Lady Gaga Has Deep Mocha Brown Hair Now

Lady Gaga was just spotted filming her new Gucci biopic in Rome, Italy, and her new deep mocha hair is definitely going to inspire a lot of 2021 looks.

Wearing a full white pantsuit, sky-high platform pumps, and a pear-embellished face mask, Gaga traipsed around the city looking almost impossibly chic, but her hair transformation feels effortless and attainable. 

Last seen at the inauguration of President Joe Biden with a platinum blond updo and on Instagram with purple locks, Gaga’s new look is certainly a change. Though the pop star likely changed her hair to play socialite Patrizia Reggiani, the wife of Maurizio Gucci who was accused of ordering his murder in the late ’90s, she’s just the latest celebrity to go brunette in 2021.

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Most recently, Demi Lovato cropped her pretty pink pixie into deep brunette baby bangs, while model Cara Delevingne debuted a cool brown shag cut at the end of February. Even Hailey Bieber has spurned her signature platinum locks for a new “bronde” color. 

So why are all of these stars opting for more natural looks? While, again, Lady Gaga has clearly transformed for her new role, I do have a theory that we’ve reached a new phase of quarantine hair. As the vaccine rollout continues and we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, people may be exiting the experimental, home-dye lockdown aesthetic for more manageable styles.

Another popular trend taking over 2021 is the “shadow root,” which Glamour’s Bella Cacciatore describes as “a little more elegant than months-old grow-out, but it is way less upkeep than your usual hair color.” The look is achieved when a stylist goes back over your highlights or fresh color with a shade that almost matches your natural root. 

“I think it’s all going to be about the grow-out,” Stephanie Brown, master colorist at New York City’s IGK Salon Soho, recently told Glamour. “Whether someone goes very natural or a little extreme, people are going to want their hair color to be able to grow out easily without having to touch up their roots as often. People want their hair color to last longer and not feel that it needs as much maintenance.” 


Meghan Markle Isn’t the Problem

The answer: “‘If she had just sat down and listened instead of trying to be so bloody opinionated all the time, we wouldn’t be in this situation.’” 

“I think that really sums up the problem here,” Scobie says. “She is not submissive; she is not the subservient royal wife that perhaps we’re used to or more comfortable with seeing. She challenged the norms of what a female royal role is—and I’m very aware of the fact that the Queen is very much a feminist herself and a woman of power in a very strong role. But I’m talking about the newcomers that marry into the royal family who, for their differences, are often turned into the enemy.”

In addition to being American, Meghan came in with a work ethic very far from what Buckingham Palace is used to seeing, Scobie says. “I think it scared some people. Change is scary, especially within the institution.”

But even in her brief tenure as a working royal, Meghan made an undeniably huge impact. For one, she drew a “much more diverse crowd of well-wishers,” Scobie says. “For the first time for many, Meghan was someone within the House of Windsor people could connect with and relate to. She changed the connotation of what it means to be regal or royal—which, up until then, had always been white. It’s such a shame that is no longer a part of the royal family, because I don’t know how we move forward from here. I don’t know how it modernizes, having missed out on a golden opportunity to do so.”

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In the year between Harry and Meghan’s step back and the final decision about their future as working royals, Scobie had hoped it’d be a moment of reflection for everyone. But, he says, “It seems a year on we are pretty much in the same place.”

And then, reports surfaced this week claiming that Meghan bullied royal staffers, in what feels like a preemptive strike before the CBS tell-all airs. The panic feels much like that of the dread preceding the release of Finding Freedom in August, Scobie says. “It ultimately was a waste of everyone’s time and energy, because when the book came out people saw a fair portrayal of the situation. I don’t think anyone came out of that book from the royal family looking bad.” 

He expects the same of Sunday’s interview. While the special will be a chance for Harry and Meghan to share their story, he predicts it won’t be the smear campaign so many seem to be feverishly anticipating. “I wish everyone would just take a deep breath and have a little faith,” Scobie says.

