New York Fashion Week has arrived and melanin is in full effect. From Janelle Monae's electric performance at Ralph Lauren's Fall 2019 show and the Zendaya x Tommy Hilfiger collab at The Apollo, to the colorful creatives and spectators who lined the streets of New York this past week, fearless Black fashionistas set the city on fire with style and beauty trends that we'll be rocking all damn season.
Among the celebrities spotted at NYFW this year was our favorite Canadian-Jamaican supermodel and certified baddie, Winnie Harlow. The now 25-year old model made her debut on the catwalk in 2014 after being handpicked by Tyra Banks to participate as a contestant on the 21st season of America's Next Top Model and has since made her mark in the industry as a trailblazer, collaborating with industry giants like KKW Beauty, Steve Madden, and Victoria's Secret.
Our melanin is as beautiful as it is complicated, which is especially true for Winnie, who was diagnosed with vitiligo at only four years old. After enduring years of teasing and name calling, the model finally found her own light and makes it a point to continuously bless the industry with her glow.
Winnie recently sat down with Vogue and gave up all the details on how to slay the evening like a supermodel, including but not limited to the beauty tips and makeup products that kept her camera-ready all week long. While Winnie says she can whip up a mean beat any day of the week, the model shared that Fashion Week can make her beauty routine especially difficult. In the video, she explained:
"I really feel like my skin breaks out the most around Fashion Week. Um, and that's because of course, we have to create looks, we gotta do runway and all that and your skin isn't made for makeup. But prep the skin and prepare it for war pretty much is what I like to think of it as."
She also dropped this piece of advice for ladies, like myself, who have spent a lot of time, energy, and phone data searching for the perfect foundation: stop it, sis. According to Winnie, two is always better than one, and that's also her motto when it comes to choosing a foundation that matches her skin tone effortlessly.
"I feel like everyone has a really high expectation for foundations and makeup brands. I feel like makeup brands today are doing a really good job, but I don't think it's like super possible to put one shade on your face and just be like, it's perfect."
Using a combination of products from her latest collaboration with KKW Beauty and other cult favorites, Winnie gave us the recipe for the perfect beat and we have all of the ingredients.
For a better glimpse into Winnie's beauty routine for Fashion Week, scroll below:
DIY Makuka Honey + Aztec Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar Mask
"I tend to use my Clarisonic like every other day. I don't want to over-exfoliate my skin. So now I'm going to go in with a mask and I like to do this mask twice a month. I kind of eyeball it whenever I mix this mask. My goal is to create a paste-like consistency like this, so it doesn't drip everywhere because apple cider vinegar stinks."
"We're out [of this], but I have enough for today and I feel like I really like using a night cream in the day because I don't use like an eye cream or anything like that."
"I'm going to go on top with my magic weapon, this Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot, and it's kind of like a concealer but not, I feel like this is like professional feeder makeup-type consistency. So I'm going to take a brush that looks kind of like a cat's paw to get a whole lot of product on here and I'm going to go ahead and dab that on top. I use this because I really want the makeup to stay."
"I had this amazing idea and I brought it to Kim and she was so excited that she was like, 'You know what? Let's hold off on that idea because it's gonna take a really long with production, everything. I'm so excited to work with you. I just want to like work on something right now that like we can get out this year.' And I was like, 'Ah, amazing. Perfect. I like that. Let's do that.' So she was like, 'Cool, let's, let's figure out what you want to create. What do you want to do?' And I was like, 'I really want to do an eye palette.' So Kim and I collaborated. I think we did really well on this palette."
"Now I'm going to warm up my skin with this mineralized skin finish who I also like to warm up with this Fenty Beauty Caramel Cutie."
KKW Beauty x Winnie Highlighter Duo ($26)
"I wanted to be chocolate girl-friendly. So I made this beautiful golden bronzy highlight and this like iridescent, almost pink. And then I'm going to go in with that top shade and I'm going to highlight my nose."
"So for my signature lip, I either use 'Chestnut' by Mac or I use 'Foxy Brown' by Charlotte Tilbury."
"Then I take this Charlotte Tilbury's super pigmented gloss, and I used this. I'll either use this or it lipstick, but I use this to kind of blend the color of the liner into my lips while kind of creating this gradient."
"So last but not least, mascara. When comes it to putting mascara on your top lash, when you have lashes on, it's more important to get them on your actual lashes so then you can blend them in with your falsies."
The Finished Product
Check out the full video below!
Winnie Harlow's Afterparty Beauty Look — Just in Time for Fashion Week | Beauty Secrets | Voguewww.youtube.com
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Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
1) Go Easy On the Rough Brushing: Brushing your teeth is and always will be priority number one in the oral hygiene department. No surprises there! However, there is such a thing as applying too much pressure when brushing…and that can lead to problems over time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in smooth, circular motions. It may seem counterintuitive, but a gentle approach to brushing is the most effective way to clean those pearly whites without wearing away enamel and exposing sensitive areas of the teeth.
