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See the New Lip Gloss Shades You Won't Leave the House Without This Fall

As you start stocking up on Fall beauty products , make room for new lip gloss in your stash. Our namesake brand, Beauty by POPSUGAR , recently added three new shades to its Be the Boss Lip Gloss collection (which already has four stars at Ulta), and they’re perfect for the transitioning seasons.

These new additions have the same moisturizing, non-sticky feel as the original formula, but these shades are infused with fine flecks of shimmer. Fetish is a cabernet red with gold pearl; Drive Me Crazy is a deep raspberry with gold pearl; and Take a Bow is a baby pink with gold pearl. We swatched the glosses for our weekly Instagram Series Swatch With Us so you can see them up close before you add ’em to your cart. Check out the shimmery shades ahead, and be sure to follow us on Instagram to see swatches of buzzy beauty products every week.

The Latest Sex-Themed Mascara Comes From Nars – and Oh Baby

Relationship goals: date whoever works in product development at Nars. The brand that gave us blush with a shade name that will make you, well, you know, has long been known for pushing the boundaries. The brand’s latest mascara is no different: meet Climax ($24). This tube is just the latest in a storied tradition of brands communicating their thirstiness via mascara names. (See: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Urban Decay’s “sex-proof” Troublemaker.) But is Climax just faking it?

The red tube is ribbed for your pleasure, and the wand itself is thick. The formula looks and feels as soft as whipped cream paired with strawberries, which means it doesn’t translate to stiff or flaky lashes. It swipes onto lashes like someone you actually want to slide into your DMs. Climax is supposedly voluminous, but I didn’t feel as though it gave me a lash lift. Rather, it lengthened my lashes as if I’d put on pricey extensions and left behind an alluring curl. You can see the results in my before and after photo, below:

A pro of this mascara is that no matter how many times you apply it, it will. not. clump. This is helpful when you want to pull a Shakira and redo your eye makeup whenever, wherever, without having to worry about spider lashes. That makes this a great everyday, apply-on-the-subway-without-poking-your-eye-out type option.

Am I completely enraptured by Climax? No, only Adam Driver and Panera Mac and Cheese can give me those kinds of feelings. That said, sex sells – and I have a feeling Climax will, too.

Bring Pink Lemonade to the Barbecue With This Cool New Hair Color

Quench your thirst for a new hair color with the latest rainbow hue, pink lemonade. The trend blends yellow and pink shades to resemble your favorite warm-weather drink – and the look is extremely versatile. Some people are opting for an overall warm-pink, while others are dyeing different parts of their hair in pink and yellow sections. You can go for a saturated punch of color or keep it light with a blond base for a more subtle effect.

Keep reading to see the best ways to wear pink lemonade hair – then get ready to head to the salon and drink it up.

These New Tarte Brushes Were Made For Your Fourth of July Beauty Look

Fourth of July barbecue plans or not, any excuse to create a colorful and festive makeup look is reason enough to celebrate. This holiday, Tarte introduced a handful of makeup brushes that make it easy to paint some patriotic stars on your face. Simply take the star end of your Tarte Pretty Things and Fairy Wings Brush Set ($42) and use the different size brushes as a stencil for your look. I recommend using liquid eyeliners in red, white, and blue to get a more precise application.

While this hack isn’t foolproof – you definitely need some artistic ability – it’s a great guide to starting your American-themed makeup off right.

I Hated Stick Foundations – but This One Changed My Mind

Very few foundations make it to my favorites list. My combination, acne-scarred skin has made me the world’s pickiest base-makeup consumer, and I’m guilty of approaching new foundations with an extremely critical eye (sorry not sorry). For years I’ve kept to the same criteria when deciphering a good one from the bad: Is it full-coverage? Does it have a matte finish? Will it actually match my skin tone?

