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After a Makeup Artist Used This Concealer on Me, I Bought It That Day – Bye, Dark Circles

You could call me a bit of a concealer snob . I have tried tons of different options, always hunting for a choice that meets my high standards. I want something that hides dark circles, covers acne, and stays on all day long. I found my new favorite when a makeup artist applied this Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème ($26) to my face for a shoot.

As soon as my full face of makeup was on, I audibly gasped. I looked wide awake and airbrushed. The concealer had covered all of my blemishes without making me look cakey – a tricky task. It melted into my skin for a natural-looking finish. But then came the real task – would the formula actually stay on all day long?

I was filming a video under hot lights for hours, and frankly, I was sweating a lot. The makeup artist never had to give my skin a touch-up. I stayed camera-ready all day long. I learned that the product is made with complexion-brightening pigments and hydrating ingredients that make the formula crease-proof. I noticed that my skin didn’t feel dry when I wiped away my makeup later on.

After just one day, I was so impressed that I immediately ordered the concealer online from Sephora. Thankfully, the product comes in an extensive range of shades so that most skin tones can have a perfect match. If you’re in the market for a new option, I highly recommend this pick.

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.

Does Having Acne Impact Your Job Prospects? The Answer Might Surprise You

Much to the dismay of anyone with atychiphobia, the truth about job hunting remains: in interviews, like in life, there are only so many things you can control. Even when you’ve fine-tuned your résumé, researched the company, and concocted a decidedly thoughtful response to the wild card “What kind of animal would you be?” question, sometimes there are other, far less obvious factors playing into your odds of getting hired – like the condition of your skin .

It isn’t always conscious, but for some interviewers, the bias is real. Studies have shown that people with facial acne are discriminated against in the job market, with one survey revealing that 78 percent of respondents thought people with blemishes or acne scars were less likely to be hired based on their appearance.

“We live in a society that socializes us to have certain stereotypes that might exist outside of our conscious awareness,” said Alison Green, an ex-hiring manager and columnist for the popular career blog Ask a Manager . “These biases can be about race, gender, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic class, physical attractiveness – all sorts of things.”

“Whether consciously or unconsciously, we assume that attractiveness is associated with competence, even though we know that it’s not true.”

From a legal standpoint, no federal law has been passed to protect people based on their appearances, at least not without the evidence of a disability. But that last part – a bias based on someone’s physical attractiveness – has been widely researched.

“Whether consciously or unconsciously, we assume that attractiveness is associated with competence, even though we know that it’s not true,” said Matthew Traube, MFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in the psychological impact of skin conditions. “I have had clients tell me that they felt that they would have gotten a job if they did not have acne.”

In some cases, this bias can vary depending on the actual open position; Green notes that more managers will put weight on a candidate’s appearance if the job is a client-facing one. “They’ll often frame it as looking for candidates who are ‘well-groomed and polished,’ but in practice that’s sometimes more about a particular physical look than it is about polish,” she said. “And to be clear, employers should recognize that you can have acne and still be well-groomed and polished.”

As for the reason behind the bias, Traube theorizes it could be due to the misguided perception that acneic skin is a result of poor hygiene – an association that, again, the interviewer might only be partly aware of. Dr. Josie Howard, MD, a psychodermatologist and expert for Abreva , agrees: “Blemishes, cold sores, and even psoriasis and eczema are often seen as a source of contagion. Society can have a negative perception of blemishes, especially on the face, even when the condition is common.”

In an ideal world, all employers will have trained hiring managers on how to identify, and then guard against, every type of unconscious bias. Still, acne bias can also be self-inflicted. Going into an interview already worried that others will think less of you because of your skin, Traube says, could then negatively affect your performance.

“People become acutely aware of any visible blemishes, and their self-consciousness is intensified.”

“Having any visible skin condition – especially one that is on the face, like acne or a cold sore – can have a profound impact on self-esteem,” Dr. Howard said. “By definition, job interviews are a time where you are presenting yourself to be evaluated and trying to put your best face forward, so to speak. People become acutely aware of any visible blemishes, and their self-consciousness is intensified – taking their mental and emotional focus off the content of the interview and interpersonal interactions and onto worrying about their skin and appearance.”

