How Does Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty Hold Up?

Granted, this stuff — which comes in eight very pretty shades — was so light and easy-to-apply that I was able to just straight-up rub it in with my finger for two seconds. I wanted to break that mold just a bit.”Explaining that she didn’t want to be just another celebrity entering the makeup space, Gomez said that she sees Rare Beauty as a challenge to the beauty world’s unrealistic standards of beauty. Sadly, my preference for super matte skin combined with the LA heat and my oily face means that I have to take a lot of bathroom breaks to go powder my nose. “Sometimes, it makes me feel uncomfortable, because they’re so young, and they’re worried about all these things, and they’re dressing a certain way. And, much to my surprise, it looked great! Bonus: It’s also super waterproof, as evidenced by my mid-afternoon anxiety cry.Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream ($20)Speaking of my liner obsession, I typically prefer a more muted lip thanks to my penchant for an extreme eye. In fact, I almost forgot I was wearing lipstick.Positive Light Liquid Luminizer ($22)Last but not least, I was surprised by how much I liked Rare’s Positive Light Liquid Luminizer. And while we were impressed by the majority of Gomez’s offerings, there were a few stand-out products we’re definitely looking forward to incorporating into our daily routines. But even as someone who’s been working on it 13+ years (and can now nail it in under 5 minutes), I can tell you that if you’re working with a bad eyeliner, no amount of practice will be able to save you. “I was just flabbergasted that these young girls think they need to feel… Also, as someone who hates carrying around a zillion different products, I really appreciated the functional, two-sided build.Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner ($19)Anyone that knows me is well-aware of my obsession with a dramatic cat eye. I wanted it to be a home for everyone,” Gomez said. As someone who’s not well-versed in the art of blending techniques, I’ve always been a little shy when it comes to properly applying things like highlighter and bronzer. So while I was initially a little skeptical of the “fun” colors from their 12-shade matte selection, when I finally worked up the courage to try out the bright purple and pink offerings, I was pleasantly surprised by how subtle it actually was. and be a certain way,” Gomez told PAPER over Zoom. Also, it just felt really nice and light, and as someone who loves matte lipsticks, the non-cakey texture was a big plus in my book. And though I’d definitely be comfortable wearing these shades out (post-pandemic, obviously), they can definitely be layered in a snap for a more intense color effect thanks to how quickly it dries. Not to mention the fact that I’ve only gotten to try highlighters that tend to be a little too bright and sparkly for my tastes. But seeing the way it’s also influenced her young fans was what really impacted her — and it became a big reason why she decided to create her new, Sephora-bound makeup line, Rare Beauty. That said, Rare’s offering made filling in my brows shockingly quick and painless thanks to the small gel brush and super creamy pencil, which made applying super easy, without all of the tugging I was used to. With this handy kit — complete with oil-absorbing papers and a powder-infused puff — I can already see this being a thing of the past. See our top five picks, below.Blot & Glow Touch-Up Kit ($26)Honestly, nothing bugs me more than when I’m starting to look a little bit greasy while I’m out-and-about. It’s making sure it’s also something that’s easy for you to use and for you to feel beautiful in.”And while Gomez went on to admit that her relationship to makeup wasn’t always this free, she did mention that her struggle with anxiety and depression was a big reason why she began “having conversations with [herself]” about traditional beauty standards and the onus of public presentation — all of which eventually led to the realization that “it’s about how you feel inside.”So with this philosophy in mind, we decided to try out the entire range of Rare Beauty — encapsulating everything from primers to lipsticks to liners — and report back on our favorites based on metrics such as ease of use, accessibility and convenience. No more unnecessary trips to the bathroom!Brow Harmony Pencil & Gel ($22)I’m pretty lazy, so one of the least favorite parts of my beauty routine is doing my eyebrows — mostly because they’re sparse, scraggly and just generally difficult to define. “It was beyond just what the makeup is. After all, the design of an applicator is what really impacts the final product, and this liner’s extremely precise felt tip made creating the perfect point on my cat eye a complete breeze. That is, unless I’m really concentrating on creating the perfect shape (and most of the time I screw it up anyway). Most importantly though, she also wanted the brand to create a community dedicated to unconditional self-acceptance and uplifting the unique, individual beauty of its users — regardless of whether you’re using the products to create an easy, on-the-go look or a glamorous full face.”The line is inclusive and diverse. With that said, I was thoroughly impressed with Rare’s version. And best of all, they’re both packaged in a handy, refillable compact case with a built-in mirror that I can just keep in my purse at all times. Definitely a great, fuss-free product for when you’re wanting an easy, subtle glow.Photos courtesy of Rare Beauty As someone who’s been in the spotlight since they were a child, Selena Gomez has been no stranger to the pressures of public presentation and perfectionist beauty standards.

