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I Could Never Get Curls to Hold Until I Tried This Indie Brand's Texturizing Hairspray

When I say my hair is stubborn, I mean it really has a life of its own. One time, when I tried to get ombré done to my otherwise completely untouched, unprocessed hair, it took five hours to get any sort of color to stick to just the ends (hence why I’ve never colored it again). When it comes to heat styling, I have the worst luck with getting my hairstyle to hold for more than a day; that’s with picture-perfect conditions — no humidity, no rain, and sleeping in a satin head wrap to try to preserve its look overnight. My curls drop every time.

I would also say I’m picky when it comes to how my hair products feel. Theoretically I could probably get my waves to last a little bit longer if I wanted to load up on the hairspray, but I despise the stiff, knotty mess it creates.

Hairstylists have told me this is because my hair is super fine and healthy (punished for having good hair habits?). But needless to say, when a product promises to hold my style in place, I’m more than game to try it because, well, I’m desperate. Enter: Eva NYC Shapeshifter Texturizing Hairspray ($12).




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Pregnant Katy Perry Shares Makeup-Free Selfie While Self-Isolating: 'Blackheads and All Baby'

Katy Perry is embracing her natural skin while self-isolating.

On Sunday, the singer and mom-to-be, 35, shared a makeup-free selfie alongside a full-glam shot, comparing her life before and during self-quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Pre-quarantine ➡️ mid-quarantine 👍🏻♥️ Hope your stay-at-home plans tonight include joining me for a beautiful and breezy episode of #AmericanIdol, taped in heavenly Hawaii back in January and February 🏝” she captioned the Instagram post.

In the first snap, the American Idol judge looks tropical in a white and red floral Rosie Assoulin midi dress teamed with leather flower sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti. While the second photo is a close-up selfie of Perry relaxing in bed wearing a bathrobe — and showing off her messy hair and bare face.

“blackheads and all baby,” Perry wrote in the comment section.

But her fans and followers seemingly appreciated the relatable quarantine post, with many complimenting her natural glow.

“Skin looks great!” celelbrity stylist Karla Welch said.

“STUNNING both with AND without makeup!😍😍😍” another social media user wrote. While a third added, “PLEASE ARE YOU 35 OR 25 OMG.”

Earlier this month — before social distancing was strictly enforced and practiced by millions of Americans — the “Part of Me” singer opened up about expecting her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom and explained that it took time for her to feel fully ready for motherhood.

“I was that girl, or am still that girl, that had that box, the baby clothes before there was the thought or even an Orlando Bloom,” she told Australian radio show Fifi, Fev & Byron, according to Entertainment Tonight. “I’m excited about that and, like I said, I have two nieces and one nephew that I’m obsessed with.”

She added: “I think, definitely, everything’s changing. I wasn’t ready a couple years ago, and I did the work to get ready and now I’m really ready. … It’s just time for me, and it’s the right time.”

The American Idol judge revealed her pregnancy in the music video for her new single, “Never Worn White.” While this will be Perry’s first child, Bloom, 43, shares 9-year-old son Flynn with ex-wife Miranda Kerr.

Though her pregnancy revelation may have come as a shock to fans, the big news wasn’t as surprising for Perry, who told SiriusXM’s Mikey Piff that it “wasn’t an accident.”

“I’ve just been trying to create this space in my own life where I’m not running myself too ragged and creating space for something new to pop in like this,” she said.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes ,PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments and visit our coronavirus hub.

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One of Sephora’s Bestselling Hair Brands Is Making Hand Sanitizer to Help Fight COVID-19

Many brands in the beauty industry are doing their part to help fight COVID-19, from hair care, skin care, and makeup brands giving back by donating proceeds, products, and even meals to those in need, to companies like LVMH (the parent company of Fenty Beauty and Benefit Cosmetics) utilizing their factories to make hand sanitizer for hospitals.

Joining the growing list is bestselling hair brand Bumble and Bumble, which announced on March 25 that it will be reopening one of its factories to manufacture hand sanitizer — an item that has become scarce due to a sudden increase in demand. The factory participating in the coronavirus relief effort is located in Melville, NY, and the hand sanitizers made will go to high-need groups, including medical staff on the front lines fighting the virus.

“We are grateful to the employees who have worked tirelessly to make this possible,” read a statement put out by Estée Lauder Companies. “Compensated, employee volunteers will support this vital, meaningful effort.

POPSUGAR aims to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about the coronavirus, but details and recommendations about this pandemic may have changed since publication. For the latest information on COVID-19, please check out resources from the WHO, CDC, and local public health departments.

