Melanie Rud

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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.  


  • B.A. in Journalism & English from NYU, Magna Cum Laude
  • 15 year of experience in beauty journalism
  • Contributes to multiple national print and digital publications
  • Consults with beauty brands on editorial and marketing strategies


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.


Melanie attended New York University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Journalism and English.

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