Rituel de Fille Color Nectar Pigment Balm in Bloodflower

Rituel de Fille is a brand that I've been following, but not actually patronizing, since its launch in 2014. I have a vivid memory of sitting on a bench during a break from my dissertation seminar in Washington, D.C., and scrolling through the newly launched Rituel de Fille website. The brand's aesthetic seemed designed for … Continue reading Rituel de Fille Color Nectar Pigment Balm in Bloodflower

In Pursuit of ’70s Peach: MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Smoked Almond

I recently became obsessed with a very specific lipstick shade: the deep peachy brown often seen in mid-'70s fashion editorials. One of my favorite accounts on Instagram is that of the bisexual icon Sandy Linter, a makeup artist best known for her 1979 book Disco Beauty and her editorial work with Gia Carangi in the … Continue reading In Pursuit of ’70s Peach: MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Smoked Almond

Magenta Madness: MAC Rebel and Wet n Wild Nice to Fuchsia

Most makeup collectors have their color kryptonite, particularly when it comes to lipstick: pinky nudes, corals, blue-based reds. For me that color is, and has pretty much always been, magenta. Or whatever you want to call it: bright plum, dark fuchsia, anything that walks the line between purple and deep pink. I just did a … Continue reading Magenta Madness: MAC Rebel and Wet n Wild Nice to Fuchsia

How Renaissance Is the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette?

Having devoted the better part of a decade to studying Renaissance (we in the biz prefer "early modern") literature, I perked up when I heard that Anastasia Beverly Hills had released an eyeshadow palette called "Modern Renaissance." The palette came out in mid-2016 and started a warm-neutrals trend that, as of February 2017, shows little … Continue reading How Renaissance Is the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette?

Beauty Abroad, Part 18: Ancient and Modern Beauty in London

UM, HI. A lot has happened since I last posted. I'm still stunned and depressed at Britain's decision to leave the European Union. It was surreal to watch the whole thing unfold around me, and painful to have no way of affecting the outcome. It's not my nation or my fight, but I'm still heartbroken … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 18: Ancient and Modern Beauty in London

FOTD: Toward an Ethnography of the Edwardian Cyborg

In the last year, I've become obsessed with an aesthetic that I like to call "Edwardian cyborg": futuristic sleekness coupled with windswept Gibson-girl glamour. This is the image that started it all:   You've already seen this photo in an earlier post, wherein I experimented with theBalm's Nude 'Tude palette. "Edwardian cyborg" was the name … Continue reading FOTD: Toward an Ethnography of the Edwardian Cyborg

FOTD: A Discourse of Auxiliary Beauty, or Artificial Handsomeness

Toiling in the knowledge mines, one occasionally comes upon some fascinating gems. Or, more prosaically: I typed the phrase "auxiliary beauty" into Early English Books Online to see what would pop up. For those of you who aren't pursuing graduate degrees in early modern literature, EEBO is a database containing almost every work printed in … Continue reading FOTD: A Discourse of Auxiliary Beauty, or Artificial Handsomeness