The #BoyfriendDoesMyMakeup challenge has been around for quite some time. We've watched clips of mostly clueless folks attempt to apply cosmetics to their other half's face, with most results being pretty pitiful. Lack of skill aside, we've been itching to take on the test ourselves. So, what happened when our baes were invited to the office for a little beauty fun? Let's just say the results are both terrifying and hilarious. Press play to see how they did!
Yep, it’s possible to pick up a few tricks from Sephora pros with no strings attached.
Of all the amusing and witty holidays that seem to pop up throughout the year, National Candy Day is one of our favorites. As it turns out, there are a ton of beauty products that sound as sweet as they look. In observance of this tasty holiday, we encourage you to mist on a yummy fragrance or coat your lips in a bubble gum flavored balm—there’s plenty of fragrant finds that will get you in the holiday spirit. Besides, what’s better than having sweet aromas follow you throughout the day?! Click through the gallery ahead for a peek at some sweet beauty treats!
One hundred percent of the proceeds from every lipstick sold go toward those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
We all know and love QVC. Back in the day, we’d watch the shoppable TV channel with its ecstatic hosts raving about all the amazing products. And let’s be honest, no matter how long we watched, we eventually needed everything because it was sure to solve each and every woe we had in life. As a beauty editor, I love and trust QVC. I know every item it sells goes through a strenuous testing process before hitting the airwaves. Yes, not every brand that wants to be on the network will make the cut and unlike your typical infomercials, QVC has facts and studies to back up everything they say about the products being sold. Yesterday (October 31), it debuted Beauty iQ, a new channel complete with over 50 brands to shop and live shows five days per week. “We’ve listened to our customers and fans, and we know beauty is intrinsic to their lives,” said QVC President and CEO, Mike George. “So we’re engaging with them on all the platforms they love and providing a new experience that caters to their passion for beauty.” Sounds like a winner to me! Get a headstart on your holiday shopping with some of our favorite products below!
For many makeup wearers, applying concealer ignites a very special kind of anxiety. It's often labeled as a no-fuss beauty product, but the truth is it can look completely unnatural when applied incorrectly. And the risk is even higher if the brand you're using doesn't make Black girl-friendly shades. Thankfully, Make Up For Ever doesn't fit into that category. Its cult favorite Ultra HD Concealer just expanded to include even more shades, making it that much more important to level up our makeup game for the upcoming winter season. We recently met up with Jackie Gomez, celebrity MUA (Beyoncé, Zoe Saldana) and Head of MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy New York, who immediately put us at ease while answering our most basic concealer questions. Take notes!
Celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis reveals the products that gave Negga her red carpet glow.
Overly sculpted cheeks are so 2015. Instead, we're more enticed by the idea of detailed lips and eyes. If you want to add a little volume to your makeup look, Benefit Cosmetics makeup master José Rivera's easy how-to will set you in the right direction. Who says contouring has to be so complicated?! Press play and take notes!
Costumes are essential for Halloween, but makeup plays an equally important part. You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to intensify your look; create lots of drama by simply rocking a bold lip color! It's important to remember that this holiday is all about self-expression, so sheer lip gloss and lip balms won’t cut it. Whether you're handing out candy to the kiddies or crashing a party with friends, vibrant is best and all "normal" beauty rules can be thrown out the window, . We’ve got the brightest and coolest lipsticks to compliment your villainous, ethereal and haunting costumes just ahead. Pucker up!
It seems new mascaras launch every week with the promise of fuller, bigger and longer lashes. What they don’t advertise is the clump that comes along with it. You know what I'm talking about; the thick, gunky, lashes-stick-together-when-you-blink clumpy. As a makeup minimalist, I love feeling au naturel, but sometimes a bare face doesn’t do it for me. When I want a boost, mascara tends to be the go-to that adds a feminine touch to my look. One thing we’ve noticed when searching high and low for the best natural looking mascaras is that it’s all about the brush and how it grabs the product. When brushes are super wide and have thicker bristles, product is going to gather and turn to gunk. Steer clear of the thick stuff and covet these mascaras when you simply want better lashes that don't go overboard.
Beauty girls know that Halloween is a prime time to flex those makeup skills. Each year, we're taken aback by just how much can be accomplished with our beauty stash. With just a few swipes of shadow or liner, you can transform into just about anything without changing your wardrobe. From your standard cat or vampire to something truly unique, there's no need for a costume if you're serving face that onlookers can't stop obsessing over. As with any other momentous occasion, the Internet is full of inspiration for those who need a little motivation to step outside the box. These beautiful black women are equal parts spooky and fabulous.
It was only a matter of time before Ciara joined forces with a well renowned beauty brand like Revlon. Beyond her undeniable expertise in the fashion department, the singer and newlywed has always delivered equally amazing beauty moments. Be it on a red carpet, vacation destination or random off duty moment with family, Cici displays hair and makeup goals pretty much anytime she takes a picture. Case in point: we've grown accustomed to perusing her Instagram for inspiration to step up our makeup game. Once you've done the same, you'll quickly realize why she's one of our favorite beauty queens. See some of our favorite candid moments from Ciara below.
Simmons envisions the Lip A.R.T customer as someone as ambitious as herself.
Metallic, sparkles and black liner: what more can a girl ask for?!
As Global Brand Ambassador, she will not only appear in color cosmetics ads, but will also be the face of the “Choose Love” campaign.
Their steals and deals for our favorite brands never seem to disappoint. And now, T.J.Maxx is poised to takeover the beauty game. Last week, the department store giant announced that it will be selling beauty products online and we are beyond ecstatic. From hair to makeup to skincare, they’ve got you covered with some top-notch prestige brands. We searched the site high and low and found products that actually work for us brown girls. From coconut oil in a glass bottle to decorated flat irons, you’ll definitely become a Maxxinista after seeing these beauty picks.
Nude lipstick is the easiest way to fake effortless beauty, but finding one is so tricky. It doesn't matter if you prefer it matches your skin tone or natural lip color; the search for a perfect match is daunting. The upside of perusing is that there are a plethora of finishes to try out; matte, velvet and gloss included. The downside is that with the gargantuan amount of options out there, your search may never end. In an effort to bring you one step closer to a fall-ready shade, we've tasked ourselves with finding the best shades for a variety of skin tones. See which brands are the most black girl-friendly, according to ESSENCE staffers.