Gold Highlighter Looks Amazing on Literally Everyone

Highlighter has lived a life. What came into this world as a subtle way to draw attention to your cheekbones has gone through countless different incarnations. Colors, textures, finishes—any variable that beauty brands could switch up, over the past few years, they most certainly have.

So when gold shades started being featured more prominently alongside a wave of gemstone-colored highlighters, at first they seemed like a flash in the pan. Give or take a few months, and golden shades are everywhere. Fenty, naturally, paved the way with its gilded shade Trophy Wife, a yellow-gold made to suit every skin tone. NYX’s Born to Glow imparts a gorgeous, super-intense shimmer. Even brands that excel at shimmery champagnes and peaches, like Becca—who, alongside Anastasia Beverly Hills, has cornered the market on all things glow—are welcoming the color to the stable.

Dip a finger into one, and you get it. The color sparkles on medium and dark skin tones, and warms up paler ones like golden hour light, despite looking intimidatingly extra in the pan.

To prove just how wearable the shade really is, we had five Glamour staffers—with varying degrees of highlighter prowess—detail their thoughts on wearing the Midas of highlighters: Becca’s new Gold Lava shade. Read on for their honest thoughts.

“For every day, I usually prefer a natural highlight that’s more lit-from-within than sparkly. But if I’m going out or taking pictures, I love something shimmery. This looked like a little much for me everyday, but it’s super pretty. I didn’t love the gold right when I applied it, but by end of day, it settled down into a really pretty soft glow. It’s fun. I’d definitely wear it for a night out.” —Bella Cacciatore, beauty assistant

“I like this because it looks champagne-y, and not just gold—and it fits my neutral, olive skin really well. It glides smoothly on, without any flaking or fall-out, and it stays on well—I usually have to use a cream and a powder. This is so vibrant, it’s good on its own.” —Azadeh Valanejad, video producer

“I’m surprised by how much I like this. It looks like a little shimmer on, and it goes well with my bronzer, which is key to sustaining my summer glow for the colder months. I originally thought the gold color would be too much and I’d only be able to wear it if I were going out, but I’d definitely wear it everyday. It’s a lot more subtle than I imagined.” —Tara Gonzalez, commerce editor

“As someone with a medium to dark skin tone, this highlighter is one of my go-to shades. A little definitely goes a long way, but it layers nicely. I have other highlighters in a similar color, and the more pigment you add, the more texture it usually adds to your skin. This didn’t do that.” —Khaliha Hawkins, digital administrative assistant

“This surprised me. I love the wide world of highlight colors, but usually reach for the cool, pearly tones that play up my skin (when you’re my level of pale, anything darker than champagne reads very apparent). This gold is everything, though. Instead of reading metallic, Becca’s highlight masters figured out how to reach this sunny, shimmery tone—it’s like if highlighter and bronzer had a baby. It’s the product equivalent of Gisele.” —Rachel Nussbaum, beauty writer

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Gold Lava, $38, sephora.com

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Time’s Up Announces Lisa Borders As Its First-Ever President And CEO

The Time’s Up initiative, launched by women in the entertainment industry to end sexual harassment and gender inequality, has found its first-ever president and CEO. Lisa Borders, who has been leading the WNBA since 2016, will step down from her current position and begin her role at Time’s Up on November 1.

Borders has more than 30 years of experience in operations, marketing, public service and more. She previously served as vice president of global community affairs at Coca-Cola and was the chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation. Her extensive resumé even touches government relations, as she was the former Vice Mayor of Atlanta under Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration. Borders will be in charge of guiding the direction of Time’s Up, which in just nine months has gone from a movement born out of solidarity among women in Hollywood to a full-fledged organization promoting women’s rights and equal opportunities across industries.

“Time’s Up is both a natural extension and a bold advancement of the work I have been doing for the last four decades,” Borders said in a press release. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to combine my experience working across all three sectors, as real, systemic change will require collaboration from each of these arenas. To disrupt and reinvent the ingrained status quo, we will need all hands-on deck to create and sustain enduring change. I’m thrilled to lead TIME’S UP and I am convinced that together, we will shift the paradigm of workplace culture.”

Time’s Up gained national attention following the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Harvey Weinstein, and it’s since had the backing of high-profile celebrities and industry leaders, including Oprah, Emma Watson, and Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes actually formed part of the search committee to find a president, and praised Borders’ work in a statement.

