Compact Report

Splurging On High-End Beauty Helps This Executive Feel She's Got Her Life Together

High-end beauty products help 25-year-old Natasha Mwansa feel confident in the workplace. Just don't ask her about the Laura Mercier powder she left in a Starbucks–unless you want her to cry.
Natasha Mwansa
Compact Report

Inside the Makeup Bag of a Teenager Who Splurges at Sephora When She's Sad

Compact Report is a beauty diary series looking inside people's makeup bags (and budgets). This week, a 19-year-old student talks Glossier hype, her onetime aspiration to be an Insta baddie, and her love of turquoise eyeliner.
Fabliha Anbar

I Went Plastic-Free for My Beauty Routine. Here's What Happened

The cosmetics industry is one of the biggest plastic polluters globally. But what happens when a beauty junkie like me tried to swerve plastic for a whole week?
Sirin Kale

Beauty Industry-Funded Study Suggests Microplastics ‘Are Not Causing Harm to the Environment'

A meta-analysis of 320 research papers on microplastics concludes that "the available data...suggest that these materials are not causing harm to the environment.”
Daniel Oberhaus

The History of Eyeliner

From Ancient Egypt to Twiggy, Prince, and YouTube tutorials, here's how eyeliner got into your makeup bag for good.
Leila Ettachfini

Exploring the Future of Makeup with the Highly-Contoured Teens of Beautycon

Every year, teens flock to Beautycon to discuss the fineness of eyeshadows with the specificity of industrial engineers. What can this cosmetics subculture teach us about modern beauty standards and social media?
Annie Lord

Counterfeit Skin-Whitening Creams Are Ruining People's Faces

A raid in Cambodia revealed 70 tons of fake cosmetics, some with terrifying side effects.
Cristina Maza
Impact Water

You've Probably Eaten Tons of Cosmetic Product Plastic Without Knowing It

Eco-conscious companies are trying to phase out tiny plastic microbeads found in nearly every personal care product you use.
Jonathan Parks-Ramage
Makeup tutorial

Meet the Woman Behind These Hysterical U-Haul, Purell, and Crocs-Inspired Makeup Tutorials

Caroline Solomon, AKA @lowcheekbones, is behind the only makeup tutorials worth looking at in 2017.
Andrew Nunes

The Glitter in Your Makeup Could Come From Child Labor

Your highlighter palette might make your cheekbones pop, but kids as young as six are mining the raw mineral that provides its sparkly effect.
Sirin Kale

The Next Stage In Digital Activism Is Brought to You By Fancy Soap

Access Now and Lush have created a special, limited edition bath accessory to raise awareness of digital rights around the world.
Nicholas Deleon

Avon Workers Are Picketing the Cosmetics Giant For Better Working Conditions

The so-called "Company For Women" isn't really so pro-women—at least when it comes to allegations of unfairly dismissing sub-contracted employees.
Sirin Kale