This Easy Eyeliner Trick Finally Helped Me Nail a Smoky Eye

I’m good at many things. I’m an excellent gift giver, strong listener, and my brain is a storage unit for obscure Lana Del Rey trivia. Among my many gifts, however, is not the ability to do a smoky eye. I could do a winged liner in my sleep, but I’ve never been able to get the hang of a perfectly smudged and smoldering shadow, that somehow manages to look like you just rolled out of bed after a night of partying, yet put a huge amount of effort into looking glamorous and mysterious—my ideal look. Many of my personal beauty icons have made a smoky liner part of their signature look (Kate Moss and both Olsen twins to name a few), but despite years of trying, I’ve never been able to get it down.

My smoky eye FOMO was only amplified while covering backstage at New York Fashion Week. At nearly every show, I was greeted with smoky eye after smoky eye. It’s like the makeup artists were mocking me and my lack of blending skills. Now, smoky eyeshadow is nothing new, especially at fall shows, but paired with incredibly dewy skin and model bone structure, it reignited my desire to look like a rebellious Jenny Humphrey.

The stars must have aligned, because I attended a master class with makeup artist Diane Kendal to break down the Tom Ford makeup look, and she dropped a tip that rocked my world. It was like the clouds parted, and I suddenly had all the answers.

To create a lush, textured smoky eye (mine always look too flat and heavy), Kendall suggests starting with a cream liner to create a base, and then going in with eyeshadow. This is pretty standard advice that hadn’t helped me so far, but what comes next changed everything for me. She then says to line your eyes with a black liquid liner, and then to go back over it with a brown pencil. This creates dimension, and also helps to smudge it all out. Plus, for a liquid liner addict like me, it still gives me the definition I love, plus the smoke I crave.

Ever since adopting this tip, my confidence in my smoking skills has all but skyrocketed. I’ve swapped my normal going out look of an exaggerated eyeliner for a sultry smoke. Let me break it all down for you, below.

Step 1: Lay down the base
Create the base for the shadow with a pencil. Kendal used Tom Ford Eye Kohl Intense, but I’ve been alternating between the Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Eye Pencil and MAC Teddy Eye Kohl. Trace it along your upper and lower lashes, as well as into the crease, to create the shape and help the shadow stick.

Step 2: Sweep on eyeshadow
At the Tom Ford show models wore cool toned shadow, but I’ve been using bronze to make my eyes pop—plus, I like more of a softer look. Using a deep matte shade, go over where you laid down the liner, and then add a lighter shade with a little sheen in the middle of your eye. Try to keep the shape rounder instead of a cat eye shape, and blend the edges so they look a little hazy.

Step 3: Add liquid liner
Add definition with a liquid liner on top and bottom, staying as close to your lashes as possible (I love the Tom Ford liquid liner pen for this). You don’t really want to see the liner, it’s just there to add depth. A wing is not the look, but it’s OK to extend the line a little past your eye.

Cole Sprouse Reveals the Most Romantic Thing He’s Ever Done for Lili Reinhart

Cole Sprouse is about to make you cry so much this weekend. His movie Five Feet Apart hits theaters today, March 15, and it’s more intense than all the Riverdale season finales combined. It centers on Stella (Haley Lu Richardson), a high school teenager living in a hospital with cystic fibrosis. She turns her sterile room into a sanctuary, and the nurses and other CF patients into a family. But things turn upside down when she meets a new CF patient living in the ward: Will, played by Sprouse. An attraction soon blossoms—which is a huge problem, because the nurses recommend CF patients avoid all physical contact with each other.

The movie is one part The Fault in Our Stars, two parts Everything, Everything, and all parts weepy. So Cole Sprouse called us up on his way to the airport to talk about romance, pop-culture, and what personally makes him weep. Read our conversation, below.

Glamour: This movie is going to make a lot of people cry. What movie never fails to make you cry?

Cole Sprouse: Up. The first 10 minutes of Up is seriously one of the greatest romances ever. It just really pulls on your heartstrings. The other one that never fails to make me cry is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I just think it’s beautiful. The narrative that two people were so in love, but it ended up going so poorly toward the end that they were willing to erase their memories and live in this blissful ignorance, is really powerful. The movie’s extremely well-done. I’m a huge fan of Jim Carrey. Those two movies really hit me hard.

Is there a song that makes you cry?

CS: It’s “Claire de Lune.” That was a song that meant a lot to me in my first love. During that breakup, I ended up having so many unreconciled emotions I put into that song. It always still gets me to that place.

