Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video that debuted last Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas isn’t just a study in girl power and supermodel strength (as demonstrated by the catwalkers in her posse: Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, and Cindy Crawford), but a case for the ferocity of modern maquillage. In the opening scenes, the pop princess flips a bad guy over her back before reapplying her lipstick. Shortly thereafter, Arsyn (played by real-life bestie Selena Gomez) pulls the ultimate act of deception by blowing a cloud of fatal face powder at Swift before grabbing a briefcase (assumingly filled with more beauty loot) and kicking her out a plate-glass window. Later, the songstress calls on Slay-Z (Hadid) to join the squad, her go-to weapon being a compact complete with ninja stars. Lethal liner (reminiscent of the exaggerated wings seen at Atelier Versace), a slick ponytail, and a rock-hard body (thanks in part to the model workout of the moment: boxing) complete the former country sweetheart’s ass-kicking persona. As Swift notes in her new song, Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes, but a quick swipe of crimson lipstick—the star’s signature—serves as a distraction during any rumble…and ups your confidence in an instant when it feels like it’s you against the world.
—Amber Kallor, Style.com