Maybe the problem really isn’t a couple speaking their truth in a sit-down interview with Oprah. Maybe the problem is the truth itself, about both the institution the pair once worked for and the treatment from the press that covers it so vociferously.

“It could have been so different,” Scobie says.

Rachel Burchfield is a freelance writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British royal family.

The 23 Best Mascaras Glamour Editors Can’t Live Without

In a world ruled by “miracle creams” and high-tech skin gadgets, humble beauty buys like the best mascara tend to get overshadowed in favor of the Next Big Thing. But while a new mascara might not grab your attention as quickly as a serum that promises a facelift in a bottle, a great formula can most certainly be revolutionary. One swipe can instantly make your eyes appear bigger and brighter—and convince you that you’re more awake than you actually are.

Whether you want a subtle lift or falsies in a tube, we’ve seen tons of new and innovative launches this year—and found options for every lash length, budget, wand, and formula preference. From Uoma’s volumizing wonder to Benefit Cosmetics’ game-changing magnetic formula, Glamour editors weigh in on the best mascaras of 2021. 

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

David Schwimmer Says the Friends Reunion Starts Filming in April

Guys—they were just on a break. The Friends reunion, which has been rumored practically ever since the purple door with the yellow frame on it shut for the last time, is officially, really happening. All six Friends stars will reunite for an unscripted special for HBO Max. 

Both HBO Max and the cast are being pretty hush-hush about the reunion special. Here’s every detail we know so far.

Who’s coming back: According to a press release from HBO Max, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer have all committed to reprising their roles in a new special, which will be executive produced by Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, as well as original Friends producer Kevin Bright. They’ll shoot on the original Friends soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California. Ben Winston, best known for his work on The Late Late Show With James Corden, will direct as well as executive produce. What is this? All nine Friends Thanksgiving episodes rolled into one? Because we’re feeling pretty grateful.

The release date: In November 2020, Perry said the Friends reunion will be taping in March 2021. “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March,” he tweeted. “Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!”

But in March 2021, David Schwimmer gave an update: The reunion will start filming “next month,” meaning April 2021, he told Andy Cohen.

In January 2021, Lisa Kudrow confirmed they’ve already started shooting some things for the reunion. “There’s different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things,” she told Rob Lowe on his podcast, Literally! With Rob Lowe, according to People. “I preshot something already so we’re definitely doing it, because I already shot a little something.” 

How they made it happen: It sounds as though the actors got plenty of “perks,” if you will. Variety reports that a source claims all six performers will be paid at least $2.5 million each for their work. (LET JENNIFER HAVE ANYTHING SHE WANTS.)

Break out the foosball table, the holiday armadillo, the traditional English trifle, and the smelly cats. This is really happening.

23 Makeup Brushes Amazon Reviewers Can’t Stop Raving About

Anyone who loves makeup knows a good product formula will only get you so far, so we’ve got a pro tip: the best makeup brushes on Amazon will undoubtedly finish the job. No shade toward finger blending, but in order to tint, contour, and highlight your face like a pro, you need the right tools in your corner (or, beauty bag).

A quality brush will help your makeup go further, but you shouldn’t have to shell out hundreds for a good one—at least, not if you go to Amazon. Some of the best makeup brushes on Amazon fall around $20 or less, and the rave reviews will be enough to make you smash the Add to Cart button. We perused the site to track down all of the best affordable brushes it has to offer, and there was no shortage of promising packages. We narrowed the list to 23 top-rated options and included the reviewer quotes that explain what all the fuss is about. 

Get ready to upgrade your vanity with one (or a few) of Amazon’s very best budget-friendly brushes, ahead.

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Janet Jackson Will Discuss the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl Drama in New Documentary

It’s time for Janet Jackson to tell her story—and it couldn’t come at a better time.

On March 4, Lifetime and A&E announced that a two-part, four-hour documentary currently titled JANET will air in early 2022. A statement from A&E promises that JANET will offer “full unprecedented access to the music icon.”

