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26 Love Your Body When you find cool jeans that fit you exactly right, you can’t help feeling totally fierce!
31 Fresh Fall Beauty Kick off the season with a new fragrance that suits your vibe.
34 Rad Hair The style trend you need to try ASAP.
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53 Get Happy A little hack with a big impact.
56 Amandla Stenberg The Hate U Give star on why “shining your light is really important right now.”
62 Activism Overload? How to change the world and keep your sanity.
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78 Be #PerfectlyMe Six girls celebrate body confidence—and want you to join them!
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2 / Most used emoji? 3 / Worst habit? Comparing myself to others.
4 / Best ever Halloween costume? Nancy from The Craft.
5 / Favorite people to follow on Insta? My three sisters. We have a lot of similar interests, like movies, politics, and social justice. Plus, I like seeing what they’re up to.
a lot of traditionally scary moments—it’s more of a beautiful love story about two misﬁts who save each other, but one of them happens to be a bloodthirsty vampire.
7 / Secret phobia? Breaking my ankle. I’ve never broken a bone, and maybe it’s the unknown that scares me. I also once saw a short horror ﬁlm in which the girl’s foot was cut of and then reattached, and then she tried to stand on it and . . . I was not okay.
6 / Favorite scary movie? Let the Right
8 / Best book? To Kill a
One In. It doesn’t have
9 / Favorite school subject? English.
Shannon Purser The Stranger Things and Riverdale star, 21, headlines Netﬂix’s new movie Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, a teen rom-com inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac.
BingeWorthy Imports Need a new series to stream? These international shows are—or will be— available on Netflix (with subtitles or dubbed in English) and will remind you of old faves.
10 / Best bingewatch? The Office. 11 / Favorite movie heroine? Hermione Granger.
forces new students to enroll at an exclusive prep school, a culture clash erupts. Expect mystery and murder in this thriller with a Gossip Girl–meets–Pretty Little Liars vibe (premieres October 5).
12 / Proudest moment? When I heard about my Emmy nomination [for Stranger Things]. I couldn’t believe it.
13 / #MCM? John Krasinski. I ﬁrst loved him as Jim on The Office, but I also really like his sense of humor on social media. He seems genuine and down-to-earth. Plus, he’s making cool stuf now, like A Quiet Place.
3% This Hunger Games– esque drama is about young slum dwellers who compete for a few spots on an island paradise (or so it seems . . .). Catch up on the ﬁrst two seasons before the next one drops in 2019.
14 / #WCW? Janelle Monáe. She’s amazing. She’s gorgeous, her music is original and queer-positive, and I love that she’s an activist for important causes and unapologetically herself.
15 / Fave Stranger Things episode? Season 1, episode 1. Right away, the characters feel real and relatable, and you want to see more. It’s also, in my opinion, one of the scariest episodes of the show.
Little Things You’ll fall head over heels for Kavya and Dhruv, who juggle their ’ship, jobs, and dreams in fast-paced Mumbai. Think Love with a little bit of The Bold Type thrown in.
16 / Another decade I’d like to experience?
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The ’90s. I love the weird fashion and the amazing indie-grunge scene. But my favorite thing to come from the ’90s is the movies, like 10 Things I Hate About You, Jurassic Park, and Scream.
17 / Words to live by? “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Albus Dumbledore.
The Rain A brother and sister journey through a postapocalyptic wasteland and team up with other young survivors as they ﬁght to survive, à la The Darkest Minds. Season 1 is available now—and more eps are in the works.
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Pretty Tasty There are so many yummy recipes in the new cookbook Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend (October 16). This Insta-worthy treat is one of our favorites.
If you’ve never unicorned anything, you’re missing out. This white-chocolate bark is all about the simple swirling technique, which makes the whole thing so magical. 75 minutes / Serves 8
Ingredients 5 cups white-chocolate chips, melted Pink food coloring Yellow food coloring Purple food coloring Blue food coloring Sprinkles and candy pearls
Instructions 1 Divide melted chocolate among four bowls. Add a diferent shade of food coloring to each bowl, stirring it in completely. 2 Line a baking sheet
with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls of each color chocolate in a collage-like pattern, working out from middle of baking sheet. 3 Using an ofset spatula, mix colors together to make a swirling pattern (be careful not to overmix) and ﬁll the tray. 4 Top all over with sprinkles and candy pearls. 5 Refrigerate 1 hour, then break bark into pieces before serving.
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ever approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. It was really satisfying to be able to help everyone, and it strengthened our entire community.
SPEAKING OUT Around that time, I also joined the staff of our school podcast, sharing my own story and regularly interviewing other immigrant students. It was the perfect platform to spread awareness about the issues affecting us. My friends and many of the teachers supported me, but not everyone wanted to hear my message. When the podcast was shared on the school’s social media channels, I received negative comments from adults who didn’t even know me! The backlash was scary. I wanted to tell them, “You shouldn’t talk to me like that. I’m still a human being.”
Senior year, I’d heard that University of Kentucky students had petitioned to make their school a sanctuary campus—meaning administrators wouldn’t share information about undocumented students with ICE. I was inspired to do the same at my school, so my group met with the superintendent. We were hopeful, but ultimately the district couldn’t give us the written statement we wanted. It was disappointing, but there’s more I can do. This fall, I started attending my local community college—but I hope to transfer to Western Kentucky University. Luckily, because I went to high school locally, I’ll qualify for in-state tuition. In the meantime, because I’ve learned so much about the challenges of the college process, I’m working one-on-one with immigrant high school students, showing them how to apply and get aid, even if they don’t have a social security number. I’m advocating for those who might feel like they don’t have a future. My dream is to see the same opportunities exist for all students—undocumented or not. ■
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y need to help immigrant teens is personal. I’m an undocumented immigrant—my parents brought me here when I was little. I didn’t speak English back then, and kids made fun of me for it. I felt like an outcast. That feeling heightened during my freshman year in high school when I found out I was ineligible for a college scholarship because I wasn’t a legal citizen. It suddenly felt as if I might never go to college, and I was angry. At first, I thought, Why should I even try? But then I decided not to sit back. I attended a Latino Outreach Leaders (LOL) meeting at my school—it’s a club run by students. I shared my frustrations with other kids and discovered how to push past these and other barriers. By junior year, I was copresident of LOL. Donald Trump had just been elected, and he vowed to overturn President Obama’s executive order protecting the recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). I’d recently gotten DACA protection myself, and as a result I had a working permit, a social security number, and safety from deportation, but we were all afraid. I invited a community worker to teach LOL members how to respond if we were
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You don’t need to rep your school in head-to-toe spirit wear. For a polished look, pair a piece or two with your favorite jeans.
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Belt Bag Call It Spring, $30, callitspring.com
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Get an A in comfort while you hit the books. The key pieces: cozy knits and casual fits, plus cute socks and slides.
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What goes best with a flirty dress? A pair of stacked heels, so you can dance the night away in comfort.
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Mules Zara, $46, zara.com
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My Perfect Jeans Style influencers Jordyn Woods and Ella Elbells share their best denim-shopping tips.
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“Being curvy makes it difﬁcult to ﬁnd jeans that ﬁt,” the inﬂuencer, 21, says. My go-to look: Midrise skinny jeans or vintage denim with a T-shirt and sneakers.
My fave brands: Good American, Levi’s, and Express have made it easier for girls like me to ﬁnd good-ﬁtting quality denim.
Perfect-fit hack: I sometimes have jeans altered so they ﬁt my waist correctly.
Ella Elbells ella_elbells
“Almost everything I try on is six inches too long!” says the YouTuber, 17.
Try all diferent lengths and rises. Every pair ﬁts diferently, so don’t get discouraged. Jeans Good American, $159, good american.com
Jacket Levi’s, $148, levi .com
Jeans Topshop, $75, topshop .com
A ﬂowy top with high-waisted jeans. They make my legs look longer—a plus, since I’m 5 '1"!
My fave brand:
Tee Guess, $39, shop.guess .com
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Topshop! They always ﬁt super-well, and they have a great variety in petite sizes.
then regular-size ankle-skimmer jeans are always a safe bet.
Try styles outside of your comfort zone!
