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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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Links for the lovely long days of June. - Unlike most other digital makeup, this actually seems fun. - Move over, rainbow makeup. Here's a little piece on the importance of glitter for the LGBTQ+ community. - In makeup history,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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The MAC x Harris Reed collection was released in February this year, but I wanted to wait until June to write about it in honor of Pride Month. For brevity's sake - I read through dozens upon dozens of interviews... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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I really enjoyed the shorter bits of history that appeared between chapters in Lisa Eldridge's Face Paint. I liked the idea so much, in fact, that I decided to steal it and use it for my '90s makeup history book.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Tooting my own horn again, apologies. But I was so excited to be interviewed for an article on the history of blush and its current resurgence (and in which I was referred to as an "expert"!) In case you haven't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Once again my schedule got completely off track. There's a lot going on behind the scenes and we'll just have to wait and see if neglecting the blog pays off. Anyway, here are some very late links. - May was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Rico Gatson, Untitled (Rainbow I), 2020 Viseart, Editorial Brights palette, ca. 2015 Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Still so far behind on artist collabs so bear with me as I try to catch up. Last spring Estée Lauder teamed up with Tokyo-born, New York City-based street artist Lady Aiko for a small collection consisting of two lipsticks... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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I'm always so honored to hear from people wanting to know more about the (usually) vintage objects they come across. While the volume of inquiries can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, it's so interesting to see what's out there and... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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The April 2021 rewind. - I forgot to include this in the March edition of Curator's Corner, so here's my interview with antique jewelry boutique Lillicoco. I was so honored! - A Sephora within walking distance is going to be... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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This post has been in the making for literally years. I finally conceded that I couldn't find a complete history of either Benefit's Glamourette compact, released in 2002, or the vintage compact it was based on, House of Platé's Trio-ette... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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I'm quite far behind on artist collaborations, so I'm doing some more catching up. Today we have British artist Morag Myerscough for Bobbi Brown, whose collection was released in the spring of 2020. It was a small collection consisting of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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A few months ago I was perusing an auction site and came across this interesting-looking makeup case. As it turns out, it belonged to Hanna Rovina (1888-1980), a.k.a. the "first lady of Israeli theatre". (image from commons.wikimedia.org) (image from liveauctioneers.com)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Late links as usual...I get so frustrated at not being able to stick to even the most basic of schedules. But as I'm demanding more of the Museum these days it's hard to keep up. ;) - The Curator's favorite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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In an effort to condense a few posts I'm doing some quick reviews of recent additions to the Museum's library. Hopefully they'll be of use...I mean, they can't be any worse than my usual long-form reviews, right? Up first is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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As they do each holiday season, Sulwhasoo released a beautiful compact featuring traditional Korean craftsmanship back in 2019. Why I'm just getting to it now is beyond me, but I did think the design was appropriate for spring so here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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From 1947-1949, the Dorothy Gray brand ran a series of ads featuring portraits of "fascinating women". I don't know why I'm covering them given that they're all white, upper-crust socialites who for the most part didn't do much besides existing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Links for a busy February. - It was Black History month, so that means major companies (Ulta, Sephora and Nordstrom, among others) are rolling out new diversity and inclusion initiatives. Time will tell whether they're in earnest or just crossing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Hale Woodruff, Twilight, ca. 1926 BH Cosmetics, Golden Twilight palette, fall 2019 Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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I was compiling trivia focused on the topic of makeup-fashion collabs to put on Instagram a little while ago, and as with artist collabs, I quickly saw just how few were with Black designers. Even worse is that I realized... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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While hunting for vintage Christmas makeup a few months ago I stumbled across a brand from the 1960s called Holiday Magic. This won't be a complete history either of the brand or the man who founded it, but it's one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Links for one of the most miserable months of the year. Good riddance, January! - Sephora unveiled an action plan to eliminate racial bias in their stores. Let's hope they keep the public informed on their progress. Ditto for L'oreal's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Makeup Museum (MM) Musings is a series that examines a broad range of museum topics as they relate to the preservation, research and exhibition of cosmetics, along with my vision for a physical Makeup Museum. These posts help me think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Todd Chilton, Split and Quartered, 2012 Juvia's Place, The Masquerade palette, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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It's the time of year where I babble on about things I want to tackle but most likely won't be able to. I reviewed last year's blog post ideas and out of the 30 topics I only managed to accomplish,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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I was too tired and sad to do a 2020 version of Curator's Picks and Pans, so I'm skipping straight to Curator's Corner for December. - Mother has become a Dame! Huge congratulations are in order for Pat McGrath, who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at The Makeup Museum