18 Expert-Tested Ways to Prevent a Hangover

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Ask any expert and they’ll tell you: The best way to prevent suffering from a vicious hangover is to forego booze entirely. That’s because there’s no hard-and-fast, research-backed way to sidestep alcohol’s side effects.

But the truth is sometimes, even experts who know better, drink just as much as you do. To fend off the nausea, headache, dizziness, and general misery that often follows an intense night of drinking, try the tricks experts use to mitigate the damage:

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Before You Drink:

1. Double up on multivitamins. “A big misconception is that hangovers are entirely about dehydration. But the main issues are inflammation and oxidative stress. And it’s much easier to prevent a hangover than it is to deal with it the next morning,” says Jason Burke, MD, an anesthesiologist who has treated over 20,000 hangovers and the creator of Hangover Heaven, a mobile medical clinic based in Las Vegas that delivers onsite IV treatments for hangover sufferers. Antioxidants help mitigate the damage, so pop an extra multivitamin or drink acai or pomegranate juice before you go out, Dr. Burke says.

2. Order a burger instead of a salad. Of course you don’t want to look or feel bloated at a bar on a Saturday night. But the severity of a hangover isn’t just related to how much you drink, but how you metabolize alcohol — and that depends a lot on what you eat, says Elizabeth Kovacs, PhD, director of the alcohol research program at Loyola University. Her suggestion: Make sure you eat a meal containing carbs, protein, and fat before you take your first sip of alcohol.

Dr. Burke makes sure that meal contains red meat, which has an especially high concentration of amino acids and B vitamins that help process the nasty byproducts of alcohol.

3. Rest up. This might sound pretty obvious but most people don’t get nearly enough sleep, Kovacs says. While sleep won’t save you from a hangover, it will improve your immunity and get your body ready to handle a night of heavy drinking — which is better than not being ready, she adds.

While You Drink:

4. Skip Champagne. Science says the bubbles in sparkling wine may accelerate the absorption of alcohol so you get drunker faster. The problem is that this produces especially bad hangovers, Dr. Burke says.

5. Make your roadie a Gatorade. You’ve probably heard that it’s smart to chug water between cocktails to fend off dehydration (and the resulting headache) caused by alcohol. But coconut water or a sports drinks like Gatorade work even better: They replace your fluids and electrolytes, the nutrients you lose when you drink, according to Kovacs. Whenever you drink more than two drinks at a time, alternate between booze and a sports drink (or sip the latter throughout the night), and you’ll be good to go.

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6. Skip the smokes. When 113 college students documented their alcohol intake, smoking habits, and hangover symptoms every day for eight weeks, researchers found that when students drank heavily, smoking significantly increased the risk and severity of a hangover, according to a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

7. Stick with clear liquor. Vodka and gin have fewer toxins and impurities than dark ones like whiskey and rum, says Kovacs.

8. Choose juice over soda mixers. “OJ won’t help you avoid a hangover — unless you drink it instead of a 14th beer,” Kovacs says. But because fruit and vegetable juices contain extra vitamins, they’re always better for you than soda.

9. Wash your hands super well. Drinking alcohol changes the way your immune system works, so if you’re exposed to something like the flu when you’re out and about, you’re more likely to become infected, have a more severe reaction, and take longer to recover, Kovacs says. And if there’s one thing that makes a hangover worse, it’s flu symptoms like fever, muscles aches, and chills.

10. Splurge on a drink. “I only drink high-end gin and vodka,” Dr. Burke says. While this might sound high-brow (and unnecessarily expensive), Dr. Burke swears that the top-shelf stuff is filtered the most to remove impurities and toxins, which can make your hangover less severe. Also, because pricy drinks cost more per sip, you’re more likely to slowly nurse a drink you pay a lot for and, in turn, drink less overall.

11. Dance your ass off. It’s hard AF to hold a drink while you’re breaking it down, so dancing or playing a game like pool or ping-pong, assuming it involves paddles as opposed to cups of beer, can stop you from the destructive cycle of emptying your glass and immediately refilling it. Just be sure to stash a cup of water on the edge of the dance floor to rehydrate, particularly if you start to break a sweat.

Before You Go to Sleep:

12. Don’t overdo it on the water. It’s true that hangovers can happen when your body gets too much bad liquid (alcohol) and not enough of the good kind (water). However, Kovacs says drinking water by the gallon can put undue stress on your body. And frequent bathroom runs can mess with your sleep. So after a night of heavy drinking, drink a glass of water (and a second one, if you’re particularly thirsty), and leave a full glass on your bed stand to treat dry mouth in the morning.

