A 24-year-old sales clerk at Harrod’s resigned two weeks ago because she claims the famous London department store was trying to force her to wear makeup. Melanie Stark has been employed at Harrod’s for five years, during which she never wore makeup. She even claims she didn’t wear makeup on her job interview at age 19. Then senior managers came for a visit last August, spied her sans fards, and sent her home. Since then, management hauled Stark in for repeated meetings and PowerPoint presentations about the importance of following the Harrod’s dress code, which she received upon employment:
“Full makeup at all time: base, blusher, full eyes (not too heavy), lipstick, lip liner and gloss are worn at all time and maintained discreetly (please take into account the store display lighting which has a ‘washing out’ effect).”
Eventually Stark was told she could “just wear eyeliner and lipstick” to be in compliance. Instead, she chose to quit. Keep reading »
It’s been years since I’ve fallen in love with a pink nail lacquer. I usually prefer variations of gray, which are season-less, or some sort of red, which a friend says has become my signature. But I was curious about the new, limited-edition Nice Stems! by OPI collection of shades of pink, from pale frosty pink to rich fuchsia. I was initially drawn to “I Lily Love You,” because who doesn’t love a tint of pink with flecks of glitter? But last week, I wanted something new, so I tried “Play the Peonies,” a soft, frosty pink from the same collection. And what do you know? I fell in love. Keep reading »
“I wear braces. Look how crooked my bottom teeth were, and I never even knew … I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup when I was young. I would melt crayons and try to put them on my lips, and I would use watercolor for eye shadow.”
—Eva Longoria confesses in the new issue of In Style that she recently got braces. But I’m more interested in how creative she got in making up her face as a kid. Isn’t that the same thing they do in jail? Regardless, I like Eva sans makeup best. [InStyle] Keep reading »
Finally, we get a peek at Solange‘s ads for makeup brand Rimmel London. Last year, we reported that Rimmel signed both Zooey Deschanel and Solange to be spokeswomen of the brand. We were pleased to see Zooey’s unconventional beauty gracing magazine pages (well, except for this Photoshop fail), but I kept wondering when Solange would begin representing the makeup brand. The wait appears to be over, if these beauty images, which recently surfaced without explanation, are any indication. Now we get to see Solange giving good hair as a spokeswoman for Carol’s Daughter and good face for Rimmel London. [Racked] Keep reading »
CoverGirl is facing criticism for its LashBlast Volume Mascara ad starring “America’s Next Top Model” winner Nicole Fox who wears false eyelashes when the campaign promises “true volume.”
The beauty brand’s print ad features two split images of the 20-year-old Colorado native — one with long, lust-worthy lashes and the other with clumpy and short lashes — and a close-up shot of the mascara bottle and wand with the text:
“If your mascara promises volume but delivers clumps – that’s false! True volume comes from our big brush, not from big clumps. Try LastBlast Volume for yourself. You may never go “false” again.’” Keep reading »
Since I decided to go bold with my lipstick two years ago, there have been few occasions that I’ve painted my pout nude. Yet, my boyfriend can’t seem to get past “the attention” my bright lips bring.
I proudly rock bold lips for me and could care less about the stares or whispers. Sorry, J!
And according to a new survey from L’Oréal Paris, there are many women out there like me who refuse to bite the bold lipstick bullet. Read more… Keep reading »
Behold, kind of the cutest couple ever! This guy clearly loves his girl so much that he does his lady’s makeup for her one day. So what if he uses blush as eyeshadow? It’s the thought that counts, right? [Stylelist
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Now that spring has sprung, you’ll be batting your eyes a bunch. The six shadows in Bobbi Brown‘s Peony & Python Palette, inspired by the designer Tibi, will make those peepers pop! The eyeshadow shades range from charcoal to lavender to plum and come with a good sized compact mirror and not one, but two, brushes. Sure, $50 sounds like a lot for eye makeup, but remember you get six shades here. This limited edition palette can be mixed and matched to find the perfect smoky eye that will make him weak in the knees.
Whoa. Katy Perry‘s look in the video for “ET” is even more convincingly alien than we’d originally thought. We won’t get to see the full vid until the 31st, but Katy posted this image—plus the two after the jump—on Facebook to give us a taste of her turquoise contacts, pink veiny forehead, and space-age fingernails. I’m kind of loving it. What do you think? Keep reading »
Elizabeth Taylor is, of course, famous for her acting career, numerous marriages, charity work, and love of diamonds, but she was also known for her classic beauty look. She often highlighted her natural beauty with a dazzling red pout, but her violet eyes always took center stage with the help of bold brows and expertly lined eyes. Now, we might not be able to drape ourselves in sparkly diamonds, like Liz Taylor, but we can surely adopt her makeup tricks as we remember her life and career. Keep reading »