Personalised beauty coloured cosmetic trends to see high-tech application and customisation says WGSN

Personalised beauty continues to build – in interest and innovation terms – worldwide, with a huge focus placed on skin care formulations and custom fragrances. But what about personalised colour cosmetics? What sort of future can we expect in this segment?

Jenni Middleton, director of beauty at trend forecasting firm WGSN, said there was plenty of innovation going on in this category already and lots more happening on the horizon.

Ultra-personalised colour cosmetics the future

“Customising our application of our makeup to our faces will become more prevalent,”​ Middleton told CosmeticsDesign-Europe.

Proctor & Gamble had already advanced in this field, she said, with its Opté Wand device that took ten years to develop. Designed as an alternative to full-face foundation, she said Opté’s tiny camera scanned the face for dark spots, freckles or hyperpigmentation, including imperfections not visible to the human eye and precisely dispensed a pigmented serum to the affected area. This “negated the need to apply foundation to the whole face”, ​she said, meaning consumers could leave healthy skin to breathe.

“Customised makeup is also going to be with us for ultra-personalised colour cosmetics where users can choose their own shades,”​ Middleton said. In this space, L’Oréal’s Perso device – due to launch next year – was right on-point as it enabled users to create custom lipsticks by blending pre-sets in the app or colour-matching to any image, trend or outfit.

But beyond precision application and colour matched shades, Middleton said the future of personalised colour cosmetics would even see consumers able to print their own makeup to order. New York-based beauty tech firm Mink had developed a 3D makeup printer that could instantly transform any image into wearable makeup, printed onto a sheet. Mink Beauty launched last year for pre-orders, set to be delivered this Autumn.

Coloured cosmetics that align with post-COVID needs

Middleton said that this raft of technology for coloured cosmetics importantly aligned well with current market trends and consumer needs.

“In a post-pandemic world, creating a product fresh each day has dual benefits – you know the product is custom-blended specifically to meet your needs and will work for you, especially important in a recession where money is tight, and it is fresh so will not develop bacteria and viruses and yet doesn’t need preservatives as you make it and use it.”

Future developments in the post-COVID-19 market would do well to also drive efforts in digital options, she said, including high-performing virtual try-ons and the like.

“Brands have got to make personalisation work effectively and as seamlessly in the e-commerce world as in the In Real Life (IRL) experiences. Sales will depend on virtual try on, and the only way to discover a brand safely will be through online try-on. This will be imperative for shade matching for foundation and hair colour, as well as other colour cosmetics try-on, but also for diagnosis of skin conditions and skin type,”​ she said.

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How ‘strategic’ bias keeps Americans from voting for women and candidates of color

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When Americans vote this fall, the candidates on their ballots will not reflect the diversity of the United States.

Despite recent gains, women and people of color still do not run for office as frequently as white men. In part, this is because they face skepticism about their electability.

When former Rep. Katie Hill launched her campaign for Congress in 2017, for example, Democrats told her a woman couldn’t win in her California district.

In Alabama, meanwhile, when Adia Winfrey was exploring a 2018 run for Congress, a senior party official told her there was “no point” continuing with her nascent campaign. The problem? As a Black candidate, she seemed unelectable.

And in Michigan, 2018 congressional candidate Suneel Gupta, an Indian-American, heard similar concerns. As Gupta recounts, the rationale from some local Democrats was, “I’m not racist, but my neighbor is racist … so I don’t think you’d be a strong a candidate.”

As a political scientist and former congressional candidate, I think these comments reflect a subtle yet pervasive form of discrimination in politics. It’s something I call “strategic discrimination.”

Other people’s views

Strategic discrimination occurs when a party leader, donor or primary voter worries that others will object to a candidate’s identity. As a result, these key actors may not endorse, fund or vote for candidates who fall outside the norm due to their race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

The problem is not direct bias or animosity. Rather, strategic discrimination is driven by concerns about other people’s views.

As was on full display in the 2020 Democratic primary, even liberals who typically value diversity can engage in strategic discrimination if they think others are biased.

In focus groups, for example, Black Democratic primary voters said they saw promise in Kamala Harris’ candidacy, but they hesitated to support her because they worried America wouldn’t elect a Black woman.

Strategic discrimination typically occurs prior to a primary election. Of course, party leaders want to support candidates who share their policy views. But they also want to win. So when they are deciding whom to support, party chairs, delegates, donors and elected officials make speculative, anticipatory judgments about how candidates will perform in the general election.

In this “futures market” of politics, diverse candidates are at a sharp disadvantage. In my research, I’ve found that Americans see hypothetical white male candidates as more electable than equally qualified Black women, white women and, to a lesser degree, Black men.