13. Slap on a sleeping mask. While sleep deprivation won’t cause a hangover, it can make your hangover worse. Incidentally, alcohol disrupts the second part of your sleep — which occurs after the sun rises if you go to sleep particularly late. While you can’t control the quality of your sleep after a heavy night of drinking, you can at least minimize environmental disruptions with a sleep mask that keeps light out of your eyes.

14. Pop an ibuprofen. “If I really overdid it, I take an Advil before I go to sleep and possibly one more multivitamin,” Dr. Burke says. Anti-inflammatory drugs (anything that contains ibuprofen or Naprosyn) directly attacks the inflammation that alcohol causes. Always avoid painkillers that contain acetaminophen though: You can seriously damage your liver and kidneys if you take them with alcohol.

The Morning After Drinking:

15. Forget the whole “hair of the dog that bit you” thing. Experts agree that it’s straight-up stupid to booze it up the morning after heavy drinking. It only delays the inevitable: a hangover that’s even worse than the one you’ve got.

16. Order the eggs. Eggs are an awesome source of cysteine, which helps break down a headache-causing toxin that’s produced when your body digests alcohol. Go with a plain poached egg or dry omelet, which won’t upset your stomach as much as greasy bacon or heavy breakfast meats.

17. Drink Sprite or seltzer. When researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, analyzed the effects of 57 different drinks on alcohol metabolism, they found that the Chinese version of Sprite and regular soda water help speed up the body’s alcohol metabolism, which decreases the amount of time your body is exposed to the harmful chemicals produced when your body digests alcohol. 



18. Avoid herbal teas. In the same Sun Yat-Sen University experiment, researchers found that herbal teas make your body process alcohol more slowly, so your hangover lasts extra long. (Which could seriously drive you to drink.)

Why Women of Color Are Being Exposed to Harmful Chemicals in Beauty Products

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New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals.

“Pressure to meet Western standards of beauty means Black, Latina and Asian American women are using more beauty products and thus are exposed to higher levels of chemicals known to be harmful to health,” says Ami Zota, ScD, MS, an environmental epidemiologist at the George Washington University.

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According to the report, Black, Latina and Asian-American women spend more on beauty products than the national average, often because “mass distribution of images that idealize whiteness.” Black women, for example, are twice as likely to feel workplace pressure to practice hair straightening than white women, which in turn increases the likelihood of exposure to toxic substances.

“Many of the hair relaxers and dyes are multi-step products that increase the chance of being exposed to hazardous chemicals,” adds Paul Pestano, an Environmental Working Group analyst. “Some of the hair lotions and styling gels contain ingredients of concern like parabens, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and ‘fragrance.'” Straighteners and relaxers are often laced with estrogen, which has been linked to premature reproductive development and uterine tumors.

Research suggests that women of color are also more likely than white women to use harmful vaginal douches and feminine hygiene products, as a result of targeted odor discrimination. And a study done by Zota and colleagues in 2016 found that women who reported douching frequently, had 150 percent higher exposures to DEP—a harmful chemical that may cause health problems in women and birth defects in infants—often found in fragranced beauty products. Skin-lightening face creams marketed to darker skinned women were also found to contain inorganic mercury, among other potentially dangerous chemicals.

While the shelf life of chemical-laden beauty products might be indeterminate, last year, researchers at EWG’s Skin Deep published findings on nearly 1,200 products marketed to women of color, a valuable tool in the fight against discriminatory and toxic ingredients.

Taraji P. Henson’s New MAC Viva Glam Campaign Is Here—And Our Jaws Hit The Floor

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Taraji P. Henson isn’t just back for another MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam product drop—she’s here to break our jaws, too. The actress’s new campaign for the fall 2017 Viva Glam initiative just dropped, and this time it’s all about shades of gold.

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The two new products are the Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2 Lipstick ($17), a coppery brown with a frosty gold finish, and the Taraji P. Henson 2 Lipglass ($17), a rich bronze gloss shot through with golden pearl. Both lip products will debut internationally on September 7 of this year, and as always, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the MAC AIDS Fund.

