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Empire Season 3 Episode 2 Fashion Credits

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Nina Ricci Black Feather-Embellished T-Shirt | Not shown:  Michael Kors Betty Runway Jeweled PVC Platform Slides | Not shown: Custom Mink Sleep Mask

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Vintage Hermes Terrycloth Robe

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Prada Silk Turban Wrap | Agent Provocateur Orchid Stretch-Silk Robe | Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Silky Satin Lipcolour

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Derek Lam Bell Sleeve Blouse | Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Faux Pearl Earrings in Cream

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Dita Talon Sunglasses | Jennifer Fisher Samira Hoops | Fendi Metallic Gold and Tan Leather Pony Hair & Swarovski Crystal Box Bag

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Nailed By Cristy Gold Foil Glitter Swarovski Press-On Nails 


Fallon Jewelry Jagged Edge Colorless Choker | The Row Nanja Off-the-Shoulder White Jersey Top | Sonia Rykiel Sea Blue Feather Corsage | Christopher Kane Fringed Crochet-Paneled Stretch Crepe SkirtJudith Leiber CoutureManhattan East-West Crystal Clutch Bag in Jet/Rhinestone | Not shown: Ferragamo By Edgardo Osorio Amber Rainbow Suede & Mesh Lace-Up Booties

Fallon Dupes: Saks Fifth Avenue Cubic Zirconia & Rose Gold-Plated Leather Cord Choker Necklace | Marquise Cubic Zirconia & Leather Choker


Balmain Embellished Silk-Crepe Top | Japanese Vintage Kimono Late 1930s Silk Floral Robe

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Givenchy Leopard Print T-Shirt

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JLANI Jewels Signature Hoops | Diane Von Furstenberg Love is Life Lip Ring | Celine Splitted Blow Torch Cuff in Gold Brass | Judith Leiber Year of the Snake Swarovski Crystal Clutch | Not shown: Manolo Blahnik Ostramma Snakeskin Cage Sandals in Bronze

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Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant Embellished Mermaid Dress

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Faith Connexion Tie Dye Zip Hoodie

In case you missed it: Empire Season 3, Episode 1 Fashion Credits, Cookie’s Closet, and Anika’s Closet.

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Empire Season 3 Episode 1 Fashion Credits

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipglass and Lipstick now available at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Available until February 2018.

Call me a creature of habit. Although the appeal of Empire have seem to cool down this time around, I, nevertheless, have spent the last two days over at the Fox website rewatching the season 3 premiere. After capturing copious amounts of screenshots and perusing several luxury websites, I present to you the Empire Season 3, Episode 1 fashion credits:

Agent Provocateur Pink Loleata Mules

Empire Season 3 Episode 1 Fashion Credits: Tiana wears a Fleur du Mal Women's Blue Floral Print Short Kimono Robe

Fleur Du Mal Floral-Print Short Kimono Robe

Empire Season 3 Episode 1 Fashion Credits: Cookie wears a Dennis Basso Lynx Fox Fur Coat, a Maison Martin Margiela Embellished Brooch, a T by Alexander Wang Twist Front Jersey Tee, a T by Alexander Enzyme Washed French Terry Sweatpants and a BVLGARI Serpenti Forever Leather Shoulder Bag

Maison Martin Margiela Embellished Brooch | T by Alexander Wang Twist Front Jersey Tee | T by Alexander Enzyme Washed French Terry Sweatpants | BVLGARI Serpenti Forever Leather Shoulder Bag

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Five Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs Created By Black People

I spotted five black-owned brands at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Take a look:

Black-Owned Brands: Coloured Raine (Loraine Dowdy)  x Hood By Air (Shayne Oliver) x Rihanna

2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Recipient Rihanna was the lady of the night, treating us to four melodic performances of her greatest hits. Per usual, celebrity makeup artist Mylah Morales came through with the glam beat, using Chanel and Caudalie for the face:

From what I can tell, Rih had two major lip moments: matte classic red and matte bruised plum. And for the opening sequence, Morales turned to a popular black-owned makeup brand: Coloured Raine. Rihanna wore the brand’s Cherry Blossom Matte Lip Paint. For her final performance and award speech, Coloured Raine was told that Rih wore their Raine Fever but actually, she wore Chanel Limited Edition Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in Rouge Audace mixed with Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Noir. Morales set her custom lip look with a dusting of translucent powder.

Rihanna wears Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom at the 2016 VMAs

Another black-owned brand Rihanna chose for her special night? Hood By Air. HBA remixed their $215 Cookie Ringer Bodysuit for the Empress by producing a special cotton candy version which, sadly, isn’t available for purchase.

