Curtain Bangs Are the Most Flattering for Every Hair Type

“That sounds like a question for your therapist,” my boyfriend replied offhandedly, after I asked him yet again, if I should get bangs. It’s something I’ve asked him hundreds of times, and a thought that rolls around my head when I’m trying to fall asleep at night. To me, the most defining characteristic of womanhood is sitting in front of the mirror, wondering if the right pair of bangs will change your life.

Now, I wouldn’t go as far to say that bangs can be life-changing, but I strongly believe that everyone can benefit from them. If you prefer yourself bang-less, please, continue on. But if you’ve ever wondered “can I pull off bangs?” the answer is a resounding yes.

It’s important to note here though that not all bangs are created equal. After lusting over straight-across bangs since middle school (thanks to 500 Days of Summer and Alexa Chung, obviously), and accepting they will never work with my round face, I finally got curtain bangs three years ago, and I haven’t looked back since.

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Curtain bangs, for the uninitiated, are those shaggy, effortless bangs that—as the name suggests—frame your face perfectly, much like a curtain does with a window. The look has roots in the ’60s and ’70s (think Jane Birkin), but today’s take on it works with a range of styles and textures—messy waves, curly shags, sleek blowouts, high ponytails, you name it.

“Curtain bangs are the gateway to bangs, because they’re super versatile,” says Emily Heser, stylist at Cutler Salon in New York City. “They’re long enough to grow out or pin back if you want, but they can also be cut into a shorter look.” The look has steadily become both a celebrity and Insta-girl fave for its easy-going vibe.

Celebrity hairstylist Alex Brown has noticed that curtain bangs have become increasingly popular in the last few years, largely due to how easy they are to manage. “They don’t take on the commitment of adding a full throttle bang to your hair,” she says. “They’re less work and are so easy to grow out.”

Jenna Dewan Just Shared the Exact Moment Her Fiancé Proposed

If you thought Jenna Dewan’s engagement couldn’t get any more romantic, you’d be sorely mistaken.

Dewan’s original announcement came on Instagram on Tuesday (February 18) with a gorgeous photo of her and fiancé, Steve Kazee, mid-kiss. The pose is perfect for showing off her new custom-ring from actor Nikki Reed’s sustainable luxury jewelry brand, Bayou With Love. “A lifetime to love and grow with you…you have my heart,” Dewan wrote in her caption.

Kazee shared the same photo on his account with a slightly longer promise. “When you wake in the morning I will kiss your face with a smile no one has ever seen,” he wrote. “When you wake in the morning I will kiss your eyes and say it’s you I have loved all these years.”

Seriously, these two cannot stop gushing about each other on Instagram. Just five days ago Dewan wrote, “You flew into my life like a rocket, lit it up beyond what I could’ve expected or imagined, and every day I am in awe over the love, care and nurture you show me, Evie and everyone around you. I’ve told you a thousand times and I’ll tell you again…Thank you for finding me I am the luckiest girl alive.”

Now, Dewan has shared the exact moment Kazee got down on one knee on her Instagram Story:

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Dewan shared several more pics from the day in her IG Story and on her grid, describing it as “one of the best days of my life.”

“I can honestly say that this was one of the best days of my life and if i had a choice to relive any day over and over it would be THIS. (And the birth of [my daughter] evie of course💕💕) The best blessingway i could ever have imagined,” she wrote in a separate post.

Jenna Dewan has been dating Steve Kazee since 2018 and announced her pregnancy with their first child together this past September. (Dewan has a daughter, Everly, with her ex-hubsand, Channing Tatum.) Looks like 2020 will be a big year for this fam. Congrats!

Olay Will No Longer Retouch Models’ Complexions in Its Skin Care Ads

Photoshop in advertising is no secret—as is the result it’s had on the way we see ourselves. It’s something the beauty industry has reckoned with over the past few years as women demand to see more realistic imagery in the world around us. And now Olay is delivering: The brand just announced it’s officially committed to “zero skin retouching” in all of its advertising materials, including content created by Olay’s influencer partners.

Olay admits in a statement that women face outrageous, and often conflicting, expectations about their appearance from the beauty industry and society as a whole. “In the U.S., 40% of women surveyed by Mintel said they felt beauty advertisements impart an unrealistic expectation, making it unclear what was actually achievable,” the statement reads.

