Jennifer G. Sullivan

Columnist, the Cut

Jennifer G. Sullivan is a Cut contributor and author of the “Ask a Beauty Editor” column. With over ten years of experience in beauty and wellness journalism, she is the host of Fat Mascara, an award-winning podcast that takes a closer look at beauty culture. Previously, she was the beauty director and features editor at Marie Claire.

  1. beauty
    Is This Allergy Season Giving Me Under-Eye Wrinkles?It might be. Here’s how to head off the inflammation and irritation that may be prematurely aging your skin.
  2. beauty
    What are The Best Body Oils for Fall?The body-oil girlies have spoken, and these are the best blends to repair your sun-parched skin and transition you into autumn.
  3. beauty
    Can Drinking Electrolytes Make Your Skin More Hydrated?A new beauty beverage’s marketing implies there’s a connection between electrolytes and hydrated skin, but the link is tenuous at best.
  4. beauty
    Are My Hair Ties Causing Breakage?A reader wonders if her telephone-cord-style elastics could be causing hair damage — and the experts I consulted think she may be onto something.
  5. beauty
    How Can I Get Rid of Bug Bite Scars?Those spots are actually hyperpigmentation, and the trick is sun protection plus spot-fading ingredients.
  6. ask a beauty editor
    Will Getting Botox in My Traps Slim My Neck and Make Me Look Younger?Botox injections in your trapezius (a.k.a. trap tox or Barbie Botox) can elongate your neck but may also make you look older. Here, the pros explain.
  7. ask a beauty editor
    Liquid Exfoliants and Self-Tanner Don’t Go Together, Do They?They don’t. But if you want to exfoliate your face and make it look bronzed, there are other ways to do that.
  8. ask a beauty editor
    My Natural Red Hair Is Getting Duller. What Can I Do?Here’s how to prevent fading and enhance your color without changing the base shade too much.
  9. ask a beauty editor
    Should I Get a Semipermanent Tattoo?If you’ve been considering a made-to-fade tattoo, here’s what the experts have to say.
  10. ask a beauty editor
    Are Perms As Damaging As They Used to Be?It all depends on the type you get. Here’s a primer on the latest treatments, including the “boy perm” that’s still going strong.
  11. ask a beauty editor
    Should I Get a Tooth Gem?If it’s safe enough for 7-year-old Saint West, it’s safe enough for you … right? I asked dentists to weigh in on the risks.
  12. ask a beauty editor
    Should I Stop Waxing and Switch to Laser Hair Removal?In general, yes — but it all depends on where you go to get it done.
  13. ask a beauty editor
    Why Do My Nails Look So Unhealthy?The problem could be fungus, water exposure, a medical condition, or something that happens at basically every nail salon. Find out here.
  14. ask a beauty editor
    Can I Tighten My Saggy Neck Without Surgery?Neck creams and cosmetic procedures can definitely improve lax skin. Here are all the options — and some advice for deciding what’s right for you.
  15. ask a beauty editor
    Are Vaginal Supplements or Products Ever Necessary?Experts explain the right way to wash your vulva, which products are safe to use — and why other people’s choices shouldn’t be your concern.
  16. peak dupe
    Beware Counterfeit Skin CareHow to tell the difference between a good deal and a fake product.
  17. ask a beauty editor
    How Do I Style My Hair While It’s Regrowing After COVID-19 Hair Loss?With products and patience. Here are a few products and styles that will help you manage your regrowth.
  18. ask a beauty editor
    Is Tap Water Bad for My Skin or Hair?Depends on where you live. Experts say hard water and certain chemical additives can cause dryness, alter your hair color, and even lead to acne.
  19. ask a beauty editor
    Should I Be Icing My Face?Freezing water and ice can cause more harm than good, but cold therapy has all sorts of skin benefits. Let’s talk about the difference.
  20. ask a beauty editor
    Are There Still Beauty Brands Testing on Animals?If you’ve read that most European and American companies don’t, that’s not true. Here’s how to find products that align with your standards.
  21. ask a beauty editor
    I Use Retinol on my Face. Should I Be Using it on My Body Too?Retinol isn’t a cure-all, but it helps with a few specific body concerns you may want to correct before summer.
  22. ask a beauty editor
    What’s a Low-Maintenance Way to Enhance My Brows?If you don’t want to fill in your brows every day, get them tinted by a pro. Or, better yet, do it yourself.
  23. ask a beauty editor
    Is At-Home Dermaplaning the Same As Shaving?Both processes remove hair, but there are some differences to be aware of before you take a traditional razor to your face.
