Top Beauty Journalists

The reporters we are honoring have their fingers on the pulse of the beauty industry and are responsible for creating some of the years leading trends. What they write in the pages of Elle, Teen Vogue, and Refinery29 move more than just units, they move stock prices and change the way we all present ourselves to the world. TOP is proud to include these outstanding writers in the TOP Beauty Journalists Awards.

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TOP Beauty Journalists

Selecting the TOP Beauty Journalists

The reporters we are honoring have their fingers on the pulse of the beauty industry and are responsible for creating some of the years leading trends. What they write in the pages of Elle, Teen Vogue, and Refinery29 move more than just units, they move stock prices and change the way we all present ourselves to the world. TOP is proud to include these outstanding writers in the TOP Beauty Journalists Awards.

To select the journalists featured in our TOP Beauty Journalists Awards, we first had to understand what beauty meant to us. To us, beauty represents more than merely choosing the cosmetics we use, it’s the way we want the world to see us, but more importantly, it’s the way we want to feel about ourselves. We next looked at influence; the ways each reporter wields it, and the reach each journalist has. As our final metric, we took into consideration the journalists who had the most ground-breaking stories of the year. Each of these reporters excelled in more than one of these criteria, having a lasting impact on the entire beauty industry and the way it impacts the lives of real people everywhere.

TOP Beauty Journalists










10. Maya Allen
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Marie Claire
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The current Marie Claire digital beauty editor has done her thing for influential outlets such as Byrdie, Cosmo, and InStyle. She doesn’t just cover makeup and makeup news; she lives it. Her self-described happy place is her own vanity, where she tries every product she reviews on herself. Surely doesn’t sound like much of a burden. Her writing is influential and creative and has helped keep Marie Claire in the running of top beauty publications.

Signature Story

The current Marie Claire digital beauty editor has done her thing for influential outlets such as Byrdie, Cosmo, and InStyle. She doesn’t just cover makeup and makeup news; she lives it. Her self-described happy place is her own vanity, where she tries every product she reviews on herself. Surely doesn’t sound like much of a burden. Her writing is influential and creative and has helped keep Marie Claire in the running of top beauty publications.

Why You’ll Want to Read

The current Marie Claire digital beauty editor has done her thing for influential outlets such as Byrdie, Cosmo, and InStyle. She doesn’t just cover makeup and makeup news; she lives it. Her self-described happy place is her own vanity, where she tries every product she reviews on herself. Surely doesn’t sound like much of a burden. Her writing is influential and creative and has helped keep Marie Claire in the running of top beauty publications.

9. Kelly Regensdorf
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Vogue
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It’s hard to find a more influential spot to be as a young beauty writer than as a senior writer at Vogue. But Laura Regensdorf has made her mark at many influential publications including Elle, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart Living, and New York Magazine. Her coverage style celebrates the off-beat, the retro, the up and coming, and the maybe a little more than you’re asking for. All of which combine into a fun and diverse portfolio.

Signature Story

A recent piece well-exemplifies Regendorf’s signature style; she told the story of Karole Armitage, the original “punk ballerina” and her new work, which heavily features well stylized (and choreographed) hair. It’s an excellent example of how Regensdorf goes beyond the “tips and products” of beauty journalism and brings in the cultural and artistic impact beauty topics can have.

Why You’ll Want to Read

Her taste is eclectic but always culturally relevant, which is evident in her coverage. She is not afraid to pepper stories about 70s glam icons and sustainability in Mexican textiles into the conversations next to the best hydrating face washes. She’s worldly and brings that wide open, panoramic view to her coverage.

8. Brennan Kilbane
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Allure
Beauty and Lifestyle
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@BrennanKilbane

Despite being a relative newcomer, Brennan Kilbane’s resume is a fine pedigree of top-notch beauty institutions. Currently a senior writer at Allure, Kilbane started in the industry working at great brands like Glossier, Tory Burch, and Teen Vogue. He has a passion for combining cultural significance with beauty, but his writing often encompasses so much more, including product reviews, tips, celebrity news, and industry news.

