Posts Tagged Beauty Diversity

Jade Kendle Wants to Help Black Women Love Themselves "Unconditionally and Abundantly"

It is a big f*cking deal to be a black beauty influencer. In a world where European standards of beauty are deemed the norm and makeup brands still overwhelmingly cater to those with pale skin, we need them more than ever. We may look to black beauty influencers for the scoop on the latest products and watch their breakdowns on buzzy trends, but for women of color, the online beauty space is so much more than just hair and makeup. It’s a place for other black women, who are often unrepresented, to finally see themselves represented in a beautiful way.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Jade Kendle of LipsticknCurls . Kendle managed to build a full-time career from sharing her love for beauty on social media. At nearly half a million followers across all social platforms, she reaches a huge amount of rabid fans and has a piece of content for just about every one of your hair and makeup needs. Need a review on the latest curly-hair gel? Kendle’s got it. Need inspo for a holiday beauty look? She’s got that, too.

In addition to her vault of hair tutorials – like this DIY box braids demo with over half a million views – Kendle also gives followers a look into her personal life with a series of “Get Ready With Me” videos, travel vlogs, and pep talks about social media , confidence , navigating life , and building a beauty career.

But after my talk with Kendle over the phone, another fact was made very clear: throughout her seven years creating content in the social media space, her online presence has served as a platform for women of color who don’t always have a voice – and she uses it wisely! Kendle has managed to create a fun, supportive network for other brands, talent, and influencers to help grow their social media following. She’s been able to do so while remaining celebratory and inclusive of all women, but most importantly black women who are often isolated by media and beauty brands.

Ahead, you’ll find the most inspiring tidbits from my conversation with Kendle. We touched on everything from being black women in a white-washed beauty landscape to dealing with living in racial limbo and breaking into an often cutthroat industry. And of course I got the tea on how she keeps those gorgeous curls poppin’.

I Tested the 7 Best Fenty Beauty Products For Skin of Color So You Don't Have to

It’s mind-boggling that in 2017, having one makeup line with offerings for more than just a handful of complexions is a huge ask. So of course the hype around Fenty Beauty by Rihanna hit a thousand and hasn’t let up since the collection dropped last week. Just stop by any Sephora store and you’ll see ravaged Fenty Beauty gondolas where dreams of looking like Rihanna once lived.

Rihanna can pretty much do no wrong in many people’s eyes, including mine, but she isn’t the first celeb to do a beauty line. She has been very vocal about the importance of inclusivity with this collection . . . so I had to test it out for myself to see if it lived up to the hype and to find out which products actually look good on skin of color. Hint: it’s pretty much the entire damn collection, but here are the best ones.

11 Women-Founded Beauty Brands That You Should Have Tried by Now

If you’re both a beauty-lover and a feminist, you’ve probably experienced makeup shaming in spades. “You can’t be a feminist and be obsessed with how you look!” say some. “Makeup is inherently antifeminist!” spout off others. We say that’s total bullsh*t. Feminism is about freedom and self-empowerment, and if you feel empowered rocking beach waves and a fierce red lip, then do you.

That’s why we rounded up eight badass women who started their own beauty lines. One sold her engagement ring, while others quit their high-power finance jobs in the name of following their dreams. After all, in our minds, few things are as empowering as seeing your name on a product on Sephora shelves. Read on to learn more about these incredible women and discover their brands.

23 Styles That Prove Saying "I Do" With Your Natural Hair Is Beautiful

When it comes to picking out the perfect style for your wedding , the possibilities are truly endless, especially for brides with natural hair. Thanks to the incredible versatility of natural hair, women who rock their God-given kinks don’t have to resort to straightening tools for the big day if they don’t want to.

You can transform your hair into braided buns and stretched pompadours, or you can even let your curls roam free and adorn them with floral and bejeweled headpieces. So if you’re planning your look for your upcoming nuptials, we’ve rounded up some elegant hairstyles that might just be “the one.” Get ready to screenshot and send these to your stylist.

Frank Ocean's Mom Saw a Need For Universal Sunscreen – So She Created It

Image Source: Getty / Kevin Mazur

Katonya Breaux, mother to R&B artist Frank Ocean, was on vacation when she noticed five or six more moles on her face that hadn’t been there before. When her dermatologist attributed the moles to the extra sun exposure, Katonya saw a need in the market for a more inclusive SPF product for people of color . . . so she made it herself.

