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Who We Are

InStyle is your source for fashion, beauty, celebrity, and lifestyle content that delights, informs, and entertains. If there's a new denim silhouette, you'll find it here — as well as a delicate explanation for why it might be stressing people out. We get first dibs on new beauty products and only share what's worth a try, with ingredient breakdowns and step-by-step routines to follow. We question everything and let you know which brands can back up their bona fides ("clean" and "sustainable" are words that mean things, and we don't let anyone skate past with greenwashed jargon). 

On InStyle, fashion and beauty's best-kept secrets are shared, and velvet-rope access opens wide with a joyful and celebratory ethos. Inclusivity — real, meaningful representation — is at the heart of everything we do, from our editorial team and freelance contributors to the celebrity faces you see on our site and the brand founders, designers, and owners we choose to cover.

Whether you're here to discover clothing trends, beauty looks, or for our analysis of the cultural moments behind all of that, we want you to see yourself reflected on our pages and leave (if you must) with a smile.  

The InStyle Editorial Team

Sally Holmes Editor in Chief and GM, InStyle

Sally Holmes is Editor in Chief and GM of InStyle. She started her career at New York magazine as an editor for their website before moving over to The Cut ahead of its relaunch in 2012. She later joined Hearst Magazines in 2014 as the senior news editor at ELLE.com before taking on the role of deputy editor in 2016 and then executive editor in 2017. Sally joined Marie Claire in 2018, where she worked first as digital director and later as Editor in Chief. Born and raised in New York City, Holmes graduated with an English major and French minor from Boston College. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, where they love to explore new coffee shops and dream of owning a French bulldog.

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Danielle McNally Executive Editor Danielle McNally is the executive editor of InStyle, where she oversees features and special projects across platforms. Prior to joining the brand, she spent six years at Marie Claire in various leadership roles, including deputy editor, executive editor, and interim editor in chief. Danielle has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and DETAILS, leading on health, fitness, and nutrition coverage, in addition to editing news, political, and social justice features. She has also held positions at SHAPE and Food Network Magazine. Work Danielle has edited has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in personal service four times, with the package ‘Invasion of Privacy’ winning the award in 2021. Danielle has degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Miami. While there she spent her time creating and editing the school's first student magazine, titled, appropriately, Distraction. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son; you can find her virtually @DaniSMcNally. Read more

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Jonathan Borge Deputy Editor Jonathan Borge is the Deputy Editor of InStyle. He primarily writes about culture and style and has a passion for telling LGBTQ+ and Latinx stories. Jonathan's writing has appeared in Glamour, Refinery29, Forbes, and PAPER, among other publications. Plus, he's held staff positions at Marie Claire, OprahDaily.com, Elite Daily, StyleCaster, and Netflix's TUDUM. When he's not working, he's likely waiting for Lady Gaga to announce her next tour. Read more

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Lauren Valenti Beauty Director

Lauren Valenti is Beauty Director of InStyle. She began her career as a freelance contributor at ELLE.com before becoming Beauty Editor of MarieClaire.com. She later joined Vogue, working at the brand for six years, starting as Beauty Writer before evolving into Senior Beauty Editor, overseeing the digital beauty and wellness sections. Valenti graduated with a liberal arts degree from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, with a concentration on Culture and Media Studies and a minor in Journalism.

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Kevin Huynh Fashion Director Kevin Huynh is the Fashion Director of InStyle. He began his career as a freelance styling assistant to Senior Editor-at-Large of Glamour, Laura Ferrera, before becoming Accessories Assistant at Interview Magazine. He later joined WSJ. Magazine, climbing the ranks at the publication over six years, starting as a Fashion Assistant before becoming Fashion Market Editor, overseeing the women's fashion market and celebrity fashion. Read more

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Madeline Hirsch News Director

Madeline has worked in beauty and fashion for the past seven years. She joined InStyle in 2022 as the News Director, overseeing the site’s news coverage, including celebrity and entertainment.

Madeline also oversees beauty news at Byrdie and has previously worked at Brides and Glamour, where she covered everything from celebrity weddings to social media. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Jenna Brillhart Creative Director

Jenna has been with InStyle since 2019. Over the past two years, her work on the brand has shaped its digital identity. As Creative Director, Jenna and her team maintain the site’s brand identity, direct photo shoots, and design visual assets for the site, social and video alongside the Visual Editors. Before she started at Dotdash Meredith, she worked as a design lead for a programmatic creative service team. Jenna graduated with a BA in graphic design from Penn State University.