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Kilbane’s signature contribution is as a writer on Allure’s America the Beautiful series where stories are told of the diversity and influence of America through the lens of fashion, celebrity, humor, and beauty. In one particular installment, Kilbane interviews Korean-American actress Greta Lee, where they discuss the differences between eastern and western forms of beauty, and why one should never, ever get the “the Rachel” haircut.

Why You’ll Want to Read

In a short time, Kilbane has found a voice to his coverage that incorporates humor and exciting angles. In an industry historically covered by women, his work, which has included beauty tips for men, bridges the gender-cultural gap that exists in a lot of beauty journalism and highlights just how uniting beauty journalism can be.

7. Angelique Serrano
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InStyle
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@angeinthecity

Angelique Serrano has spent the better part of a decade as senior editor for InStyle’s beauty features coverage and serving as a Beauty Director. Before that, she was a beauty editor at Allure Magazine, and before that was the Beauty and Fashion editor at Latina Magazine. For years, she has been on the front lines of the beauty industry, covering several seasons in Milan and Paris, and coordinating beauty coverage for two of the biggest beauty publications in the world.

Signature Story

Her signature style is felt throughout her body of work. It comes through coordinating, writing, editing, photographing, and ultimately presenting beauty product coverage in a market that is crowded and fierce. The decision-making process she and her team undertake can be incredibly impactful on the world of beauty, and she’s a pro at making the right decisions for the right reasons.

Why You’ll Want to Read

Influence is something that Angelique has in droves. At the helm of a massive beauty product department that churns out hundreds of pieces a year, often on products before they are even launched, her decisions, tone, and 21 million readers can make or break a product long before it touches shelves.

6. Kristina Rodulfo
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Elle Online
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Kristina Rodulfo is the Beauty Director at Women’s Health. She sharpened her eyebrow pencils for four years at Elle where she served as a senior beauty editor and produced a Webby-award nominated documentary on the impact drag queens have had on the beauty industry. She writes on all sorts of beauty and fashion related topics but with a focus on the intersection of beauty, culture, and wellness.

Signature Story

Rodulfo served as the host of Elle’s wildly successful YouTube series “Beauty Haul” where celebrities, fashion, and beauty icons are given $150 and 30 minutes in a Sephora and told to create their perfect beauty regime. It has been viewed millions of times and attracted celebrities such as Kelsey Merritt and Barbara Palvin.

Why You’ll Want to Read

Rodulfo brings her unique brand of sophisticated beauty expertise to her all her work. As a voice of expertise in product testing, identifying trends and exploring the intersections of beauty, wellness, and culture, she often sets the pace for the beauty industry as a whole. She often focuses her attention on the impact beauty has on wellness and lifestyle, particularly in the LGBTQ community.

5. Cat Quinn
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Refinery29
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Cat Quinn has had one of the most respected careers in beauty; before taking the helm as the Beauty Director at Refinery29, Cat Quinn was a Beauty Editor at Allure magazine. She covers beauty, skincare, haircare and where those topics cross with celebrity culture and the world writ large. Much of her editorial output comes from experience, though she makes it a point to look at beauty and its larger impact through lenses other than her own.

Signature Story

Cat is the editor behind “Power Faces” an influential series of stories on Refinery29 that focus on the many ways beauty products help empower people, especially women, who may have otherwise been denied that empowerment. These stories give voice to communities that are under-heard and serve as inspirational and aspirational content for many of Refinery29’s readers.

Why You’ll Want to Read

The key to the success of “Power Faces” lies in the diversity of stories told. Featuring stories from all walks of life, Power Faces is very much an explanation of the world told through the lens of beauty. The series tackles cultural identity, sexual identity, disability, and simple differences among people. It’s the kind of positive distillation of the power that beauty journalism can have.

4. Carly Cardellino
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Cosmopolitan
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Carly Cardellino is the Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan Magazine, where she contributes to the digital and print versions of the magazine. Her primary focus is beauty tips and products at which she has become a go-to source, not just for the most hyped products at the moment, but the truly effective ones. Like most good critics, Carly dives headfirst into the products she’s writing about, trying the products herself and often sharing the results — good or bad.

