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OFM: Dining


It’s hard walking through Little Italy as someone who’s dairy-free. Whether it’s a diet or lifestyle choice, seeing people spooning scoops on scoops of creamy gelato can give you major foodie FOMO.

But now, even vegans can get in on the sweet dessert action!

Downtown gelato, coffee, and pastry shop Polosud has just launched some limited edition treats that are both guilt-free and majorly Insta-worthy. The brainchild of Polosud’s Pastry Chef Giacomo D’Alessandro, the avocado gelato is made using fresh avocados sorted out directly at the market. Scooped in a real avocado shell, the gelato can be personalized with any flavor, making it the ideal indulgence for any type of eater. For non-vegans Chef D’Alessandro suggests combining it with Nocciola for its nice salty taste; vegans can opt for Chef D’Alessandro’s award winning Dark Chocolate Surprise topping.

Only 40 are being made daily, so stop by and snap a pic (before devouring it) ASAP!

Polosud, 166 Mott Street


Written By: Stephanie Maida

Flower Cookies

As nice as receiving a bouquet of beautiful flowers may be, we’d choose a box of these floral cookie creations by Chef Lori A. Stern any day!

The perfect sweet addition to any soiree, each one of Chef Lori’s signature cookies is uniquely designed and handmade. A Vanilla shortbread base pressed with gorgeous, handpicked edible flowers and herbs picked straight from her organic garden, these too-pretty-to-eat treats taste as good as they look.

Available to purchase online, cookies stay fresh for up to 3 weeks!


Written By: Christie Grimm


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The woman, the myth, the legend. Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor lived every aspect of her fascinating life stylishly. She was known for her captivating glamour, exorbitant jewelry collection, and unmatched passion for life, both onscreen and off. Of course, this joie de vivreled her to quite the jet-set lifestyle – but you wouldn’t ever find her roughing it, even at 30,000 feet.

Tim Mendelson, who worked as Taylor’s chief of staff for more than 20 years and is currently a trustee for the House of Taylor, gave us some insider insight into the actress’s travel secrets. How did she stay looking fabulous up in the air? How did she manage to transport her jewels? Click through for the very inspiring answers. Let’s just say you’ll think twice before boarding a plane in sweatpants ever again.

[Photo Frank Worth, Courtesy of Capital Art/Getty Images]


What were Elizabeth’s favorite destinations for each season?

Elizabeth spent much of her adult life traveling the globe. Whether on location making a film, promoting her stunning fragrances, or helping to save millions of lives from the devastation of HIV/AIDS, she was always working, always a mother, always on the go, and always in love.

Elizabeth’s favorite vacation destinations were warm and tropical. She spent much of her downtime in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she and Richard Burton owned a home. Acapulco, Africa, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, the South of France, and Thailand were amongst her other favorite vacation spots as well.


Did she have any must-stay hotels?

Elizabeth, being one of the most photographed and sought after women on the planet, would usually stay in villas and private homes while on vacation. Elizabeth traveled with a large entourage—comprised mostly of her children, assistants, nannies, pets and hairdresser—therefore she needed the extra space to accommodate everyone. A hotel didn’t allow her much privacy, and privacy was of paramount importance for relaxation.


What were her in-flight essentials?

Elizabeth traveled in style and had quite a few bags containing various in-flight necessities. In her handbag, she carried lipstick, lip gloss and a lipliner all in the same color; a small Judith Lieber metal comb; Kleenex; a small magnifying mirror; eyeshadow; eyedrops; and sunglasses.

Elizabeth’s Louis Vuitton Train Case held her perfumes – once Elizabeth started her fragrance line she was loyal only to those in her collection. White Diamonds was her favorite, but at other times in her life she would bring and wear whichever fragrances she was most enchanted with and combined them to create her own unique scent. Along with perfume, the case contained a manicure set, a Cartier Travel Clock, earplugs and sunscreen. Also, baby shampoo was very important for cleaning her Krupp Diamond (The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond) and Elizabeth wore that huge, 33-carat stone every day—no matter where she was on the planet.

Elizabeth also traveled with two Bottega Veneta duffel bags while in flight. One was specifically designated for jewelry. The other contained a good book or two, a luscious cashmere throw and cardigan, her address book, a pair of fluffy socks, and two super soft Porthault boudoir pillows that she affectionately called “baby pillows.”


What was her go-to luggage?

