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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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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
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Whew! It's been a while since Curator's Corner made an appearance. Links from January (and maybe a few from December.) - I so wish I could see this exhibition of exquisite powder boxes. Fortunately there's an interview with the collector... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Just popping in to let you know that the Makeup Museum will be giving a talk on Jewish pioneers in makeup for the National Council of Jewish Women on Monday, January 31 at 7:30pm EST. Register here. Hope you can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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I'm still a bit shocked that I haven't posted a single thing about Dior makeup in nearly 6 years! I guess Instagram has taken over the shorter posts I'd normally share here. But there have been some beautiful objects that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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Here we go again! I was not nearly as productive on blog posts and exhibitions as I had hoped in 2021, but that was due to some behind-the-scenes things going on - namely, making the Museum a nonprofit organization, writing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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As in years prior, the Makeup Museum received some incredibly generous artifact donations in 2021. The Curator is so very grateful to everyone who believes the Museum is the right home for these objects. Most of these beauties were donated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at The Makeup Museum
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As lovely as Clé de Peau's vintage jewelry inspired compacts were, overall I prefer the artist collaborations they've been doing since about 2014 or so. Last year the company worked with Daria Petrilli for a second time on a Swan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Color coordination is just one of many facets of the vast and complex makeup-fashion relationship. This post will attempt to outline the trajectory of this concept from the 1920s through the early 1960s and examine how it was being marketed,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Today the Museum celebrates Indigenous People's Day with several beautiful collections from newcomer Prados Beauty. While I would like to examine the traditional cosmetic practices of Native Americans and other Indigenous people around the world1, I'm still debating whether that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2021 at The Makeup Museum
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Some fall 2021 links...late as usual. - This article makes me think I should try to watch more makeup tutorials. - Enjoying this new weird beauty magazine. A MM collab would be so cool! - My prediction a while back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2021 at The Makeup Museum