Most of the time, only liquid formulas – rarely creams . . . and hardly ever creams in stick form – check all the boxes. You see, I have a love-hate relationship with stick foundations. I love that they are portable and won’t get swiped by TSA. But I’ve found most variations I’ve tried to be too greasy, too sheer, or not as easy to blend as my go-to Estée Lauder Double Wear ($42) – that is, until I met Flesh Beauty’s new Firm Thickstick Foundation ($18).

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think these sticks would perform like my favorite liquids. But boy was I wrong. It goes against all my criteria for a great foundation, but it does so much more for me that I don’t care. For starters, the formula is available in 40 (!) shades, and I was able to use multiple on my skin tone (which can be a feat for many people of color). That means I could use shades 26 and 28 (Toffee and Cafe) for my base, shade 25 (Salted Caramel) to conceal, and shade 34 (Pecan) to contour. If my sunscreen fails me at some point this Summer, I know I can use shade 29 (Cinnamon) too.

Here, I am blending in shades 26 and 28.

Plus, the colors didn’t look ashy or oxidize to an orange tint. I expected either to look like a greasy mess or to feel overly dry, as I do with most stick foundations, but the effect was exactly the opposite: the colors blended like a dream, and my skin ended up looking like, well, my skin – but better. It has a medium coverage but is easily buildable on areas you need it, which is perfect if you have dark spots like me.

I did experience some shine after a few hours of wear, but I don’t mind my natural glow peeking through for a change. If you have oily skin, I do recommend using a mattifying setting spray or powder. Thickstick is best for “no makeup-makeup” days when you want to enhance your complexion without completely covering it. As for me, I can’t say that I’ll ditch my liquid foundation forever, but hey – at least Flesh has helped me kick my stick foundation phobia to the curb.

Every Product Kylie Jenner Used in Her $450+ Vogue Makeup Tutorial

It’s odd thinking that at one point, Kylie Jenner was not a part of the beauty zeitgeist. The 20-year-old cosmetics mogul has let us follow her through transforming everything from her lips to her hair and has given us a peek into her life as a new mom. With Kylie Cosmetics positioned to be a billion-dollar brand by 2022 , it’s apparent that everything she touches in the beauty world turns to dollar bills.

Jenner went makeup-free in a 10-minute tutorial for Vogue , where she broke down her entire beauty routine. We got a look at one of the new Kylie Cosmetics eye-shadow palettes and glosses, which aren’t available online yet. Still, assuming that the new products retail similarly to her the others in her collection at $45 and $12 respectively, we’ve determined her entire look hits at around $450 of more.

The tutorial also comes with a few helpful tips. For starters, Jenner does her brows and eye shadow first (if you start with foundation, she argued, the pigment will fall from your eyes onto your cheeks), and she’s obsessed with blush – but she doesn’t just apply it to her cheeks, but to her forehead, nose, and chin, too. We also learned that the beauty mogul likes her freckles to show through her foundation, so she applies the product with a brush and then buffs it out with a BeautyBlender so it looks more natural.

Like many of us who throw caution to the wind, she puts mascara over her lash extensions, using black for the top lashes and brown for the bottom for a more subtle look. She takes the tip of her brow gel brush, which holds the most product, applies it, then brushes the gel out with the comb. Then, to finish it all off, she drenches her face in MAC setting spray so that her makeup looks its best in person.

The 1 Thing That Makes Lupita Nyong'o's Beauty Looks Different

You don’t need a Yale degree to know that Lupita Nyong’o always oozes glamour on the red carpet (though the drama-school-bred actress has one of those, too). Though the Black Panther star once told POPSUGAR that she uses makeup “always as a celebration of just naked me,” her go-to event looks are far from barefaced. In fact, Nyong’o’s best beauty secret is one she doesn’t like to hide: her colorful eye shadow.

Whether she’s glitter-fied her lids, had longtime makeup artist Nick Barose draw a literal rainbow onto them, or experimented with graphic green liner, Nyong’o doesn’t shy away from enhancing her big brown eyes. Her preferred shades are often blues, greens, or a cyan-y mix of both, but she’s also fond of deep burgundies and pinots. What’s more, she often likes pairing her bold shadow with attention-grabbing lip shades.

