Welcome to 3-Minute Read, your midweek rundown of everything we're talking about at Byrdie HQ. Every Wednesday, we'll get you up-to-date on the beauty news you need to know—in only three minutes.
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In a step away from its usual emphasis on sultry glamour, this year's publication makes an important statement about the unreasonable expectations put on Hollywood's leading ladies. Shot by the legendary Peter Lindbergh, 14 actresses of all ages—including Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz, Helen Mirren, and Alicia Vikander—appear unretouched and sans makeup. In a word: stunning.
Microblading—a semi-permanent, natural-looking brow tattooing technique—is rapidly becoming the beauty procedure du jour, since it allows those with sparse arches to get lasting enhancement sans makeup. Want to see what the results really look like? Head over to LaurenConrad.com to see one editor's before and after.
Pursoma Digital Detox salt blend ($34) aims to do just that, albeit in a roundabout way: Quality-sourced sea salt boosts circulation and relaxes muscles that have been burdened by laptop-hunching, while French Montmorillonite clay softens skin and offsets toxins, including (supposedly) electromagnetic fields emitted from your devices. At the very least, you'll spend a few minutes away from your screens. Head over to The Coveteur to get the full lowdown.
H/t to Allure for calling out this budget-friendly hack for customized lip color.
Finding the right mascara can be an actual nightmare since many formulas can set off itching and sensitivity (not to mention MTV-worthy black tears). But since sacrificing lush lashes is a non-negotiable, Health.com has eight clever tips for tracking down an irritation-free product.
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