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Samantha Brash Director of Content Strategy Samantha is a writer and editor with almost a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She began her career writing and managing social media for digital publications including POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, and Delish. She joined Dotdash Meredith in 2019 as an editor at Brides, later becoming a senior editor and assistant general manager for the brand. Currently, Samantha oversees content strategy for Dotdash Meredith's Beauty & Style brands, including InStyle. Read more

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Kelly Chiello Associate Photo Director

Kelly is New-York based creative producer who has worked in fashion media for the last decade. She joined InStyle in 2017, where she was an Associate Photo Editor and has worked her way up to Associate Photo Director. Kelly oversees all photoshoot production for the digital issues, fashion, beauty and celebrity shoots, as well as curating and photo-editing images for the website. Previously, she was the online photo editor for New York Magazine, specializing in all verticals. Kelly graduated with a BFA in photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a minor in art history and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Christopher Luu Senior News Editor Christopher Luu joined InStyle in 2018 and has worked in digital and print media for over a decade. Prior to being the Senior News Editor at InStyle, he held positions at Refinery29 and lifestyle publications in both Southern California and Washington, D.C., focusing on fashion, retail, entertainment, and pop culture. He earned a B.A. degree in English Literature at Chapman University and maintains an encyclopedic knowledge of Fashion Week runway shows and viral internet pet videos. Read more

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Kara Jillian Brown Beauty Editor Kara Jillian Brown is the Beauty Editor of InStyle. She began her career at Well+Good, where she spent five years evolving from Editorial Intern, to News Writer, to Beauty Writer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English rhetoric from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in health and science journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She is also a certified fitness instructor and teaches barre in Brooklyn. Read more

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Tessa Petak Staff Writer

Tessa is a New York City based writer, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn State in 2019, Tessa moved to the Big Apple to pursue her dreams. She loves a good Netflix binge, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. And there’s nothing like the rush of a good sale. Tessa is a Staff Writer on the News Team at InStyle.com, and she’s obsessed with all things pop-culture.

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Amanda Lauro Designer

Amanda has experience interning on creative teams at various fashion brands such as Calvin Klein, Theory and Oscar de la Renta. She was previously a Freelance Art Assistant at Martha Stewart Living, where she designed page layouts and executed photo research for the print magazine. Amanda is now the designer for InStyle, where she curates imagery for the site, designs leads and helps in producing photoshoots. Amanda graduated from Marist College with a BS in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Graphic Design and lives on Brooklyn, NY.

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The InStyle Commerce Team

InStyle has a dedicated team of commerce writers and editors who apply rigorous testing and expert insight to bring you the best product recommendations and reviews. They're the first to know when a product you love is on sale.

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Bronwyn Barnes VP of Commerce

Bronwyn is the VP of Commerce for Health and Beauty at Dotdash Meredith and joined the team in 2021. She is a professional storyteller and digital pioneer with 20 years of experience in print, digital and social media. She was the founding social media editor of InStyle’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and architect of early social media brand partnerships with brands like Target, Lionsgate Films, and Essie. Bronwyn has also worked as an editor and writer, at InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, People, Travel + Leisure, and more.

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Jessica Mahgerefteh Director of Commerce

Jessica is a seasoned writer and editor, with a career in digital media that spans over seven years. The bulk of her experience lies in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle content. You can find her work published across various digital publications including HuffPost, Byrdie, Brides, and more. Prior to joining Dotdash Meredith, Jessica was the senior editor of L’Oreal’s Skincare.com, where she learned everything there is to know about beauty products and ingredients, trends, and finessing a skincare routine. 

