Is the Fashion Wearables Love Affair Over?

An Apple Watch displayed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Ssssh. Listen. Do you hear that?

That resounding silence emanating from the fashion world about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a.k.a. one of the biggest consumer tech product events of the year? It was only three years ago that wearables were the buzzword of the runways, predicted to trend in closets everywhere. Now they barely merit a mention.

It’s probably going too far to say that the love affair between fashion and technology is over. But it certainly seems to have cooled.

While there are still plenty of designer-name smartwatches coming to market — Fossil just introduced a style in collaboration with Kate Spade; Louis Vuitton entered the sector last year, teaming up with Google and Qualcomm Technology — they are not generating nearly the same flushed excitement that they once did.

Remember when?

In 2015, Brian Krzanich, the chief executive of Intel, gave the opening keynote speech at CES introducing a buttonsize computing system called Curie that was touted as a tool to change how our clothes function. It was part of a wearables push that included a smart bracelet made in collaboration with Opening Ceremony and smart glasses made with Oakley.

And that address followed the long-lead drumroll for the Apple Watch, which was introduced to the fashion crowd to great fanfare the previous September, just in time for fashion week. (There was so much breathless expectation over the product that some editors prioritized Cupertino, Calif., and the reveal over the New York ready-to-wear collections.)

Marketed as a must-have accessory, the Apple Watch seemed a clear sign that Apple had its sights set on style, especially after the hiring of the former Yves Saint Laurent chief executive Paul Deneve and the former Burberry C.E.O. Angela Ahrendts in 2013, and the former Tag Heuer executive Patrick Pruniaux in 2014.

The next year, it was announced that Apple had teamed up with Hermès to create straps and watch faces. More brand partnerships were rumored. Apple sponsored the Met Gala in 2016.

But Mr. Deneve left Applequietly late last year. Though the watch’s market share has grown, increasingly, it seems as if most of the focus on wearables has shifted to health and functionality, as opposed to aesthetics, and most of fashion’s focus on technology has shifted to production and manufacturing (3-D printing, A.I.), not new categories of items.

Maybe we should have expected it. I remember sitting in a Paris hotel room during the women’s wear shows as Jonathan Ive of Apple showed me the first Apple Watch and asking (I was skeptical) what it would do. He told me they didn’t really know; that they would have to see how people used it to understand what it would really become.

Presumably that’s what’s going on now.

When fashion and tech first started making goo-goo eyes at each other, there was a lot of speculation as to whether two such different worlds could ever really mesh. You could understand the attraction. Often as not they share the same consumer, who is making choices about whether to buy, say, a phone, or a coat. Design matters deeply to both sectors. There was a lot of talk about learning to speak each other’s language.

And they probably have, to a certain extent. Smartwatches were the beginning. But if this is going to be a meaningful partnership, that can’t be the end. Especially because no matter how many designers and brands get involved, the end result seems to look pretty much the same. There is only so much you can do, style-wise, within the engineering limits of the wristwatch form. As a result, you get what we have now which is … yawn.

The problem is still that, a few smart sportswear items aside, no one is really sure exactly what role technology should play in the rest of our wardrobe. What do we want our clothes to do, beyond what they already do? Maybe temperature control, often fantasized about. Maybe not.

Because here’s the thing: Fashion choices have always communicated — about identity, values, community — pretty effectively to the world. Even without Siri or Alexa to help.


Golden Globes: All-black fashion effort is ‘bigger than a best dressed list’

Theme: ‘don’t stand out, stand up’

(CNN) – The Golden Globes red carpet has been home to many iconic fashion moments, but this year’s pre-award show promenade will be fueled by one mantra: don’t stand out, stand up.

Black dresses will rule the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globes in a show of solidarity for the mission of anti-sexual harassment group Time’s Up.

The organization, which was made itself known officially this week, formed after allegations against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light in a story by The New York Times in October.

Director Ava DuVernay, producer Kathleen Kennedy and dozens of celebrities, including America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Constance Wu, laid out the mission of Time’s Up in an open letter on Monday.

Time’s Up is advocating for legislation to curtail workplace harassment across industries and seeking gender parity at various entertainment companies.

In addition to raising nearly $15 million for a legal defense fund, the group has encouraged people to wear black to the Globes in a show of support and to raise awareness.

With red carpets often dominated by talk of dresses, hair and jewels, with this effort, the Time’s Up is steering the conversation toward its agenda.