“The pursuit of safe, dignified and equal treatment in the workplace as a solution to the abuse of power is a mission that can be fulfilled. With Lisa’s skills and leadership, Time’s Up is now in the best position to achieve what we all started – to create a more positive future for workplace culture and a more powerful network for working women of all kinds,” Rhimes said.

During her time as president of the WNBA, Borders is credited with helping to increase television viewership and attendance. The WNBA has announced that a search for a new league president will start immediately.

In addition to drafting an action plan and launching a legal defense fund with the National Women’s Law Center, which received more than $13 million in initial donations, Time’s Up has also used its platform to call out other instances of misconduct in Hollywood. Last month, Time’s Up wrote an open letter to CBS and urged the network to do more for women in the wake of the misconduct allegations against its former CEO Les Moonves.

In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Borders acknowledged the ambitious goals of Time’s Up, which come at the height of the Me Too era.

“I expect it will be more intense,” she said. “The iron is hot.”

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10 Ways to Support the Women in Your Life

I was genetically bred to be an unruly woman. I was raised in Los Angeles by a Jewish, French Moroccan father and a Serbian mother in a Brady Bunch family of strong female figures—four sisters, two stepmothers, three godmothers, and a mom who dedicated her life to bringing up independent daughters. These were all women I aspired to become—ones who co-existed despite marriages, divorces and different backgrounds; who supported one another unconditionally, and taught me that being soft-spoken was not an option. Not at our dinner table.

When I was two, my parents enrolled me in ballet, which I stuck with until the age of 18. I practiced after school and on weekends, toured every summer and performed as often as I could. Being a ballerina was like living in a state of constant adversity. I woke up every day and dressed to blend in with my class—pink tights, black leotard, hair in a tight bun — but then dance under the immense pressure to outshine. I worked as hard as a professional athlete but was expected to appear delicate and feminine–frail even. As a young woman, I was trained to demand attention and never question my place as a woman at center stage.

Today, I live with that same demand for the world’s attention because there is no space I will ever accept less for women than center stage. All the opportunities in the world are ours for the taking and ours to be shared. I’ve made it my mission to be an ally to the women in this generation and to and create a community grounded in supporting one another. Because I’ve learned that being a feminist isn’t so much about your own voice, but how you use your stage to encourage and support other women to find theirs. Here are some of my favorite ways to do this:

Show up for women, physically and emotionally. Whether it’s sending your girls a daily text to check in, being a shoulder to cry on, calling your mother, supporting female-founded companies, or smiling at a woman on the street, be an advocate in any and every way.

Create environments for women to take up space. In my experience of hosting panels, events, talks, interviews, or a girls’ night, there’s nothing more gratifying than watching women thrive in an environment where they feel able to be themselves and use their voice.

Be transparent with each other. Be open about jobs, salaries, relationships, sex life, hardships, successes, Botox, everything. Secrecy breeds jealousy because the unknown makes us insecure. By having these conversations with each other, we empower our experiences, good or bad, and create a foundation of shared experiences that make us feel supported rather than alienated.

Collaborate, don’t compete. Competition thrives on insecurities. Identify those women you feel you’re sitting across the table from and sit next to them. Find a common ground. Wanting women to succeed without jealousy is the definition of grace.

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Strive to say more than ‘You look pretty’. Remind the women in your life that the space they take up in your life and the world is not dependent on physical attributes.

Never miss an opportunity to facilitate moments of learning between men and women. It’s easy to fall victim to stereotypes by saying a man is “just being an asshole” or “men will be men” when helping women to cope with gender issues, whether it’s in the bedroom, the boardroom, or beyond. Be an active ally for both genders by advocating accountability and a level playing field.

Hire women, train women, mentor women. Be the vehicle that turns a young woman with big dreams into the badass women she is destined to be.

Carry lipstick, Tylenol or Aspirin and Tampons, always. Save a sister, make a new friend!

Step up to the spotlight. Not just as an example for others but for yourself. Take every opportunity, challenge and risk that comes your way without questioning your worth, ability or place as a woman. And once you find your light, don’t be afraid to be a little unruly.

© Olivia Perez 2018

From “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies)”, curated by Scarlett Curtis, to be published in the United States by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

All rights reserved.

Watch Alessia Cara Review Her First YouTube Covers

Alessia Cara is one of the brightest new stars in music right now, but it took her years of hard work to get there. That hard work, more times than not, took place in the form of making and uploading YouTube cover videos.