No one can ever accuse this Yalie of playing it safe, which is reason number a hundred billion why we love her. Read on to see her most out-there looks.

Photoshop-Free Ads Are 2018's Most Empowering Trend – See How Dove's Doing It

If you prefer your beauty ads unaltered and Photoshop-free, 2018 is quite the time to be alive. Not only are brands such as Madison Reed and Overtone forgoing digital touch-ups in their imagery, but other big names like CVS Pharmacy and Suave are calling out how absurdly unrealistic beauty ad standards are. Specifically, CVS began putting a “Beauty Mark” icon over all of its unretouched photos. Now Dove is following suit, launching its own “No Digital Distortion Mark.”

The skincare brand, which sells 60 bars of its ubiquitous soap every second , has been Photoshop-free since 2017, per its Self-Esteem Project . Dove has long been known for its many inspiring commercials, even enlisting the great Shonda Rhimes to direct the short films . As Marketing Director of Dove Amy Stepanian told POPSUGAR, “For more than a decade, Dove has been dedicated to inspiring a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

Reps for the brand hope that this No Digital Distortion Mark will empower women to be more savvy when it comes to spotting unrealistic media standards. “It will help identify reality and relieve some of the pressure women and girls can feel to look a certain way,” Stepanian said.

She went on to say, “We know that globally, eight out of 10 girls opt out of key life activities when they don’t feel good about the way they look.” Stepanian hopes that steps toward transparency will aid young women to develop a healthier relationship with their appearance so that “beauty can be a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

Psst: Here's How to Score a Free Ulta Swag Bag

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The powers that be at Ulta have given the makeup community a righteous gift: $88 worth of beauty swag with a $20 purchase. All you have to do to get in on the action is shop the Ulta beauty line between now and March 17. (And FYI, the collection has recently been given a makeover with new packaging, formulations, and products.)

After hitting that $20 threshold, you’ll be gifted a 14-piece makeup bag that’s loaded with $88 worth of goodies. The bag includes a mini eye shadow palette, blush, mascara, lip oil, lipstick, lip liner, eyeliner, brow-shaping gel, face primer, illuminator, tinted eye primer, blush brush, pencil sharpener, and a $5-off-$15-purchase coupon. You can find the specific details here .

The bag is a great (and FREE) way to check out Ulta’s new goods. Just note that there’s only one free bag per customer and the promotion only lasts as long as supplies do!

Real Techniques Just Launched Glittery New Brushes and, Well, There Goes Our Money

Real Techniques is kicking 2018 off with a glittery, shimmery, holographic bang – and we’re not complaining. The brand responsible for some of our favorite brushes just launched a limited-edition set of colorful tools that deserve a spot in your makeup bag (and on your Insta feed).

Founders and badass sister-duo Sam and Nic Chapman were inspired by the latest holographic trends and decided to create glitzy brushes with the same Real Techniques quality we know and love. The Brush Crush collection features eight pieces all outfitted in shimmery purple and pink packaging. You can pick up powder, foundation, contour, blush, fan, shadow, and kabuki brushes all in the holographic designs.

If you’re a fan of RT’s marble blending sponge , then you’ll also be excited to learn that a new pastel pink iteration of the cult-favorite blender is now available.

You can purchase the brushes now at Ulta.com and online at RealTechniques.com , so whatcha waiting for? Go on and spruce up your brush collection. Get a better look at the pretty new RT swag ahead.

The Secret to Emma Stone's Oscars Glow? A New Kiehl's Product!

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OK, Emma Stone , we see you at the Oscars looking fierce as ever in your satin Louis Vuitton pantsuit ! Last year’s best actress winner totally dominated the red carpet, oozing confidence and an overall badass vibe (which no doubt peaked during the brilliant shade she threw while presenting the award for best director ). But here’s one thing that you may have missed, no matter how long you stared at Emma’s all-over winning look: the fact that she debuted a new Kiehl’s product!