During her marriages to Mike Todd and to Richard Burton, Elizabeth had custom floral pattern carpet bag luggage with matching oversized trunks. The trunks were important because she traveled with a huge entourage of children, animals, secretaries, nannies, and hairdresser. Starting from the 1980s, Elizabeth used Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta luggage exclusively. What made Elizabeth’s luggage stand out were the purple “MINE” tags attached to every piece – they represented her signature color and unique sense of humor.

What were her rules for vacation dressing?

Since most of Elizabeth’s vacation spots were warm and tropical, she wore caftans primarily, both for their comfort and easy glamour. Elizabeth frequently wore scarves in her hair, gold hoop earrings and bangle bracelets, sunglasses, and a good tan.


How did she pack/organize her jewelry when traveling?

When traveling, Elizabeth’s important jewels were kept in their original boxes and Cartier, Bulgari and Van Cleef and Arpels primarily. The more casual jewelry was organized into soft cases separated by style, stone colors, etc. Elizabeth had regular favorites, along with her newest pieces which were always included.

She also traveled with jewelry basics (so to speak), that worked with almost every outfit and were included just in case. The basics were things like gold chains of different lengths, bangle bracelets, and other pieces that worked together. She loved to layer her jewelry and most importantly, Elizabeth needed to have choices.


What were her jet-set secrets?

Elizabeth frequently took a nap on the plane depending on the travel distance. She drank tons of water and wore jewelry throughout the journey: boarding, departing, arriving and obviously, in flight.

Written By: Stephanie Maida
OFM: Celebrity People

Tracee Ellis Ross’s voluminous Valentino gown looked fabulous on the red carpet last night at the 2018 Emmys, but, it turns out, wearing it was even more fun. “I felt like I was floating in fashion heaven,” shared Ross postshow, and one glimpse at the look makes it easy to understand why. With its layers of fuchsia taffeta plissé and lengthy train, the piece was a standout in the house’s sumptuous Fall 2018 couture show, which took place in July at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. Ross, who sat front row with stylist Karla Welch, even got emotional. “[Designer] Pierpaolo Piccioli is an artist of the highest caliber,” she said. “I cried when I saw this collection at couture week in Paris, and it was truly an honor to wear this gown.”

Both Ross and Welch made their mental selections, as models breezed down the runway. “I think Tracee and I kept hitting each other [saying] this one, this one,” said Welch, who compared the collection with a religious experience. Though there were several arresting looks, it was the fuchsia number on model Felice Noordhoff that made the strongest impression. Ross and Welch chose to forgo the matching floral headdress to create a beachy vibe, inspired by the surfers of Dakar, Senegal. “[I] thought, It’s easy to just add big bling and be so extravagant,” Welch said. Instead, they skipped the megawatt jewels in favor of understated earrings from Repossi and a tie-dye Edie Parker clutch that pulled it all together. “It just clicked,” added Welch. “Everything felt personal.”

That vibe carried over into the beauty look: a flash of orange Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow courtesy of makeup artist Lisa Storey paired with slicked-back curls by hairstylist Johnnie Sapong. “My lids were inspired by the zinc sticks that surfers use to protect their skin,” said Ross, who considered the hair and makeup among her favorite parts of the total look.

Ross was nominated for the third consecutive year for her performance on Black-ish, and she handled her big night with humor. Though she admitted to preshow nerves, they were overshadowed by her epic fashion moment and signature joie de vivre. “I have a desire to utilize the moment when nominated, but no matter what, at an event like the Emmys, I like to create a look that I’m not gonna laugh at in 10 years,” said Ross. “Although, that might be inevitable!” Even a decade from now, Ross’s Valentino moment is sure to register as another fashion win, a fact Welch credits to their friendship and shared love of exceptional clothes. “We have fun together—that’s the goal,” said Welch. “We both eat up fashion. [It’s] sort of a match made in heaven. This time, heaven was a beach in Dakar!”


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OFM: People, Fashion

As someone who’s rubbed elbows in the realm of fashion for years, I have met countless editors, bloggers, influencers, and street style stars. Contrary to popular belief, many of them are totally cool. But of all the people I religiously Insta stalk, no one has proven nicer, more relatable, or more fabulous than Caroline Vazzana.

A fashion editor turned fashion celeb, Caroline made the scary jump from working full-time at InStyle to focusing on her own creative brand. With over 180,000 Insta followers, features in top glossies, and a must-read website, I’d say she’s doing pretty well. And while her colorful approach to style certainly stands out, what makes Caroline truly unique in a sea of influencers is how eager she is to share her success.

