Kara is Bustle's Deputy Editor of Fashion & Beauty. Beauty school dropout with a passion for burgers, spicy food, and sci-fi.
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This Subscription Box Delivers Sheet Masks To You Every Month For $5

Here at Bustle, we're avid fans of the sheet mask. Pop by any one of the Beauty Editors' Instagram stories on a Sunday and you're likely to find us lounging around, with masks draped over our faces and cups of our nighttime beverage of choice in hand…
By Kara McGrath

People Can't Get Over Tom Hardy Being Bald At The Royal Wedding

With no official guest list completely confirmed ahead of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials, there were several surprise sightings at the ceremony on Sunday. A major one was a bald Tom Hardy, who had prime, nearly front row seating at St. Geo…
By Kara McGrath

NARS Just Launched A Highlighter Version Of Their Orgasm Blush & This Is My Favorite Way To Wear It

If memory serves, NARS Orgasm Blush was one of the very first makeup products all my friends lusted over universally. The pinky-peach-with-gold-flecks shade launched back in 1999 and, as Allure reported, has inspired plenty of NARS spinoff products (…
By Kara McGrath

6 Ways To Wear Scrunchies That Feel Fresher Than Ever

Now that the return of the scrunchie is here, it seems to have been fairly inevitable. Scrunchies are cute as heck, sure, but they also offer up hair health benefits that your typical elastic hair tie can't: All that soft and puffy fabric means scrun…
By Kara McGrath

This Millennial Pink & Gen Z Yellow Workout Gear Is Made SPECIFICALLY For Runners

As the weather gets warmer, the idea of going for a run starts to sound slightly more appealing. And what better way to motivate yourself than with a sweet new set of gear? Instagram darling Outdoor Voices' new running collection just hit the interne…
By Kara McGrath

What Happens When A Bride Actually Tries To Give Her Maid Of Honor A Dress She WON'T Hate

Even if you're the best of friends, being someone's Maid of Honor at their wedding can cause some tension — particularly when it comes to the dress. The fourth episode of Bustle's Bridesmaid Upgrade, a show that helps brides and their bridesmaids fin…
By Kara McGrath

This CBD-Infused Mascara Did Wonderful Things To My Eyelashes

CBD oil is having a bit of a moment in the beauty world, finding its way into everything from bath bombs to moisturizer to fragrance —and now, Milk Makeup's Kush Mascara, which hit shelves on 4/20 (natch). While people often say the ingredient reliev…
By Kara McGrath

Why Switching To Natural Beauty Products Actually Might Not Be The Best Thing For Your Skin

Despite several articles being written on the topic (The Cut's guide to natural skin care being one of the most thorough), the question I still get asked more than anything else as a beauty editor is, "What natural beauty brands do you recommend?" It…
By Kara McGrath

We Asked 305 Women To Tell Us About All The Ways They "Fake" Their Appearance

If things keep moving the way they have been, 2018 is going to be the best year yet for beauty, both for the product industry and for the people who love those products. Although beauty standards certainly still exist, the world feels a bit more acce…
By Kara McGrath

Selena Gomez Has A Bob Haircut (For Real This Time) That Might Be Her Shortest Style Yet

There's something about an impending spring time that tends to inspired dramatic makeovers. Earlier this week, photos of Selena Gomez with a super short haircut started circulating the web — and her fans are all about the new look. While this isn't t…
By Kara McGrath

Twitter Thinks Johnny Weir's Closing Ceremony Hair Was Inspired By A 'Hunger Games' Character

No surprise here: For the 2018 Olympic closing ceremony, Johnny Weir looked absolutely fabulous. The skater wore an incredible, all-white suit to host NBC's coverage of the event, but it was his hair that had pretty much all of Twitter losing their m…
By Kara McGrath

Model Joanné Dion Doesn't Want To Be An Albinism Activist

Model Joanné Dion doesn't want to be an albinism activist. "I do believe it's important that people learn about albinism and understand that it's not a fearful thing 'cause there are people being killed and sacrificed for it," Dion tells Bustle in a …
By Kara McGrath

Meet The First Woman To Sell Hijabs In A Major U.S. Department Store

After Lisa Vogl converted to Islam in 2011, she struggled to find modest clothing that was easy to get and affordable. So, she set out to fix that problem. In 2015, Vogl teamed up with designer Alaa Ammuss to launch Verona Collection, which sells mod…
By Kara McGrath

Bustle's 2018 Must Follow List Will Refresh Your Instagram Feed For The New Year

The social media landscape is changing. After the 2016 election, many people (and Facebook) became concerned that their feeds — something that was originally curated, at least in most cases, to bring them daily joy and inspiration — had morphed into …
By Kara McGrath

How This Model Is Helping Women Find Their Own Form Of Modesty

Model Boshia Rae-Jean first got interested in fashion by watching Tyra Banks' proteges learn to smize on America's Next Top Model. "I feel like that's everyone's cliché story start in watching fashion in my generation," Rae-Jean, who is 26, tells Bus…
By Kara McGrath

Makeup Artist Ruby Allegra Is Changing How People With Disabilities Are Represented

Growing up in Adelaide, Australia, Ruby Allegra never really saw someone who looked like them — that is, someone who has a disability that prohibits them from walking, and therefore they use a powered wheelchair — represented in film or TV or any ot…
By Kara McGrath

Every Single Olympic Uniform From The Opening Ceremony

While competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off on Thursday, February, 8, Friday marked the official start. At the opening ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, delegates from almost all of the 92 countries participating walked in the Parad…
By Kara McGrath

Why Bustle's Fashion Editors Don't Talk About "Flattering" Outfits

The way we talk about clothing is changing. Consumers are leading the trend conversation more than brands. The market is slowly (slowwwwwly) becoming more size inclusive. And many people are starting to reject the idea that there are a certain set of…
By Kara McGrath

I Tried The Curated Ear Trend & It Made Me Fall In Love With All My Old Piercings

It seems like, these days, barely anyone has a single ear piercing anymore. We've moved on from lobes and auricles to forward helixes, conches, rooks, traguses... if there's part of an ear there, we'll pierce it. (Of course, plenty of these piercings…
By Kara McGrath

The Sneaky Detail About Blue Ivy's Dress In The "Family Feud" Music Vid You Probably Missed

Just as the holiday season was about to come to a close, JAY-Z gifted us with one last present to wrap up this whirlwind of a year. On Friday, the music video for "Family Feud" was released on Tidal, and it's a venerable goldmine of well-dressed cele…
By Kara McGrath