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Glossier Founder Emily Weiss Is Engaged: See Her Gorgeous Ring

The woman behind social media’s beloved beauty brand is sharing her “silver lining” during this difficult time.

On Wednesday, Glossier founder Emily Weiss — whose back-to-basics line of makeup products and skincare, valued at $1.2 billion in March 2019, has developed a massive cult-following of trendy millennials — announced her engagement to tech entrepreneur Will Gaybrick on Instagram.

“So, a week ago, we got engaged. (!) Even during the wildest most uncertain times, there are silver linings. ❤️” the 34-year-old Connecticut native wrote alongside a selfie showing off her massive square-cut diamond ring.

Weiss’s famous friends congratulated her in the comment section.

Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen simply left two heart emojis under the post, while Project Runway judge Elaine Welteroth wrote, “Congrats E Dub!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin said, “Awwwwww ❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Although it’s unclear when the pair started dating, Weiss made her relationship Instagram official in January 2019, sharing a sweet beach-side snap with Gaybrick. “2019,” she captioned the post, adding a sunset emoji.

Since then, the beauty mogul (who boasts 500,000 followers on Instagram) has posted vacation selfies, date night photos and sweet videos with her future husband.

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Weiss was previously married to photographer Diego Dueñas — the marriage was short-lived but the prenuptial beauty routine she shared with fans and followers on her blog Into the Gloss is likely still referenced by brides across the Internet. In the post, titled “The Little Wedding Black Book,” the former Teen Vogue intern admitted that “perhaps” she went a little overboard.

“Months of prep! So much prep. Not of the venue, guest list, or seating chart—that was fairly easy—but of my limbs, skin, wanted hair, unwanted hair, nails, muscles, digestive tract, lashes and brows,” Weiss wrote. “Did I go overboard? Perhaps. Was it high maintenance? Maybe. I did spend an inordinate amount of the fall on my back. But, it worked. I was 8/10 happy with how I looked…pretty good!”

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The Glossier founder goes on to explain everything from her intense dietary detox, her workout routine (which involved a trainer, the gym and bi-weekly massages), laser hair removal, microcurrent and other facial treatments, a 30-minute eyebrow shaping session and more.

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How to Safely Remove Your Gel or Acrylic Manicure at Home

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes ,PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments and visit our coronavirus hub.

Now that social distancing and self-isolation are becoming the new norm amid the escalating coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are googling at-home solutions to beauty treatments they used to outsource. So we’re reaching out to experts to share their at-home solutions.

Schools are closing nationwide, festivals, sporting events and Broadway shows are being postponed or canceled and restaurants and bars are forced to face unprecedented restrictions in response to the fast-spreading disease. Now, beauty establishments are following suit with many spas, hair and nail salons temporarily closing to adhere to the social distancing practices recommended by the CDC. And as the service industry continues to shut down, people are looking for do-it-yourself ways to self-care at home, which may include removing a gel manicure solo.

Leading experts from nail salons tell PEOPLE exactly how to properly care for your nails, whether you have gels or acrylics, during this period of social distancing. Luckily, removal isn’t as challenging as you might expect.

“It’s totally doable to remove your soft gel manicure at home, even if you’ve never done it before,” says Rachel Apfel Glass, founder and CEO of Glosslab in N.Y.C. “Even though it is tempting, just don’t peel the gel. It really weakens the nail underneath.”

Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann adds, “The steps are simple but the most important piece is patience!”

Start by simply filing down the top layer of the polish using any nail file you already have at home. Rather than using traditional acetone, Glosslab nail salon uses a quick and easy swipe-on magic gel polish remover (you can order your own on Amazon) that is then applied like a polish and sits on the gel for five to 10 minutes.

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“Once you see the gel start to bubble, up, the gel polish can be easily removed without scraping,” she explains.

If you already have acetone in your beauty arsenal, you can also use that to remove your soft gel polish, Lippmann says.

“Soak the fingers for approximately 10 minutes with acetone, cotton and aluminum foil. I recommend doing one hand at a time since you’re doing it on yourself,” she explains. Once you’ve finished soaking, use a metal cuticle pusher to “very gently nudge the gel off the nail,” she says.

“If it doesn’t lift right off, do another round of soaking saturating cotton with acetone and wrapping aluminum foil. Resist the temptation to ‘file the gel off’ that is where you can damage your natural nail,” Lippmann adds.

As for an acrylic mani, while going into a salon for a professional removal is best, Rita Pinto, founder of N.Y.C. nail salon Vanity Projects, says you can do it yourself if needed. “It is not necessarily a challenge, however it will take longer than expected,” she says.