The perceived electability gap is especially severe for women of color. Studies I’ve conducted show that Black women are viewed as much less competitive than either white women or Black men. Compared to a white man with the same education and experience in elected office, a Black woman is nearly a third less likely to be considered “very electable.”

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After their nudes were illegally shared on Telegram, they fought back

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Victoria, a 27-year-old Filipino makeup artist living in New York City, spent the first few months of quarantine honing what she called a healthy routine. She was cooking more, working with a therapist to help build a strong relationship with her boyfriend, taking bike rides.

Then she got a DM from a stranger. 

In June, Victoria opened Instagram to find a message from Sarah, a 21-year-old woman in Manila. The two women had something in common: They had both dated a man named Gabriel, and he had been allegedly sharing their intimate photos and videos on the messaging app , via private groups called “Paradise” and “The Secret Place.” The Secret Place had roughly 75 members. At its height, Paradise had nearly 300. 

Sarah informed Victoria that she’d seen intimate pictures of Victoria — pictures that Victoria had taken for Gabriel’s eyes only — posted by a username that matched Gabriel’s . Gabriel appeared to be sharing pictures and videos of Sarah that she never knew he had captured in the first place. The women were on opposite sides of the globe, but they say they are both victims of one man’s devastating betrayals. 

The first of many messages from a stranger.

The first of many messages from a stranger.

Image: Mashable Composite: Elvie Mae parian; screenshot: Victoria and sarah 

As Victoria scrolled, she felt waves of shock and disgust shoot through her body. Over the next few weeks, Victoria stopped eating. Her bicycle gathered dust. Then came anger, and the desire to do something — really do something. She and Sarah would seek justice to the fullest extent of the law, eventually leading to Gabriel seeing his day in court.

While some social media and messaging platforms have in recent years to limit the spread of revenge porn, also known as nonconsensual pornography or the sharing of nonconsensual intimate images, the problem continues to find new breeding ground in the internet’s shadows, like on Telegram. Laws crafted to punish those who share nonconsensual pornography have numerous , especially when the offense stretches across international borders. Those laws aren’t designed to scrub the images from the internet, either. 

This parallel reality — one where an illegal activity gets haphazardly pursued in the real world, but the behavior persists online — extends across the globe.

Faced with legal hurdles and murky regulation, how can victims fight for control of the countless images that are still out there? When a slippery network like Telegram is the locus of this abuse, a course for justice, both online and off, is difficult to chart. 

Victoria asked to go by her first name while Sarah is using a pseudonym for safety reasons. We’re not using Gabriel’s full name, although it’s available in public documents, because he’s a private citizen and his legal case is ongoing. 

Gabriel and Telegram didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.

“He made me feel safe,” Sarah said. “I trusted him.”

Three countries, two relationships, and one quest for justice.

Three countries, two relationships, and one quest for justice.

Image: elvie mae parian / mashable

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Gary Lineker makes sure to wear a mask whilst food shopping

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Gary Lineker was seen wearing a face mask whilst food shopping after he issued an apology for previously not using one in an M&S. 

The Match Of The Day presenter, 59, stepped into a branch of the supermarket in London on Thursday, and he made sure to sanitise and keep his distance from other customers during the visit.

Making sure to keep safe amid the coronavirus crisis, Gary covered his nose and mouth with a black surgical mask before later taking it off while he strolled through London after visiting the store. 

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Outing: Gary Lineker FINALLY wore a mask whilst food shopping in London on Thursday, after he issued an apology when he was seen without one while looking at desserts in M&S

Gary remained patient as he had to wait outside the supermarket with a basket before a member of staff told him he was allowed to go inside.

The former professional footballer kept things casual for the outing as he wore a dark grey hoodie and light-wash jogging bottoms. 

He completed his look by wearing a white top underneath the jumper, while he stepped out in a pair of white trainers.

Earlier this month, Gary blamed his ‘old age’ for forgetting to wear a face mask after photos emerged of him shopping barefaced in M&S.

The presenter was photographed by a member of the public in the dessert aisle of M&S in Barnes, south-west London.

Despite previously criticising ‘snowflakes’ who refused to wear a mask Lineker failed to cover his mouth and nose with no mask in sight as he wandered the shop. 

Lineker took to Twitter to apologise for the blunder, writing: ‘In my old age, I went into a store and forgot to put my mask on.

