Happy last day of Women’s History Month. It’s the last day of March, but we’re only starting to #makehistory.
Why important/interesting: in the name of getting real, let’s talk acne. This week, former Shahs of Sunset star Lilly Ghalichi and makeup artist Carla Moran posted a tutorial on how to cover a serious acne breakout. The result: over 450,000 very confused comments that show women really aren’t sure what is and isn’t good when it comes to caring for acne. Clinical acne impacts 45 percent of women ages 21 to 30, 26 percent of women ages 31 to 40, and 12 percent of women ages 41 to 50, according to a study from Massachusetts General Hospital. And yet, most of us have little knowledge of how makeup and acne mix. As a start, it’s a reminder to clean your brushes this weekend.
Why important/interesting: would you not eat for years for a shot at a job that gives you fame and a big payday? Or, would you stand for your boss telling to you lose weight for your job? This, apparently, got left out of that catchy La La Land actress medley. It’s worth watching the video interview as the Swedish panel fire up Ms. Thomson and she tells some pretty hilarious stories.
Why important/interesting: I appreciate Venn diagrams. I suck at using eyeshadow palettes, always ending up with one square untouched and one completely gone. Sephora built a new eyeshadow palette with proportions and color combinations placed in Venn diagrams. Now, you get lots of the shadows you use a lot, and a little of the shadows you only use a little. Hooray to Sephora for using smart design for the aspirational but makeup-impaired.
Why important/interesting: Shonda Rhimes, queen of ABC’s Thursday television line-up, has partnered with Dove to create a new beauty-focused production studio. The studio’s focus will be to help women and girls tell their personal stories. It’s another sign that real beauty is starting to get real money and real consumers.
Spokane Woman Launches Project Beauty Share (The Spokesman)
Why important/interesting: feeling great about yourself starts with basic self-care, in the form of hygiene. Up to a third of women may struggle to purchase basic hygiene products like tampons and deodorant, which do not quality under food stamps. And we all know the power of putting on a great lipstick. A woman in Spokane established drop boxes for makeup and personal care donations. We all buy some oopsies, why not donate them? Ask your friends to do the same and take the package to your local women’s shelter.
Beauty Horror Stories From Major Brand Products (Marie Claire)
Why important/interesting: you probably know that Wen by Chaz Dean is facing a class-action lawsuit following thousands of reports of women experiencing substantial hair loss. But (gross stuff warning) there are many more products on the market that can have some gnarly side effects if used incorrectly. Marie Claire scoured social media to assemble this cautionary tale of spectacular #beautyfails.
Why important/interesting: we’ve featured @hudabeauty several times in our weekly stories. Huda just keeps gaining momentum, whether for the frenzy over her new range of foundations for a broader range of hard-to-match skin tones, or her call to her Instagram followers to celebrate their flaws. Now, she’s in the New York Times Style section talking kaizen and SWOT analysis, business approaches not in the usual Instagram beauty arsenal. Here’s to hoping Huda continues her rise as a strong female business leader.