Beauty Headlines

No more Mr Muscle: the activists championing body confidence for men

By Jamie Waters

Body image issues are rising fast among men. But positivity campaigners are raising the profile of men of all shapes and sizes

Back in 2013, Kelvin Davis was shopping for a red blazer in his home town of Columbia, South Carolina, when he was publicly body shamed. The school teacher, who is 5ft 10in and wears 38in waist trousers, had not previously been concerned about his frame. “The tipping point was when the sales assistant told me I was too big to shop there,” he says, adding it was made worse by the fact that others overheard. “I felt very insecure and didn’t know how to deal with that.”

So he turned online, launching his blog, Notoriously Dapper. Davis felt overlooked by the fashion industry, because of his size and colour. The blog enabled him to delight in fashion, talk about his body and interact with other guys who felt vulnerable. People were initially puzzled – “They’d say: what’s a men’s body-positivity blog?” recalls Davis – but, in time, his loud shirts and sunny outlook attracted a loyal following. He now has 15,000 blog subscribers and more than 92,000 Instagram followers – and has modelled for brands including Gap.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/25/no-more-mr-muscle-the-activists-raising-body-confidence-for-men

      

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Instagram row over plus-size model forces change to nudity policy

By Nosheen Iqbal

Facebook amends code after deletion of black users’ photos sparks outrage

As campaigning victories go, forcing Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire to admit a discriminatory flaw in its policy is no small feat.

But following a campaign launched in this paper, the Observer can exclusively reveal that Instagram and its parent company Facebook will be updating its policy on nudity in order to help end discrimination of black women on its platforms and ensure all body types are treated fairly.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/oct/25/instagram-row-over-plus-size-model-forces-change-to-nudity-policy

      

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How TikTok is proving beauty is more than skin deep

By Alice Fisher

Social media smarts and a sense of humour are highly profitable for a new breed of ‘skinfluencer’

He grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona before moving to New York to work on a department store makeup counter. Now at just 24, despite having no formal dermatology qualifications, Hyram Yarbro is a skincare guru to millions worldwide.

Yarbro is one of a new breed of superstar social media “skinfluencers” who have gained popularity during lockdown – especially on TikTok – and are changing what we buy and why.

Lockdown affected grooming routines, with a shift to skincare from make-up and perfume. It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s tried to book a salon appointment since March that home-treatment sales are up, with teeth-whitening products up 180% and hair-dye sales six times higher than last year.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/oct/25/how-tiktok-is-proving-beauty-is-more-than-skin-deep

      

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For Halloween match dark lips with facial glow | Funmi Fetto

By Funmi Fetto

If you want a look that’s glowy without being ghostly, try dark eyeliner and moody lips. Plus, a great yet affordable cleanser

In the run-up to Halloween, you’ll see a lot of impractical makeup options. While I accept pragmatism isn’t at the top of Halloween’s cosmetic agenda, if you’d rather something less terrifying, try Rodarte’s AW20 look. The trick is to juxtapose brooding lips with a glowy – not ghostly – face. Mimic skin by mixing in a bit of foundation with moisturiser. Apply subtle hints of highlighter to your cheekbones, add a dark eyeliner and finish off with a moody lip.

1. Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick £30, dior.com
2. Dolce & Gabbana Passion Lips Lipstick £36, harrods.com
3. Laura Mercier Caviar Intense Ink Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner £22, feelunique.com
4. Westman Atelier Super Loaded Highlight £69, net-a-porter.com
5. Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick £26, guerlain.com

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/25/for-a-great-halloween-look-match-dark-lips-with-facial-glow-plus-affordable-cleanser

      

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Guide to puffer coats and jackets - in pictures

By Jo Jones and Helen Seamons

Lightweight and functional, cool and cosy, a puffer is perfect for layering, or for making a fashion statement on its own. Many of the current crop make a bid to add environmentally conscious to the mix, too

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2020/oct/24/guide-to-puffer-coats-and-jackets-in-pictures

      

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The best new sustainable razors | Sali Hughes

By Sali Hughes

These independent disruptor brands deliver quality, environmentally kind shaving products – for men or women

There’s a good chance that you have bought something from a disruptor by now. You know the sort of thing: a mattress that came, not on a lorry from a department store, but rolled up in a box from a website selling nothing else. Maybe you no longer buy your laundry detergent from Asda, but in pods that are delivered each month, through your letterbox, while you take an exercise class on the Peloton app instead of joining a gym. These are companies using the internet to challenge the way we shop for everyday goods and services – and now they’ve gone and disrupted my legs.

