Update 8 September 2015: black|Up is live on the Sephora website. Instead of releasing an official statement addressing the allegations that I have brought forth in this article, Sephora is content with deleting Facebook comments as it is “business as usual.”
Ivorian Bernard Fabrice Mahabo, the mastermind behind black|Up Cosmetics (also known as Godo Black-Up Paris, named after his late father Godo Zoleba Guillame) from 1999-2009.
If you are one of the many customers enthused about black|Up arriving stateside on Sephora.com September 8, and at select Sephora locations September 15, we need to talk. I originally planned to commemorate the event by compiling a link love list of reviews and articles written by my fellow bloggers. Finally, there was a niche brand in the Scouted by Sephora initiative geared exclusively for black skin by black skin.
In 2011, I, like many in the blogosphere, thought it was a black-owned (and operated) company with stellar, orgasmic ads but horrible, condescending counter staff as reported by Yinka of Vex in the City on August 29, 2010. Then when black|Up tapped Rihanna’s makeup artist Mylah Morales as a brand ambassador in 2011 (see their Facebook exclusive album), the collaboration further piqued our interest. Despite the contentious name, black|Up had potential to be one of the top luxury makeup brands for black women worldwide.
One peek at my dash, and I knew I had to hurry up and publish this post! Although we’re well into the Fall season, it’s never too late to shop for a pair of showstopping sunnies. And if Empire still has your attention for the fashion, then you’re in luck!
In “Without A Country,” we saw Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) model three pairs of lust-worthy shades from Thierry Lasry, Versace and Dita Eyewear. Let’s recap:
Two episodes deep into Empire‘s sophomore season and still no updates on Anika Calhoun’s (played wonderfully by Grace Gealey) wardrobe this season from Fox or costume designer Paolo Nieddu. Well, allow me to answer the call! In “Without A Country,” Anika grabbed her morning latte in a $60.61 WAREHOUSE D-ring Grey Wrap Jumpsuit.
Taking a page out of Camilla‘s stylebook, Anika accessorized her gray wrap jumpsuit with an Azzedine Alaia Eyelet-Embellished Leather Tote Bag (similar).
Last season, I yearned to know what products the Empire makeup department used on their leading ladies. I was absolutely famished for beauty tidbits so I hit up IMDB to see who was working in Empire‘s makeup department. I briefly exchanged tweets with the show’s chief makeup artist Beverly Jo Pryor (who was so warm and generous) for a time, asking what shades Taraji wore in certain scenes and with particular outfits. Unfortunately, there was not much she could divulge but I understood.
Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) wears MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter in Empire Season 1, Episode 4 “False Imposition”. Also seen here: Elizabeth & James Damon Sheath Dress (similar).
As for Anika, Grace Gealey replied to me and another fan on the ‘Gram to say her makeup artist Jessica Williams used MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter on her in the episode “False Imposition.”