You Can Now Achieve Rosalía’s Signature Red Lip

Working with MAC is something of a full-circle moment for Rosalía, who recounts saving all her money to purchase MAC eye-shadow palettes or a makeup brushes in her early twenties. When going over proposed tones for her bespoke shade, she veered towards a bright red with a little blue, much like Woo, telling the MAC team “I always prefer a red with a little blue; it makes a big difference.”Related | MAC Celebrates 25 Years of VIVA GLAM With Winnie HarlowBaltasar González Pinel, director of makeup artistry, says of Rosalía’s lipstick shade: “The incredible charisma, energy and strength of Rosalía is the perfect incarnation of this vibrant, saturated red.”This year, MAC has pledged to donate $10 million to 250 organizations benefitting Black and Latinx communities that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Red is my favorite color,” she shared, adding that it “always reminds [her] of flamenco.” Growing up in Catalonia, Rosalía’s says her beauty icons were flamenco performers such as Lola Flores, whose long eyeliner line she emulated, and Carmen Amaya, whose masculine aesthetic she admired.The 26-year-old performer now wears a look that is very much her own, which most of the time involves a bare face with strong brows and, of course, a bold red lip. Rosalía is officially MAC’s newest VIVA Glam ambassador. When coming up with her VIVA Glam shade, she cited Ruby Woo, MAC’s classic red lipstick shade, as a guiding point. Of her involvement with the cause, Rosalía shared that the pandemic has been particularly difficult to deal with in Miami, far from her family, but she’s “happy to be able to contribute just a little to help people during this time.”

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Photos courtesy of MAC Cosmetics Over the years, the title has been given to artists such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and RuPaul. Now, on the 26th anniversary of VIVA Glam, the Spanish singer has revealed a new lip color, which will raise awareness for the future and equal rights of women, girls, the LGBTQ+ community and those affected with HIV/ AIDS. Funds from VIVA glam products sales go the MAC AIDS Fund, which has raised over $500 million since its inception in 1994. Related | How Does Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty Hold Up?”It’s an honor to be the face of VIVA GLAM 26 and to champion a cause that is inclusive, supports individuality and gives back 100%,” Rosalía told Billboard.Speaking to Vogue, Rosalía recounted her personal relationship to lipstick and how it influenced the bright red shade she created for MAC.

