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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...

Mirrors – A Short History

"Man wishes to see himself because he is vain, and he's afraid to see himself since, being vain, he cannot tolerate the sight of...

Makeup as Ritual: Man as Art

We in the beauty business like to think of ourselves as modern - we try the newest products, seek the latest tricks, and read...

Could Wearing Makeup Make You Better at Everything?

When I tell a "serious-minded" person about my business, there's an automatic assumption - often stated - that my job involves making stupid people...

Is Photoshop an Enemy of Feminism?

There's been a lot of press coverage of Seventeen Magazine's "body peace treaty" lately, and I've been getting questions about it myself. What do...

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...

Who’s Afraid of Wrinkles?

Recently I met a Celebrity Dermatologist who gave me quite a lecture on exfoliation, and how I should do more of it. This isn't...

Inside Beauty: 7 Reasons Why Models are so Skinny

As a makeup artist, I get a lot of questions about models from my non-industry friends. And most of these have to do with...

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...

Medieval Mean Girls: Vanity as Morality (or Lack Thereof)

Vanity gets a bad rap in popular folklore: from Cinderella to The Devil Wears Prada, the bad girls are usually the vain, superficial, and...

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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...

Is Fat Evil?

Just about everybody in modern society has something to say about weight - their own or someone else's. And it's usually not very nice....

Blue Eyeliner, Tattoos, and Face Packs: Beauty Secrets from a Prehistoric Siberian Princess

Finding remains of ancient people is rare enough - finding them well enough preserved to guess at their daily lifestyle is a revelation. In...