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While it would be possible to pinpoint one single story to highlights Carly’s capabilities, it wouldn’t give the whole picture. Hers is a consistent series of real-life, down-to-earth beauty tips and analyses that resonate with the average reader. The topics of her stories range from the proper amount of skin hydration, the truth about cellulite straight from some of the top dermatologists, and hacks for dressing more easily while pregnant.

Why You’ll Want to Read

Carly tackles subjects that are ubiquitous but just not talked about enough while bringing a level of relatable glamor to them. Her “in the trenches” mentality to beauty journalism makes her a perfect spokesperson for the audience, attaching her own deep pool of credibility to her reviews offering everyday people a place to see themselves represented in Cosmo.

3. Katie Dupere
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Bustle
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Katie is the associate editor for fashion and beauty at Bustle, overseeing the outlets fashion and beauty news team. Her beat covers any and all fashion and beauty news, including product launches, reviews, celebrity news related to fashion and news that impact the beauty world. For her own work, Katie looks to better describe the intersection of beauty, identity, and presentation.

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In this piece, Katie explains the history of a school-yard taunt — something we’re all familiar with — and how it impacted her childhood as a queer woman. The taunt, thrown around by pre-teens for years, is that the retail store GAP stands for “Gay and Proud.” For Katie, who knew at an early age that she was a lesbian, the sudden introduction of something she enjoyed becoming something used to hurt her was jarring. She interviews others who have had similar experiences, lending a voice to those who so often aren’t afforded one.

Why You’ll Want to Read

She brings her background in gender studies to her work allowing for an interesting study of beauty and fashion through a critical lens. Though her coverage doesn’t lack any of the fun tips or red carpet analysis we’ve come to enjoy from Bustle, there is a through-line of understanding the larger picture and where beauty journalism can fall within it.

2. Kelsey Castanon
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POPSUGAR
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Kelsey Castanon is the senior beauty editor at POPSUGAR. Over the course of her career, she has written for MSN, Business Insider, USA Today, The London Standard, Yahoo, and Shape Magazine. Her editorial focus is on fashion and beauty styles, and the intersection of trend and celebrity culture. Additionally, she often delves into the more culturally significant areas of beauty, covering stories about personal triumphs through the lens of beauty and lifestyle.

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Kelsey recently covered the story of Lexi Brake, a 15-year-old girl with a congenital brain malformation known as Dandy-Walker Syndrome impacting her voluntary muscular system. Lexi became the unlikely face of skincare brand Kinship, a moment that completely changed her life and scored another point for diversity and self-esteem.

Why You’ll Want to Read

Kelsey brings a level of sophistication to the topic of beauty, health, and lifestyle that allows it to transcend simply beauty tips and enter into the arena where beauty, internal and external, can help raise our self-esteem. Oh, and her tips are spot on.

1. Suzannah Weiss
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Teen Vogue
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Susannah Weiss has contributed to some of the most important and storied publications in the world, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, and Glamour. Her focus is on lifestyle and beauty, where she has excelled in writing for publications that are on the pulse of young women, like Teen Vogue. Susannah often writes about the intersection of sex, feminism, mental health, and beauty, expanding her impact beyond conventional beauty. Her work is often personal and weighty with a healthy dose of empathy.

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Her story published in Mel Magazine dives into the difficulties for someone suffering from an eating disorder and the holidays, a time of excessive food consumption. In the article, she juxtaposes the issues she has with food, with the uncontrolled gluttony that is Thanksgiving. This piece has been part of a larger pool of work dealing with everyday issues women have surrounding their health and self-esteem.

Why You’ll Want to Read

Her writing is empathetic, relatable, and sometimes humorous. Ultimately, she brings a clear and mature voice to her writing, making it easy to connect with, but also showing her full grasp of the subject matter. Her choice of topics are varied and interesting, ranging from beauty to psychedelics to painful issues such as chronic disease.