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.
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.