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This is Henson’s second time fronting the Viva Glam campaign. She joins other celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Eve, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj who have designed exclusive Viva Glam lipsticks. For the last 20-plus years, the Viva Glam campaign has donated hundreds of millions of dollars from lipstick proceeds to the MAC AIDS Fund. The organization supports “innovative programs that deal directly with the most marginalized, stigmatized and under-heard victims,” within the global HIV and AIDS communities.

If you can’t wait until September and want to spread a little bit of love right now, you can still shop Henson’s first Viva Glam lipstick, a bright matte fuschia, right now.

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Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis Doesn’t Take This Body for Granted

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She began to look around the hospital, eyeing her competition. “I would see someone, usually a dude, missing one or even two limbs, doing some move, and I would think, You know, I can do that just as well as you can, if not better,” she says. That drive, coupled with the memories of those who don’t ever return from war, fueled her.

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“People tell me I’m strong,” she says. “But I don’t think so. I think I’m crazy and I think I’m stubborn. When I was suffering, mentally and emotionally, I had it in my mind that I was on my own, totally alone. But then you look around, and you’re like: I made it home. I may have made it home damaged and broken, but there’s a lot of men and women that never make it home. I kicked myself in my own butt, and I was like, That’s a lot of eyes looking down on you, and you need to live every day to the fullest.”

Ennis has lived up to that promise. In three weeks she’ll climb the Carstensz Pyramid (aka Puncak Jaya), the highest summit in Indonesia. It hasn’t been done by an above-knee amputee ever. In the fall she’ll travel to the Everest base camp. And next summer she’ll lead an all-female veteran team to Denali, the highest point in North America. “I’m a strong believer in paying it forward,” Ennis says, stressing that each of these expeditions has a charitable component. “So many people have helped me; it’s my time now.”

The fact that I’ve put my body through so much, and it can bounce back, that’s amazing. But to go and make something beautiful out of it—I’m blown away.

Even so, she acknowledges that for all the thrills and milestones she’s celebrated, the realities of her new existence still take getting used to. “When you go through this, you ask yourself so many questions: Am I still sexy? Can I still wear dresses? Who’s going to find me attractive?” Ennis says. “I decided to do [this shoot] to inspire myself and to inspire so many more people, too. I hope they can see that.”

Sometimes Ennis wakes up and doesn’t put on her prosthetic leg. “I’m hopping around, and I’ll catch myself in the mirror, and I’m like, Oh my God,” she says. “But I tell myself I was blessed with a strong body. The fact that I’ve put my body through so much, and it can bounce back, that’s amazing. But to go and make something beautiful out of it—I’m blown away. It’s pretty surreal.”

ColourPop Is Launching Nail Polish

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After winning fans with affordable makeup for eyes, lips, and cheeks, ColourPop is set to launch nail polish very soon. On July 7, ColourPop Polish will debut with six shades, all seven-free so you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals lurking (there’s no Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, DBP, TPHP, and Xylene).

Each bottle goes for only $6 (!!) and will be sold on colourpop.com.

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Here are all the fantasy-inspired summery pastels the line will start with:

I Wand It That Way, a sheer iridescent top coat

Be Fairy Afraid, a pastel baby pink

Dust a Dream, a mint green

Pixie-lated, a baby blue

First Wings First, a pastel lavender

One Wish, Two Wish, a holographic silver

Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Makeup Skills Using Only Her Highlighter and Contour Kits

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Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty launch has had its ups and downs, but no one can claim the reality TV star hasn’t been working her line all around the internet. After posting an Instagram Live tutorial explaining how she uses her KKW Beauty Crème Contour and Highlight Kits in conjunction with other makeup, Kim went on to show a beauty tutorial that featured her only using her own KKW Beauty products to makeup her entire face.

Kim clearly has a bag of tricks that she favors—namely, putting darker colors near her hairline and highlighting the tip of her nose and her cupid’s bow. But it’s somewhat heartening for the woman selling the world yet another beauty product to use only what she’s selling to put together a flawless look.

Huda Kattan Understands the Nude Lipstick Struggle

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The struggle to find the perfect your-lips-but-better shade is real. Thanks to Huda Kattan’s latest launch, you’ve now got some strong options. The Dubai-based beauty expert recently announced Huda Beauty’s new line of nude liquid matte lipsticks. After seeing her model one of the subtle lip pigments for her nearly 19 million followers on Instagram, we’re sold.

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There’s something to complement all skin tones with four shades, each $20:

Get the nude liquid matte lipsticks here.