If you can’t ﬁnd petite,
STILL LIFES: (JEANS) DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY/STUDIO D. WOODS: @JORDYNWOODS/BAUER-GRIFFIN. ELBELLS: @ELL A _ELBELLS/BAUER-GRIFFIN.
Get the Boot Kick boring #OOTDs out the door with help from these standout styles.
HIKING Reach peak boldness 1 2
1. L4L Footwear $70, l4lofﬁcial.com. 2. Geox $200, shopgeox.com. 3. Native Shoes $95, nativeshoes.com. 4. Guess $149, shop.guess.com. 5. Sol Sana $230, sol-sana.com
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Shein.com $16 (with promo code SVN20), Oasis $72, oasis-stores.com. 3. Topshop $160, topshop.com. Dune London $160, dunelondon.com. 5. Matisse Footwear $195, matissefootwear.com.
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Lasso a sleek pair to wear with wide-leg pants or a sweaterdress. 2
1. Ariat $146, amazon.com. 2. The Frye Company $288, thefryecompany.com. 3. Soda $54, sodashoes.com. 4. Kendall + Kylie $160, nordstrom.com. 5. Chinese Laundry $150, chineselaundry.com.
Rev things up with metal-dotted moto boots. Details can vary from sweet to tough.
1. Vanessa Wu $126, vanessawu.fr. 2. Ego $64, egoshoes.com. 3. I.State $169, nordstrom.com. 4. GoJane $47, gojane.com. 5. Chinese Laundry $26, amazon.com.
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Beauty PICK A FRESH FALL PERFUME Flower-infused scents are in full bloom right now...and there’s a best bud for every personality.
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Consider this moody blackberry and black-narcissus juice the fragrance equivalent of your fave leather jacket: totally cool without trying too hard. Flower Beauty Pretty Deadly Eau de Parfum in Narcissus Fatale, $13 for 1.7 oz., walmart.com
2. BOHO Make every weekend feel like a festival with a few mists of this earthy jasmine, musk, and ginger mash-up. It’s like a spray-on ﬂower crown! Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori Eau de Parfum, $103 for 50 ml., Macy’s
DKNY Stories Eau de Parfum, $78 for 1.7 oz., Macy’s
4. GIRLY Sweet and bubbly, this blend of feminine rose and tropical lychee is perf for all your fall festivities. Ralph Lauren Romance Rosé, $96 for 100 ml., ralphlauren.com
5. CLASSIC If you live in ballet ﬂats and love pearls, then you’ll legit heart this pretty blend of peony, rose, and plum. Clinique My Happy Peony Picnic, $22, clinique.com
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What’s as good as an epic weekend in a big city? This mix of black iris and pink pepper—the scent is inspired by the exciting energy of NYC.
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It’s Officially Bangs
Read on for the keys to getting no-regret fringe—seriously.
These are “the cheekbone maker,” says Tran. The ’70s throwback is a face framer and a lower maintenance option.
Heavy creams are deﬁnitely of-limits. They make fringe ﬂat and greasy. If you’re wearing your bangs straight, coat damp hair with a drop of smoothing lotion (try Garnier Fructis Curly Style Smooth Coily fringe Blow-Dry Antiworks sideswept Frizz Cream, or wispy. Just make $4, drugstores), sure to cut your hair then blow-dry when it’s dry to avoid any shrinkage in an X motion. mishaps. If you’re airdrying, an anti-frizz styler is a must. L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Air Dry It Un-Done Style Cream ($5, drugstores) will keep fringe sleek without any heat.
Wispy A shaggy cut is the most universally flattering, says Tran, making it perfect for bangs beginners.
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It’s all fun and games until you can’t see. In a pinch, comb the strands between both brow arches straight, then sandwich the ends between your ﬁngers (ideally, where you want the bangs to stop). Holding sharp scissors vertically (browshaping ones are perfect for this), cut up into your bangs, making small snips from side to side. “Leave the longer outer pieces to a pro—they’re tricky to blend,” says Tran.
Micro They’re shaped like traditional wispy ones (slightly longer at the sides) but sit a little higher for a retro-yet-edgy effect.
Sideswept This shape is a softer take on fringe. Plus, it grows out easily (vital if you like changing things up).
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Real talk: If you like to wash and go or if you have a cowlick, bangs might not be for you, says Anh Co Tran, stylist and co-owner of Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, California. But if you’re willing to put in a little work (trims every few weeks and daily styling), now is the time: Tran likes to cut bangs in the cold weather. “That way they’re not sitting on a sweaty forehead, and the humidity isn’t ruining your work.”
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BY MADDIE ABERMAN
Want to know how much of a product you need to use? Follow this candy-coded guide. BY ERIN REIMEL
Using too much of a product is not only wasteful, but it can also irritate your skin. “The only product you can never use too much of is sunscreen,” says NYC dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD.
Eye Cream Use the size of a Jelly Belly (one half per eye). Olay Brightening Eye Cream, $25, olay.com
Serum Use the size of a Smartie. Paul and Joe Serum in Serum Bleu, $40, b-glowing.com
Face Wash Use the size of a mini gumball. Neutrogena Acne Prooﬁng Gel Cleanser, $9, amazon.com
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Oil Use the size of a candy dot (the kind that comes on paper).
Exfoliator Use the size of a gummy bear. L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Scrub, $10, amazon.com
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Step Up Your Brow Game Give your arches the attention they deserve with this three-step routine guaranteed to snatch. BY MADDIE ABERMAN
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3 Make ’Em Pop
2 Sharpen the Shape The area around your brows can look shadowed, says Bailey. Counteract darkness and make your arches more deﬁned by tracing a ﬂesh-tone pencil around the full perimeter. “Use your ﬁnger to gently blend the cream out and away from the brow,” he says.
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“Using just one shade to ﬁll in brows can give them a ﬂat, drawn-on efect,” says Jared Bailey, Beneﬁt Cosmetics global brow expert. For a natural look, pick a pencil two shades lighter than your hair, ﬁlling in the inner third of brows with soft strokes. Fill in the rest with a deeper shade, then blend with a spoolie brush.
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Beauty Banish period pimples . . . for good!
How Your Period
Messes With Your Skin
The secret to having a clear, glowy complexion for the entire month? Adjusting your skin care according to your cycle. Here’s the plan. BY LAUREN BALSAMO
MENSTRUATION The beginning of a typical 28-day cycle starts with your period. As the lining of your uterus sheds, levels of the hormones estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone decrease, says functional nutritionist Alisa Vitti, founder and CEO of Floliving .com and the MyFlo app. Due to a rise in prostaglandin (the hormonelike compound that increases inflammation and decreases pain tolerance), you’ll likely experience redness and sensitivity as well as an increase in blood flow to capillaries, explains dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. Hormone Hack: Stick to gentle
skin care with calming ingredients, like this aloe-infused cleanser and moisturizer with healing tiger grass.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser, $10, drugstores
*Days are an approximation based on a 28-day cycle
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Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream, $43, kiehls.com
FOLLICULAR PHASE Hormone levels start off low, but estrogen specifically will begin to rise slowly as the follicles in the ovaries start to mature. Hormone Hack: With your
hormones less active, your skin will be less sensitive, red, or reactive, Vitti says, “so now is the time to use more intense treatments and active products.” Indulge with a DIY facial: Apply Garnier’s charcoal treatment (it deep cleans and exfoliates), then follow up with Simple Skincare’s sheet mask. It has botanical extracts that make skin super-soft and luminous.
OVULATION As your body prepares to release an egg, estrogen levels continue to increase, as does testosterone. Bonus: Your skin will look its most naturally glowy. “Estrogen boosts collagen production and keeps skin moist and plump,” says gynecologist Lauren Streicher, MD. And testosterone causes skin to produce more sebum, which acts as a natural moisturizer, adds Vitti. Hormone Hack: The
testosterone rise can trigger breakouts (P. acnes, the bacteria that causes pimples, feeds off sebum), so if you’re typically oily or acne prone, incorporate a purifying mask into your routine. L’Oréal Paris’s version uses oilabsorbing eucalyptus and three different clays to mattify skin.