Yes, like Justin Bieber before her, Cara was discovered on YouTube after posting several clips that showed off her impressive pipes. YouTube fame quickly turned into a full-fledged pop career: Cara released her first album, Know-It-All, in 2015, and she has a second one on the way. Her song with Zedd, “Stay,” was one of the most popular songs of 2017, reaching number seven on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Oh! And let’s not forget the fact she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2018. All of this stemmed from the groundwork she laid down on YouTube, dating as far back as 2011.

In many ways, these videos are like Cara’s yearbook photos, so she doesn’t revisit them often. That’s where we came in: Cara stopped by Glamour‘s office a few weeks ago, and we had her watch her old YouTube covers and give us some backstories. No surprise: She cringed several times.

“I hate this,” Cara said about her first cover video from 2011, in which she sang “Price Tag” by Jessie J. “I hate it so much! I’m playing the guitar 20 times louder than my voice. I’m just, like, strumming and screaming over the guitar.”

Watch Cara watch more of her own covers in the video, above.

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The Best Hand Lotion for Dry Hands, According to Surgeons

Asking a beauty professional—whether it’s a celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist, or Instagram influencer (hi, 2018)—for advice is always a safe bet. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find there are plenty of other women out there who are legitimate authorities in their own right. In our new column, Unlikely Experts, they’ll give real reviews and recommendations. Whether it’s surfers on the best conditioners, bikers on the best cleansers, or ballerinas on the best foot creams, it’s fair to say these women know best.

If you ask a room full of surgeons—regardless of their specialty or status—what their most important tool is, there’s a good chance each and every one will tell you it’s their hands. And how could they not be? Their hands are behind every incision, stitch, and decision they make, so it only makes sense that surgeons would know all that there is to know about keeping them in good shape.

“Surgeons are battlefield experts in hand care because, whether we want to be or not, frequent hand washing, dryness, chapped joints, and need for full function are real parts of our lives,” says New York City surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan. “I wash my hands hundreds of times a week—sometimes more than 50 times a day—so I’m always thinking about how to best take care of them.”

Considering the average person isn’t performing dozens of surgeries a day, we figured any hand cream a surgeon swears by is good enough for the rest of us. From drugstore favorites to luxury treatments, check out their recommendations on the best hand lotions and creams ahead.

Demi Lovato Is Working ‘Really Hard On Her Sobriety,’ Says Her Younger Sister

Demi Lovato’s family continues to open up about the singer’s overdose and recovery. Late last month, Demi’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, commented on her daughter’s hospitalization for an apparent overdose and how, at the time, she wasn’t sure whether or not her daughter was going to survive. Now Demi’s sister Madison De La Garza is opening up about the ordeal as well.

“Demi’s doing, she’s doing really well,” De La Garza said during an appearance on the Millennial Hollywood with Dakota T. Jones podcast, per Perez Hilton. “She’s working really hard on her sobriety and we’re all so incredibly proud of her. It’s been crazy for our family.” The young actor also acknowledged that her family has been through a lot over the years, but that they “always come out on the other side a hundred times stronger than before.”

Madison was also asked what she plans on doing with Demi when she leaves the rehab facility where she’s receiving treatment. “I guess I’m really excited to…I mean there’s so many little things,” she said. “It sounds so small, but go to Menchie’s [Frozen Yogurt]. Honestly, I’m more of a Pinkberry person, but she likes Menchie’s, so we, like, we usually go there.”

There doesn’t yet seem to be a timetable for Demi’s release from the treatment facility, but according to her mom, she’s on the road to recovery. “She’s happy. She’s healthy. She’s working on her sobriety, and she’s getting the help she needs,” Dianna said last month. “And that, in itself, encourages me about her future and about the future of our family.”

You can listen to Madison’s full podcast appearance below, and skip to the 41:37 mark to hear her speak about her sister Demi.

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Kate Middleton Rewears Her Favorite 14-Year-Old Boots

Kate Middleton had her first official royal engagement since the birth of Prince Louis today, October 2, visiting the Sayers Croft Trust’s Forest School and Wildlife Garden in Surrey. For the outdoor event, she kept her look casual with slim-fitting pants, a sweater, and a jacket. The Duchess of Cambridge did, however, bring back one familiar (and beloved) item of her wardrobe for the occasion: a pair of boots that have been in her wardrobe for over a decade.

