BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 27, 2014
Radio journalist Esther Honig sent her picture to Photoshop experts in 27 different countries for a project she calls Before & After. Keeping the fact that beauty standards are illuminated by Photoshop here in the U.S., she wanted to “examine how these standards vary across cultures on a global level.”
The results (down below) are fascinating. While the results are largely based on the perception of the person doing the Photoshop, that perception is influenced by the nuances of local and global beauty standards. Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on May 07, 2014
Grace Choi wants you to have makeup that grows up with you, that you design and create yourself. It's like having your own personal M.A.C. boutique right in your bedroom.
In the video of her demo at TechCrunch Disrupt, she's flippant, wise, savvy, speaking off the cuff--basically, the kind of woman you'd buy makeup from.
I can imagine myself hobbling away from her makeup counter with an armful of product, but remember this is the 21st century: at the end of this sales pitch, you'll be walking away with her $300 compact printer. Read More
BY Gina Furfaro
on Apr 29, 2014
Fox & Doll specializes in classic hair and body products for bouffant-loving babes (and their more modern counterparts). Its creative and sophisticated stylings bring beauty to vintage and retro looks of all eras and occasions. Shana Astrachan, the woman behind Fox & Doll, currently boasts her own makeup and jewelry line in addition.
To learn more about Shana and Fox & Doll’s stylings, read on.
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Shana Astrachan and I am a San Francisco-based designer, metalsmith, makeup artist and hair stylist. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Apr 02, 2014
The team behind the BUST Craftacular is excited for our upcoming (and brand spankin' new!) shopping event for indie fashionistas and beauty buffs: BUST Craftacular's Primped.
BUST Craftacular’s Primped is an all-day, interactive indie fashion and beauty event in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and we're looking for we're looking for amazing vendors selling vintage and handmade clothing and accessories, indie-made beauty/body/hair/nail products, and tasty treats to join us. Read More
BY kelsey haight
on Mar 12, 2014
Regardless of your opinion on wearing makeup, sometimes you wanna wear it and may feel unarmed with the skillz. Women have a complex history with makeup, ranging from relying on it to despising it. Chances are you fall somewhere in the middle and if not, you deserve a chance to try out the strong cat-eye look, as make up tutorialist Tadele Smith says, “you want the wings of your liner to be so sharp they could kill a man”.
It’s true that practice makes perfect with liner, but thanks to modern technology (i.e. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Feb 12, 2014
Open letters to children have become a viral sensation this year, capable of permanently cataloguing personal words of wisdom for public inspiration. Yes, there have been some failures, like the letters scolding teens for taking selfies or shaming them wearing certain clothing items. But there have also been those special letters from parent to child, promoting freedoms of self-expression and comfort amidst the pains of growing up. Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s compassionate message to his daughter is one such letter. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 03, 2014
Makeup is part of the daily routine of countless women (and a few good men). Why women wear makeup is a complicated question, that often comes down to arguments of alleged and arguably false agency - paralleled in conversations about the choice to shave one's legs/armpits - complicated of course by societal beauty standards that put an immense amount of pressure on women's appearances, emphasizing the necessity to be as soft, supple, and attractive as money can make you. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 14, 2013
There are few things more intimate and magical than a bathroom haircut from a friend, a relative, or a lover. The technique is also one of Jane Birkin’s secret beauty tricks. In a piece for The Guardian, she writes, “My best friend cuts my hair with kitchen scissors.” The 66-year-old fashion icon also likes to keep it simple with her favorite outfit, “an old pair of jeans, Converse and a man’s jersey.” She “[colours] her hair mousy brown and [wears] makeup only on stage. Read More
I recently came in contact with Beauty Without Cruelty. I was drawn to their array of colorful lipsticks and, of course, the idea of all-natural beauty. I found out their products are 100% vegetarian and 100% natural. The company was actually founded by an animal welfare organization, so you know they're legit. Naturally, their mantra is all in the name. They sent over a few products and I'd like to tell you a little about products like Rosehip and CandyFloss. Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 18, 2013
Fantastic campaign alert! Stop what you're doing and look at these photos from the MADE UP Experiment.
Makeup is a HUGE part of gender performance - it's tied to femininity like blonde on a Barbie. We're taught to follow certain customs in order to be read as feminine, while men are taught to perform masculinity. These rigid gender roles limit self-expression and individuality, and lots of people are fed up with that.
MADE UP is showing how the performance of gender is just that - a performance. Read More