Jeffree Star Responds to ‘Homewrecker’ Claims Over His New Boyfriend

Please! I’m not going to repeat myself again so read it twice Face throwing a kiss Marriage licenses are public record. Common sense is not so common.— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 28, 2020 Remember when I heard “he’s only with you for the money” for 5 years with Nathan? I’m so bored of that rhetoric,” he said in reference to his ex of five years, Nathan Schwandt. Earlier this month, Star got tongues wagging after teasing the identity of his new beau, who internet users quickly deduced was none other than basketball player Andre Marhold. the petty arguments drove you away,” she continued, per screenshots of her Instagram Story. “I always feared this day would come but not while our son was still in diapers, I will not let you down if you come home. Not only that, but Star ended his tweet thread by shutting down those questioning Marhold’s sexual orientation, writing that, “the concept of being attracted to both genders, still REALLY has some people confused.”See Star’s tweets for yourself, below.I don’t hang out with married men. I am literally going crazy.”And while Star already addressed the rumor that he paid Marhold to date him for “PR damage control,” the beauty vlogger returned to Twitter on Friday morning to finally respond to all of the “homewrecker” accusations. “I don’t hang out with married men. I’m not going to repeat myself again so read it twice 😘 Marriage licenses are public record. Just be here when we wake up. I need you. I’m so bored of that rhetoric 😴— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 28, 2020 The concept of being attracted to both genders, still REALLY has some people confused.— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 28, 2020 Photo via Getty However, in the wake of this revelation, it also didn’t take long for Marhold’s alleged ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child to come forward in the comments and ask him to give her a “call to explain all of this,” as reported by The Blast.Related | Jeffree Star Addresses Claims He Pays His Boyfriend to Date Him”Prayer can’t get me thru this. I can’t sleep without you please baby. Jeffree Star is refuting the rumor that he broke up his boyfriend’s past relationship. Common sense is not so common,” Star wrote, before doubling down on his previous statement about not giving “money to anyone I’m dating or anyone who is fucking me.””Remember when I heard ‘he’s only with you for the money’ for 5 years with Nathan?

SNATCHURAL: Watch XOXOETHAN Get a Face Full of Filler

beauty is pain.Stay glam,XOXOETHAN We then talk about my nose job and show you all the maintenance work that I endure to look this beautiful, including my botox and filler upkeep.Check out the video, below, go follow Dr. I’m excited to share our second episode of SNATCHURAL (Watch episode one, here). Hi Uglies…EEP! This time, I take PAPER on a journey with my incredible plastic surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. It’s finally here: the video you have all been asking for. Trovato, right here outside of New York City.Related | Introducing ‘SNATCHURAL’ With Beauty Expert XOXOETHANDr. Trovato shows us the latest and greatest in cosmetic enhancements, from a machine that simulates thousands of crunches in a few minutes to a facial scanner that analyzes ways to improve your skin. Trovato on Instagram and remember…

Jeffree Star Responds to Claims That He Pays His Boyfriend to Date Him

On Monday, Star took to his Twitter to tell the naysayers that they’re better off minding their own business.”I know it’s devastating news for some people, but I don’t give money to anyone I’m dating or anyone who is fucking me,” he wrote. I’m not the problem.””Worry about how to pay your own bills, not who’s in my mouth,” Star said, before concluding, “Thank you, God bless – Upper management.”See his posts, below.I know it’s devastating news for some people, but I don’t give money to anyone I’m dating or anyone who is fucking me. This past weekend, the beauty vlogger sent fans into a verifiable frenzy thanks to a suggestive photo of himself and his new beau. And though Star never revealed the identity of his mystery man, that didn’t stop the internet from weighing in on their relationship — especially given Star’s problematic past.Related | The Internet Accuses Jeffree Star of Using His New BF For “PR Damage Control”From jokes about his use of anti-Black slurs to accusations that he was “renting a Black boyfriend for PR damage control,” an overwhelming majority of commenters were deeply skeptical of their dynamic. That said, amid continued pushback, Star has finally responded to the speculation. “Work on you own insecurities sis. Work on your own insecurities sis, I’m not the problem 💖— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 24, 2020 Worry about how to pay your own bills, not who’s in my mouth 💯 Thank you, God bless – Upper management— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 24, 2020 Photo via YouTube / JeffreeStar Jeffree Star is hitting back at claims that he pays his new boyfriend to date him.

