Woman photoshopped to fit the definition of beauty in 25 countries

Here's an amazing experiment to see the differences between feminine beauty "ideals" across different countries: 24-year-old radio journalist Esther Honig had her picture photoshopped by Photoshop artists from 25 different countries. She told them to "make her look beautiful" according to their country standards. » 6/27/14 1:26pm 6/27/14 1:26pm

Bummer: We Will Never Really Know if Men Prefer Hourglass Figures

Don't pack up your worry beads just yet: Seems like we will never actually find out if the hourglass figure is the officially ideal body type for women or not according to any men who are willing to answer. Studies are mostly sure, but not definitive. Even 40 men in Poland in a recent study could not confirm for… » 6/25/14 7:10pm 6/25/14 7:10pm

​Here's Why You're Wearing More Makeup Than Everyone Thinks You Need To

When you leave home ready to face the public having spent five minutes or 50, you have artfully negotiated a far more complex arrangement than can be summed up in a study about how much makeup is the most attractive according to men, women, pets, postal workers, goldfish, or Bangor University students. Nonetheless,… » 4/29/14 12:00pm 4/29/14 12:00pm

'Looking Your Age' Has Lost All Meaning

Our lives are reflected on our faces, so the saying goes, but some of us, by healthful living or good genetic luck, seem to dodge the bullet of life-face impact. In other words, we don't look our age. But what does that really mean? What does any one age look like? And when you're told you look good for your age, are… » 4/22/14 12:40pm 4/22/14 12:40pm

For Chrissake, Going Without Makeup Is Neither a Trend Nor Laziness

"Not wearing makeup: is it feminism, laziness or the rise of cosmetic normcore?" wonders Slate. Huh. Good question: having a face and not smearing cosmetics upon it: is it a political statement, sloth, or, uh, some kind of weird fashion thing? Or could be it be some strange, unheard-of fourth option... such as being a… » 4/17/14 2:55pm 4/17/14 2:55pm

​Skin Whitening Queen Dencia Calls Lupita Nyong'o Out On Lancôme Deal

The figurative ink on Lupita Nyong'o's new Lancôme contract is not even dry, but there's already the scent of backlash in the air. It's hard to think of anyone who could actually dislike the 12 Years a Slave actress (the closest one can come would be "cautiously appreciative"), let alone despise her. » 4/06/14 4:15pm 4/06/14 4:15pm