So Olay is making a big change. Starting with a campaign led by actress Busy Philipps, model Denise Bidot, and comedian Lilly Singh, the company’s advertisements will be paired with an “Olay Skin Promise” logo, assuring buyers that the ad was completely untouched. Beyond the initial launch, you can expect to see the logo on all the brand’s imagery across print, digital, and TV by 2021. If this all sounds familiar, Olay is partnering with CVS, who launched its own campaign against excessive Photoshop in beauty ads in 2018.

Courtesy of Olay

Philipps, for one, is thrilled to be a part of this particular body-positive movement. “For Olay to take this stand and say, ‘We’re about skin care, we’re about having you feel your best and having you feel like your most confident self’, it’s a really big deal,” she said in a statement. “The more huge companies like Olay that can stand up, the better everyone’s going to be. You want to see yourself reflected. You don’t want to see something that’s completely unattainable because that’s not real.”

Philipps went on to tell Allure about her own experiences being altered in photoshoots. “My moles are such defining characteristics of my skin—it’s who I am,” she said. “So to have that message sent to me in the beginning of my career caused a lot of self-doubt.”

Courtesy of Olay

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Olay is far from the only beauty and lifestyle brand taking the leap into unretouched advertisements. Aerie just announced its latest group of #AerieREAL Role Models with an unretouched photoshoot, for example. But the world of Instagram influencers is still a mostly unregulated land of perceived perfection and Facetune. Hopefully, this is just one of many steps in changing toxic messaging online.

“I think people are so conditioned to see a ‘perfect’ face staring back at them on Instagram,” Philipps said. “And the more those [types of retouched] images get out there, the more it reinforces a normal that is not normal.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Gave Some Big Updates About Their Royal Exit

Looks like we finally have some news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s duties since stepping down as senior members of the family.

After scaling back from the royal family in London and moving to Canada back in January—reportedly giving up their HRH titles in the process—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been enjoying a quiet new life in Vancouver while planning their new ventures and charity organization. However, it looks like some i‘s and t‘s still need to be dotted and crossed with their folks back in the U.K.

According to royal reporter Omid Scobie, Buckingham Palace has released a bit more info on their transition process, which will officially begin on March 31. “The Royal Family and Sussexes have agreed to an initial 12-month review to ensure the arrangement works for all parties,” a source said, per Scobie.

“From April 1, the Sussexes will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace but will continue to [be] repped in the U.K. through their foundation team,” writes Scobie in a second tweet. “It’s confirmed that the couple will retain their other titles of The Earl & Countess of Dumbarton and The Baron & Baroness Kilkeel.”

Prince Harry will reportedly also maintain his ranks of major, lieutenant commander, and squadron leader. Here’s where things get a little murky. “However, during this 12-month period his honorary military positions will not be used,” Scobie says in another tweet. “No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the review is completed.”

As for that trip back to London, Prince Harry and Markle are not going to have a whole lot of free time on their hands. The trip will begin with a visit with Bon Jovi at a recording session of his song “Unbroken” with the Invictus Games Choir. Despite reports that Prince William and Middleton will be steering the Royal Foundation toward organizations closer to their own hearts, it seems Prince Harry will not be ignoring his commitment to the games in the near future.

Following that, Meghan and Harry will attend a slew of engagements before joining Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family for the Commonwealth Day service on March 9. The day before that, Markle will “mark” International Women’s Day 2020. No word yet on whatever that means.

After their visit, a “palace source” says the couple will be back in the U.K. “regularly.” Good! That gives the two princes plenty of opportunities to start mending that supposed rift.

Demi Lovato Opens Up About What Led to Her 2018 Overdose

Demi Lovato was a guest on Ashley Graham’s Pretty Big Deal podcast on Tuesday, February 18, and opened up about some of what led to her 2018 overdose. The “Anyone” singer specifically talked about her eating disorder recovery and how that played a factor in “everything happening over the past year.”

“When you have certain people around you that are telling you certain things, that you should look a certain way, it makes it harder,” Lovato told Graham, per People. “So I was in that situation—I was just running myself into the ground, and I honestly think that’s kind of what led to everything happening over the past year. It was just me thinking I found recovery when I didn’t and then living this kind of lie, and trying to tell the world that I was happy with myself when I really wasn’t.”