‘Was wondering why people were giving me daggers. Realised after a couple of minutes and hastily put it on. Felt awful and

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9 Cases Traced Back To Wedding

TISBURY (CBS) — A new outbreak of the coronavirus on Martha’s Vineyard has been linked to a wedding. The Tisbury Board of Health said Thursday that nine cases have been traced back to the event held in early October, and it should serve as a “cautionary note” for anyone thinking of attending or hosting family gatherings.

Tisbury Board of Health agent Maura Valley told WBZ-TV that seven cases were reported on Martha’s Vineyard and two are out-of-state wedding guests who were diagnosed after leaving the island.

The exact location of the wedding is not being revealed due to privacy concerns on the small island.

“This cluster should serve as a cautionary note for families with college and university students who will soon be returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday,” the Board of Health said in a statement.

The board is urging people to avoid large gatherings whenever possible. Outdoor gatherings at private residences are capped at 50 people, while outdoor gatherings in public settings and at event venues are limited to 100.

Martha’s Vineyard is currently designated as a low risk community.


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Jennifer Lopez Says She Had to Fight to Get Her Role in ‘The Wedding Planner’

From Hustlers to Monster-in-Law, Jennifer Lopez has starred in some of the most iconic movies of the past 20 years. But perhaps the most iconic is The Wedding Planner, a 2001 romantic comedy costarring Matthew McConaughey. It was a bonafide hit, opening at number one at the box office the same week Lopez’s album, J.Lo, topped the charts. To this day Lopez is still the only entertainer in history to have a number one album and movie at the same time. 

But she almost wasn’t in The Wedding Planner. Lopez opened up about fighting to get the role in a new interview for Variety‘s Power of Women series. In it, she talks about being typecast early on as the “maid” and “dishwasher” and desperately wanting to beak out of that mold. 

“I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that,’” Lopez recounted. “I had to kind of break out of that and convince somebody to put me in the first romantic comedy, which I think was The Wedding Planner. [Director] Adam Shankman put me in that movie.”

But getting Shankman on board was only half the battle. Her then agent and now producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, had to get the studio to agree to Lopez’s rate. Execs were dragging their feet. “[She was] asking for a certain price that [she] thought I merited and they were buckling back on us,” Lopez said. “Then, [Adam] came to one of my record signings and he said, “Give her whatever she wants.’ The line was around the block.”

And the rest is history. Lopez got a $9 million payday for starring in The Wedding Planner, a record-breaking rate for a Latina actor at that time. Thank God this happened, because I can’t imagine anyone else in the role.

Watch Jennifer Lopez talk about this for yourself in the video, above. 

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Pandemic intrudes, inspires at Paris Fashion Week

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A remarkable Paris Fashion Week wraps up Tuesday to conclude a nine-day calendar of Spring/Summer 2021 shows both physical and digital amid the coronavirus pandemic. The public health emergency was both an imposition and a inspiration during the event, held as Paris happened to tip into maximum alert while Covid-19 cases climb in France. With the fashion world gathered in the French capital, the virus also claimed one of its own icons, Kenzo Takada.

Fashion houses are hesitantly returning to the runway after several months on the sidelines amid the global public health crisis. In Paris during this Fashion Week, brands used a mix of socially distanced physical shows, pared-down in-person presentations, and fully digital shows streamed online with videos promoting their collections.

Guests wearing face masks attend the Spring/Summer 2021 ready-to-wear collection show by designer Virginie Viard for fashion house Chanel in Paris on October 6, 2020.
Guests wearing face masks attend the Spring/Summer 2021 ready-to-wear collection show by designer Virginie Viard for fashion house Chanel in Paris on October 6, 2020. © Benoit Tessier, REUTERS

At the Dior show, presented at an indoor venue inside the Tuileries Gardens, invitees had their temperatures checked and wore protective face masks. The guest list was shortened to 300, about a third of the number Dior would usually invite, and broadcast on TikTok for greater reach.

“I actually feel this new environment that we’ve created with more space and more respect for one another – I actually think that it’s a much more pleasant way of viewing the shows and consuming art,” “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams said at the Dior show last week.

British actress Maisie Williams poses before Dior's Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection show on September 29, 2020, in Paris.
British actress Maisie Williams poses before Dior’s Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection show on September 29, 2020, in Paris. © Francois Mori, AP

Williams also attended an extraordinary Saturday night show by French label AMI, which got creative with a playful use of social distancing when it hosted a catwalk display on a Seine River quayside that glistened under a thin rain. While models strutted on the riverbank, 140 guests looked on from a barge and passersby gathered on a nearby bridge to survey the scene. Screens onboard the boat allowed discerning invitees a closer look at the collection by designer Alexandre Mattiussi. It was the first major womenswear collection for a brand that first made its mark in menswear.

