How To Recreate 2020 Makeup Trends

I RECENTLY had lunch with my friends from Benefit Cosmetics Philippines to talk about their upcoming releases. Unfortunately, some of these releases can’t be written about yet, but they are products that many Benefit fans have loved in the past. I’m in love with one palette in particular but that is all I’m going to say.

One item I can talk about is the Brow Zings Pro Palette. Brow Zings, which consists of a brow wax and powder, was my first Benefit product. The new slim, portable eyebrow palette has four long-wear powders to fill and shade, along with three waxes to sculpt and define, two high-pigment waxes and one clear wax. It is available in two combinations: Light-Medium, which includes cool blonde to warm brown shades, and Medium-Deep, which includes warm brown to cool black-brown shades.

During the lunch, Benefit Cosmetics Philippines National Brow Artist Czari Domingo did the makeup of her favorite model Annika incorporating 2020’s top beauty trends.

Domingo is a lovely girl who has brows to die for, which is why she is bemoaning the forecast that thin brows will be on trend again after years of thick, natural-looking brows.

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I’m happy that one of the trendiest brows for 2020 is structured because I’m not sure I can live through another season of thin brows. In my opinion, they can make people look old.

I like the look of a subtle lip stain, one of 2020’s top makeup trends, because it’s very low maintenance. With the right blush, it also looks very dreamy. I also like the pastel eyeliner and watercolor eyeshadow trends. They are looks I can no longer wear but they’re really lovely.

Domingo did a graphic negative space liner look on Annika using Bad Gal Bang Eye Liner in Blue, a creamy and long-wearing pencil. For the eyes, Domingo also used Bad Gal Bang Mascara.

Graphic negative space liner is an update on the classic cat eye. You’re actually creating the outline of the cat eye, except on a larger scale. You can do it subtly or in a bold way.

The look admittedly needs a bit of courage,  both to create and to wear. It’s not very office-friendly. It would be perfect for a work setting where people are encouraged to be creative, like in a publication or advertising agency. But if you are not as good a makeup artist as Domingo, it could take forever to do.

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Another makeup trend Domingo demonstrated for us was glossy lips. To do this, she applied a mix of Cha Cha Tint and Love Tint, and topped this with Punch Pop in Sugar Cookie.

Domingo also shared some makeup tips and tricks, the Benefit Cosmetics way:


  • Don’t be afraid of color. Peach and blue look good together on morena skin.
  • Mixing Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer with The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer makes concealer glide on smoothly and ensures a cake-free finish.
  • If you make mistakes while doing makeup, dip a cotton tip in POREfessional to correct it.
  • Keep the mirror low so you can see your eye shape.
  • Glossy brows give the illusion of good health.

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People Swear By This Skincare Product That Cleans Away The Effects Of Dirty City Air

For years, I’ve struggled with blemishes and less-than-perfect skin. It’s not made better by the fact that I live in a city with polluted air that seems to constantly clog my pores and dull my skin.

In answer to my woes, my dermatologist recommended that I replace my daily toner with micellar water — and the results have been impressive.

My complexion has gradually evened out and becomes less oily, and I now only deal with the occasional and easy-to-manage blemish.

For that reason, micellar water has become my go-to skincare product, and I’m quick to suggest it to friends, coworkers, and family members who complain about problem skin. If you’re struggling or simply want to change up your skincare routine, here’s everything you need to know about this beauty product made popular in France.

Toner, used to remove excess dirt and oil from your skin, can, unfortunately, have a drying effect — especially toners with alcohol. While toner intends to keep blemishes at bay, it can actually cause irritation. If you do want to include a toner in your morning routine, my dermatologist-approved the popular alcohol-free rose toner from Thayers.

But it’s best to replace that toner, especially during your nighttime skincare routine, with micellar water.

Micellar water is a more effective approach due to its gentler, non-alcoholic formula. It actually has a rather simple ingredients list: purified water, glycerin, and mild surfactants. When it comes to skincare, less is more, and in the case of micellar water, this means fewer harsh ingredients.

Micellar water removes impurities like dead skin cells or dirt (and in my case, metropolitan pollutants). The surfactants form minuscule spheres, called micelles, that pull debris and makeup out of pores without any drying effect.


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With dirt nowhere to be found on your face, pores remain clog-free and blemishes fade away. Skin feels refreshed, moist, and able to breathe.

