Selena Gomez’s makeup line faces backlash, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown does skincare, and other beauty news

Selena Gomez’s makeup line faces backlash, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown does skincare, and other beauty news

Beauty bits

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @selenagomez

1. Selena Gomez's impending makeup line, Rare Beauty, is mired in controversy.

News of her beauty range dropped way back in 2019, but the singer opted to hold off on its release to coincide with the recent launch of her latest album, Rare. Fans soon discovered that Rare Beauty's Instagram page was repurposed from an existing account used to promote Gomez's Revival tour back in 2016. This caused an uproar, with the consensus being that Gomez was trying to create a false narrative where she gained the followers organically. Whether this scandal will impact Rare Beauty remains to be seen.


2. Queer Eye's Karamo Brown will be releasing a scalp and skincare range.

Yes, that's grooming staples safe for use on both the scalp and skin. Think cleansermoisturisersunscreen, and blotting papers, all of which are designed to nourish and protect a bare noggin. Brown later admitted that he was inspired to come up with his range, Mantl, after he lost most of his hair during the first season filming of Queer Eye, and had to use makeup to fake a sharp hairline as a result.


3. Huda Beauty Skin unveils their new name — and first-ever product.

Meet Wishful: a vegan, cruelty-free label that uses only 0.2% of fragrance in all products. The brand will be starting things off with hero product, Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, which grants an even, radiant complexion through a potent formulation comprising pineapple enzymes and AHAs. And speaking of new releases...


4. Pat McGrath Labs is all-set to drop the Sublime Concealer.

2019 saw the release of the PML's Sublime Foundation that quickly attained holy-grail status thanks to its lightweight texture and radiant, satin finish. In 2020, expect more of this magic with the Sublime Perfection Concealer System. Available in 36 shades, it promises full-coverage that doesn't crease, cake, or the like. It is also designed to be used in conjunction with the Sublime Perfection Blurring Under-Eye Powder and the Sublime Perfection Concealing Brush.


5. Sephora celebrates the release of hit rom-com, To All The Boys I Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love you, with six new makeup kits.

The beauty giant has rounded up Lara Jean's favourite beauty picks, ranging from hair accessories to stellar skincare, in exclusive mini sets that you can now scoop up in stores. Participating brands include Glow RecipeMilk MakeupLaneige.


6. Curly hair brand, DevaCurl, is being accused of causing hair loss.

The drama commenced when beauty YouTuber, Ayesha Malik, claimed the products gave her dandruff, hair loss, and changes to her hair pattern in a video titled, "Why I Stopped Using DevaCurl". After its release, more women then began to approach Malik complaining about experiencing the same effects. This led the brand to step forward and assure users that they will be launching an investigation and "additional testing with an independent party."


7. Kacey Musgraves collaborates with indie label, Boy Smells, to release a candle inspired by her hit song.

The top country singer is getting her feet wet in the beauty industry with the launch of "Slow Burn", a candle inspired by sunsets, strangers, and the joys of a laidback lifestyle. This translates to a summery array of notes including incense, black pepper, smoked papyrus, and raspberry. An unexpected choice, but a welcome one.


8. Caudalie launches a new Purifying Gel Cleanser under the fan-favourite Vinopure range.

The sulfate-free and soap-free gel cleanser offering is a real powerhouse. Not only does it aim to cleanse pores thoroughly without drying out skin, but it also looks to reduce excess sebum while minimising blemish growth. Add to shopping cart, stat.