The first step is to cut off the excess acrylic “as close to the natural nail as possible” using nail clippers and use a nail buffing block to remove the top layer of polish. “Then soak your nails in a bowl of 100 percent pure acetone for about five to 10 minutes,” Pinto says. “Finish with a metal cuticle pusher to gently push the gel polish off your nails. You may need to repeat the last step until the acrylic has completely soaked off.”

Once you see the majority of the acrylic has been soaked off, Pinto recommends using the nail buffer again to smooth the nail bed and finish with cuticle oil for hydration.


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Should You Cancel Hair and Nail Appointments amid Coronavirus? This Expert Says Yes

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments and visit our coronavirus hub.

As establishments nationwide continue to close doors and major events keep being postponed or canceled in order to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), some places, like hair and nail salons, are still keeping their doors open in order to provide employees with work and their customers with routine. But as the CDC and government officials urge social distancing, many are left wondering if they should consider canceling all beauty appointments like haircuts, waxes, manicures, pedicures and facials.

As part of the CDC’s recommendations to prevent the passage of the virus, it is encouraged to stand no closer than six-feet away from another person “for a prolonged period of time.” In the case of these beauty treatments, even if a manicurist, hairstylist or facialist is wearing gloves or a mask, close physical contact is inevitably required.

While there has yet to be any government-issued shutdown of these establishments, Dr. Robert A. Norton, a professor of Public Health at Auburn University, tells PEOPLE it is “wise to avoid crowded spaces for at least the time being” because no matter what, there will be some level of risk.

“People need to consider whether the necessity of the appointment or trip to the overrides the risk of being in public,” Norton says. “That is a personal decision, but social distancing is a wise move for now.”

When deciding whether or not to go to your regular appointments, people can take into consideration the number of coronavirus cases in their state or region. “In areas with few or no cases, the risk is not zero (the virus is here), but generally less than the risk encountered in areas and regions where the case numbers are higher,” Norton says.

However, he emphasizes the fact that people with “underlying medical conditions need to be particularly cautious in all of their decisions about going out in public for the time being.”

He adds that it wouldn’t surprise him to see many beauty establishments shut down temporarily or modify business practices to “accommodate the concerns” people have about staying safe amid the pandemic.

“The effect on the economy has been massive to date. It will get worse before it gets better,” Norton says. “For the time being, we all need to focus on remaining calm, making decisions based on facts and not fear and realizing that the rate of new infections will eventually slow down.”

New York City face, body and nail salon Chillhouse announced on Sunday evening that it made the “difficult decision” to temporarily close all of its retail locations for two weeks following the news of the N.Y.C. public school closures. “As a small business, we are going to do everything in our power to support our retail team during this time and we’ll have more info on how we will be doing that soon,” the brand’s statement read.

Tenoverten nail salon has also closed all five of its N.Y.C. locations “for the foreseeable future.” In a statement on Instagram, the founders said: “We are dedicated to coming out of this stronger and will do all we can to support our employees during this challenging time, as well as be there for our customers who will need to practice their own non-toxic nail care routines at home.”

On Saturday March 12, Bumble and bumble announced it would be closing its two N.Y.C. flagship hair salons for the rest of the month as a proactive measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The first cases of the mysterious respiratory illness — what is now known as COVID-2019, a form of coronavirus — began in Wuhan, China in late December. Since then, the virus has spread worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, the first since the zika epidemic in 2016. On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency in the U.S. as the number of cases rise.

As of March 16, there have been at least 3,602 coronavirus cases confirmed by lab tests and 66 deaths in the U.S., according to a New York Times database.


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Are Hair Salons Also Closing Down Due to the Coronavirus? It Depends

With the majority of the wider world (hopefully) practicing social distancing — that is, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations of staying home, washing your hands regularly, and staying at least six feet away from other people to avoid catching or spreading the coronavirus — you might be wondering how that will impact service-oriented businesses, particularly hair salons and other beauty stores.

Apologies in advance to anyone who’s been looking forward to getting a Spring haircut all month, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t get much physically closer than the space between you and a hairstylist. So while there are many hair salons still open across the country for the time being, odds are that won’t be the case for long.

Following President Donald Trump’s new nationwide guidelines on Monday, March 16, to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days, larger hair salon closures will likely follow suit. Ulta Beauty, for example, officially (and temporarily) discontinued all hair services across its stores starting today and will be “working with guests who have appointments to reschedule for a later date,” according to the retailer’s website. Six counties in the Bay Area have also issued a “Shelter in Place” mandate for the next three weeks, where all nonessential businesses (including hair salons) will have to close down.