Micellar water for every budget

Another attractive feature of micellar water is its affordability. Take a look at some of these formulas from leading brands to see which one fits your budget.

Those with acne-prone skin are often fans of the budget-friendly Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Micellar Water. As one of the gentlest formulas on the market, you’re able to cleanse your face more than once a day without worrying about excessive drying, irritation, or overspending.

This rose water-infused micellar water from Garnier is well-liked for its balance of hydration and cleansing. It’s formulated with sensitive skin in mind, as it’s free of parabens, fragrances, and sulfates. If you’re a fan of the aforementioned Thayers rose toner, consider this as an alternative.

If you’re a daily makeup wearer with contact lenses, pick up Vichy’s Pureté Thermale Mineral Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin. This micellar water won’t sting eyes or stick to lenses. Its fortified formula includes Pro-Vitamin B5 for moisturizing and healing, which is especially important to keep redness at bay.

As for those who wear high-pigment or waterproof makeup, this option from La Roche-Posay is ideal. It’s formulated with the brand’s antioxidant-rich Thermal Spring Water to soothe skin during makeup removal, and it also serves as a gentle yet effective antioxidant.

For a total soothing experience for dry or sun-damaged skin, pick up Dior’s micellar water-based cleanser. This well-balanced formula features echinacea flower extract for skin calming and redness control. Consumers swear by the overnight difference with its first use.

If you’re willing to spend big on the purest micellar water out there, take a look at luxury skincare brand La Mer. Their micellar water is totally free of harsh and comedogenic ingredients including formaldehyde-releasing agents, triclosan, and coal tar — just to name a few. The formula is even vegan and cruelty-free, and it comes in recyclable packaging.

Working micellar water into your skincare routine

To maximize your micellar results, work it into a well-developed skincare routine. Choosing the right products and tools, like those below, make for a winning combination to keep skin looking its best.

Face wash: While micellar water cleanses skin and removes makeup, you’ll still need a deeper cleaning with traditional face wash from time to time. I use Kiehl’s Since 1851 Calendula Deep Clean Foaming Face Wash before applying micellar water, moisturizer, and sunscreen/makeup. It’s a great option for its lightweight gel consistency and nurturing formula.

Moisturizer: Gentle moisturizing is also key when it comes to managing acne-prone skin, as dry skin over-produces oil (which isn’t what you want). Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator is allergy-tested and oil-free, so it’s a winner among those with ultra-sensitive skin.

How to use micellar water

If you’re sold on the benefits of micellar water, here’s another one: It has more than one use. It can be applied either as a preparatory product before moisturizers and makeup or used to remove a face full of product and build-up at the end of the day. There’s no need to rinse off micellar formula either, so it’s considered an ultra low-maintenance product.

Application is simple; squirt a modest amount of micellar water on a cotton round gently rub it in a circular motion around your face. Product and dirt transfer onto the round, and you have a fresh face ready for the next step of your beauty routine.


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Shay Mitchell Admitted Makeup Is Not Her Forte, Doing A Makeup Tutorial

Shay Mitchell has shown the world her acting skills but she had yet to debut her makeup skills — until now. Often serving up some serious beauty inspo both on the red carpet and beyond, Shay has now shown off her cosmetology skills — or more, lack thereof — with a full makeup tutorial.

In a new Turn the Beat Around video posted by Cosmpolitan, Shay switched roles with her makeup artist, Ash Holm. In the vid, the Pretty Little Liars star attempted to recreate one of their favorite red-carpet looks on her MUA and, let’s just say, things didn’t go quite as planned.

Starting with the eyes, Shay took out her trusty brushes and began a confident attempt to create a “sick feline cat eye” with a “green sort of smoky eyeshadow underneath” on her MUA. This is apparently one of Ash’s favorite looks she’s done on Shay.

Shay’s determination failed to live up to her actual performance. “My hands shaking,” the actor admitted right before starting with liquid eyeliner, chalking it up to her caffeine intake. “I’ve already had a coffee, maybe two,” Shay quips.

The top eyeliner result? “I’m not mad,” Shay said. But then, she got a little heavy-handed with the bottom liner and emerald shadow. “Honestly it’s the coffee it’s not even my hand,” Shay can be heard saying.

“I heard they’re not supposed to be like, twins — but they’re not even sisters when I do them,” Shay later said, acknowledging the problem she has with eyeliner when doing her own makeup too. “They’re like two random people who don’t know each other, at all, never met.” And same, Shay. Same.