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Drink Your Whole Milk, Eat Your Butter … Or Don’t: The Great Fat Debate

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A 2016 JAMA Internal Medicine report based on the Nurse’s Health Study, which includes 237,000 women, found that replacing saturated and/or trans fats with certain unsaturated ones reduced mortality up to 27 percent. The nurses’ study has also yielded papers linking saturated fat with cardiovascular risk. Even experts like Dean Ornish, MD, who believes fats should be confined to 10 percent of calories, now admit all fats aren’t created equal; unlike Teicholz’s, his camp still spurns saturated fat.

“They’re not calling it a low-fat diet anymore,” Teicholz said, “but they’re still counseling it.”

The USDA guidelines are meant to settle these arguments, and the latest batch, formulated in 2015, include a cap on added sugar intake (10 percent of calories) and remove limits on cholesterol. (“Eggs are no longer the villain they were,” says Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD, of the Yale School of Public Health, who served on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. It’s perhaps similar to what’s happened with fat: “People conflated dietary cholesterol with blood cholesterol,” Krauss said.) The USDA also abolished the ceiling on total fat but suggested limiting saturated fat to 10 percent of calories, and still recommended low- or fat-free dairy and lean meats. “They’re not calling it a low-fat diet anymore,” Teicholz said, “but they’re still counseling it.”

There tends to be so little breathing room between the factions that they don’t even agree on what’s changed in our diet since 1977, when the USDA guidelines were introduced, and when—incidentally or coincidentally, depending on whom you ask— obesity rates began climbing in the United States. The experts I spoke to were so attached to their own positions that it seemed like they existed in opposing realities. Ornish, in a 2015 New York Times op-ed, stated that for decades, Americans had been eating more fat and meat—per the USDA, “67 percent more added fat, 39 percent more sugar, and 41 percent more meat in 2000 than they had in 1950.” Opponents countered, as in a Scientific American article titled almost parodically “Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says About Nutrition Is Wrong,” that what matters is we’ve been eating more of everything—23 percent more calories a day than in 1970, according to the Pew Research Center, with the percent of calories from protein and fat dropping, and those from carbs increasing.

It’s tempting, when presented with all of this, to assume the medical establishment doesn’t know enough to arrive at any definitive conclusions— and some scientists agree. A systemic review of research on heart disease and fat published in 2015 in the journal Open Heart had this to say about the USDA’s initial ’77 recommendations to reduce fat: “It seems incomprehensible that dietary advice was introduced for 220 million Americans…given the contrary results.” In an opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Steven Nissen, MD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, called the latest guidelines “a nearly evidence-free zone.”

The 2015 guidelines had inspired an unprecedented amount of concern. During a public comment period prior to their release, they received 29,000 comments, as opposed to 2,000 in 2010. Congress subsequently earmarked $1 million for the National Academy of Medicine to investigate whether the end result of the process is sufficiently “science based.”

It’s gotten better, said Walter Willett, MD, a Harvard Medical School professor who’s the most cited nutritionist in the world, but when he started off in the 1970s, the disagreements people had were “almost like the religious wars of the Middle Ages.” He’s far from the only one to use theological terminology to describe the field. The USDA guidelines are the “bible,” Teicholz told me. Nissen, in his Annals op-ed, called advocates of different diets “cult-like.” Sugar is the “devil incarnate,” said Robert Lustig, MD, a neuroendocrinologist at UCSF. “Maybe it’s that food has become a way, in a postreligious time, for people to find meaning and an outlet for their desire to change the world,” Teicholz mused. “And I’m sympathetic to that!” The problem, for her, is that this means many cling to assumptions beyond what scientific skepticism demands. She’d hoped her book would motivate more thorough research. Instead, “people just tried to shut my work down,” she said. “It’s like science itself has entered a postfactual state.”

This is the rare statement about which both sides concur. “Perhaps you have recently heard you can’t always trust the news to be real rather than fake,” wrote David Katz, MD, a vocal proponent of a diet featuring plants, some lean meats, and few saturated fats, on the website Verywell .com in December. “If that is true about the fate of the presidency in America, it is no less true about the fare on the typical American plate.”

“It’s like science itself has entered a postfactual state.”

