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Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu Drops Her Skin-Care Routine

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When Harnaaz Sandhu won the title of Miss Universe last year and brought the crown back to India for the first time in 20 years, the 22-year-old knew it was just the beginning of her impact. Sandhu, who first got into acting and pageants to overcome her shyness, quickly realized she could make a real difference. “The first time I went on stage, it made me realize that this is what I want to do,” she tells Glamour. “I want to be someone bringing attention to what I’m passionate about, like menstrual equity, which is my advocacy.”

Inspired by her mother’s work as a gynecologist, Harnaaz launched a coalition for menstrual equality in India this past March. Through this program she aims to increase awareness and access to low-cost and sustainable solutions for women’s health and menstrual hygiene. “Finally, I have this platform where I can embark on my journey and do whatever that interests me on a global stage and inspire so many young people,” she says. 

Sandhu’s family roots are also a big part of her beauty routine. For skin-care, she turns to Ayurvedic solutions. “From my country, India, I truly believe in taking care of myself naturally and using less products,” she says. “I’ve always been doing that. But since I started doing pageants, I realized that I need to have good products ready when I’m taking care of my skin, and it’s really difficult for me to always apply Ayurvedic solutions. So I do have a bunch of products that I truly love.” 

To keep her sensitive skin happy and protect it from constant glam sessions, Sandhu keeps her products minimal and deeply hydrating. “My skin is very sensitive and I tend to have some dry skin during the start of winters,” she says. “Whenever I’m getting my makeup done or doing it by myself, I hope that it doesn’t lead to patchiness or dry skin during a whole day of video meetings or shooting.”

Ahead, Harnaaz shares her favorite skin-care products and go-to Ayurvedic spot treatment for Glamour‘s Drop the Routine. 

My cleanser

I have the Clinique facial cleanser that I use, and I love it. This is something that I started using during my homecoming when I went back to India to celebrate my Miss Universe win. I realized that it settles on my skin so well and takes out all the makeup or any dirt. It always leaves that hydrating impact on my skin.

My serum

I use the Lancôme Hydra Zen Glow Liquid Lightweight Moisturizer. This is something that I use even when I do not put makeup on but I want to put something on my face. It really makes my skin feel hydrated and breathable. It settles on my skin and makes it comfortable.

My moisturizer

I’m in love with the Guerlain Abeille Royale Moisturizer. I also use it as a primer for my makeup. This is something I found when I was in Indonesia. One of the makeup artists there used it. It was 4 A.M., 3 A.M. in the morning, and he used it before putting makeup on me. It was so nice that I got one while I was there. It also reminds me whenever I use it one of the former Miss Universe from India, Lara Dutta, who was crowned in 2000. She was the last Miss Universe from India. So I think it is really amazing. It’s hydrating and not that oily or dry. It has the perfect moisture for my skin. When I want day looks or natural makeup, this is what I use.

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My eye cream

I use Sunday Riley’s Tidal’s eye cream [Ed note: now discontinued]. I use it every night before sleeping and sometimes during flights. When I have 12 hours or more on a long flight, I use it and it really helps me hydrate. It even takes care of the dark circles, the puffiness under my eyes. It works like a mask for me.

My face mask

I just used one this morning because I came from Vietnam last night, so I’m still jet lagged. It is from Ranavat. The founder Michelle Ranavat is an Indian woman. It really made my skin so good. Even though I haven’t had enough water today, it was really satisfying for my skin. I’m really excited to use it for the upcoming days too.

My spot treatment

Fortunately, I don’t get breakouts. But I believe in precaution so I use some of the Indian Ayurvedic solutions. I mix milk with corn flour. Sometimes I try to put some ghee and mix it in or just apply ghee on my face. Ghee is clarified butter from India and I put it on my skin and it makes it naturally glowing.

My sunscreen

I use Live Tinted’s Hueguard. This is what I use when I know I have to go out and don’t want to use any kind of makeup product on my face but still have to protect my skin. This works like a miracle for me. I think this is the best SPF. It has SPF 30.

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My lip balm

I love Forest Essentials lip balm. My lips tend to get dry easily, so it’s very difficult. It took me years to find which one works the best for me. Even if I drink a lot of water, I still have dry lips. Since I started using this lip balm, I finally have the plump lips I want. It actually works and it’s very Ayurvedic at the same time.

My devices

I have multiple face rollers. I put one in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, or maybe a spoon, and then put it around my eyes or around my cheeks. I do it before sleeping, when I use my night cream, and in the morning before makeup.

My night cream

There’s this night cream I use and it’s actually so moisturizing that I can use it in the daytime. It’s Clinique’s. It is so good, so hydrating, and it feels like I’m getting facial. Whenever I use it on my skin, I feel refreshed. It gives me the right amount of hydration. Even if I don’t have enough time to do the other things like using tools or icing, I know I can use this.

