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After a season full of the Gossip Girl reboot, zodiac signs, and a slew of extremely useful Trader Joe’s tips and tricks, heading into fall 2021 is a little bittersweet. We’re ready for cooler weather, fall clothes, and autumn activities, but summer feels like it just started! So, we’re rounding out the last hoorah of the summer season with all the amazing Labor Day sales circling the Internet! We found the best picks and deals, and we’re sharing them with you — consider it our parting summer gift before we bombard your life with coats, candles, and hacks for surviving the cold. 

 

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What We’re Eyeing From The Zara Fall Collection

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For a long time, Zara was like a well-kept secret by people who were in the know when it came to fashion. Then, 2021 came around.

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With the rise of TikTok came fashion people everywhere, singing Zara’s praises day in and day out, and what was once a hidden gem became a place where you had to wait in line around the block to even get inside. But sometimes that’s worth it and is the case with Zara’s incredible releases for fall 2021. 

With a selection of gorgeous knitwear, cool denim, and luxe outerwear, Zara’s fall 2021 collection is the epitome of high fashion on a budget. But as we’ve learned this year, you can’t wait around too long if you want to get your hands on the best pieces—they fly off the racks before you can even think twice.

Ready to upgrade your fall wardrobe? These Zara pieces are the best of the best and won’t be in stock for long.

(Pro tip: To increase ease of shopping on Zara’s site, toggle the “view” option at the top right of your screen to the right to make images smaller.)

 

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Tops

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Pants

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Skirts

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Knitwear

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Outerwear

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Shoes

 

Tops

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Zara

Dotted Crop Top

Saturated colors are the hottest hues of fall, and this gorgeous blue top is perfect to dress up with a skirt or leather pants or dress down with a pair of black jeans.

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Pants

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Zara

Plaid Pants With Belt

These plaid high-waisted pants are perfectly preppy for fall, and the light pink color will take your closet to a whole new level of cheerfulness. They happen to hit two fall 2021 trends in one: preppy pieces and blush tones.

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Skirts

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Zara

Satin Effect Skirt

Satin is perfect for the transition from summer to fall, and this satin midi skirt is no exception. Layer it with a sweater on chillier days for an effortless, chic look.

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Knitwear

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Zara

Ribbed Knit Midi Dress

This fall, knitwear expands beyond a classic sweater—it’s also making an appearance in vests, pants, and dresses. This ribbed knit midi dress is both cozy and classy, and it will look great under layers of coats and scarves.

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Outerwear

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Oversized Wool Coat

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Faux Leather Jacket

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Buttoned Overshirt

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Zara

Cropped Plaid Overshirt

If you’re not quite ready for heavy coats yet, this cropped plaid overshirt is for you. This piece is like a cross between a shacket and your favorite cropped moto jacket. In other words, it’s perfect.

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Shoes

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Split Leather Boots

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Zara

Split Leather Babouches

Your favorite braided sandals from the summer take on a cozier, more seasonally appropriate look with these split leather mules.

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These Are Allure Editors’ Favorite New Beauty Products of August 2021

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At Allure, we get inundated with the latest and greatest beauty offerings every day. Most of it is exciting, some of it confusing, and sometimes it gets overwhelming, especially now that our homes have become our offices. Alas, that is the beauty editor's burden to bear.

When we really like something, you can trust that our opinion has come from vetting it against everything we've seen before, including our longtime favorites. (We've even written love letters to some of the products we hold most dear.) But we're always open to finding — and sharing — new favorites. It's a big beauty playground out there, so we'll gladly do the dirty work to test everything under the sun. And the crème de la crème often graduate to our Best of Beauty trials.

But let's stick to the present for now. Each week, Allure editors select the new hair, makeup, and skin-care products we're currently obsessing over. Trying to narrow down our favorites to just one or two products can be hard, but we manage. Check out what our editors can't get enough of right now.

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Glossier’s First-Ever Retinol Makes My Skin Absolutely Glow

A diptych of three bottles of Glossier Universal ProRetinol on an offwhite background and a selfie of Allure senior...Courtesy of brand / Sarah Han for Allure

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It wouldn't be a stretch to say that retinol and I have a tricky relationship, where one tests the other more than the other. (I'll let you guess.) But as someone who has somehow found herself navigating her late 20s, retinol (a form of vitamin A) is one of those catch-all ingredients I find myself being increasingly drawn toward. With regular use, this dermatologist-approved ingredient tackles a vast range of skin issues, including texture, tone, fine lines, acne, and hyperpigmentation. But because it's shrouded in a lot of scientific terms and myths, I've hesitated to make retinol or, rather, retinoids (more on that later) part of my daily routine. That is, until I discovered Glossier's brand-spanking-new Universal Pro-Retinol

"We were craving a more straightforward experience [of retinol]," Chenaya Devine-Milbourne, senior director of product marketing and development at Glossier says in a global press Q&A. "One that didn't compromise on powerful, visible results, but held your hand a bit more — whether you're a first-time user or a retinoid expert looking for the ultimate forever formula." As someone who falls in the middle of that spectrum, I can guarantee you it's one of the most gentle retinol products I've ever used. 

OK, now let's back it up a little bit and dig into the science that I personally find not the easiest to swallow. (There's a reason I didn't go into medicine. Sorry, mom and dad.) "Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives and come in three primary forms: retinol, retinal and retinoic acid," Camille Howard, a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist and entrepreneur, explains via the press Q&A. "They bind to receptors in our skin and facilitate multiple physiological cascades essential to building collagen and supporting the layers of the skin," including increasing cell turnover and producing natural hyaluronic acid. And that's not even all retinol can do. "From an acne standpoint, the increase in cell turnover helps unclog pores," Sheila Farhang, an Arizona-based board-certified dermatologist and founder of Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics, previously explained to Allure. "This also helps decrease the appearance of brown or red post-acne spots — post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation — as well as help collagen synthesis for acne scarring." Have your ears perked up yet?

A closeup shot of three bottles of Glossier Universal ProRetinol and a product swatch on an offwhite backgroundCourtesy of brand

At its core, Universal Pro-Retinol is a lightweight cream formulated with 0.5% Retinyl Sunflowerate, a pro-retinol derivative composed of retinol and sunflower seed fatty acids, and stevia leaf extract — both of which have impressive texture- and fine-line-smoothing abilities. True to its name, Universal Pro-Retinol is gentle enough to use on all skin types, including sensitive folks. It's spiked with nourishing, plant-based humectants like glycerin and mondo grass root extract to deeply hydrate skin. Mona Gohara, a board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, says that these soothing ingredients "mitigate the irritation and redness that may occur with initial retinoid use." 