To make matters worse, if you’re prone to hormonal breakouts , the stress that comes with prepping for an interview could also trigger flare-ups . “For skin conditions that are exacerbated by anxiety, this can become a vicious cycle,” Dr. Howard said. “Stress can impair the immune system and in turn make you more vulnerable to acne. Then, the stress of a visible outbreak increases stress , further worsening the blemish.”

When you feel stress acne coming on, the most important course of action is to stick to your normal skin-care routine . Don’t add an extra step or spend too much time in front of a magnifying mirror – that only makes it worse, she says. Keeping a fast-acting spot treatment or hydrocolloid bandage in your purse can give you peace of mind. More importantly, though, wear your confidence as if it were included with purchase of your Cole Haan loafers.

“The single most important factor is presenting yourself as comfortable in your skin,” said Dr. Howard. “You might have a visible blemish, but focusing your attention on your excitement about the job will quickly shift your interviewer’s focus as well. As Sophia Loren said, 50 percent of beauty is believing you are beautiful.”

Is That Line on Your Face a Wrinkle?

I have an unhealthy relationship with my magnifying mirror, which sometimes causes me to wonder, “Is that a wrinkle on my 25-year-old face?” I try to reassure myself that I’m being dramatic, but I decided to talk to a dermatologist to find out what those lines on my forehead are once and for all. “A line on your face does not mean you have a wrinkle,” dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman , MD, explained. “It could be a fine line, which are normally one to two millimeters deep. A wrinkle, however, is anything more than two millimeters.” She added that if the lines on your face have crinkled or crosshatch appearances (which mine do not), you probably have a wrinkle.

The best way to fight fine lines, if you so choose, is simple. “Keeping your skin hydrated will plump your skin and those lines will look less visible,” she explained. That said, not all lines are fine lines. If you arose one morning to creases on your face, it could also be your pillowcase. “If you wake up and see lines that you didn’t have before, your skin probably folded and crunched up against your pillowcase,” Dr. Jaliman said. She recommends swapping out your traditional cotton for a silk pillowcase to prevent getting these “sleep lines.”

How My Crochet Braids Shaped My Identity and Helped Me Find My Confidence

My hair and I have a complicated relationship.

Growing up, I never gave my hair the self-care it needed. I would tie it up into a ponytail, get relaxers on a daily basis, and refuse to use any product other than shampoo and conditioner (which also contained high levels of sulfate – a huge no-no for curls). Point blank, my hair was damaged and thick, and I didn’t take the time to learn how to maintain my natural type 3C hair .

The only time I experimented with my hair and gave it an ounce of care that it needed was when I had braids. Sometimes I would leave the house in my usual ponytail and return home with anything from cornrows to dutch braids. I never got a massive haircut or color, so this was how I felt bold.

Braids were a way for me to connect with others and feel confident. Then I started high school, and I started to push away from the familiar styles I grew up with to fit in. I stopped wearing the style for fear of being put into a box with only people that looked like me, while also believing I wasn’t “Latina enough” or “black enough” to embrace it in the first place.

I spent years during and after college trying to figure out my identity, which included embracing the features I once stripped away. I threw out all my hot tools, stopped getting relaxers, and finally put the ponytail to rest. I decided to give my curly, coil-y hair the love it deserved.

Still, braids were always in the back of my mind. This Summer, I looked around at the different styles, colors, and textures of braids and it gave me a wave of nostalgia. I started keeping a collection of inspiration from Instagram in hopes that I would find the courage to get my hair braided again.

However, I was anxious and nervous. Although I’m a woman of color, I feared I would misrepresent or squeeze my way into a community uninvited. The thought of wearing braids again, especially a newer style, made me feel like a fraud. Braids have been around as far back as 3500 B.C. from Africa as a sign of social status, unity, and simple pure art; yet time again, women of color, specifically black women, are scrutinized and judged for wearing braids or other natural looks.

So, I asked a trusted friend for her honest opinion. She put all my worries to rest, saying I shouldn’t feel judged, and even volunteered to give me crochet braids – a protective style that uses extensions (which can be hair, yarn, or thread) and loops it into your actual hair with a crochet needle. It’s also the perfect way to maintain my dense, curly hair in the hot Summer months.