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Rihanna wore HBA Hood By Air to the 2016 VMAs

Black-Owned Brands: Pat McGrath Labs (Pat McGrath) x Naomi Campbell

Slayomi – we are officially calling her that now, right? – infused the VMA red carpet with considerable glamour when she arrived with a sequined smize, courtesy of Mutha (Pat) McGrath. While celebrity makeup artist Renee Garnes subtly enhanced Slayomi’s gorgeous visage, McGrath chose two of her LUST 004 Lipstick Kits – Vermillion Venom & Bloodwine – to create the night’s most-talked about lip look. Sometimes I can’t believe Pat McGrath Labs is a black-owned, luxury beauty brand!

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Naomi Campbell x Pat McGrath Labs

Both BeautybyJJ and Jackie Aina recreated Naomi’s VMAs makeup:

Black-Owned Brands: Danessa Myricks Beauty (Danessa Myricks) x Chloe & Halle

A while back, I composed a piece on black-owned highlighters, and, of course, I made sure to include shades from Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminators collection. At $20 a pop, these powders were formulated to provide skin with a subtle, sunlit sheen. Celebrity makeup artist Camara Aunique chose two shades from the Enlight collection – Confidence (left) and Desire (right) – for R&B duo Chloe x Halle. As you can see, these black-owned brighteners play so well with melaninated skin!

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Chloe x Halle x Danessa Myricks Beauty

Black-Owned Brands: ilashflare Lashes (Jelisa Spence) x Jasmine Tookes

Honestly, I was really psyched about this last discovery for two reasons. For starters, Lena Lashes seems to be the go-to lash brand nowadays. However, I wanted to see another company get some shine. Also, for someone like Tookes to wear a brand like ilashflare to such a high-profile event, major! ilashflare specializes in 100% cruelty-free mink fur lashes. Furthermore, if anyone still wanted to do the B.O.M.B. (black-owned makeup brands) challenge with vegan/cruelty brands, ilashflare is one to check out! Tookes wore the Khloe lash with makeup by celebrity makeup artist Camille Thompson. Tookes is also wearing several Becca Cosmetics to include the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation and Blotting Powder Perfector.

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Jasmine Tookes x ilashflare

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Black-Owned Lip Colors for National Lipstick Day

Can you use some black-owned lip colors for National Lipstick Day? Blaq Vixen Beauty is on the case! Makeup on model Chasity Samone by Keita Moore (@kilprity).

Happy National Lipstick Day! A few years ago, I rounded up a quick list featuring bestselling MAC pink lipstick colors on black women. This year, I want to help put black-owned makeup brands (BOMBs) in the spotlight.

There are five lip colors I think every woman should own: a notable nude; a reliable red; a preppy pink; a werk it wine; and a vivacious violet. With this aim in mind, I sought out photos of celebrities wearing black-owned lip colors from each of these categories. The Lip Bar, A.J. Crimson Beauty, Gold Label Cosmetics, Beauty Bakerie, and Coloured Raine all made my hit list. If you’re looking to support more beauty brands that are for us, by us, keep reading:

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Black Beauty Brands Not #Blackowned

Check out the black-owned tag in the archives!

This article was originally titled “Black Beauty Brands with Non-Black CEOs” (hence the permalink) but was changed to “Black Beauty Brands That Aren’t #Blackowned” shortly after publication. A peer suggested that readers like you will care more about ownership rather than positions/titles. Am I explicitly asking you to boycott these brands? No, just make more informed makeup choices that honor your beliefs.

Recently, I watched Alissa Ashley’s Black Owned Makeup Brands Matter (#BOMB) Makeup Youtube Tutorial. In this surprising video, Alissa uses black-owned brands to achieve a complete look. She features 100% black-owned brands like AJ Crimson Beauty, Juvia’s Place, Lena Lashes, and Coloured Raine. SheaMoisture is 51% black-owned at the time of this post. Black Radiance and Sacha Cosmetics are not black-owned at all. Black Radiance is ran by a black team that could possibly negotiate a deal to buy the brand from Markwins.

I love this black-owned beauty brand challenge, and I hope more beauty gurus participate. However, one disturbing trend I’ve noticed is misinformation. Unfortunately, too many of us think that the leading black beauty brands are black-owned. Moreover, what’s even more disappointing is that no one names the CEOs of these companies. As influencers, we have to ensure the information that we share with our network is accurate.

Here are five popular black beauty brands that aren’t black-owned with non-black CEOs:
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