I don't know about you, but the copious amount of time I've spent indoors since March 2020 has really driven up the dullness of my skin, so I'm all for a resurfacing treatment that kicks uneven tone and texture to the curb. (As much as I think aging is something to be embraced, I would like to prevent fine lines from popping up for a while — if I have any choice in the matter.) Plus, with mask-wearing and heightened levels of anxiety and stress, I've had my fair share of breakout-induced dark spots and scars that, if left to their own devices, wouldn't disappear for months. 

Well, Universal Pro-Retinol did the damn trick and my skin was noticeably more smooth, glowy, and overall more even after two weeks — and my makeup honestly glided on like silk. I'm especially excited to continue using and monitoring this treatment to see if it can tackle my most stubborn, sometimes-self-inflicted dark spots because the best skin-care results happen over time. (I have high hopes.) I go through my usual double-cleanse, toner, and essence routine before slathering on UPR and then sealing everything in with a layer of moisturizer. I gently work in the formula with my fingertips in circular motions until every last centimeter is covered — even around the eyes. Every night, it absorbs quickly and seamlessly into my skin, never leaving behind any residue.

A diptych of two selfies of Allure senior commerce writer Sarah Han holding wearing and applying Glossier Universal...

Just wearing Universal Pro-Retinol, sunscreen, and nothing else (aside from a bit of mascara and lip tint.)

Sarah Han / Allure

Let's take a moment to talk about sensitivity now. As with many potent skin-care treatments, mild reactions are pretty common — which is to say, patch test first and give your skin two to three weeks to adapt to and tolerate the new product. Gohara recommends a pea-sized amount to cover your entire face and to work your way up gradually from once or twice a week. (You can also use the "sandwich method" and apply moisturizer before and after to ease your way into retinoids.)  I've had some experience using retinoids in the past — though not as consistently as I would like — and experienced zero irritation throughout my daily use of Universal Pro-Retinol. I can't emphasize how surprising this is. My skin has definitely looked a bit reddened and raw after using certain retinoid products that shall not be named. 

Oh, and the last piece of very important information? "Since retinol brings your skin back to its normal balance, it can make your skin more easily prone to burning," Caroline Chang, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Rhode Island Dermatology Institute previously explained. "The way to combat this would be to wear sunscreen daily while using a retinol." While I wear sunscreen every day with or without retinol, I've been particularly diligent about reapplication ever since I started Universal Pro-Retinol. SkinCeuticals's Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 and ZitSticka's Megashade Breakout-Proof SPF Serum are two current favorites if you're looking for a new lightweight, nongreasy, and white-cast-free SPF. 

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Glossier Universal Pro-Retinol

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Universal Pro-Retinol is as gentle as retinol creams get and my complexion is looking more even-toned than it has in months. Whether you're new to retinol or want to switch to a milder formula, you can buy a bottle for $35 at glossier.com starting today, August 31.

Fashion Fair Is Relaunching for a New Generation

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Call it a comeback, because that's what it is. Fashion Fair, the cosmetics brand created in 1973 by the late great businesswoman (and glamourpuss) Eunice Johnson, was initially conceived to give Black women actual makeup options that suited their skin tones back in a time when folks said they couldn't find a foundation or blush in their shade — and meant it.  

Johnson, who was also the cofounder of Johnson publishing company, the firm that put out Ebony and Jet magazines, tapped now-legendary Black celebrities like Pat Cleveland and Aretha Franklin as faces of the brand back in its heyday. It was, for a long time, one of the few brands Black women could rely on to have shades to match their rich skin tones. "Their Burgundy Berry — or a similar name — was best for dark-skinned girls like me," Gloria Hobbins, a New Jersey-based travel advisor tells me when I ask her about her experience with the brand in the '70s and '80s. 

We're now living in a post-Fenty Beauty era, where having a foundation shade range that includes the very melanin-rich is very much a pre-requisite if you want to launch a line to much fanfare instead of much vilification. But ask any Black person living in the U.S. in the '70s or '80s and they'll tell you — Fashion Fair was basically it. Until it wasn't.

Tube of fashion fair lipstick on a marble pink background. The tube is gold with a white band and the fashion fair logoIllustration by Clara Hendler

In 2016, the brand filed for bankruptcy after Ebony and Jet were sold to a private equity firm, according to Vogue. In 2019, businesswomen Cheryl Mayberry McKissack and former Johnson Publishing CEO Desirée Rogers teamed up to purchase Fashion Fair, fresh off their acquisition of another noted brand for the melanin-rich, Black Opal. "[Fashion Fair] is an amazing American iconic brand, and it deserves this rebirth," Rogers tells Allure in a phone interview.

The brand's "rebirth," as McKissack and Rogers call it, is slated to happen September 1 (with just lipsticks) and September 9 (with the rest of the line) online at fashionfair.com and sephora.com with prices ranging from $27 to $37. This launch will start with six pieces, most of which are complexion products. 

So what exactly can you expect? For starters, four different base color products, all in different formulas. Each starts in the medium skin tone range, getting deeper as you go along. "You still have a great range of shades," explains Fashion Fair global makeup ambassador Sam Fine. "[These] ranges lean into more olive and golden shades, as opposed to the red and orange which were of that moment." 

Photo of Fashion Fair Powder Foundation of a swirly light brown backgroundIllustration by Clara Hendler

After you anchor your face with the brand's peach-tinted FF Fabulous Priming Serum ($37), you can delve into the color offerings like the FF SkinFlex Stick Foundation ($37), boasting 16 shade options, which promises to give you buildable full coverage and a dewy finish. Then, there's the FF Crème to Powder Foundation ($37), a 14-shade offering with an oil-controlling formula and medium coverage. FF Set It Loose Powder ($34) comes in six shades that you can dust on to keep your beat perfectly in place and add a bit of a subtle glow, thanks to the micronized luminizers added to the formula. The FF Iconic Pressed Powder ($37) is indeed a new take on the classic product, coming in 12 shades and created for on-the-go application — just like how my mother and grandmother used it.

Speaking of throwbacks returning to their former glory, Fashion Fair is also bringing back some of its most-beloved lipstick shades, updated and reformulated to satisfy modern proclivities. In the 14-shade selection of FF Iconic Lipsticks ($27), 10 of them are inspired by the brand's classic colors, like Olé Orange and Chocolate Raspberry. The remaining four are brand-new nude shades sure to become favorites in no time. According to the brand, this is the largest selection of nudes it's offered. 

