Melanie Rud Title: Freelance Beauty Writer Education: New York University Location: Chicago, IL Expertise: Beauty, Skin Care, Wellness Melanie Rud is a Chicago-based beauty and lifestyle writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in the industry. HighlightsB.A. in Journalism & English from NYU, Magna Cum Laude15 year of experience in beauty journalismContributes to multiple national print and digital publicationsConsults with beauty brands on editorial and marketing strategies Experience After graduating with degrees in journalism and English from New York University, Melanie 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 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. Education Melanie attended New York University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Journalism and English. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.