Normally I start letters off with a positive and celebratory compliment of your work, but let’s cut to the chase. I’m tired of you using and rarely acknowledging the black culture you so often borrow from. When I saw photos from your latest Spring 2017 collection featuring models with faux locs, I must admit I immediately gave you the side eye. I thought, hmm maybe Marc is making a political statement or paying homage to Rastafarian and black cultures. Maybe he enlisted the help of hairstylist Dr. Kari Williams, known for creating goddess faux locs on celebs like Meagan Good, Tyra Banks, and most recently Retina Wesley from OWN’s Queen Sugar series. Maybe you were inspired by Zendaya’s locs at the 2015 Oscars that Guiliana Rancic ridiculed saying “Like I feel like she smells like patchouli oil. Or, weed.” I waited to hear your inspiration. When it finally came my animosity was justified.
Let’s talk about baby hair for a second. They are definitely having a moment. Whether you’ve got natural coils, braids, or a sleek straight top knot, making sure your edges are laid is tré chic. But seriously, is it that important? The answer for some of us over here … YES!
Freckles are Mother Nature’s natural concealer. If I have a blemish my freckles easily distract the eye away from the little enemy. Honestly, friends have told me they can’t even see when I have a zit. When the squad at BeautyCon asked me to do a beauty tutorial for the sun-kissed girl, I screamed “Uh yeah!” Let me tell you upfront…My foundation how-to for freckles has more to do with enhancing what you have than trying to cover up. I’m proud of what I have.
When you walk into the beauty or haircare aisle of your neighborhood store, you’ll see a very clear divide. Ethnic beauty, as it’s called, is on the sideline with its own tiny section. If you’re a woman of color this separation has been our norm for decades. Sometimes our particular section is little to none depending on what store you venture to. We haven’t had the luxury or convenience that our counterparts have enjoyed. Without even saying it, the message has been loud and clear: our beauty was not part of the entire beauty conversation. SheaMoisture is changing that with the #BreaktheWalls call-to-action.
Sunshine, a gorgeous beach, and a nice glow to your skin. Remember when you actually had a Spring Break and you could enjoy all of that? You had one week when you could take off for tropical temps and Mai Tais while lounging on powdery, white sands. Come back to reality, darling. For now we can only sit at our desks and daydream about those days and sun rays. The good news, I’ve found a body oil that will literally help you recreate that sun-kisssed skin without having to hop on a plane to Miami.
All you need is one color. Oftentimes we complicate makeup. We think we need to wear a thousand different products on our faces to look pretty and that is totally not true. A few weeks ago I worked with makeup artist Renee Loiz who showed me the beauty in simplicity. Her concept was inspired by a NARS campaign from over a decade ago featuring models Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek. In that gorgeous imagery one single coppery hue was used to create dimension. Renee decided to re-imagine that using a tone that would pop against my skin and is ideal for fall.
Goodbye summer. Hello fall! My cornrows were such a relief from having to style my hair on a regular basis. I know I said I was only going to keep my Ghana braids a few weeks, but that turned into months. You know how the summers are. It’s too hot to want to bother to do your hair. So, yes… I kept my natural hair plaited up. That time away was such a blessing to my curls, but it’s time for a new ‘do. Or shall I say, the return of the mack?