This Is The Only Mascara That Doesn't Give Me Raccoon Eyes


Don't Sleep on This

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Perhaps I should start off by saying that I like when my makeup gets messy. I like a slightly smeared lip. I like a smudged eyeshadow. I like it to look like I took a shower with my makeup on and then went about my day. But I like these things when they're intentional, I like chaos when it's under my control. And so what I don't like? When my mascara flakes, and I have raccoon eyes before it's even noon. I really don't like that.

But I had started to accept that this was just the way it would always be. I had tried every mascara that promises to be flake-free and never to smudge, and I had such limited luck with any of them that I actually just stopped wearing mascara for months, embracing my blonde eyelashes and working a real "Girl with a Pearl Earring" look. And this was all fine, but sometimes you want to look like you lived in Amsterdam in the 17th century, and sometimes... you don't.

I'd just about given up on finding a mascara that would last when I happened upon one from Tarte that promised to be "sweatproof." So, I won't lie—this didn't immediately speak to me. I had never considered my eye area to be particularly sweaty, and my mascara wasn't flaking post-workout (I haven't worked out in... a really long time), it was just always flaking. (And if I'd had to guess why it was, my guess would have centered around the fact that my eyes are maybe kind of greasy because I love to slather my face with oils.) So because I had tried enough waterproof mascara in my time to know that such a designation was no proof of a smudge-free product, I wasn't too hopeful about one that didn't even promise to be waterproof—only "sweatproof."

But, I'd received a tiny sample size of this mascara from Sephora, and so I figured I might as well try it. And I'm so glad I did, because not only does this mascara actually stay put on my lashes, where it's supposed to stay, but also, it comes in an elusive brown-black tint that, as a fair-haired and fair-skinned person, I love. Apparently, it's also loaded with things like Amazonian clay and vitamin C and, I don't know, emollient waxes, and that's all great and everything, but what I really love about it is that it's a gorgeous rich hue, makes my lashes look full but not fake, and doesn't run at all!

Because, nothing against Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring," but I'm really ready to embrace time periods other than the Dutch Golden Age. Like, have you seen the lashes of Courbet's "Woman with a Parrot"? Pretty sure that's where I'm going to be drawing my beauty inspiration from now on.

Tarte, Lifted™ Sweatproof Mascara, $23, available at Sephora.

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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."