Specifically, this favorite from the Kate Middleton Archive is Penelope Chilvers’ Long Tassel Boots, which Middleton has owned since 2004, according to People. They’re that good.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Sayers Croft Forest School

PHOTO: Chris Jackson

The boots are still available for purchase on the brand’s e-comm, retailing for £475 (about $617.)

Middleton was last photographed wearing the Penelope Chilvers boots in November 2017 when she visited a school in southwest London.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Robin Hood Primary School

PHOTO: Neil Mockford

Before that the Duchess would normally bring them out for her travels. In 2016, she wore them on two different overseas trips—first, to the Himalayas…

The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Visit India & Bhutan - Day 6

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…and then while on a royal tour of Canada.

2016 Royal Tour To Canada Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge - Bella Bella And Victoria, British Columbia

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Middleton was first photographed in her Penelope Chilvers boots in 2004 at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire.

Kate Middleton at Game Fair, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, Britain - Aug 2004

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“It’s great to see the Duchess wearing the first boots we made for her in 2004—10 years on,” Chilvers told People in 2016 after she wore them on her travels that year. “The boots only get better with age. She looks fabulous in them.” Not a bad endorsement.

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Prince Harry Reportedly Had an Awkward Encounter With an Ex—and Meghan Markle Was There

Before he met Meghan Markle and became a one-woman man, Prince Harry was something of a prolific dater. So, it only makes sense that he would eventually run into one of his exes with Markle in tow. In fact, one such encounter occurred over the weekend, during Prince Harry and Markle’s whirlwind trip to Amsterdam. Luckily for us, Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl has a report that details the awkwardness that unfolded.

According to the report, Markle and Prince Harry were attending the opening of the new Amsterdam Soho House, where Harry’s ex, actress Jenna Coleman, also happened to be. One eye witness said that “Harry had to walk straight past Jenna to get to his and Meghan’s table,” and added that other guests were commenting on the “pretty awkward,” situation.

“Jenna looked down while Harry looked straight ahead, while Meghan didn’t seem to notice,” the guest added. “She sat through breakfast with a smile on her face, but Harry looked a bit uncomfortable. He’d been super friendly saying hi to everyone, but he didn’t even acknowledge Jenna.”

Considering the nature of his rumored relationship with Coleman, we’re not exactly sure why Prince Harry seemed so flustered. According to Us Weekly, they only ever dated casually in 2015 because of their busy schedules. At the time, Coleman was also reportedly being wooed by her Victoria costar, actor Tom Hughes, whom she is currently dating. In fact, Coleman attended the Soho House event with Hughes, which is perhaps what got Harry all flustered in the first place. Of course, Markle handled the situation with the same dignity that has come to define her first year as one of the most popular members of the royal family.

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5 Fashion Editor-Approved Trends to Shop for Fall 2018

The Fashion Week hoopla has wrapped, which means two things: We have six months to brainstorm how to incorporate a lot more yellow into our Spring 2019 wardrobes, and we now know which Fall 2018 runway trends actually translate IRL thanks to street style. Every season, this stylish set swarms around a handful of “it” items from the collections just hitting retail, which sets off a sort of chain reaction: They’re photographed in those pieces, those images make their way around the Internet, people start inquiring about said pieces, and the market is suddenly overwhelmed with them and their lookalikes. You don’t have to wait long to cop the biggest trends for this season—many of the street-style crowd’s picks are already available for purchase (and budget-friendly.)

Ahead, we highlight five major trends for Fall 2018 that are fashion person-approved and that you can buy right now for under $100.

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First Lady Melania Trump Goes Solo in Africa. But What’s She Actually up To?

Melania Trump just launched her solo career.

The first lady has maintained a lower profile than many of her recent predecessors at the White House. But this week, Mrs. Trump headed to Africa on her first major international trip without her husband since the start of his presidency.

She arrived Tuesday morning in Ghana, where she visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital to learn about the vitamin supplements received by newborns and visit the NICU, per a pool report. A photo distributed to the press showed Trump handing out baby blankets and teddy bears. Later, she was scheduled to have tea with the First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential palace.

Last week, FLOTUS previewed what she said she knows “will be a meaningful” upcoming journey while hosting a New York reception in honor of United Nations General Assembly attendees, including spouses of foreign heads of state and reps of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“October 1 will mark the first day of my solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa — Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt — all of which have worked alongside USAID and our partners to make great progress in overcoming some of their biggest challenges,” said Trump, who departed late Monday afternoon.