Her site, Making It in Manhattan, not only features fun fashion and shopping stories, but also tons of practical advice for anyone looking to establish a real career in the industry. From behind-the-scenes stories of the #hustle, to tips for networking and interning, it’s a valuable resource for those looking to land their dream job – or dream life, in Caroline’s case.

And, if her penchant for shoes and showstopping outfit choices weren’t enough to compare her to Carrie Bradshaw, she has now broken through to the publishing world. Seriously, between running around from runways to red carpets, girl wrote a freakin’ book! Never say there aren’t enough hours in the day, people.

Inspired by her blog (or was it the other way around? – more on that later), Making It in Manhattan, THE BOOK, is a “beginner’s guide to surviving and thriving in the world of fashion.” In it, Caroline sheds some light on her journey, shares funny stories from the scene, and, most importantly, provides useful tips for fashion industry hopefuls. It’s a must-read – one that will make you laugh one minute, and want to take extensive notes the next.

Ahead of the book’s release on August 21 (pre-order it HERE),

[Photos via @cvazzana]

The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author


Written By: Stephanie Maida

OFM: Fashion

There’s no better way to be fashion-forward than by looking back in time – that’s why so many style stars can thank thrifting for their unique ensembles. However, the practice can be exhausting. Having to dig through piles and racks of clothes in hopes of finding that one great piece. The Break, a contemporary boutique based in Greenpoint, wants to change the way people shop for vintage.

Founded in 2014 by a fellow vintage shopper, Hannah Richtman, The Break started online as a way to sell fun finds. In 2016, it became a full-fledged brick-and-mortar that values sustainability, inclusivity, and diversity. No wonder the cool girls flock.

Click through for everything you need to know!

[Photo by Elena Mudd via The Break]


Truly unlike any other vintage or thrift shop in NYC, The Break is more than just a store. It’s an event space, community center, and place for fashion-lovers to truly come together. Founder Richtman and COO Sarah Frey spend every Monday sourcing new items, so they’re always offering up new treasures for their customers.

[Photo via @shopthebreak]


Vintage pieces from brands like Ralph Laurenand Jennifer Moore are sold at the fraction of the price. They’ve also expanded to sell contemporary brands like Hara the Labeland TUZA, which are sustainable brands that use natural materials and value safe manufacturing.

The Break makes it even more convenient to browse with an online shop and a chance to buy from their Instagram story. They also occasionally feature items from their shop for final sales and they can be bought on demand through Instagram.

[Photo via @shopthebreak]


When you step in the store you’re met with a chill, minimalist atmosphere – nothing like the chaotic vintage stores you’re used to. Curated racks of vintage and contemporary clothes, shoes and accessories fill the space. It’s oddly…calming? With velvety curtains for the dressing rooms and the occasional trays of rosé that may greet you, it’s really a place you want to hang out (and Instagram) in.

[Photo via @shopthebreak]


More than just stylish clothes and accessories, The Break hosts some pretty stellar events that are always open to the public and offer a great time with great people. They recently held their very own fashion show for NYFW aptly titled “Break NYFW.” Spotlighting models of all shapes, sizes, and shades, their runway certainly broke the mold of what we’re unfortunately too used to at Fashion Week. Their shows also feature fashion brands that are just as diverse – women-owned, sustainable, and inclusive. Not to mention chic AF.

[Photo via @hara_thelabel]


On a more regular basis, The Break hosts events in collaboration with brands to celebrate new designers in the store, film previews, and special occasions like Earth Day. In the past, they’ve collaborated with Milk Studios and coffee brand Written Coffee to create fun and immersive party experiences. Expect trays of rosé or mimosas to enjoy and interactive activities from complimentary makeup applications to conversations on the implementation of sustainability in everyday fashion. Follow them on Insta to see what’s coming up!

The Break, 82 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn

[Photo by Elena Mudd via The Break]


Written By: Alexis Gaskin

OFM: Advice

First impressions sure do last. And these days, with Instagram and Facebook, the way you present yourself is plastered about the internet for all to see. Own your style and put your best foot forward with these five tips from founder of KHPR, Kiara Horwitz.


Follow the trends, but don’t forget what you love…

I love researching trends and constantly being in the know of “what’s hot right now,” but I always try to stick to who I am by throwing in a dash of my own personal flare, whether it’s a cute piece from the past or a bolder statement color.

