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YouTube Makeup Guru Missy Lynn Says Women Should Embrace Their Beauty

November 17th, 2014 - By jade
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In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, makeup guru Missy Lynn shares her story and explains why African American women should embrace their beauty.

To visit her YouTube channel for tutorials and more, click here!

Episode 1 – Curly Nikki 

Episode 3 – Black Girls Run! 



We All Have Insecurities: Celebrities Who Don’t Think They’re Attractive

November 12th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Johnny Depp, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde. These are just some of the celebrities that don’t think they’re attractive.

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Paula Patton

Paula says bad acne made her seriously insecure about her looks:

“I had terrible skin all through college. I kept my hair in my face. I wouldn’t take a photo, and I couldn’t look anyone in the eye.”

And Paula’s insecurities about her looks kept her from breaking into acting until she was 28.

Fire Your Makeup Artist Now: The 13 Worst Celebrity Beauty Blunders

August 26th, 2014 - By M A
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13 Worst Celebrity Beauty Blunders

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From too bright eye shadow to mismatched foundation and concealer, make-up missteps are all too common among some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Though many times just an unfortunate mishap that won’t be repeated, once a makeup blunder hits the red carpet there’s no turning back. So to show that celebs can make the same mistakes we do when pressed for time on the face front, we look at some of the worst celebrity beauty blunders.

55 And Killing It! Angela Bassett For Violet Grey

August 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Violet Grey
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It’s no secret that Angela Bassett has been the killing the game, in more ways than one, for years now. Whether it’s the roles she plays or the seemingly effortless way she seems to glow on the red carpet, Ms. Bassett has been doing her thing for decades now, even though you might not be able to tell looking at her physical appearance.

The Emmy nominated actress recently spoke with digital magazine Violet Grey to explain her red carpet routine, share a few beauty and life gems she’s learned along the way and even pose for the camera.

Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:

V.G.: Getting ready for the red carpet is a ritual for many actresses. What is it like for you? 

A.B.: My first question is always ‘Is my team available?’ I wish I could do all of this, but everyone has their gifts. Then I just sit there with my eyes closed. If I open them it’s only because I’m trying to get a few tips for myself!

V.G.: What kind of tips have you learned from your team? 

A.B.: One thing that I’ve learned is don’t bring your false lashes all the way to the end of your eyes because it will bring your eyes down.

V.G.: How do you prepare for the red carpet in the days leading up to an award show?

A.B.: I try to watch my diet so I can fit into whatever I am wearing. Cut the sugar, the alcohol and the bread, and eat a lot of protein and veggies.

V.G.:Who makes a good date to an event? 

A.B.: A friend or a sister. I mean, the husband is always great, but there is something about a girlfriend…

V.G.: Who does the red carpet well today?

A.B.: Cate Blanchett, Penélope Cruz, and, of course, Lupita [Nyong’o].

Erica Dixon Dishes On Branching Into Entrepeneurship With Klass 6 Hair & Dress Lines

July 28th, 2014 - By Rana Campbell
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Though known most for their larger than life personalities, crazy drama, and wild antics, reality television stars are more than just primetime entertainment. Many of them have successfully launched their own entrepreneurial ventures, helping them to branch out beyond the television world. One example is  Erica Dixon, cast member on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and founder of  Klass 6 Hair and Klass 6 Dress Line.

We caught up with Erica to ask her about the inspiration behind the “Klass” lines, what’s she learning about running a business, and advice she has for ladies who want to start their own ventures. Check out the interview below. 

MadameNoire (MN): How did your experience on Love and Hip Hop inspire you to start Klass 6?

Erica Dixon (ED): Being on a reality show, seeing others have that motivation to go ahead and pursue whatever their dreams or aspirations were [inspired me]. Klass 6 was something that I always wanted to do. I wanted to put something out there for the ladies. With Love and Hip Hop, I had that platform [and audience] to go ahead and do it. I told myself that I was procrastinating. What was I waiting for? Let me go ahead and do it.

MN: What made you focus on fashion and hair with Klass 6?

ED: I did hair and fashion because that is what I am all about. I’m a female. I love to have my hair done and I love to have on a bada$$ dress. I’m not going to sell a dress or hair to somebody that I wouldn’t wear or buy.  When you see me, I always have my hair in. I may not always have on one of my dresses. I do like to help other brands, but the majority of the time, you will see me with my own products.

“I Did Not Want To Walk Outside” Actress Teyonah Parris Recalls Her Natural Hair Transition

July 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Actress Teyonah Parris’ star is ascending in Hollywood right now. While many of us know her from the hit show “Mad Men,” it’s not the only credit she has under her belt. She’s going to be starring in three movies including They Came Together, Dear White People and A Picture of You and also a new project, executive produced by LeBron James called “Survivor’s Remorse.”

