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Herieth Paul Joins Maybelline As Newest Spokesmodel

February 13th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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From Amandla Stenberg and Solange’s amazing Teen Vogue cover story to Beyoncé’s woke “Formation,” the #BlackGirlMagic has been quite abundant this month and we’re here for it!

And continuing the celebration of black women, Maybelline announced that they have added Tanzanian fashion model Herieth Paul as a new face of their popular cosmetics brand. 20-year-old Paul, who has walked the runways of Diane von Fürstenberg, Lacoste, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Armani, Cavalli and 3.1 Phillip Lim, joins the ranks of Jourdan Dunn, Gigi Hadid, and Adriana Lima.

“It’s such a big deal, I’ve always wanted to be part Maybelline, they have such strong women,” Paul told CBC News Ottawa.

Just days after announcing her new contract, the beauty also is voicing that she has high hopes for using her new position to change the face of the modeling industry for minorities. “There is a lot of work that needs to be done, because out of 100 per cent of models, there are only two per cent black, and three per cent Asians, so we need to change the numbers,” she said. “I actually got a lot of emails and messages saying ‘you’re such an inspiration, you’re a black girl, you have short hair, that’s not the ideal that society thinks is beautiful, you have to have blond hair and blue eyes.”

“I always knew I could do it, I just had to put in all of the work, and finally all the work is paying off,” she concluded. Congrats, Herieth!

Christina Milian’s Daughter Does Makeup Better Than Most Grown Women

February 11th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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I don’t know one woman who didn’t play in her mom’s makeup up as a little girl, but while most of us ended up looking something like homie the clown as the end result, at five year’s old, Christina Milian’s daughter Violet already knows how to beat face like the best of them.

A few days ago, Christina uploaded videos of this “major slay by little bae” showing Violet not just applying makeup, but contouring, highlighting, and beating the mess out of her face from the eyebrows to the lips. Yes, of course, we know this is a bit much for a five-year-old little girl walking down the street — with waist-length Senagalese twists to match — but as her mother said in her video caption, #girlsjustwannahavefun. Plus, I’m pretty sure we have a celebrity makeup artist in the making on our hands with these types of skills at this age.

I have to admit I’m a little jealous at the high-end starter kit Violet gets to play in — you saw that Nars pallete right? — the only thing my mom would let me touch were her almost-gone Avon cosmetics and maybe a Cover Girl powder if it was a good day. Go ‘head little Violet. I’m not mad at you.

YouTubers Shut Down Makeup Shamers With #ThePowerOfMakeup

January 31st, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Anyone with a YouTube account or an interest in makeup has seen thousands of beauty Vloggers doing tutorials, product reviews and more on beauty and hair products.

However, a video tag titled “The Power of Makeup” has been making its rounds to popular personalities we’ve come to know through our laptop screens. Unlike the usual trading of beauty tips and secrets, ladies actually sit in front of the screen with one half of their faces beat to perfection and the other one revealing their natural skin –flaws and all– and then detail just how they got the finished look.

One of the many videos I came across was from makeupD0LL, who decided to get in on the tag started by another Vlogger NikkieTutorials. “People bash people for stupid things,” she says in the video. “Tutorials are cool but we never get to chit chat about inner beauty and what really matters in life. Being comfortable in our own skin and confident in ourselves is most important.”

As someone that loves makeup and experimenting, I support spreading messages as such. For me, makeup has been quite a helpful tool while experiencing skin issues. I’ve been dealing with acne since middle school, and now at 24 it has subsided greatly. I still get the occasional pimple and am dealing with getting rid of hyper-pigmentation, which is just as much as a hassle but definitely not an insecurity of mine at all. I’m not a product snob, but I do keep wear concealer and foundation most days that I step out of the house.

In addition to wearing makeup, I also schedule regular visits to my dermatologist, follow a strict beauty routine and diet to help lessen my skin issues. While makeup isn’t the end all be all of my confidence, I find it to be a way to enhance my natural beauty like many others.

And for some who don’t have acne or any blemishes, they simply wear makeup just as a fun and creative way to express themselves. Remember: it can all be washed off at the end of the day. So, what’s the big deal?

#BlackOnBlack: 11 Black Beauties Bold Enough To Wear A Black Lip

January 27th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Black looks good on everyone, they say, but few are brave enough to try a black lip on any day besides Halloween. Let these 10 Black beauties in various shades of brown inspire you to step over to the dark side and give a black lip a try the other 364 days of the year.