Fashion Fair Set It Loose Setting Powder

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Relaunching with a batch of lipstick and base products makes sense if you consider Fashion Fair's history as one of the few brands that created foundations for darker-skinned women when it first came on the scene. "This is not a shade extension. This is not someone vying for our dollar who didn't ask for it before, who we felt separated or disengaged from," says Fine. "This is me as a kid going shopping with my mom and seeing these beautiful Black images and always feeling seen at [the Fashion Fair] makeup counter."

Photo of Fashion Fair cream to powder foundation  on a swirly burnt orange backgroundIllustration by Clara Hendler

Fashion Fair was a staple at department stores for generations, but this new iteration of the brand is taking into consideration the nature of makeup shopping in this day and age. First off, the brand mentions a renewed focus on creating products with better formulations, as well as the addition of skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, and moisturizing sunflower seed oil. 

As the founders mention, the products were formulated to address skin issues that often affect Black women. For example, its new primer includes, as the brand verbiage notes, "skin-brightening actives" (which the brand confirmed is vitamin C) to combat concerns such as hyperpigmentation.

bottle of fashion fair priming serum on a white background

Fashion Fair Skin Priming Serum

$37Fashion FairShop Now

There's also the fact that department store makeup counters don't have the caché they did in the past. These days, people are flocking to retailers like Sephora, where the new Fashion Fair will be available at the start of the month. Entering this particular space, the hope is, will help the brand become more accessible to modern makeup wearers who are shopping in stores and online — and putting all their findings on the internet for the world to see. 

Plus, according to the brand, it created a list of "do-not-use" ingredients for this line in order to comply with the retailer's clean beauty standards. The brand declined to disclose which ingredients were discontinued. (If you wish to read about Allure's clean beauty standards, you can do so here.)

Fashioon Fair stick foundation on a marble beige backgroundIllustration by Clara Hendler

In a growing market of makeup options for women with deeper complexions, Fashion Fair, though a throwback, has its place. "Regardless whether they remember that it was their mother's favorite brand or not, Fashion Fair fills such a hole in the market," Fine explains.

Fashion Fair Iconic Lipstick

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What makes Fashion Fair special is that it is a legacy brand. I myself have childhood memories of rifling through my mother's makeup bag and carefully opening each soft pink compact to reveal the rich, brown pressed powders I'd seen my mother and grandmother carefully apply with a sponge applicator. 

For many Black people who wear makeup, Fashion Fair ignites those same nostalgic feelings Max Factor mascara or Nars Orgasm blush might for someone outside Black communities in the United States. 

Photo of Kiki Layne in a gold dress  with curly hair blowing  in the wind.On a beightpinkpurple backgroundCourtesy of brand

The cherry on top of all this? Fashion Fair's relaunching with a brand-new spokesmodel to tie it all together. If Beale Street Could Talk star Kiki Layne will front the brand as the face of its new generation. And what a pleasant face to look at, too. 

You can shop Fashion Fair lipsticks starting September 1 at the Fashion Fair website and  Sephora.com. Scoop up the rest of the collection starting September 9.

The Everygirl’s Ultimate Guide to Podcasts






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Whenever I’m completing a menial task or working out, podcasts are basically my best friend. Even if I’m doing something that doesn’t feel spectacular (I’m looking at you, laundry folding), podcasts are a great, productive way to hear the news, have a good laugh, or even learn something new, all within the confines of your headphones.

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But, of course, finding the perfect podcast for your mood is easier said than done. I mean, I know I’m not going to be in the mood for a 40-minute news story on my commute back from a long day of work. Lucky for you, we’ve sorted through the best podcasts that are sure to inform, entertain, and do whatever you need. Throw on those headphones and get your fix with any of these podcasts, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

 

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For when you want to learn something new

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For when you only have a few minutes

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For when you’re in the mood for true crime

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For when you need a good girl talk

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For when you want to stay informed

 

TED Radio Hour

This NPR podcast features new guests and mentors from around the world as they explore some of our biggest questions. From digging deep into what informs our ideals of beauty to our relationship with water—it makes sense when you listen—these audio versions of TED Talks are engaging and prompt you to look at everything a little differently. If you want to gain a new perspective while staying up-to-date on issues and ways to solve them in our society, this is the podcast for you.

 

The Daily

Hosted by New York Times journalist Michael Barbaro, each 20-minute episode takes a closer look at news stories and uncovers the truth about what is really happening through longform journalism. Want to know what teachers and students really think about the Delta variant while heading back to school? Curious why Apple is able to search through your files on your cell phone? With a clear mission to educate listeners, the investigative journalism in this podcast is sure to give you all the answers to your questions and address a few you might not have thought of.

 

Today in Focus

From covering the day’s breaking news stories to reporting on the most heartfelt stories of the week, The Guardian’s Today in Focus is for the listeners who want a “deeper understanding of the news.” And let me tell you, each episode leaves me feeling like I’m suddenly an expert on the day’s topic. This podcast is my go-to when I want a news team that’s willing to explore questions and aspects of current events few other podcasts dare to go.

 

For when you want to learn something new

 

Stuff You Should Know

With a name that makes it clear it’s time to put on your thinking cap and learn a thing or two, Stuff You Should Know is hosted by the writers of How Stuff Works and covers literally all the questions you’ve been too embarrassed to ask. I mean, how are you supposed to bring up the logistics of pet psychics on your visit to the vet? Lucky for you, after listening to the episode exploring the people who claim to telepathically communicate with animals, you don’t have to. From quirky episodes to investigations into cultural phenomena, this podcast is great to listen to when I want to impress my friends with some niche knowledge.

 

Sustainababble

If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to pay attention to climate change and do our part for the environment. A mix of comedy with a rundown on how to practice sustainability, Sustainababble is the perfect, approachable podcast to stay informed on what we can do to be the most environmentally friendly in our day-to-day lives. With hosts Ol and Dave breaking down why everything about climate change and how to be sustainable is so confusing—and cracking a few jokes along the way—you’ll feel like you’re learning together.

 

Still Processing

One of the most engaging and downright hilarious podcasts, Still Processing takes a look at pop culture and analyzes the books, music, celebrities, and social constructs we’ve grown used to under a new microscope. From taking a look at the community of music lovers created by Black musicians like Frankie Beverly, to examining how Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” is actually very similar to “WAP”—I was surprised too—hosts Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham take the concept of culture and spin it to give it their own fresh take.

