Musicians Want You to Buy Their Makeup, But Save Some Money for Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish

Also in this week's beauty news: Amy Schumer invites you to look up her skirt for some very practical advice.

If you've been following me on xoJane's Snapchat this week — the writers and editors have been doing week-long takeovers starting each Sunday (username: xojanedotcom) — you might have seen that Sunday was taken to a new level of Funday when I got to hang out with Katy Perry at an event for her new CoverGirl collection.

Her first batch of makeup includes Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in 11 colors ranging from neutral mauve to classic red to DGAF black, as well as a couple of mascaras. I got to wear the lipsticks that very evening thanks to makeup artists who were on hand to do cool effects like ombré and half-and-half.

But because everyone was raving over how amazing Katy's skin is in person, naturally the question of her skincare routine came up.

Katy Perry still uses Proactiv, but she's added a fancy new step to her skincare routine

Remember, like, six years ago when Katy Perry started doing Proactiv ads? She may not be their official spokesperson anymore, but she still loves the stuff. However, it's not the only thing in her skincare routine anymore.

When her makeup artist, who has also worked with Madonna, told her that Madge (Esther?) loves Shu Uemura cleansing oils, Katy was like (and I quote), "I hate oils... but I love Madonna!" She gave it a shot, using it to remove her makeup every night and letting it sink in overnight to moisturize her skin until she cleanses again in the morning with her usual routine, "which is literally still Proactiv."

She said even though she was trying stuff like lasers and whatnot for acne, Proactiv was and is what works to keep her skin clear. And y'all, I got to see it up close — it is clear.

I asked her what's coming down the pipeline in her CoverGirl collection, and although she was excited to tell me that she's already working on stuff that's a year away from launching, she couldn't give me specifics. I wouldn't be angry if she came out with a more affordable version of Shu's cleansing oil, though.

You don't have to be an actress portraying a blind art student in a music video to appreciate this hypothetical new makeup line

After last week's news about Dolly Parton wanting a cosmetics line, I was hoping that if this week's news about an '80s hit maker registering a trademark for a makeup brand was about anyone, it would have been her. Instead, the singer who's officially interested in launching a beauty brand is... Lionel Richie?

According to TMZ, "The singer launched his new business endeavor last week when his company filed a trademark for 'Hello by Lionel Richie,'" which is an obvious nod to the famous song (that came with a famously awkward music video featuring a famously terrifying giant clay Lionel Richie head).

"The copyright covers just about everything beauty related ... cosmetics, face masks, body glitter, bath beads, hair bows, nail polish, etc. And there's a separate trademark for candles and candle accessories."

If you asked me which Richie would be more likely to have their own makeup line, I don't think I'd be the only one who'd answer Nicole, Lionel's daughter, who has had some experience in the realm with a Birchbox collaboration. But hey, if it's Lionel's dream to create a copper shade of lipstick called Penny Lover (fingers crossed!) I won't try to stand in his way.

But enough about musicians' makeup lines...

KFC has created nail polish that is literally "finger lickin' good" and I have lost my will to participate in humanity

Does Revlon still make those scented nail polishes? I loved those — especially the violet one. But it was weird enough smelling your fingers throughout the day like you're Mary Katherine Gallagher; do we have to add licking our nails to the list of weird behaviors encouraged by nail polish?

Yes, apparently, at least according to KFC.

Adweek reports, "Ogilvy & Mather worked with food technologists at McCormick, the spice company that provides KFC's secret mix of 11 secret herbs and spices, to crate the nail polishes for KFC Hong Kong. The polish flavors are sourced from natural ingredients and based on the brand's two favorite recipes, Original and Hot & Spicy."

Although it's not being mass produced yet, there's an ad campaign instructing viewers to vote for which one should be made widely available.

Amy Schumer would like you to see how she tries to prevent inner-thigh chafing

Fun fact: when you Google "chub rub," there are about 450,000 results, but the first and ninth ones are xoJane and xoVain articles on the subject. So I like to think Amy Schumer might have gotten the idea to prevent thigh-chafing under her Met Gala gown from us. (Hey, it could happen!)

She posted an Instagram video in which she appears to be applying Secret antiperspirant to her inner thighs — a solution that many of us sans thigh gap have looked to for a more comfortable walking-while-wearing-a-skirt experience.

No chafe #nothighgapnoproblem

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For the record, both Lesley and Katie didn't have much luck with antiperspirant; hopefully Amy had a better result.

  • What's your go-to chub-rub solution?
  • Would you rather have Original or Hot & Spicy edible nail polish? Or would you rather forget that such a thing exists?
  • Which completely unexpected celebrity do you think should have a makeup line? I vote for Wallace Shawn.
  • Are you going to try any of Katy Perry's new CoverGirl lipsticks?