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).