Daily Beast: The Bizarre and Unsettling Rise of True-Crime Makeup Videos on YouTube and TikTok

Daily Beast: The Bizarre and Unsettling Rise of True-Crime Makeup Videos on YouTube and TikTok. “TikTok user @fatalfaye delicately brushes a hot pink eyeshadow in the shade ‘Emoji’ onto their eyelid. Over the primping plays an audio clip, crackling with feedback. ‘I just killed my mom and my sister,’ a teenager confesses. The combination of the jarring 911 call and an otherwise normal makeup video may seem bizarre, but the incongruous pairing belongs to a trend of true crime makeup videos that has been growing in popularity across social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok. Welcome to the weird world of true crime makeup videos.”

BBC: The models that turned Instagram into their DIY catwalk

BBC: The models that turned Instagram into their DIY catwalk. “For the first time since Covid, this week New York Fashion Week will take place largely in-person, marking a tentative return to the runway and normal business for the fashion industry. Here four leading models talk about their experiences over the past 18 months, and why social media, and especially Instagram, has become more important than ever.”

Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar (N Lifestyle)

N Lifestyle: Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar. “This weekend, Dolce & Gabbana’s couture NFT (non-fungible token) collection will be released. The fashion house is to reveal its high jewellery and haute couture collections for men and women (Alta Gioielleria, Alto Sartoria and Alto Moda respectively) in Venice, and it will also unwrap its first-ever NFT collection called Collezione Genesi. Comprising nine pieces, four will be entirely digital, while the remaining five – two dresses, a man’s suit and two crowns – will have both physical and digital iterations.”

Women Love Tech: The Power of TikTok Skinfluencers

Women Love Tech: The Power of TikTok Skinfluencers. “While these beauty influencers appear on all social platforms, TikTok is the platform of choice because it allows them to produce short, unfiltered videos which can go viral quickly that talk about skincare routines and what products they recommend. Traackr data revealed that TikTok influencer posts about skincare have increased by 16% when comparing the first half of 2020 to the first half of 2021.”

The Vou: Best 12 Outfit Generator Apps And Websites Of 2021

The Vou: Best 12 Outfit Generator Apps And Websites Of 2021. “An outfit generator is an app or website designed to help users with their sartorial game by generating fresh outfits or combining existing clothes with future online purchases to create new styles. An outfit generator can be used for stylistic inspiration and as a wardrobe builder of custom outfits.” I love these things. I stare at them in awe. I’m like a fish looking at a rocketship.

Mashable: TikTok beauty filters can be super realistic—unless you’re a person of color

Mashable: TikTok beauty filters can be super realistic—unless you’re a person of color . “When I first came across the Glow Look filter on TikTok, I dragged my self-absorbed ass into the video maker to try it on. I was expecting to be wowed by my own hotness, just like all the other girls on my For You Page. Instead, I tapped the filter on, and immediately guffawed. It looked ridiculous, to say the least. The enlarged, bright blue eyes, flushed cheeks, and noticeably thinner nose looked extremely out of place on my Vietnamese face.”

There she is, online: Miss America archives digitized at Rowan University (WBGO)

WBGO: There she is, online: Miss America archives digitized at Rowan University. “Students at Rowan University are going through a treasure chest of American history that includes jeweled crowns, velvet capes, and a cookbook. It’s 100 years of artifacts from the Miss America Organization. Students are scanning pictures and other documents in addition to taking pictures of the crowns, trophies, and a Waterford scepter carried by winners for what will become the cornerstone of the new Rowan Digital Collections.”

CNET: TikTok is full of homemade lip glosses. But should you buy them?

CNET: TikTok is full of homemade lip glosses. But should you buy them?. “The glosses are eye-catching, handmade and cheap — some selling for as low as $2.99 a tube — making them a hot commodity among makeup connoisseurs on TikTok. Comments sections are flooded with people around the world hoping to get their hands on the products. But these videos, which have collectively garnered over 700 million views on the short-form video app, can understandably give some people pause. How sanitary is the creation and packaging of these glosses? What ingredients are going into these products, and how safe are they for your skin and body?”

The Guardian: This AI-powered app will tell you if you’re beautiful – and reinforce biases, too

The Guardian: This AI-powered app will tell you if you’re beautiful – and reinforce biases, too. “Want to shatter your self-esteem in under five seconds? There’s an app for that! A startup called Qoves has developed an AI-powered beauty assessment tool that tells you how attractive you are. The free version spits out a list of your ‘predicted flaws’ and explains what sort of surgical interventions and expensive serums are needed to ‘fix’ you.” You’re wonderful just the way you are.

Ubergizmo: Chanel Debuts AI Powered App That Can Find Lipstick In Any Shade

Ubergizmo: Chanel Debuts AI Powered App That Can Find Lipstick In Any Shade. “If you’ve ever seen a person in an advertisement or on TV or in a photograph wear a lipstick whose shade you like, you’ll be able to find that shade for yourself. This is thanks to Chanel who recently debuted an app called the Lipscanner that uses the power of AI to help find the exact shade in the image.”

CNN Style: Influencers take to social media to stand against Asian hate crimes in the US

CNN Style: Influencers take to social media to stand against Asian hate crimes in the US. “Following a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes taking place in the US in recent weeks, prominent figures from across the fashion industry are coming together to voice their concern and condemn the violence. In the last 24 hours, influential voices such as Allure magazine’s editor-in-chief Michelle Lee and designer Phillip Lim have posted videos on Instagram to share their personal experiences of racism and to raise awareness using the hashtag #StopAsianHate.”

PopSugar: How TikTok (and Twitter) Became Gen Z’s Best Resource For Skin-Care Advice

PopSugar: How TikTok (and Twitter) Became Gen Z’s Best Resource For Skin-Care Advice. “Cardi B’s viral Twitter moment is just one example of how easy it is to come across skin-care tips on social media these days. While not every individual has a dedicated social following of 17 million, plenty of us do have access to a handful of social media platforms with dozens of aestheticians and dermatologists doling out skin-care advice to hungry, impressionable audiences mostly made up of young people who probably wouldn’t have access to the information otherwise.”