James Charles Received ‘Death Threats’ Over His JoJo Siwa Video

James Charles said that he received death threats over his latest makeover video with JoJo Siwa.Last week, the beauty vlogger posted a new YouTube video in which he replaced the former Dance Moms star’s signature glitter and hair bow look with a stunning highlight and smokey eye. “Today would’ve been full of ‘stay away from her’ tweets,” Charles said, before concluding, “Anyway leave me alone.”See his tweets about the backlash, below.I said today’s collab was with someone I I waited two years to work with & I was so excited for and now I’m getting death threats because stan twitter assumed it would be their fav and it wasn’t 😂🤡 there are a TON of huge artists I’d love to film with one day, be patient! But why? “There are a TON of huge artists I’d love to film with one day, be patient!” Charles then went on to explain that part of the backlash stemmed from the fact that he had liked a few tweets in which fans said they wanted him to collaborate with their favs, including artists like Cardi B and Ariana Grande.”I also would love to collab with their favs,” he clarified, though he went on to add that he would’ve gotten backlash even if he did collaborate with these high-profile stars. 💞— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 21, 2020 I liked a few tweets from fans saying they wanted me to collab with their favs because I also would love to collab with their favs 🙃 if I DID collab with their favs, today would’ve been full of “stay away from her” tweets anyway 🥺 leave me alone— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 21, 2020 Photo via YouTube / @JamesCharles And while you’d think that most people would love to see such a dramatic makeover, it turns out that more than a few fans were less than enthused about the collab itself.Related | Jojo Siwa Responds to Asbestos Makeup ControversySoon after the makeover was published, Charles revealed that some online commenters were disappointed by Siwa’s appearance. Well, according to him, it was because he had initially teased the video by saying it was with “someone [he had] waited two years to work with.””I was so excited for [it] and now I’m getting death threats because stan twitter assumed it would be their fav and it wasn’t,” he tweeted.

TikToker Tony Lopez Dropped By Bliss Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

We have friends that know about the situation that even came to me saying she [them] is LYING,” he continued. TikTok star Tony Lopez has been dropped by Bliss after he was accused of messaging underage girls on social media.According to a new report from Insider, the spa and beauty brand recently announced in a series of TikTok comments that they would no longer be working with the 21-year-old Hype House member.”We take these accusations seriously and will not work w/ Tony Lopez going forward,” Bliss wrote in response to a commenter who questioned their sponsorship of him. sorry it took me a bit to find the proof but the victim herself dmed me and said she was 15 at the time of him preying on her, please blow this shit up so we can strip this predator of a platform— xavi (@kopcillaa) August 8, 2020 View this post on Instagram WTF ????? “I will provide screen shots when I get them.”Photo via TikTok / @TonyLopez “We’re committed to working w/ partners who uphold our brand values.” Last month, alleged screenshots of messages in which Tony appeared to solicit nudes from a 15-year-old girl surfaced online via Twitter and Instagram. 💀😭 A post shared by Tiktokroom 2.0 (@tikltokroom) on Jul 15, 2020 at 7:57pm PDT And while the controversial TikTok star has yet to address these allegations or Bliss’s decision, People noted in their report that Tony did speak up when his older brother and fellow influencer, Ondreaz Lopez, was accused of sexual assault.Back in June, a Twitter user named Al claimed that Ondreaz made them touch his genitals while they were sleeping in the same bed.”He wouldn’t let me pull away until I turned the other way around,” Al said, before adding that Ondreaz also continued to misgender them and use their dead name. That said, in his own statement, Tony defended his brother, writing, “Sexual assault is a very serious matter!!””This girl [them] that is claiming Ondreaz sexually assaulted her is lying. Subsequently, Ondreaz tweeted out a lengthy apology and response.

NikkieTutorials Updates Fans After Being Robbed at Gunpoint

For respecting us and for having our backs. And though she’s still apparently unable to share details about the ongoing investigation, de Jager did upload a new YouTube video over the weekend to let people know that she’s doing “okay.”Related | NikkieTutorials and Fiancé Robbed at Gunpoint at Home”In these years, I got to do some of the most amazing things, but also shared my darkest days with you. “When is life gonna be like, ‘Okay, you’re good people, here’s some good things?'” Granted, as alluded to in the title of the video, the star went on say that makeup is her “therapy” — something that couldn’t be “taken away” from her. “So maybe, one day, I’ll be able to tell you everything. “I need to joke around to get over this,” she said as she began her Barbie doll-inspired makeup tutorial, even going so far as to joke that “not to prime… And I can tell you today is one of those dark days,” she began, before outlining the basics of what happened.”Having one of those worst nightmares come true is very surreal, but it also puts a lot of things in perspective. For giving us time. In life, the most important thing is health, family, and friendships,” she said. But right now, it’s impossible for my mental state.”As de Jager explained, the terrifying experience — compounded by recent news that a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer — has made the aftermath of this trauma all the more difficult to reckon with. That said, de Jager ended things on an uplifting note by thanking her fans for their outpouring of support.”I want to thank you for being there for us. “I am so beyond grateful to be able to sit in my studio today and film a brand new video for you guys like nothing happened.”Watch her entire video, below.Photo via Getty And being in good health is even more important,” she continued. “It’s like, when is it enough?” she said. is a crime” at one point. Now more than ever, you realize that family is everything. Nikkie de Jager, aka NikkieTutorials, has given fans an update on how she’s doing after she and her fiancé Dylan Drossaers were robbed at gunpoint.Earlier this month, the couple were held at gunpoint by three people during a break-in that occurred at their house in the Netherlands.

