Melanie Rud

Melanie Rud is a Chicago-based beauty writer and editor with over 13 years of experience in the industry. After graduating with degrees in journalism and English from New York University, she spent several years in New York City, working as a beauty editor at several prominent publications, including Shape, Health, and Good Housekeeping. She now contributes to numerous national and regional print and digital outlets. Additionally, Melanie appears on television as a beauty and lifestyle expert, and also consults and provides editorial services for many major beauty companies. Follow her at @melrud_ for lots of beauty content (and gratuitous photos of her dog, George).

Style tips for the workplace.
Manicurist Mila Yagoudaief showed Health reader Lisa Heywood insider tricks to pulling off a salon-perfect pedi at home.
Take some tips from our holiday beauty kit with ten beauty products of all under $10.
These beauty boosters work straight through the night!
Hair pro, Marcy Cona, shows you how to brighten up your hair with this diy kit.
Get expert style secrets from Donna Karan on how to dress slim.
This anti-aging fruit gives your skin a big beauty boost, whether you eat it or apply it!
Think beyond basic bubbles, and use these great finds to create the most soothing bath ever.
One editor’s (very) detailed account of her colonic experience-trust us, she’s left nothing to imagination.
Q-tips and cotton balls will only get you so far—you need the right gadgets to get gorgeous. These essentials make it easy to look flawless. So stock your beauty kit now!
Stash these beauty picks in your car, desk, or handbag to look great on the go.
Give your hair a lift with one (or all!) of these tricks and product picks.
This gourd can make you gorgeous, whether you snack on its seeds or apply these product picks.
Dried-out strands? Freckly skin? Rough feet? Fix all your late-summer challenges with these easy moves.
Everyone looks better in candlelight. But until the world's fluorescent lights are replaced with votives, we need an easy way to fake that gorgeous glow.
Find your do-it-all hair color.
This intoxicating blend of spices is having a moment. Here's how chai tea can give you glowing skin and shiny hair—whether you sip it or smooth it on.
If you skin suffers from the cold winter wind, we have just the kit for you.
Looking for a swimsuit that slims your stomach? Stays put when you swim? Costs less than $15? We found them all.
Spring comes early with these fun, floral beauty finds that cost less than a fresh bouquet!
Need a cold-weather beauty boost? Look healthy and energized with these great finds.
If you can't bear to part with your little black dress during the cooler months, just mix in these key pieces for a closet full of great fall looks.