But let me first say that I am made angry by razors. They are ugly, plasticky, environmentally unhelpful and make the shower look messy. And the privilege of owning one – or at least, a perennially sharp one – seems, to me, to be extortionately expensive. Enter Estrid, my new favourite thing.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/oct/24/the-best-new-sustainable-razors

      

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Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful review – not-so fawning fashion doc

By Cath Clarke

Director Gero von Boehm’s fascinating film includes the famed fashion photographer’s muses but also asks questions about his misogynist images

The intelligence and even-handedness of this documentary about the provocative fashion photographer Helmut Newton makes a change from the fawning tone you get in a lot of fashion films. It’s a flattering “authorised” portrait, featuring interviews with famous Newton muses Charlotte Rampling, Grace Jones and Claudia Schiffer. But director Gero von Boehm deserves points for not ignoring the “porno chic” controversy surrounding his more extreme fetishistic images of naked women. There’s a brilliant clip of Newton appearing as a guest on French TV alongside Susan Sontag, who accuses him to his face of being a misogynist.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/23/helmut-newton-the-bad-and-the-beautiful-review

      

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American Apparel 'used fake comments to fuel founder's bad boy image'

By Priya Elan Deputy fashion editor

Ex-worker tells documentary series staff would post on articles about Dov Charney

A documentary series has revealed how American Apparel helped fuel its founder’s bad boy mythology in order to bolster interest in the clothing company online.

In the nine-part Big Rad Wolf, a former employee reveals she would leave approved fake comments under salacious articles about Dov Charney on celebrity media blogs such as Gawker and Jezebel, in order to manufacture his reputation as predatory.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/oct/23/american-apparel-used-fake-comments-fuel-founder-bad-boy-image-dov-charney

      

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How to wear a statement cardigan | Priya Elan

By Priya Elan

Comfort and standout style rolled into one: I give you the ‘jazzigan’

Last time I wrote about the cardigan, I concentrated on its journey from cosy to cool, but over lockdown it has become almost a statement piece. In many ways, it is the perfect clothing item for now. Just think about the ease of slipping it over a T-shirt that has been worn for too many days, or the way it lifts your look, even when that look involves sweat pants and flip-flops.

The psychology of the cardie seems pretty simple: I feel as if I am being cradled, held by non-judgmental arms of support, swaddled like a baby. This seems to be a lot of what comfort dressing is about: when you wake up and it’s another day of restricted mundanity, your clothes become some sort of armour. (In the early days of lockdown, I’d only leave the house wearing a mask and a Yoko Ono style pair of sunglasses making me feel protected from all unknowables, but pretty unapproachable, too.)

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/oct/23/how-to-wear-a-statement-cardigan

      

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Wash your mask daily: the ultimate guide to face coverings

By Linda Geddes Science correspondent

Experts explain the best way to wash masks, how to handle them – and how to prevent ‘maskne’

We hook them on to our faces, laugh, sneeze and sputter into them, then crumple them into our bags or pockets only to retrieve them and do it all again. Yet despite official advice that we should be wearing a fresh face covering each time we enter an enclosed public space, a YouGov poll revealed many people are going several wears between washes – and 15% of Brits don’t wash their reusable masks at all. Similarly, more than half of those opting for disposable masks are rewearing them – 7% of them indefinitely so.

Face coverings are designed to catch the respiratory droplets we emit from our mouths and noses, but given that they’re our own respiratory droplets, is this really so bad? We examine the evidence.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/23/masks-ultimate-guide-wearing-storing-cleaning-coronavirus

      

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Pink emerges as 2020's colour of political protest

By Priya Elan

Just as ‘Vote’ has become the fashion slogan of the season, pink has been reframed as the colour of activism

“Political pink” has become the colour of activism in the US, as a pivotal election approaches next month.