 

You’re Wrong About

If you’re into history—or just in need of rectifying all of the biased information you learned in history class—this is the best podcast for setting the facts straight. Two journalist-turned-podcasters investigate and revisit cultural events, such as the O.J. Simpson trials and the Stanford Prison Experiment, to help figure out why these events have been mistold and twisted in the public imagination. Complete with a catchy and eerie Twilight Zone-esque intro, this podcast always prompts me to question how much of what I hear—and see in the news—is accurate.

 




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For when you only have a few minutes

 

Encyclopedia Womannica

Keeping in line with the history theme here, Encyclopedia Womannica takes a stab at answering a question many of us had in our history classes: Where are all the women at? Giving you more than the surface-level story of Betsy Ross we all learned in high school, this podcast takes a deeper look into the lives and notable contributions of women in history in each episode. Though it’s coming decades (and sometimes centuries) later, women who took on roles as scientists, leaders, and musicians get the recognition they deserve. And the best part? You can learn about a new incredible woman in just one five-minute episode.

 

NPR Up First

If you’re looking to start your day with the news, NPR’s Up First is for you. In a digestible 10 minutes, hosts Rachel Martin, Noel King, and Steve Inskeep break down the day’s top three news stories. Every time I listen to this podcast, not only do I walk away feeling more informed, but I also have a better understanding of how international events affect us here in the U.S. as well—all before I’ve finished my morning coffee.

 

This Day in History Class

Chances are, you’ve seen one of those “on this day so many years ago” posts on someone’s feed. Well, with this podcast, you may too join this group, as each episode breaks down important events in history that you may not have learned about in school, **cough cough**, like the Stonewall riots and the Organisation of African Unity, to name a few. In just under 20 minutes, this information-heavy podcast will surely spark your inner history buff.

 

For when you’re in the mood for true crime

 

Casefile True Crime

If a narration of a true crime story to help you pass the time is more of your thing, Casefile is the perfect podcast to throw on in the background or during a workout if you’re in the mood for some bone-chilling stories. With episodes on both solved and unsolved cases, a deep-voiced narrator dives into the investigations and theories behind true crime stories and proves that fact really can be scarier than fiction.

 

Dark History

If you’ve never heard of Bailey Sarian, well, let me enlighten you. Known mostly on YouTube for her Murder, Mystery, and Makeup series, Sarian tells true crime stories, somehow flawlessly mixing the perfect amount of sensitivity with humor. The YouTuber recently launched the Dark History podcast, and listeners are already praising her storytelling in an audio format. If you want to be told true crime stories by someone who also seems down to chat with you over a glass of wine, this is the perfect podcast for you.

 

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories

If downright creepy is more your speed, mulling over the evidence with these unsolved cases could be what you’re looking for. Taking on more of a 1950s radio show format, a narrator and ensemble work together to tell the stories of crime scenes, investigations, and the theories behind a cold case. I would definitely advise against listening to this at night—unless you like to be scared—because this podcast will give you the creeps.

 




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For when you need a good girl talk

 

Call Her Daddy

There’s no way you haven’t delved into the world of podcasting without hearing about Father Cooper—as host Alexandra Cooper has dubbed herself—and the slew of impressive guests her show has attracted. From interviews with celebs like Miley Cyrus, Chelsea Handler, and Holly Madison, both Cooper and guests spew pretty much all of the details of their sex lives but also touch on serious topics such as misogny and homophobia. The podcast has definitely evolved over the last year, and while, yes, it is about sex, there’s so much more than that—I even once teared up over an episode I was listening to at the gym. Yes, it earned me a few concerned glances, but give it a listen and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

 

Dyking Out

This show is the perfect mix of comedy, honesty, and a deeper look into queer culture that is never prevalent enough in the world of podcasts. Each show begins with comedian-turned-podcasters Carolyn Bergier and Melody Kamali sharing the “gayest thing” they did over their weekends, and then they delve into meaningful conversations about pop culture, queer news, and just life in general. With a new special guest every week, you’ll wish you could join in on the conversations in this podcast.

 

The Professional Homegirl Podcast

Inspired by her desire to highlight women of color in the realm of small businesses and professional settings, entrepreneur and host Eboné Almon interviews a different guest each week to chat about life and its challenges. With the goal of providing a safe space for women of color, Almon interviews each guest in a way that makes you feel like you’re listening to a story and not an interview. If joining in on a conversation about traditionally taboo topics is for you, don’t skip this podcast.

 

Stuff Mom Never Told You

If you regularly seek out intellectually stimulating conversations with your friends, add this podcast to your listen list—if that’s what you want to call it. In this series, two feminist theory and history lovers take on a topic, like red hair, fan fiction, or even marriage. Throughout each episode, we get a deep dive into society’s modern view of women but in a way that’s less of a lecture and more of an open conversation.

 

For when you want to be inspired

 

Lauren Conrad: Asking for a Friend

The fashion designer and beauty brand owner Lauren Conrad has become a household name—at least, for us here at The Everygirl—and is an expert on all things lifestyle and social media. So who better to help you get that Etsy shop you wanted to start off the ground or help turn your Pinterest into aesthetically pleasing perfection? Though episodes stopped airing in 2019, Conrad’s advice remains timeless. Conrad provides the perfect mix of casual conversation with her own tips and stories on her success, and I walk away from every podcast episode feeling ready to tackle a new project.

 

Coffee With My Ma

In a unique and fresh take on podcasting, host Kaniehtiio Horn interviews her mother, a radical activist, on her escapades and wild stories from earlier in life. And let me tell you, her mom has seen a lot. From her “vacation” to a tension-filled Cuba to the time she just happened to get “stuck” in Europe for a year, this podcast will inspire you to get out of the house and start making your own adventures.

 

Side Hustle Pro

Side Hustle Pro is the first podcast to showcase Black women entrepreneurs, with new guests on every few episodes to discuss how they reached their small business dreams. If that’s not motivational, I don’t know what is. While this podcast is for women who have started their own business, this show is still a great way to support other women and maybe even learn essential skills, including how to move forward with authenticity or how to reinvent yourself.

 




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For when you want to nerd out

 

The Real Weird Sisters

If you’re a Harry Potter fanatic like me (my childhood wouldn’t have been complete without the HP books and movies), then this podcast is perfect for you Muggle-borns and wizard wannabes. For an in-depth look at each character, scene, and the real relationships between those in the wizarding world, the hosts break down each book and movie piece by piece to explore the entire world in which Harry lived. And with in-depth lessons on herbology and character studies of the mysterious Draco Malfoy and the powerhouse that is Molly Wesley, this podcast is my new guilty pleasure.

