Melanie Rud

Melanie is a freelance beauty writer, editor, and expert living in Chicago. She has over a decade of experience in the industry, and a wide array of knowledge on all beauty-related topics. Prior to moving to Chicago, Melanie held staff positions at Shape, Good Housekeeping, and Health. She has written for numerous national and regional publications, as well as websites. Additionally, Melanie appears on television as a beauty expert and provides editorially and consulting services for major beauty companies across the world.

Along with beauty, she's also passionate about fitness and wellness, other topics she often writes about for other publications. When she's not writing, Melanie can be found organizing her stuffed-to-the-brim beauty closet (color coding lipsticks is key), snuggling with her amazing and perfect and insanely cute dog, George, or watching any and every kind of terrible reality TV show.



Before moving to Chicago, Melanie held staff positions at Shape, Good Housekeeping, and Health. You can also find her freelance work in Allure, Pure Wow, Refinery29, Well+Good, Men's Fitness, Domino, Martha Stewart Weddings, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and Women's Health. 


She holds a BA in Journalism and English from New York University.

Other work:

Byrdie Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission


About Byrdie and Dotdash

Byrdie is part of the Dotdash publishing family. For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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