LUTEAL PHASE This post-ovulation/pre-period phase is usually the longest. Before your period, estrogen plummets, while progesterone spikes. “The hormonal imbalance causes inflammation in the skin and can trigger androgens to produce thicker sebum in pores,” says Kristina Holey, a skin specialist based in San Francisco, California. In other words, there’s a reason you always break out near your period! Hormone Hack: Preempt
breakouts with a pore-clearing cleanser, then dab benzoyl peroxide (it kills acne-causing bacteria) onto any problem areas.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask, $10, amazon.com
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Reﬁne Cleanser, $7, lorealparisusa.com
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Garnier SkinActive Ultra Clean Charcoal 3-in1 Wash + Scrub + Mask, $8, garnierusa.com
AcneFree Maximum Strength Terminator, $7, amazon.com
3 Ways to Deal with Hormonal Cysts
TOPICALS Cysts don’t have a head, so traditional acne creams aren’t effective, says facialist Renée Rouleau. You need a cyst-specific formula (like Renée Rouleau’s Anti Cyst Treatment, $45.50, reneerouleau .com) to penetrate pores and stop swelling.
A HEALTHY DIET
The Pill keeps hormones in check, which can greatly reduce acne. You can also ask a derm about spironolactone, a blood-pressure med that can be used off-label as an androgen blocker to treat breakouts in women.
“The quality of your sebum plays a big role in hormonal acne,” says Holey. “You can thin out your sebum by sticking to a low-inflammatory diet.” That means fewer sugary treats and more veggies.
Hot tools can make your hair look fab . . . or fried! Learn how to use them safely. BY ERIN STOVALL Blowing Our Minds! The T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer ($250, t3micro.com) emits frizz-fighting ions, has five heat settings (for less damage, pick the lowest one that works for you), and even turns off when you set it down!
USE A PROTECTANT
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
To prevent breakage, frizz, and dullness, you need to form a barrier that stops heat from penetrating hair and keeps moisture from escaping, says cosmetic chemist Erica Douglas. If you have ﬁne or straight hair, try a lightweight spray. Curly-haired girls, reach for a moisturizing cream.
Tempted to put your blow-dryer’s concentrator nozzle directly on your hair for more smoothing power? It’ll burn your strands! As a rule, keep the tip one inch away, and never let it touch your hair, says Danielle Allyson, Expert Stylist at Butterﬂy Studio Salon in NYC.
1. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist, $4.50, drugstores.com 2. L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Thermal Smoother Cream, $5, lorealparisusa.com
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TURN DOWN THE HEAT
Only use an iron on hair that’s totally dry. If hair still contains water, the heat from the tool will make it boil, creating steam that damages strands as it escapes, causing split ends, roughness, and lack of shine, says Dottie Shannon, a stylist at NYC’s Cutler Salon. Hear a sizzling sound? Hit pause, and blow-dry for longer.
Most tools reach 450 degrees, but a temperature that high is rarely necessary. More heat doesn’t mean faster styling— just the risk of more damage. “Start with a low setting, and adjust upward as needed,” says Allyson. If you see smoke or detect a burning smell, it’s a sign your heat setting is too high.
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You’ll get sleeker results if you take the time to group strands into one-inch sections, and go over each one no more than three times, says Allyson. Try one of our favorite tools by Caj. It has small comb-like “teeth” that straighten out each section, making every pass smoother. Caj Beauty Flip & Bend Style Iron, $145, cajbeauty.com
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These hot new products will basically change your life. BY ERIN REIMEL
L’Oréal Paris Havana x Camila Cabello Sun-Lit Bronzer, $15; Flash Liner in Black, $12; Lip Dew in Camila, $10; Eye Shadow in Oh-Na-Na (bronze) and In Love (pink), $10 each, ulta.com
HEAVEN SCENT Ariana Grande’s latest perfume couldn’t be sweeter. Not only does it smell like coconut and vanilla, but it also comes in a cloud-shaped bottle that looks just like the tiny ﬁnger tattoo she shares with her ﬁancé, Pete Davidson. Adorbs!
Cabello. From the shimmery shadows to the superblendable bronzers, the collab has everything you need to feel as though you’re on a tropical vacay.
Ariana Grande Cloud Eau de Parfum, $49 for 1.7 oz., ulta.com
SOLID CHOICE Introducing your new favorite (and mess-free!) masking method. Just twist and swipe on this poreclearing kaolin clay formula that’s infused with glycerin for a creamy nondrying feel. Olay Masks Fresh Reset, $10, olay.com
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Ever feel like your makeup just makes your acne worse? BareMinerals combined its classic mineral foundation with zit-zapping salicylic acid for coverage that actually clears up your skin—and stops new pimples from forming—while you wear it.
BareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation, $29, sephora.com
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THIS CASE IS EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING “How cute is this makeup box?!? I always carry a few things around, like brow gel, a tinted moisturizer, and my Baby Lips.” Caboodles Cosmic, $9, caboodles.com
LOOK LIT “I don’t like to highlight in traditional places. I add it below my brow and the inner corner of my eye— it makes you look awake.”
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ALL THE FEELS “The texture of this scrub-mask hybrid is kinda satisfying. Plus, it smells really good.”
“My number one favorite: It glides on soft and gives me a little color without being too much.” Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me, $5, amazon.com
Garnier Glow Boost 2-in-1 Facial Mask + Scrub with Apricot Extract, $9, garnierusa.com
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Covergirl Peach Punch Highlighter, $7, walmart.com
SCRUB ALL OVER “I swear by exfoliating pads for sloughing off dead skin.” Cleanlogic Exfoliating Round Dual Texture Body Scrubber, $4, walmart.com
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COIL OIL “Coconut oil is great for curls, and this one is so nice. I want to use it for everything: cooking, cleaning, Slip ’N Slides. . . . ” Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair 3 in 1 Beneﬁt Oil, $9, target.com
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“I love to use hand sanitizer when I’m on a plane. The essential oils in this are really calming and make me feel clean and refreshed.” EO Sweet Orange Hand Sanitizer Spray, $5, eoproducts.com
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Health GOOD FOR YOU—OR JUST THE ’GRAM? BY CLARE THORPE
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Seeing visions of rainbow-hued drinks in your Insta feed? They’re likely Moon Milks: warm milk concoctions colored with an add-in like matcha or turmeric and spiked with plant extracts called adaptogens. The extracts are thought to help ﬁght stress, up energy, and aid immunity—but the science is out on whether they deliver as promised. Still, while adaptogens might not work miracles, they can’t hurt in moderation. So if sipping a mermaid latte gives your day a boost, drink up!
Exercise Your Body & Mind! This workout, based on the popular HeadStrong class at Equinox Fitness Clubs, combines mental and physical benefits in one routine. BY CATRIONA INNES
1. LATERAL WEIGHT SHIFT TARGETS: SHOULDERS, LEGS, CORE, AND BRAIN PLASTICITY (KEY FOR LEARNING AND MEMORY) A / With legs wide apart, shift into a side lunge and reach hands up, down, or to the side. B / Alternate sides, stretching arms in different directions, for three minutes.
How It Works “Unpredictable sequences encourage new brain connections,” says yoga expert Michael Gervais, who created the class along with personal trainer Kai Karlstrom.
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Get this: In a study measuring life satisfaction, people
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who chose to do something social—like spending time with friends or helping others—felt a bigger well-being bump than those who tried to boost their mood with nonsocial strategies. (Think eating less sugar or saving money.) No need to ditch your goals or solo hobbies—just follow advice from the study’s author, psychologist Julia Rohrer: “Don’t neglect social relationships.”