Alongside long black dresses and beige suit ensembles, Mattiussi injected ruffled pastel dresses with Pierrot-style collars. “We need to celebrate a little bit, when you have this kind of crisis, it’s very easy to fall into a kind of depression,” the designer told Reuters before the show, saying he was eager to return to the catwalk despite the pandemic. “I feel like there is a challenge and responsibility to look up and look at the light and maybe to participate in this kind of ‘beginning again”.”

A model presents a creation for AMI by Alexandre Mattiussi during the women's Spring/Summer 2021 collection fashion shows in Paris on October 3, 2020.
A model presents a creation for AMI by Alexandre Mattiussi during the women’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection fashion shows in Paris on October 3, 2020. © Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt, AFP

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Laundry Accessories Market to Witness Robust Expansion by 2025

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Mountain West Sets Formats for Baseball, Women’s Soccer and Volleyball

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COLORADO SPRINGS – The Mountain West announced the 2021 regular season formats for baseball, women’s soccer and volleyball on Thursday. The formats, which were approved by the MW directors of athletics, provide student-athletes with the opportunity to conduct a Conference season while managing the challenges of the COVID-19 virus.

Regular-season formats remain unchanged for softball and men’s and women’s tennis.

These scheduling formats are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with state, county and local health guidelines. Regular-season formats can be found below:


  • A 36-game Conference schedule in a double round-robin format taking place over 14 weeks (Feb. 27-May 29).
  • 3-game series scheduled for Saturday (double header) and Sunday, except for Easter weekend and the final weekend, which will be played on Friday (double header) and Saturday.
  • Each institution has two open dates.
  • The regular-season champion will be the Mountain West’s NCAA tournament automatic qualifier.
  • Each institution is permitted to play nonconference games.


  • A 10-match Conference-only schedule in a divisional double round-robin format taking place over a six-week period (March 5-April 11).
  • Matches will be played on Friday and Sunday.
  • A single match will take place on Sat., April 17, at a campus site between the two division winners to determine the Conference automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.


  • A 16-match Conference-only schedule taking place over nine weeks (Feb. 5-April 3).
  • Each institution will play six opponents twice and four opponents once.
  • Using a hybrid scheduling format, the first seven weeks will feature teams facing the same opponent twice in one weekend at one site. Travel partners will play the final two weeks of the season.
  • The regular-season champion will be the Mountain West’s NCAA tournament automatic qualifier.

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Women seen needing 60+ years to get equal with men in EU

PARIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – European women are at least 60 years away from winning equality with men and the pandemic could further slow progress, according to a report released on Thursday that measures gender fairness.

The 2020 European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) index reported some advance in the last year but said women still do most of the unpaid work at home and face greater economic risks than men from COVID-19.

It said the pandemic has already increased domestic pressure on women, with more caring, cleaning and cooking to be done for the millions of families confined to home in lockdown.

“The coronavirus pandemic poses a serious threat to gender equality progress, which we cannot afford,” Carlien Scheele, EIGE’s director, said in a statement.

The index has monitored gender equality across the European Union for a decade, gauging how well women do against men in the worlds of work, money, knowledge, time, power and health.

It defines gender equality as “equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men” and scores individual member states along with the bloc as a whole.

If a score of one point signals inequality and 100 spells parity, the EU as a whole recorded 67.9 out of 100, showing an average improvement of half a point each year.

At that rate, it will take more than 60 years for the EU to achieve gender equality, the institute concluded, urging tailored policies to speed progress.

“We have the data to enable policymakers to do this and help ensure it doesn’t take another 60 years for the European Union to reach gender equality,” Scheele told reporters in a conference call. “We cannot be idle.”


The gains of the past year were mostly scored in the sphere of paid work, the promotion of women to company boards and greater female representation in politics.

Gender segregation in education and the labour market remained problematic, with more women employed in health and social work than men. Women also do most of the unpaid care work, such as looking after ageing relatives or children.

Among the 28 member states, Sweden, Denmark and France kept their top spots, while Italy, Luxembourg and Malta improved the most, each gaining about 10 points since 2010. Greece, Hungary and Romania are the laggards, it said.

But even high-scoring nations can do more, EIGE researcher Lina Sanalauskaite told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“France has made the biggest improvement in the last 10 years, achieving progress in terms of income and decision-making. But we also have areas that could be improved, for example gender segregation in education, which leads to gender segregation in the labour market,” she said.

The private sector has been a key driver of change, in large part due to a better gender balance on company boards, but the impact of COVID-19 on women’s progress at work is a new risk that could further delay the 60-year wait for parity.

Physical distancing rules to slow the virus’s spread have had

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