While the braiding process itself was familiar to me, nothing prepared me for the finished look. I made my way into the bathroom and couldn’t believe what I saw in my reflection. It was me, yet I felt like a totally different person. Physically, my hair was longer, but mentally, it was a little deeper than that. I felt the same way my younger self girl felt when I got my hair braided by her friends. I felt beautiful, confident, and unapologetically me.

However, the big test was leaving the confines of my friend’s house and stepping into the real world. Once I headed to the train, I felt all eyes were on me. Maybe I was paranoid, but I felt like I was holding a big neon sign over my head that said, “Look at what I did!” Finally, I took a deep breath and lifted my head up high – because dammit, I felt good!

I spent the next three weeks with my braids and all the fears I had went away. I received countless positive remarks and compliments. My appreciation also grew for women of color who continue to be leaders of the natural hair movement and celebrate their braids in every shape and form. These women ignore society’s perception of what it means to have “good hair” and continue to highlight their culture – our culture. My crochet braids didn’t just provide me with a new look, but they also gave me the permission to be the person I’ve always been.

These Are the Face Masks Our Editors Can't Live Without

It feels like every day a wacky new sheet mask is born . There are unicorn masks, jelly masks, peel-off masks – the list goes on. But which ones actually work? Luckily, our editors have tested the good, the bad, and the trendiest facial treatments so you don’t have to – and found a few along the way that qualify as holy grail formulas. If you’re still haven’t found “the one” face mask for you, we’ve rounded up our all time favorites to help you out. Whether you’re looking for a boost of hydration or some help fading those pesky dark spots, these are the masks that will get the job done.

The 6 Sexy Fragrances to Wear If You Want to Get Laid This Summer

I left a recent POPSUGAR brainstorm meeting with one very intrepid assignment: pull a handful of new Summer perfumes out of our over-stuffed beauty closet, wear a new one each day, and see which scents get me laid. (It’s a perk of the job I’m sure my SO appreciates more than my dental plan or PTO.)

Over the course of a month, I meticulously tested the sexiness of countless fragrances – and found six that passed with flying colors. Keep reading to see the hands-down hottest smells of Summer, and get ready for honies to come out of the woodwork. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I Tried a Dozen Liquid Lipsticks During Shower Sex – and These 6 Didn't Budge

Two things I get paid to think about a lot are waterproof makeup and kiss-proof lipstick. Both worlds collided during a 3 a.m. bout of insomnia: what liquid lipsticks, if any, would last through shower sex? I immediately texted my boyfriend: “Heads up: we need to have a lot of shower sex soon.” Within seconds, he responded, “Why?,” quickly followed by, “You know what, I shouldn’t question this. Yes.”

Now, no one except maybe Missy Elliott is interested in how I get my freak on – @Missy, if you’re interested, let’s talk – so I will simply say this: the following six liquid lipsticks are the only ones that passed my test. They will not budge for anything.

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 Sexy Palettes Are Perfect For Your Next Night Out

When you want to add a little smolder to your date-night look, the easiest thing to do is throw on a dramatic set of falsies and smoked-out eye shadow. When it comes to making the latter happen, you want to find a palette that fits a certain criteria: the shadows have to be pigmented, creamy, and easy to blend out, and come with a wide range of deep, sultry colors that grab all the attention. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the sexiest eye shadow palettes on the market that will make you feel hot.

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.

Fourth of July Beauty Looks to Steal From Your Favorite Celebs

Our Fourth of July essentials list is simple: good food, good music, good vibes, and patriotic makeup. We’re not talking the telltale red, white, and blue face art either. There are tons of modern ways to add festive flair to your makeup without looking cheesy. Need a spark of inspiration? The celebrity beauty looks ahead are a great place to start. From sun-kissed skin (we’re looking at you J Lo) to blue striped eye liner and deep red lips, there’s plenty trendy looks to steal, whether you’re hitting up a barbecue, a pool party, or laying low to shop holiday sales .

This CBD-Infused After Sun Lotion Is SO Good, I Cried When It Was Gone

If I were to write an honest Tinder bio for myself, one of my top interests would include, “Weeping like a lonely banshee.” At weddings, after emotional McDonald’s commercials , when I see babies on the street wearing little baby pants – the tears start streaming. And apparently, I also cry about spilled beauty products. When I accidentally dropped the Felix & Ambrosia Sunny Daze CBD Sun Cream ($40) all over my sink, I watched it run down my drain in horror.