Then, came the eyelash attempt and while hilarity still ensued, they weren’t too shabby! “I’m pretty impressed with that eyelash,” Shay said of her creation. As for Ash’s lips, Shay went the most professional route to select a shade: the “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” route, of course. Though her hand was even more unsteady than earlier on, and the lip liner was pretty much everywhere!

Last but not least? Shay attempted to apply Patrick Ta’s spray highlighter — which, resulted in an f-bomb. The end result? A lopsided, heavy-handed look that, unfortunately, looked nothing like Shay’s red carpet beauty. But hey — at least they had fun, right? Overall, though, we’ll give Shay’s tutorial an A for effort!


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Maya Rudolph, Rachel McAdams And Olivia Wilde Help Honor Their Makeup Artists

It was an emotional evening on Wednesday at Variety’s Makeup Artistry Dinner with Armani Beauty at Sunset Tower in Los Angeles.

Rachel McAdams, Olivia Wilde, Maya Rudolph, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Alessandra Ambrosio were on hand to speak about the close relationships and bonds they have formed with their makeup artists.

The honorees included Carolina Gonzalez, Melanie Inglessis, Kayleen McAdams, Molly R. Stern, and Mai Quynh.

Moretz was only 13 years old when she began working with Quynh. She praised Quynh for helping her take risks on the red carpet while “allowing my personality to come through.”

She said makeup “could be fun, it could be frivolous and it could make you feel confident, powerful and free.”

She went on to recall suffering from cystic acne when she was 15. “Mai never once missed a beat for me,” Moretz said. “She covered it up and she never judged me and she gave me the confidence to be able to go out there and face the world and not feel self-conscious.”

Quynh was so overcome with emotion by Moretz’s remarks that she had to take a moment to compose herself before standing up to accept her award. “I am so glad I get to work with you and you trust me and you make my job so easy,” she said to Moretz.

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Olivia Wilde emphasized how close she and Inglessis are, a theme that was repeated throughout the evening’s program. They first met when Wilde was doing press for 2010’s “Tron: Legacy.” “She’s a healer. It’s not makeup, it’s something deeper,” the “Booksmart” director said.

For McAdams, getting her makeup done is a family affair. Her sister Kayleen has been her makeup artist ever since ditching her bachelor’s degree in psychology for a career in cosmetology. The “Doctor Strange” star said their life in beauty began when they were junior figure skaters. Being the older sister, Rachel was the one to apply their blue eyeshadow, purple eyeliner, blush and “gobs of sparkle” for their time on the ice rink. Rachel even burned her sister’s hair with a spiral curling iron. “She was gracious about it all,” she said with a laugh.

Rachel also said of her sibling, “You are truly one of the hardest working women I have ever met and I think you get that from our dad, who shovels the snow off the driveway before it even hits the ground. You are so kind-hearted, you are fiercely loyal.”

Rachel also cracked that studios save money on her press tours because she and Kayleen share the same hotel room.

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Ambrosio told Variety that she and Gonzalez first met about 20 years ago on a Bloomingdales’ advertising shoot. Since then they’ve become “best friends,” Ambrosio said. “She’s a truly amazing makeup artist. She…does it all. She’s a best friend who is always there for the ones she loves.”

A tear-eyed Gonzalez said, “I love you. I’ve seen her grow from a teenager to a strong, hard worker with an amazing work ethic.”

The evening, which included remarks from Variety’s group publisher and chief revenue officer Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, concluded with Maya Rudolph presenting to Stern. “I’ve never felt more beautiful inside and out,” the “Bridesmaids” star said. “When we leave each other, I’m nourished and that, for me, is the most beautiful thing about your work. You could really see people and you bring out their natural beauty.”

She went on to say, “It’s not just a friendship. We created this life together and we hold each other up.”

Looking around the room, Stern said, “I am so honored to be a part of this community. I am so honored to be here with all of you, ladies. So grateful.”


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13 Of The Biggest Fashion Week Scandals Of All Time

Oh, how we love Fashion Month!

With successful Paris Fashion Week now officially in the books and New York Fashion Week in full swing, it’s hard not to get nostalgic as we gear up for what’s next as we move across the globe to London and Milan. We’re also reminded of the shows of fashion weeks past—and, of course, the epic scandals and controversies that rocked the fashion community and Hollywood’s biggest stars amidst the runway lights and camera flashes.