According to a rep for the brand, Emma’s makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, used this totally casual, normal night to showcase Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, a moisturizer that promises to visibly improve your “natural glow” over time. It’s made with illuminating materials and antioxidant protection such as pomegranate extract, which provides hydration for 24 hours. That’s a whole dang day of great skin, y’all.

You could smear this all over your face as you would with any moisturizer, but Rachel chose to mix it in with Emma’s base, which happened to be Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Gobi ($49). This made her foundation easier to blend while leaving behind a soft, dreamy dewiness.

The one catch? Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator ($38) won’t be available until May, but you can preorder it on the brand’s website and have it sent just in time for a vanity made clear by Spring cleaning.

Step Right This Way, Ladies: MAC's Newest Palette Is Inspired by Girl Power

In 2017, MAC released its hilariously but trivially named Basic B*tch Palette , but this year the brand will celebrate a very different type of woman. That’s because MAC dropped a MAC Girls Risk Taker Palette ($40), which celebrates badass beauty babes and on-point shadow looks all at once.

This bundle contains eight berry- and shimmer-tinted eye hues, along with one bronze-pink highlighter. We’re obsessed with Risky Business, an ultraviolet-gray mix; Fashion Fanatic, an attention-grabbing fuchsia; and Free Ride, a ’90s-esque muted mauve.

We’re also cheering for the palette’s packaging, which is decorated with bold florals and thin, orange-toned stripes. If you’ve tried any MAC Girls Personality products , you know that the charming palettes contain satiny, pearl-infused powders that glide over your skin like a goshdarn dream. This puppy is sure to be the talk of your vanity, so don’t take the risk of waiting to purchase this one.

Nicole Kidman's Oscars Hair Came Courtesy of This New H&M-Owned Beauty Line

If you haven’t shopped at & Other Stories , click on the link to the site, call in sick today, and cozy on up to a bona-fide fashion girl’s fantasy . The affordable brand, which is owned by H&M, offers trendy pieces that retail for under $200. Every item comes from three different ateliers based in Paris, Stockholm, and Los Angeles and features striking silhouettes that are both chic and cutting edge.

Until now, the brand has stuck with making clothes, but Nicole Kidman debuted its hair products at the 2018 Oscars. We feel confident enough to call it now: by the way Nicole looks, the line is going to become a beauty mainstay.

While looking like a literal present in her sealed-with-a-bow Armani gown , Nicole kept her hair sleek and sexy. Her uberstraight strands were a delightful contrast to the sweet dress, and the style came courtesy of four new items from & Other Stories.

Hairstylist Kylee Heath codeveloped the new line (which launches this Summer) and worked her magic on Nicole. She began by applying her Universal Blowout Lotion and Fullness Thickening Cream to Nicole’s damp strands. Then she combed through everything and used a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($399) on its highest heat and speed settings. After that, Kylee added & Other Stories Fullness Volume Powder, which gave just a touch of volume around her client’s roots. Then, she straightened Nicole’s hair and topped off everything with & Other Stories Universal Hairspray.

So yeah, safe to say we’ll be heading straight for an & Other Stories store come Summer, so we can find our inner Nicole Kidman.

Soap & Glory Sells Lipstick, but Its New Ad Shows Women Are More Than Their Mouths

How does a beauty brand contribute to the #MeToo discussion? Soap & Glory just schooled us all. The drugstore favorite offers a full line of makeup, but it’s perhaps best known for its cheekily named lip-plumping product , Sexy Mother Pucker. To some, that might seem a little objectifying. After all, a woman’s pout isn’t just a vessel for lipstick. It’s also, you know, the thing she talks out of, and those words are powerful.

That’s why Soap & Glory’s latest campaign wants us to look past the aesthetics of a woman’s lips – and more into what she has to say. In an emotional ad shot during the LA Women’s March on Jan. 20, the brand set up a live stream spotlighting close-ups of women’s lips. All wore various shades of lipstick as they spoke about their hopes, dreams, struggles, and experiences ranging from growing up transgender to surviving an abusive relationship. The ad encourages women to raise their voices “whatever their shade of gloss” may be.

