Posts Tagged: ‘Beauty’

Here’s a fun survey finding that The Telegraph reported on as a “study,” as though it was published in a rigorously peer-reviewed journal, perhaps called Coiffure: men discover their “signature hairstyles,” at age 32-and-a-half. What’s so crucial about those first six months between 32 and 33 remains unknown, but according to a survey of 2,000 […]

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In 1873, the empress of Japan made a radical beauty statement, appearing in public with white teeth…

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If you’re a leading actress in need of a publicity jolt, here’s a surefire strategy: chop off your hair.

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In 1855, PT Barnum organized America’s first modern beauty pageant, which sought to crown “the handsomest ladies” of the time. Actually, an unmarried winner would receive a dowry in exchange for her lovely looks, and married gals would get diamond tiara (to wear around the home?). The language Barnum stuck out to me because it’s such a contrast to how we might, say, describe the newly minted Miss USA. In Barnum’s days, though,that “handsomest” descriptor had developed a striking specificity. In an excellent etymological exploration of “handsome” at The Beheld, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano reveals how:

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When it comes to Western women and eyebrow shaping, it’s generally not a question of “if” but “how.” There’s plucking, waxing, threading, sugaring, shaving (don’t do it!), electrolysis, and probably even more hair removal methods that I haven’t heard of before, that legions of women apply to that tiny strip of skin where our foreheads meet our noses in order to keep it hair-free. As I recount in the (hopefully hi-larious) video below, I’ve been battling a unibrow since I was a kid…

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As a kid, I watched a ton of AMC, back in the pre-“Mad Men” and -“Walking Dead” days when the channel only played old movies, and was commercial-free to boot. And, oh, how I hated Bette Davis because whenever one of her movies was on, that meant it was probably a drama about dramatic adult things, and all my 10-year-old self wanted was some Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis slapstick or a happy-go-lucky Technicolor musical. However, my kid self likely would’ve been into Davis’ “Now, Voyager“because I was and still am a sucker for a magical makeover movie…

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After watching the video for Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches campaign, I wondered how I might describe my face to an artist who can’t see me. Dark eyes, thin lips, stubby nose, I might toss out. And I have a feeling the results of that blind sketch wouldn’t be terribly flattering, as with the portraits commissioned by Dove for its newest and admittedly powerful addition to the Real Beauty campaign.

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The definition of beauty has changed through the ages, but elements of what people think is attractive tend to hold true through generations and across cultures. Where do these standards come from, and why some of them seem to be innate – even in nonhumans?

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In honor of spring, what with all the fabulous scents swirling around outside — and inside thanks to new fragrances hitting store shelves — last week I wrote a blog post on how to select a new scent. As a fun follow-up to that post, I decided to ask what fragrances my coworkers at HowStuffWorks are currently favoring. So, if you’ve ever wondered what the HowStuffWorks offices and their inhabitants smell like, you’re in luck. More after the jump.

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For a not-so-lovely visual of just how much makeup women cake on their faces ever year, take a gander at “Natural Beauty.” Over nine hours, two makeup artists slathered 365 coats of makeup on the model.

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