By now, fashion week followers know that the runways aren’t the only place to catch the drama and excitement. Sometimes, the most talked-about fashion week moments can unfold in the minutes before a show begins as the A-listers are taking their seats. And as last year’s NYFW taught us, after parties and award shows can also set the stage for some unexpected tension between the stylish high-profile attendees.

But that’s not to say that fashion doesn’t always take center stage. Now that more brands are using their collections to showcase their stance on issues, fashion week has also become a place for voices and opinions to be heard.

From the surprising heated feuds and the controversial runway collections to the not-so-funny high-stake pranks and merciless shade between designers, relive some of the biggest fashion week scandals of all time below:

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Kim Kardashian Robbed At Gunpoint

In October 2016, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was robbed at gunpoint inside her hotel during Paris Fashion Week. After pleading with her assailants, the men stole $10 million worth jewelry, including the 20-carat emerald, a cut diamond ring that husband Kanye West had gifted her. While recalling the devastating moment with E! True Hollywood Story, Kim said that the terrifying moment “changed my whole life.”

“That ten minutes really changed my whole life,” she explained. “You’re just kind of bracing yourself for the moment that they’re gonna shoot you and kill you. They tied me up. They wrapped duct tape over my eyes and my mouth.”

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Gigi Hadid’s Chanel Runway Crasher

Handling the situation like a pro, the 24-year-old model saved the day when a prankster jumped up onto the runway at the Chanel Paris Fashion Week show in October 2019. Doing her best to blend in with a tweed monochrome outfit, the intruder, who was later identified as YouTuber and comedian Marie Benoliel (a.K.A. Marie S’Infiltre) joined the line of models during the finale. It wasn’t until she crossed paths with Gigi that she was reprimanded. The Victoria’s Secret alum blocked Benoliel getting away once security was notified and escorted her off the stage.

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Marc Jacobs Vs. Rihanna

Rumors alleged that the designer spitefully delayed the start of his Spring/Summer NYFW 2019 show to make attendees late for the Fenty mogul’s Savage x Fenty lingerie show, which was slated immediately after his. Known for starting his shows right on the dot, spectators noted that this was unheard of for Marc. The reason for the shade? Reports claim it was because he lost the 7:30 p.M. Slot to Rihanna, which had become his coveted spot for several seasons.

Taking to Instagram, he put the rumors to rest, saying, “I sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone who was inconvenienced by my lateness at our Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show. For anyone interested, below is not a list of excuses but rather a list of facts. I fully understand people have plans, lives, commitments, flights, families to return to, etc and that I fully RESPECT.”

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Nicki Minaj & Cardi B’s Harper’s Bazaar Fight

During the 2018 Harper’s Bazaar Icon Party, the two rappers were involved in a heated altercation after Nicki allegedly made a disparaging comment regarding Cardi’s parenting skills. In footage from the fight, the Hustlers star can be seen lunging and shouting at Nicki. Later on, it was revealed that she even hurled her shoe at the “MEGATRON” rapper, instantly becoming one of the most meme-able moments in NYFW history.

“It was so fast!” an eyewitness tells E! News. “I heart someone screaming—everyone recognized Cardi’s voice—people either got out of the way or took out their phones and started filming. Nicki was surrounded by a bunch of guards and barely even looked at her. Next thing you know, shoes were flying and Cardi was on her way out.”

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Jeremy Scott’s Political Statement

For his 2018 NYFW show, the eccentric designer made a bold statement by wearing a white tank top that read, “Tell your senator NO on Kavanaugh,” declaring himself against President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. The controversial justice was later sworn into office in October 2018, but it marked a pivotal shift as more designers began using their runway slot to raise awareness for pertinent issues.

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Justin Timberlake’s Paris Fashion Week Prank

As the *NSYNC alum made his way into the Louis Vuitton’s Paris Fashion Week show with wife Jessica Biel, he became the target of another Vitalii Sediuk red carpet prank. The infamous king of pranks grabbed Justin’s foot and held on with a tight grip, ending up on the ground in dramatic fashion. After he caused quite the stir, security removed the celebrity prankster from the scene and Justin and Jessica continued to enter the venue.

Thankfully, the “Man of the Woods” singer had a great sense of humor about the whole ordeal. On Instagram, he shared a picture of him and Jessica from the event, writing, “Last night at @louisvuitton. Human anklet not included.”