“It’s bigger than a best dressed list,” Karla Welch, a Los Angeles-based stylist of 13 years, told CNN via email.

Welch, who is among the industry’s most acclaimed stylists, has clients who have included Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Amy Poehler. She first heard about the effort back in December and “instantly thought” it was “going to be powerful and amazing.”

“This movement is incredibly well organized,” said Welch. “All of my clients were aware through their own network.”

Some men are expected to take part, too.

Back in December, stylists Ilaria Urbinati confirmed in an Instagram post that her male clients would be “standing in solidarity with women on this wearing-all-black movement to protest against gender inequality.”

Urbinati’s clients include Tom Hiddleston, Armie Hammer and Dwayne Johnson.

Welch said it hasn’t been a particularly difficult challenge to find appropriate options for her clients because “every showroom and designer has been incredible.”

Incredible, too, she said, has been taking part in “something so unifying.”

“Honestly, for this, it wouldn’t be an option to not wear black,” Welch said. “I can’t imagine working [with] an actor who wouldn’t want to support this.”

Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch agrees, saying straying from black would be an “incredible faux pas,” even if it was done as a result of simple unawareness of the effort.

“This is not a competition, this is a sisterhood,” he said. “We want everyone to know this is what we’re doing.”

Most important, however, is emphasizing why it’s all taking place, according to actress Connie Britton.

“What we really need to do now is get to the grassroots and get to every day women who have been dealing with these issues and have to sit alone with it and don’t have the resources to empower themselves,” she told CNN. “For me, my hope is that we really get to a place with this movement where it’s not just about Hollywood.”

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Don’t Rip Up the Red Carpet

Fashion has always been worthy of rigorous, smart reporting. But that doesn’t mean we can’t revel in it, too.

A lot of necessary and thoughtful consideration is being paid to how awards shows, the red carpet, and fashion will be covered post-Weinstein: Is an all-black red carpet protest a good thing? Should best (and worst) dressed lists persist? (The Cut says no.) It wouldn’t make sense to think about Hollywood’s most celebratory events in that frothy and self-congratulatory light they are so often bathed in.

The New York Times‘ Styles section has announced that, in addition to the usual style and culture reporters (fashion critic Vanessa Friedman and Hollywood reporter and Carpetbagger blogger Cara Buckley), Jodi Kantor, she of the Weinstein exposé, and numerous others, will also be contributing to red carpet coverage. But, but! The section will still report on and display all the “cool dresses and tuxedos.” Here’s the rationale: “We think this is more useful than exploitative, as red carpet coverage is mostly of women, about, by and for women. Two thirds of the online audience for pictures here of the 2017 Grammys and the 2017 Golden Globes were women.” See, women like red carpet fashion, they reason—the data shows it!

I think it’s great that the Styles section is devoting substantial resources to covering the red carpet this year. In fact, it just unveiled an impressive package devoted to it. What I take issue with here is what feels like justification for embracing fashion for fashion’s sake. As if that kind of coverage would otherwise be too fluffy or shallow to indulge in “in these times.” As if enjoying the fashion on a red carpet is just plain vapid, as Megan Garber asserts at The Atlantic. As if we, women, can’t appreciate a good dress (or cheer for an actress who clearly feels good in hers) and listen to that same actress speak out about the systemic sexism and racism plaguing her industry.

Fashion, and the ways in which women have used it, has always been worthy of rigorous, smart reporting. (Look no further than Robin Givhan’s Pulitzer-prize winning coverage of Michelle Obama’s style for evidence of that.) In part because women have not always been able to use their voices so freely, clothes have long served as a way to make a statement: consider the Suffragettes in white (and later Hillary Clinton signaling their efforts with her own all-white pants suit at the DNC), Black Panthers in militaristic garb and Afros, or Latinx women in quinceañera dresses on the steps of the Texas State Capitol to protest an immigration enforcement law. But that doesn’t mean we can’t revel in fashion, too.

And on over the coming months, that’s what we’ll do. We will report on what this black dress red carpet protest looks and sounds like, and reflect on its success. (The Times’ Jenna Wortham makes a great point about the incredible privilege of this kind of protest.) We will be closely following the nominations, watching for recognition for the work that women do behind the camera as well as in front of it. And we will still find occasion to celebrate the designers, stylists, and makeup artists who work hard to make beautiful things. At the Atlantic, Gerber writes that it would be a “dereliction of duty” for red carpet reporters to ask stars about “sequins and Spanx.” To be sure, the red carpet has an ugly tradition of focusing on the superficial when women walk down it, and it can serve as a platform to speak about more. (In fact, it has! See: #AskHerMore.) But far be it from us to shame the actress who feels fucking great in her dress and wants to talk about that and the next project she’s producing.

