Internet Art Star Molly Soda Tackles the Economy of 'Looking Natural'

"No Make-Up" make-up is all the rage these days, a technique which in practice is just wearing tons of make-up that makes you look like you are not wearing make-up. That's fine—I'm all about the "natural" look—but the actual name is absurd, because you are wearing tons of make-up to look as if you're not wearing any… » 2/19/15 5:14pm 2/19/15 5:14pm

You Only Think He's Hot Because Your Friends Do

What is more troubling, the fact that your idea of hot is actually just based on what other people think, or the fact that the site Hot or Not? still exists and has furthermore been moderately useful to academic research? Either way, hotness remains eternally up for debate, and this is probably the most troubling fact… » 2/16/15 1:50pm 2/16/15 1:50pm

How to Be Pretty in Iran

Mehrnoush Shafiei's grandmother Hamdam Farahani was the youngest of five daughters growing up in what is now part of Tehran, Iran. Born with blond hair and blue eyes, she was considered the most beautiful girl in the village – so beautiful that her mother took her to the public bath at night in order to dodge the evil… » 2/04/15 1:30pm 2/04/15 1:30pm

Vaginal Steaming Is the Only Way to Solve Your Problems

Feeling tired, stressed or a little bit grumpy? Angry at your husband/wife/pet cockatoo? Feminine odors got you down? Well, there's a centuries-old cure for all of that, and it's getting hot air blown all the way up into your laughing place in a public setting. And it only costs 50 bucks. Isn't your health worth that? » 1/28/15 7:15pm 1/28/15 7:15pm

Black-ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Hair, Black Standards of Beauty

Last week I published a piece on this site about how a white dude at the opera called me "disgusting" after I refused pull back my naturally curly hair. I wrote that my hair looked "more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance." Translation: I was having a tame hair day. And now,… » 1/24/15 5:15pm 1/24/15 5:15pm

Lady Gaga's Shiseido Ads Will Be Comprised of 50 Selfies

Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido has enlisted Lady Gaga for its 2015 New Year's Ad Campaign, and it's taking an unorthodox approach. WWD reports that on January 1, newspapers across Japan will run ads featuring 46 different shots of her face, with four more to follow on January 5—and all of the images will be… » 12/29/14 3:00pm 12/29/14 3:00pm

Guess the Correct Details in Lindsay Lohan's Self-Care Routine

The latest installment in Into the Gloss's wonderful Top Shelf series features Lindsay Lohan, lots of photos of Lohan's artfully set-decorated room (hotel room, probs) in London (check the Polaroid of her and Terry Richardson, the unopened bottle of mouthwash, and the toothbrush next to her razor in the shower), as… » 12/19/14 3:10pm 12/19/14 3:10pm

Google's Most Searched Beauty Questions of 2014, Answered

Google revealed its top search trends for 2014 today, and the results are an eclectic mix of expected (Ebola symptoms, Serial), scary (asphyxia), depressing (Wal Mart is the most-searched location on Google Maps), and things that I, too, would like to know (How to wear a scarf). And then there are Google's Most… » 12/16/14 7:15pm 12/16/14 7:15pm

People Getting Plastic Surgery to Join a Dating Website? Yeah, Right.

Online dating is incredibly competitive — one gentleman I once went out with told me he had two dates planned after me — but it can also be incredibly expensive and painful; especially if you're trying to join BeautifulPeople.com, the best site for the best-looking people where no one is safe from scrutiny. » 12/10/14 9:30pm 12/10/14 9:30pm