the kind of subjects they tackle and the people involved in that are all making changes quite dramatically. Not all of it will be good, but something will shake up the traditional mindset and that change has begun, and anyone who’s pretending that it’s not happening is a bit of an ostrich.

CBFC called your film too ‘lady oriented’ and a film that shows ‘women in a bad light’, how did the board come up with that?
Because we rattled their sense of how society should be organised, we rattled patriarchy, the film definitely tries to question it, and definitely wants to make a point that it is not acceptable anymore. So people who are part of the old mindset will find it difficult. Not only the censor board, but there will be people in the audience to say, ‘in saari cheezon ke baare mein bolne ki kya zaroorat hai?” (Why do you need to talk about these things in public?) But I say to them what Manto said to his audience so many years ago. He had said that, ‘I write with a white chalk on a black background because I want the blackness to show up, only then change will occur.’ So as a society we have to look at ugliness in the eye and say it is not acceptable, and as a society we need to move on from here. It is a slow process, I am not suggesting that it will happen smoothly even. But we are not going back, though it does look like we are headed straight back, but I am hoping that we will be able to fight that regressiveness.

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CBFC is supposed to certify films and not ban or censor films. You’ve faced the controversy yourself, what is your view on the way the CBFC is working in India today?

CBFC is supposed to certify movies, but they have decided to take up an extra role, that of moral policing. I don’t know on what basis or legalities have they taken up that role and that’s something that needs to be analysed. But these guardians of social morality, they have a tough struggle, isn’t it? The society has changed, we have changed, and if we don’t accept it, we are the ones who’ll suffer. The society will go on in any case. We will have to pull the CBFC to modern times, and we are doing it, but this is just one layer of it. The CBFC clamps on everything, on political statements, on documentaries that are asking uncomfortable questions, any kind of film that questions the status quo, they are clamping down on everything. So if we don’t want to become a facetious society, we will have to fight them whenever we can and as often as we can. So I am glad that Alankrita has taken up this fight!


Lipstick Under My Burkha actor Ratna Pathak Shah: Hope it shakes up the audience and makes them think

These New Limited-Edition Lip Colors Are Brighter Than Bright

Neon nails never really went out of style, but it’s not always the most versatile manicure to rock 365 days a year. But that doesn’t mean you should have to give up your brightest brights when craving something electric for one day only. Our suggestion? There’s never been a better time to transfer the neon shades you love from your fingertips to your lips.
We recently reported that ‘80s hair trends are back in a big and beautiful way, which leaves one more trend to resuscitate the funkiest era: makeup. Luckily, Bite Beauty just launched its Nearly Neon lipstick collection — and it’s the perfect way to jump aboard the trend. While it’s only six shades deep, the pigments pack a serious punch. Much like the brand’s Amuse Bouche collection, the colors are intense — in fact, intense doesn’t even cover it.
The shades include orange, peach, blue, purple, pink, and fuchsia, making it easy to so channel Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, or Boy George — whichever tickles your fancy. But don’t sleep on this one: The collection is limited edition and if we’re right about this fad making its way back, we’re guessing these won’t be available for long (especially that gorg blue!).
Bonus: Like all of the brand’s lippies, these hues are made from some next-level ingredients. We know it’s not the easiest task to create an organic lipstick with powerful shades like these, but somehow, Bite Beauty did it. With the help of jojoba oil, organic castor seed oil, and argan oil, you’re able to swipe this on and lick it off safely (although we don’t recommend eating your lipstick unless you’re looking for some alarmed bystanders).

These Matte Lipsticks Are Pat McGrath’s Best Launch to Date

It’s now expected for makeup legend Pat McGrath to drop unexpected makeup kits and formulas every few months. The last one, Dark Star 006, was an otherworldly shimmering smoky eye kit. Her latest drop, however, is decidedly more down-to-earth, and I’d argue her most wearable to date.

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The Colour Blitz collection.
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Called Lust: MatteTrance, the collection features nine true matte bullet lipsticks inspired by McGrath’s favorite colors that she’s mixed over the years for runways and editorials. They’re named after her “muses,” like Omi for Naomi Campbell, and moments in her career, like a nude called “1995” because she felt like it looked like a color that was popular that year.


McGrath first gave us matte lipsticks in the Lust 004 kit she introduced last August, but those formulas were understandably overshadowed by all the glitter she provided for you to press over it. These matte formulas and colors have been years in the making. The formula is a true matte but doesn’t feel like “concrete,” McGrath said at a press event, surely a reference to the matte liquid lipstick formulas popularized by Kylie Jenner’s lip kits.

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The Skin Show collection.
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And while her past lipsticks have been presented in plastic cases (these are temporary collections, after all), she put these bullets into gold and black metal cases that have a nice heft to them, and feature a pair of lips prominently on the outside of the case. McGrath had to work closely with packaging engineers to place the bullet into these cases specially so that when you turn the lipstick up, the lips face out so that everyone can see it when you’re proudly applying your lipstick in public.


The nine colors will be sold in three different trios for $95, individually for $38, and as a full “everything” kit for $275. McGrath chose to package them in threes so that you can mix like shades. As usual, the packs are loaded with sequins. The Skin Show set features neutrals (Omi, 1995, Flesh 3); the Colour Blitz set features brights (Elson, Obsessed!, Full Panic); and the Vicious Venoms set features darks (McMenamy, Deep Void, Antidote).

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The Vicious Venom collection.
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The lipsticks go on sale on patmcgrath.com on July 13th, with a national release on sephora.comand in the usual seven Sephora stores on July 28th. As usual, this release is limited-edition. These are sure to sell out quickly.



5,000 lipsticks for Marawi: The relief effort that got social media abuzz

A rather unlikely call for donations popped up on social networking sites last Friday: an appeal for lipsticks and makeup for teachers and female volunteers in Marawi, which has been under siege from a terrorist group for the past several weeks.

