Melissa Epifano

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Melissa is a freelance beauty and lifestyle writer, and a contributing writer for Byrdie.



Upon graduation, and after a short stint in wedding planning, Melissa made the jump from Oregon to New York and started interning for Bauer Xcel Media. She learned the ins and outs of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle in an e-commerce and SEO-driven lens, and helped grow the number of articles available on beauty and skincare for women over 50.

From there, she worked her way from assistant to lifestyle editor writing and editing for several brands including CollegeFashionista and The Spruce. She is now a freelance writer and editor contributing to sites like The Zoe Report and Byrdie.


 Melissa received her B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon.

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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