The two-night event will reportedly cover the most monumental aspects of Jackson’s personal life and career, EW reports, including the death of her brother, Michael Jackson, becoming a mom at 50, and her infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance with Justin Timberlake

Although People reports the project was filmed around the time Jackson’s father died in 2018 and coincided with her return to the stage, the announcement couldn’t be more timely. Following the release of the Framing Britney Spears documentary last month, backlash aimed at Timberlake reignited a conversation about the way Jackson was treated following the wardrobe malfunction that tarnished her reputation while leaving her male co-performer relatively unscathed.

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Janet Jackson discussed the fallout of the performance in a rare interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2006. “All the emphasis was put on me. Not on Justin,” Jackson told Winfrey two years after she was blacklisted by most of the music industry. While she remained diplomatic, the “Rhythm Nation” singer did add that there are “certain things you just don’t do to friends,” regarding interviews Timberlake gave at the time that made light of the situation.  

Timberlake recently apologized to Jackson and Spears in a lengthy Instagram post nearly 20 years after the fallout relationship with Spears and 17 years after the Super Bowl moment. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” he wrote on February 12. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”

Jackson has not directly responded to the apology, but she did share an emotional video the following day thanking fans for pushing her 1986 album Control to the top of the charts on its 35th anniversary. “I am so thankful for all of you being in my life,” she said. “You’re so special to me.”


Do All These Celebrities Need a Skin Care Line?

How much risk a celebrity assumes by launching a skin care line depends on how involved they even are. Starting the company from the ground up—as Lopez has done and Kylie Jenner notably did—can be the most lucrative course, but the highest risk. There are also licensing deals and hybrid licensing deals that give celebrities some equity. That’s Rihanna arrangement with Fenty Beauty, which LVMH owns the majority of and she owns a reported 15%. Other celebrities have negotiated a guaranteed royalty by licensing their lines.

Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash

I was definitely one of the skeptics, but don’t knock Kylie Skin until you try it. This face wash was really nice! I usually find foaming cleansers a little drying, and they often leave my face feeling stripped, but that wasn’t the case here. This one is hydrating and refreshing. I don’t think it will replace my regular face wash, but I’ll definitely keep playing with it to see if it works with my skin long-term. —Tara Gonzalez, associate commerce editor

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Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum

When Rihanna launched her new skin-care line, Fenty Skin, the critics came fast and swift over the fact that her toner contained witch hazel (which can be irritating to sensitive-skin types). But it got nothing but glowing reviews—and glowing results—for Glamour‘s senior beauty editor Lindsay Schallon. “The real magic is in its consistent use, leading you to look in the mirror two weeks later and wonder if you’ve actually been sleeping eight hours a night. You haven’t. It’s the serum,” she wrote in her review of Fenty Skin. That’s because its other ingredients—niacinamide (to help minimize dark spots and even skin tone), vitamin C (for brightening), and Australian lemon myrtle (to reduce oil and refine pores)—go to work to rejuvenate your skin. 
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Stacy Jones, the founder and CEO of Hollywood Branded, which brings celebrities and companies together for partnerships, thinks it’s more attractive than ever for celebrities to run their own brands—rather than just slapping their name on something via a licensing deal.

“Celebrities want an active stake in the action, where their time and energy, and association, can yield returns that far outlast a single endorsement campaign,” she told Glamour. “The sky is the limit now, thanks to social media and the massive footprint celebrities have online. From celebrities receiving C-suite titles to creating limited-edition lines, to fully branded and owned product lines…it’s a potential financial windfall.”

How big of a financial windfall are we talking about here? Many people point to Jenner’s success—selling 51% of her beauty line to Coty for $600 million, but there are other runaway success stories to point to too, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, which was valued at $250 million in 2018, and Jessica Alba’s Honest Company—now a $1 billion unicorn. Skin care is a core business for both these companies.

“A brand that is established and grows will, over time, yield more income than an endorsement or licensing deal that ends after a set number of years,” Jones points out.

