#TOOMUCHMAKEUP: Is There Such a Thing?

A few weeks ago, I read this article called “7 People On Why They Wear ‘Too Much Makeup'” on Bustle and really enjoyed it. Maybe it was because I liked what each person said; maybe because it brought me bad to one of my very first posts on this blog (check it out here). This is, well, essentially an updated (shorter, dear god) version of my early blog post. Check it out!

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#TEENVOGUE: Politics is Beauty is Politics

Recently, the internet world has been oohing and aahing over Teen Vogue’s content. This magazine, founded in 2003 to spread the word on fashion and beauty trends, is easing into the realm of politics. *huge squeal*

Let’s see what Teen Vogue has been up to, no?

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PC: Teen Vogue

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#TREND: The Face That Sells

Hey everyone!

Wanted to dedicate a short post on this extremely cool interactive research article that is now trending online:

“We took the most frequently featured faces for numerous widely marketed brands and averaged them together…we found somewhat of an interesting general consensus among marketing directors…”

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is their a subconscious formula behind choosing models?

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#RANT: Black Lips and Racism

Ladies and gentlemen, here we have it again. Even in the colorful, seemingly utopian world of MAC makeup, racism never fails to rear its ugly head. Let’s dive into the rant.

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#TRENDRANT: Angelababy and Plastic Surgery

Here goes my second trendrant. On October 15th, famous Chinese actress Angelababy underwent a court case in which doctors proved that her beautiful face was genuine – not the product of plastic surgery. Even BBC news covered this trending case (link here), saying that Angelababy had been facing rumors of plastic surgery since 2012.

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Here is what I’m seeing in this situation that scares me. East Asian actresses are so pressured to conform to a set beauty standard – I’m talking big eyes, double eyelids, small nose, sharp chin – or very few of them actually can make it in the business. Once they change themselves accordingly and rise to the top of the entertainment industry, BAM. Comments turn from ‘are you pretty enough’ into ‘aren’t you too pretty’? I would respond, are you kidding me?? This is such a poisonous cycle of imposing beauty standards and then not even allowing women to have the agency to conform to them! This is when the admiration for so called natural beauty turns a bit sour. You have to be 95% beautiful, because if you are 100% beautiful, you are automatically ‘too pretty’, oops, you lose all your glory because you definitely were not born with that. Other gorgeous Chinese actresses like Fan Bingbing and Li Bingbing underwent the same double standard pressure.

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Mihaela Noroc: Beauty Is Politics, Beauty Defies Politics

“Women of North Korea are not familiar with global trends but this doesn’t mean that they are not preoccupied by their look.While neighboring South Korea has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic plastic surgeries, North Korean women live in a different world.” – Noroc

21 images, taken by photographer Mihaela Noroc, have shaken everyone’s perception about North Korea. Are these photos the usual ones we see of Kim Jong Un and expressionless men in olive military uniforms? Quite the opposite, in fact. These photos capture the unique beauty of North Korean women. Take a look at a select few. [all images from Pop Sugar].

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