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    Beauty Bytes: February 8, 2013

    February 8, 2013

    tumblr_mhqfx1ZRA41s4yg05o1_500Yo Dawg, I heard you like lookin’ good: the hottest new male model is here, and he’s a 3 year old shiba inu. His site is blowing up, and why not? It’s not just cats that rule the Internet. I just wish I’d thought of it first…Menswear Dog.



    • Here in New York, we’re in the season where we talk about fashion, models, and body size. If I didn’t know it was Fashion Week, I could tell by what comes up on Google Analytics. You see, way back in 2011 I wrote a list of reasons why models are so skinny. It’s still my most popular searched post, though what people are searching for when they find it is revealing. Wild Beauty.



    • Lots of people are searching for “how” models get so thin. And I can tell you (from what I see) that aside from models being naturally thin (and young), being that thin is a lot of hard work that’s only truly rewarding if designers are going to pay you tens of thousands of dollars for the results. The New York Times came as close as anyone to revealing how much work it takes to get into “fighting weight” for the purpose of selling other peoples’ clothes. (Though Gwyneth Paltrow’s written about her own grueling process of getting camera-ready at Goop.) The New York Times. Goop.



    • But what about the rest of us in the industry? There are those who make damn sure they fit into sample sizes, but most of us are looking to keep our health – and our sanity – in a crazed world where our job is obsessing over beauty. No one pays us to fit into the clothes – they pay us to show up with a sixty pound suitcase full of of beauty gear and make the models look amazing. So here’s the backstage dirt: we crew members do our best to look after our mental and physical health. An amazing example of this came up on Kay Montano’s blog. Kay, who’s worked all over the world as one of London’s super-top makeup artists, is also gorgeous, and has managed to stay sane through all of the fashion hubbub. And she’s got some great points on how what we consume – mentally as well as physically – makes us healthier or not. Kay.



    • Ok yeah, health-makes-beauty is fine and dandy, but maybe you want to look good now, as in quick fix! Well here’s a quicker fix than putting yourself through the masochistic dream diet – try working the body you have now! Sally at Already Pretty demystifies the process, getting past that annoying pear/apple/stringbean thing. The biggest secret? Being honest about what you love (yes love) about your body! Already Pretty.



    • In our dreams, we’re permanently pretty, but a certain amount of that pretty gets washed down the drain at the end of the day. Is this a frustrating waste of time or a new start every day? Autumn at The Beheld compares the temporary nature of beauty work to her previous career as a pastry chef. The Beheld.



    • But maybe you’ve got a certain modelling-ready look anyway, without all the fuss. Take your skateboard around Washington Square Park and get scouted for all the shows that can’t afford don’t want to use traditional models. Break a leg! The New York Times.



  • Who’s Afraid of Wrinkles?

    Recently I met a Celebrity Dermatologist who gave me quite a lecture on exfoliation, and how I should do more of it. This isn’t the first time a Committed Skin Professional has told me…

    May 9, 2012
  • Beauty Bytes: March 9, 2012

    Elle Fanning may play Sleeping Beauty opposite Angela Jolie’s wicked queen in Maleficient, the long-awaited movie telling the classic fairy tale from the villainess’ perspective. Cinema Blend.   Appalled by provocative photos of 10-year-old…

    March 9, 2012
  • Beauty Bytes: March 2, 2012

    Pack your bags: Spagoers can take in live music (from minimalist ambient to electronic soul) while relaxing in the warm saltwater pool at Liquidrom (pictured above), in the heart of Berlin. Liquidrom. Can you…

    March 2, 2012
  • Book Review: The Makeup Wakeup

    It’s easy to assume that the makeup tips we pick up over time will accumulate into an always-better look. But after 40, that assumption falls apart: things start drooping or wrinkling, our natural coloring…

    February 24, 2012
  • Other People’s Makeup: Judith Childs

    “Age is an interesting thing – you can be old at 30, antique at 60, or young at 90.” For Judith Childs, age is not an absolute. “It’s a matter of spirit.” Judith, who…

    January 31, 2012