And in addition to being exceptionally talented, Parris has also been a hair crush of ours since she stepped out on the red carpet at last year’s SAG Awards. And though she’s been shouted out by several women and black women’s websites for the beauty and versatility of her afro, Parris told Marc Lamont Hill, of Huffington Post Live , that the transition was anything but easy for her. In fact, it was such an emotional journey that she cried and had to have a friend help her show her newly natural hair to the world.

Read what she had to say about the experience in the transcript below and then watch the video at the very bottom of the page.

You know when I first started in film, and I don’t want this to sound the wrong way, I very much tried, and not consciously, but I tried to be what I saw because that’s what I saw growing up. And I wanted to be beautiful. Who doesn’t want to be beautiful? And so consciously or unconsciously you try to mimic what you see. And I just had this moment where, I was actually in Harlem, and I was walking with my girlfriend and I saw this girl and I was like ‘I wish my hair could do that.’ And my friend was like, ‘It can.’ And I was like no, no it can’t. And I was like ‘Girl when I wet my hair, it just gets so straight.’

And she really looked at me like ‘Are you serious?’ She said, ‘It’s because you perm it.’

And I guess it was like, as Oprah says, an aha moment and I realized ‘Oh, I have no clue what my hair does naturally.’

So going natural was just a challenge to myself because I wanted to see what it did what it looked like because I hadn’t seen it since I was a little girl and even then I didn’t do it.

So it started off as a challenge to myself and I transitioned by wearing weaves and then every few weeks, I would take it out and see how much was afro and how much was still straight and then put it back up and cut off some as we went along.

And then it came the time when it was time to wear it out because it was all transitioned, all the perm was off.

Marc Lamont Hill: Were you nervous?

I cried. I cried. I was not used to seeing myself like that. I did not want to walk outside. I literally…I had to have… *pauses* oh goodness. My girlfriend, the same one who’d said a year or so before ‘your hair can do that’ she had to literally come over to my house and walk me outside because it was such an emotional experience and it wasn’t just about hair. It was about what my perception of beauty was and had been for all of my life and then I look at myself in the mirror and I’m like ‘That doesn’t look like what I thought was beautiful.’ And we literally held hands walking down 135 and Park Ave. And so that was my first moment in the world with my natural hair. And I know it doesn’t matter but that day, I got so many compliments on my big afro and I was like ‘Are they talking to me? Oh, ok.’ And it was really that moment of ‘Ok, I can do this.’ That was just my beginning of my journey into being natural. And since that day, it’s still been hard at moments. It wasn’t like ‘Oh, I was fine after that.’ No. It takes time.

At this moment, it’s not like I’m standing on a soapbox like it’s a mission but I really am personally, beyond what anybody else thinks or cares about, am trying to live in my truth and change the way I view beauty. And if other people’s perceptions change while I’m trying to work on myself, then that’s great. And hopefully a few little brown girls out there will look and say, ‘Oh, look I want my hair like that.’ And hopefully sooner than me, the age I was when it happened to me.

You can watch Teyonah Parris’ entire interview with Huffington Post Live in the video below. The part where she speaks about her natural hair starts around the 18 minute and 15 second mark.

The Beauty Struggle Is Real: This Is Why You Don’t Have Perfect Skin

July 15th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Perfect skin doesn’t always come down to genetics. Struggling with problem skin? Your routine could be the problem. Nix those bad habits and you’ll be looking like you’re born with it in no time.

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Don’t get caught up in expensive products that weren’t made for your skin type, instead look at what’s inside. Foaming and gel cleansers are best for oily skin. Cream cleansers bring moisture back if it’s dry. Stick to these rules and you’ll have perfectly balanced skin in no time.

‘You’ve Got To Embrace What You’ve Got:’ Garcelle Beauvais Encourages Women To Love Themselves At Any Size

April 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Garcelle Beauvais is absolutely gorgeous and in my opinion, epitomizes what it means to age gracefully. So it’s not surprising that the 47-year-old beauty snagged a spot on People’s 2014 World’s Most Beautiful People list. While chatting with the publication, the mother of three revealed how she manages to keep it all together.

“You know, I think a lot of it has to do with the genes I was born into,” she explained. “I think it’s 80% that and the rest is that I maintain it.”

While she admits that she does watch what she eats, the former “Jamie Foxx Show” actress says that she doesn’t deprive herself.