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Nude Awakening According to a study, more than two-thirds of teen girls have felt pressured to send naked photos of themselves to a crush or another boy on social media. This is what Caroline, now 21, wants you to know before hitting the arrow. AS TOLD TO KATHERINE HOGAN
y freshman year of college, I met a guy at a party. He was a football player, and he was really hot (tall, blond hair, blue eyes) and very smart (a physics major), which made me find him even more attractive. He came off as a nice guy—I think it was his dimples, which made him look innocent—and a lot of girls were into him. The day after I met him, he followed me on Instagram. That, you could say, was the beginning of the end. I didn’t get a lot of attention from boys in high school, so at the time, I was very insecure and naive. When the football player—someone who could have had virtually any girl— showed interest in me, I felt my self-worth increase. Second semester, we had a class together, and we exchanged numbers and started texting a lot. He would ask how my day was and acted like he genuinely cared about me. But we didn’t spend real time together. In fact, if we were at the same party, he’d talk to me for only a minute before joining his football buddies. He waited around three weeks to ask me for pictures. Initially, he started Snapchatting me shirtless, telling me he wished that I were in his room with him and things like that. I felt special, important. A few days later, he sent me a Snap from his bed, in his boxers. I sent one back in my bra. His next message: “Why don’t you let me see more?” Illustration by Laura Callaghan
I knew it was a bad idea. I’d heard what could happen. But in the moment, it didn’t seem like the worst thing to do. It would surprise him, and I thought it would make him like me more. I sent a full nude and several others pics featuring my face. Why I would include my face I still can’t tell you. As soon as I hit Send, I knew I’d made a mistake. But there was no turning back. He replayed the Snap and responded immediately with the heart eyes emoji and wrote, “Let’s text.” At least Snaps disappear and you can see when someone takes a screenshot. But then I chose to send nudes over text message—something permanent. We sent photos back and
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“I thought sending nudes would make someone like me. In reality, it made me like myself less.” forth, and the things he said about my body made me feel so confident. That went on for a week. We messaged about our days and classes, and I fantasized about dating him. Then our text chats shortened. He wouldn’t respond for hours, and if he did, it would be one or two words. I told myself he was busy with practice. When we saw each other in class, it was awkward. I didn’t know what I’d done wrong. I started thinking about all of the things I hated about myself, assuming he’d noticed them
too. My newfound confidence soon disappeared. I felt kind of worthless. All along, I’d always delete his pictures from my phone in fear of anyone finding them. I hoped he’d deleted mine, but in the back of my mind, I knew he hadn’t. A few weeks later, I saw him at a table in the dining hall with his teammates. All of a sudden, the other guys were staring at me and smiling. The guy I’d been texting with hit one friend to get him to stop and then politely waved. My mind jumped: He’d shown the photos to his teammates. I’ve never been more uncomfortable in my life. I didn’t realize how bad the situation was until a guy friend told me the football team had a folder of nude pics girls had sent them—and that I was in the album. I felt so used. I became paranoid and thought everyone at school knew what I’d done. For a few weeks, I was too embarrassed to leave my dorm. I should have talked to the guy or told a school official, but I was insecure and didn’t want to look like a tattletale. In my mind, it was a lose-lose situation. Though I was ashamed, I told my friends about it, and they helped me. They didn’t judge me. I just had to live with my mistake. I learned my lesson—and it was a hard one. I thought sending nudes would make someone like me. In reality, it made me like myself less. As young women, we have to find confidence within ourselves, and in our friendships with women around us, instead of seeking validation from guys. The few moments of selfconfidence you may get from sharing pics are not worth the aftermath. More often than not, those photos will be seen by more than one pair of eyes. My advice? If you’ve sent pics before, learn to forgive yourself. If you haven’t sent photos, don’t. Save that part of yourself for someone who will love you in person. ■
Safe Sex(ting)? Unless you’re over 18, there’s no such thing: Most states consider taking and sending nudes between minors child pornography. Remember that—and check out these expert tips on how to deal with a request.
Buy Some Time “If you feel coerced, say, ‘I’m out with my parents,’ to alleviate the pressure. And to prep yourself for next time, check out the site Go Ask Alice (goaskalice.columbia.edu).” –Sara Thomas, doctoral student at Northwestern University who has published a study on sexting
Change the Culture “It’s not just about how you handle being in that situation but how you handle it when others are. If someone’s photo goes viral, don’t slut-shame.” –Amy Hasinoff, author of Sexting Panic
Send Something Else “You have power when it comes to sexting, and that power is whether—and what— you choose to send. Don’t waste it. Send a photo of your cat or of your left shoe or send a completely blacked-out pic and say you’re naked in there somewhere.” –Al Vernacchio, M.S.Ed., a sex-ed coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
Wait a Minute “I know you want to trust him, but trust me: There aren’t many boys who will keep a naked photo to themselves. So take five minutes. Think about how you would handle it if your dad saw the picture or it went viral at school.” –Jill Murray, Ph.D., a psychotherapist in Laguna Niguel, CA
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AMANDLA STENBERG HAS BEEN CALLED MANY THINGS BY A LOT OF PEOPLE. She’s an
“intersectional feminist superstar,” “the voice of a generation,” and whom Beyoncé wants Blue Ivy to be like when she grows up. Amandla, who turns 20 in October, is all of those things . . . as well as an actress (in films like The Hunger Games; Everything, Everything; and The Darkest Minds); a fighter for social justice (her video “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” started a Tumblr storm about cultural appropriation in 2015); and an important voice in the conversation about gender and sexuality. (She came out as bisexual in 2016.) But it was only recently, she says, that she got to 56
know her “truest self,” one she says involves rainbow shimmer. (More on that later.) So what’s changed? After much self-reflection, Amandla reached a new understanding of her sexuality. Earlier this year, she came out as gay and is living and loving her truth. (She’s happily booed up too. She was spotted on the red carpet at the VMAs holding hands with the singer King Princess.) This is all happening as she takes on her most meaningful— and controversial—role yet: gutsy Starr Carter in The Hate U Give (out October 19), based on Angie Thomas’s best-selling novel about a teen who witnesses her friend get shot by a police officer. Amandla has plenty to say about all of it, so now it’s her turn to do the talking.
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On What the Word Activist Means to Her I think it’s less about qualifications or fulfillments and more about the lens through which you look at the world. If it’s a lens of compassion and understanding, believing in and seeking equity for all people, I think that in itself makes you an activist. It’s not always possible to go out and protest, but it’s even a powerful act to support a disenfranchised loved one or to empower someone who’s been taught to be powerless. It’s great that we’re using social media to link to an organization’s Web site or a congresswoman’s phone number. I also think making art is important. So is shining your light and being the person that you are.
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On Body Confidence
Being in entertainment can be hard—if you were to meet actors in real life, you’d probably be surprised at how tiny they are. I’m not a hella-skinny person—I’m petite, but I’m low-key slim-thick—and I’ve had people put pressure on me to lose weight or oversexualize my body because it doesn’t look infantile. People often say my boobs are too big. There have been several moments when I was filming a scene and someone came over with a small sports bra and said, “Put this on real quick. Your boobs look too big on camera.” You’re conceived of as too much if you have, like, thighs. It’s ridiculous! I try to only work in spaces now that make me feel comfortable. It’s challenging, but I’d rather be healthy and happy and love my body. 58
On The Hate U Give (and Its IRL Impact) WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL My experiences are really similar to Starr’s. I grew up in a lower-income black community [in Los Angeles], but I went to a white private school across town. I had to do this strange policing of myself to fit in: figure out what the white kids thought was cool and front a little when they talked about their vacations, houses, clothes, technology. Even if it wasn’t their intention, if you couldn’t participate in that culture, you were excluded. I also felt like there was an assumption that I was less smart, so I overcompensated in the classroom. By the end of high school, I’d figured out how to just do me.
HOW SHE HANDLED A CASTING CONTROVERSY [Ed note: There was talk that Amandla was miscast since she’s biracial and has lighter skin than the Starr on the book cover.] It was hard to [approach] playing a character who felt so perfect to my lived experience and then hear people say, “You only got cast because of your light-skin privilege.” Of course, those are valid concerns. Without [the author] Angie’s blessing, I wouldn’t have done the film. I called her and said, “If you think someone else should play Starr, I’ll step down,” even though it would have pained me. But she was like, “Hell, no! I wrote this book with you in mind.” That made me so emotional. I’m so glad that we’re unpacking colorism and having that conversation. There’s a huge lack of representation.
‘‘Shining your light is really important right now.’’
HER ONGOING DILEMMA It’s funny: I’ve always been too black for Hollywood, too black for entertainment, but now I find myself in this weird position where I understand my role as the “accessible black girl,” and I have to figure out how to navigate the politics of that with integrity.