Lovato says she’s trying her best to shake old mindsets about body image—especially when it comes to the album cycle she’s about to begin. “I made a choice going into this next album, okay when I present this, I’m not going to worry about what I look like,” she told Graham. “I’m not going to worry about trying to look a certain way or fit a certain mold or whatever, that’s just not who I am. Someone needs to stand up for people who don’t naturally look that way. Like I had to work my ass off every day at the gym six days a week to maintain that figure, and it’s just like, that led me only one way, and I don’t want to go down that path again. So I’m not willing to destroy my mental health to look a certain way anymore.”

Demi Lovato has been open about her battles with both addiction and an eating disorder. In July 2018 she suffered an overdose and spent two weeks in the hospital before seeking treatment. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” she wrote on Instagram in 2018. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”

She’s primarily been using her music, like the song “Anyone,” to talk about what happened two years ago. Slowly but surely, she says she’s getting comfortable revealing more. “I’m grateful that I have this opportunity to sit here and tell a little bit of my story,” Lovato told Zane Lowe from Apple Music in January. “As time goes on, I’m gonna tell more and more about it.”

If you or someone you know is battling an eating disorder, please contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 1-800-931-2237 or go to NationalEatingDisorders.org.

Farm-to-Tush Toilet Paper Is Here

As long as humans have been on this planet, they’ve been going to the bathroom. (Well, we have to assume so, anyway). But if subway ads or podcast ads or Instagram ads are any indication, we are apparently in the golden age of the butt. There are trendy bidets (self-care for your crack), butt masks (for maintaining the sparkle and smoothness of your butt cheeks), and finally, at the peak of our millennial-ness, a bougie new class of farm-to-tush toilet papers. Millennial butt care. It’s everywhere, it’s inescapable, it’s…kind of confusing?

Over the past couple of years, as we recklessly thought not at all about our rolls of Charmin, a change swept the ass-care industry. Companies like Bippy, Peach, Who Gives a Crap, and No. 2 took to Instagram with their aesthetically pleasing, sustainably made luxury direct-to-consumer rolls, imploring us all to flush our hard-earned cash down the toilet for a roll of T.P. that’s in line with our personal brand values.

Did we really need to reinvent the roll? Toilet paper is something I never really thought that much about beyond, like, knowing that I had it in my bathroom. But now all of these butt-posi companies have me wondering whether I should. Do I need a fancy $3 roll of toilet paper? Do I? Do I?

Instagram says I do. Or at least maybe I do. Thousands of engaged consumers are filling their feeds with toilet paper fit for the aesthetically discerning. Bippy offers its 13,000 followers toilet paper memes. Peach serves up Pinterest-ready interiors and travel shots in sherbet oranges that have seemingly little to do with toilet paper but are damn nice to look at anyway. The Who Gives a Crap account boasts more than 150,000 followers and often posts colorfully designed 4x4s showing off its artfully wrapped paper. For National Toilet Day in November (which is, of course, a thing), the brand celebrated with a masterfully choreographed video of a man tap-dancing on top of—duh—a toilet. “Haha, this is awesome!” one commenter posted. “Gold,” wrote another.

The onrush of toilet paper companies with wacky names do aim to solve an actual problem millennials care about—taking care of the earth. In an article for Vox’s The Goods, reporter Dan Nosowitz (who, full disclaimer, is also my husband) found an early 2019 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council that graded T.P. brands on measures of sustainability. Charmin, Quilted Northern, and Kirkland Signature all got F’s.

Those big fat F’s gave hungry entrepreneurs looking to wage war on Big Toilet Paper a wide opening. “When I found out 15% of global deforestation was caused by toilet paper—an item I had used my whole life without question—I knew I had to do my part,” says Lisa Frame, cofounder of Bippy, whose tagline is “a modern personal care line exclusively for the butt that’s on a mission to preserve forests from the bottom up.”