“I try to eat healthy, but I don’t go crazy or anything. I really do believe that it’s a balance. If I’m with my kids and it’s pizza night, I am having a couple of slices of pizza, for sure. And then the next day I’ll have something a little healthier. I really think it’s a balance and also, it comes from within.”

According to Garcelle, beauty is also about establishing emotional wellness.

“I have to say that I think I’m at peace right now in my life. I’ve been through a lot and I’ve come out on the other side of it. I think it’s how I’ve been able to forgive and grow and empower and be aware. I think all of that stuff has got to help inside somehow.”

She also touched on women and the increasing pressure that they face to be thin.

“I think you’ve got to work with what you’ve got. I think that’s really a lot of it. We stress out over what size is on the label. I think if it fits, I don’t care if it’s a 10 or if it’s a 6 or if it’s an 8. No one is going to see that but me. So if it fits well, I think it’s all about tailoring and wearing something that suits your body—whether it makes you look thinner, younger, happier.

As for how she maintains her weight as she gets older:

“As you get older, the weight thing becomes a little harder to maintain. I eat well, but I also have Oreo cookies. That’s like my weakness. I think it’s a balance and I work out. I’ll do Pilates. I’ll do the treadmill.”

Whatever she’s doing, she’s doing it well.

Watch Garcelle’s interview below.

Hotness! Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi Cover Essence’s Beauty Issue

April 1st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi cover essenceIf you want to see Black women’s true natural beauty celebrated, look no further than Essence Magazine’s May issue which features Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi on three different covers.

Appropriately labeled the Beauty Issue, inside the mag, these musical heavy hitters are discussing self-expression, personal style, and, of course, hair. Erykah told Essence:

“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”

And yet, Miss Badu does just that every time we catch a glimpse of her on a red carpet, performing on stage, or posing in an ad for Givenchy. Unsurprisingly, though, her take on her personal style is shared by fellow cover beauty Ledisi. Echoing some of the same sentiments she shared with us in a recent interview, the New Orleans-bred singer said:

“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”

The baby of the bunch, Solange, also shared her view on style, pointing out that everyone should be allowed to dictate what works for their own bodies, saying:

“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”

Amen to that. These three gorgeous Essence covers are available on newsstands today and you can check out each one solo on the next few pages. Which one are you picking up?

The Age Factor: When Do You Start Looking Good For Your Age?

March 12th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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One of my best girlfriends just turned 48 and looks absolutely sensational and she is accustomed to getting all the accolades and compliments that come with being over 40 and youthfully divine.

I guess when I was younger I also imagined that anyone over the age of 35 would look somewhat mature without any traces of natural vitality. But as I’ve matured it’s become clear that age is really just a number and we do have some control over how we manage the aging process.

Being active, minimizing alcohol intake and a balanced diet are the key factors to looking great at any age but it really pays off as you start approaching the halfway mark. It’s now 2013, and it’s safe to say that we have evolved into a species that has access to the most sophisticated tools that make our daily upkeep increasingly attainable. So why are we so blown away that a 40 year old could actually have a toned body with a face devoid of wrinkles?

Let’s dig even deeper – why are women more susceptible to this particular way of thinking or judging? Now that my twenties are far behind me, (GULP!) I am more in tune and sensitive to the reception my peers are receiving as the years go by.

A few months ago, former model and media mogul Tyra Banks was photographed on vacation lounging in a bikini and of course she looked fabulous. But I couldn’t get past the headline: TYRA BANKS SHOWS OFF STUNNING BIKINI BODY AT 39. If she were 29 would they have bothered to take the extra steps to add her age? She is not necessarily over the hill so why shouldn’t we expect someone her age to be fit and bountifully healthy. Yet, when Brad Pitt who is 49 is snapped in similar circumstances, there is no reference made to his age, it’s all about how HOT he is and how lucky Angelina Jolie must feel to have such a stud to come home to after a hard day’s work.

I have been experiencing similar references, and it stings even more the older I get. Being under the age of 50, I don’t feel I need to be praised beyond measure for looking immaculately put together. I understand that our culture has molded us to believe that youth is fleeting and once you are past the age of 30, it’s time to finalize your will. But it’s debilitating to conform to the absurdity that we as women lose our sex appeal and good looks because we are advancing in age. I don’t need anyone to re-assure me that despite the fact that I am not a twenty something anymore, I STILL look good enough to make the cut.

There should be no stipulations when it comes to how good we feel both inside and out because we are each responsible for our individual dispositions. Age should never be used as a pendulum to decide which way the favor should sway, because it reduces our existence to a graceless state.

The truth is that owning your age and who you are without any trepidation does wonders for your outward appearance and if that endeavor radiates it should be acknowledged but not because of how old you are, but because of the person you have chosen to be.