BBC: Instagram photo filters targeted by model’s #filterdrop campaign. “A recent survey, carried out by Girlguiding, found a third of girls and young women will not post selfies online without using a filter to change their appearance. Thirty-nine percent of the 1,473 respondents, aged 11-21, said they felt upset that they could not look the same in real life as they did online. The survey results mirror the worries of make-up artist and curve model Sasha Pallari, who recently launched the hashtag #filterdrop in the hope of seeing ‘more real skin’ on Instagram.”
Mashable: The interactive fall foliage map is back to help you plan your autumn road trip. “If you’ve never used the annual interactive tool before, you’re in for a real treat. This year’s map begins on Sept. 7, a day when minimal and patchy foliage is predicted in only a few states. The map concludes on Nov. 23, when nearly the entire country will be be past-peak foliage.”
Lifestyle Asia: Pinterest embraces greater inclusivity with its new beauty search feature. “Users seeking beauty inspiration on the social media platform can now filter search results by skin tone to find content more relevant to them. Social media users often head to Pinterest for beauty ideas and how-tos, but the sheer volume of results on the site can be overwhelming, making it hard to find tutorials, inspiration and pins that work for their skin tone. Pinterest launched a new search-filtering feature in the US in 2018, and it’s now rolling out in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.”
InfoSecurity Magazine: Cosmetics Giant Avon Leaks 19 Million Records. “A misconfigured cloud server at global cosmetics brand Avon was recently discovered leaking 19 million records including personal information and technical logs. Researchers at SafetyDetectives led by Anurag Sen told Infosecurity that they found the Elasticsearch database on an Azure server publicly exposed with no password protection or encryption.”
PR Newswire: Makeup Museum Unveils Digital Preservation Of Kevyn Aucoin’s Historic Journals (PRESS RELEASE). ” Makeup Museum today unveils images from a new digital archive of journals kept from 1983 to 1994 by legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. Aucoin worked extensively with iconic photographers such as Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, and Francesco Scavullo, models Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Paulina Porizkova, and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, and many others. Aucoin’s journals chronicle his life and work, complete with behind-the-scenes images from photoshoots for VOGUE magazine and brands such as Shiseido, Chanel, and Revlon.”
BBC: ‘Maskne’ and bold makeup: How masks are changing how we look. “For many of us, face masks have become an essential part of everyday life thanks to the coronavirus. But regularly wearing one can have an unfortunate side-effect: mask-induced acne, aka ‘maskne’.”
WalesOnline: Facebook group showing how to inject fillers taken down after woman needed treatment. “A Facebook group which showed people how to inject themselves with fillers and Botox has been removed after a woman required emergency treatment. The private group, called Natural Kaos Tribe, had videos of people injecting themselves and links to other sites where you can buy Botox, filler and needles, PA reports.”
Useful if you wear makeup, anyway. Washington Post: Want boldly made-up eyes above your mask? Here’s how to get the look while staying safe.. “Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo has noticed the bold-eye-with-mask trend and is ‘very much here for’ playing up the eyes. ‘I feel like people are excited to express themselves any way they can, because we’ve been locked up in quarantine for so long,’ he said. ‘Not being able to wear lipstick, I think people are more adventurous with their eye makeup looks. I’ve been seeing a lot of really great colored mascaras, even some really cool glitter looks.’ But arresting eye makeup requires you to use possibly germy fingers or brushes to apply it. And flaking eye shadow or mascara could get into your eyes, prompting you to touch them. We talked to medical experts about safety strategies to observe and to a makeup artist about how to make the most of makeup, if you do use it.” If you want to go a little further than this, check out drag queen Rock M. Sakura. She did a tutorial on how to actually put makeup on the mask itself.
New York Times: Hair Salons Reopen, and Americans Rush Back. “Few professional encounters require prolonged bouts of close contact like appointments at hair or beauty salons. This makes beauty, nail and barbershops potentially high-risk hubs of infection for the coronavirus, which has killed almost half a million people worldwide since the start of this year. And yet, across the United States, customers are clamoring to fix gray roots, shaggy beards and chipped nails in reopened salons after months in lockdown, despite stark changes to how these services can now be offered. How do you cut hair behind someone’s ears when they’re also wearing a mask? Doesn’t matter, people are doing it.”
Washington Post: Masks are changing the way we look at each other, and ourselves. “Melina Basnight looks into the camera and applies two shades of eyeshadow: a periwinkle blue, and a bright, bold ochre. It’s like any other tutorial on her YouTube channel, Makeup Menaree, except that it’s based on a new premise: that all points south of the eyes will be eclipsed by a mask.”
Block Club Chicago: No Walk-ins, No Magazines, No Blowouts: Salons, Barber Shops Prepare To Reopen With New Safety Measures. “Georgia reopened salons April 24 with some social distancing restrictions. Indiana salons reopened last week at reduced capacity. New Hampshire reopened salons last week, too, but with no blow drying allowed. Across the country, similar scenes are playing out: 6 feet of distance between chairs, masks and gloves for staff and clients and jugs of hand sanitizer.”
Allure: The New Makeup Museum Launched a Digital Exhibit for Different Generations to Connect Over Beauty Memories. “Beauty lovers had something very special to look forward to this spring: New York’s new Makeup Museum was scheduled to open on May 1 with its debut exhibit, Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, like so many events, the launch is on hold and visitors will have to wait a little longer to see the exploration of a past era’s cosmetics icons and artifacts. But in the meantime, the museum has launched an interactive online exhibit of sorts that will not only delight viewers but also foster meaningful connections and conversations during this socially isolated time.”
Inside Indiana Business: Madam Walker Collection Digitized, Preserved. “The Indianapolis Historical Society has completed a 12-month-long project to digitize 40,000 historical papers and photographs associated with Indianapolis entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker. Madam Walker’s beauty products empire made her one of the wealthiest women of the early 1900s.”
Fashionista: Is It Even Possible To Be A Sustainable Influencer?. “A small yet growing contingent of sustainable fashion influencers are questioning if ‘merching’ runs counter to their social and environmental ethos. Some, like [Ellie] Hughes, are shunning brands for their own closets or thrift-store finds. Others, like writer-stylist Aja Barber (@ajabarber), derive their revenue primarily through membership-based platforms like Patreon, where fans can donate to access exclusive content. One influencer, Hannah Neumann (formerly @lifestylejustice), even quit Instagram to establish a fair-trade factory in the Philippines. More may be wrestling with the cognitive dissonance of touting clothing or shoes people don’t necessarily need, even if they don’t talk about it.”
Engadget: Google Lens now lets you virtually dye your hair. “Coloring your hair is a fun way to change your look — but you never quite know how the end result will turn out before you pull the trigger. Until now, that is, as L’Oréal has partnered with Google Lens for a pilot which offers a fast way to try out hair colors virtually.” As long as you’re at a participating Walmart.