Dear Fashion Fair…, An Open Letter

Dear Fashion Fair, When are you gonna step up to the plate and be the black version of Estée Lauder, LVMH, or better yet the beauty industry’s answer to “Wakanda”? It is the last day of Black History Month, and while I have spent months thinking long and hard about the importance of having moreContinue reading “Dear Fashion Fair…, An Open Letter”

Hidden Figures:Why Black Women are Flocking to Makeup Brushes Like Black Men Flock to Basketballs

We are three days into 2017, and this post is long over due!  Now some of you might have read the title of this post, and thought to yourself “Now what in the hell does the movie Hidden Figures have to do with makeup or basketball?  My answer is pretty simple, one word even.  TheContinue reading “Hidden Figures:Why Black Women are Flocking to Makeup Brushes Like Black Men Flock to Basketballs”

On the Black Hand Side:Why Black Women Should Consider Voting for Hillary

Last July was one of the most amazing times in my life.  I went on a “real” vacation for the first time in eight years and got to work an event where the first woman to be elected the democratic nominee for president happened. I was chosen by Diane Stevens, a fabulous hair stylist andContinue reading “On the Black Hand Side:Why Black Women Should Consider Voting for Hillary”

The National/International Makeup Artist, Does anyone still care about them?

In todays “What I Think Wednesday“, I want to delve into an idea that has puzzled me for quite some time.  I have had the opportunity to work for several major department store brands, and have observed “national/international” artists that work for those brands and wondered whether those roles are still relevant in this dayContinue reading “The National/International Makeup Artist, Does anyone still care about them?”

What I Think Wednesday:Nigerian Weddings and the Nigerian Economy: Can one save the other?

In 2005 I moved to DC to go to grad school for African studies at Howard University.  In the two years of course work, one of the things that I remember vividly are all of my professors, i repeat all of my professors who happened to each be from a country in Africa saying thatContinue reading “What I Think Wednesday:Nigerian Weddings and the Nigerian Economy: Can one save the other?”

What I Think Wednesday:Gifts With Purchase, Do Black Lives Matter?

Given everything that has happened in the last week, well past 300 years, my heart is pretty heavy.  The only way to be triumphant in anything is to keep pressing.  Since my blog is called “Make up in Black and White” and addresses gender, class, and race as those topics apply to the vast worldContinue reading “What I Think Wednesday:Gifts With Purchase, Do Black Lives Matter?”

Lips that broke the internet: MAC’s Instagram page and the image that revealed everything

When I first interviewed for MAC cosmetics, I did tons of research on the company so that I would be prepared for my interview ( which turned into like five!).  Anyway, while researching the company I learned that the slogan was “Makeup for All.  All ages, all races, all sexes.” That slogan meant a lotContinue reading “Lips that broke the internet: MAC’s Instagram page and the image that revealed everything”

Fifty Shades of Black and White

Sooooo I have learned/been reminded of a very great lesson in the past few months.  I am going to elaborate on the lesson that I learned right now!! Like to hear it? Well here it goes! A month ago, I was freelancing at a luxury beauty boutique in the nations capital and one of Obama’sContinue reading “Fifty Shades of Black and White”

Hello, It’s Me I Was Wondering Why Her Foundation Doesn’t Match

I wanted to write this post months ago, but was scared because I know I will be ruffling some major feathers.  This is my blog, this is my truth, and the topic that I will be discussing frustrates me and many others so I am gonna type as fast as I can, get it out,Continue reading “Hello, It’s Me I Was Wondering Why Her Foundation Doesn’t Match”

Slaying your dues

    Today after a long day of work, I came home, lit some candles, and checked out what was happening on Instagram.  While scrolling down my timeline I could not help but wonder where all of the wonderful and fabulous “mua’s” came from.  I remember working for MAC cosmetics in 2006, and being ableContinue reading “Slaying your dues”