Ashley Tisdale Opens Up About Removing Her Breast Implants

Suspecting that these issues could’ve been caused by her implants, Tisdale reveals that she made the decision last winter to undergo explant surgery in order to get them removed. She took the opportunity to spread the word about Breast Implant Illness. “Prior to the surgery, I constantly felt my body was less than, and thought this change would make me feel more whole and more secure about myself,” she explains. “I can’t say I’m the proudest of the choices I made in the past but I don’t regret it because it got me here today.”Photo via Getty/Dominik Bindl In what she describes as her “most personal post [she’s] ever shared,” Ashley Tisdale is opening up about her decision to get her breast implants removed.Tisdale, who’s previously been candid about her struggles with depression and anxiety, detailed the reasons why she initially decided to undergo breast enhancement surgery. RuPaul’s Drag Race Judge Michelle Visage revealed last year during the finale of Season 11 about getting hers removed, which she attributed to developing Hashimoto’s disease in her late twenties. Despite the fact that stigmas surrounding cosmetic surgery have gradually waned over the years as it becomes more commonplace and widespread, talking about it still remains largely taboo. “And for a short period of time…it did.”Related | How Ashley Tisdale Found Her VoiceShe goes on to say that after a while she began to notice minor health complications such as gut issues and food sensitivities that started to crop up. “This journey has been one of growth, self discovery, self acceptance and most importantly self-love,” Tisdale writes, going on to espouse the importance of living a “non-toxic life” and promote her newly launched health and wellness platform, Frenshe. Login • Instagram
Tisdale is one of many celebrities like Chrissy Tiegen, Yolanda Hadid and Ayesha Curry who have recently opened up about their decision to get their implants removed.

James Charles Addressed Dramageddon With a TikTok Challenge

For the past few days, prominent TikTok users have been giving the metaphorical middle finger to their haters with the new “You think you can hurt my feelings?” challenge set to La Roux’s “Bulletproof.” “You think you can hurt my feelings?” he captioned the video. However, this past June, Westbrook returned with a new video alleging that she had been “manipulated” into making the video and placed the blame on “the poisonous lies that were fed to me by Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star”Related | Tati Westbrook Says Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star ‘Manipulated’ HerAnd though Charles has kept relatively silent amid all the buzz surrounding Westbrook’s latest tell-all, he did recently post a new TikTok that appeared to address the entire mess. James Charles is speaking out about last year’s Dramageddeon debacle with a little help from a new TikTok challenge.As you likely remember, the controversial YouTuber was called out by former mentor Tati Westbrook in her viral “Bye Sister” video, in which she claimed Charles had betrayed her and had made numerous sexual advances toward straight men. “I lost 3 million subscribers in one day and [was] cancelled over something I didn’t actually do.”That said, given the high-profile nature of the entire Dramaggedon saga, Charles’s take on the trend garnered a fair amount of online attention over the weekend — with many voicing their support for him in the comments. And while Westbrook, Dawson, and Star have yet to respond, in the meantime, you can watch his video for yourself, here.Photo via Getty

