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MM Curator
Baltimore, MD
Interests: design, art history, pop culture, cosmetics, feminism/women's studies, the '90s, punk and Riot Grrrl (both the music and the subcultures)
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Plus links from...oh, the past 6 months. It's been a while. - Signing up for this online makeup history course at the Victoria and Albert Museum as soon as it's open to the general public! Also hoping they hire me... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Makeup Museum
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2022 was the year I realized that I shouldn't try to stick to any kind of schedule in terms of blogging or even exhibition openings. I need to assign target dates, but also try not to beat myself up too... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2023 at The Makeup Museum
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Reiji Himatsu, Winter Journey, n.d. IBY Beauty, Ocean Awakening palette, spring 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2023 at The Makeup Museum
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Not entirely sure how to write one of these, but I did my best. Feedback is appreciated. :) The annual report can also be found on the Museum's information page. Download Makeup Museum FY 2022 annual report Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2023 at The Makeup Museum
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Discussing various styles of face paint1 worn by different Indigenous peoples is critical for a better understanding of the history of cosmetics and recognizing that makeup outside of the modern industry exists. For many people across the globe, cosmetics beyond... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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The general process for this post was to try to write something, immediately get overwhelmed and move on to something else. Hence why it took me 5 years to come up with anything on NARS's holiday 2017 collection, which featured... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Consumers have come to expect a good measure of dishonesty in makeup marketing. But given the lack of strict regulations for cosmetics labeling in the U.S. ("clean" beauty, anyone?), companies have considerably more freedom to concoct some rather outlandish claims,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Multimedia artist Sylvie Fleury (b. 1961; Switzerland) is truly speaking my language. While her works involving fashion, rockets, and neon signs are certainly thought-provoking, it's Fleury's larger-than-life reproductions of makeup products that will be the focus of this post. Fleury... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Hello! It's been so quiet on the blog because I've been prepping the Makeup Museum's latest exhibition. I am incredibly pleased and honored to announce that I was asked to organize an exhibition in conjunction with an academic conference! "I’m... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Between being distracted by the nonstop avalanche of particularly horrible current events and my inability to realistically estimate how long it takes for me to write anything, two months' worth of links had to be condensed into one post. Sigh.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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I forget what I was looking for when I stumbled across beautician and stylist Eddie (Eadward) B. Deason (1921-1976). Like Blanche Hunter, Deason's story is incomplete. But the few things I could find are definitely worth highlighting. Deason opened several... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Over the past 4 years or so there has be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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CW/TW: racist imagery and slurs for Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, and Black populations as well as those of Middle Eastern descent. It's been nearly a decade since I discussed one of the many ugly parts of the beauty industry: cultural appropriation... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Belated April links. - I was saddened to hear of the very untimely death of makeup artist A. J. Crimson. I hope someone will publish a biography and catalogue of his work. - Interested to check out this new documentary... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior with Ida Playing the Piano, 1910 NARS, NARSissist eyeshadow palette, spring 2014 Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Today the Museum is featuring a flash-in-the-pan brand from the 1940s. Shem el Nessim was a very short-lived line, lasting only about 6 months during the second half of 1946. I couldn't find much info, but one thing I can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Get ready for some cute overload this Easter! I'm pleased to finally highlight 5 bunny-themed collections, 3 of which were released in spring 2019 (when I was preoccupied with other things) one from 2018 and one from 2016. Interestingly, all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Links for one of my least favorite months. - In beauty history, Lucy Jane Santos discusses both the historic dangers and scientification of beauty, while Minsooky takes a look at the rather sordid history of Dr. Palmer's skin whitener. If... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Curator's note: For several years now I've been wanting to discuss the trend of non-makeup merch being sold by beauty brands but was having a difficult time getting around to it. Fortunately, another wonderful MM volunteer and aspiring beauty editor,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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It's another incomplete history, but I wanted to highlight the few bits I was able to locate about the makeup line founded by supermodel Naomi Sims, born on this day in 1948.1 (This post will not cover her collection of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Took a while, but I'm pleased to finally talk about Mikimoto's gorgeous collection from holiday 2020. As with the holiday 2018 and 2019 collections, the company enlisted an artist to create the packaging. For the Twinkle Pearls lineup, Mikimoto collaborated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Late late late links, once again. - I was truly honored and overjoyed to be interviewed by the great Arabelle Sicardi for an article on makeup and beauty packaging over at SSENSE magazine. - Congratulations are in order for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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On average, the Museum receives one inquiry a week. It doesn't seem like much, but if it's something that can't be identified easily or a broad question about historic trends, they can take up quite a bit of time. Here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Stanley Whitney, How Black Is That Blue, 2020 Hot Topic, Blockbuster palette, 2021 Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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It took me way too long to return to Dream Teams, but it's back in time for Black History Month! The second installment features five more Black artists whose work I think would make fantastic beauty packaging. Sadly, since the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at The Makeup Museum