HIGHLIGHTS #10

Happy October! Fall is upon us, dark lipstick is socially acceptable again, and these are the Highlights. This piece on the sheet mask selfie trend is hilarious and kind of true! I probably won’t taking these selfies, to be honest, because they are kind of fun… but… I’ll be thinking about this. Makeup icon Kevyn Aucoin’s life, impact and illness. I’m indeed very anxious to see the documentary, and also to...

HIGHLIGHTS #8

Well hey y’all! Happy friday! This iteration of HIGHLIGHTS is extra thick and juicy, hope you enjoy. Please share your favourite links from the last month with me! Any new releases you’re excited about? Try any good products lately? Talk to me. I don’t hide the fact that I’m mad about the history of cosmetics – here are 9 historical beauty ad campaigns of note. Bonnie Cashin was one of...

HIGHLIGHTS #5 2017

It’s me, the queen of mysterious disappearances. I’m back! I’m medicated! I’m full of enthusiasm! Here are the latest highlights! As someone who gets very frustrated about the spread of straight up mythology as fact in the beauty world, this piece on the false history of beauty trickery was a boon. Arabelle Sicardi questions the idea that K-Beauty is nothing but a passing fad. How much are you really saving...

Advertising, Beauty, and the New Woman

Whether you’re discussing the American “Flapper”, the French “Garconne”, the Japanese “Moga” or the German “Neue Frau”, the new woman of the 1920s has become a fixed, international symbol of her time. With her bobbed hair, heavily made-up face and slim figure, the new woman met your gaze from the magazine covers, print ads, movie posters and satire drawings of any major city. The most conspicuous and – in the...

The publicity and privacy of applying your lipstick

As a chronic over-sleeper, I do my makeup on the bus. More or less every day, I squint into a tiny pocket mirror and apply my eyeliner and brow pencil and so on under the watchful eyes of my co-commuters. Aside from the fact that it’s kind of tricky and it’s taken me a long time to even be able to apply makeup on a bus ride full of bumps...

Assigned Reading: My favourite books on Beauty

I’m trying to read more – it’s so easy to lose the habit, especially if you’re a student who already has to read course lit all day. Luckily, my course lit is exactly the kind of thing I read for fun. While I’m pursuing a degree in fashion theory, I’m trying my best to pull beauty in under the ‘fashion’ umbrella. It’s gone over pretty all right so far. I’ve...

Can makeup be feminist?

Short answer? No, I don’t think so. Does that surprise you? Well, the long answer is – surprise surprise – it’s complicated. I identify as a woman, a feminist and full-time aesthete. Beauty, not only in a cosmetic sense, permeates all my interests. But beauty is not apolitical, and for women, beauty is a prison. To think otherwise would be kidding yourself. For thousands of years, the way women look...

Vintage Beauty Treasures

I’m one of those girls who was brainwashed by Lisa Eldridge into collecting vintage makeup. In general, I’m very interested in the history of beauty (having forced most of my professors to suffer through paper after paper on 1920s makeup and so on…)  so actually owning the objects of study is both fun and useful. I can’t help but imagine the woman who has owned it, what her life looked...

History Class: 1960s

The history of cosmetics is as long as human history itself, and it’s one of my favourite things to research and read about. I love the idea that painting your body is some kind of primal impulse that we’ve carried with us for thousands of years, and seeing how ideals, products and expressions have changed over that time is fascinating. Today I won’t be travelling too far back, but the...