THE WAY SHE DEALS WITH CRITICISM First, I feel upset and hurt. I don’t give a s*** if someone on the Internet says, “You’re ugly, and I hate you.” But I really care about what my own community has to say about race and privilege. If someone feels unheard or wants to have a
discussion about what I can do better, I’m interested in listening. I also talk to my mom. We say, “The shine speaks for itself.” If you allow whatever is supposed to happen to come through, the shine you exude makes other people feel like they can do it too, and you become more powerful together.
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On Love & Self-Love There’s a reason she came out two times. I’d been out as bisexual, and people have known I’m queer for a long time. I saw some comments that made me chuckle, like, “Girl, we been knew!” But I wanted to make it very clear that I have romantic love for women. I realized I had so much internalized homophobia and so much discomfort around hooking up with dudes. I always knew that when I hooked up with girls, it was the happiest I’d been in any sexual dynamic. I love that we have this umbrella term of queer, and so many things can exist underneath it, but I realized that part of my journey was hiding underneath that umbrella, because I was scared— on a personal and a public level—to confront what I was. It was easier for me to say “I’m bi” or “I’m pan” as I was figuring it out. But I came to a place where I felt really proud of my sexuality, and I decided I wanted to share that pride.
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A relationship helped her accept who she is. I started dating a girl who is really proud to be gay and who realizes that lesbian love carries just as much weight as heterosexual love. It took me witnessing that to realize I felt the same way—I had this moment where my brain kind of exploded. I swear, I was seeing rainbow fireworks, and this shimmer took over my vision. I heard in my head, over and over, “Gay . . . gay . . . gay . . . gay! ” [Laughs.] That’s exactly how it went down! I felt truly, authentically myself for the first time. All this denial, pain, shame, and secrecy I’d been carrying started to undo itself, and I was able to revel in my truest self, which is fireworks and rainbow shimmer, gay, gay, gay, gay.
She’s all for self-discovery. Gender and sexuality are so fluid—it’s okay to change your mind a million times and figure out what works for you. It’s okay to take your time. You don’t have to put pressure on yourself to come to that same concrete realization [that I did]. But I’d also say that being gay is so beautiful. It’s expansive and magical and boundary-less and effervescent. It’s not something to run away from or feel ashamed about. I know it’s difficult to see that beauty when everyone is telling you it’s wrong, but if you allow yourself the space to explore—and if you have the privilege to do that—I think it’s one of the most beautiful things you can experience.
I’ve had to unlearn a lot, and I’m still unlearning things. I hated my hair growing up—I thought it was ugly. By the time I got to high school, I was using a relaxer. But when I was 16, I chopped off all the dead hair and started wearing it natural, and I realized that it was so beautiful and cool and versatile! Anti-black beauty standards are so pervasive. Fighting that requires constant unpacking and positive self-messaging, so of course I still have my moments when I feel insecure. But in those moments, I’m always [inspired] by the fact that being black is just so poppin’. The perspective, the culture, the family, the food . . . I love everything about being black.
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FIGURE Audre Lorde
SONG OF 2018 “Make My Bed” by King Princess
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Everyone says that Gen Z is going to change the world—and you are! But there’s less open discussion about what life is like on your side of the posters, protests, and phone calls to representatives. So we brought together six girls to chat about their experiences (and challenges) and to remind you that you’re not alone. BY JOEY BARTOLOMEO
The Voices Get to know the teens who joined our conversation.
Jade, 17 jade_eager Hometown: Summerville, SC Personal project: “My friend and I started a GoFundMe so we can give toiletries to homeless people near us.”
Lauren: That’s partly why
THE ORIGIN OF TAKING UP A CAUSE The reasons can vary: passion, photo op, your parents . . .
Karla, 18 Hometown: Dallas, TX Fave org: Jolt, a Texasbased group that helps the Latino community Mantra: “If I can do something to make a diference, then I’ll do it.”
Lauren, 17 laur_mer Hometown: Little Silver, NJ P.O.V.: “There shouldn’t be protests during school.” Motto: “I believe the best way to express yourself is through your wardrobe!”
Taylor, 17 wokegirlrising carefreebgtm Hometown: New York, NY Inspiration: “Yara Shahidi. Everything she says is so enlightening. I strive to be like her.”
Sydney, 18 sydneeyy2 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Fun fact: “I’m passionate about dancing and will be attending New York University Tisch School of the Arts this fall.”
I haven’t participated—a lot of times, people are just at a protest for a day, but nothing changes after that, in the government or in communities. Sydney: I think people
forget that quality is more important than quantity. It’s great to show up at a march and show you care. But at the end of the day, calling your representatives or registering people to vote . . . that is going to make more of a difference.
Karla: Before the 2016
Taylor: I haven’t been to
presidential election, I wasn’t really doing anything at all. I’m Hispanic, so seeing how unfairly we’re treated keeps me going, just to fight for our rights.
protests, and I’m starting to figure out what’s right, what’s wrong, and what you should do about it. I consider myself an emerging activist. I also really enjoy writing, so I mix the two.
Lauren: I haven’t participated
in protests yet. I feel like a lot of teens don’t know what they’re actually protesting. They follow the social wave, like, “It’s cool to do this.” To some kids at my school, the March for Our Lives was just about getting out of class for 20 minutes. I’m not going to skip class to protest something I’m not passionate about.
Yusra: I need to learn
about an issue and form my opinion about it before I say anything about it. Recently, I was talking to someone who pretended they knew everything about the issue of refugees, but they didn’t know the hard facts and statistics.
Sydney: When the Women’s
Jade: People sort of jump
March happened here in Los Angeles, I felt like, for the most part, it was a photo op for girls to post cute pictures on social media. They treated activism as a trend, not as an actual problem you should feel genuine about.
on the bandwagon, especially with their families. Growing up, you’re like, “My parents believe this, so I’ll believe it too.” Kids don’t read up on things. But how long is too long to still be blaming your parents for your arrogance?
CLOUDS: GET T Y IMAGES. JADE: CAROL ANNE BLOWER.
Jade: Yeah, that happens a lot. Yusra, 17 yusbutt29 Hometown: Bloomingdale, IL Personal projects: “I’m writing a book about mental-health awareness in the South Asian community. I also blog.”
For the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders had all these supporters on social media. Many of them went to the rallies, they said they supported things, but no one was actually voting or doing anything to bring about change.
Lauren: I agree. They’re
going to give you facts that support their opinions. Social media and the news impacts us too. I’d love to see a news source that just states facts with no opinion behind them. 63
QUIET RIOT If you fight for change and don’t get attention for it, does it still count?
Sydney: Activism doesn’t really
have to be everyone knowing that you’re doing something right now. You can do it behind a wall—you can do it without anyone knowing, and you’ll still make a difference. I think that a lot of people think that they need a platform or need fame or need all the attention on them in order for it to count as activism. But the only way that it matters is if it comes from your heart, not from getting attention.
Yusra: You start in your own
backyard, that’s what I say. For me, it was a blog talking about big issues: immigration, mental health, body image, all different topics. After I started, I was getting messages, and I realized people were reading it—and that I was actually helping people in my community. It’s
hard to create and get exposure, but once you see that it’s making a difference in one life or two lives, you realize, There’s so much I can do. Then you just want to do more. Karla: Yeah, I think it just
depends on the type of person you are. I don’t post everything. But the really important things that require other people’s help, I post about. There are certain things you can’t just do alone.
THE PRESSURE TO FIX THINGS If adults created the problems, should it be up to Gen Z to solve them?
Lauren: I don’t think a lot
Taylor: I think it is my responsibility, but at the same time, it
of people are informed on private activism because it’s not popular. Because all you see are pictures on social media of protests and signs and picketing and all of that. Also, a lot of people I know think activism is trashing a topic or trashing a person and their views, but that’s not doing something to benefit the world. It’s really just that you’re angry and you’re stating your opinion.
can get frustrating. Adults sometimes feel that just because we’re young we don’t know what we’re talking about. So it’s like, You don’t think I know what I’m talking about, and you don’t want to fix the problem that you created—so what’s actually going to happen here? Do you want us to sit back and do absolutely nothing while you do absolutely nothing and we can just stay in a world that is ridiculous?
Karla: Even though adults did cause a lot of problems, if I have
Taylor: Yeah. I also feel like
the information, if I have some resources, and if I have a support system, I’m going to go do something about it.
activism has to come from a place in your heart. It has to be sympathy and empathy. I am most genuine when I’m writing, so I integrate that with the issues in the black community. 64
I feel like that is private activism, and I don’t really have a problem with that.
