Of course, we love a beauty tutorial just as much as the next person, but sometimes, when we're in search of a little motivation or inspiration, we find ourselves turning to perhaps a rather unusual source: TED Talks.
Never watched a TED Talk? Well, you're missing out. These video "lectures" cover all sorts of topics, but the ones we find ourselves continuously replaying are the ones that cover our favourite subject: beauty. From a neuroscientist's theory on the criteria of beauty to an artist exploring the intricacies of skin tone and a powerful case for boosting self-esteem, the best TED Talks are so inspirational they have the power to completely change your outlook on beauty.
Ready for a bout of inspiration? Keep scrolling to watch the five most fascinating TED Talks about beauty that get us every single time.
Cheyenne Cochrane: "A Celebration of Natural Hair"
In this video, natural-hair advocate Cheyenne Cochrane dissects the politics of textured hair and explores the rising number of women who are embracing their natural hair, rather than changing it. It's heartfelt and eye-opening, whatever your hair type.
Angélica Dass: "The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Colour"
If you, like us, are sick of beauty brands ignoring vast spectrums of skin colour, this video is for you. In it, photographer Angélica Dass talks through her project, Humanæ, in which she has photographed hundreds of skin tones and explored how the true nuances of colour mean none of us can be squeezed into a box.
Meaghan Ramsey: "Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad for You"
We've all had those bouts of low self-esteem, but in this video, Meaghan Ramsey (from Dove's Self-Esteem Project) explores the true implications of thinking you're ugly. Spoiler: It affects everything from school grades to our willingness to take risks.
Cameron Russell: "Looks Aren't Everything. Believe Me, I'm a Model"
She may be a hugely successful model, but in this video, Cameron Russell talks candidly about her experiences within the fashion industry. Utterly refreshing.
Anjan Chatterjee: "How Your Brain Decides What Is Beautiful"
Admittedly, this one is a little nerdy, but it's fascinating to hear a cognitive neuroscientist explain what's going on in our brains when we decide we like the look of something.
Opening Image: Angélica Dass's Humanæ