As for booking a hair or makeup appointment in the comfort of your own home, it appears there are a few on-demand beauty services that have yet to announce closures. For anyone in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, or Hancock Park, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson announced The Starring Do & Go, where you can book a blowout, haircut, or hair color with any of the salon’s stylists (for up to $150 off the salon price). For the time being, the beauty app Glamsquad is also still accepting appointments in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, Miami, Washington DC, Boston, and Long Island.

Of course, if you do decide to book an appointment, whether in your home or at a salon, it’s crucial you follow necessary hygiene protocols set forth by public health officials. Nothing is worth getting yourself or someone else sick with the coronavirus — not even a really good hair day.

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Jennifer Lopez nails this year’s biggest beauty trend with matchy-matchy eyeshadow

Colour coordination has emerged as one of 2020’s biggest beauty trends. Here’s how celebrities have nailed it.

At the beginning of the 2000s, being matchy-matchy was considered “uncool” (we still did it anyway), but now, monochromatic beauty has emerged as one of this year’s biggest trends so far. Case in point: Jennifer Lopez’s recent eyeshadow and nails look.

Manicurist Tom Bachik shared a picture of the pretty lavender shade he painted onto the Hustler actor’s nails. To compliment his handiwork, Lopez’s make-up artist Scoot Barnes swept purple eyeshadow over her eyelids. 

We’ve been seeing more celebrities wearing the trend, by matching their eyeshadow to their outfits. The beauty of monochromatic make-up is that there are no rules. You can go as bright, dark, bold or as neutral as you like. The key is keeping the shades as close to the colours in your clothing as possible.

One of our favourite red carpet examples of this was Lucy Hale at the Critic’s Choice Awards earlier in the year. Hale’s make-up artist Kelsey Deeniham matched the actor’s make-up to her mint dress by applying green to the inner corners of her eyes.

The inspiration doesn’t stop there. Here are some of our favourite cases where celebrities matched their eyeshadow to their outfits – and nailed it…

  • Zendaya

  • Billy Porter

  • Kathryn Newton

  • Nina Dobrev

  • Lizzo

  • Sadie Sink

  • Saorise Ronan

  • Chrissy Teigein

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Finally, a Cheap Hack to That Sun-Kissed Glow All Over TikTok

Finally, a Cheap Hack to That Sun-Kissed Glow All Over TikTok

Like most Gen Yers, I initially downloaded TikTok as a joke never expecting to stick around. Here I am a few months later doing the “Renegade” dance in my bathroom at 2 a.m.

Truth be told, I find the app and it’s many trends entertaining and often educational. I recently learned of a new and popular makeup trend, one that seemingly mimics the singed stain of a sunburn on your face. This sounds a little absurd, I know, but haven’t you ever wanted to be a little sun-kissed but without the damaging affects from a real sunburn? Of course, I felt compelled to copy the look, but almost all of the blushes I owned didn’t do it justice. Every powder looked too matte or fake, while the liquid formulas were too messy. Then, I met the one product that got the job done: Maybelline Cheek Heat.

If you’re thinking it looks eerily similar to one other cream blush made by a particularly millennial brand, you’re right — it does. Despite the twinning packaging, the product inside is unmatched. The formula is water-based and oil-free, so it glides onto skin with ease without leaving behind a saturated stain. Instead, it creates a sheer wash of color that is buildable without ever being overdone.

While most people say to use your fingers to apply the product, I use a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to line two to three dots of the blush onto the apples of my cheeks. After patting that out, I add another two dots to the bridge of my nose and swipe it down the sides to really create the impression that I spent all weekend basking in the sunlight. (If you still think this looks bizarre, know that Camille Rowe, my French hero, uses the same method for her everyday makeup routine.) As far as colors go, there are six to choose from, but my go-to is a cocktail of Coral Ember and Nude Burn (fitting, no?).

So, I found the best-kept secret to a just-off-the-beach flush. Now, TikTok, go do your thing and give it the hype it deserves.







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11 Female-Owned Beauty Brands That Give Back to Other Women

11 Female-Owned Beauty Brands That Give Back to Other Women

Even though women have long driven the beauty industry — a recent study of 3,000 of participants showed that the average one in the US spends around $30,000 on makeup in her lifetime, after all — for decades, it’s been mostly men running the show behind the scenes. Thankfully, these days, more and more brands are being founded by women, and to take it one step further, some of them were created in part to empower others.

If you’re looking for a handful of female-founded beauty companies that give back in the best way, keep reading to see 11 makeup brands that make it their mission to support (wo)mankind.












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