Ariana Yaptangco is the senior beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @arianayap.




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Kate Middleton Out-Suited Prince William as They Touched Down in Boston

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“Catherine and I are delighted to be back in the United States and are extremely grateful to Governor Baker and the first lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome into Boston,” said the heir to the throne. “On this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and particularly of Boston for their many tributes paid to the late queen,” he added. “She remembered her 1976 bicentennial visit with great fondness.”

Bicentennial of what, exactly? Oh yeah, that time we ditched the monarchy! AMERICA!!!! The prince added, “To the people of Boston, thank you. I’m so grateful to you for allowing us to host the second year of the Earthshot Prize in your great city. Catherine and I can’t wait to meet many of you in the days ahead.”

The pair looked simply spiffy, both in dark suits, William wearing his over his usual shirt and tie, with Kate Middleton opting for a dark turtleneck beneath her eggplant ensemble.

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Dare I say Kate does suits even better than her husband? I also like the sparkly but not too flashy earrings, because they’re business-appropriate but also, if you met a princess, wouldn’t you want her to be wearing some jewels? I know I would. (This pair also happen to have belonged to Princess Diana, which is cool.)

Kate Middleton, please have some baked beans and tell us what you think!


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The Princess of Wales Greets Boston in a Tartan Dress

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, have touched down in Boston for their first visit stateside in eight years. And though they’ve been on U.S. soil for less than a day, Middleton has already turned out two noteworthy looks. 

The first was the smart suit she wore to deplane, which coordinated with her husband’s similarly dapper attire. The second, for a meeting with Boston’s mayor Michelle Wu and an address to the city, is a green tartan dress from Burberry, an Alexander McQueen coat, a Mulberry handbag, and Shyla London earrings. 

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The dress is not only appropriate for the festive season, but also serves as a subtle nod to St. Andrew’s Day, which honors the patron saint of Scotland. (Not coincidentally, the royal couple first met while studying at the University of St Andrews in Fife, and the princess has often worn plaid during visits to the country over the years.) The color felt especially fitting after the couple’s first official event in Boston ended with the mayor lighting the city’s landmarks green. 

The couple is in the U.S. for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony on Friday, which will honor five environmentalists selected by a council that includes Prince William and Sir David Attenborough. Addressing a gathered crowd braving the rain, William said, “Catherine and I firmly believe that we all have it in ourselves to achieve great things, and that human beings have the ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.”

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6 Winter Nail Colors to Try Now, According to the Pros

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Whether a little bit glam or a little bit goth, dark winter nail colors are always a striking signal of the season. Some match their dusk-by-five surroundings with a navy blue or a vampy Bordeaux, while others reflect a certain attitude or emotional expression. For example, a vinyl midnight manicure is a timeless classic in the fashion and music worlds. 

“I started doing my own nails and wearing black and dark blue nails when I was 12 years old,” says Desire frontwoman Megan Louise, who we caught stepping off a flight from Paris after DJing Chanel’s store reopening on Saint Honoré this week. At the time, her mother disapproved, and now, “I still think it makes me feel a bit rebellious going on 37,” says Louise. “The dark nail is your little black dress, after all.” She’s worn Chanel Le Vernis in Rhythm, a celestial blue, for as long as she can remember, and an Hermès polish in Brun Bistre that hasn’t left her mind since she stumbled on it during her European tour. “My Berlin friend Ava Vegas had it on her coffee table, and I just had to try it—the brown metallic color looks really lush and rich, the perfect combo for a moody winter look.” For nail artist Holly Falcone, who keyed NYFW shows for Sandy Liang, Batsheva, and Susan Alexandra this season, the look is a fashion staple. “A dark nail is like a great leather accessory,” says Falcone. “It’s especially chic in the winter and translates through all the different holidays and events winter can bring.” 

Then, there are the optical tricks that dark nails perform. According to New York City editorial pro Jin Soon Choi, cold weather has the potential to “render skin tones toward the cool side of the light spectrum, but some unexpected hues can enhance and bring out your skin’s natural warmth,” she says, frequenting Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nuit, a deep red, and her own Absolute Black polish for the season. “Darker colors are also always flattering to every nail shape, short or long,” says nail artist Sonya Belakhlef, who works with clients like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michaela Jae Rodriguez, and Natasha Lyonne. They point to the darkwave, Matrix-centric, and emo revival moments happening on runways and red carpets as a proof that it’s more than a seasonal shift. “Fashion is getting ‘edgier’ so dark nails have been in,” says Belakhlef. “But it’s easy to justify it in the winter!” 

