There’s something almost mythical about red lipstick. Here, five writers attempt to unpack its power to shield, embolden, and transform. For Freedom Vivek ShrayaMusician, poet, and author of I’m Afraid of Men A common stereotype about trans people is that they suffer from “special snowflake syndrome,” but I am actually quite content to be a
I have a lot of sleep problems. Getting up every morning is a struggle punctuated by multiple alarms. Sleep paralysis—when I tell my arm to move and it won’t—is pretty common for me. When I do wake up, my body is sore from sleeping in awkward positions, like on my stomach or with my body
Courtesy of Michele Manteaw Some people dream of becoming a billionaire overnight. Others wish for Hollywood stardom, true love, a paid vacation, bangs that don’t require styling, etc. But me? I have a dream of waking up one day with perfectly smooth and glowing skin. And apparently, I’m not alone in my ridiculously vain pipe
Getty Images As the seasons change and weather warms, switching up your whole beauty routine is a must—especially when it comes to your hair color. Look to celebrities for guidance, but consider practical advice from pros like New York colorist Stephanie Brown. Find a new look that can be both trendy and flattering, eye-catching and
Beth Rebibo/The Licensing Project Don’t let winter weather rob you of your glow. Reclaim your radiance with these expert-recommended oils. Nousha Salimi Los Angeles facialist who looks after Freida Pinto’s skin “I use Olìe x Melissa Meyers RoseGlowDrops Daily RadianceFace Oil ($78) regularly for Reiki facials. It leaves skin dewy and moisturized, and it smells
Courtesy Roses are a classic Valentine’s Day gift, and while we’re big fans of a beautiful bouquet don’t you want something that lasts more than a day or two when it comes to showing your love? That’s where the beloved French fragrance company Diptyque comes in, with their latest collection: Valentine’s Day editions of their
Badgley Mischka Eau de Parfum badgleymischka.com $115.00 This is the fashion brand’s first-ever fragrance, and it does not disappoint. Just like its gemstone-like bottle suggests, a few spritzes of this pear blossom, magnolia, jasmine, and sandalwood perfume evokes high glamour. Save it for a special occasion—unless you feel like being fancy daily, which, why not?
If you’ve ever been embarrassed or used a product your skin didn’t like, you’re probably familiar with facial redness. Those with sensitive skin might have even experienced facial flush without actually knowing the exact products that caused redness. The skin condition can be annoying (and pop up at the worst times!), but it is both
The start of the new year is one of the most exciting and anxiety-inducing holidays, especially when your bullet journal is brimming with commitments and goals you’ll likely forget by Valentine’s Day from downsizing and Tidying Up to finally putting your gym membership to use. But, as the saying goes, there’s no better “new year,
Like everyone living on the planet, I would rather not die the kind of death that requires an autopsy. Unlike everyone living on the planet, I have a detailed list of reasons why. While an aversion to being murdered ranks high, there are also, shall we say, more minor indignities. On any given day, my
New plant, who dis? Ok, not quite so new but it feels like now the “plant of immortality” a.k.a. aloe vera is hotter than ever. Case-in-point: You may have been one of 6.5 million followers who were transfixed by DIY beauty vlogger Farah Dhukai’s viral video demonstrating how aloe is the perfect low-cost hair mask.
Getty Images 2019 is all about reinventing yourself. Get that drastic hair cut! Invest in quality beauty products! Hit the nail salon for the manicure of your dreams! It’s your year baby! Michelle Humphrey, nail artist behind Dua Lipa, Lorde, and Rita Ora’s coolest nail designs, is here to help you with the last one.
An at-home manicure can be daunting: You have to worry about trimming your own nails, shaping them to perfection, and most importantly, applying the polish just-so with the hopes that your DIY manicure will last just as long as one you’d get at a salon. But that’s where these top coats and polishes come in.