In her criticism of the black dress red carpet protest, Robin Givhan argues that wearing black “takes the fizz out of fashion” and is therefore “regressive.” Instead, she thinks women should “Wear red. Wear retina-searing fuchsia or yellow. Wear sequins and rhinestones.” It’s the time to be “seen and heard,” she argues. I’d argue for women wearing whatever the hell they want. And if wearing black en masse feels like an empowering moment of solidarity for women in Hollywood (as it does for nominees Saoirse Ronan and Allison Janney), that’s great. And if another actor wants to wear sequins and feathers because that’s what makes her feel most like herself, that’s great too. Fashion is, at its core, about self expression. And so the clothes we put on are always statements in and of themselves.


Shopping for new outfits for a holiday in Hawaii can add up – unless you go the route of fashion blogger Mia Maples and buy them from eBay.

Planning out her outfits months in advance – because that is how long it took for some of the items to arrive from far-flung retailers – Maples decided to spend her holiday in clothes she bought for about $5 or under from the online auction site.

Filming her clothing experiment for YouTube in a new video, the blogger shows off each item before donning it while on vacation with her family.

While some of the clothes looked a little iffy upon first glance – and on – some of the outfits turned out surprisingly well.

Here’s a rundown of the outfits Maples wore – and the rating each outfit received from the fashion blogger.

Day One

On her first day in paradise, Mia wore a red floral dress, which she purchased from eBay for $5.44 (£4).

The dress turned out to be completely see-through so Mia opted to wear it as a cover-up for the beach instead.

The dress was completely sheer


Maples wore the dress as a cover-up instead

But “the straps kept sliding off” and the blogger noticed “You can’t actually tell what is the front and what is the back so it is like nothing is shaped differently to stay up on you.”

As a beach cover-up: 8/10

As a dress: 2/10

Day Two

For day two, Mia wore the “outfit she was most excited for,” which turned out to be our favourite.

Pairing a knock-off Calvin Klein crop top with some high-waisted workout shorts and a suede-like black baseball cap to go for a hike, the outfit fit well and looked good.

Maples was not a huge fan of the hat size
The “Calvin Klein” top was a hit

Although she expressed concern over the hat, “the beak feels a lot longer than a normal hat,” the shirt was a win for Mia because “it was really comfortable.”

But you could tell the shorts were made from cheaper material from the unravelling of the strings.

Mia forgot to rate the outfit so we did it for her.

Hiking outfit: 9/10

Day Three

On her third day of holiday, Mia ditched a pair of blue pants she had ordered because they “sucked,” but wore a black silk top with lace.

The top, which felt like “real silk” turned out to be her “absolute favourite thing from the entire eBay haul.”

This black lace shirt was the blogger’s favourite item

According to Mia, the top comes in other colours and she is planning on buying those too.

Black lace top: 10/10

Day Four

Mia only wore a top from her eBay purchases on day four, not a full outfit, because she had originally planned to wear it with the blue pants.

She paired the Ebay pink frilly shirt, which was “really great quality” with a pair of overalls to go flea market shopping.

The blogger paired the top with overalls

If you like the top, Mia urged her followers to “just go and buy it because it was super inexpensive and awesome.”

Mia loved this top

Mia forgot to rate this top as well so we took over.

Pink frilly top: 10/10

Day Five

On her fifth and final day of eBay outfits, Mia had returned back home.

Saving the worst for last, Mia’s final outfit consisted of a salmon-coloured skirt with overall straps and a white tube top.

According to Mia, this is the “one outfit that she didn’t think through and just wasn’t a good idea.”

The fashion blogger thought this outfit felt like a kleenex

The straps “were way too long and kept falling off” and the skirt felt like “a kleenex.”

However, the tube top was actually quite nice because “how could you mess up a tube-top.”

The rating says it all.

Skirt with overalls: 1/10

Overall, the $5 clothes from Mia’s eBay haul turned out to be surprisingly cute. So if you’re planning a holiday, or just want to shop on a budget, it looks like eBay may be a useful place to start.

Just prepare for a long wait once you press order.


