Is Genderless Makeup the Future of Beauty?

Way back when in the early ’90s, Calvin Klein was busy launching the über cool unisex fragrance CK1, as britpop band Blur stormed the charts with their hit “Girls and Boys,” the catchy chorus of which went “girls who are boys, who like boys to be girls…” Fast-forward to present day, and gender fluidity has well and truly hit the mainstream. Read more at Refinery29.

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Dior’s Creative Director on How the World Buys and Wears Luxury Makeup

In the beauty retail landscape we’re in now, women are mixing high-low products the same way they do in fashion. So how does a luxury beauty company that just launched a $1,500 anti-aging system also hook the Sephora shopper? (LVMH owns both Sephora and Dior. Sephora carries a range of makeup and skin care by the brand, but the most expensive caps out at $175.) Read more at Racked.

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How Probiotics Are Fueling a Toxin-free Skincare Revolution

For years, conventional wisdom has dictated that people need antibacterial agents to blast “bad” bacteria from their bodies, and companies have produced a slew of products designed to do just that. Now, researchers are discovering that these antibacterial chemicals are, in many cases, far more dangerous than the bacteria they were designed to kill. Read more at The Guardian.

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Meet the Woman Who Smashes Makeup For a Living

In a nutshell, this means she smashes, smears, splashes, and stacks makeup and other cosmetics in appealing ways for photographers to shoot for beauty ads, retail catalogs, and magazines. A good chunk of the glossy makeup ads you’ve seen over the last few years were likely styled by her. "I’m kind of like a makeup artist without the models," she explains. Read more at Racked.

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Kendall vs Kylie: Whose Cosmetics Venture Is Winning Over Gen Z?

Estée Lauder was an early supporter of Kendall Jenner, signing the reality-television star-turned-supermodel as a face of the brand in 2014. But in March 2016, the beauty industry stalwart took its relationship with Jenner a step further, harnessing her social media influence, including an Instagram following of more than 67 million, to launch the Estée Edit, a new product line aimed at Millennials and Generation Z. Read more at Business of Fashion.

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Clinique's Global Brand Chief Connected a 48-Year-Old Brand to a New Generation

Launched in 1968, the results-focused company has become one of those iconic brands that's part of the beauty culture. If there was one blemish, it was that while Clinique had legions of fans, Estée Lauder wished more of them were millennials. And turning a younger generation onto a legacy brand was a job that fell to Jane Lauder. Read more at Adweek.

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Bigger, Bolder, ‘Badder’: How Urban Decay ‘Conspired’ to Disrupt the Beauty Industry

Wende Zomnir embodies her brand, Urban Decay. The company’s committed litmus test—to be feminine, dangerous and fun—is likely inspired by her personal style and character. She’s a self-described beauty junkie who set the bar high with the company’s first tagline, “Does pink make you puke?”, and pushed the cosmetics industry to boundaries that 20 years ago seemed outrageous but today are the new, fabulous norm. Read more at ABC News.

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Male Beauty Bloggers Are Having a Moment

A growing number of male bloggers are now holding court before millions of beauty obsessives across social media, gender norms be damned. Jeffrey Star, a former MySpace it-boy, regularly sells out of his signature lipsticks. Meanwhile, makeup artists Manny Gutierrez and Patrick Simondac command loyal fandoms that, combined, add up to 5.2 million on Instagram alone. Read more at Digiday.

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Coty Enjoys Good Hair Day With £420m GHD Takeover

British hair straightener maker GHD is being sold for £420m to an American company that owns some of the world's best-known hair styling brands. GHD - “Good Hair Day” - was founded by three entrepreneurs in Bradford in 2001 for £15,000. Since then its ceramic straightening irons and hairdryers have become popular with stylists and celebrities. Read more at BBC.

US firm Coty is acquiring the business, where it will sit alongside global hair care brands such as Wella and Clairol.

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LVMH Cites Successful New Fragrances Launches in ‘Solid’ Third Quarter

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is pleased with what it called “quite solid” sales growth from July through September that exceeded the results from the first half of 2016. The French luxury conglomerate saw comparable sales in the most recent quarter increase by six percent, and in the first nine months of the year by five percent to €26.3 billion (about $29 billion). Read more at Fashionista. 

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The Amazing Techniques I Learned at Korean Beauty School

But, as a reporter, it's my job to be constantly educating myself and my readers. Which is how I found myself enrolling in a Korean beauty academy. For my mission, I went straight to the best, Jung Saem Mool. If you’re Korean, you’re sucking in your breath in awe. For the rest of you, I’m going to skip over having to attempt putting into words the sky-high reputation of the school's founding makeup artist by saying she’s like a Korean Lisa Eldridge in terms of career trajectory and influence. There isn’t a Korean celebrity’s face she hasn’t touched with her magic makeup wand. Read more at Refinery29.

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