Yusra: Politicians may think we haven’t experienced life and
we haven’t seen what the world is like. But we’re living it. We’re paying the consequences for their inability to make changes.
Jade: I feel like the older generations are to blame for today’s
problems, but I think everyone, young and old, should be working to fix these problems. Blame doesn’t get us anywhere. Things would get done a lot faster if everyone worked together toward big issues. After all, isn’t changing the world a big job?
Activism takes energy—and can be overwhelming.
overload. But a lot of people feel that pressure, that they have to be a part of it. Yusra: Yeah, I agree. I think it’s
important for people to focus on themselves before they focus on anything else. Lauren: It’s great to talk about Karla: I want to do so much,
but I could do more if I had a bigger support system. At school, I’d do voter drives with a friend, but nobody else wanted to help. It’s frustrating—it feels like you are on this journey by yourself.
issues, but I also want to talk about, you know, teenage stuff with my friends. Karla: It’s good to be away from
my phone for like a good hour. I usually go for a run. Sydney: Yeah, a lot of it is just
Taylor: When I don’t get the
getting off the electronics.
engagement I want on a post, it does kind of make me want to slow down.
Lauren: I’m definitely a huge
“You don’t need to spread yourself so thin to where you’re feeling like you’re on overload.”
advocate for retail therapy! Taylor: Getting away from
the outside world, it’s amazing. Writing and reading, even if it’s not about activism, is how I stay true to myself. Karla: I think about the big
picture. I constantly have to tell myself that what I’m doing is helping others who might not be able to speak up. That’s very motivating.
If you’ve marched, made calls, and done your share of spreading messages but your optimism is fading, know that even die-hard activists can feel that way too. Take a break, then take the following expert advice. –Judith Ohikuare
When you think you can’t change anything Building power isn’t just about having a huge in-person presence. Even an online petition or a few phone calls can have an impact.
When you’re afraid of protest mayhem No cause is worth your personal safety. If you don’t want to be on the ground, dial back your involvement by helping with logistics—from booking reservations and travel tickets to helping serve food after actions.
When you’re burned out Be kind to yourself. Some organizations build self-care into their routines with volunteer brunches and meditation sessions. Or take a break from social and news media for a few days, dive into Netflix, and reconnect with family and friends.
Jade: I agree with that a lot. Jade: You shouldn’t stop. It’s
always important to get your voice out there, no matter how many people hear it. But you also shouldn’t feel ashamed for stepping away. At one point, I had to step away from the news because there was just too much going on. You feel kind of helpless. You’ve got to take care of yourself. You don’t need to spread yourself so thin to where you’re feeling like you’re on
I feel like you need to have small goals for yourself that you can see. It’s a ladder. You won’t get to your end goal without small little goals in between, small little stretches. Taylor: We all need to keep
that in mind. Before you can figure out how to help a million people, just finding out that you can help five—that is what keeps me going.
When you think, I didn’t start this mess You’re right—and it might feel unfair that you have to help clean it up. But think of it this way: Your generation is bringing a fresh perspective that just might solve the problem. Young people were key in leading the civil rights and anti-war movements. Think of what you might be able to accomplish.
17 EXPERTS: Arisha Hatch, managing director of campaigns, ColorOfChange.org; Estephanie De La Cruz, Build a Dream leadership cohort, United We Dream; Taylor Maxwell, deputy communications director, Everytown for Gun Safety; Taylor King, student leader, Students Demand Action.
The beauty destination you need to know: South Korea. These skin and makeup trends will rock your worldâ€”no passport necessary.
PHOTOGRAPHS: MARNUS MEYER. HAIR: ALET VILJOEN/SUPERNOVA CREATIVE MANAGEMENT. MAKEUP: ALGRIA FERREIRA. MODEL: ZOYA PON.
K-Beauty 101 Inspired by the country’s cultural obsession with flawless skin, K-beauty is all about taking care of your complexion so it looks amazing—with or without makeup. From never-before-seen textures to adorable packaging, these innovations can seriously level up your glow game.
Now Try a
Lip Mask! Instead of a basic balm, slather on a more intense formula before heading to bed. Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask ($14, ulta.com) softens with plum blossom and shea butter as you snooze.
These hardworking treatments come in so many fun forms, you’re sure to find one that you (and your complexion) will love.
Loaded with OMG-amazing ingredients, fiber or biocellulose masks create a barrier to lock those actives into your skin. Starskin’s 10-minute two-piece jelly version deeply hydrates with prickly pear oil and aloe (but never slides off).
The rubbery ones you often see on YouTube are popular for a reason: They attach to impurities in your pores, then the gunk is gently pulled out as you peel the mask off. This Garnier one has charcoal, which sucks up dirt and oil like a vacuum.
Instead of using just one mask, apply two (or three, or four . . . ) where you need them. Target breakouts on your T-zone with this jar’s white detoxifying clay, then use the pink clay to soothe and moisturize your cheeks.
Besides being a blast, fizzy formulas rev up circulation (hello, lit skin!) and help ingredients penetrate deeper. This gel from Belif, which is filled with rose hip and eucalyptus, transforms into a foam to deeply cleanse and keep oil at bay.
Starskin Orglamic Pink Cactus Glass Mask, $11, starskin.com
Garnier Black Peel-Off Mask With Charcoal, $8, drugstores
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Makeup That Does More These glam go-tos aren’t just pretty. They’ll make your skin look smooth and soft— even after you take them off.
Short for “blemish balm,” these base bosses combine coverage with skin-clearing, hydrating, and protective ingredients. This oil-free version boasts seven perks, like pore-blurring filters, brightening flower extracts, and SPF 30.
South Korean girls love nourishing liquid face makeup that’s packed into travel-ready sponges. Press Kaja’s heart-shaped applicator into the blush cushion, then dot onto cheeks and blend. The creamy formula looks like a real flush.
An ombré pout is a K-beauty signature—and sheer moisturizing stains make it a cinch to nail the look. Get the effect in one swipe with this gradient lipstick, which also has beta-glucans to soothe your kisser.
Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream, $9, drugstores
Kaja Cheeky Stamp in Feisty, $24, Sephora stores
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Intro to Glass Skin
This hot trend is all about an even, intensely moisturized complexion with a reflective finish. These lightweight hydrators will help you get it in three steps.
Essence The second this toner-serum hybrid hits your skin, it bursts into a quickly absorbed water that nourishes long-term with hyaluronic acid. L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Normal/Oily Skin, $18, lorealparisusa.com
Cream This face “pudding” only looks good enough to eat. IRL, its matcha and niacinamide majorly brighten and protect the skin barrier. Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, $40, peachandlily.com
Sunscreen How cute is this octopus?!? Twist off the cap for complexion-loving mangoseed butter and SPF 50 (key to preventing spots caused by the sun). TonyMoly Tako Pore Sebum Sun Stick SPF 50+, $12.50, tonymoly.us
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Rising star MACKENZIE FOY busts a â€™90s vibe in a layered mix
PHOTOGRAPHS BY Silja Magg FASHION EDITOR Yashua Simmons
SKATER GIRL The ultimate style trick? Pairing delicate ruffles with a tough plaid jacket.
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READY TO RIDE Don’t be afraid to play with the boys—or borrow their clothes.
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STYLE PLANT Try combining a bunch of ﬂoral prints. The wilder the mix, the better.
Blouse and Dress A.P.C., usonline .apc.fr. T-shirt Leimert Park Threads, leimertparkthreads.com. Rings (index ﬁnger) Little Rooms, littlerooms.com; (middle ﬁnger) Pyrrha, pyrrha.com. Bear Pamplemousse, pamplemoussepeluches-usa .com. Boots Dr. Martens, drmartens.com.
HERO WORSHIP “Clara is a smart, quick-thinking, readyfor-anything kind of girl. She’s very complex, which I love. And she’s British, which is one of my favorite things, because it meant I got to do an accent!” GOING METHOD “To become Clara, I had to make a complete transformation, from the way I move to the way I talk. I had to think, How would a Victorian girl walk? How would she sit? I tried to make her move ﬂuidly, but also be tough and ready for everything. Being able to do the stunts made me feel so strong— and being able to do them in a dress was very cool!” Flannel Shirt C&C California, nordstromrack .com. T-shirt Kule, kule .com. Jeans Levi’s, levi .com (similar styles). Hat ’47, 47brand.com. Boots Dr. Martens, drmartens.com.