Hillary Clinton: ‘The Press Has Never Taken Reproductive Health Seriously’

The reality that Hillary Clinton is planning, determined and unglamourous, for the future, that Hillary Clinton is ready to hold the media accountable for dismissing women’s rights, that Hillary Clinton is advocating for newborn babies at hurricane-ravaged clinics, that Hillary Clinton is strategizing on the issue of humanitarian-worker burnout—is so confusing. Didn’t Hillary Clinton lose? Doesn’t she have some fancy luncheon to be at? Isn’t she tired of being defeated?

“I believe that it’s never the wrong time to stand up and use your voice on behalf of yourself and other people,” she says. “You may not always be successful but you might move the process a little bit forward. And that will have an impact on people and their lives.” It’s odd to see Hillary Clinton’s life, with its giant moments of achievement and humiliation watched by the world like an Olympic event or a Super Bowl, the way she might see it—as tiny, incremental changes as the result of unending work.

“I think at the very least you have to vote,” she says. “Don’t ever, ever, ever give up on your vote.” Clinton says that since her election loss in 2016, young women have regularly come up to her to tell her they’re sorry they didn’t vote, because they thought she didn’t need their vote to win. Her fundamental refusal to go away after 2016—an insistence that has taken the form of a book, an upcoming Hulu docu-series, and regularly viral comments about the presidential election—inspire fury, even in some of her longtime fans. She seems not bothered by this.

Clinton with client families and workers at Centro MAM

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“I know from my long experience in trying to make change and help people that you can never give up, you can never give in,” she says. “Right now we have people in power in our country who want to discourage you, they want to depress you. They want to convince you that it’s not possible to stand up against the combined power of a president and the people who support him and the businesses who are profiting off of him and his policies. And I just don’t believe that.”

Making your way through a world in which some believe fetuses are human even as they ignore the death rates of real, live women is depressing. It is discouraging. Same with living—and bringing life into—a world where the climate is out of control, and the government won’t address it. It would be nice to just lie down. That’s exactly what powerful people want, Clinton says. They want you to feel powerless. That’s how they win.

She has to go—she has a session about preventing violence in the wake of climate catastrophe, she has more meetings with solar energy groups, she has plans to talk more about the intersection of climate change and gender equality.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” she says, which feels like an amazing understatement. “If you’ve got the energy and the time in busy lives like the ones we have, then get involved with groups and organizations that stand for what you believe in. (She recommends Planned Parenthood and the League of Conservation Voters.)

“At the very least,” she says again, sounding hopeful, and not the least bit tired. “Vote.”

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.

Stassi Schroeder: Help—My Guest List Is Stressing Me Out

Then we asked, “Who have we actually spent time with in the last year?”

Which then became, “Who have we actually spent time with in the last six months?”

And finally, “Who do we think is going to play a part in our future together?” We want to know that everyone we’re inviting will be a part of our lives after we’re married, too.

That helped us narrow our guest list down a lot. Because at first, Beau and I did disagree about it. While I prefer to surround myself with a smaller group of friends, he’s the guy with a million friends and acquaintances. Needless to say, there were a lot of people he wanted to include. But that shifted once we got into the wedding budget. When he saw how expensive each person is and how everything adds up, Beau was very quick to start shortening the list. I’m always like, “Is this person worth a designer handbag?” And he’ll say, “Yeah, let’s cut the list.”

It also helps that we’re paying for the wedding ourselves, so our families have zero freaking say. We’re taking care of it, so we’re the bosses, and it is what it is. They’ve made suggestions, of course, and we’ve just thrown them out the window. No, your work friend’s aunt is not invited. Sorry. No one’s daring to ask anymore.

At this point, the most stressful thing is actually all the speculation about whether or not [my Vanderpump Rules’ castmate] Kristen Doute will be invited. The headlines and comments on my Instagram do upset me at times. People will say, “You’re a really bad friend, and I hope you invite Kristen.” Or ask, “Are you just holding this over her head?” No, I’m not holding an invitation over anyone’s head. It’s already hard enough making a guest list in private, but to have it public with so many opinions from strangers takes a toll emotionally.

The truth is, I just don’t know yet, but my heart wants Kristen there. I am praying and hoping that we get to a good place where we understand each other. But I have no idea how this year will go. I have no idea if we’ll be getting along. I have no idea where our relationship will be. We might end up watching this season of Vanderpump Rules and be even more angry with each other. And why would I invite someone who’s angry with me to one of the most important days of my life?

