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According to Taylor Swift, Beauty Products Are Your Best Defense Against the World


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,

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