If Your Biggest Beauty Question of the Year Was How to Handle Haters, Your Answer Is in This Week's News

Plus, a big modeling breakthrough and a hair hack so crazy, it just might work.
Publish date:
December 16, 2015
hairstylists, models, Beyonce, curls, Christian Louboutin, beauty questions, Plus-size Models

I don't feel like writing a big ol' intro to the news this week because, honestly, I spent three hours getting my right forearm tattooed last night (more on that soon), and I'm too sore to want to do any more typing than is absolutely necessary.

Cool? Cool. ONTO THE NEWS.

We've already answered the majority of the most Googled beauty questions of 2015

Not to toot our own horn (just kidding — we're totally into self-tooting), but we wouldn't be surprised if some people who asked what Google has declared 2015's most frequently asked beauty questions on their search engine ended up getting some answers here on xoVain.

They are as follows:

  1. How to do the Kylie Jenner lip challenge?
  2. What are lip fillers?
  3. How to remove gel nail polish?
  4. How to remove acrylic nails at home?
  5. How to use beard balm?
  6. How to do a French braid?
  7. How to pop a deep zit?
  8. How to get glowing skin?
  9. How to put braids in a bun?
  10. How to make your hair not staticy?

As for what we didn't answer yet... stay tuned in 2016.

Louboutin hires a plus-size model for their new beauty campaign because, duh, she's gorgeous (UPDATE BELOW)

Back in May, I wrote a piece on xoJane about how I believe the fastest track to making plus-size models as mainstream as "straight-size" models is via beauty campaigns.

"In order to hit mainstream recognizability, a model has to be all over the place. But if a model is exclusively in ads and catalogs of plus-size retailers, she doesn't hit that 'all over the place' quota," I said, because plus-size clothing is still segregated. But it doesn't make sense to leave plus-size women out of the casting calls for beauty campaigns because — hello — there's no such thing as plus-size cosmetics. "So while Madewell isn't going to hire a size-22 model for one of their ads and Torrid isn't going a hire a size-2 model for one of their ads because they don't sell those respective sizes, we've been sold cosmetics on the faces of only very thin women because—well, just because."

Needless to say, I was really happy to hear that Christian Louboutin recently made one of my favorite models, the freckle-faced and curvy Clementine Desseaux, the face of their latest beauty campaign.

"The beauty norm is changing and differences that used to be weaknesses are now turning into strengths. Being curvy and freckly was never easy back when I was in France. Now beauty is changing and brands are putting girls that are different in the spotlight," Desseaux told The Daily Mail. "They are opening up to all the beauty that is in the world and not only the European, blonde, skinny, white woman type."

UPDATE: Turns out Clementine simply made a very nicely produced video with a Louboutin lipstick, and Louboutin's Instagram and Facebook accounts reposted it, leading to a domino effect of media outlets like Huffington Post, Bustle, and Fashionista (and eventually us, too) believing The Daily Mail's report (well, there's the first problem...). Bummer. Here's hoping we start seeing more size diversity in actual beauty campaigns.

Beyoncé's hairstylist perfectly demonstrates how to respond to haters

After seeing Vogue's September cover, The Atlantic's Megan Barber was apparently personally offended by Beyoncé's hair.

"That hair! That decidedly non-fierce hair! Which is, here, a flat shade of brown, and plainly parted, and notably stringy—not yeah-I-just-got-back-from-a-dip-in-the-Mediterranean stringy, but yeah-I-haven’t-washed-my-hair-in-like-three-weeks stringy," Barber wrote.

That may seem like Barber was insulting Beyoncé, but we all know that's impossible because she has a super-human celebrity hater forcefield. If anything, it's more of an insult toward Bey's hairstylist on the shoot, Kim Kimble. And when The Cut got around to asking Kimble what she thought of Barber's assessment, she handled it perfectly.

  • Step 1: Laugh it off because you hadn't even heard the insult until now (or at least claim you hadn't). "[Laughs.] Oh, I didn't know that. I missed all of that."
  • Step 2: Respond sternly but open-mindedly. "I mean, it's a look. Stringy? That's kind of rude. It's artistic, it's not stringy; it's wet hair. I think maybe she didn't use the right choice of words, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt."
  • Step 3: Defend your work without being super-defensive. "I feel like it was a beautiful photo. I think hair is an expression. There's no one way it should look. Everyone is going to have their own opinion, but I was very pleased with how it came out."


Bubble wrap may very well be the next big curl hack

If you receive any fragile gifts in the mail this holiday season, hold onto the bubble wrap! According to YouTube vlogger Paula Stephania, rolling your hair in it and sleeping that way results in incredible curls.

At least I think that's what she's saying, because the video is in Portuguese, and when I use the YouTube auto-translate feature, I get subtitles like this:

  • the scattered venue split a farce take shelter under the production model
  • 500 students and is ready in the first phrase with the president and I love the marks the year of reunion with gifts after I became a jack on the mountain
  • one of the weapons that had most precious of the most perfect to the bone
  • ouch
  • animals must learn from experience


Anyway, see for yourself!

  • Anyone wanna try the bubble wrap technique and report back?
  • Am I the only one who thinks that year-end lists shouldn't be made until January of the next year? We're omitting December!
  • Would you like to see more size-inclusive cosmetics campaigns?