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Chelsey Hamilton Editorial Director, Commerce Chelsey is the editorial director for commerce news and deals content, overseeing shopping coverage on InStyle and Shape and leading content direction for a team of writers focused on beauty, style, and wellness. With more than eight years of experience in the digital editorial space, her work spans a variety of topics including health, beauty, entertainment, and lifestyle. Chelsey has been with Dotdash Meredith for 5 years. Read more

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Chloe Anello Senior Commerce Editor

Chloe Anello is a Senior Commerce Editor for Dotdash Meredith’s Beauty & Style Group. She joined the InStyle team in 2022 and works with a wide range of freelancers and on-staff writers to create expert- and research-driven product roundups for all things fashion. Before joining the team, she worked for New York Magazine’s The Strategist, where she led the fashion content and celebrity shopping column. She has interviewed everyone from the Haim sisters to Halle Berry and Nick Jonas to Rick Ross. Her work has appeared in New York Times, The Cut, Vulture, Cosmopolitan, Byrdie, Shape, and more.

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Zarah Kavarana Senior Commerce Editor Zarah Kavarana is currently a senior commerce editor at InStyle and Shape where she edits fashion, beauty, and celebrity coverage, contributes to content promotion, and strategizes for long-term vertical growth. Zarah Kavarana has been with Dotdash Meredith since 2021. She has seven years of experience as a writer and editor, with five years covering commerce content. Previous to joining Dotdash Meredith's beauty commerce vertical, Zarah wrote and edited shopping content for PEOPLE, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure, and Food & Wine, and more. Read more

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Christina Oehler Senior Commerce Editor, Beauty and Wellness Christina is a senior beauty commerce editor at InStyle and Shape. She pitches, writes, and edits everything from beauty and fashion to health and wellness content. She’s been working at Dotdash Meredith since 2020, where she started as a commerce editor at Verywell Health. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has a 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Read more

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Mary Honkus Commerce Editor

Mary joined the InStyle team as a Commerce Editor in 2022 and is responsible for writing, editing and publishing evergreen beauty and fashion content. Prior to joining InStyle, Mary worked as an Associate Editor at L’Oreal’s Makeup.com and Skincare.com. When she’s not trying out the latest makeup and skincare launches, she can be found exploring New York City’s food scene, trying out a trendy workout class or traveling.

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Christina Butan Senior Commerce Editor Christina Butan is a Senior Commerce Editor at InStyle. She covers all things shopping, from celebrity style to editor's picks, as well as edits and assigns stories. She's been working at Dotdash Meredith since 2019, where she started as an Amazon commerce writer and worked on content across the company's digital portfolio. Prior to InStyle, she was a news writer and editorial assistant for People. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from SUNY Purchase in 2017. Read more

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Eva Thomas Senior Commerce Writer

Eva Thomas is a senior commerce writer at InStyle, where she pitches, writes, and strategies all-things fashion, beauty, and celebrity, always with a fresh lense on the topics. She joined Dotdash Meredith in 2019. Prior to working at InStyle, Eva was a fashion news writer at Who What Wear and a celebrity news writer at The Zoe Report. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. 

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Eden Lichterman Associate Commerce Editor and Strategist

Eden Lichterman is an Associate Commerce Editor and Strategist for InStyle, where she covers sales and deals on the latest fashion and beauty trends from Amazon. Some of her most popular finds include discounted dresses, flattering swimsuits, hair-growth products, and comfortable sneakers worn by a wide range of celebrities, like Kate Middleton and Emily Ratajkowski. Eden’s previous work can be found on People, Food & Wine, and more Dotdash Meredith publications. When she’s not searching for the best sales and deals, you can find Eden catching up on all things fashion and pop culture, watching reality TV, or obsessing over her dog, Lola.

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Tamim Alnuweiri Beauty Commerce Writer

Tamim has been writing about topics including beauty, fashion, wellness, and music for nearly a decade. She has tested thousands of products including skincare, makeup, haircare, and body care. She stays up to date and informed by regularly interviewing and consulting leading experts in the beauty industry including dermatologists, makeup artists, and aestheticians. Tamim has been published in InStyle, Travel+Leisure, Byrdie, Health, Shape, Southern Living, Real Simple, and PEOPLE. She tries any and every product she comes across with a particular appreciation for eye makeup and lip liners. 

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Ruby McAuliffe Associate Commerce Editor, Fashion

Ruby McAuliffe is an associate commerce fashion writer at InStyle and Shape, covering shopping trends surrounding style, beauty, and celebrity. She was the former New York Post commerce writer and reporter, and has written for Page Six, Teen Vogue, Decider, Suggest, Her Campus, Dressember, and L.A. Style Magazine. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism and a minor in public relations.