In the movie, Stella throws Will a pretty epic surprise birthday party. What was your best birthday?

CS: I hired three clowns to come and drink around L.A. with me when I was 22. Laughy Pants, Golden Tulips, and Rex the Impossible were the clowns. My buddies and I basically just drank with clowns with the one criteria that none of us, all night, could acknowledge they were clowns. It just ended up being a really great time. All of us had so much fun, including the clowns. They didn’t even charge us at the end of the night because we all had such a blast. It was a really strange, off-the-wall, split-second decision that ended up being one of the greatest, most memorable nights I’ve ever had.

There’s a scene toward the end of the film that’s quite romantic. What’s the grandest romantic gesture you’ve ever done?

CS: I really like the road trip date. I took my girlfriend [Riverdale co-star Lili Reinhart] on a date where we drove to this location deep into Canada, and I surprised her with a big hot air balloon adventure, which was quite a bit of fun. I like traveling quite a bit. I like road-tripping. Those grand experiences always end up yielding the greatest memories—and the greatest romances.

If you’re planning a date, what would be on the agenda?

CS: My language of love is quality time. I’m not really the type of person that likes going to a movie and sitting in silence. Maybe a little breaking and entering! Some photography! Who knows?

Why Netflix’s One Day at a Time Mattered To Latinxs Like Me

Sitcoms are not a genre of TV I grew up with. Instead, I had telenovelas—dramatic ones, like La Usurpadora, Rebelde, and Pasión de Gavilanes. But as much as I was obsessed with Rebelde’s Elite Way School and its rich, privileged Mexican characters, the show never made me say, “Wow, that’s so me.”

It’s not like I gave it a lot of thought. No one I knew did. We were OK with Televisa—the premiere Mexican TV network—rolling out telenovelas with mostly white characters, who lived eccentric lives and encountered way too many problems for the amount of money they had. I never questioned why people like me and my family weren’t represented on TV.

Then I watched One Day at a Time, Netflix’s just-canceled sitcom. Based on the 1970s version written by Norman Lear, the show portrayed a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. And from the moment Lydia Riera (Rita Moreno) first slammed open the set of curtains she called “a door with no self-respect,” I was captivated by the real-life accuracy of the story unfolding before me.

I, too, have a mother who’s always dressed to the nines—even inside her house—and cousins who are the odd ones in the family for being “too feminist” for our tias’ generation, like Elena (Isabella Gómez). I have a complicated relationship with my father, like Elena and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) and was raised by a single mother, like Penelope (Justina Machado). I have a grandmother who refused to take off her wedding ring or marry again after my grandfather’s death, and a army of tias, primas, and abuelas who have carried our family for generations. The show’s vivid characters portrayed a reality I never realized was worthy of television.

This show both celebrated and questioned our traditions, like when Elena refused to have a quinceañera for its “misogynist” symbolism. It also showed that an elderly woman can be sensual and stylish, and it portrayed a vulnerable single mom who struggled with her mental health issues in a community that treats them as taboo. The show highlighted the ways Latinxs are suffering from Donald Trump’s hate speech, even at a young age like 14-year-old Alex. But it also raised important questions about identity and love for this country that many first-generation Americans face.

One Day at a Time has been in danger of cancellation many times before, and every time I would rally on Twitter with so many others.

It always seemed like Netflix could hear our cries for representation—until Thursday. “We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day at a Time for a fourth season,” the streaming service tweeted. “The choice did not come easily—we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season.” After thanking the cast and crew, Netflix then tweeted, “And to anyone who felt seen or represented—possibly for the first time—by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories.”

When I saw this, I thought of the telenovelas I grew up with. I tried to imagine a crowd as passionate and dedicated to even one of them as the people of my Twitter feed were about saving One Day at a Time. There was no comparison.

The truth is, many of us still need to learn that our stories matter. That’s what One Day at a Time did so well. It showed an alternate reality, in which Latinxs are not drug lords or telenovela villains. It showed we have complex lives and beautiful traditions. It showed a community that’s longing to be represented. I know this is not the end of it.

Taylor Swift Wore a $250 Sequined Romper to the iHeart Radio Music Awards

From filming Cats in London to surprising fans in Los Angeles, Taylor Swift has been all over the map in 2019—except for the red carpet. Despite her own 2019 Grammy nomination and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, appearing in the awards season darling The Favourite, Swift was conspicuously absent from the bulk of music and film’s recent red-carpet events. Instead she showed up at the after-parties and, in the case of the Golden Globes, as a surprise presenter during the awards ceremony itself.

