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Why Taylor Swift Is Ruining Our ’80s Memories



Haters are gonna hate, but Taylor Swift is just gonna shake…shake it off. And she’s gonna do it with some “hella good” hair, a cheerleading squad…and a Ribbon Dancer? Swift’s first “official” pop album, dubbed 1989 after her birth year, was inspired by “bright colors, bold choices, and rebellion,” she noted during today’s livestream on Yahoo, as well as the late ’80s. It’s too bad T. Swift wasn’t around for the majority of the glorious decade because we experienced those beauty trends the first time around and they were nothing short of magical (a magic Swift seems to have abolished in a matter of four minutes). The songstress strategically left out some iconic signatures from our adolescence (like crimps, side ponytails, and scrunchies), but we’ll give her partial credit for working in powder blue eyeshadow and a boom box. One thing, however, that should never appear in an ode to the totally awesome ’80s: twerking. We kept it clean with The Cabbage Patch dance between episodes of Alf. Here, the only aspect of this video we can get on board with: foiled lips (solely because Jem and the Holograms would probably approve).


Taylor Swift Does City Slicker Waves Right



If you’re like us and live in a concrete jungle, take solace in a bottle of salt spray and get breezy, beachy strands. Three mists we’ve had on heavy rotation the past three months: Alterna Bamboo Summer Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray ($20), Verb Sea Spray ($14), and Redken Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray ($19). (Bonus: Their fresh scents are enough to make you believe you’re on the sand—and not stuck inhaling the many mysterious eaux drifting about the Manhattan subway system—if only for a moment.)

A celebrity who seems to have stolen our urban beauty tactic after strolling the streets of NYC all summer long: Taylor Swift. Judging by her tousled waves, we’d say that life in the Big City (along with its oppressive heat and humidity) seems to suit the country girl just fine.


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Taylor Swift and Lauryn Hill Discover Summer’s Power Pair



When it comes to wearing makeup during the dogs of summer, we always think less is more. This week, we’re loving the look of bold lips paired with one statement accessory—be it a cool chapeau or sophisticated sunglasses. Take a cue from chanteuse Lauryn Hill and let a vibrant violet pout peek out from beneath a wide-brim hat, or make like Taylor Swift and contrast black Wayfarers with a loud fuchsia mouth. (Either way, you won’t have to worry about perfecting a smoky eye or producing a bump-free band of liquid liner.) These two singers may differ in terms of musical style, but they’re definitely riding the same beauty wave. Consider us on board.

For 12 lipstick/sunglasses combos, click here.

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Orange Lipstick: This Weekend’s Beauty MVP



No matter where you’re headed this holiday weekend, you can probably count on sticky, super-humid temps. Since foundation, mascara, and other melt-away makeup is out of the question, we’re leaving room in our toiletry bags for other TSA-friendly beauty gems and saving space by taking only one tube of lipstick: a bullet of bright orange. Paired with beachy waves and bare skin, a swipe of juicy tangerine is all you need to pull together your look (and complement a tan). In fact, the color works for both day and night, as proven by Taylor Swift (spotted on the streets of New York City) and Alexa Chung (glammed up for the Serpentine Gallery’s summer soiree in London). You can opt for a sheer, easy-to-wear formula, like Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in Tangy Mandarine, or try a more opaque finish with NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya. You can even pair this bold hue with your bikini—though we suggest a long-wear version if you plan on splashing in the sea.

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The Best of Met Gala Beauty Trends: Vampy Lips and Retro Waves



With summer on the horizon, everyone has beachy hair, sun-kissed skin, and dewy makeup on the brain. It’s always a welcome change in our beauty routine, though we can’t help but mourn the winter products we’ll soon have to retire. But based upon the many moody mouths that made their way down last night’s red carpet, we may not be tucking away our burgundy bullets so fast. Two of the major trends that surfaced—vampy lips and retro, side-parted waves—are typically reserved for cooler climes but looked stunning at the relatively balmy (at least in comparison to recent weather we’ve experienced) New York event. Some of our favorite moments? Suki Waterhouse’s classic wine shade; Beyoncé’s gothic hue, which played off her Philip Treacy veil; Adèle Exarchopoulos’ brown-tinged maroon pout; Joan Smalls’ shocking violet deftly paired with a soft braid; and Elettra Wiedemann’s ruby rouge, which matched her glittering gown. Dark lips were an edgy yet elegant choice—perfect for a night that otherwise offered up bow ties and ball gowns.


Retro, side-parted waves upped the glamour quotient even further. Cara Delevingne’s crop top and tuxedo pants (both by Stella McCartney) were far from traditional, but bouncy waves brushed to one side felt undeniably classic. Short-haired stars such as Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon added big, loose curls à la Grace Kelly, and Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, and Riley Keough turned up with long, Veronica Lake-esque ringlets.

Our best tips for sporting these trends through the summer? Skip matte foundation, which would look too heavy-handed with dark lips, and invest in a humidity-blocking spray (like Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray) to keep your retro waves sleek and shiny.

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