“You Wear Too Much Makeup”… #BishWhere? The Best Meme Clapbacks For Makeup Haters

January 26th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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If you’re a makeup lover, there’s nothing more crushing (or comical) than someone trying to come for you after you’ve beat your face to the gods. Whenever you hear one of those “you’re so pretty without makeup lines” you don’t know whether to hold your tongue out beat the hater’s brows into submission. Might I suggest sending them one of these subtly shady memes instead? You’re welcome.

Karrueche Tran And ColourPop Launch KaePop Makeup Collection

January 22nd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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If you’re a fan of Karreuche Tran’s everyday beauty look, this news is going to make you very happy. The model and host just partnered with Southern California-based cosmetic brand ColourPop to launch her own makeup collection, inspired by looks she actually rocks.

The collection features four matte super shock shadows, three ultra matte lipsticks with coordinating lip pencils, one blush, one highlighter and a contour/bronzer. KaePop is as affordable as you can get for a boutique collection with prices ranging from $5 for an eyeshadow, $6 for ultra matte lipsticks and $8 for blushes and highlighter — or you can buy the entire set for $72. Colors include:

· Medium Brown Matte Shadow – “Fairfax”

· Light Warm Beige Matte Shadow – “Melrose”

· Burgundy Matte Shadow – “Beverly”

· Sheer Gold Shadow – _”Sunset Blvd”

· Nude Ultra Matte Lip and Pencil – “Chi”

· Brown Ultra Matte Lip ad Pencil – “Kae”

· Deep Burgundy Ultra Matte Lip and Pencil – “Rooch”

· Peach Blush – “Flush’d”

· Warm Bronzer– “Bronze Me”

· Golden Bronze Highlighter – “Glo Up”

“I have always loved makeup and experimenting with fun new shades and techniques,” Karreuche said in a press release. “I am excited that ColourPop and I have joined forces to create a collection benefitting an important organization in my life, the Environmental Media Association. My collection KAEPOP includes 10 high-quality, environmentally safe and affordable products inspired by my everyday beauty must haves!”

The KaePop collection will be available for purchase February 4 and sold exclusively on


The Thirst Is So Real For This Chris Chang MAC Collection

January 20th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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If spring hasn’t already started calling your name, let the sight of this Chris Chang MAC collection conjure up visions of the season in your mind — and your makeup bag.

While MAC is known for collaborative collections with some of the biggest entertainers in the business, from Rihanna to Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, the cosmetic brand has pulled out all the stops for MAC X Chang, a collection packaged almost too beautifully to touch.mac chris chang 2

“My inspiration comes from the traditional aesthetics of ethnic tribes and costumes from various countries, as well as the transformative world of art,” designer Chang, of Poesia, said in a statement. “My clothes are imbued with a supercharged drama both individualistic and childlike in its interpretation,” Change explained in a press statement. “My designs are for women who are eccentric and confident. Color is the integral fuel of my imagination and the spirit M·A·C and I share. This collaboration is a dream come true for the maximalists of the world.”

That means all you girls who live for a bold lip and a bright pop of color on your eyes, this one’s for you. The collection, which consists of eye shadows, lipsticks, cream color bases, and pressed powders, will have 14 items in total and completely push you outside of your traditional beauty box — that’s if you have one. Though it won’t be available until May, we couldn’t wait that long to take a closer look at all of the goodies coming up in a few months, so check out some of the colors we can’t wait to try this Spring.

Karrueche To Release KaePop Makeup Line

January 10th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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If you haven’t heard  the news already, Karrueche Tran is turning her love for makeup into a profit for the new year.

The model/actress recently, who started her own beauty/lifestyle YouTube channel, revealed that she has partnered with popular cosmetics brand ColourPop to create her own makeup line titled KaePop.

The line will carry makeup basics like matte eye shadows, lipsticks, and lip pencils, a blush, a highlighter, and a contour bronzer, all for just under $8.

“The shades look great on any skin color,” Karrueche told Elle in a recent interview. The collection is said to “appeal to more than just a certain group of women.” “The colors I chose are everyday, natural tones,” she added.

Karreuche’s KaePop collaboration line will be available for purchase on Jan. 22 on ColourPop’s website.

Birchbox’s Latest Beauty Line Is All About Looking Your Best While Working Out

January 9th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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For some, rocking a bare face to the gym for a workout is a necessity, but for others, there’s no comprising glam — even a smaller waist.

Well, for those of us who can’t help but to conceal a few dark circles or marks, groom our eyebrows to perfection before hitting the gym, and more, Birchbox has now got you covered — literally!

The monthly beauty box subscription has recently revealed its second makeup brand called Arrow. “We were inspired by the trend of athleisure in fashion, and felt that the same elements could apply to beauty—high-performance products that help you look your best, without trying too hard,” Birchbox co-founder and CEO Katia Beauchamp told Instyle.

