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”

Planet of the Apps/ How Big Beauty Brands Can Level Up

Alright so I’ve written about how on-demand beauty apps are about to change the world of beauty as we know it, and I have not talked about how large beauty brands can retain clients during the disruption. The answer is super simple!! All major beauty brands that have stores and counters need to do isContinue reading “Planet of the Apps/ How Big Beauty Brands Can Level Up”

Can You Beat a Face or Nah?Should there be a platform put in place to hold artists accountable for poor artistry?

When I went to college, I chose to audition to become a dance major.  It was a decision that I made based on my talent and drive.  I thought I was a pretty good dancer, and once I was excepted into the dance program, what I thought about my talent was challenged in every singleContinue reading “Can You Beat a Face or Nah?Should there be a platform put in place to hold artists accountable for poor artistry?”

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?”

What I Think Wednesday: Trish McEvoy and her Credit Card Palettes

I have spent a ton of time talking to my peers in the makeup world about cosmetic companies and what I think they can do better in terms of training, product development, hiring, social media, etc… Finally I realized that talking to my peers is pointless.  I also realize that talking to company executives canContinue reading “What I Think Wednesday: Trish McEvoy and her Credit Card Palettes”

The Cooler Side of Brown: Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation Shade Extensions

   Bobbi Brown finally got the memo that folks with deeper skin tones are not all red and that folks with super fair skin tones can have yellow or pink undertones!!  This shade extension of her already great foundation sticks was much needed, and will make a lot of folks happy! I hope these shadeContinue reading “The Cooler Side of Brown: Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation Shade Extensions”

The Oscar Effect: Should I boycott certain makeup brands?

A few weeks ago the nominations for the Academy Awards were announced and to many people’s surprise, there were hardly any people of color nominated! Oh what a surprise!!(sense my sarcasm?) Jada Pinkett Smith went on a social media rant proposing that people of color and especially black people boycott the show.  All this talkContinue reading “The Oscar Effect: Should I boycott certain makeup brands?”

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”

“Just being white, you will win!”

This morning I woke up to a text from my brother with an artice attached where the headline read exactly what the title of this blog post reads.  It was written by Wilfred Chan at CNN and covered a Thai beauty ad promoting a pill that prohibits the production of melanin, a bleaching cream inContinue reading ““Just being white, you will win!””

Am I really just a Stupid Makeup Artist?

Last year I worked at a super popular cosmetics counter located in downtown DC for both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus. Both of those week long events are for anyone and everyone involved in politics who is hispanic or black or conducts a lot of business with hispanic and/or blacks to comeContinue reading “Am I really just a Stupid Makeup Artist?”