You may have heard about that viral CBD-infused glitter sunscreen , which combines three things we really love over here at POPSUGAR – skin care, cannabis topicals , and ways to make your body glisten . Well, this after-sun lotion comes from the same brand, but I never thought I’d need it, seeing as how I am an SPF 50-wearing beauty writer who never burns.

My first rule of curing a sunburn would be to not get one, but if you do, I’d recommend smearing this all over your fine self.

Cue the narrator voice: “But Alaina would get sunburned.” Alas, after a lovely day spent frolicking on a Long Island beach, I came home as red as an overripe tomato. I took out the relief lotion, which has more of a liquid texture than thicker moisturizers. It’s fragrance-free, and glides on like a grease. I don’t love writing that products provide “instant” relief (it’s a bold claim), but within seconds, I felt my inflamed skin chill out a bit. With just one application in the morning and another before bed, I stopped feeling the heeby-jeebies of irritation. I even took a page from Madonna’s playbook and popped the bottle in the fridge. Applying the gel while it was icy-cold further soothed my skin. No glitter appeared, but that was OK with me. I’m shiny enough.

Everything was great until the fateful night I (drunkenly) knocked the entire bottle open. Luckily, this snafu occurred when my burn was very close to being healed. I’m sure that was in no small part to this lotion, which kept me from scratching my skin right off. My first rule of curing a sunburn would be to not get one, but if you do, I’d recommend smearing this all over. Just make sure you put the cap back on afterward.

11 Photos That Prove Deepika Padukone Is Incredibly, Utterly Gorgeous

Considering Deepika Padukone is one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood (and beyond), it’s doesn’t surprise us that the star is insanely friggin’ gorgeous (TBH, it’s almost unfair). The actress, who recently starred in xXx: Return of Xander Cage and was named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People , is definitely a beauty icon in her own right.

Aside from Padukone’s naturally striking features, she isn’t afraid to have fun with her style. She’s made countless red carpet appearances and damn near steals the show with each one. Whether she’s working the hell out of a bright lip color, playing with bold eye shadow, or has her thick brunette hair waved or in a bun, we’re pretty sure there isn’t a beauty look she can’t pull off. Don’t believe us? Stare at her most stunning hair and makeup moments ahead.

I Found a Concealer That Instantly Erases My Under-Eye Bags – Consider Me Addicted

When it comes to concealer, I’ve always had trouble finding a product that truly covers my under-eye bags. Most options crease, come right off, or just don’t have enough coverage. Then, a makeup artist applied Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer ($31) to my face. I was in total awe. With a few taps of the product, those pesky bags instantly vanished.

The long-wear waterproof formula stays on from morning till night – I never have to reapply. Its silky consistency melts right into my skin for a natural look that isn’t cakey or drying. Still not sold? Just check out the amazing reviews on Nordstrom. Of the 375 customers who reviewed the product, almost all of them give it a perfect five stars.

“To date the best full coverage concealer I’ve found,” one buyer wrote. “Does not crease or get blotchy as the day goes on. I have terrible undereye circles and this covers them almost perfectly. I have tried just about every high-end and drugstore brand concealer and this is by far the best.”

Consider your hunt over. Once you get your hands on this formula, you’ll never want to try anything else again. I promise.

7 Incredible Skin Care Gadgets on Amazon That Will Change Your Routine Forever

Whether you suffer from an acne-prone complexion or you’re worried about aging, there are a ton of helpful tools out there to help you navigate through all your skincare issues. Picking one that’s right for you is the hard part. In an effort to make your life easier, we did the hard work and shopped for you. From light treatments to stone face massagers and deep-cleansing brushes , we have you covered. Plus, everything is available on Amazon , so it will be delivered right to your doorstep. Keep scrolling to shop our favorites and find your perfect match.

How Legit Are "Cellulite Creams," <i>Really?</i>

Somewhere between Auguste Clésinger and the advent of FaceTune, cellulite came to be considered a full-blown affliction – with a past more decorated than Kensington Palace and enough so-called miracle creams to line its halls. But the truth is, the telltale lumps that affect up to 90 percent (!) of women – which don’t discriminate based on your genetics, weight, age, or skin color, if you can imagine such a notion! – are historically difficult to treat .