The Arrow collection features several different products that are equally lightweight and long-wearing: cheek tint for a natural flush ($18), lip balm that flaunts a natural-looking shade according to your skin’s pH ($14), aluminium-free deodorant ($9), makeup bag ($12), and a gift set that contains all of the products above ($36). 

All of the aforementioned are now available on, with the beauty brand already in talks of expanding the line to include mascara, tinted serum, cleansing cloths, brow gel, and many other products.

So, what do you think ladies? Is makeup at the gym a no-go or now a must-have thanks to Birchbox?

Does Your Man Prefer You Without Makeup?

December 15th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Does Your Man Prefer You Without Makeup?


I can remember how pretty I felt the first time my mother tweezed my eyebrows. It hurt like hell but the way it just brightened up my whole face, was completely worth it. And I got used to the pain. Once my eyes stopped watering and I stopped blinking compulsively, I loved the way mascara elongated my lashes and made my face look more feminine. And Lord…when I started using blush, just a few years ago really, you couldn’t tell me nothing.

Every morning when I applied it, I’d recite a line from Bebe’s Kids: “Make ‘em look like targets.” I know I wasn’t following anyone’s guidelines, tips or tricks but I thought I looked good. And even though my mother, sister and a few other people told me I was doing too much with the blush, it didn’t matter. I loved my rosy cheeks.

It wasn’t until my boyfriend, after leaving several nicer, more subtle hints, told me that I reminded him of Pikachu, that I realized it was time to lighten up.

I almost never wear foundation so I thought I was doing my “nuts and berries” type of dude a favor. But he wasn’t here for the blush either.

He swears that I look better without makeup. And while it’s nice to know that he appreciates my natural beauty, it’s also a little irritating to put effort into your appearance only to hear that it’s not as well-received.

Just to be clear, this is not a complaint. There’s a certain comfort in knowing I can roll out of bed, wash my face and he’ll think I’m ready to go on a date. I just find it a bit strange. Particularly when most of the women men see in media and even on the street, are wearing some type of makeup.

If you ask your man to identify his celebrity crush, chances are he hasn’t seen her without makeup. (It’s women who are googling what such and such a celebrity looks like without makeup, not men.)

The thing is, the more I looked around, I realized maybe he wasn’t the only one.

Today,  likely trying to prove his point, my boyfriend sent me snippets of a conversation between him and his friends where they went to so far as to say that women looked worse when they wore makeup. One said he became more and more irritated as he watched his girlfriend apply enhancements before they went out.

They specifically mentioned the amount of makeup worn at weddings.

Yes, weddings. If they find themselves dating and marrying the average woman, they might be disappointed on their special days. I can’t think of a single woman who could or would go completely without makeup knowing all the pictures that will be taken that day and how she’ll have to look at them for the rest of her life.

I wish I could dismiss this type of thinking to my boyfriend and his like-minded friends but that’s just not the case.

Gospel artist Erica Campbell often talks about her husband Warryn, who is more of the “colorful-suit-wearing, producer/pastor extraordinaire” than the “nuts and berries” type, occasionally asking that she not wear any makeup when they go out. And she’s a public figure.

I asked my coworker/friends what their significant others think about makeup and they too have had moments where their men told them they preferred less eyeshadow, a not so bold lip or no foundation, especially if she was going to be laying all up on him.

In my life, it’s been my experience that most men don’t know the first thing about makeup. My sister had an ex boyfriend who told her he liked that she had that black line on her lower eyelid, completely oblivious to the fact that it was makeup.

If men really didn’t like makeup, it wouldn’t be featured in almost every ad campaign, movie, television show etc. I think what happens is, men probably don’t really notice makeup until it’s too much and then they have a problem with it blocking the natural beauty.

Who knows.

What I’ve told my boyfriend and anyone else who will listen (or pretend to listen) is that, most women are wearing makeup for themselves. We do what makes us feel pretty, not for the attention of other men, though that is a possible side effect. Truth be told, it’s not hard to get the attention of a man. Most of us can pull just a many dudes with a fresh face as we can when we’re beat for the gods.

But what Ive learned and what I keep learning is that living your life for the whims and inconsistencies of men is an exercise in futility. They all want something different and many of them will end up with the opposite of what they said they wanted. Hence the nuts and berries dude with the girl who loves her blush.

The solution? Compromise, if you must, for the ones you love but always live your life for you, otherwise you’re drive yourself crazy.

So ladies, tell me does your man say that he prefers you with little to know makeup? Do you find it endearing or a bit irritating?