STRESS BUSTER “When I
need to feel better physically, I stretch and work out. For the mental side, I love to paint and express myself through colors— it calms me.” POWER MANTRA “Whenever I’m really nervous, ﬁrst I take a deep breath. Then I repeat to myself, ‘I’ve got this. I can do it. You can do this. You got this.’ ” SELF-ESTEEM SECRET
“Know that you are how you were meant to be, and you shouldn’t change that. You’re perfect just the way you are.” MIGHTY MUSCLE “My right
thigh is way bigger than my left. I always thought that was kind of weird. But then I realized that my right leg is my power leg in tae kwon do. So this kind of weird part of me is actually really cool, because it’s the leg I can kick really hard with.”
When you think about The Nutcracker, you probably picture the ballet with snowﬂakes, petticoats, and sugarplum fairies. Not for long. The upcoming movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (in theaters November 2) is an adrenaline-packed epic adventure based on the classic. It has dreamy costumes, eye-popping sets, and an A-list cast. (Hello, Keira Knightley and Misty Copeland!) Star Mackenzie Foy, 17, says one of the coolest things about making it was getting to know the badass heroine she became. “Playing Clara, I found out a lot about inner strength,” she says. Physical strength, however, is something this Los Angeles–based high school senior already knows a lot about: She has a black belt in tae kwon do. Still, she’s learned that true power comes from the inside. “You can be strong by building up your body, but it’s your mind that makes you the strongest,” she says. “Self-acceptance—feeling conﬁdent—is more mental than it is physical.”
ROCKING THE VOTE “I just missed [the cutof to be eligible to vote this year]. I think I’m maybe four or ﬁve days of. When I found out, I was like, ‘Dang it!’ Because being able to vote is a very special thing. You can partake in society and have a piece of history. Your voice and your opinion matters, and that’s very important, especially for young people, to know.”
Beauty Tip Pink lips paired with a sporty outfit are a total home run. Try Maybelline New York Shine Compulsion by Color Sensational in Secret Blush ($7.50, walgreens.com).
SICK COMBO Speak volumes in baggy jeans and a message tee (or belt).
T-shirt Urban Outﬁtters, urbanoutﬁtters.com. Jeans Levi’s, levi.com. Belt Chinatown Market, urbanoutﬁtters.com. Hat ’47, 47brand.com. Gold Rings Little Rooms, littlerooms.com. Silver Rings Pyrrha, pyrrha.com.
Beauty Tip Rock a glow with a wash of coral blush (like L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Fantastical, $13, lorealparisusa.com).
RAD IDEA Be the queen of layering: Take a tee and top it with a rugby and a denim shirt. Tiara optional.
On Mackenzie: Denim Shirt Citizens of Humanity, citizensofhumanity.com. Rugby J.Crew, jcrew .com. T-shirt Kule, kule .com. Jeans Leviâ€™s, levi .com (similar styles). Tiara Claireâ€™s, claires .com. Rings (gold) Little Rooms, littlerooms.com; (silver) Pyrrha, pyrrha .com. Boots Dr. Martens, drmartens.com. On Him: Sweatshirt Marc Jacobs, marcjacobs,com.
Hair: Charles McNair at See Management for R+Co. Makeup: Vincent Oquendo at The Wall Group for Shiseido. Manicure: Kelly B at Defacto using Zoya.
‘‘I’m pretty, I’m beautiful, I’m loved.” Sydney, 19, Scottsdale, AZ syd.egan
Sydney with her friend Kortney, 19.
ot that long ago, I struggled with my perception of my body. I was introduced to diet culture in second grade, and I have been on and off diets ever since. In high school, it became unbearable; my friends were all the “perfect” size. I felt like I was supposed to be “the funny girl,” not the cute one or the sexy one, because of my size. But the summer before college, I made a friend named Kortney [inset], who radiated confidence and preached self-love. She helped me realize that body confidence does not have a size, and I slowly learned to love who I am. Now I work out to be healthy, not to be skinny. Being perfectly me is wearing what I like to wear, not what someone with my body shape is “supposed” to wear. I’m studying to be an adolescent therapist. I want young women to realize that self-worth isn’t dependent on size, acne, hair length—anything like that. You should never let those things hold you back.
Body confidence starts from within—and it gets a boost when you’re part of a community of acceptance. Just ask these six teens, who are helping us celebrate another year of our #PerfectlyMe initiative with Instagram. Their stories (along with their filter- and Facetune-free photos—all taken on iPhone Xs) will help inspire you to embrace who you are.
‘‘For a long time, I covered up my skin. Now I don’t.’’ Nikole, 19, Indianapolis, IN
M Nikole and her mom, Cindy.
ost people don’t like to be seen. I like people to notice me. And they do. I have a rare condition called cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita. I was born burgundy, and I now have discolored patches of red-pink and blue-purple all over my skin—on my face, on my legs. I’ve been bullied my whole life. People always called me names because of my skin, so for a long time I covered it up. But senior year, I started telling my story so people would know why I
look different. Nobody is the same. Why judge others? That’s something I learned from my mother. She also taught me how to do my makeup—I’m really good at it now, though I feel perfectly comfortable without it. For me, putting on makeup is about being creative, not hiding what I look like. I love how independent and strong I am. I don’t need the approval of other people, and I embrace all my imperfections. Still, it’s an ongoing journey. It never stops.
As told to Joey Bartolomeo, Elizabeth Furlong, and Jane Handa / Lettering by Carmi Grau
“I love my body. There’s no difference between me and someone who’s a size 4.” Natalie, 17, Henderson, NV natalienootenboom
eople fear what they don’t understand. I’m a half-Asian girl who’s also five feet eleven—I break a lot of stereotypes—so I’m used to people looking at me weirdly. As a young girl, I was bullied, but when I got older, I got into plus-size modeling. I’ve always been a rebel and body-positive. When I showed up backstage for one fashion show, someone asked me, “What crew are you with?” They didn’t expect me to say I was a model. It didn’t bother me— for me, it meant that I was changing the way the industry works. One day, some other girl is going to walk backstage—whether she’s my size, smaller, or bigger— and no one will ask her what crew she’s on. They’ll assume, “Oh, you’re a part of the show.” I’ve always confided in my uncle Steve Aoki, a famous DJ, when I’ve had experiences like that. He reminds me not to take it personally and not to let anyone think I am just one thing. You’re never just one thing. Being perfectly me is embracing all the things that tattoo your soul—and not letting anyone change that.
Natalie with her uncle Steve.
“It’s not hair that makes me beautiful.” Kylie, 17, San Antonio, TX kyliedurish
Kylie during her cancer treatment.
wo years ago, everything in my life changed— including the way I looked. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, and I started chemotherapy a couple of weeks later. Probably the most traumatic part of the whole experience was losing my hair. The week of homecoming, it started falling out as a side effect of the treatment. When I’d brush it, it would come out in chunks. I thought, Why now? I just wanted to look pretty for all the homecoming pictures. I was left with a few random strands of hair, so I wore beanies or a wig all the time because I didn’t want people looking at me. My mom would always tell me I looked beautiful, but she’s my mom. My sister, Alexis, tells me when things don’t look good, so it meant a lot when she would tell me I looked pretty. She never said, “Without hair you look pretty.” It made me realize that my strength and personality are more important than anything else. My hair has grown back, but I want to inspire other girls to realize that you are beautiful no matter how you look.
Kylie with her sister, Alexis, 14.