One of Ornish’s claims to fame is that he counseled Bill Clinton after he developed heart dis- ease, resulting in the former president’s shrinking physique. But it turns out Bill and Hillary have also sought medical advice from Mark Hyman, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and author of the best-seller Eat Fat, Get Thin. Earnest and fit, Hyman has the glow of a man who’s spent more than a few afternoons on the Dr. Oz stage (he’s appeared well over a dozen times on Oz’s show). Last November, before giving a talk at ABC Carpet & Home, an upscale, boho NYC furniture store, he sat amid votive candles and tastefully weathered sculptures of spiritual deities, explaining how we’d arrived at this confused point.

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Since randomized clinical trials are often prohibitively expensive, the nutrition world relies on observational studies—usually surveys, he said, which is where the trouble begins. Do you remember what you had for dinner last Tuesday? How much cheese you ate in the last month? It’s led to a research pool so vast that it can be used to support virtually any theory, and the correlations found in such studies are often mistaken for causation. “I always joke, you can do a study of sexually active women over 55 and conclude sex doesn’t lead to pregnancy,” Hyman said. There is also the “healthy-user bias,” whereby subjects who choose to engage in one supposedly healthy activity are likely to be engaging in others. Researchers control for some behaviors, but in regard to obesity, since rates began growing, “everything has changed,” obesity researcher William Dietz, MD, told the New Yorker last September. “Everything on the dietary side. Everything on the physical-activity side. Everything.” How do you control for everything?

Then there are the economic interests, Hyman said, “which interfere with people’s ethics and judgments about what’s true.” After the low-fat diet swallowed up the guidelines, the food industry responded with thousands of new products, but since removing the fat from food often leaves it tasting bland, manufacturers pumped it with sugar. Now the conventional wisdom is turning against sugar, and the new nutritional labels require manufacturers to list added sugars, but the unit of measurement will be grams, rather than the more transparent teaspoons. Why? “You know, the sugar industry loves Congress,” Pérez-Escamilla says. Put less obliquely, sugar companies spent $13.5 million lobbying federal legislators during the last two election cycles, and the business prefers grams (presumably because the less people can picture how much sugar is in a cookie, the more likely they’ll be to purchase it). The influence that agribusiness wields on government policy also helps explain why, whenever new (solid) science does make it into the USDA guidelines, “subsidy policies contradict almost everything in them,” says Pérez-Escamilla. (Between 1995 and 2012, the U.S. government provided $292.5 billion in farm subsidies, but only 1 percent of that went to fruits and vegetables, while 50 percent was funneled toward corn, wheat, and soy.)

Lupita Nyong’o Calls Out Magazine For Photoshopping Her Hair Out

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o has publicly shamed a magazine for photoshopping out her hair out of the frame of their cover.

The Oscar-winning actress claims Grazia UK ‘edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like’ in a lengthy post on Instagram, before adding that she was ‘disappointed’ with the end result.

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As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh

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The 34-year-old star also pointed out that she wasn’t consulted over the magazine’s decision to digitally remove her hair.

Nyong’o added that if she had been, she would explain that she ‘cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture’.

Sharing the unedited images from the shoot on Instagram with her statement, Nyong’o wrote:

As I have made clear so often in the past with every fibre of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too.

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Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.

I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.

Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.#dtmh.

Last month, Solange Knowles told The Evening Standard Magazine ‘don’t touch my hair’ after they digitally removed a braided crown from her head for its cover image.

In a statement, the Evening Standard responded: ‘We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES.

‘It is therefore a matter of great regret that the finished cover artwork caused concern and offence.

‘The decision to amend the photograph was taken for layout purposes, but plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.’

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Is Dropping A Red Liquid Lipstick

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Rihanna isn’t stopping with the new Fenty Beauty drops. After her Holiday Galaxy Collection sold out, the singer and beauty mogul is now dropping her first-ever red and liquid lipstick called Stunna Lip Paint. And it’s coming right in time for the holidays.

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Based on the images, Stunna Lip Paint is a bold, true-red shade with a satin finish. It marks Rihanna’s first foray into bright lip color. The lipsticks in her holiday collection were closer to a balm than a lipstick, and the sheer formula has a metallic finish. Stunna Lip Paint is likely the first of many bold lipstick colors to come from Fenty Beauty, known Rihanna’s preference for wild, wild lip colors.

To get your hands on the Stunna Lip Paint, you’ll have to head to a Sephora store or online on November 23. Until then, watch what the Galaxy Collection lipsticks looked like on three unknowing testers below.

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