Still, not everyone watching this space is convinced that most of these lines will ultimately be successful. Selling skin care isn’t exactly the same as convincing people that tangerine lipstick is a must-have. “Makeup is something that you can see, skin care is something you can’t—it’s an invisible investment,” says Renée Chow, the founder of the skin care–focused Instagram handle Gothamista. “Most of these celebrity lines are just not that appealing to me. I gravitate towards specially formulated skin care and a lot of these products are just contract manufactured.”

Small amounts of blowback have already percolated. Kylie Jenner faced pushback because her walnut facial scrub was deemed as being too harsh—even harmful—for skin. Fenty fans took to Twitter to express disappointment that the line is fragranced, which irritates some people’s skin. 

Considering that skin care is invisible, it begs the question of whether shoppers will even buy that celebrities use their own lines or if the products are at all responsible for their flawless skin. For example, Millie Bobby Brown was called out for faking using her skin care line in a promotional video. And critics of JLo Beauty have pointed out a somewhat obvious detail: J.Lo had amazing skin long before she created this line, even if the products do use ingredients she says she’s relied on throughout her career.

“These celebrities look so good because they have access to skin care and regular specialized treatments—things that are really a privilege,” says Chow. “My gut reaction is that the average consumer knows that to some degree, and realizes it’s not just olive oil that is making someone look a certain way. There may be interest from die-hard fans, but I’m not sure everyone is going to have an interest.”

While social media and access to a built-in fanbase offers celebrities a massive leg up, success still comes down to sustained sales over time. “Some celebrities may be able to sell to high-end stores like Sephora and even some may end up in mass channels like CVS or Target,” Kodali said. “That usually can help drive success. It’s very hard to just build a massive brand that people buy over and over again with a few videos on YouTube. The biggest sign of success will likely be if any of them get acquired by a bigger company like Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, or Revlon.”

With so much money floating around and so many lines launched by celebrities, does a line failing even matter? Jones thinks failure will impact a celebrity’s ability to raise capital for another line in the future or their ability to partner with brands on licensing deals.

To the everyday shopper, though, failure may hardly register. “Unless they fail spectacularly, they’re just going to be another statistic,” Weingarten says. “And J.Lo can always come out with kombucha next year.”

Leah Bourne is a writer in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @fromthefrontrow.

The 53 Best ’80s Movies You Can Stream Right Now

It’s hard to make a list of the best ’80s movies because, honestly, the decade was a pretty glorious time when it comes to film (and shoulder pads). And thanks to the age of streaming, it’s easier than ever to revisit your favorites on platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Tubular.

In a time before superhero movies reigned supreme at the box office, the best ’80s movies offered up a full range of genres. There are the iconic teen movies like Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, created by filmmaker John Hughes (and often starring Riverdale mom Molly Ringwald), or darker, angstier fare like Heathers and Beetlejuice. If action movies are more your thing, you’ve got Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Beverly Hills Cop, or Die Hard to choose from. In the romance department, Coming to America and The Princess Bride will satisfy. Or you can go on adventures with Marty McFly in Back to the Future or the gang in The Goonies

See? So many options—and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your couch. Here the 55 best ’80s movies available to stream right now. (And if you’re still on a nostalgia kick after that, check out our guide to the best ’90s movies now streaming.)

Lucy Hale and Skeet Ulrich Have Reportedly ‘Fallen Hard’ for Each Other

Lucy Hale and Skeet Ulrich’s rumored new relationship is raising some eyebrows, but they’re reportedly not bothered. In fact, Us Weekly reports the two have “fallen hard” for each other. 

“Lucy and Skeet have been dating for a little over a month now. While it’s very new, they spend a lot of time together,” a source says. “Lucy and Skeet have been dating for a little over a month now. While it’s very new, they spend a lot of time together.”

The source explains that although they “have a huge age gap, it doesn’t bother them. They are both kind and have a funny, but have dark sense of humor.” (Hale is 31; Ulrich is 51.) 

