Some people really like keeping their beauty products in the fridge. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan.com’s beauty editor, swears by it (her grandma gave her that advice, which is usually a pretty solid reason). The common belief is that keeping cosmetics cool can prolong their shelf lives.
But does it work? Not really, according to most of the experts we spoke with. Instead, they advise being cautious about refrigerating your beauty essentials and to do it only for certain things.
There’s a new feminism in the air — you can call it something between “third-wave” and “I do what I want.” This brand of feminism doesn’t eschew makeup, or new hairstyles, or even plastic surgery: It’s all about women expressing their identities through beauty. While mainstream magazines have traditionally offered a very prescribed, pigeon-holed version of what’s beautiful, a new generation of bloggers and editors is redefining what beauty means — offering a wider diversity of perspectives. Plus-sized women, women of color, women with piercings and tattoos, and everyone in-between can feel comfortable — and beautiful — in this blogosphere.
I interviewed three women who are on the forefront of feminist beauty. Ahead are some highlights of what they had to say about the changes they are making in the industry.
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, author of The Beheld blog, book author, and freelance writer, says that while beauty rituals shouldn’t feel like a duty, they often do — even to her as a committed feminist. As a feminist who still gets bikini waxes on a regular basis, she feels that she can choose which “society-sanctioned” rituals to undergo, and which to drop.
Annie Tomlin, digital beauty director at Lucky magazine, and author of The Glowhow blog, talked about the Golden Age of the blog being behind us, which she laments. She says blogs expose readers to different perspectives; to women who may not be models or fit a mold of standard beauty, but have a beauty identity of their own that makes them powerful. However, with the rise of Instagram and Snapchat, many “bloggers” actually don’t have blogs at all these days — they bypass the written medium in favor of visual ones. She says she worries about this: It inevitably makes young girls feel like they have to look as perfect as the Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat stars.
Tashira Halyard, author of the Politics & Fashion blog, is also a lawyer and a social justice activist who works at a nonprofit with D.C. kids who are living in poverty. She says her blog combines her two passions, and she is unapologetic about loving both. She discussed the double standards women of color experience when it comes to beauty, as well as cultural appropriation in the beauty and fashion industries (I had to cut this part out for length). For example, the models at a recent Marc Jacobs show wore a hairstyle that some bloggers mistakenly called “twisted buns.” However, in reality, the style is called “bantu knots,” and has its origins in Africa. Halyard discussed the importance of acknowledging your sources of inspiration — whether it’s in fashion, beauty, or music. (She mentioned Justin Bieber as someone who appropriates black mens’ swagger, but hasn’t actually lived through the realities black men experience.)
I met wedding dress designer and Project Runway Season 2 alum Heidi Elnora at Bridal Market this spring, and she and her assistant, Rachel, are the sweetest people ever. I had been doing some work for hair designer Oribe, and pitched this profile to them. So happy it came out well!
It’s the height of wedding season, so conversations are turning to beautiful gowns, stunning accessories and, of course, glamorous hairstyles. We recently talked to wedding dress designer Heidi Elnora about her latest collection, up-to-the-minute trends in bridal fashion and hair (Great Gatsby inspiration galore!) and the edgy hairstyle she wore for her own wedding.
I recently talked to Samantha Bee from The Daily Show about sharing beauty products with her husband, her work-life balance, and Jon Stewart’s grooming habits. Read entire article on YourTango. Here are some choice quotes/outtakes which aren’t in the article:
On her beauty routine (since she’s promoting a campaign with Dove): “I’m old-fashioned when it comes to my beauty routine. I feel like we’re all so concerned right now with peeling away layers of skin. It actually behooves all of us to let some of that sit for awhile. Hold on to the skin you have. Buff it a little bit, but don’t get too crazy.”
On sharing beauty products with her husband, Jason Jones from The Daily Show: “I used to put skincare products in Jason’s stocking every year for Christmas, but two years later, I would find those products unopened. I just stopped, because he just uses what I use.”
On Jon Stewart’s grooming routine (I just had to ask her about that, since he’s one of my biggest TV crushes): “I think he looks good. He pulls it together in the end; he’s pretty casual. He’s not a dresser-upper around the office: I think he’s so focused on working hard.”
On working with her husband, and parenting their three kids: “We work together, we walk to work together, we share an office. We have our desks up against each other, and our computers face each other. In general, I love it. It’s good for us as parents, because we have three little kids, so we get a lot of our adult conversations — and by adult I don’t mean X-rated — out of the way when we’re at work and walking to work, and accomplishing tasks together. So when we go home, we’re really focused on our kids. It’s not relationship check-in time for us; we’ve already done that. It’s been a really great arrangement. I don’t really know what we would do if we didn’t work together. And we write together outside of work, too. Man, we are really up in each others’ grills all the time.”
Above: Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams at the Oscars, in Armani Privé and Oscar de la Renta, respectively.
What do these two ladies have in common, besides being Oscar nominees this year? They’re rocking pale, natural skin—sans unhealthy tanning beds or ugly spray tans. Overly-bronzed celebs should take a cue from these gorgeous, pasty redheads, who aren’t wearing any more color than tinted moisturizer. (But hey, when you have a golden-bronze dress like Jessica’s Armani, who even needs a tan?) Even the fashion world is taking note. Coco Rocha tweeted with #nospraytan:
Can the pale-skin celeb trend trickle down to the masses soon enough? I really hope so. It’s so much more flattering, healthy and simply honest to let your pale self shine.
In other news, I just can’t get enough of Amy Adams’ feathery Oscar de la Renta— I did think her hairstyle could be a bit more flattering though—take a cue from Jessica’s glamorous, effortless waves. And who did Jessica’s red lipstick? It so perfectly accentuates her glowing dress.