[Photo via @tiarawithak]


Don’t be afraid to stand out…

Be loud and bold, I always try to add in an additional touch, maybe its a pair of wild new earrings or a combination of necklaces around my neck. If you’re into all black everything, which, as New Yorker’s we often like – I try to incorporate a red bag or heel with a pop of color!

[Photo via @tiarawithak]


Show off what you’re working with…

No matter your dress size, cup size or height, don’t be afraid to be who you are. I have always been the “little one” among my peers, however I’m not afraid to rock a pair of flats day to night. Especially a sexy pair of Manolos or sneakers that show off my legs in a short dress!

[Photo via @tiarawithak]


Embrace your natural beauty…

I am a huge fan of natural beauty for any day to night look. I’m a firm believer in “less is more” makeup – my go to is some natural tinted moisturizer (Ilia is my new fave), bronzer and a touch of blush. My lashes are always on point and then lastly, yep, I’m a lipstick girl. My favorite fall lip color is an Oxblood color aptly named “Charlotte” by Nars! With this face, doesn’t matter the time of day, it just works!

[Photo via @tiarawithak]


Messy hair don’t care…

Hair is your biggest asset, so rock it! My stylist Kieran McKenna of Kieran McKenna Salon has helped my hair have its own personality. From beachy waves to sleek ballerina buns, my hair shows off who I am as an individual – and for me, sometimes that means being a wild lioness…

[Photo via @tiarawithak]


Written By: guestofaguest

OFM: products

Tomorrow marks the start of August—that last carefree leg of summer. Here at Vogue, editors are known to set their out-of-office messages, swap heels and AWOK-ed Jordans for flip-flops and bare feet, and jet off to far-flung locales before the madness of September sets in. On the agenda? Sea, sun, and sand in Mustique; open-air jaunts around Italy’s coastline; mind-clearing hikes in the Alps . . . and just as the destinations are diverse, each suitcase will bear a similarly well-curated selection of cosmetics—a multitasking oil that leaves room for treasures found along the way, say, or one hair cream that promises Monica Vitti’s voluptuous lengths. Below, six Vogue editors share the cleansers, creams, and more that will make their trips all the more memorable. Bon voyage!

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Jao Brand Goe Oil, $49,

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Virginia Smith, Fashion Director
In the summer, I want to be able to pick up and go with as little as possible. Goe Oil is great as a skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, and makeup remover—a triple threat beauty product.

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Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder, $65,

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Alessandra Codinha, Culture Editor
Tatcha’s cleansing powder is a godsend, and the whole just-add-water element means it doesn’t even need to go in that dumb little TSA bag, which leaves room for, well, everything else.

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David Mallett Mask No.2 Le Volume, $75,; Frédéric Malle Eau de Magnolia After-Sun Balm, $70,; Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Pink Astral, $38,

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Catherine Piercy, Beauty Director
I’ll be traveling to Milan with my family and then eventually driving to St. Moritz, where the air is so clean and the water makes my hair so soft. And though I love a good Swiss pharmacy raid, I won’t leave home without La Roche-Posay SPF 60 Melt-In cream (because the high altitude makes my skin sunburn incredibly fast on long hikes) and David Mallett Le Volume hair mask (I like to comb a bit into damp hair before swimming in the thermal spas a short drive away in Scuol, Switzerland, and then rinse it out afterward to channel Monica Vitti vibes while stopping for trout and french fries on the way home). Also essential to a successful vacation are Glossier’s Lash Slick (to be sure I look alive) and Pat McGrath Lip Fetish tinted balm in Pink Astral, because when is it more appropriate to be just a little bit extra, Bond girl–style, than in the Swiss Alps?

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops, $145,

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Alexandra Michler, Fashion Editor
I am exploring Italy by car (roofless, no less) and am certainly bringing Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution Drops to protect me from the elements!

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Naturopathica Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream, $59,

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Willow Lindley, Fashion Editor
Naturopathica’s Calendula cream is my all-the-time moisturizer, but I especially appreciate it while I’m traveling because it’s as calming as it is hydrating. I’ve always struggled with sensitive, reactive skin, and I’m so thankful I found this as it makes my complexion so happy—less red, even, soft, moisturized—in spite of the stress, dryness, and potential allergies. Even the scent is soothing! Just slather and go.

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Hampton Sun SPF 4 Oil, $36,

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Celia Ellenberg, Beauty Director
Hampton Sun’s SPF 4 Oil is an oldie but a goodie that has long accompanied me to sunny locales, so long in fact that I have adopted its tagline—“Smart, Serious, Sunbathing”—as my own personal summer mantra (SSS is a lifestyle). I like to wear at least SPF 30 on my body at the beach, so I layer this oil on top of heavier creams for a bit of sheen and an amazing, surf-inspired scent.