Supreme Lipsticks Are Officially a Thing

View this post on Instagram SUPREME VISION ⚡⚡⚡ Supreme®/Pat McGrath Labs Lipstick: MatteTrance™ hyper-pigmented lipstick in shade ‘SUPREME’ developed exclusively for @SupremeNewYork Fall/Winter 2020 — LINK IN BIO A post shared by Pat McGrath (@patmcgrathreal) on Aug 17, 2020 at 4:48am PDT Photos courtesy of Pat McGrath Labs The beauty world is about to welcome a new face to its ranks: Pat McGrath Labs is teaming up with Supreme for a new makeup collab.The collab consists of a single lipstick adorned with the signature chunky logo and characteristic gold lips that don Pat McGrath’s other products. The lipstick, featuring McGrath’s famous MatteTrance formula, will be available in ‘SUPREME,’ a bright and vibrant shade that references Supreme’s distinguished red.Related | SNATCHURAL How-To: Flawless Hair at HomeThis is not the first time that Supreme has joint forces with other notable brands throughout its 26-year history, having carried out collaborations with the likes of The North Face, Nike and Louis Vuitton, but this venture marks the company’s first foray into beauty.While we eagerly await for a release date (along with the imminent release of the brand’s Fall 2020 accessories drop), check out the Pat McGrath site for more updates on availability for the MatteTrance™ Lipstick Supreme.