I’m trying to figure it out, but it doesn’t help that it’s all anyone wants to talk about with me. Just because someone’s on my cast doesn’t mean they’re automatically invited. My friends are obviously coming, but James Kennedy and I don’t have a relationship. We’ve never been friends. We’ve never even sat and had a conversation together. So he’s not invited. It’s nothing against him, he just isn’t in our lives. I wouldn’t expect to be invited to his wedding. It is what it is.

But you never know—the guest list is still in flux. I feel like I’ll constantly be reworking it up until the day of the wedding. Is that a thing? Can you send last minute invites?

Honestly, I shouldn’t be writing an advice column on this topic because clearly I’m the one who needs help. It’s stressful to examine each person in your life and how they make you feel. I can’t invite people just because they’re expecting it or around my group of friends a lot. I’m really trying to focus on the fact that this is about me and Beau and good energy. If you have even a hint of negative energy, you’re not coming. So namaste, bitches.

Stassi Schroeder is an author and reality-TV personality. Follow her on Twitter @stassi. Her book Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook is now available.

Hear more from Stassi on Glamour’s What I Wore When podcast.

Photographer: Nyra Lang; fashion editor: Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella; hair: Leon Gorman; makeup: Stephanie Peterson

Salma Hayek Had an Epic Response to a Stranger Who Said She Had ‘Too Much Botox’

Salma Hayek perfectly shut down an online troll who told her she had “too much Botox.”

Here’s what happened: The Oscar-nominated actor posted a stunning selfie of herself enjoying some sun on Tuesday, February 18. She kept the caption simple: “#wind #aire.” But even still, the haters came out to give their unsolicited opinions. “Too much Botox,” one user wrote. “Not needed, Salma.”

But Hayek came in quick with her response. “I don’t have Botox,” she wrote. “But thank you for the advice because I was thinking maybe it’s time.”

See the iconic exchange for yourself, below:

I’m glad Salma Hayek isn’t sweating this one iota. It’s just another case of strangers being overly critical of celebs and making wild assumptions. Even if Hayek had gotten Botox, who cares? Aren’t we past the point in our culture where we’d judge someone for that?

If you are curious about Hayek’s beauty routine, she shared a few nuggets to The New York Times back in 2017. “I never cleanse my skin in the morning,” she told the paper. “My grandmother taught me that at night your skin replenishes all the things you lost during the day. Also, if I cleanse very well at night, why would it be dirty when I wake up?”

She also gave her two-cents on exfoliating, which she says “may make you look good in the short term, but not, I think, in the long term. I see many women in L.A. who have exfoliated so much they look shiny. I’ll use a mix of serums and oils depending on my skin that day.”

And one of her biggest philosophies is less is more. “At night I take off my makeup with coconut oil,” she also told The Times. “Then I use rose water to take off the residuals. You can use a hot towel with the rose water—you put a wet towel in the microwave—to do a little steam.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry May Not Be Able to Use the Word ‘Royal’ Anymore

So much has happened since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they’re stepping down as senior members of the royal family. The couple and baby Archie now live in Vancouver (they’ll be dividing their time between North America and the U.K.). They’re diversifying their work engagements (Prince Harry spoke at a J.P. Morgan event in Miami earlier in February). And the changes keep on coming. Now, it seems Markle and Prince Harry may not be able to use the word “royal” as part of their new brand⁠—specifically regarding the charity nonprofit they hope to launch.

This news comes after The Daily Mail’s report that Queen Elizabeth II has outright “banned” the two from using the word “royal” in their current and future endeavors. People magazine’s sources, however, aren’t being so drastic. Rather, they’re saying “discussions” are underway about the matter.

“As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the royal family and will work towards financial independence, use of the word ‘royal’, in this context needed to be reviewed. Discussions are still ongoing,” the source tells People.

They continue, “As part of the process to transition the Duke and Duchess of Sussex into their new chapter, planning has been well underway around the launch of their new nonprofit organization. Details will be shared in due course.”

That being said, People reports it is “likely” Markle and Prince Harry will not use the word “royal” going forward. For now, though, their Instagram handle is still @SussexRoyal. We’ll keep you posted on when (and if) that changes.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced in early January 2020 they were stepping back from the royal family. “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” they wrote on Instagram. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”