This week, celebrities including Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer and Zoe Saldana posted selfies on Instagram of themselves wearing pink pantsuits. The outfits are part of a collection which benefits Supermajority, an advocacy group set up by members of Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter and the National Domestic Workers alliance, which encourages women into political action.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/oct/21/pink-emerges-as-2020s-colour-of-political-protest

      

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He bangs: why men are getting fringes again

By Priya Elan

From Justin Bieber to BTS, the ‘cherubim’ haircut has been gaining popularity and signals a new era of haircare for men

Fringes are back. And this time they’re just for men, who’ve been growing their hair out since getting a buzzcut at the beginning of lockdown.

The male “bangs” – wavy on the top and feathered at the ends – has been brought back by Justin Bieber who appeared sporting the cut on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/oct/21/he-bangs-why-men-are-going-back-to-fringes

      

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Kim Kardashian West at 40: how the queen of social media changed the world

By Morwenna Ferrier

By exchanging her privacy for eyewatering wealth, Kardashian West defines our time like no one else. Now, she has dialled back the nudity, presented a family-oriented image – and even appealed to Donald Trump’s compassionate side

In the early hours of 3 October 2016, shortly before her 36th birthday, Kim Kardashian West found herself with a gun to her head, tied up in a rented apartment in Paris, begging for her life.

Over the previous few days, Kardashian West had posted 15 images on Instagram documenting her trip to Paris fashion week, including a selfie showing off a $4m diamond ring on her finger. The thieves took off with more than $9m worth of her jewellery.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/21/kim-kardashian-west-at-40-how-the-queen-of-social-media-changed-the-world

      

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Bootylicious: the unexpected return of the wellington boot

By Lauren Cochrane

Practical but stylish, wellies have been embraced by Versace, Kate Middleton and Timothée Chalamet and are a key component of the ‘cottagecore’ trend

Forget stilettos. Thanks to the pandemic’s effect on lifestyles, fashion-conscious consumers may finally be seeing the benefit of practical footwear. Wellies – worn by toddlers, dog walkers and festival-goers – are now the choice of the stylish, too.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/oct/20/bootylicious-the-unexpected-return-of-the-wellington-boot

      

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Why finding your favourite fragrance will make you feel better

By Nick Carvell

Our sense of smell is crucial to survival – so wearing the right perfume could be more important than you think

Earlier this year I was asked to give a lecture to a group of fashion journalism students at Condé Nast College – an event that was swiftly moved online thanks to the pandemic. It goes without saying that giving a lecture to a group of students looking back at you from a Zoom grid is no less intimidating than doing it in real life, so as I got ready for the event, I did all the things I could to pump up my confidence: I slipped on my favourite denim shirt, I slicked back my increasingly shaggy lockdown hair and, finally, I sprayed on one of my all-time favourite scents – Hermès Eau de Néroli Doré, a zingy, energizing citrus number with a grown-up saffron afterglow.

Of course, there was a bit of muscle memory here from a grooming routine pre-pandemic. I have always worn fragrance before going out to meet people, especially those I want to feel my most confident and professional around. But spraying it on for a virtual meeting when no-one else was there, confirmed something: all along I’ve been wearing scent for me, not for them. As lockdown progressed, fragrance became more important to me. Trapped indoors, scent offered not only an escape for my brain, but an organisational project that was long overdue – I had to build a “fragrance wardrobe”.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/18/why-finding-your-favourite-fragrance-will-make-you-feel-better

      

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Bohemian rhapsody: designer Alice Temperley’s whimsical Somerset home

By Genevieve Fox

Alice Temperley’s designs are filled with colour and romance – just like her historic house

Back in the spring, fashion designer Alice Temperley was scouring online marketplace Preloved for vintage fabric and ended up in the pet section. “Within an hour, I had driven five miles up the road and come home with a house rabbit. Florence is an amazing character, either very rampant or very cuddly. She lives under the piano in the sitting room, where we all hang out.”

“We” is Temperley and Fox, her 11-year-old son, any chickens who “just come into the house when they feel like it” and of course Florence. The four llamas live outside. “They’ve always got their heads just slightly over the garden wall.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/18/bohemian-rhapsody-designer-alice-temperleys-whimsical-somerset-home

      

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