 

The Bechdel Cast

For all the movie buffs out there, I’ve found the podcast for you. The Bechdel Cast looks at popular movies and TV shows through a feminist lens and discusses the portrayal of women in media and pop culture today. It tackles sexism through clothing and styling of women actors and looks at the morals and themes of movies including Hustlers, Crazy, Stupid Love, and more. Each episode is around the two-hour mark or more, so if you have time to kill and love talking about films, this will be your go-to.

 

Terrible Book Club

I think we’ve all mistakenly picked up a book and, with the never-dying hope that it will get better, finished said book only to realize that it is completely terrible. Whether you’re in the same boat as me or just want to listen to some angry readers rant about books that, really, should never have been published, listen to the Terrible Book Club. In each episode, the hosts pick a book, choosing from the classics, something from the New York Times Bestsellers List, or anything that even just looks particularly terrible, and they report back on how bad the book really was. A hilarious anti-book club, if you will, this podcast uncovers if you really can judge a book by its cover.

 

Women of Marvel

Obsessed with superheroes within the Marvel Universe too? With the Women of Marvel podcast, you’re free to geek out over powerful female heroes and listen to the experiences of the women directors, writers, designers, and crew working to make each Marvel production possible. Not only will you hear the incredible stories of the women behind many of Marvel’s movies and shows, but you’ll also learn how your favorite superheroes turned from comic book characters to stars on the big screen.

 

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Dealing With Adult Acne? You’re Not Alone

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My entire life, I’ve considered myself lucky when it comes to my skin. A spat of acne in high school quickly got under control with some mild prescription treatments, and the rest of my years were spent only dealing with a zit popping up here or there—that is, until I met my newest foe: adult acne.

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At first, I was in a bit of denial. About a year ago, I started getting a few more clogged pores and stubborn zits than I usually did and chalked it all up to stress (as one does). After a few months and a cluster of breakouts on my forehead that simply wouldn’t go away, I finally admitted to myself that for the first time in over a decade, I was dealing with acne.

I had heard it from my older friends countless times: Around age 25, their skin started to change and act up, and as mine started around 24, I realized that this is what so many of them had been talking about. I booked a trip to my longtime dermatologist, but the solution wasn’t as easy as it was when I was 14. I went on four different prescription combinations and finally have found a routine that has been working for me after 18 months of trying different things—but throughout my journey, one thing has been clear: I’m definitely not alone in experiencing acne as an adult.

Meet the expert
Dr. Fatima Fahs
Board Certified Dermatologist and Founder of Dermy Doc Box
Dr. Fahs is a dermatologist and skincare expert based out of Southeast Michigan.

Meet the expert
Dr. Loretta Ciraldo
Board Certified Dermatologist and Founder of Dr. Loretta skincare
Dr. Loretta is a Miami-based dermatologist with over 40 years of experience.

 

How Hormones Can Be To Blame

As we hit the prime years for fertility, our hormones are fluctuating in conjunction with our menstrual cycles,” explained Dr. Fatima Fahs, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Dermy Doc Box. 

Because of hormonal changes, Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Dr. Loretta Skincare, explained that it’s more common for women to experience adult acne than men.

“In my four decades of dermatology practice, I’ve found that adult acne into the 20s and 30s is much more common in women than in men,” Dr. Ciraldo said. “Breakouts on the chest, shoulders, and back, called folliculitis, are more common in adult men than women.”

 

If you’re dealing with acne as an adult, you’re not alone—and it isn’t your fault. 

 

Dr. Fahs emphasized the importance of keeping track of your acne flare-ups and what may be causing them.

“You’ll want to take note of what makes your acne flare. Many women find that their acne is worse the week before their period,” Dr. Fahs said. “If you are experiencing irregular or no periods or even excessive hair growth on the face and chest, you might also want to make an appointment with a gynecologist to be evaluated for an underlying condition that could be contributing to your acne, like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).”

 





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Identifying Other Triggers

While hormones can be the culprit of adult acne in women, both Dr. Fahs and Dr. Ciraldo noted that many other factors can be causing your skin to act out.

Dr. Ciraldo explained that diet can play a role, but it’s generally variable and can affect some greatly and others not at all. Some other triggers she recommended keeping an eye out for are:

  • Haircare products (especially if you have chin acne or if you see the breakouts under your chin or on your neck)
  • Stress 
  • Diet triggers, including milk (even skim), sodas, sugary food
  • Hormonal fluxes: If you don’t have a normal menstrual cycle, you should have tests done to rule out PCOS, which can cause adult acne
  • A new medicine or supplement like biotin, which recently got buzz for causing acne, or a change in your contraception 
  • Makeup or skincare 

While all of the above can lead to acne flare-ups, Dr. Ciraldo emphasized how common it is for her to see patients whose acne is being caused by hair care products.

“Almost every day that I see patients, I have a new patient coming in whose adult acne we trace back to a haircare product. I suggest they switch to a 3 percent salicylic shampoo and cut their conditioner half and half with Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment.”





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Salicylic Acid Shampoo

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Prevention and Treatment

When you begin experiencing adult acne, both Dr. Fahs and Dr. Ciraldo emphasized the importance of making an appointment with a dermatologist. From there, start taking notice of your triggers, patterns of flares, and treatments you’ve attempted so you can give your dermatologist as detailed information as possible.

“Even before you see the dermatologist, you should consider what you may have changed that could be the cause of your acne,” Dr. Ciraldo said. “It may be stress from a new job or a relationship, haircare or makeup products, or a change in your diet. If you’re aware of any of these changes, you can try to tweak these and see if your acne improves as you await your dermatologist visit.”

We’ve all heard it a million times, but no matter how much we want to, Dr. Fahs emphasized how important it is to not pick at or pop any pesky zits that might appear, as it increases the risk of scarring and inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

If you’re tempted to pick your acne, Dr. Ciraldo recommended putting a pimple patch on it to help prevent touching it and irritating it further or turning to spot treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur. 

Both Dr. Fahs and Dr. Ciraldo highlighted the same point: If you’re dealing with acne as an adult, you’re not alone—and it isn’t your fault. 

“Do not ever feel hopeless about acne,” Dr. Ciraldo said. “Acne is a skin disorder. Like most health disorders, acne may be cured. And, especially in the case of adult acne, it often needs long-term treatment to remain acne-free.”