“I am so proud of the work this Administration is doing through USAID and others, and look forward to the opportunity to take the message of my Be Best campaign to many of the countries, and children, throughout Africa,” she said at the UN event. “Whether it is education, drug addiction, hunger, online safety or bullying, poverty or disease, it is too often children who are hit first, and hardest, across the globe. Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults.”

Trump tied the trip to her child-focused “Be Best” initiative, saying there are “many programs across the country that are doing great things for children, and I believe we can replicate many of these programs overseas” in concert with USAID.

U.S. first ladies traditionally dedicate themselves to a signature cause, and Trump rolled out “Be Best” in May. The wide-ranging campaign focuses on the well-being of children, with particular attention to social and emotional health, positive use of social media, and opioid addiction. FLOTUS has visited children’s hospitals, addressed a cyberbullying summit, and spoken to youth groups as part of the program, among other events.

She tweeted about the campaign on September 4: “Students – as you head #BacktoSchool, think about what you wish to accomplish this year. You have so much power in your individual voices. Will you strive to #BeBest?”

That tweet, as was the case with the “Be Best” kickoff itself, got an immediate response—many suggesting her war on nasty social media manners ought to start with her own spouse.

Natalie Gonnella-Platts, deputy director of the Women’s Initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, tells Glamour that the Africa visit could be a big learning opportunity for the first lady given the central role kids play in “Be Best.”

“If addressing the challenges that face children [is] where Mrs. Trump is really committed, this trip to Africa will really open to her eyes to how a lot of African first ladies have moved beyond traditional partners and really thought about how they can directly engage with young people,” says Gonnella-Platts, who works on the Institute’s First Ladies Initiative for women and children worldwide.

Both Gonnella-Platts and Trump have noted that FLOTUS has already hosted the first lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, at the White House. The two discussed Kenyatta’s “Beyond Zero” program to improve maternal and child health.

Among other examples Gonnella-Platts cites: Namibia’s first lady, Monica Geingos, who has turned her experience as a lawyer and private equity fund director to tackling poverty, and the work Ester Lungu of Zambia has done to combat child marriage.

“While I appreciate the interest in replicating successful domestic programs overseas, the recommendation I have for Mrs. Trump is to also consider the success that is happening right now at the local, regional, and national levels across Africa,” Gonnella-Platts says. “As [Geingos] has said, ‘Change happens when we break down silos and work together.’”

Still, it’s really up to Trump how she wants to handle a role that exists in a somewhat foggy zone between public and private life, acknowledges Gonnella-Platts.

“Our expectation in this present day is for our first ladies to be active, to be vocal, to be out there, to be engaged. And while I hope Mrs. Trump will really engage in the use of her platform and really define what she wants to see with ‘Be Best’ and really think about how she can engage local stakeholders — [and] if she doesn’t, it’s also her choice not to do so,” she says.

Mrs. Trump has already shown a will to do things her own way, and with her own optics: She doesn’t always pre-announce her public appearances (for a variety of reasons which, according to a spokeswoman, range from security considerations to avoiding attracting demonstrators). From the start of the presidency, she held firm on waiting until Barron finished his 2017 school year before moving into the White House. She’s appeared on more than a few occasions to contradict her husband in a public forum.

At the same time, she hasn’t avoided controversy—she generated buzz (and some fundraising cash for the Democrats) with a now-infamous olive jacket she wore to visit migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

“The most fascinating thing to me about Melania Trump is that she does her own thing,” says Lauren Wright, a lecturer in politics and public affairs at Princeton University.

But that doesn’t mean her husband’s critics and fans won’t weigh what this trip means for the administration overall.

First ladies are traditionally more popular with the public than their husbands, and with the president teetering at a 50 percent disapproval rating, according to the freshest Rasmussen Reports tracking figures, the commander-in-chief might not mind a little boost.

That could be particularly true just over a month out from a high-stakes midterm election and in the midst of a battle over the fate of his second Supreme Court nominee.

Wright says the first lady could use her current journey, along with appearances stateside, to soften the president’s image and frame him as “someone that cares about women, children, and people at home and all over the world facing hard times.”

She predicts the FLOTUS voyage to Africa will “probably enhance opinion of Mrs. Trump herself, but if she doesn’t engage with the media outside highly scripted interactions, and doesn’t mention her husband,” Wright said, “it is not going to change how Americans perceive him.”

Whether it does or doesn’t—and whether that is or isn’t part of Mrs. Trump’s mission abroad—will be evident in the coming days.


Celeste Katz is senior politics reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to celeste_katz@condenast.com.

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