Here, the pros share the winter nail colors they’re wearing and using on clients– including the onyx OPI hue that turned up at practically every award show of 2022. 

Deep Reds

“These iconic deep reds never go out of style,” says Soon. “They are the most recognized color in fashion among models and fashionistas.” As proof, at Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2023 show, nail artist Mo Qin used Essie polish in wine-red Wicked on models’s fingers and toes for the runway. “A deep, vampy red is always in for a sultry winter,” says Falcone, who notes that it’s great alone or “used for a moody French manicure.” To play off of changing temperatures, Belakhlef likes Cirque Colors polish in Rothko Red, which “changes to dark oxblood red when cold and bright crimson red when warm.”

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Désir

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nuit 1947

Essie Nail Polish in Wicked

Cirque Colors Nail Polish in Rothko Red

Absolute Blacks

Pushing red carpet ensembles to the very edge, OPI’s GelColor in Black Onyx was 2022’s award season winner. The shade was seen on Olivia Rodrigo and Addison Rae at the Grammys, Laverne Cox at the Academy Awards, Lil Nas X at the VMAs, and Lizzo at the Emmys. Falcone describes the short onyx nail as “a clean look with a slightly rebellious edge” and likes an ultra-glossy finish with a top coat like Orly’s Shining Armor quick-dry formula “so the black looks creamy and shiny, rather than dull.” Soon notes that black nails work for everyone—like a tailored suit. “They are so rich that they starkly contrast with many skin tones much like a black wardrobe does,” she says.

OPI GelColor in Black Onyx

Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in Crystal Black

JINsoon Nail Polish in Absolute Black

Ciaté Plant Pots Natural Strengthening Nail Polish in Unrestricted Glam

Midnight Blues

Navy and night-sky blues are the choice of new romantics—like Louise’s favorite Chanel polish in Rhythm, a shade the musician is unabashedly obsessed with. Belakhlef describes Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Bleu Encre as “the dark and intense blue of the receding night at the break of dawn.” And for the season, Falcone points out that “midnight blues always reflect the cold weather and are somewhat expected for winter,” she says. But in the spirit of adding a touch of heat, she pays close attention to the undertones. “I like a royal blue with a slight warm undertone to it, so the look isn’t so chilly,” adds Falcone.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish in Rhythm

Hermès Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Bleu Encre

Tenoverten Nail Color in Commerce

Glassy Evergreens

Mossy evergreen nails are what Falcone describes as “midnight greens” that look best in intensely pigmented shades with a glassy finish. (Interestingly, Mignights queen Taylor Swift has been wearing the hue on and off stage for years). “Midnight greens are perfect for the cold weather,” she says. “It’s actually really earthy, like the forest outside a winter cabin.” For wet-look shine, Orly’s Glosser topcoat creates a protective barrier with a salon finish at home. 

Static Nails Liquid Glass Nail Polish in Billiard Room

Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wild

Manicurist Paris Green Nail Polish in Green Poison

Miniluxe Pure Polish in Evergreen

Chocolate Browns

The cocoa shade of Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Brun Bistre that drew in Louise and fellow musician Ava Vegas is setting the tone. “Richly pigmented chocolate metallic shimmer is the perfect nail color to evoke the coziness of the season,” says Belakhlef. They describe Orly’s metallic Stop the Clock lacquer as “a perfect luxurious neutral for those looking to add some interest without straying too far from the classics.” And for those that prefer a sparkle-free finish, there’s power in its depth. “I love a grayish brown as a dark neutral shade for the winter,” says Falcone. “It’s like a dark taupe that reads neutral and is flattering when we lose our summer tans.”

Hermès Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Brun Bistre

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Color in Farida

Orly Nail Lacquer in Stop The Clock

Le Chat Dare To Wear Nail Lacquer in Fabulous Boot Camp

Metallic Charcoals

There’s something a bit Sci-Fi about the metallic charcoal nail that feels particularly relevant this season. New York-based label KAIMIN (known for collaborations with artists like Björk, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and BlackPink) tapped nail artist Junko Uyama for holographic slate nails. They tipped off its Meta Couture collection of augmented reality and IRL fashion that debuted last month. Then, for something a bit glam, there’s the glittery gunmetal Twilight Tones shade of OPI that artist Eri Ishizu painted on Lizzo for this year’s BET awards. Belakhlef calls a “near-black holo a must” and calls KBShimmer’s Stark Raven Mad a favorite. “In the light, the linear holo comes through, adding a pop of rainbow goodness,” they promise. 

OPI Gel Nail Polish in Twilight Tones

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in I’m Coming Out

Côte Nail Polish in No.95 Shimmery Slate Grey

KBShimmer Holographic Polish in Stark Raven Mad



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