London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2018: Ones to Watch

British designers on the rise are getting set to present their collections during London Fashion Week Men’s.

A look from A Cold Wall.

A look from Daniel Fletcher.

A look from Wood Wood.


John Alexander Skelton

Born and raised in York, John Alexander Skelton received his master’s in fashion men’s wear at Central Saint Martins and took on internships at E. Tautz and Patrik Ervell before launching his label last year. Selected by Giles Deacon, Skelton is a recipient of the Sarabande scholarship, an initiative from The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation that aids young designers. He is working out of a studio at Sarabande in east London.

Sustainability is a key theme for Skelton, who incorporates repurposed materials into his ranges and takes a DIY approach to his work. He has a loom in his studio and many of his fabrics are handwoven, as is much of his knitwear. “Everything I dye is also done by hand using natural dye. The handcrafted element is my signature, in a way,” said the designer.

For fall 2018, Skelton has been working with mills in Ireland, mixing British wool and Irish linen.

“I have been doing a lot of hand weaving, as well, on the loom. I have also done a few natural dyes this time, one using an ancient European dye, the European version of indigo, called woad,” he said.

Skelton’s main focus has always been on the process and materials with unisex silhouettes that are suitable for men and women, such as a hand-crochet knit sweater or a long-knitted overcoat.

Prices range from 400 pounds for a shirt to 5,000 pounds for a coat. The label is stocked in Dover Street Market London, Dover Street Market Ginza and Ware Mo Kou in Japan.

Skelton, who has shown off-season in the past, will be presenting his fall collection at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 at St. Mark’s Church in Dalston. He said that deciding to show his range during men’s fashion week was dictated by his sales strategy. “I have been looking to take my private appointment sales to London from Paris,” said Skelton. He said he plans to show annually.


Now in its fourth season, A-Cold-Wall has been picked up by Selfridges, Oki-Ni, 18 Montrose and Leclaireur in France.

Designer Samuel Ross launched A-Cold-Wall in 2015, and the label is known for its deconstructed workwear and oversized silhouettes.

This season Ross said he plans to explore heavy outerwear and expand on his fabric offer. “Wools and knitted fabrics are a new direction for us,” he said. “Although it’s uncharted territory, I have a concise idea of what I wish to achieve within this specific fabric category. It’s building very well.”

Ross said the business is expanding: The company has increased its global accounts to 52 retailers and moved mainline production to Italy. “Our goal over this last quarter has been analyzing the data over the course of the past year, and to control and structure our growth further,” he said. “It’s about forming predictions and forecasting when specific activations, content and targets must be achieved and rolled out.”

A-Cold-Wall’s runway show will take place at 3 p.m. at the BFC Show Space on Jan. 8.

Daniel Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher plans to shake up the way he showcases his range by opening with a catwalk show at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, where models will assemble in a standing formation. He also plans to collaborate with a number of artists to create the set.

“It’s quite grand and traditional,” said Fletcher of the venue. “But I am hoping to bring something modern to it. I feel like dressing a little more formally, myself, in the winter, so there are a lot of pieces which people have come to expect from me — silk shirts, leather pieces and sportswear base layers underpin the collection — but it doesn’t feel quite as sporty this season.”

Fletcher, who launched his label last year, has built quite a résumé since graduating from Central Saint Martins. He was snapped up by Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton to work on the brand’s men’s leather accessories. Fletcher also mentored Antonio Banderas when the actor was studying fashion design at Saint Martins. He also consulted on J.W. Anderson’s men’s wear this season.

“It has actually given me a lot of freedom,” said Fletcher of consulting at J.W. Anderson. “The team is a lot bigger there and to have the support of a whole atelier, fabric and product developers and everyone else there has allowed me to be more free in the way I design, as I don’t have the restrictions that come with being a small brand.”

Fletcher is currently stocked in 16 stores and works with his sales team from Awaykin. “We have focused on working with one key store in major capitals and then making sure we work closely with them to get a good sell through,” he said. “This seems to have worked and my production is running smoothly now so we are hoping to increase that this season. But I want to make sure that those stores that have supported me from the beginning are prioritized. I haven’t had any investment yet, but this is something I would consider if I find the right person. Cash flow is the biggest challenge for me as well as running the business, so to have some support on that would help me to take the brand to the next level.”