“In our experience, during Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda,’ we found that aside from physical nourishment, it is important to also help uplift [the public school teachers’] spirits and give dignity,” said the letter, attributed to Rey Laguda, executive director of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

“One effective way to do this was to help teachers feel beautiful by giving them lipstick and makeup. Consequently, the smile on teachers’ faces can infect thousands of students and provide hope… We hope you can be part of this simple but effective gesture of solidarity by providing dignity through beauty.”


PBSP is described as “the largest corporate-led, nonprofit social development foundation in the Philippines,” and has been active in relief efforts in Marawi.

While netizens mostly responded with enthusiasm to Laguda’s call, some were critical. They said the people on the ground had more important needs during the ongoing crisis than frivolous things like makeup.

But other individuals quickly defended the lipstick drive, citing that it’s not a long-term solution, but just a move to show solidarity with those affected on the ground.


This isn’t the first time that PBSP held a lipstick drive. It first came about in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in 2013, according to writer Nash Tysmans, who worked as a communications consultant in the Department of Education during the tenure of Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC, and who describes herself as a “friend of PBSP.”

“When ‘Yolanda’ struck, DepEd was among the agencies providing frontline services and checking on teachers’ and students’ welfare in the affected communities,” she said. “When Brother Armin was going around, he met a teacher who inspired him because she had lost everything and still continued to do her duties. The secret was in the lipstick! She wore it to feel confident, as a boost to her morale. So, this was a story that he would tell on many occasions in honor of this lady’s courage and strength under stress.”

In Marawi, Luistro was again on the ground with the PBSP team. He brought up the lipstick story to a volunteer and was surprised that the teachers remembered.

“If you’ve ever worked with Brother Armin, you’ll know that he’s relentless,” Tysmans said. “He’ll really go after what he thinks is right.”

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The Trick for Keeping Liquid Lipstick from Drying Out

Oh, liquid lipstick. We love how you give us those vibrant matte lips, but we hate how you dry everything out to the max. Good news: We’ve found a super-easy solution so we don’t have to break up with our favorite bold color.

Step 1: Gently exfoliate your lips by rubbing them down with a makeup wipe.

Step 2: Dab on a hydrating lip oil to keep your lips smooth.

Step 3: Now it’s time for the liquid lipstick, but be sure to apply slowly to avoid any mistakes. Ah, doesn’t that feel better?




The Exact Nude Lip Color Selena Gomez Wears In Her Latest Campaign

Selena Gomez may be the most-followed human on Instagram, but her social media presence is just the tip of the iceberg — and just one of many reasons she just landed a gorgeous new Coach campaign. “She speaks to a generation, her realness and honesty really connects,” Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers told the Telegraph, “She’s aspirational but she comes across as an authentically good person and she’s very beautiful but in a real way.” We don’t disagree, but he left off something that legions of fans double tap on the regular: her enviable beauty looks.
Scroll through her Instagram posts and you’ll find countless Pinterest-worthy looks showing off perfect highlighter, pretty peach lip color, and her go-to smoky cat-eye. Suffice to say, we’re enamored on a regular basis — and often left searching for a way to recreate the look. But Gomez isn’t usually in the habit of indulging her secrets. Well, until now.
Gomez rocked a killer beige lip in the Coach campaign — the kind of cool-toned neutral that conjures images of Brigitte Bardot. And as always, we assumed we’d never quite know the exact shade and have to dig for the best dupes. Or, what’s worse, that it was a clever blend of tons of shades, for which we’d never be able to recreate. But lucky for us, the mother of makeup, Pat McGrath, revealed her dirty little secret via Instagram.
The essential peachy beige is none other than her first-ever matte lipstick: Lust: MatteTrance in 1995. The meaning behind the lipstick hue is kind of obvious, but lends a lot to what nude lips looked like two decades ago: “It was just a major year for me,” McGrath coyly explains to us.
Here’s hoping McGrath continues to expand the line, because we’d add it to our carts in a heartbeat.

Men’s makeup group aims to empathize with South Korean women

An unusual Facebook group in South Korea is meeting offline to give young men a chance to experience for themselves what it’s like to wear heavy makeup like South Korean women, who are under constant pressure to use cosmetic products at work and in social settings.

Choe Gi-seon, a 21-year-old liberal arts student at Korea University in Seoul, launched the online project so more South Korean men could realize the discomfort women feel in public because of the products they use, South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh reported.

Some 13 members of the Facebook group first met last week to listen to a lecture on makeup application, and shared stories of the problems they encountered while smearing in foundation or using eyeliner.


The group requested donations to buy popular cosmetic products, or used their own savings to buy BB cream, highlighters and eye pencils, according to the report.

Kim Jeong-hyeon, 24, said the “Man Who Puts On Makeup” project has provided a new perspective on the inconveniences women encounter while wearing makeup.

Kim took 40 minutes for a total makeover, using concealer to hide spots under his eyes, evening out his skin tone with three different kinds of base or liquid foundations, then bringing out his bone structure with a highlighter and “shading,” according to the report.

Kim said in South Korea women are berated for stepping out of their homes without makeup, while men are not so easily rebuked.

“I wanted to directly experience the discrimination and inequality of makeup, through my participation in the project,” Kim said.

A South Korean survey taken in March of women service workers showed about 60 percent of the respondents said they struggled with complaints about their hair color, makeup and general appearance at work.

Kim said the project has made him better understand why his girlfriend avoids doing certain things, like “eating hot soup” because it melts away her makeup. Kim said it was “suffocating” for his face to wear cosmetics.

South Korea’s beauty industry has expanded globally in recent years and continues to influence trends in Asia.