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OFM: Advice
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, March 2003

It’s a well known truth: Concealer is as much of a game changer in the morning as a double espresso. But just as important as having the perfect, imperceptibly matched formula in your arsenal, is knowing how to use it to erase dark circles and cover up unwanted spots for a no-makeup makeup effect. And that’s where the pros come in. Here, three of the industry’s most in-demand artists weigh in on how to get that flawless finish wherever you need it.

Create a Smooth Canvas

Thoroughly cleansing and hydrating the skin with a rich yet weightless moisturizer like Lancôme’s Hydra Zen is just the start, says makeup artist Nick Barose, who counts Lupita Nyong’oPriyanka Chopra, and Rachel Weisz as clients. “Before big red carpets, I use warm washcloths to scrub away dry patches,” he says. Or, if there’s time, makeup artist Vincent Oquendo encourages clients to use Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Facial Scrub or REN’s Flash Rinse One-Minute Facial for an allover flake-free glow, before slicking the skin with Georgia Louise’s Vitamin A Serum for an extra dose of moisture. “It absorbs and doesn’t overload the skin so your concealer doesn’t slip all over the place,” says Oquendo.

And if you’ll be wearing foundation as well, Barose suggests applying that first, and all over—even under the eyes. “If you use too much, it makes what you’re trying to hide look even more obvious,” he explains. “This way you see that you don’t need as much concealer as you think.”

Know Your Shades

“When your undertones are mismatched, the concealer starts to look ashy or just stands out too much,” says Oquendo. Warmer skin tones should look for yellow or orange undertones, while cooler skin tones will find pink shades most flattering, he says. Furthermore, you should be using different shades of concealer on different parts of your face. “On the under-eyes, use a light-reflective formula that’s a shade lighter than your skin to brighten up the area,” says Barose, whose go-to formulas are NARS Creamy Concealer and Sisley Eye Concealer with its cooling metal-tip applicator. “For the rest of the face, you want a richer formula that seamlessly matches.”

Apply From the Inner Corner of the Eyes and Move Outward

“You don’t need to cover your whole under-eye area, just wherever you are dark,” says Romy Soleimani, whose clientele includes Tracee Ellis Ross and Cara Delevingne. “Usually it’s the inner third of the eye and a bit at the outer corner.” When it comes to application, she likes to deposit the product with a small synthetic bristle brush and then use the pads of her fingertips to blend it in carefully. “It’s important not to go too close to your bottom lashes so there is no buildup or harsh line,” she says. “And also be sure to get the sides of the nose that hits the inner corner of the eye.” If the under-eye area needs extra brightening, Soleimani neutralizes it with a creamy, peach-hue color corrector.

Spot-Treat Blemishes

To ensure the concealer grips onto the raised bump, Oquendo first applies a matte primer. “Blemishes are already overproducing oil, so you don’t want the product to slip and slide,” he explains. Then, he presses his finger in a thick pot of concealer, like Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer (“It covers up everything!” he says), and blends it into the spot.

Blot, Then Set

After using blotting papers to take down shine, Soleimani uses a small, dome-shaped brush to apply whisper-light setting powder, like Hourglass’s Veil Translucent Setting Powder, under the eyes and around the nose. For a brightening effect with a hint of shimmer, Oquendo suggests Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder under the eyes. And there you have it—a 12-hours-of-sleep glow, no caffeine necessary.

OFM: Products
Photographed by Ben Hassett, Vogue, May 2013

It’s been a celebratory season in the name of Pride. Virgil Abloh used his newly minted title as menswear artistic director of Louis Vuitton to send a global message of inclusion by showcasing a diverse casting of models down a rainbow-hued catwalk in Paris. Celebrations commenced stateside and a mosaic of glitter filled streets across the U.S. in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Lady Gaga, ever the ally, debuted a showstopping neon eye, a gradient wash of red, orange, yellow, and blue, at New York City’s parade. Aquaria won RuPaul’s Drag Raceand appears in Ryan Murphy’s 1980’s dance musical Pose, which debuted to great success on FX and now serves as the show with the most trans people in front and behind the camera in television history. Even more? Earlier this summer, Miss Universe’s first-ever transgender contestant was named—26-year-old Angela Ponce from Spain—and will compete to win the beauty title later this year. It’s a major feat, and the cosmetics industry is finally falling in line.