Fletcher will be launching with Ssense — his first online-only stockist — in January and he has started working with a few more stores in Tokyo such as Opening Ceremony, Beams International Gallery and Urban Research. He said he wants to develop his e-commerce business next year. “It has been a strong part of my business since I started,” said Fletcher. “But I feel there is a lot more I could be doing, and there are huge benefits for a brand being able to sell directly to our customers, both in terms of profits and understanding how people buy and wear the products.”

Fletcher will stage his presentation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Wood Wood

Danish label Wood Wood will make its London Fashion Week Men’s debut with a presentation on Jan. 6 at a location that’s yet to be confirmed.

Launched in 2002 by childhood friends Karl-Oskar Olsen and Brian Jensen, the Copenhagen-based brand is known for its streetwear aesthetic. It has shown during Copenhagen Fashion Week, and during Berlin and New York fashion weeks.

“London is important as a fashion metropolis. The best designers in the world are from London and I see it as a test on where we are,” said Olsen. “If we can make a successful presentation in London we must be doing something right.”

Olsen describes the Wood Wood man as a person with a mind of his own who has a cultural consciousness and is interested in street culture.

The designers both attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and launched their label after Olsen, who studied spatial design, graduated in 2002. Jensen studied visual communication and graduated in 2007.

The brand has collaborated previously with a number of labels including the likes of Nike, Adidas, Converse, Onitsuka Tiger, Champion, Eastpak, Barbour and Penfield.

Prices range from 35 pounds for a cap to 450 pounds for a leather jacket. The label is stocked in Liberty, Goodhood, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marche and Isetan.

“We don’t change our concept season to season but try to reflect the times we live in,” said Olsen. “We have taken inspiration from films like ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ — films from our youth about growing up, and the state of mind we were in, going from lazy teens to becoming more ‘responsible’ as an adult. 

“We’ve taken bits and pieces from here and there and transformed it into a modern ‘Americana” look,’” he added, “a rich variation of fabrics like corduroy, nappy wool, denim and nylon. The most significant artworks are the patchwork story along the youth-addressed placement: ‘leave me alone with your own attention,’ ‘fan club’ and ‘before and after,’ which is a direct hint to the transformation from youth to adultness.”

Wood Wood will stage a presentation from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 6

Marie Claire Announces Third Annual Image Makers Award Recipients

Marie Claire Announces Third Annual Image Makers Award Recipients

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Issa Rae, left, stylist Karla Welch, center, and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider

The awards honor the talent behind Hollywood’s talent.

Marie Claire has announced the winners of its third annual Image Makers awards, which will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, honoring the talent behind Hollywood’s talent — the makeup artists, hair and fashion stylists.

Hairstylist Serge Normant will receive the ICON Award from Sarah Jessica Parker (he also works with Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts), while makeup artist Rachel Goodwin and hairstylist Mara Roszak will both be honored by longtime client Emma Stone.

Tracee Ellis Ross will present an award to super stylist Karla Welch, who shares her love of fashion and political activism. Dior makeup artist Peter Philips and Insecure’s Issa Rae are also on the list of honorees who will be celebrated at the event and in the February issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Marie Claire February 2018 cover
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Marie Claire February 2018 cover

“The event has really gained a life of its own because these actresses are so attached to their makeup artists, hairstylists and fashion stylists, the people who are in the trenches with them every day,” says Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. “We could never have predicted [the] level of intimacy that has sprung up around these people. When a celebrity presents an award, it’s a really poignant, authentic moment.”

Last year’s ceremony drew a starry crowd, including Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner.

Janelle Monae, left, and stylist Maeve Reilly.

Marie Claire Image Makers Awards Draw Janelle Monae, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford

The Image Makers awards were created three years ago with the rise of social media, Fulenwider says. “What we all saw happening with Instagram were these great behind-the-scenes moments of getting ready for awards shows, on sets and on shoots. Makeup artists, hairstylists and stylists were becoming mini celebrities and gaining a following on their own. We wanted to cover that and throw a big old Hollywood bash.”

“Serge does my own hair, so that will be a personal moment for me,” she adds. “Also, not only has Tracee Ellis Ross’ relationship with Karla Welch been amazing, her sense of style has been so fun to watch. And Emma Stone was insistent on presenting to both Mara and Rachel because she considers them her dream team. That’s a cool testament to the magic that happens behind the scenes.”