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Over-the-Counter Treatments

If you’re unable to get to a dermatologist, there are several dermatologist-approved over-the-counter treatments you can turn to. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are both readily available, and Differin gel has been known as one of the most tried-and-true over-the-counter options.

No matter which route you choose, consistency is key when it comes to managing acne as well as making sure you aren’t overdoing it with products. You shouldn’t expect results right away, and often, things slightly worsen before they get better. Find what your skin responds well to, cut out the things it doesn’t, and then stick to a routine.





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Acne Treatment Gel

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Succinic Acid Acne Treatment

This non-drying, gentle, and targeted acne treatment clears acne spots fast while layering under makeup without flaking.

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Summer Fridays

AHA Exfoliating Solution

This three-in-one solution packed with AHAs and niacinimide helps remove dead skin cells, which can lead to clogged pores.

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Pajamas That Will Make You Throw Away Your Old T-Shirt

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My mom and I agree on most things, but for as long as I can remember, we’ve been at a stalemate regarding one controversial topic: pajamas.

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Since I started dressing myself, I’ve been an avid member of the oversized-shirt-as-pajamas club (much to my mom’s dismay). My reasons are many: needing to consistently locate two pieces of a set, wearing pants to bed, not caring enough to spend money on them—the list goes on. But after finally going to the dark side and investing in a nice pair myself, I’m here to admit that my opinions were far from correct.

After converting to a full-time pajama wearer, my PJs are giving me daily joy that my ratty old T-shirt couldn’t dream of. I look forward to putting them on every single night and feel like a million bucks when I do, which makes me wish I converted a long time ago. No matter who you are or what your sleepwear preferences are, these pajamas are good enough to convert even the biggest pajama naysayer amongst us:

 

For the first timer

If you’d rather throw on your old, worn-in T-shirt than pajamas, ease into them with one of these classic sleep sets.

eberjey

Short PJ Set

10+ colors available
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Summersalt

Silky Short Set

4 colors available
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Athleta

Sleep Cami

4 colors available
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Nordstrom

Short Pajamas

2 colors available
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Nordstrom

Short Pajamas

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Aerie

Satin Sleep Shirt

3 colors available
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Adore Me

Primrose Slip Dress

2 colors available
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Adore Me

Monika Slip Dress

5 colors available
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For a sleepover or girl’s trip

When you’re going on a trip or are planning on spending the night somewhere, odds are, you’re going to be seen in your sleepwear, which means you want it to be extra cute. These pairs are ones you’ll be happy to be seen in.

Nordstrom

Crop Pajamas

3 colors available
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BP.

Floral Short PJ Set

2 colors available
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Roller Rabbit

Tiger Print Short Pajamas

2 colors available
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Satin Striped PJ Set

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FLORA NIKROOZ

Stephanie Pajamas

4 colors available
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Pact

Short Cotton Sleep Set

6 colors available
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Missguided

Satin Cami and Short Set

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Adore Me

Plus-Size Satin Set

5 colors available
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Pajamas that can pass as loungewear

If you’re having guests over or simply like to lounge around for a bit when you wake up, a pajama set that can pass as loungewear is your ticket. These ones are made for sleeping but look like they could just be chic matching sets (no shame if you wear them all day).

Honeydew Intimates

Short-Sleeve Lounge Set

10+ colors available
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Nordstrom

V-Neck Pajamas

3 colors available
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Honeydew Intimates

Long-Sleeve Pajamas

10 colors available
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Honeydew Intimates

Long-Sleeve Jersey Pajamas

10+ colors available
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Honeydew Intimates

Short Pajama Set

7 colors available
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Print Fresh

Cami Shorts Set

7 colors available
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ASOS

Gingham Ruffle Short Set

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SKIMS

2-Piece Sleep Bundle

2 colors available
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If you prefer sleeping naked

It isn’t uncommon to prefer the feel of sleeping in your birthday suit, but lucky for those of us who are averse to wearing clingy fabric while we sleep, these sets feel like nothing at all—but look as cute as can be.

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Lace Cami Sleep Set

5 colors available
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FLORA NIKROOZ

Knit Lace Short Pajamas

8 colors available
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Midnight Bakery

Satin Lace Short Pajamas

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River Island

Satin Pajama Top

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H&M

Cotton Pajama Set

2 colors available
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ASOS

Satin Polka Dot Pajama Set

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If you’re always cold 

If you’re chronically freezing (or just like to crank your AC up when you sleep), these full-length sets will keep you warm and cozy underneath your layers of blankets.

Summersalt

Pajama Set

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Summersalt

Silky Leopard Set

7 colors available
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SKIMS

Knit Long Sleeve Pajamas

2 colors available
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SKIMS

Stretch Silk Pajama Pants

3 colors available
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PAPINELLE

Cotton & Silk Pajamas

4 colors available
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Socialite

Oversize Waffle Henley Pajama Top

3 colors available
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Everything You Need to Know About Eyebrow Makeup

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Figuring out how to apply foundation, pick out the right bronzer shade, conceal blemishes and dark circles, apply eyeshadow—these are some of the first lessons you learn when you get into makeup, and they’re all fairly simple or self-explanatory. But arguably the most important thing to learn that isn’t all that easy? Shaping, grooming, and filling in your eyebrows. We asked the experts everything about shaping and grooming your brows, which products to use, and if a more permanent solution might be right for you. Read on—your eyebrow makeup will never be the same.

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In this article

1
Why Eyebrows are So Important

2
How to Choose Your Eyebrow Shape

3
How to Groom Your Brows

4
Pencil vs. Pomade vs. Powder vs. Gel

5
How to Keep Your Brows in Place All Day

6
What is Microblading?

Meet the expert
Joey Healy
CELEBRITY EYEBROW SPECIALIST
Joey is the owner of Joey Healy Eyebrow Studio in New York and Joey Healy beauty, a full line of brow products.

Meet the expert
Dani Kimiko Vincent
CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST
Dani is a celebrity makeup artist who works primarily with Sandra Oh and focuses on the importance of eyebrows. She is also the owner of Kimiko Beauty, a full line of brow products.

 

Why Eyebrows are So Important

“Your brows frame your eyes. They add a lot of geometry to the face and can make you look more rested, youthful, and can bring your entire face into symmetry,” said celebrity brow specialist Joey Healy. Eyebrows might not seem that exciting, but they’re arguably one of the most important features on your face, and they determine how the rest of your features are perceived too, especially when it comes to eye makeup. 

