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Total Glow-balization: Black-Owned Highlighters For Black Women

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This compilation of black-owned gold & bronze highlighters has been in draft for a spell. At first, I wanted to showcase popular highlighters that looked beyond on black skin. If you follow any black woman friendly Instagram accounts, then you know luminizers are, well, lit (pun intended).

But then the MakeupShayla vs. Jeffree Star beef erupted. I know it’s been days since the media personalities battled it out on Twitter. Yet I still have a bad taste in my mouth about the debacle.

Even more troubling? After reading the threats Jeffree posed to Shayla, Black women are still supporting Jeffree. I saw black chicks gushing over his new Skin Frost line and I thought, “Nah.”

Instead, I decided to do a quick list identifying highlighters from black-owned businesses. Every one featured is on my shopping list. I only found seven thus far. But our fellow entrepreneurs are launching new beauty businesses everyday. It’s only a matter of time before I can provide a more impressive list of glow-getters.

Staying faithful to my focus of black celebrity beauty, I have also included celebrities. These beauties are modeling glistening cheekbones on Instagram, at various events and at photoshoots. By the end of 2016, I hope to have more products for your consideration. But for now, see how your celebrity skin twin glows up while supporting black:

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Her Exact Look: Marjorie Harvey’s Steve Harvey Show Makeup

Marjorie and Lori Harvey hit up "The Steve Harvey Show" in a Gucci Resort 2016 Chantilly-Lace Embroidered Dress and Givenchy Leopard Print Fitted Dress, respectively, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Did you catch Marjorie and Lori Harvey on The Steve Harvey Show today? I just happened to catch the latest episode while getting my gel nails filled. The mom-daughter duo embarked on a 21-day fitness transformation with another mother-daughter team: Ellen and Lana Ector of Gymnastics Fitness.

Marjorie opted for a Gucci Resort 2016 Chantilly-Lace Embroidered Dress to showcase her enviable bod as well as an equally splendid beatdown by makeup artist Courtney Gower. The details as follows:

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Shopping #Empire: Fashion Credits for S2, E12

Cookie's Outfit for Empire S2, E12

The fashion credits for episode 11 (“Death Will Have His Day”) is still in draft but I was able to get a jump on this week’s episode. First, thanks to Mary Collins of Vauje Jewelry enthusiastically sharing that Cookie Lyon wore one of her necklaces (from her “Empire Inspired” collection) all over her Instagram (follow her at @vauje), I secured my first sighting of the night. And now, after a little searching, here’s the rest of my findings (with cheaper and black-owned alternatives where appropriate):

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Your NYD’s Shopping List: Beauty Resolutions #SHOPBOB365

To the Glow Up in 2016

Happy 2016! Some of my favorite celebrity makeup artists have found a way to capitalize on their talents by creating products that provide solutions to some of our most pressing beauty queries. And what better way to update our vanities / makeup bags / beauty closets by patronizing black businesses this year?

Here are six beauty resolutions you might have along with six products you might want to check out soon:

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Shopping #Empire: Cookie Lyon’s Prison Visit Makeup by Ashunta Sheriff


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"

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.”

Did you know? You can wear MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo or Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine in Catwalk to get Anika’s signature red lips.

However, The Cut had all the behind-the-scenes tea. Both Pryor and Empire‘s lead hairstylist Melissa Forney detailed their routines, regimens and processes for the cast.

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