Stephanie Montes

Stephanie is a part-time Fashion and Beauty Writer at Elite Daily, based in the valley of Los Angeles. When she’s not exploring the latest beauty invention, you can find her hitting up her local taco stand. Just look for the girl wearing heels and a cat eye.

4 Back-To-School Hair Trends That Look Like They Took Forever, But Don't

By Stephanie Montes
The last time I wore a hair accessory as the focal point of my outfit, it was the '90s and I was in middle school. I'm not a uniform-wearing tween anymore, but the '90s are back and hair accessories are having a moment all over again. Don't believe…

I Was So Inspired By Beyoncé's 'Vogue' Cover, I DIYed My Own Statement Headpiece

By Stephanie Montes
You'd have to be living under a rock to not have heard or seen the gorgeousity that is Beyoncé's Vogue spread, in which she rocks a variety of headpieces, minimal makeup, and a dress from pre-spring 2019 (aka the future). After witnessing the…

4 Back-To-School Makeup Trends That Won't Make You Late To Class (Or Your Job)

By Stephanie Montes
I can't remember a single day when I was early in high school. Some days, I ran into homeroom just as the bell was ringing, but for the most part, getting there late landed me my regular spot in Saturday-morning detention. It's not that I wanted to…

This Sunscreen Won't Mess Up Your Makeup Or Show Up In Photos & These Pics Prove It

By Stephanie Montes
I have to say, I'm the most guilty when it comes to not wearing sunscreen. I know, I know, I should really start practicing what every skin doc (and beauty editor) in the world preaches. As shameful as it sounds, the look and feel of my makeup is…

Benefit Just Dropped An Eyebrow Clicker Pen & '90s Kids Are Going To Love It

By Stephanie Montes
My friends over at Benefit are going to kill me for saying this: my brows don't get a whole lot of attention when I do my makeup. But after writing this Benefit Brow Contour Pro review, my brows finally got the attention they deserve. And no, I…

19 Watermelon Beauty Products For Glowy AF Skin

By Stephanie Montes
I've never been in a watermelon-eating contest, but I feel like if I've ever signed up, I'd without a doubt slay the competition. I love watermelon — It's sweet, juicy, looks good in Instagram pics and it's actually so good for you. Watermelon is…

I Wear Statement Earrings To Disguise Bad Hair Days & It's Actually Genius

By Stephanie Montes
I've had my ears pierced since I was a baby — I think I even got them done at the hospital I was born in. But despite having permanent holes in my ears, I rarely wear earrings. I love nothing more than a curated ear stack, but I just never really…

I DIY My Own Bikini Waxes & Here's How You Can, Too

By Stephanie Montes
My biggest concern about lounging in a bikini is my actual bikini line. I'm a brunette and I have thick hair all over my body. Even when I obliterate every hair in sight, I usually still have bumps, ingrown hairs, and discoloration to worry about.…

Essie's "Mercury In Retrograde" Nail Polish Sold Out (Of Course), But The Restock Is So Soon

By Stephanie Montes
Don't believe in retrograde? Get this: Mercury went into its thrice-annual retrograde beginning on July 26. By July 28, all the racks and shelves in my closet came crashing down, my diet completely fell off, and I managed to fight with my mom, dad,…

This Smart Mirror Can Show Makeup Tutorials, Play Music, & Evaluate Your Pores (!)

By Stephanie Montes
I love a good makeup tutorial as much as the next girl, but I'm yet to perfect the art of simultaneously watching and executing a look from start to finish. I usually set up my laptop next to my mirror, but it takes up way too much room on my…

Gird Your Loins, Meghan Markle's Favorite Skincare Product Just Got A Makeover

By Stephanie Montes
I never imagined the Duchess of Sussex and I could ever have much in common, but we certainly have similar taste when it comes to beauty products. One of Meghan Markle's favorite skincare items is one that I keep in my shower and use daily. It's…

This 6-Color Eyeshadow Palette Is The Most Versatile One I Own & My Pics Don't Lie

By Stephanie Montes
Like most beauty junkies, I take the more-is-more approach to shopping for makeup. I buy full palettes because they have a single shade I can't live without. I fill my vanity drawers to the brim with eye shadows so I'm be prepared to create all…

Meghan Markle Just Wore One Of Summer's Biggest Trends & It's Under $100

By Stephanie Montes
I was 11 years old when I drank hater-ade for the first time. Mia Thermopolis went from a regular teenager to princess of Genovia in The Princess Diaries. That moment at the end when she's in her private jet, wearing that light blue two-piece, and…

10 New Products At Sephora That'll Make You Squeal, Including A Rose Quartz "Energy" Comb

By Stephanie Montes
Like every other beauty junkie out there, I find joy in aimlessly perusing the aisles of my local Sephora, no matter how full my stash already is. Most of the time, I don't even need anything in particular (sound familiar?) — I just think it's…

The Best Bathing Suit & Sunglass Pairings For Every One Of Your Summer Personalities

By Stephanie Montes
When I go on vacation, I take on a whole new style personality depending on the place I'm visiting. When I went to Italy, every outfit I wore was a take on Sophia Loren circa 1950 — polka dots, headscarfs, ruffles, and all. When I went to Tokyo, I…

This New $15 Foundation Comes In 45 Shades & Hides All Your Secrets

By Stephanie Montes
It's difficult to describe my makeup style because it's constantly changing. I love a good no-makeup makeup look, but I can also rock a red lip on any given workday. But no matter what, the one thing I ask from my makeup is that it delivers exactly…

Fashion Nova Is Launching A Beauty Line & It'll Complete Your Thirst Traps To Perfection

By Stephanie Montes
Fashion Nova has done an incredible job at marketing their club-appropriate, affordable fashion line. I mean, I'm not exactly their target market, but with so many shoutouts on my Instagram feed, even I've considered perusing the site for some new…

Essie's New "Mercury In Retrograde" Nail Polish Will Get You Through The Next 3 Weeks

By Stephanie Montes
In case you've been living under a rock (or radiation-proof bunker), you know Mercury's retrograde is one big celestial-imposed assault on your personal life. Three times per year, Mercury, the ruler of communication, travel, technology and…

ColourPop Is Dropping A Zodiac Makeup Collection & It's Affordable AF

By Stephanie Montes
If you're the type of person that refuses to make big decisions without checking your horoscope first, there's a new makeup collection written in the stars for you. ColourPop is about to release a seven-piece zodiac-inspired line that's sure to…

I Copied Millie Bobby Brown's Upside Down Eyeshadow & I Guess Stranger Things Have Happened

By Stephanie Montes
I follow a bunch of celebrities on Instagram — it's my job. I need to stay up to date on their latest fashion and beauty looks to share with all of you. But for the most part, celebrities go for fresh, dewy, gorgeous makeup looks, which sounds…