Nars Fall 2014 Eye Pencils in Night Porter and Night Bird

Nars Night Porter and Night Bird Glitter Eye LinersIt makes me really, really sad to type the words “Fall 2014″. We’re smack dab in the middle of July and I’m loving every freakin’ second of this heat! But when Nars makes products like this, you just have to share. Sometimes, boring black eye liner just isn’t the way to go. And sometimes, you just don’t feel like wearing eye shadow.

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Scandalous Beauty News, Vol. 001: Jet Open Casting Call with RHOA Cynthia Bailey, Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards and More

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose, celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White

  • Jet Magazine is holding an open casting call at RHOA’s The Bailey Agency this Saturday from noon-3pm. Want more information? Email: JETcastingbow@gmail.com
  • Make Up For Ever launches a pro newsletter (Makeupforeverpro.com)
  • Essence Best In Black Beauty Awards was held last night, honoring 6 people who made a profound inpact in the beauty world. Pictured above is celebrity stylist June Ambrose, celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White. (Essence)
  • Nars Cosmetics wins 15 (!!!) Instyle Best Beauty Buys Awards. (Narscosmetics.com)
  • Select Sephora stores are getting a new look! Manhattan locations will be the first, of course. (Sephora.com)
  • Refinery 29 shared 14 blouse ideas to wear to your 9-5 (Refinery29.com)

Dear Nars (and others), Thanks For Not Forgetting About the Brown Girls

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

This post is a simple thank you for not forgetting about a group of people. The people I’m referring to are brown women like myself, who simply want to be considered. I realize that every company is not trying to cater to WOC, and that’s fine. I just won’t support them. I can send this same “letter’ to several companies. There are plenty of brands that realize brown women buy their makeup.

I opened my email to find a press release about Nars’ new tinted moisturizer, Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++. Half of the time, I don’t even get upset when I don’t see foundations close to my complexion. I hate to say it, but  you get used to the disappointment. In fact, you’d be surprised about how many releases I receive for foundations that don’t go deeper than Jennifer Lopez’ complexion. But look at the model. Just look at that intoxicatingly beautiful deep brown skin!

For years, I’ve had people telling me to try Nars foundation. An old co-worker (who worked for Dior) swore by Nars foundation. In fact, she only wore Nars (and only wore Dior glosses. Sometimes.) And then I really stepped back to think about it. Francois Nars has continually looked out for us! He created Taj Mahal with brown women (specifically, Naomi Campbell) in mind. I still haven’t found a blush that has consistently looked so beautiful on brown skin (and other tones too). Here’s a video tutorial of me modeling my two fave orange blushes of all time, Taj Mahal and Exhibit A.

The lipsticks, shadows, powders, foundation, glosses–they all work for us too. It’s the sign of a quality product. They’ll definitely remain on my list of favorite brands.