Brows are also a fun, exciting part of the makeup industry. There are always trends and new products that make it a lot more fun. Like with all makeup, brows are a way to express yourself, try a different look, and partake in the art that is the beauty industry.  

 

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How to Choose Your Eyebrow Shape

Finding the right brow shape for your face, especially if you’ve been plucking for years, can be difficult. Makeup artist Dani Kimiko Vincent suggested looking back on your natural shape. “Look at photos of yourself when you were younger, before you began shaping and changing your brows—this is likely the most flattering brow shape for your face.” The best brow for you is the one you’re born with. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play it up with shading and highlighting to accentuate it. Going with your natural shape will never go out of style.

On the other hand, there is always going to be brow trends that come and go. Here’s a quick glossary of each of them and how you can incorporate it into your look without going overboard.

 

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Bushy Brows

 

These brows are called a variety of names: soap brows, model-off-duty brows, fluffy brows, bushy brows, laminated brows—but the sentiment is the same every time. It’s all about a brushed-up brow that emphasizes every single hair and makes your brows look fuller and thicker. Regardless of your natural shape, you can achieve this by brushing the hairs up toward your hairline when applying brow gel.

 

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Fox Eye Brow

 

The “fox eye” was created to mimic the lifted appearance worn by celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. When it went viral, people were shaving off the tail end of their eyebrows to make their brows look straighter. Now the trend has evolved into people shaping and filling in the end of their brows to make their arch appear less pronounced, or it’s finally showing those with naturally straight brows that they don’t have to draw on arches that don’t actually exist to feel beautiful.

 

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Blocked Brows 

 

If you were on Instagram in 2016, you’ll remember this trend. Also dubbed the “Instagram brow,” this eyebrow look made doing your eyebrows practically an art. It involves a lot of steps beyond filling in and setting, like taking your concealer and “carving out” the brow to make it stand out and look even bolder. While this look has somewhat gone out of trend, many people still love it for full glam makeup, and it’s great for those with naturally very sparse eyebrows because it’s largely able to be drawn on. 

 

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Natural

 

Contrarily, one of the biggest trends of 2021 and beyond has been natural brows with a little bit of gel and no filling in. People want minimal, basic looks that enhance their features and take minimal time—a major beauty movement thanks to the pandemic and waking up five minutes before our Zoom calls throughout the last year. Achieve this look by keeping your brows bare other than a little bit of gel, tinted or clear, to give a little hold and shape. 

 

How to Groom Your Brows

“If you feel that you’re in need of a little brow rehab or need to rediscover your best shape again, I highly recommend seeing a trusted brow professional,” Vincent said. Working with a professional esthetician, makeup artist, or brow expert can help you get your shape back to where you want it and learn tips and tricks to emphasize it that you might not discover on your own.

But if you’d rather groom your brows at home, Healy recommended tweezing in natural light and avoiding a magnifying mirror that won’t give you the full picture of your brows and face, leading to overplucking.

 

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Pencil vs. Pomade vs. Powder vs. Gel

When it comes to filling in your eyebrows, where do you start? There are so many products on the market in all different formulas. What’s right for me and my eyebrow goals? Let’s break down each type of product, who should use it, and our favorite products. 

 

Pencil + Pen

If you want to create natural, hairlike strokes, a pencil or pen is going to be your best bet. These are typically the most natural-looking brow products, especially when the pencil has a fine tip. You can “fill in” the sparse areas of your brows with this, but it would likely give the brows a very blocky appearance that doesn’t always read as natural. “This precise type of product is perfect if you have thinner brows or gaps, as it beautifully marries it all together,” Vincent said, suggesting pencil for both photographs and in person for the most natural look.




Anastasia Beverly Hills

Brow Wiz

Maybe the most famous brow pencil on the market, this one is ultra-thin, comes in a ton of different shades, and truly lasts all day.

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NYX

Micro Brow Pencil

This brow pencil is often described as a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz—but it costs only $10.

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Milani

Weekend Brow Pen

If you want fine strokes that actually mimic hairs, a brow pen like this should be your go-to. It can be a little difficult getting accustomed to using liquid on your brows, but with a light hand and an easy-to-use product like this one from Milani, your brow life will be changed forever.

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Powder

Brow powders were one of the first iterations of a product on the market to help fill in sparse areas of the brows. Typically, brow powders come in duos that allow you to use a lighter shade at the front of your eyebrow and a darker shade for the arch and the tail, mimicking how your brows would naturally look. Powders give a much softer appearance while still adding thickness and dimension to your eyebrows. This would be the product for someone who wants their brows to look a bit thicker without involving too much technique or time, as penciling in hair strokes might have a learning curve.

Healy also recommended pencils for those who have visible holes, gaps, or scars in their brows that they want to conceal because you can easily shape your brows and fill in those little areas in a natural way.




Anastasia Hills

Brow Powder

Containing both a light and dark powder, this product gives the brow lots of depth and dimension that mimic how your eyebrows naturally look.

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Lamik Beauty

Revelation Brow Duo

This duo includes a powder to fill in the brows and a cream to shape and carve out so you have striking, perfect brows, all from one compact. What sets this apart from the rest is the shade range. If you’ve struggled to find a brow color for your skin and hair color in the past, this comes in 15 unique shades that other lines aren’t doing.

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Pomade

“Pomades are great because they maintain movement, but they tend to work best for those with already full and manageable brows,” Vincent said. With a pomade, you can either use a thicker brush to truly fill in the brows, giving that blocked appearance that was popular in the early 2010s, or a very thin, fine brush to create hairlike strokes in the same way you do with pencil or a liquid pen. According to Healy, pomade gives a much bolder appearance, so if you already have naturally strong brows, this is a great way to add some depth and dimension in a way that actually looks natural. Pomades also tend to last longer than pencil, so if you’re worried about longevity, this is the way to go.




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Dipbrow Pomade

This was one of the first pomades on the market, starting a whole industry of creamy, waxy brow products like this. Dipbrow isn’t the easiest to use (no pomade is), but it’s truly one of the best on the market if you want bold, intense eyebrows.

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Refy Beauty

Brow Pomade

Consider this the beginner’s brow pomade. Our Beauty Editor was surprised by how easy and simple this was to use, especially for filling in the brows and creating thickness. Plus, the built-in brush makes it ideal for travel or on-the-go use.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics

Lock on Liner and Brow Cream

This brow cream is smudge-proof and waterproof, leaving you with filled-in brows you can apply in the morning and not worry about the rest of the day.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills

Brush #14

This is the ideal brush for a pomade because it’s extremely thin and dense, helping you create those fine, hairlike strokes.