Topicals Skincare Wants You to Embrace All Your Flaws

August is officially National Black Business Month and PAPER is showing love to some of our favorite Black-owned businesses throughout the entire month. We’d love to partner with any retailers that will allow us to continue doing that.You are both the co-founder and CEO of Topicals. Claudia and I have made numerous connections with people with similar interests who believed in our mission. 75% of dermatology clinical trials are conducted on lighter skin tones, which results in a lack of understanding of how certain ingredients affect darker skin tones.Topicals is donating a percentage of profits to various mental health organizations. I also pray a lot. What other shelves would you like to see Topicals on?Our goal is to always be where our customers are. My father is also an entrepreneur who has launched several businesses. Why is it so important for you to give back?We’re all about building an inclusive community that has real and authentic discussions about skin. Stay tuned for more!Keep Olamide and Topicals Booked x Busy by following @MyTopicals and visiting courtesy of Topicals Our dedicated series, Booked x Busy, is all about shining a light on the entrepreneurs and brands that embody Black excellence. How do you balance being a beauty boss?I lean on my amazing support system who always has my back. But that’s about to change thanks to Topicals, a skincare brand that wants Gen Z to embrace its flaws and is quickly becoming all the buzz when it comes to inclusive beauty.Recently launching its two signature products, Like Butter and Faded, Topicals’ clinically backed line is compatible with all skin tones and contains targeted formulas packed with key ingredients that address dry, stressed out, discolored and inflamed skin. Available online and at Nordstrom, the brand is not only transforming the taboo around imperfect skin, but it’s creating a community around authentic skincare conversations, too. I feel fortunate though to have the group of people supporting us that we do. They all either have hyperpigmentation or eczema.You’ve been able to already secure a major retail partnership at Nordstrom. What advice do you give to someone not feeling their best?At Topicals, we embrace that perfect skin doesn’t exist, that’s what makes it even more beautiful. What’s next for Topicals?You’ll continue to see us transform the way people feel about skin through products, experiences, and social impact. Why is Topicals deciding to upend that tradition in beauty? At Topicals, we like to say that “YOU make skin look good,” not the other way around.Can you both briefly share an experience you had with “bad” skin?Olamide Olowe: I have post-barbae folliculitis, which is another term for ingrown hairs. Claudia’s mom is one of the certified dermatologists behind the science of our products. It’s important to support one another especially during these times.As women of color, what does representation within the beauty industry mean to you?Growing up as women of color with skin conditions, we began to notice that many of the products didn’t serve us and our skin conditions. Having each other side-by-side with the same passion to change the way we look at and care for skin conditions has really helped us make this happen.What is it like to have a squad of influential Black women in the industry backing and believing in your vision?When Black women support Black women, magic happens! I’ve experienced the mental health effects of dealing with my own skin conditions and that’s why we’ve built a brand that encourages and supports those who may be experiencing the same thing — even if it’s not entirely related to skin.”We are creating a new kind of cool that’s rooted in empathy for yourself and others.”How did you come up with the names of your two hero products, Like Butter and Faded?Everything we do at Topicals is rooted in fun. By creating a community of people who buck the status quo, we are creating a new kind of cool that’s rooted in empathy for yourself and others.Fill in the blank: My Black is…DYNAMIC.Thanks to you, the world can love the skin it’s in. At Topicals, we’re about self-care and that includes taking care of your mental health. At 23, Olowe is the youngest Black woman ever to raise more than $2 million in venture capital funding. Login • Instagram
Topicals features real-life womxn in campaigns with their skin conditions on full display. I was turned down from over 100 different investors since I began reaching out back in August 2018 until I was able to secure the investors I have alongside me today. I also would skip out on sleepovers because I felt embarrassed about having to bring my topical steroids.”For women of color, there’s a huge lack of funding and resources to help jump start your business.”Can people without eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and other chronic skin conditions use your products?Yes, they can. This can be online, in-store or in a different country. And because chronic skin conditions can take a toll mental health due to society often associating them with embarrassment and shame, Topicals is donating 1% of profits to various mental health organizations; it’s already donated and partnered with groups like Sad Girls Club.Topicals is founded by Olamide Olowe and her bestie Claudia Teng. It was definitely no walk in the park, especially when it came to investors. Building a business is a very mentally taxing exercise, so meditating and praying help to keep me grounded.Related | Proper Gnar Is Proving That Black Girls Skate, TooSkin conditions can sometimes have a negative effect on our self-esteem. One in four Americans live with chronic skin conditions, like eczema, hyperpigmentation or psoriasis. Chronic skin conditions can often lead to serious mental health issues. Historically the skincare industry has not been inclusive, not only when it comes to representation but also when it comes to formulation. We’re all about celebrating and embracing our skin and its conditions. That’s why it’s important for us to showcase people with their skin conditions to change the idea that you need to have perfect, clear skin to feel beautiful and confident. Our ingredients generally help to improve your skin’s moisture barrier or brighten your skin tone so even if you don’t have a skin condition, you’ll enjoy using Topicals products.What are some of the challenges for starting a Black-owned business from scratch?For women of color, there’s a huge lack of funding and resources to help jump start your business. Who are some of your favorite celebrities you’d love to have get their hands on Topicals?I’d love to get Topicals in the hands of Yara Shahidi, Keke Palmer, Adele, Kerry Washington, Tia Mowry and Naomi Smalls. Chronic skin conditions have been way too serious for too long so when we were thinking about naming the products, we didn’t want to call out the skin conditions themselves, but rather focus on the experience that the product provides.What’s the inspiration behind the packaging?When you have a visible skin condition, you grow up using prescription products that are usually kept under your bathroom sink. I’m a voracious reader, so I always keep my finger on the pulse of cutting-edge research in the e-commerce, health and wellness industries to better create new and exciting experiences for our community. I’m so grateful to have the most influential Black women backing our vision to transform the way people feel about skin.Related | This Durag Designer Turns People Into SuperheroesWhat does it mean to be a Black-owned business, especially when the Black Lives Matter movement is getting so much attention?Our brand is all about being inclusive and listening to our community even when it’s not about skincare. We wanted to design products that you could showcase right alongside all of your favorite brands on your shelf, hence the bright packaging.You just hit the market. Teachers used to send notes home to my parents because they noticed I was more concerned with itching rather than interacting in class. With support and a co-sign from Hollywood cool kids like Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji and DJ Hannah Bronfman, Olowe and Topicals are in the skincare game for the long-haul.PAPER had a chance to kick it with Olowe to chat about what it’s like to be a young beauty boss, the power in creatives of color collaborating, and the importance of being the CEO of both a business and your life.Skin is something that often is glorified as having to be flawless. I’m the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants, so I don’t take the immense privilege I’ve been afforded for granted. It was important to me to have strong, Black women on our cap table, and we were able to do that.Where did you find the strength to take the leap and launch your own skincare company?Claudia and I have a great support system. I grew up very self-conscious about it so much so that I wasn’t comfortable wearing a swimsuit until my first year of college.Claudia Teng: Growing up I dealt with severe eczema to the point I was in and out of hospitals.

