This Invention Could Revolutionize the Way You Buy Makeup

Earlier this week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Grace Choi presented an idea for a product that could revolutionize the beauty industry. » 5/08/14 3:10pm 5/08/14 3:10pm

Jourdan Dunn 'Honored' to Be the New Spokeswoman for Maybelline

Earlier this month, Lupita Nyong'o landed a contract with Lancome; today British model Jourdan Dunn has signed a deal to be the spokeswoman for Maybelline. Great advancements for women of color in the beauty industry — and for consumers. » 4/17/14 3:20pm 4/17/14 3:20pm

Celebrity Teen Witch Lorde to Launch MAC Makeup Line

Further shattering the illusion that she's just the goth-y "Jenny from the Block" of New Zealand, 17-year-old songstress/sorceress Lorde is collaborating with MAC Cosmetics on a new makeup line. » 3/10/14 6:20pm 3/10/14 6:20pm

Beauty Companies Love to 'Empower' Women, Over and Over and Over Again

This week, Soledad O'Brien announced that her O'Brien Raymond Starfish Foundation would be teaming up with CoverGirl cosmetics to produce a series of documentaries as part of their "Girls Can" movement. For O'Brien, Girls Can is an way to help empower young women. For CoverGirl, it's the perfect way to convince young… » 2/28/14 11:00am 2/28/14 11:00am

Women Stress About How They Look More Than Anything Else

Adulthood is a series of time sucking precursors to moments of enjoyment — traffic jams, that spinning pinwheel of doom that your computer shows you when it's thinking, standing in lines at airports, outside of clubs, at the grocery store. For women, there's also the omnipresent time suck of Getting Ready, or… » 2/24/14 5:15pm 2/24/14 5:15pm

Fashion Week Is Especially Hard on Models with Sensitive Skin

Fashion Week! In New Yawk City!! [Whistling noise; dazed look up at all the tall, shiny buildings] Golly gee willikers, ain’t that glamorous? It sounds like it should be glamorous, but there’s a lot of hair pruning, makeup basting, and nail biting that goes into putting on a runway show. » 9/07/13 3:00pm 9/07/13 3:00pm

Fake Tanning Gunk Is Destroying Some Mattresses in the UK

Bronzers and other gooey, UV-free artificial tanners may help the porcelain-hued citizens of the world achieve that sun-burnished quality so desirable by today’s aesthetics, but such tanners will also turn everyone who uses them into giant, weeping puddle monsters that seep through sheets and ruin perfectly adequate… » 9/01/13 4:30pm 9/01/13 4:30pm

YouTube Star Michelle Phan Gets Her Own (Huge) Makeup Line

Michelle Phan, YouTube’s master makeup artist, launched her very own line of makeup this week to much fanfare from her legions of loyal social media adorers. » 8/17/13 4:30pm 8/17/13 4:30pm

The Lead in Your Favorite Lipstick Is Even Worse Than You Think

Lead and other dangerous heavy metals are still finding their way into cosmetics, including easily consumed products like lipsticks, lip balms, and lip glosses, according to two new studies. » 5/06/13 4:45pm 5/06/13 4:45pm

Black Henna Dye Might Cause 'Oozing Lesions' on Some Gullible Tourists

What are some words you associate with the phrase "temporary tattoo?" Probably things like "boardwalk," "awesome," "vacation," "crooked," and "flaky." If you're talking about henna tattoos, however, your temporary tattoo word cloud might include things like: "hives," "boils," and "rash." That's because, according to a… » 3/26/13 3:30pm 3/26/13 3:30pm

The Sephora Problem That Has No Name

Fucking Sephora, man. There's nothing like it. Part store, part museum, part laboratory, part psychologist. Densely packed with products, brightly lit as an operating room, gleaming like a jewelry counter, frenzied like a factory, Sephora is not just a cosmetics store. It's a beacon, a flame to which women flit and… » 2/22/13 1:30pm 2/22/13 1:30pm

European Union Bans All Animal Testing of Cosmetics

The European Union is set to ban the sale of cosmetics and personal-care products that were tested on animals (or contain ingredients that were). The ban goes into effect on March 11, and it will have major implications for the global cosmetics industry. » 1/31/13 3:10pm 1/31/13 3:10pm

MAC Put A Female Bodybuilder In A Makeup Ad And It's Beautiful

When I first saw this ad for MAC's new "Strength" collection, it kind of stopped my in my browsing tracks. What an incredible figure that woman has — and what a striking image for a mainstream cosmetics brand to choose as an advertisement. » 1/04/13 5:30pm 1/04/13 5:30pm

400 Years of Women Removing Their Body Hair

If you've ever cursed the depilatory gods for why you feel you must shave your pits for summertime or wax your entire pubic area so that no man should tremble asunder at the sight of one errant hair, you've probably reached into the typical goody bag of suspects in search of a guilty party: pop culture, lady mags,… » 12/19/12 11:30am 12/19/12 11:30am

Your Lipgloss Is Popping Because of Traceable Levels of Lead

Lady cosmetic enthusiasts, drag queens, Robert Smith: our lipstick has been compromised. Good Morning America, in a recent attempt at shattering our fragile dome of innocence and blissful ignorance, has conducted tests on 22 types of lipstick and discovered that over 55% of it — no matter the color, brand or… » 12/03/12 1:55pm 12/03/12 1:55pm

Makeup Ad Features Super Blackface-y Blackface

To promote some kind of holiday sales promotion with a hashtag, the cosmetics company Illamasqua apparently decided the best thing to do was to produce this charming image of a model in blackface. » 11/26/12 5:20pm 11/26/12 5:20pm

Awful-Sounding Feminine Bleaching Products Are Gaining Popularity…

Earlier this year, an Indian product called Clean and Dry Intimate Wash introduced, or reintroduced, us to the horrifying necromancy that is vulval bleaching. That product, with its attending SNL-esque commercial, was roundly derided for being terrible, but the world has yet to hear the end of bleached vulvas —… » 9/23/12 8:00pm 9/23/12 8:00pm

$13,000-a-Jar Moisturizer Will Help Your Skin Cells 'Radiate Light'

If you're fabulously wealthy, capricious, and so vain that the only substance able to keep your face molecules from melting is a fine amalgam of silk and pearls that took four pearl divers each to retrieve, then by gosh do I have good news for you! A new face cream — though "face cream" is probably too vulgar a… » 9/17/12 12:25pm 9/17/12 12:25pm