17 Beauty Tips That Are Actual Gamechangers


 brushes just don’t work on my lashes. Meaning, they always, without fail, make the product clump and stick together, no matter what formula I use. Still, I like the look of a tint, so I’ve taken to using Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara on my top lashes. The brush is tiny and thin, and it deposits a little product without making me look spidery or overdone.” —Perrie Samotin, digital deputy editor

Instead of brushing mascara on, wiggle the wand.
“I apply mascara by wiggling the brush across my lashes from the bottom and working my way up with the same motion. It sounds silly, but I noticed a big difference in my lashes after I learned this tip on a shoot. My mascara used to clump; now each lash looks fluttery and defined.” —Halie LeSavage, fashion features assistant

Tap on gloss for high cheekbones without highlighter.
“For a daytime highlight, I’ll put Too Faced’s clear Melted Latex lipstick on the high parts of my cheekbones for a subtle, more natural glow. It’s great for layering my crazy highlighters on top of after wearing makeup all day.” —Khaliha Hawkins, digital administrative assistant

Wing your cat eye upward, not outward.
“This may seem obvious to fellow liner lovers, but it didn’t really register for me until I met cat-eye master Daniel Chinchilla, who’s Ariana Grande’s makeup artist. He explained that a common cat-eye mistake is drawing a line that goes out straight toward your ear—which can make your eyes look droopy—rather than up toward the ends of your eyebrows. Since making this slight adjustment to my technique, I’ve gotten my cat eye down to a science. I just follow the upward direction of my lower lash line, instead of the downward direction of my upper.” —Jennifer Mulrow, assistant beauty editor

Trace brown liner under your top lashes for more definition.
“I wear winged liner every day, but before I do that I always tight-line my upper lid. I just lift my eyelid a little and very gently line under my lashes. My eyeliner—I use Stila—is black, but I use dark brown for the tight line, Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in (Earth)quake. It makes a really noticeable difference, making the final look bolder and my eyes seem bigger.” —Azadeh Valanejad, social producer

Brushing your brows up makes a huge difference.
“Backstage at Rosie Assoulin this past spring ’18 season, James Kaliardos explained to an eager group of editors how a little grooming can make you look instantly put together. The easiest way? By brushing your eyebrows. Midinterview, in fact, he asked if he could brush my eyebrows right then and there. (Do I even want to know how long he’d been waiting to ask that?) It’s safe to say I haven’t left the house without brushing my eyebrows since. All you need is a regular spoolie, but clear gloss will keep them in place longer.” —J.M.

The Best Skin Care Tips

Caffeine on your makeup sponge is just crazy enough to work.
“I drink a black iced coffee every morning, and sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little on my Beautyblender to dampen it while I’m applying foundation. The following claim is obviously self-substantiated, but I swear the caffeinated liquid wakes up my skin and gives me a glow. Whatever works, right?” —P.S.

Put eye cream around your lips.
“So many people have told me they think eye cream is bullshit, but I’ve spent enough time around aestheticians to know better: The right eye cream in the right spots can make a world of difference. I put it on with my ring finger (it has the lightest touch and won’t drag your skin) all around my eye area including the skin between my eyes on the sides of my nose, right between my eyebrows, and around my mouth. The latter sounds weird, but your skin there is also delicate and prone to wrinkles, especially if you smoked for years, like me. Yeah, I know….” —L.S.

Add balm or oil to makeup if you have dry skin.
“My face skin gets flaky-dry in the winter, so I mix a rich balm or face oil into everything—foundation, primer, concealer, you name it. My current favorite is the Healing Balm from Max & Madeleine. I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin, but if your face gets chapped or reptilian-looking when it’s cold, please do yourself a favor and swiftly mix a drop of balm with whatever else you’re putting on your face at about a three-to-one ratio.” —A.R.

Mix sugar and Vaseline to cure dry, flaky lips.
“I am a self-proclaimed lipstick addict, and if I didn’t give my lips a treatment every once in a while, they’d probably fall off. Or they’d at least be really cracked and sore all the time. Instead of buying a lip scrub, you can just mix sugar and Vaseline together to help smooth your lips when they’re feeling dried out and tired.” —E.R.

Wash your face before you exercise.
“I go to the gym before work every morning—well, most mornings—and I always give my skin a good rinse with my Clinique cleanser before getting started. Washing my face before ensures that my pores won’t get clogged from a gross sweat-dirt-oil mix while I’m working out. I have oily, acne-prone skin to begin with, and I noticed that I was way less prone to post-exercise breakouts after I started doing an extra wash beforehand.” —H.L.