Beautiful People

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Marilyn Minter’s Subversive Beauty

Orange Crush. Marilyn Minter, 2009. Enamel on metal, 108 x 180 inches. What would happen if you ate all your makeup - and it was...

Painted Ladies: Madame X

  To us in the 21st century, masterworks in painting convey a classicism and elegance that seem nonexistent in the modern world. But in the...

Beautiful People: Way Bandy

To call him a beauty pioneer is no overstatement: Way Bandy was the first superstar makeup artist. And for photographic makeup techniques, you could...

Beautiful People: Hedy Lamarr

She was called "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World" - and as a Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr was certainly one of the...

Beautiful People: Jane Iredale

Working as a makeup artist, I'm familiar with the extremes of what can be put on a face. Plastic glitter, sequins, acrylic paint, theatrical...

Makeup as Performance: Cindy Sherman

Do we create our own identities, or are they created for us? In the age of seemingly infinite aesthetic choices (including surgery), are our...

Makeup as Ritual: The Sadhus of Nepal

Living in the Western world, it's easy to take our participation with cosmetics for granted. Whether we use makeup to smooth and conceal, or...

Camilla Barungi: A New Model of Economics

In the fashion business, there's no shortage of models turned beauty entrepreneurs. The pressure to always look good - plus countless hours spent in...

Gerald DeCock: Magic and Muses

Gerald DeCock travels between creative worlds: hairstylist, painter, and now collaborator on two photography projects. A hairstylist by trade, his effortless-looking work appears regularly...

My Writing

Book Review: The Makeup Wakeup

It's easy to assume that the makeup tips we pick up over time will accumulate into an always-better look. But after 40, that assumption...

Do Facial Expressions Rule Emotions? My One-Woman Experiment in the Field, Plus How Botox Could Help Depression

How do our faces convey emotion? Conventional thinking tells us that we smile because something made us happy, or we frown because we're annoyed...

Beauty Archetypes: Witches

  What is it about Witches? We can't get enough of them. For women they speak to our fantasies of glamour and power, even as...