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Welcome to Beauty Wire, where we round up the day's biggest beauty news.
Before and after via the Atlantic
Disney has sparked controversy (shocker) after tarting-up the movie Brave's Princess Merida character before her official coronation. The director of the film has spoken against the "sexist" makeover, which included shapelier hips, a lower neckline, makeup and a fuller hairdo saying, "Merida was created to break that mold—to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance." [Atlantic]
· Loved the looks at this year's Met Gala? M.A.C. has released a limited-edition Punk Couture collection on their site with burgundy and deep purple based eyeliners, lipsticks and nail polishes. Studs not included. [Elle]
· The beauty world is remembering the "Secretary of Grooming" Kenneth Battelle—known as the first celebrity hairstylist—who died this weekend at age 86. Battelle, whose clients ranged from Jackie O to Joan Rivers, was a pioneer of 60s styles and the man behind Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday Mr. President" platinum 'do. [Allure]
· If you can't seem to get the man in your life out of the bathroom, you might not be alone. According to Euromoniter International, American consumers spent over $5 billion on men's grooming products and more than half of that on skin care and cosmetics. [DailyBeast]
· Because sometimes Emojiis aren't enough, there is now a scent-emitting app called Scentee. A representative from the company mentioned the code for the app has been publicly released, so will this mean more smells from our iPhones soon? [WiredUK]
· Following news of the company's first fragrance in almost a decade Esteé Lauder heiress Aerin Lauder has announced plans to open her first storefront this Memorial Day in Southampton. The store will feature her eponymous Aerin beauty line and for now is set to be open through December. [WWD]
· 13-year-old YouTube makeup star Talia Castellano has announced she's launching a clothing line with designer Urbana Chappa called "That Bald Chick." The mini-beauty expert, who has struggled with cancer for half of her life, has had overwhelming success on the video platform with over 40 million views on her beauty how-tos and plans to debut the line within the next few months. [People]