This Is The Magical Lipstick That Makes Me Look Instantly Put Together


Don’t Sleep On This

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I've always been attracted to any beauty product described as "life-changing" or a "miracle worker," and it's not because I'm particularly gullible about makeup, but rather, it's because I'm lazy and I want something—one thing—that will make me look good (great!) with a minimal amount of effort. How minimal? Very. Like: I don't want to need access to a mirror when I'm applying it. I don't want to require any additional tools to use it. I don't want its effectiveness to be dependent on what else I'm wearing on my face or body. I just want one simple product that can be thrown in my purse—or even a pocket—and be whipped out anytime and anywhere I might want to look totally put together, the embodiment of casual luxury, the epitome of one of those mythical French girls we hear so much about. But can such a unicorn actually exist?

Yes, obviously, and it's Jane Iredale's new lipstick (it has a mouthful of a name, Triple Luxe Long-Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick) in the shade "Molly." It's the perfect nude—very Anna Karina in Une Femme Est Une Femme or Brigitte Bardot, as she's about to get married in And God Created Woman. All to say, one swipe makes your lips appear both more defined and impossibly full, as if you've been pressing them together over and over again, so that they puffed out just the right amount, and are now tinged with the most delicate pink flush. Its texture is also perfectly creamy, and won't dry out your lips, despite its long-lasting properties. (I've put it on and it's stayed put for up to four hours, even as I've had multiple cups of tea and bottles of water.) 

And while I love a blood red for really tying my face together (the Dude has an 8x10 rug; I have lipstick), that dramatic hue just doesn't have the easiness factor that I require. Maybe you're the kind of person who can apply red lipstick without a mirror, but I am most definitely not. But that's the beauty of "Molly." Even if I go a little outside my lip line, the color is subtle enough that it doesn't make me look like a rabid clown. It just makes me appear properly disheveled (that insouciant French girl thing!) or maybe like I've just been kissed goodbye—and there's no better look than that.

Jane Iredale, Triple Luxe Long-Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick in 'Molly,' $35, available at Jane Iredale.

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."