Because even though it may seem like makeup has long been at the center of the queer community, often considered a tool for self-expression, identification, and reinvention, most transgender people “don’t feel included in the beauty world,” says the trans makeup artist Dominique Anderson, who currently teaches a course called Classes for Confidence: Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community at Sephora. The good news is, in addition to the big-box beauty retailer’s in-store makeup classes which are offered free of charge to anyone interested in tips for covering up unwanted facial hair and tutorials for sculpting cheekbones to desired effect, there is also a slew of gender nonbinary brands and charities that are supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community—with even the Kardashians offering a hand. Here, a closer look at how brands and individuals are bridging the gap between the transgender community and the beauty industry.

A Crash Course in Transgender Beauty

In June, as part of its larger Classes for Confidence series that aims to help individuals in times of major life transitions, from workforce reentry to overcoming cancer—Sephora launched Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community, which offers complimentary in-store makeup classes for transgender and gender nonbinary individuals across the U.S. “A lot of trans clients, and I know this because I was in their same predicament, feel judged,” explains Anderson. That’s why her 90-minute sessions provide students with skin-care advice, for many who are transitioning also undergo treatments such as hormone therapy, plastic surgery, laser hair removal, or electrolysis, all of which can wreak havoc on skin, and helpful application tips, such as how to contour your face to specifically accent desired facial features and apply concealer on blemishes, under eyes, and unwanted facial hair. “I want people to leave feeling fearless, feeling beautiful—and not just on the outside,” she says. “Here, they know they are supported.” And if you can’t make it to an event, Sephora’s YouTube channel now includes a bevy of personal how-to video tutorials that are led by trained, transgender beauty advisers.

The Minimalist Makeup Line

The hashtag #MakeupHasNoGender is the mantra behind Jecca, a London-based unisex brand that launched at the end of last year. With just one product on the market—a Correct & Conceal palette that is specifically formulated to counteract the blue tones caused by beard shadow—the vegan line is making waves (and selling out) not only because of its cutting-edge formula but for always putting its customers first. “Lots of my clients have never touched makeup [before],” says Jecca’s founder, Jessica Blackler, who was inspired to start the line after hosting a series of makeup tutorials out of her home and in correctional centers. It’s why her offering is small and simple—for now. In two easy steps “[clients] literally transform their face and are able to see themselves in the mirror looking like who they really are,” she says.

. . . And One for When the Invite Says “Extra”

Once your flawless, cake-free complexion is sorted, look no further than the New York City–based brand Fluide—a newly launched line that touts a mix of highly pigmented liquid lipsticks, body glitters, seven-free nail polish, and more. “Being exposed to queer, non-mainstream representations of beauty opened up limitless, ungendered possibilities in my own self-expression,” says Isabella Giancarlo, the creative director of Fluide, who began the seven-month-old line with her business partner Laura Kraber. “Makeup can be one powerful, yet approachable, tool in self-actualization and self-expression.” Think: a chrome-color lacquer in C’mon Everybody, which takes its name from an empowering Chic track, not to mention the Studio 54–inspired nightclub in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; or a metallic, purple matte lipstick called Poodle Beach, in honor of the famously inclusive vacation destination in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. “It’s our way of paying tribute to safe spaces because the queer community has needed them historically and needs them today,” says Kraber. Perhaps most exciting? The line’s brand-new eyeshadow palette which comes in noisy neon shades of blue, yellow, green, and silver. That one is called Seeing the Future, which is looking bright indeed.

How to Get Involved Now

While many companies support the health and legal rights of the LGBTQ+ community through charity—Jecca and Fluide both give a portion of their proceeds to groups like the Stonewall Community Foundation and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project respectively—there are other ways you can make a difference. Take, for instance, celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons (the wizard behind the Kardashian’s lengths): Last year, in tandem with the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, he set up the Trans Cosmetic Donation Drive so members of the beauty industry, worth billions, could donate unused cosmetics and personal hygiene products to transgender and gender nonconforming people. “For a lot of people presenting as their true selves, something as simple as lipstick or foundation allows them to face the world and feel more secure,” says Fitzsimons, who cites the higher rates of poverty and unemployment in the transgender community. “The beauty industry has a past like everything [else], but we don’t have to be subject to the past—we can create a new future.” And because of Fitzsimons’s efforts, bold names such as L’Oréal Paris, Bioré, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Kourtney Kardashian are already committed donors.


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