Well, Swift’s days of avoiding the red carpet finally ended Thursday night at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Her comeback was for a meaningful reason: to accept the Tour of the Year award for her record-breaking Reputation tour in 2018.

Swift brought the upbeat vibes of her $266-million-grossing tour—the highest-selling in U.S. history—with her through the eye-catching outfit she wore to the event. She made her grand reentrance to the red carpet in a short-sleeve romper entirely covered in iridescent paillette sequins.

It may have been Swift’s first red-carpet outfit in several months, but photographers on the step-and-repeat weren’t the first to see it. She gave her fans a sneak peek at her mermaid-like style ahead of the awards show on Instagram. “Bout to walk the @iheartradio carpet, thought I’d show you first,” she captioned a photo of her red-carpet look.

Thanks to a second post from her stylist, Joseph Cassell, it didn’t take long to track down her romper’s origins. It’s a $250 hand-stitched piece by British label Rosa Bloom, which specializes in handmade and bespoke sequined garments.

Anyone who has tracked Swift’s fashion will recognize that her multicolored romper is more than a flashy red-carpet look. It likely signals an aesthetic shift. During her Reputation era of the past two years, she leaned toward dark, edgy clothing with recognizable designer labels to match her new sound. Swift’s first red-carpet outfit of 2019 went in the opposite direction: It was colorful, almost optimistic, with sequins reflecting light in blue, pink, and purple tones. Her accessories also incorporated bright colors and imagery. She paired her reflective romper with butterfly-accented heels by Sophia Webster and an assortment of gemstone jewelry by State Property and Stefere Jewelry.

The “Delicate” singer even brightened up her beauty look for the event. Swift’s blond hair is something of a trademark, but she switched up her usual color with a neon-pink streak in her ponytail. You can catch a glimpse of it as she walks the red carpet, below.

She also delivered an emotional speech entirely dedicated to her fans. “You guys are the reason why this tour—and the only reason why this tour—wasn’t a massive failure and why it ended up being the highest-selling tour in U.S. history,” she said. “I love seeing all the things you’re posting online, and I just wanted to let you know, when there’s new music, you will be the first to know. I love you so much.”

Swift has said that she enjoys experimenting with fashion and that her wardrobe choices are often related to her music. Fans already guessed that new music was on the way—so now that she’s officially unveiled a sparkly new look, they can assume it’s coming soon.

Taylor Swift Wore a $250 Sequin Romper to the iHeart Radio Music Awards

From filming Cats in London to surprising fans in Los Angeles, Taylor Swift has been all over the map in 2019—except for the red carpet. Despite her own 2019 Grammy nomination and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, appearing in the awards season darling The Favourite, Swift was conspicuously absent from the bulk of music and film’s recent red carpet events. Instead, she showed up at the after parties and, in the case of the Golden Globes, as a surprise presenter during the awards ceremony itself.

Well, Swift’s days of avoiding the red carpet finally ended Thursday night at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Her comeback was for a meaningful reason: to accept the Tour of the Year award for her record-breaking Reputation tour in 2018.

Swift brought the upbeat vibes of her $266 million-grossing tour—the highest-selling in U.S. history—with her through the eye-catching outfit she wore to the event. She made her grand re-entrance to the red carpet in a short-sleeve romper entirely covered in orchid-pink sequins.

It may have been Swift’s first red carpet outfit in several months, but photographers on the step-and-repeat weren’t the first to see it. She gave her fans a sneak peek at her mermaid-like outfit ahead of the awards show on Instagram. “Bout to walk the @iheartradio carpet, thought I’d show you first,” she captioned a photo of her red carpet look.

Thanks to a second post from her stylist, Joseph Cassell, it didn’t take long to track down her romper’s origins. It’s a $250 hand-stitched piece by British label Rosa Bloom, which specializes in handmade and bespoke sequin garments.

Anyone who’s tracked Swift’s fashion will recognize that her multicolored romper is more than a flashy red carpet look. It likely signals an aesthetic shift. During her Reputation era over the past two years, she leaned towards dark, edgy clothing with recognizable designer labels to match her new sound. Swift’s first red carpet outfit of 2019 went in the opposite direction: it was colorful, almost optimistic, with sequins reflecting light in pink, purple, and teal tones. Her accessories also incorporated bright colors and imagery. She paired her reflective romper with butterfly-accented heels by Sophia Webster, and an assortment of gemstone jewelry by State Property and Stefere Jewelry.