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Burberry Slammed For Noose Hoodie

The British designer was under fire following a controversial design featured in its Fall 2019 collection. In it, a model donned a taupe hoodie that had a rope noose replacing its drawstrings. Following the backlash, Burberry chief executive officer Marco Gobbetti issued a statement and removed the offensive piece from the collection. “We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection,” he told CNN. “Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake.”

Members of the fashion community were quick to call out the insensitive hoodie. Among them was model Liz Kennedy, who slammed the fashion house via Instagram. “Suicide is not fashion,” she wrote, also pointing out that it evoked the “horrifying history of lynching” as well. “It is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway.”

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Everything That Happened At The Yeezy Season 4 Show

Fans were excited to witness Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 NYFW show back in 2016, but their expectations were quickly squandered as the day unfolded. Taking place on one of the hottest days in New York, the rapper announced that the show would be happening on Roosevelt Island. Those attending the show were asked to take a shuttle bus to the show, which they were surprised to find had no air conditioning, snacks or water.

Slated to begin at 3 p.M., the show had a delayed start despite the Yeezy models being dressed and standing in position on the field. As they waited, several models began to sit down after feeling exhausted and one report claimed that one had even fainted from the heat. Unfortunately for Ye, the issues didn’t stop once the show started. Several models were unable to walk in their custom Yeezy heels, which resulted in some ditching their shoes as they made their way down the runway.

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Marc Jacobs’ Dreadlocks Backlash

With an A-list lineup including Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, Kaia Gerber, Irina Shayk and Gigi and Bella Hadid, the designer was criticized for cultural appropriation after having the models walk the runway wearing multicolored dreadlocks. Insisting that wasn’t the case and that their look was inspired by cyber goths, Marc addressed the backlash and called it “nonsense,” which made critics even more outraged.

He later addressed the matter in an interview, where he said, “What I learned from that whole thing, what caused me to pause after it died down a little bit, was that maybe I just don’t have the language for this.” Changing his position, he took to Instagram and apologized for “the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity.”

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Madonna Ditched Her Bra

Always one to put on a show, the singer made Fashion Week history when she walked the runway of Jean Paul Gaultier’s amFAR fashion benefit show topless in 1992. Donning a dress that exposed her breasts and walking hand-in-hand with the French designer, Madge flashed the crowd of over 6,000 people a big smile as she made her way down the catwalk. After the show, she said, “I was supposed to wear a top and jacket like Jean Paul’s, but at the last minute I decided it was better to go out topless!”

Taking place two years after her cone bra corset, which was also designed by Jean, made its debut during her Blonde Ambition Tour, Director of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Nathalie Bondil noted that the moment “proclaims feminine power.”


Gucci Accused Of Racism

During the Italian fashion house’s 2018 Fall/Winter Show, models walked the runway wearing a turtleneck that critics said resembled blackface. Unlike traditional turtlenecks, these black sweater were designed to be worn above the mouth and over the nose and featured a hole for the lips. Along with a red illustration of red lips, some spectators noted that the design closely mirrored the racist children’s book The Story of Little Black Sambo. Gucci’s CEO Marco Bizzarri addressed the backlash in a statement, saying, “We are coming from a different culture. We are Italian. We don’t know all the cultural differences.”


Bstroy Anti-Gun Violence Misstep

In an attempt to share their stance on gun violence, streetwear brand Bstroy designers Brick Owens and Duey Catorze were under fire for featuring bullet hole-ridden sweatshirts in their New York Fashion Week show back in 2019. To make matters worse, the garments had “Sandy Hook,” “Columbine” and “Stoneman Douglas” written across them to bring awareness to America’s deadliest mass school shootings. Critics found the collection to be insensitive, but the duo explained that the blunt statement was a necessity. Speaking to The New York Times, Duey said, “That’s for you to know who we are, so we can have a voice in the market.”

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Back in 2010, the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York brought their drama to the runway during Pamella Roland’s NYFW show. Former co-stars Bethenny Frankel and Luann de Lesseps got into a heated argument when The Countess seemed to make some digs at the Skinnygirl mogul over her feud with Jill Zarin. Not holding anything back, Bethenny said, “I don’t like you and I think you’re a snake,” to which Luann replied, “You’re nasty and I’m not going to do this here.”

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