2) Use A Desensitizing Toothpaste: As everyone knows, mouth pain can be highly uncomfortable; but tooth sensitivity is a whole different beast. Hot weather favorites like ice cream and popsicles have the ability to trigger tooth sensitivity, which might make you want to stay away from icy foods altogether. But as always, prevention is the best medicine here. Switching to a toothpaste like Sensodyne’s Sensitivity & Gum toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth will help build a protective layer over sensitive areas of the tooth. Over time, those sharp sensations that occur with extremely cold foods will subside, and you’ll be back to treating yourself to your icy faves like this one!
3) Floss, Rinse, Brush. (And In That Order!): Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you do, but how you do it”? Well, the same thing applies to taking care of your teeth. Even if you are flossing and brushing religiously, you could be missing out on some of the benefits simply because you aren’t doing so in the right order. Flossing is best to do before brushing because it removes food particles and plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. After a proper flossing sesh, it is important to rinse out your mouth with water after. Finally, you can whip out your toothbrush and get to brushing. Though many of us commonly rinse with water after brushing to remove excess toothpaste, it may not be the best thing for our teeth. That’s because fluoride, the active ingredient in toothpaste that protects your enamel, works best when it gets to sit on the teeth and continue working its magic. Rinsing with water after brushing doesn’t let the toothpaste go to work like it really can. Changing up your order may take some getting used to, but over time, you’ll see the difference.
4) Stay Hydrated: Upping your water supply is a no-fail way to level up your health overall, and your teeth are no exception to this rule. Drinking water not only helps maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth, but it also washes away residue and acids that can cause enamel erosion. It also helps you steer clear of dry mouth, which is a gateway to bad breath. And who needs that?
5) Show Your Gums Some Love: When it comes to improving your smile, you may be laser-focused on getting your teeth whiter, straighter, and overall healthier. Rightfully so, as these are all attributes of a megawatt smile; but you certainly don’t want to leave gum health out of the equation. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Seeing blood while brushing and flossing is a tell-tale sign that your gums are suffering. You may also experience gum recession — a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. Brushing at least twice a day with a gum-protecting toothpaste like Sensodyne Sensitivity and Gum, coupled with regular dentist visits, will keep your gums shining as bright as those pearly whites.
There’s nothing quite as humbling as navigating adulthood with no instruction manual. Since the turn of the decade, it seems like everything in our society that could go wrong has, inevitably, gone wrong. From the global pandemic, our crippling student debt problem, the loneliness crisis, layoffs, global warming, recession, and not to mention figuring out what to eat for dinner every night. This constant state of uncertainty has many of us wondering, when are the grown-ups coming to fix all of this?
But the catch is, we are the new grown-ups.
As if it happened without our permission, we became the new adults. We are the members of society who are paying taxes, having children, getting married, and keeping our communities afloat, one iced latte at a time. Still, there’s something about doing all these grown-up duties that feel unnaturally grown-up. Enter the #teenagegirlinher20s.
If there’s one hashtag to give you the state of the next cohort of adults, it’s this one. Of the videos that have garnered over 3.9M views, you’ll find a collection of users who are overwhelmed by life’s pressing existential responsibilities, clung to nostalgia, and reminiscent of the days when their mom and dad took care of their insurance plans.
no like i cant explain to her why i had to buy multiple tank air dupes from aritzia #teenagegirlinher20s #fyp
The concept of being a 20-something or 30-something teenager is linked to the sentiment of not feeling “grown up enough” to do grown-up things while feeling underprepared and even nihilistic about whether that preparation even matters.
It’s our generation’s version of when we ask our grandmothers how old they are and they simply reply with, “I still feel 45,” all while being every bit of 76 years old. In this, we share a warped concept of time while clinging to a desire for infantilization.
Granted, the pandemic did a number on our concept of time. Many of us who started the pandemic in our early or mid-20s missed out on three fundamental years of socialization, career development, and personal milestones that traditionally help to mark our growth.
Our time to figure out and plan our next steps through fumbling yet active participation was put on pause indefinitely and then resumed provisionally. This in turn has left many of us hanging in the balance of uncertainty as we try to make sense of the disconnect between our minds and bodies in this missing gap of time.
Because we’re all still figuring out what the ramifications of being locked away and frozen in time by a global pandemic will have on us as a society, there really is no “right” way of making up for lost time. Feeling unprepared for any new chapter of life is a natural rite of passage, pandemic or not. However, it’s important to not stay stuck in the last age or period of life that made sense to us because self-growth is the truest evidence of personal progress.
So whether you’re leaning on your inner child, teenager, or 20-something for guidance as you fill the gap between your real age and pandemic age, know that it’s okay to grieve the person you thought you would be and the milestones you thought you’d hit before you ever knew what a pandemic was. If there’s anything that the pandemic taught us, it’s that we have the power to reimagine a better world and life for ourselves. And if we tap into our inner teenager as a compass, we can piece together our next chapter with a fresh outlook.
Sure, we’ve lost a couple of years, but there are still some really amazing ones ahead.
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