The “Delicate” singer even brightened up her beauty look for the event. Swift’s blond hair is something of a trademark, but she switched up her usual color with a neon pink streak in her ponytail. You can catch a glimpse of it as she walks the red carpet, below.

She also delivered an emotional speech entirely dedicated to her fans. “You guys are the reason why this tour—and the only reason why this tour—wasn’t a massive failure and why it ended up being the highest selling tour in U.S. history,” she said. “I love seeing all the things you’re posting online, and I just wanted to let you know when there’s new music, you will be the first to know. I love you so much.”

Swift has said that she enjoys experimenting with fashion, and that her wardrobe choices are often related to her music. Fans already guessed that new music was on the way—so now that she’s officially unveiled a sparkly new look, they can assume it’s coming soon.

Sephora Cut Ties With Olivia Jade Amid the College Admissions Scandal

One of the people embroiled in the recent college admissions scandal is Olivia Jade Giannulli, beauty influencer and daughter of Lori Loughlin. As her mother faces federal charges, Olivia Jade is also dealing with the fallout, as brands like Sephora have decided to end their partnerships with her.

Back in December 2018, Olivia Jade had released the six-color Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette, which retailed for $28. However, early on Thursday, the palette was no longer available online. Sephora later issued a statement explaining that it was no longer working with the celebrity offspring. “After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” the statement read.

Sephora’s decision comes after Olivia Jade’s social media accounts had been flooded with angry comments. Many people said that the college admissions scheme showed the way in which she and her family abused their privileges, and they urged the beauty retailer to drop her.

According to Buzzfeed News, Olivia Jade’s other partnerships include Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Clinique, Too Faced Cosmetics, Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulus, Marc Jacobs Beauty, among many others. She had also teamed up with the printing company HP, which distanced itself from both her and Loughlin yesterday.

“HP worked with Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade in 2017 for a one-time product campaign. HP has removed the content from its properties,” the company wrote in a statement.

Meanwhile, Loughlin—best known for her role as Aunt Becky on Full House—turned herself into federal authorities this week and appeared in court on Wednesday. She was released after posting $1 million in bail. Loughlin is accused of spending approximately $500,000 in bribes to get both of her daughters into the University of Southern California, where Olivia Jade is a freshman. On Thursday, the Hallmark Channel said it was cutting ties with Loughlin. She’s been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the BBC.

Spring Outfits For 2019 You Can Buy On Amazon

Shopping for spring is a unique predicament. Although you’re shedding your layers, you start realizing you need more—maybe not more sweaters or coats, but more sunglasses, straw bags, breezy maxi dresses. Next thing you know, the days are getting longer but you still haven’t procured the right seashell necklace or white sneaker to complete your spring wardrobe. That’s where Amazon and the promise of two-day delivery come in. A strategic search will yield tie-dye scrunchies that let you partake in two of the season’s biggest trends, Victorian-style nightgowns to replace your fall prairie dresses, and other pieces that you’ll want to wear non-stop for the next few months (and then some.) We’ve narrowed down the best fashion buys on Amazon right now, so you can welcome spring with some fresh #OOTDs.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Gives You the Glowiest Skin Ever

Foundation has never been part of my makeup routine. I’m partial to a natural dewy look, and every foundation I’ve ever tried has always gone on too cakey, too heavy, and too thick. So I resigned myself to believe my skin tone will forever be uneven. Better that than cake face, right?

Then one fateful day in December, I hired a makeup artist on GlamSquad to do my makeup for a wedding. As we were chatting about how I wanted to look, I casually offered up my skepticism about foundation. “Nothing works on me; I can’t use it,” I told him. He raised his eyebrows, reached into his bag and said, “Well you’ve probably never tried this.”

This referred to Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer, which he told me he “swears by.” He went on to extoll its virtues, telling me about how he uses it on “absolutely everyone,” whether they think they need foundation or not. He said he’d even converted full-coverage foundation lovers on to its light-as-air finish. His enthusiasm intrigued me, but I wasn’t sold until he put it on.

Seeing it on my skin, I completely understood where this guy’s fervor came from. The change was subtle but unmistakable. The tinted moisturizer gave my face that natural, dewy glow I wanted without looking like I was wearing anything at all. I even liked the way it looked before he put any other makeup on, which is something a mascara addict like myself would honestly never say. I usually feel naked without any eye makeup on, but this tinted moisturizer was really changing everything.