  24. ask a beauty editor
    What’s the Best Site for Looking up Beauty Ingredients?I asked doctors, chemists, and aestheticians where they research ingredients. These are their go-to resources.
  25. ask a beauty editor
    What Products Treat Rosacea?The ones you use after you figure out your food triggers. Here’s how to do that — and which products help.
  26. ask a beauty editor
    I’m a Woman and My Hair Is Thinning. Is Rogaine for Me?Rogaine is an answer, but it’s not the only answer. Here are some other hair-loss treatments that may be easier to use consistently.
  27. ask a beauty editor
    Are Beauty Filters Actually That Bad for My Mental Health?TikTok users say Bold Glamour should be illegal, but they’re missing the point: We can control how technology makes us feel.
  28. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Does Clean Makeup Last As Long As Traditional Makeup Without Getting Moldy?’All water-based makeup has stabilizing ingredients, even if they’re not called preservatives.
  29. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Are There Any Healthier Alternatives to Gel Manicures?’Two not-quite-gel lacquer systems you might like. Plus: the reason your current gel manicure could be causing damage
  30. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Is Makeup With Skin-Care Benefits Actually Legit?’Souped-up foundations and primers might improve your complexion — but not as much as actual skin care does.
  31. ask a beauty editor
    Will Lash Extensions Ruin My Lashes?A semi-permanent set won’t destroy your eyelashes — but a bad lash artist might.
  32. ask a beauty editor
    Will I Ruin My Salon Bond-Repair Treatment if I Don’t Use the At-home Products?You can’t inactivate one hair product by using another. But knowing how bond-builders work will prevent you from spending unnecessary money.
  33. ask a beauty editor
    ‘I Love That Lipgloss Is Back, But Are There Any That Actually Last? ’These are the longest-lasting glosses, according to experts. Follow their application tips if you want better wear.
  34. ask a beauty editor
    Should I Worry About UV Damage While Getting a Gel Manicure?A recent study found that exposure to a UV nail-polish dryer led to cell deaths. We spoke to experts about how to protect yourself.
  35. ask a beauty editor
    Is There Any Way to Whiten Sensitive Teeth Without Pain?There are ways to minimize teeth-whitening sensitivity, but experts can’t promise they’ll work for you.
  36. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Is It Okay for Me to Use Black Hair Products If I’m Not Black?’Yes, but there are some guidelines on how to do it respectfully.
  37. ask a beauty editor
    ‘I Can’t Afford to See My Colorist As Frequently in 2023. What Do I Do?’Be honest and upfront. Your colorist doesn’t want to lose you, either.
  38. ask a beauty editor
    Is My $8 Vitamin-C Serum Doing Anything?Probably, but here are some ways to be sure — and what else to know before buying an antioxidant serum.
  39. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Do I Really Need Sunscreen in Winter?’On your face, yes. And there are many reasons you don’t want to skip it.
  40. ask a beauty editor
    ‘What’s the Best Regimen for Post-Pregnancy Dark Spots?’Consistency is key. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you even out your skin tone.
  41. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Why Does My Mascara Always Smudge?’Here’s how to set your formula up for success — and know when it’s time to move on and try another.
  42. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Is Dermarolling at Home a Good Idea?’The issues with DIY microneedling aren’t as obvious as you might think.
  43. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Do Light-Therapy Masks Work?’At-home LED devices can help with cystic acne and signs of aging — if you pick the right one and actually use it.
  44. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Do I Need Botox?’Just because everybody’s getting injections, doesn’t mean they’re right for you.
  45. ask a beauty editor
    ‘Should I Stop Using Dry Shampoo?’You don’t have to choose between your health and your hair. Let’s discuss.
  46. ask a beauty editor
    Ask a Beauty Editor: ‘How Do I Look Less Tired?’Cut columnist Jennifer Sullivan answers the burning question she hears the most.
  47. hobbies
    I Became a Birder to Shut My Brain UpWho has time to spiral when you’re staring at a common yellowthroat?
  48. all in the family
    Genetics and Geography Don’t Make a FamilyI reclaimed the country that didn’t want me for the boy that does.