The #MoreThanLips campaign sheds a spotlight on Soap & Glory’s efforts to support She Should Run, a national organization that works to support women in politics. One specific goal of She Should Run is increasing the number of women running for office to 250,000 by 2030. Soap & Glory has said that it will donate $5 for any post tagged #MoreThanLips – so get hashtagging.

Nail Brows Are the Sharpest Beauty Look We've Seen in a While

We just found the new, edgy beauty trend – literally. Nail brows are here, and the pointy punk style is impossible to look away from – even if it does give us the heebie-jeebies.

Gone are the days of soft squiggle brows and wavy lips ; we have entered an era of sharper, more defined beauty trends. Serbian architecture student and makeup artist Milan Bauranov plays around with incorporating the home improvement tool into his brows, and damn if he isn’t totally nailing it. (See what we did there?)

It appears that Bauranov is a fan of Kat Von D products , as he used the brand’s Lock It Concealer Crème ($26), Setting Powder ($30), and Setting Mist ($26) to prep his skin. He has also done similar needle styles before, so check them out below – if you dare.

Why Am I So Obsessed With Halo Brows, This New Reverse Unibrow Trend?

I know what you’re going to say: “Those dang kids with their squiggle brows and nostril hair extensions . What is happening to the world? Every day we stray from God’s light. Do we really need another Instagram beauty trend?”

The answer, you fun-hater, is yes. There’s a new brow kid on the block, and I don’t know why but it’s my favorite thing since sliced bread brows (those aren’t real, but should be). Ladies and gentlemen, halo brows, as the look’s creator has dubbed it, are here. To paraphrase Beyoncé, I can definitely see the halo (halo) effect of this look, but I prefer to think of it as a reverse unibrow. And it’s cool, damn it.

Hannah Lyne, a 16-year-old from Huddersfield, UK, coined the term. Hannah told POPSUGAR that halo brows can be traced back to fishtail brows , which were until now the last great “new Instagram trend.” (Those, in turn, take influence from ’90s hip-hop brow slits – it’s all connected, friends.)

“I was having a conversation with a friend trying to come up with a new idea for a look, and all of a sudden it came to me that I should connect my brow tails,” Hannah explained. “This look was influenced by fishtail brows; seeing the way my brow flicked upwards inspired the idea of just carrying the brow on until it met in the middle.”

All good brow trends need a catchy name, and Hannah actually took a commenter’s suggestion for halo brows. This bold, circular look is totally hypnotizing, and I am hereby dubbing it the greatest piece of art of our time. Seriously, don’t try to come at me if you’re trying to diss halo brows. Hey, they laughed at Picasso, too.

Emma Watson's Baby Bangs and Shaggy Lob Are Polarizing the Internet

What an Oscars night Emma Watson had! First, the star rolled up to the Vanity Fair afterparty with an unfortunately grammatically incorrect, but still extremely relevant tattoo that celebrated the Time’s Up Movement . But it wasn’t just the missing apostrophe that got the internet buzzing. Emma also rocked one of this season’s most polarizing haircuts: a modern shag with baby bangs.

Emma isn’t the first celebrity, or even the first celebrity Emma, to rock this controversial style. You may recall that Emma Roberts showed up to the SAG Awards wearing blunt fringe (though those were faux) and a lob.

We also spotted the look backstage at recent New York Fashion Week shows from the likes of Alexander Wang, Bottega Venetta, and Adam Selman.

Let’s just say people have a lot of feelings about this grunge style.

Huda Kattan, Beauty's Wealthiest Influencer, Spends 4 Hours a Day on Instagram

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Fishtail brows . Metallic lip strobes . The rose gold eye shadow palette that started ’em all (RIP, friend). It’s tough to name a beauty trend that’s come up in the past few years that hasn’t been shaped by Huda Kattan. Along with being the wealthiest influencer working the beauty game right now, Huda consistently drops both iridescent and utilitarian products that fly off shelves almost as quickly as she shot to the top of the industry.