“My shortened forearm doesn’t make me less human.” Moasiah (Moe), 16, Summerville, SC m0e.m0
ody confidence means having a light of contentment that no one can turn off and being okay with who you are completely. I have that—and I know that I’m perfectly me. I was born with a shortened forearm and three fingers on my right limb. Once when I was younger, I got my nails done at the salon, but people there reacted negatively to me, so I never went back. Recently, my mom painted my nails for me, and I posted a picture of my manicure on Instagram. I didn’t think it would get that much positive attention, but it did, and I’m really happy about it. Doing new things builds my confidence. I want to be a singer, and I started a YouTube channel to get out of my comfort zone. When I was growing up, it would have been nice to see somebody like me on TV, to let me know that it’s okay that I am the way that I am. Now I hear good feedback from other people on how I sing and just get positive vibes. Recently, I went to a group event organized by Lucky Fin, an organization devoted to limb differences, and it felt great to
Moe with Lucky Fin member Rebekah.
meet other people like me. I was so inspired by everyone, especially Rebekah Marine. She’s a model and speaker, and she was born without a forearm. She told me that when she was young, it was hard for her and it took her a while to accept herself. It made me cry because I could relate. She’s really inspirational, and that’s something I want to be too.
“I’m very tall— and that’s not a bad thing.” Serina, 13, Huntsville, AL serinaelise_
ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY OF SUBJECTS. SYDNEY: (MAIN PHOTO) BRIANNA EGAN; (INSET) SYDNEY EGAN. NIKOLE: JESSICA HOLTON. NATALIE AND STEVE: TONY TRAN. K YLIE: NIKKI DUL AY. MOASIAH: (MAIN) LUCK Y FIN PROJECT; (INSET) REBEK AH MARINE.
’ve always been a lot taller than other people, and for a long time, I felt out of place. I’d be afraid to post pictures of myself with my friends on Instagram, because I was, like, 79 feet taller than everyone else. (I’m five feet eleven.) But as I get older, I remember that my friends don’t care about that. They love me and appreciate me, and that’s all that matters. One thing I love to do is ride horses. They don’t think about how tall I am or what I look like. They’re just kind of there. I also play volleyball. Whenever I get a block or hit the ball, it makes me grateful for my height. I met my friend Leah at one of my games. She was on another team, and it was so weird because she had the same jersey number and was also tall and blonde. It turns out we’re exactly the same height too. We became friends immediately. This year, we’re on the same team, and if someone says something about our height, we look at each other and laugh because we both know how it feels. I’m different, and I’m finally starting to see that that’s not a bad thing. There is stuff you can’t really change about yourself, and you should appreciate it all. Be yourself and be happy. ■
Serina with her friend Leah, 13.
Celebrate Body Confidence Day with us on October 17—and year-round—by tagging your photos with #PerfectlyMe.
Oh. My. Awkward.
HORROR SHOW “One night after dinner, I had my ﬁrst ‘Netﬂix date’ with my crush. When the doorbell rang, I answered it eagerly. He gave me a weird look, but I didn’t think much of it. We went into my room to watch a scary movie. He stared at me the whole time—and I assumed it was because he liked me. Well, I actually had a huge black bean from dinner in between my two front teeth! I didn’t realize until after he left and I looked in the mirror. Ugh!”
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Excusez-moi! “I had an interview for a summer job at a French restaurant, and I was so nervous that I asked to use the restroom before it started. I was confused by the bathroom setup because the signs were in French, so I just entered the one I thought was correct. I walked out of the stall to wash my hands, and my potential future boss—a man— was there, doing his business. He turned around, laughed, and walked out. My face was red during the entire interview.”
Seeing Red “Once, my boyfriend and I were kissing, and he was playfully biting my neck. Suddenly, I got a nosebleed, but we were in the dark, so when he raised his head, he thought the blood was from his biting me. He felt so bad that he started crying. I reassured him that it was the nosebleed and he hadn’t done anything wrong, but our romantic moment had totally passed!”
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Alley Oops “I went on a bowling double date with my best friend and her crush. We got to the alley and laced up our shoes, and I wanted to go ﬁrst to show off my moves. Right as I rolled the ball down the lane, I let out the loudest fart ever. Our dates started laughing, and I sprinted out of the building. I hid in my car because I was so embarrassed!”
CELEB TRAUMA! One day at school, I was feeling queasy. Toward the end of a class, this cute guy came up to me and I was super-excited—but also starting to feel light-headed and nauseated. He asked, ‘What are you doing this weekend?’ and I didn’t want to end the conversation, so I just held up my index ﬁnger, walked to the trash, and threw up. Then I was sent to the nurse. After that, it was as if the guy and I had a pact never to speak of it. I never talked to him again!
walked across the stage toward me. When we crossed paths, he waved, but I thought he was going in for a high ﬁve, so I gave him a silent, awkward high ﬁve. I blushed and tried to recover by saying ‘Hey.’ He replied, ‘Break a leg,’ but I was so ﬂustered by then, I became temporarily speechless. We had six hours of rehearsal left, and I avoided eye contact with him the entire time!”
Jul 23–Aug 22 Oct: You’ve got to watch your words as Mar 21–Apr 19 Oct: A crush will rock your world near
the new moon on the 8th, and you’ll be tempted to text them 24-7. Take it slow, tho. Nov: Your vision for what’s possible will expand after auspicious Jupiter shifts on the 8th. If you can dream it, you can do it!
Mercury shifts into powerful Scorpio on the 9th or you could hurt ~all~ the feelings. Nov: Jupiter, the planet of good luck, will slide into your true-love zone on the 8th, where it will stay for a whole year. Holla!
Nov 22–Dec 21 Oct: Near the new moon on the 8th, you
may feel more in tune with a new squad than you do with your reg one. It happens. Nov: Success-making Jupiter will be in your corner from now till the end of 2019! If you have a major goal, get cracking now.
Aug 23–Sep 22 Oct: You’ll be slammed with work near Apr 20–May 20 Oct: Someone new will arrive on the
scene near the full moon in your sign on the 24th. This cutie might blow your mind! Nov: After Mars moves into intuitive Pisces on the 15th, you’ll know who’s worth your time and who’s killing your vibe.
the 8th. To finish it all on time, you’ll need to, um, ease up on the perfectionism a bit. Nov: After Mars swings into your area of relationships on the 15th, your iCal will be filled with awesome invites.
Dec 22–Jan 19 Oct: A friend will introduce you to a
surprising subject or activity on the 9th. Pay attention: It could be your new thing! Nov: When Sagittarius links with the sun this month, you’ll feel especially reflective. It’s the perf time to ask the big questions.
Sep 23–Oct 22 Oct: As Venus goes retrograde on the 5th, May 21–Jun 20 Oct: Life will get hectic (in a fun way!)
near the 8th, so tuck yo’self in earlier than usual: You’ll need extra rest just to keep up. Nov: When Jupiter enters your zone of relationships on the 8th, you’ll have a blast flirting with a new sweetie . . . or two!
you’ll be in mega makeover mode. Set aside your glow-up go-tos or you might toss ’em! Nov: Your social scene will get a huge boost after the sun moves into Sagittarius on the 22nd. This fall could be the GOAT!
Jan 20–Feb 18 Oct: With Mercury on your side on the
9th, you’ll be ultra-persuasive. If you need to ask the ’rents for something, do it then! Nov: Not clicking with your usual crew? On the 22nd, the sun in Sagittarius will bring more like-minded peeps into your life.
Oct 23–Nov 21 Jun 21–Jul 22 Oct: Starting on the 5th, Venus will put
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Oct: This month is all about tying up loose ends, Scorp: You’ll put the past away and feel legit ready to embrace the future. Nov: With help from fiery Mars on the 15th, a flirty connection you made at the end of October will go from hot to hotter!
Feb 19–Mar 20 Oct: When crazy drama erupts among
your friends after the 9th, clever Mercury will show you what’s really going on. Nov: On the 15th, you’ll get the green light on a dream when assertive Mars enters your sign. Enjoy the momentum, Pisces! Illustrations by Kim Sielbeck
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drive a giant pumpkin as a car?
guest-star on Stranger Things
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be styled by Blake Lively for homecoming
raid Serena van der Woodsen’s closet?
be stuck with finger-size eyelashes
deal with having eyelashsize fingers?
HAILEY + THE BIEBS
lick a bathroomdoor handle
eat toenail clippings in your lunch?
be a bridesmaid in Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s wedding
in Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s?
wear tiny ’90s-style sunglasses dine with Queer Eye’s Fab Five on Thanksgiving
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enormous ’70s-style sunglasses have dinner with the royal fam? have only one song to listen to on Spotify?
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spend a night alone in a haunted house?