Hunter Schafer Is Shiseido’s New Global Brand Ambassador

“As someone who likes to be artistic with makeup, that was something that instantly attracted me to the brand. Shiseido is parallel to art.”See Schafer’s Instagram post of praise for Shiseido, below. Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer is making waves in the beauty world. Login • Instagram
Photography: Bryan Huynh for PAPER On August 12, Shiseido Makeup announced Schafer as its newest global brand ambassador. “When I look at Shiseido, I see a level of artistic energy that is really unique,” Schafer said in a press release. Shiseido is about more than trying to look petty or appeal to a specific standard of beauty. “She really represents the current zeitgeist of beauty in that there are no rules, no boundaries, and no restrictions.”

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Schafer is most known for her role as Jules Vaughn, a transgender teen in the groundbreaking HBO show Euphoria. Apart from this role, Schafer is a highly accomplished artist, even being named finalist in the National YoungArts Foundation competition in 2017 while attending college, as well as walking on runways for brands like Dior, Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and more.Related | Hunter Schafer: Leading the Charge for Femme RepresentationSchafer said accepting the brand ambassador offer was as easy a decision as it was fulfilling. The 21-year-old will make her first campaign appearance for an entirely new product from the brand in early 2021.”We are so thrilled to collaborate with someone as creative, expressive, and authentic as Hunter,” James Boehmer, Global Artistic Director for Shiseido Makeup, said in a press release.

SNATCHURAL How-To: Flawless Hair at Home

This is not an everyday moment, but it’s my go-to glam hairstyle with humidity-proof bombshell curls. Related | Introducing ‘SNATCHURAL’ With Beauty Expert XOXOETHANI have naturally super curly hair and I love it, but sometimes I want a little more. If you have a different hair texture, this guide still works for you and shows how I blow out, straighten, clip my extensions in and curl my hair. Login • Instagram
Make sure to scroll down to see all the products I recommend and where to buy them. Hi Uglies…Today, I’m excited to share with you a comprehensive product guide on how to get SNATCHURAL hair. Stay glam,XOXOETHAN

Jeffree Star Responds to Fake Robbery Accusations

I roll with the punches. A lot of people are bored and miserable and just want to make up shit all day. I’m used to it. Total value of the theft was $10,000, with an additional $30,000 in physical damages according to LAPD. Just take my advice and learn from me, guys,” he said. #PublicRecords— Good Citizen Records (@RecordsCitizen) July 22, 2020 And while the screenshot has been around since this past July, Star decided to finally hit back at the accusations on Sunday via a new upload called “Addressing RUMORS about me.” In the video, Star denied the rumors and continued to claim that 30,000 units of his then-unreleased concealer were stolen, amongst other things. “It is what it is.”Watch Star’s response for yourself, below.Photo via Getty “This is what 2020’s about. Jeffree Star is refuting rumors alleging that he faked a robbery that hit one of his warehouses last year.In April 2019, it was reported that the FBI was investigating a break-in by a group of black market thieves at one of the YouTuber’s facilities — an incident which led to the loss of $2.5 million worth of product. “It’s all so silly, but people really run with things, and I get it,” he said, before chalking the speculation up to online culture amid quarantine. It’s just shocking, the levels of things that people are believing now,” Star went on to say, before adding that the experience itself “was so horrifying and awful and scary.” “So for someone to minimize it, like it was a hoax or something, I was like… Related | Jeffree Star and the FBI Are Trying to Find Whoever Stole $2.5 Million in MakeupRecently though, a self-proclaimed public records sleuth called Good Citizen Records claimed to have procured an alleged document from the LAPD, which appeared to show that there were only $10,000 in losses and $30,000 in physical damage — something which has since led to online speculation that Star was lying about the scope of the robbery.Here is the last of the @JeffreeStar #Theft records.