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Chloe Irving Health & Wellness Commerce Writer

Chloe Irving is a New York-based commerce writer with two years of experience covering fitness, wellness, and beauty. After retiring as a student athlete, Chloe became an avid runner, power lifter, yogi, and triathlete, and is especially passionate about educating readers on fitness gear and injury prevention products. She joined Dotdash Meredith in 2021 and became a shopping writer for Shape and Instyle covering the health and wellness space. A long-time fan of beauty Youtube and TikTok, Chloe spends her free time obsessing over the newest skincare trends and hair products. She graduated with honors from Brown University’s Literary Arts program in 2021.

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Sophie Wirt Commerce Writer Sophie is a beauty commerce writer for InStyle, where she covers skincare, haircare, and makeup, lending her expertise to inform her work on these topics. With over six years of experience as a writer and editor in the beauty industry, her work has appeared in print and digital publications including Allure, W, Glamour, SELF, and Forbes, among others. Previously, she has consulted for large beauty brands and traveled to dermatology and plastic surgery conferences across the states, where she interviewed some of the country's preeminent doctors about innovations in medical aesthetics and skincare. She is a 2015 graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Professional Writing. Read more

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Kaelin Dodge Commerce Writer Kaelin Dodge is a commerce writer for InStyle, where she most often covers fashion, beauty, and celebrity shopping content, and has previously written for publications like Byrdie and Fodor's Travels. Kaelin taps into her extensive retail experience to find the season’s best products and deals for readers. She is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

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Bianca Kratky Commerce Writer

Bianca Kratky is a commerce writer at InStyle, covering the best fashion and beauty items to shop for. Her career in writing began in 2019, after leaving her job in advertising. You can find her previous work on Cosmopolitan, Oprah Daily, and Coveteur, but she mostly writes for her blog Florre.co, covering all things travel, mindfulness, and fashion.

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Taylor Jeffries Beauty & Wellness Commerce Writer, News & Deals Taylor Jeffries is a beauty and wellness commerce writer at Shape and InStyle where she covers the latest news and deals. Before joining the team, she worked for SheKnows, Insider’s Lifestyle Reviews team, and L’Officiel USA.  Read more

Our Editorial Policy

InStyle is a trusted and authoritative voice in the celebrity, beauty, and style space. We go straight to the source — celebrities, stylists, dermatologists, and more — for the facts behind a story, ensuring accuracy every step of the way. We never cover unsubstantiated rumors or give unfounded advice. In the event an error slips through our rigorous processes, or a developing story changes after we've published it, we will update the article to reflect the best information available at the time. Timestamps are marked as "updated" whenever a story has been republished, and when the situation calls for it, an Editor's Note will be added to explain the change. We believe in transparency and are working to ensure every author on InStyle has a robust bio page, so our readers can get to know the people behind the stories they love.

Read more on our Content Integrity Promise, including our policies on Fact Checking, Independence, and Impartiality and Accuracy and Corrections here.

Product Reviews and Recommendations

At InStyle, part of our mission is to find best-in-class buys that are worth your time, money, and attention. Our commerce editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across beauty, fashion, and lifestyle.

In addition to relying on our own expertise, we tap industry experts — from celebrity hair stylists to top dermatologists — to help readers make the best purchasing decisions for their lifestyle. Brands may send us products to try for editorial consideration, but we will never accept a product in exchange for positive coverage (or guarantee coverage at all) and we are always transparent when we’ve received a sample. We may receive affiliate commissions on products purchased through our content, but our reviews and recommendations are purely editorial. Learn more about our commerce guidelines, here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

InStyle’s mantra is “Everybody’s in,” and that means we work to make sure anyone who finds their way to our stories can find themselves reflected in them. It means the worlds we build and share look like the world we inhabit in real life and all its gorgeous diversity — that of race and ethnicity; hair type and skin tone; size, shape, ability, age, and gender expression.

This goes for our team behind the scenes, too. We prioritize finding the right writer and photographer, hair and makeup artists, stylists, and more to tell each story authentically and sensitively. Read more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, here.

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InStyle Magazine was founded in 1994 and is part of the Dotdash Meredith publishing family. Dotdash Meredith, an operating business of IAC, is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith’s over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living, and more.

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