The real test came when I was actually at the wedding—dancing, sweating, and doing other things that makeup usually hates. The product held up for hours and looked just as good while I was staring at myself in the mirror at 2 A.M., questioning my decisions at the open bar.

The next day I decided this wasn’t just a formal occasion look, I needed this tinted moisturizer immediately. So I did what anyone would in that situation—I Googled it. Apparently I’m the only one who wasn’t in on its magic. The reviews and five-stars for it were in the thousands.On Nordstrom alone, Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer has 2,500 glowing reviews. On Sephora it has 4,000!

I’d been slightly hesitant to actually buy it, because at $46, it’s not the cheapest. But after reading the hundredth review by someone who claimed they “couldn’t leave the house without it,” I clicked add to cart—and I’ve never regretted a decision less.

When I’m in a rush, the tinted moisturizer is the only product I’ll put on. It gives me the confidence of a full face of makeup while also making me look like I just came back from a beach vacation. It also blends really nicely with all of the other makeup products I use routinely, like Milk Makeup flex concealer and Glossier Cloud Paint. Plus, it lasts forever! The tube itself is not that large, but I’ve used it every day for four months now and I haven’t run out. (A little on a Beautyblender goes a long way.)

So now when people tell me that they hate foundation I turn to them and say, “Well you’ve probably never tried this.” Weeks later, they’ll come to me and say, “I can’t leave the house without it.” But, of course, I already know. How couldn’t they?

Buy Now: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $46, Nordstrom

Danai Gurira’s Name Was Left Off the New Avengers Poster, and Marvel Fans Aren’t Happy

Marvel got fans excited this week by dropping the official trailer and poster for Avengers: Endgame, but that hype turned into frustration for many when they noticed one glaring omission: The poster doesn’t list Danai Gurira in the cast credits at the top of the image.

In this latest installment of The Avengers, Gurira reprises Okoye, her badass warrior character from Black Panther and Infinity War. Gurira’s image appears on the Avengers: Endgame poster, alongside actors like Brie Larson and Chris Hemsworth, but she’s the only one out of 12 major players whose name isn’t listed in the top credits. That’s a massive oversight, given that Gurira is also the only black woman in the cast. The omission didn’t sit well with Twitter users, many of whom saw it as erasing a woman of color and urged Marvel to correct the poster.

“She is the only black woman on that poster, the highest profile post-snappening wakandan, a firm fan favorite, and freaking actual DANAI GURIRA to boot. put some respect on her name, damn,” one Twitter user wrote. Others pointed out that characters with less impressive roles had been included in the credits. “They really put Bradley Cooper as the fucking raccoon before Danai Gurira’s name this is pathetic,” one user tweeted.

Eventually, eagle-eyed fans noticed that Gurira name does appear at the very bottom of the poster, but you’d basically need a magnifying glass to see it. Marvel hasn’t responded to the criticism or issued a new poster, but fans have made it clear that Gurira should not be ignored.

Avengers: Endgame is in theaters April 26.

Here’s Why You Might Not See Meghan Markle for a While

Kensington Palace confirmed to Metro this week that, aside from some private meetings, Meghan Markle does not “currently have any more official engagements” on her calendar. So what does this mean for royal fans? Well, for starters, there probably won’t be any new photos of her for a while. She’ll be too busy prepping for Baby Sussex, who’s reportedly due at the end of April or early May.

The palace’s confirmation follows a busy few weeks for Markle. On Tuesday, March 12, she stepped out with Prince Harry for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey, where she was spotted hugging Kate Middleton and getting a little teary during a music performance. Earlier that day, she and Harry visited Canada House in London for an event with Canadian expats in the U.K. And last week, Markle spoke on a panel for International Women’s Day.

“I think the real treat in and of itself is being able to be here—that is such a gift on this day,” she said. “And then separate from that there are the women in my life that I want to celebrate with and send some love to today. But also the men who are championing all of us as part of this journey.”

According to Vanity Fair, Markle told her aides she wanted to work as close to her due date as possible. Metro reports she’s keeping up with a few things here and there, like recently meeting with her royal patronage, the Royal National Theatre.

No new photos means we probably won’t see any of Meghan Markle’s show-stopping fashion for a while. And that’s a pretty big bummer, given the incredible maternity looks she’s been pulling together recently. Luckily, she’s her own stylist and will surely have tons of more looks in store once she’s a mom.