To better understand why, think of thigh dimples like the buttons on a couch cushion: these toggles, like the fat deposits you see on the area under your bum, have been pulled down, deep into the layers, to create puckers at the top. “What happens beneath your skin is a tethering of fibrous bands, which causes the dimples,” explained dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. Now, do you really think rubbing a topical ointment on the surface of a sofa will change its overall structure? Of course not – and the same can be said about any body lotion claiming its organically farmed coffee beans from Costa Rica are the cure-all for bumps on your ass.

“None of these creams work permanently because that would require them to physically restructure the fibrous bands that connect to the underlying structure of your skin. There are no exceptions to this.”

To be clear: the caffeine found in most of these creams can have a temporary effect. “Caffeine can transiently make it better because it plumps the skin and masks the irregularity,” said dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, adding that gentle exfoliation boosts circulation, which yields similar results. It just won’t last more than a few hours, at most. “When you think about it logically, you will realize none of these creams work permanently because that would require them to physically restructure the fibrous bands that connect to the underlying structure of your skin,” Dr. Downie said. “Women are wasting their money, because no amount of caffeine will do anything to break apart the tethered fibrous bands. There are no exceptions to this. Expensive prices will not make the ingredients work better.”

But all hope is not lost! There are a few things you can do treat the area. “Anything that can restructure these fibrous bands would have to come from an [in-office] machine that can slice through the tethered band,” Dr. Downie said. Both she and Dr. Gohara recommend Thermitight , a micro-invasive device that uses radio frequency and heat to attack fatty pockets. “It is one of the best treatments on the market for cellulite,” she added. “I use this machine in my office constantly. There is some bruising and downtime – you also have to wear liposuction undergarments for two to three weeks after – and it is an expensive procedure, but my female patients are typically very happy with the results.”

Dr. Gohara also recommends Cellfina , an FDA-cleared in-office procedure that utilizes suction and a mechanical unit with a thin needle to cut the fibrous cords of connective tissue. It, too, leaves behind a trail of bruises, but she says it offers more promising results than creams. Maybe one day, gain will leave pain in the dust entirely. In the meantime, maybe you leave the exorbitant spending of things you don’t need to the royal family’s interior designer.

This Empowering Reason This Stila Lipstick Shade Is Selling Out

On June 26, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old candidate for New York’s 14th Congressional District, defeated 10-term incumbent Representative Joseph Crowley. Many are calling the election a shocking political upset; if the Bronx-born Latina woman beats Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the November midterm, she’ll be the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. We’re still not over the candidate’s impressive victory, but Twitter added just one more reason to root for Ocasio-Cortez: her lipstick of choice. The candidate just revealed the exact lipstick shade she wore to the Democratic Primary Debate, and it’s a classic power red with historical significance.

The politician took to Twitter to answer the “many inquiries” she received on her preferred color. “I GOT YOU,” she wrote, adding that it’s none other than Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($22). It’s hard to not find some symbolism in the brick red shade, as suffragettes in the early 1900s wore the hue while protesting for women’s right to vote. In 1912, the real-life Elizabeth Arden even handed out a similar lipstick to NYC marchers as a token of unity.

Soon after Ocasio-Cortez revealed her scoop, Beso sold out on Sephora . (It’s still available at other retailers like Nordstrom and Stila’s own site .) There’s undoubtedly more to focus on than Ocasio-Cortez’s makeup preferences – her platform supports Medicare for all, abolishing ICE, expanding LGBTQ+ rights, and creating an assault weapons ban – but it’s empowering to see her repping such a storied lipstick color. Just as marching suffragettes united in the hue 106 years ago, women have responded to the original tweet in solidarity.

26 Pinterest-Approved Hairstyles That'll Never Go Out of Style

When it comes to hairstyle ideas, Pinterest is a never-ending wealth of inspiration. Getting married ? There’s a viral Pinterest hairstyle for that. Need a protective style for Summer ? There are a ton of images for that, too. Not to mention the bank of viral braids , buns, and color ideas available for the bold to the minimalist.

If you’re thinking of switching up your hair, we sifted Pinterest for timeless hairstyles that’ll look good no matter the time or occasion. From waves to buns, there’s no shortage of styles to start saving to your hair-inspiration board.