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Nicole Kidman Shuts Down the Runway With Balenciaga’s Signature Extreme Eyeliner

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From the runway to the showgoers, there was no shortage of star power at today’s Balenciaga couture show in Paris. But let’s be clear: Nicole Kidman shut down the runway as only she can. As husband Keith Urban beamed from the front row, the Oscar-winning actor made her catwalk debut. And true to do-anything-for-the-role form, Kidman delivered a complete and utter couture performance. In fact, there were audible gasps when Kidman stepped on the runway in a sumptuous metallic silver gown with a lengthy sweeping train and a set of black opera gloves. Only upping the ante were her teased strawberry blonde half-up hair and the extreme sweeps of jet black eyeliner—a recent signature of Demna’s shows.

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“It’s laser-sharp, deep, deep black long eyeliner that gives it this modernity,” says makeup artist Inge Grognard of the more futuristic couture effect of the graphic eye look, which is adjusted slightly according to each person’s individual eye and cheekbone shape. When creating this look, it’s a pot of gel eyeliner from Kiko Milano or Maybelline applied with a thin, sharp eyeliner brush that creates that precise, ultra-onyx “doesn’t move” finish, says Grognard. As for the rest of the look, less isn’t just more—it’s essential in mirroring Demna’s radically reimagined brand of couture. “When you put mascara and eyeshadow on top, it’s too retro,” Grognard says of the choice to keep the rest of the makeup bare, save for minimal foundation where needed (and a few exceptions for the runway’s celebrity cameos). The takeaway on Balenciaga’s new beauty code? Black eyeliner traced on a knife’s edge is all the more powerful and provocative when left to stand on its own—even if it’s worn with a sweeping crinoline skirt.

As Grognard puts it, “What Demna is doing with Balenciaga couture is making it really relevant now. There were pieces based on the past, but he gives it that touch of now.”



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Inside Luar’s Steamy Pop-Up Shop Turned-Stoop Party

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It was no mere coincidence that Raul Lopez, founder of Luar, opened a pop-up shop in Lower Manhattan and sold this year’s hottest bag on one of New York’s hottest days. The designer —who found inspiration in the infamous Prada Marfa installation—wanted sweat to be a part of the experience. “So that it would feel like a desert,” Lopez said on Tuesday evening, standing outside the tiny space.

The careful calculation resulted in a shopping experience that felt like a hazy summer block party: cans of hard seltzers sat in a pool of melted ice; shoppers spilled out of the store (which had no AC) and into the streets; the air smelled of cannabis and B.O. Inside, a hunky DJ, outfitted in a white tank, blasted out classic house music tunes like “Gypsy Woman” and “Show Me Love.” A visual buffet of cool-kid outfits was on display: tiny sunglasses, baby tees, low-slung skirts. And the most popular accessory, of course, was Luar’s trending Ana bag, strapped across lithe frames like a crossbody pouch.

Lopez says he feels a special kinship to the Prada Marfa installation—its randomness, its geographical isolation, its absurdity. It’s how Lopez feels sometimes. “I fit into circles, but also don’t,” he said, basking in the breeze from two personal fans designed as over-the-ear headphones. (“Amazon. Overnight delivery.”) Like Prada Marfa, Lopez has always felt like he exists on the outskirts. “I never fit into the queer scene, the straight scene, the fashion scene; I kind of always have this ‘je ne sais quoi.’” Over the years, however, Lopez has learned to find subversive joy in being misunderstood. “When I walk around the city, people literally stop and laugh and take pictures,” he says, reflective. Then his tenor switches in a flash: “But I kind of live for it. It juices me up.”

An outsider perspective is exactly what propels Luar (which is Raul spelled backward). The brand buckles against the traditional, with its fluid tailoring and aesthetic celebration of Lopez’s Dominican heritage and New York upbringing. “Teflar and I were just talking about this,” Lopez said, pointing over to his designer friend, who was enjoying the action and wearing uber short-shorts. “Back in the days, Vice Magazine would come and document these parties, and there would be like a do and don’t section. Me and Telfar were always on the don’t list.’ Lopez’s eyes narrowed. “The “don’ts” are always the things that are the looks for me.”

