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