Fans Are Convinced Ariana Grande’s “Pickin Petals” Lip Oil Is a Tribute to Mac Miller

The evidence is convincing.

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The Arianators are going a bit wild this month. Why? Well thanks to some detective work by TikTok user Kaylie Vazquez, fans are convinced that Ariana Grande gave a subtle tribute to late ex boyfriend Mac Miller with one of her r.e.m. beauty lip oils. The shade in question is “Pickin Petals,” a sheer peachy pink that launched as part of the brand’s chapter three drop. For those that haven’t put two and two together just yet, allow us to break it down. 

Miller, who passed away in 2018, and Grande produced a single called “The Way” in March 2013. (The pair weren’t romantically linked until 2016. They dated for two years.) In the song, Miller sings: “Say, I’m thinking ‘bout her every second, every hour. Do my singing in the shower. Picking petals off the flowers like, ‘Does she love me, do she love me not?’” Pretty convincing stuff, right? 


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Naturally, the comments on Vazquez’ TikTok, which has a grand total of 159,000 views, were out of control. “I didn’t need to cry at 5:30 in the afternoon but, here we are,” one person wrote, while another said, “Omg I never even noticed this now I need.” Other users pointed out that Miller’s favorite song from the Sweetener album was R.E.M. The good news: “Pickin Petals” is still in stock. 

Or, if you want to take the line’s newest drop for a test run, add the Sweetener Concealer, which just dropped at Ulta, to your cart. “The R.E.M. team and I have been working on this launch for so long. I actually wore the concealer in secret throughout the filming of The Voice," Grande exclusively told Marie Claire earlier this week. "I can’t wait for everyone to be able to visit Ulta Beauty to try this incredible skincare-infused formula for themselves!" 

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar,,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.