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Why Don't Beauty Editors Wear Lots of Makeup?

Why Don't Beauty Editors Wear Lots of Makeup?

Last night, the launch party for Stylist brought out Gwen Stefani, Anna Sui, Anna Wintour and other fashionable ladies. When I looked at the pictures, I noticed that while Gwen and Anna Sui wore bold red lips, the magazine editors went with barely-there makeup. Both Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Allure editor Linda Wells (shown here) wore light, natural colors.

This is actually typical of most fashion and beauty editors I've known. You'd think that being surrounded by literally hundreds of beauty products would make them go bonkers with the stuff, but instead, they generally rock the natural look. (And for the record, lots of people think I don't wear makeup because it looks understated. Little do they know!) I have my theories as to why editors go for a natural-but-glowing look, but I'm curious: What do you think is behind this phenomenon?


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phree2b phree2b 9 years
Nice look. Healthy, glowing, attractive. Less done right is more..
miliy miliy 9 years
they must put make up i like them to wear make up i feel better
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I still think she looks great. When they spend their whole day working with make up they probably get tired of trying everything under the sun so they keep it simple. Like a baker tends to steer away from baked goods because they spend all day baking. (My girlfriend is a pro baker and for her birthday she specifically asked for no cake, its the last thing she wanted on her day off).
mirawilliams mirawilliams 9 years
Honestly, when you're interviewing someone, chasing a story or trying to get to a press conference early enough to get a good seat to ask a question, you're not going to do your entire face or glam up. You don't have time for the maintenance. I do powder, blush, mascara and a neutral lipstick. Easy and polished.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 9 years
I've seen linda do the smoky eyes and more makeup before. This more natural and glossy beauty seems to work for her everyday.
kerish kerish 9 years
They dont want any one to ask "who are you wearing" then it wld seem like favourtism..mmm that dont make any sense ..i am a confirm idiot!!
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
"I think it is because they work in a business that they still need to maintain a degree of professionalism." Agree 100 percent. Celebs make themselves into a brand, and that really works for marketing and PR purposes. Gwen has her red lips, for example. But beauty editors are professionals, and if they want to be seen as such, they need to dress professionally. They consider themselves journalists and editors first, and who can take someone seriously who piles on makeup and follows every trend like a pop star?
keiraz keiraz 9 years
I think it's just their style
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I think they try so many things and see so many makeup wrongs that they quickly learn whats right and whats wrong for them. Im pretty sure though that if you look up their pictures from the past they will have a face full of makeup. Plus who is really going to take advice from a person in clown makeup
nikkeeb nikkeeb 9 years
i agree w/ princesskitty, it's like stylists (sans rachel zoe) wearing basic outfits so the focus is on their work - the outfits of their clients. plus can you imagine how much criticizing or scrutiny they'd be under each time they tried diff trends on themselves?
RedPointyHeels RedPointyHeels 9 years
Because they know it is all foolishness! Kidding, kidding. Thats a really good question, actually. I would be curious to know the beauty routines of these women.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
I think they def believe in less is more, but I think they use lots and lots of products to make their skin 'glow' and look good naturally.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I think there are two reasons: One, they're businesswomen and they want to be professional. And two, I think that they want the focus to be on the models and spokespeople, especially at a party.
tmmkitten tmmkitten 9 years
they do wear a lot, they just know how to make it not look like a lot.
klaudie klaudie 9 years
They don't want the makeup to be the star but they want to be the stars themselves
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Less is more! They might have natural makeup on, but they still look fab! As beauty editors, they get to try a lot of different products & find out what accentuates their own beauty (lucky them!), so it's easier for them to look "natural" even with makeup on! If I was a beauty editor (siiigh I would love to), I would probably rock the natural look as well. :)
MonaMayI MonaMayI 9 years
they know that every make up style comes and goes, but natural looking is always always in.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
My guess would be that they are sooooo busy working long hours with no time to reapply. It's easier not to have to deal with rubbing off your eye makeup on one eye or whatever.
queencessjosie queencessjosie 9 years
I can't say much about the others, but I recall Linda Wells saying something about how looking "natural" takes a lot of makeup. She also doesn't go so much for perfection, but for realistically natural I suppose you could say. I think overall she believes that makeup shouldn't be uncomfortable. And.. come on now, a lot of these women are grown. I think they know what looks good on them. Millions of coats of mascara on false lashes aren't exactly suitable for most older women. And for that matter, neither are smoldering black smokey eyes, and loads of bronzer.
courtney422 courtney422 9 years
Natural most always looks better unless you are going out at night.
greentea14 greentea14 9 years
Natural looks never go out of fashion
GlamourEye GlamourEye 9 years
My guess is that they don't want to "out-do" other celebrities or look like they are trying to look more fabulous than they do.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Too busy. Also they hold high power positions and they need to present a certain look to people they work with and people they come across through work.
N-nee1 N-nee1 9 years
I think you make more of a powerful statement when going for the understated look, no? Plus, since they're editors of high fashion magazines, it might be a huge faux pas to come out at this events looking like Elvira or that cranky assistant from the Drew Carrey show.
emalove emalove 9 years
Maybe they are going for that power-business woman/no-nonsense seems like many successful women in the corporate world go for this image. Maybe they think they will be taken more seriously that way. And who knows?? They eat, sleep, and breathe beauty products, maybe getting dolled up and wearing a lot of makeup each day has become a chore for them.
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