The Compact is our monthly report on the latest and greatest in beauty. Keep reading for the newest edition, also included in the January 2017 issue of ESSENCE!
1. MEET THE BOYS…
In the third adaptation of his lipstick collection named after men, Tom Ford has come up with 25 new shades that have matte, metallic and cream finishes. The result: a 50-piece wardrobe that looks as sexy on the vanity as it does on the lip.
2. WE'RE IN LOVE WITH THE COCO
Kopari, whose coconut oil–based products for the body had us at hello, is launching a face care line. Since coconut oil is pretty much the holy grail of a brown girl's beauty routine, these newbies, which include a cleansing oil, toner, face cream and lip balm, are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
KOPARI Coconut Cleansing Oil and Coconut Face Cream ($32 and $40, koparibeauty.com).
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3. ESSENCE SALON DIRECTORY
With the help of Swivel Beauty (swivelbeauty.com), we're curating the long-awaited ESSENCE Salon Directory. First up: Ancestral Strands Braid Studio & Boutique.
The Brooklyn outfit specializes in twists of all kinds and offers herbal hair rinses and crown-energy readings. Patrons can also sip on hair growth teas during their visit. To book an appointment, go to ancestralstrands.com.
4. THE LOOK
Bring shimmer into the New Year with a metallic smoky eye. "Starting at the tear duct, use a small shadow brush to sweep the shadow under the lash line.
Repeat on the eyelid and blend up to the crease. Layering between coats, using a damp brush, will increase the intensity and minimize shadow fallout," says Dior celebrity makeup artist Ricky Wilson. To get the look, purchase DIOR's 5 Couleurs Splendor Eyeshadow in Precious Embroidery ($63, neimanmarcus.com).
5. THE BOMB CHALLENGE
Bravo to influencers Jackie Aina, Alyssa Forever and Alissa Ashley for kicking off a series of makeup tutorials using only Black-owned makeup brands (BOMB).
Jackie's look (above) included items from Coloured Raine and SheaMoisture.
See the full product lists on these ladies' YouTube channels. Challenge accepted!