“I love it when Black models thank me for having their base color backstage,” gushes Jay Manuel—the celebrity makeup artist turned America’s Next Top Model star, turned cosmetic mogul.
That was the case for 17-year old Amilna Estevo, a vivacious chocolate skinned beauty from Angola. “Tanks Jayeeeeee” she chirped playfully, referring to his namesake Filter Finish Skin Perfector Foundation, just applied to her skin.
When Manuel launched this foundation on HSN a year ago, it sold out in two hours–they ran out before his multi-day stint was complete! I get why BCBG turned to Jay for their post-yoga glow makeup direction and I was happy to see that the one and only black girl in the show looked
flawless, not a trace of base.