Perhaps one of Huda’s most enduring qualities is that she totally smashes the “b*tchy businesswoman” stereotype. She’s a verified mogul, but she takes the time to support other women trying to do the same thing, whether they are superstars like Kim Kardashian and Jen Atkin or the women behind undiscovered makeup she promotes on her own feed.

“I always try to be as real as possible on social media and pride myself on only supporting people and brands I love and truly believe in,” Huda tells POPSUGAR. “It is super important to me that the videos we share are useful and offer something beneficial. I want people to learn something new.”

But finding those pre-viral trends before anyone else does takes a lot of tenacity. Huda cops to spending about four hours a day scrolling through Instagram’s Explore page. She admits that process can be a bit “overwhelming,” but there is a plus side: “It gives me the opportunity to connect with people from all over the globe. There’s never a time when we have nothing to share.”

“Whenever you are pushing boundaries, there will be push-back from people.”

And while Huda’s drawn attention to some wild makeup hacks in the past (hello, Vagisil primer ), her buck stops with reposting sheer clickbait. “We are very selective of what we share, especially when it comes to videos that have the potential to be harmful,” she says. Noting that many of her followers are on the young side, Huda feels she has a responsibility to be selective with her content.

For instance, when knife contouring (yup, that’s exactly what it sounds like) emerged a few years ago, Huda’s team made the decision not to call attention to such a dangerous trend. In Huda’s words, “We filter content and share only the beauty hacks and tutorials that will elevate a beauty routine.”

Routines aren’t the only thing Huda wants to elevate; she has also started the Huda Beauty Angels fund to assist budding female entrepreneurs. “We champion female empowerment and uniqueness, which doesn’t come without its challenges,” she admits. Her advice to anyone who wants to follow suit? “Whenever you are pushing boundaries, there will be push-back from people. Embrace what you stand for, and accept that there will be criticism.”

Oh, and one more thing: “The best advice came from my mom; she has always told me to be patient. It was really helpful to have her say that to me, because I am a really passionate person and can sometimes be very impulsive.” We guess the advice paid off – spending four hours a day digging through Instagram sounds like it requires quite a bit of persistence, indeed.

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Galactic Rose Gold, Pastel Amethyst, and 10 More Nail Shades You'll Want This Spring

Whether or not your feet are ready, sandal weather is imminent. And much like the cute little groundhog that signals Spring, your toesies are about to emerge from their sock hovels to celebrate warmer temperatures. But before you bust out your favorite pair of slide sandals, consider picking up a new nail polish.

Sure, you could opt for a basic ballerina pink , but why not invest in a new statement color? Rose gold remains a favorite , but this season it’s gone galactic, with many brands injecting the millennial-approved hue with flecks of shimmer. We’d also happily hail a taxicab-yellow colored manicure, as we’ve seen the traffic-stopping shade grace the nails of many an Instagram It girl. If you gravitate to more natural hues, you’ll swoon over an earthy bronze or muted mushroom.

Keep reading to see the shades you won’t want to take off all Spring.

This K-Beauty Brand Sells a Snoopy-Inspired Collection, and Good Grief, We Want It All

Darling K-beauty brand Innisfree just began selling to the United States back in September of last year, but jeez are we glad the brand is finally available stateside. That’s because its latest collaboration is with none other than Snoopy of Peanuts fame. Trust us, after seeing the chic, minimalist line, you’re going to want all of this good grief on your vanity.

Whether you’re a manicure-lover, lipstick addict, or makeup organization obsessive, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy from this cute collection. While Innisfree is probably best loved for its skin care (its blackhead-clearing clay mousse mask went viral last month ), this line is decidedly more cosmetics focused. So get ready to take out your wallet, Charlie Brown!