Ariana Grande bids adieu to her signature high pony, Fenty Beauty features a model with acne scars, and other beauty news this week

Ariana Grande bids adieu to her signature high pony, Fenty Beauty features a model with acne scars, and other beauty news this week

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @arianagrande

1. Ariana Grande lets her hair down from its signature high-swinging pony... possibly for good?

Grande hit her meet-and-greet event in Chicago with pin-straight locks and sparkling barrettes, which, naturally caused the Internet to lose their damned minds. Fans suspect that her hair makeover may have to do with a new single, though long-term hairstylist Josh Liu is quick to dismiss the rumours. Upon the freakout, he took to Instagram to tell fans to "relax." Word.


2. Fenty Beauty celebrates acne scars in campaign shots.

Fenty Beauty's latest campaign features model Aweng Mayen Chuol sporting a gold earpiece with her acne scars clearly visible, which prompted the Internet to rain praise on the label for showcasing 'real' skin. And that's how diversity is done.

3. Koko by Kylie Cosmetics is back with an all-new collection.

The joint effort between Kylie and Khloe Kardashian makes a triumphant comeback, comprising a nine-pan eyeshadow palette, a highlighter, two liquid lipsticks, as well as a lip liner. Jenner reportedly said that this is the "favourite palette she's done for Kylie Cosmetics" so far. Not to be left out, is, of course, another member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan...

4. Kim Kardashian will release a body care line under KKW Beauty.

The body care line includes a body shimmer, a loose shimmer, a body brush, and most surprising of them all: a body foundation. All products are said to be water- and transfer-resistant, bearing a creamy formulation that supposedly blends seamlessly into skin so you don't have to worry about staining any of your clothes. A tall order, we think, but if there's anyone who could pull it off, it's probably Kim K.


5. Jonathan Van Ness is the first non-female ambassador for Essie.

In celebration of Pride month, JVN was crowned the first non-female ambassador for Essie — and he designed his own Pride-inspired nail art featuring an abstract rainbow on both the ring and pinkie finger. Queer Eye's Tan France sums up everything we're feeling about this collaboration with an apt, "YES B*TCH!!"

6. Luminess Cosmetics collaborates with Beyoncé's makeup artist, Sir John, to release a The Lion King makeup collection.

The movie may only be hitting the big screen come 19 July, but you can always celebrate your love for Pride Rock by scooping up the official makeup collection on 15 June. Palettes-wise, there's sculpting (contour + bronzer) as well as eyeshadow, followed by a variety of matte lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, tinted lip balms and highlighters. Get 'em while they're hot.


7. La Praire celebrates up-and-coming female photographers with art exhibition, Eyes in Focus...

in conjunction with the release of their latest product, the La Praire Skin Caviar Eye Lift; it is the first-ever serum for the whole eye area for the brand which works to lift and firm sagging, ageing skin up to the eye brows. The exhibition features works by Daniela Droz, Namsa Leuba, and Senta Simond as the brand aims to highlight and explore the beauty, mystery, and enduring timelessness of the gaze.

8. Milani Cosmetics will debut their pop-up at Ngee Ann City.

Open to the public from 17 June, customers will enjoy 20% off all Milani products and stand a chance to win free items such as Milani travel pouches and mascaras. Their highly sought-after festival collection will be available exclusively at the booth as well, so make sure to drop by Watsons at Ngee Ann City should you be hankering for their iridescent lip glosses and eye toppers.

9. Jeffree Star Cosmetics reveals a bold new summer collection.

The news of Jeffree Star Cosmetics' biggest palette yet sent the beauty community into a frenzy — which escalated further when Star dropped a sneak peek of the bad boy. Housing 24 bright, bold shadows, fans are already gushing over the one-of-a-kind shades in maroon, violet, and teal. The Jawbreaker Palette will also be available in a mini-version (nine hues) alongside a range of new highlighters, lip scrubs, and lipsticks. Snap 'em up 21 June.


10. Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics receives backlash for lumpy, broken, and hair-covered lipsticks.

Not all is well in the beauty YouTube scene, it seems. Influencer Jaclyn Hill's debut beauty line has been on the receiving end of serious flak, as customers complain about lumpy, broken, and hair-covered (?!) lipsticks. The situation worsened when Hill attempted to defend herself, accusing her followers of "lying" and that the tube "clearly wasn't fresh from the factory", implying that her followers used the products incorrectly before lodging their complaints. The discovery of what looked like hairs on another customer's lipstick then prompted Hill to explain that it was, in fact, tuffs of white gloves that factory workers used during quality control. Baffling.