In our latest episode of Waking Up With, Ashley Graham—ELLE’s February cover star and executive producer of Lifetime’s new competition show, American Beauty Star—let us, and her 7.8 million followers, in on her morning routine. Tune in for the morning devotions that get her going, her crystal deodorant obsession, and her minimal makeup routine. “I
Girls with curls know one underlying fact: All shampoos are not created equal. Personally, I have short natural hair (read: tightly coiled) and have learned the hard way that certain formulas literally suck the life out of my hair, leaving me with a headache and tangles. Rule number one? Curls crave moisture, making it imperative
I have a confession: I’m a foundation snob. My favorite ones tend to be on the prestige end of the spectrum (as in I’m not afraid to shell out $64 for a bottle), but that’s only because I hadn’t found a drugstore foundation to really win me over. Then, one day I forgot to bring
If the Forbes 30 Under 30 makes you feel inadequate, look away. An actual baby has landed a major beauty campaign at the ripe age of one year old. Infant-luencer (Baby-fluencer? It-Baby?) Baby Chanco, whose mom-managed account boasts 300,000 followers, has such a luscious head of hair that Pantene recruited her to be in an
Courtesy For those with color-treated hair, shampooing may very well be the devil. “You should wait as long as you can to wash your hair after color,” Lucille Javier, colorist as Sally Hershberger Salon in New York advises “because it’s already been processed with professional color and shampoo. It’s best to give your hair a
Identify The Problem and Select The Right Cream Not all dark spots are created equal: They stem from three sources. UV exposure can trigger a growth of excess skin cells called solar lentigo, aka sun spots, liver spots, or age spots. The cells, pigmented with melanin, cluster together, forming a circular mark a few shades
I’ve been on the quest for the perfect foundation ever since my mom gave me the green light to wear makeup when I turned 16. (Thanks, mom.) On this week’s episode of No Filter, my fellow ELLE editors join me on this winding road to foundation heaven. We want to find the perfect foundation formula
Kris Jenner isn’t a regular mom, she’s a cool mom. So of course, after her offspring Kylie and Khloe kicked off the new year with fresh new ‘dos, the KarJenner matriarch was apparently struck with the “new year, new me” bug as well, and underwent a transformation of her own. Over the weekend, celebrity (and
Adam Levine Levine has gone platinum a couple times, once explaining it’s all because of his wife, VS Angel Behati Prinsloo. “She loves it when I do it,” he told Jimmy Kimmel. “Why would you do anything that would put you in a less than advantageous position when it came to the person you want
Tonight, film and television’s biggest stars gathered together to kick off 2019 awards season with the Golden Globes. They did not disappoint in the beauty department, opting for bold and colorful choices like green eyeshadow, blue lashes, and surprise dye jobs. See Lady Gaga, Lupita Nyong’o, Constance Wu, and more stars whose beauty looks stood
Instagram 2019 is all about change: Changing your habits, changing your schedule, and, of course, changing your hair. Blame the algorithm or my screen time issues but I truly believe Instagram is trying to convince me to get bangs. From fashion bloggers to hot mamas and beautiful models, here are nine Instagram cool girls that
As someone who has gone through a dramatic chop before, I know that figuring out how to style your hair once it’s all cut off can be intimidating. It took weeks of experimenting with different hair styles, products, and tools to figure out my routine. Curling, in particular, seemed more difficult to get right because
Courtesy of Lush Cosmetics There’s eggplant, and then there’s the eggplant emoji, which any professional sexter knows has nothing to do with nightshades. This Valentine’s Day, Lush Cosmetics is on a mission to help you up the ante on your flirt game by turning the horniest emojis into bath “We’re going into 2019 with big
Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil. Restorative and Lightweight Daily Hair Treatment that Delivers a Frizz-Free and Silky Smooth Shine Uma amazon.com $70.00 To maintain the usually impossible combination of long and healthy locks, women in ancient India slathered their hair in a blend of botanicals and oils. And this nouveau version packed with a veritable salad
Fuzz Buster: Laser Hair Removal Getty ImagesBSIP What It Is: Laser hair removal isn’t new, but the technology has dramatically improved. The theory is simple: Pulses of laser light target the pigment in a hair follicle; the pigment absorbs the light and in the process damages the follicle, which prevents hair from growing back. “Someone