Over the summer, I joined a group on Facebook for makeup tips, and one of the geniuses there alerted the group to the existence of makeup apps, specifically ModiFace and Perfect365. The apps are meant to apply makeup to your pictures so that when you post them on social media you don’t look like a hermit. Theoretically, these apps were perfect for this particular group of people, because we were all writers and freelancers and other creative types who work from home and therefore have very little impetus to put a lot of thought into our appearance. We could have made them work for their intended purposes, to make us more presentable in our photos. Instead, we chose to make art.
So, first, you have to take a photo of yourself. You can do it with flattering photos, but why would you? Keep reading »
Beauty mags are full of the same homogenous crap. Skinny, pretty ladies shilling beauty products that cost a whole paycheck, promising to make you look and feel a certain way. Welcome to Beauty IRL, a new column in which we try to break down the aspirational walls of beauty coverage, and bring you real-life dispatches from the trenches, from someone who likes makeup, researches hair products and is pretty real about the whole thing.
I’ve always been jealous of those girls with long, thick, shiny hair. Those girls with “Pretty Little Liars” hair, the kind of hair that tumbles and twists and waves over their shoulders, all shiny and beachy and wind-tosed. Girls with tresses like this are always casually pushing their hair aside, lifting it up in great, shiny hanks and forming a complicated knot as they talk at you. They want you to think that they woke up like that, but really, they woke up at 7 a.m. and spent a good half hour with a curling wand and some heat spray. For a long time, that was the hair I wanted. Countless years of reading beauty blogs and a childhood spent turning the pages of Color Me Beautiful, purchased at a yard sale by my grandma, taught me to believe that I should hide my moon face with a long sheet of hair on either side, to create angles, because it is important to have a face that is sharp and angular, to have cheekbones that can cut glass. Keep reading »
I’m super into the dark lip trend that’s going on right now, but with my fair complexion it’s hard to find a color that doesn’t make me look like a vampire. When TopShop sent us some of their new fall/winter lipsticks, I spotted a burgundy color called “Wicked” that I knew I wanted to try. So did it look good, wear well and last? Here’s what my Beauty Test Drive revealed… Keep reading »
We’ve all been there. A coworker asks you out to happy hour, which quickly turns into five hours, eight glasses of Pinot Grigio and absolute dread for the following morning. You may wake up feeling like hell (actually, scratch that, you will wake up feeling like hell), but that doesn’t mean you have to look like it, too. Here are five easy beauty tips for concealing your hangover and helping you head out into the world fresh-faced, one very careful step at a time. Good luck … and maybe go get a Vitamin Water while you’re at it…
So ya wanna go all-natural, eh? Tired’a lookin’ around for recipes, ehhh?
Well here you go! There are about a million reasons to DIY your makeup, self care, and home care routines and it gets even cheaper the more you make (these recipes will bring your cost down up to 95 percent), as you can recycle old makeup containers, including any you end up having to buy the first time. Keep reading »
Megan MacKay, can we be friends? Because your “Ray Rice makeup tutorial” (hey, watch it first before you get offended!) is the most cutting commentary of our complete cultural fucktitude over Ray Rice that I’ve seen. You can watch more of Megan’s work on YouTube for her takes on LEGO’s female scientists, Hobby Lobby and Planned Parenthood. [UpWorthy]