Hale and Ulrich met through working in the Archie Comics universe, Us Weekly reports. The Pretty Little Liars alum previously played the titular character in Katy Keene before its cancellation, and the Scream actor was a main character on Riverdale before he left the series after season four. In 2020, Hale appeared on the crossover Riverdale episode, Chapter Sixty-Nine: Men of Honor.

Lucy Hale and Skeet Ulrich’s dating rumors started when they were spotted in February seemingly on a lunch date together in Los Angeles. They were also photographed kissing and holding hands. “They arrived in his car and walked to the restaurant with his arm around her shoulders,” a source told People on February 23. “They waited about 10 minutes for a table during which time she had her arm wrapped around him. After eating he reached over and kissed her twice before getting up and walking to his car. He opened the door for her. They were super into one another. PDA from when they arrived until when they left.”

If the dating rumors are true, we hope these Hale and Ulrich are happy!

I Was a Sex and the City Stand-In. It Made Me Quit Hollywood Forever.

When Sarah Jessica Parker arrived on set, her smile and blue eyes lit up the room. My heart was beating so hard I thought it would burst through my body. Even though my childhood dream of becoming an actor hadn’t come true yet, being in her presence made me feel like I was on my way. That first day on set I worked 16 hours.

The job wasn’t as glamorous as I thought it would be—few are, I now know—but I worked for four seasons, sometimes 60 hours a week. I was sleep-deprived at times but thankful to have a steady gig, pay my rent on time, and finally qualify for health insurance through my union. Whenever Sex and the City went on hiatus between seasons, I got a job coat checking and yearned to return to set.

But there were good and bad days.

First the good: The crew was like family. We shared jokes, meals, and fashion tips. They thought it was funny that I didn’t own a purse and always brought a backpack with books to read during downtime. The most fun was the days I brought my violin to set—the crew guys and I formed a band, and we’d play during the catered lunch.

The bad: Some crew members cracked unprompted jokes about me having a boob job. (I didn’t.) Worse, some suggested I had given blow jobs to a colleague who was in a position of power. (Again, I didn’t.) After that, I didn’t always want to come to work, but I needed the paycheck. So I brushed off the comments. Until, one day, I couldn’t.

Season 4, Episode 2—“The Real Me”—was filmed on a set that resembled a gynecologist’s office for a storyline about Charlotte’s “depressed” vagina. While the actors were in hair and makeup, it was my job requirement to hold the exact position of what the character would later do when the cameras rolled. I did as instructed and laid down on the gynecologist table. The set up was expected to take a long time because of the complicated lighting. The director, writers, and producers left for a meeting.

“I don’t have to put my legs in those. Right?” I asked a crew member, pointing to the stirrups. I was told I needed to for the lighting.

My cheeks burned. I spread my legs, my jeans tight on my thighs. Lights went up around me. Thirty minutes passed. I breathed, relaxed. It was about 4 a.m. on a Friday, and we had worked about 60 hours that week. My eyes began to close. I fell asleep.

I awoke to the sound of masking tape. One of my feet had been taped to the stirrup and a crew member was taping the other, smiling and laughing. I was horrified.

Another crew member took photos of me in this position from the video monitor. A handful jeered at me. I wanted to scream. I wanted to rip my feet out of the tape and jump off the table. Instead, I made funny faces. I wanted to pretend that I wasn’t humiliated, scared. I could feel in my bones this would haunt me forever, especially at annual doctor visits. 

As soon as I could, I retreated to a quiet place, my 12-foot-by-12-foot rent-controlled studio apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. I couldn’t afford to quit, and I worried that if I complained I would be fired. So I kept it a secret. I felt the heat below my skin burn. I alternated between chain smoking and puking. 

[Editor’s Note: Per HBO, “We have always taken seriously our responsibility to create a safe environment for everyone working on our productions, and we are very disappointed to learn of Ms. Kristin’s experience twenty years ago.”]

After this incident, I realized that being an actor wasn’t a healthy career choice for me. So I started looking for another path. At my local bookstore, I bought Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. I started following her advice to write three “morning pages” every day. This exercise led to an essay that won a scholarship through my union, and I returned to college at age 31.