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Gel

Brow gel is in a league of its own because it can be used alone or with any other method of filling in your brows. It puts the brows in place and sets them for all-day wear. They come in tinted and clear formulas. If you want a one-and-done option, opt for a tinted gel that will fill in your brows while shaping them. Clear gels make application super easy, and these are great for people who want something really natural or who struggle to find the right undertone or shade for their eyebrows. 

You can use a gel after you’ve filled in to set it in place, or you can use it beforehand. This will allow you to use less product because you only have to fill in the areas that look sparse, as brushing them into place often naturally fills some areas in just with your own hair. 




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Clear Brow Gel

This classic clear eyebrow gel is perfect for beginners who want a bit of hold without a crunchy or bushy effect.

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Glossier

Boy Brow

Glossier’s most-raved-about product Boy Brow is ideal for the one-and-done brow look, especially with the tinted formula. It adds shape, fullness, dimension, and hold—all in one swipe.

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Refy Beauty

Brow Sculpt Shape and Hold Gel

If you want to look like you got your eyebrows laminated all day long, order this brow gel STAT. It’s a clear, somewhat thick gel that sets brows in place. It’s the closest thing our Beauty Editor has found to soap brows that’s still easy and simple to apply when you’re getting ready.

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NYX

The Brow Glue

For a drugstore alternative, this one from NYX truly serves as a glue for your brows, keeping them in place all day long without adding a ton of texture or volume.

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Wax

Brow wax has been around for a while as a way to hold your eyebrows in place all day long, but it has had a revival with the major trend of “soap brows,” in which you use a spoolie with a little bit of water and a hard, clear soap to brush your eyebrows in place and create a bushy, laminated effect. 




Patrick Ta

Major Brow Shaping Wax

This is the best thing on the market to create soap brows without using actual soap. Spray the wax with a little water, rub your spoolie in the product, and brush your brows up and into place. This comes in a tinted and clear formula, so if you have medium to dark brows, the tinted formula will add a little extra fullness and dimension.

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Jason Wu Beauty

The Bush Tamed Eyebrow Soap

This will put even the most unruly brows in place—for under $20 at Target, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

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How to Keep Your Brows in Place All Day

Let’s say you’ve just spent all this time in the mirror working on your brows, only for them to fade and fall in a few hours. What gives? Vincent recommended taking a look at the skincare you’re using before you even put on your first product. “If you start with a lot of heavy creams, lotions, or face oils, your makeup, including your brow makeup, will tend to slide off sooner.” Instead, Vincent suggested skipping over applying your skincare to your brow area and leaving that part of your face clean when you start the makeup application. 

For extra staying power, Vincent uses a translucent powder over the brows once she’s filled them in to “absorb any oils that were on the skin and increase the wear.” She’ll finish with a long-wear hold brow gel to keep them set for the entire day. 




Mented Cosmetics

Skin Silk Loose Setting Powder

This ultra-fine powder won’t mattify or cake up your eyebrows. Instead, it’ll lightly set them for all-day wear and be practically invisible on the skin.

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Healy recommended purchasing high-quality products from the jump. “If you have good products, they will stay in place all day,” Healy said, mentioning that if you’re in New York City on a hot, humid summer day, you’ll want strong-hold products to keep your brows on and locked in.

 

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Meet the expert
Shaughnessy Otsuji
COSMETIC AND RESTORATIVE TATTOO ARTIST
Shaughnessy focuses on microblading and cosmetic tattoos and is the owner of Studio Sashiko, a permanent makeup clinic in British Columbia.

What is Microblading?

If you would prefer a more permanent solution to your brows, microblading might be the next step for you. Microblading is a technique in which an artist uses a handheld tool comprised of many small needles to tattoo hairlike strokes into your brows. “This technique results in the look of very fine, realistic hairs to help create more texture and fullness in the brow,” said Shaughnessy Otsuji, cosmetic and restorative tattoo artist and owner of Studio Sashiko. Otsuji explained that microblading is available to all skin types (however, dry to normal skin will usually look the best, while oily and textured skin types “may result in a softer, more diffused effect”) and is ideal for anyone looking for a fuller brow without having to wake up and apply makeup every single day. Skip out on microblading if you’re pregnant, nursing, or taking any blood-thinning medications, and always consult with your doctor before undergoing any treatments.

If you’re worried microblading might look too artificial, think again. Otsuji has a consultation with all of her clients beforehand to ask about their brow goals (Bushy? Natural? Bold? Arched? Straight?) and draw up their ideal shape using a brow pencil and filling in to address any sparse areas. “Although general measurements will be made to ensure overall balance, I prefer to go about the design process with a freehand technique for the most realistic, natural-looking brow.”

 

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How much does microblading cost? It depends on the artist you see, but Otsuji estimated anywhere from $500-$1,500 based on the artist’s experience, location, and skill level. This isn’t a treatment you should skimp on; it’s a specialized service that can take up to two to three hours to complete, so you should always do your research on the artist you’ll be working with to make sure they’ll give you your desired look, meaning that $75 voucher you see online is probably too good to be true. And because we know you’re wondering, the artist uses a topical anesthetic to numb your eyebrows before the treatment, so pain is pretty minimal. Otsuji said most of her clients actually fall asleep during the service because they’re so relaxed.

 

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The Case for Deep Berry Lipstick This Fall

Oryza Beauty Opus Velvet Ribbon Lipstick  Review

$22 at Oryza Beauty

TL;DR:

  • What it is: A matte deep-berry lipstick
  • What it does: Provides bold color
  • Who it’s for: Lovers of dark lipstick and anyone looking for a new fall shade

I was debating whether or not to bleach my teeth — and then I tried this matte, deep-berry lipstick. I love swiping on Oryza Beauty Opus Velvet Ribbon Lipstick because the bold shade makes you think I’ve never met a cup of coffee. It’s an intense color, for sure, but it doesn’t smudge when I eat; I like pairing it with lip liner to make sure it’s precise. If I’m going for more of a summery berry stain, I simply tap the bullet across my lips (instead of swiping it), blend out any blotchiness with my fingertips, and I’ve got a softer look that still makes my teeth gleam.

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Oryza Beauty Opus Velvet Ribbon Lipstick

Oryza Beauty Opus Velvet Ribbon Lipstick

$22 at Oryza Beauty

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