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4 Black Women on Caring for Their Gray Hair

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Her journey: Throughout my life, I’ve had so many possibility models for what my hair could do and could look like. My mother and sisters really spoke lovingly to me about my hair and they let me try different styles, which only affirmed the notion that my hair could do what I wanted, with a little patience and skill. I learned early as a Black girl that hair was a site of beauty, community, connection, even politics—and those lessons, often indirect and subliminal, reinforced messaging that my hair was special, my own, an extension of me and to be treasured. Some of the direct messaging was about my perceived spiritual strength and wisdom, that I was blessed and held by our ancestors. I also learned lessons the hard way when rushing, being careless and even neglecting my hair in busy or stressful times. It always showed and I caught on that my relationship to my hair was a lifelong, malleable commitment. I would have to love it because we’re only blessed with one head of hair (this may be debatable now because of where hair technology has brought us since the ’90s). Even as a little girl, I understood this.

Although I started graying at 15, it wasn’t until college and grad school that it really started to fill out. My mommy was fully gray in her mid-twenties and I knew I was on the same track. It was an easy transition for me because I loved how much it set me apart from other people. It was unique and vibrant and damn, it looks so good on my dark brown skin. It was a very ease-filled process for me and I was mostly curious to see how it would come in, compared to my mom, grandma’s and great gran. Curiosity is what I was mostly guided by.

Her regimen: If my hair isn’t in braids or another protective style, I typically wash and condition one to two times a week. I do a hair mask or deep condition every two weeks and lastly, I see one of my favorite hairstylists, Shan Fine, once every two to three months for a trim and steam treatment. If my hair is out of braids and curly, I spritz it with water regularly (several times a day). I sleep with a silk bonnet and take Prose supplements daily. Right now, I’m in love with the Olaplex system. I use about five to six different Olaplex products and my faves are the bonding oil and purple shampoo, which I like to leave on a few extra minutes for extra brightening of my silver strands. I try to keep my product usage to a minimum, but a staple for my hair and body is Planted Hair Care’s Aloe Ginger Hair & Skin Oil.

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Her advice: I read a lot about gray hair and the science of premature graying. Understanding and knowledge are really important tools. Get to know your hair. Get into a relationship with your own hair. Not understanding or seeing your hair through the prism of hair marketing messaging, but from experts and the full body of science and information that is accessible to us. I also want to affirm, for women and femmes specifically, that we do not need to embrace anything we do not want to. If you are growing gray and don’t like the look, you’re entitled to do what you need in order to be most at ease with your hair and body. That might look like dying your hair, adding gray extensions, clip-ins or getting a perm. I think that embracing graying hair looks differently for everyone doing the embracing and that’s okay. Some work I had to do was unpack and work through my ageism. I had to unlearn the idea that premature gray hair would make me appear older and possibly more undesirable. These standards require each of us to explore our own assumptions about graying, desirability, getting older, mortality, wisdom and changing, often outright paradoxical beauty standards. Doing that inner work is guaranteed to result in an embrace and acceptance of your hair’s gorgeous and unique existence as it is—and any way it rests on your head.

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Save 35% on Laura Geller Makeup With Our Exclusive Code: Shop Best-Selling Baked Foundation, Blush, and More

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While I’m sweating it out in the New York City summer heat, the last thing I want to do is wear makeup. Between the 90-plus-degree weather, intense humidity, and thousands of crowded bodies on the streets and subways, I can spend an hour perfecting my makeup to have it sweat halfway down my face minutes after stepping outside. My usual makeup routine won’t hold up in the sweltering heat, so when I had the opportunity to try Laura Geller’s baked foundation, I was curious to see how it compared to my go-to liquid formula.

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Honestly, I have always been skeptical about powder-based foundation—it usually makes me think of cakey, dull skin and that cloying powdery smell. As someone with blemish-prone combination skin, I also worried that powder formula would settle into my pores or make my acne look more prominent. However, Laura Geller might have made me a convert. The Baked Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation is the opposite of dull or drying—it gives my skin a matte-but-not-flat finish and blurs my red spots while looking like I’m wearing no makeup. Right now, you can score 35% off all Laura Geller products, including my new favorite baked foundation, with Entertainment Tonight’s exclusive code ET35.

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My main problem with traditional makeup is how cakey it can look—while some can look great on camera, I hate when I can see the product on my face in real life. The great thing about Laura Geller’s foundation is that I genuinely look like I’m wearing no makeup while having my occasional zits and blood vessels on my face blurred. Plus, the marbled appearance of the baked foundation not only looks pretty but contains color-correctors that seamlessly blend into your skin tone. 

To apply, I prep my skin by washing my face and moisturizing like usual. Then, I swirl my Retractable Angle Kabuki Brush in the product and buff it onto my face, repeating the process until my skin tone looks more even. I love how the semi-matte finish of this product doesn’t make my face look flat, and it still allows the freckles on my nose to shine through. Best of all, the creamy powder-based formula means it holds up throughout the day— even during a New York City heat wave.

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