Susan Sontag Shopped at Sephora

The entirety of Susan Sontag's digital archive has been released, including all of her emails, from her desktop and laptop computers. Aside from sounding vaguely terrifying—even if you were Susan Sontag, genius of life, would you want any rando reading your every email?—the LA Review of Books (via The Cut) trudged… » 10/28/14 4:45pm Tuesday 4:45pm

You Are YouTubing Halloween Make-up Tutorials Right Now

Because you haven't seen enough Michelle Phan in your life: the beauty vlogger's been featuring her old Halloween make-up tutorials on YouTube, and WWD wrote a piece lauding the seasonality of her uploads and how you, the internet, are INTO IT, saying the beauty industry should follow her lead. » 10/24/14 6:00pm Friday 6:00pm

Makeup's Dirty Little Secret: Covering the Scars of Abuse

Two days before CoverGirl, the NFL's "official beauty partner," was forced to respond to the league's handling of the Ray Rice case, I helped three girls on the internet find concealer to cover up their bruises and self-harm scars. I often write about beauty and makeup, and sometimes women will email me and ask me in… » 9/23/14 1:10pm 9/23/14 1:10pm

Thanks to the NFL, Cover Girl Has a PR Nightmare On Its Hands

The NFL's oafish response to the Ray Rice elevator tape has led to a national outcry against the league's leadership and the culture it has allowed to fester. It was only a matter of time, really, before this became a PR nightmare for its many sponsors and partners. The latest? Cover Girl, the "official beauty… » 9/15/14 11:30am 9/15/14 11:30am

Women Want Bushy Brows and Are Wearing Face-Merkins to Get Them

Ah, the halcyon days of the '90s, when we humans dwelled placidly under the dot-com bubble, foolishly investing all of our money in Beanie Babies and plucking out most of our eyebrow hairs. Now, in the 2010s, we are all left bereft, hopelessly gluing strands of our head-hair to our patchy faces and cursing the gods… » 7/24/14 1:20pm 7/24/14 1:20pm

​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