Introducing the 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards…
This month we’re celebrating the twelfth annual Glamour Beauty Awards—so if you want the best new contouring tool or the mascara makeup artists kill for, run, don’t walk, to our list of winners. For the occasion, the world’s top hair and makeup experts shared their picks. But we all probably have a few of our own personal beauty bests and worsts we’d like to share with the world, so in no particular order, may I present mine?
Best new development in the world of beauty:
The playful DGAF attitude that’s everywhere right now—a shift in our culture from the idea of makeup as a way to fit in (cover up that flaw! make those cheekbones higher!) to makeup as way to stand out (throw on glitter! have fun with color!). My favorite example du jour is the ombré lip, above, invented by makeup goddess Pat McGrath (you use lipstick plus matching glitter, and no, it ain’t for eating spaghetti, but, man, is it cool). If it feels like you: Try the Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 kit ($60, sephora.com). Our editors even tested it out, so you can see how it looks on.
Most unexpected place to collect beauty ideas:
The Olympics. I used to think it was just odd that athletes wear makeup. And it is odd that in some sports, like gymnastics and ice skating, it seems implicitly required—would your uneven-bar routine or triple Lutz really be any less impressive without a smoky eye? But Rio just made me happy, because the makeup looked less like five-hour pancake-foundation sessions and more like fun. See Simone Biles (below, #2) and smile. Just look at that red, white, and blue liner! (And that shiny gold hardware around her neck, of course.)
Product I now recommend to everyone:
Makeup-setting spray. Stole the concept from my favorite TV makeup artists and haven’t looked back. My current go-to is Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray ($30, urbandecay.com); it makes everything stick.
Product I most wish I’d started using years ago:
Sunscreen. It took me way too long (like, into-my-thirties long) to really come around on the power of protecting myself. You know when you read those interviews with the divinely gorgeous Julianne Moore and she’s saying how her best beauty tool has always been sunscreen? She is not lying! And yet it took me a brush with skin cancer as an adult (all fine, but scary) to truly learn my lesson, and today, to my chagrin, my own 13-year-old shouts with delight when she gets tan lines. Please, the next time you hear yourself saying, “I so need a tan,” think of her and every other girl who’s listening. Let’s set a better example. Protection is beautiful.
Product I splurge on:
SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($281, skinmedica.com)—insanely priced, but it makes everything look fresher the second you put it on.
Product I save on:
Face wipes. CVS for the win!
The nail color I’ll never get sick of:
I’ve cycled through greige and lavender, but for me, red is forever.
Trend I’m mesmerized by:
Mini tattoos—they’re like the body equivalent of doodling in a notebook. I mean, look at the dainty heart on Adwoa Aboah (above, #1) and daydream: What would you get?
Best cure for the body blues:
The beautiful curves on adipositivity.com—and the message of the tattoo on one of the subjects photographer Substantia Jones snapped (above, #3), which says, “This body is my own.”
That on the head (and Insta feed) of actress-activist Amandla Stenberg, who takes the most contagious delight in her curls, shaping them into soft shapes or killer trapezoids.
Best free beauty boost:
Sleep. Studies frequently show that many of us don’t get enough. Sleep is crucial for profound reasons (your health, your sanity, your ability to do things like drive or, say, guard the nuclear codes), but as a nice bonus, it helps keep your skin clear.
New favorite beauty icons:
Blake Lively and Anne Hathaway, not for their hair or makeup but because they are the two most recent women to call out the cultural obsession with “celebrating” the speedy shape-ups of Hollywood’s new moms. When Hathaway posted that she was making new jean cutoffs to accommodate her postpregnancy thighs, I cheered, and wished I’d read that before I gave birth. Want to know how outlandish my expectations were? When I had my first kid, I brought my prebaby jeans with me to the hospital. Repeat: I thought I would wear my skinny jeans home. If you might someday give birth to a biological child, know this: You will still look pregnant. And you might not get back to your OG body for another year! Or ever! Who cares! You made life!
And on that note, best beauty tool:
A healthy sense of humor about it all. Bodies change. Trends change. Hair grows back. Do what feels like you, skip the rest, enjoy the ride. That’s beautiful.