In a recent interview with The Cut, Katonya spoke about Unsun , her line of SPF products that protect a wider range of skin tones from fair to dark. Katonya explained feeling unsatisfied with existing sunscreens that were either too chemical (and thereby irritating) or natural but too white for her skin tone. She said, “It might be easier if you’re going to put a foundation over the white film, but for me it was just frustrating. It would get into my eyebrows, my hairline, it was just very frustrating.”

After linking up with a friend in the hair industry, Katonya spent two years creating her ideal (i.e. universal) sun protection product. Currently, Unsun only offers a tinted mineral sunscreen with SPF 30 , but Katonya does have plans to add body and lip products.

Unsun. Sun protection for ALL skin tones! Coming soon ..

A photo posted by Katonya Breaux (@katonya1) on Mar 24, 2016 at 7:28pm PDT

As for her son, who practically incited panic over his long-awaited album , he’s “very supportive,” according to Katonya. She said, “He’s been using sunscreen for a long time. He takes really good of his skin.”

While she plans on sticking to the sun protection sector of the beauty industry, Katonya hopes other brands will also recognize and address this need for more inclusive products. She said, “Women of color, we’re just underrepresented in many different areas of fashion and beauty. We’re one of the largest purchasing sectors, so we have to be acknowledged . . . The voices are getting louder, but of course there’s a need.”

Unsun SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen ($29)

How to Master a 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine in Under 15 Minutes

When I introduced the Korean 10-step skin care routine for the very first time in 2014, the reaction was unexpectedly positive. I say “unexpectedly” because, sure, I was obsessed with the results I got from a multistep regimen, but I wasn’t sure if others would be as into it as I was (thankfully, they were).

Since then, a lot’s changed for me and my face. My skin care needs are different (hello, 30s and hormonal acne!), and a whole slew of new products have come on the market. Naturally, my skin care routine has changed too. Here’s an updated, two-years-in take on my own Korean 10-step routine.

This Instagram Movement Will Make You Stop Photoshopping Your Face

The morning I took the selfie ahead , I did not feel good about my skin. It was blotchy and dull, and I had a few breakouts. I attempted to take a Snapchat but immediately deleted it, because the results were not flattering. Since I was into my hair that day (shout-out to Jen Atkin’s line, Ouai , which gave me those air-dried beach waves), I wanted to make it work. So I blended some of Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Foundation onto my face, along with Clé de Peau Beauté concealer , La Prairie cream blush , and Benefit highlighter . I was shocked when I stuck my camera phone in front of my mug and was able to snap a photo that needed little filtering (and I can admittedly feel very self-conscious about my #selfies ).

I didn’t want to brag – because that’s so obnoxious on Instagram, right? – but I was really excited about how glowy my complexion looked thanks to makeup. Unlike past images, I felt no need to zoom in using apps like Aviary, Snapseed, or Facetune to blur my under-eye bags, red spots, or fine lines. With a touch of brightening, the photo was ready to post. But before I pushed “share,” I wanted to call out that this was a “real” photo. So I dug around the social media tool and discovered that diverse women have been using the hashtag #nofacetune when they shared similar sentiments and images.

The message behind #nofacetune is to shed light on the fact that these close-up pictures were not photoshopped in a popular app called Facetune . Kim Kardashian famously uses a comparable one called Perfect365 , while many top vloggers rely on the former. In this essay , I coined the term Botox Instagram Face (aka BIF), which described the flat, matte complexion you often see on influencers. In person, their skin looks very different, but these aforementioned Photoshop Instagram apps can quickly change it with just a few swipes.

#Nofacetune is the antimovement to the BIF. Instead, women are calling out the foundation, self-tanner, and other makeup they’re using instead of Photoshop. And if some skin imperfections show through the coverage, so what? Makeup is not necessarily natural, but it’s a lot more realistic than photo manipulation. Instagram users are also going deeper, bravely revealing their bare skin – sunspots, wrinkles, and all – and philosophies on the matter.

Instagrammer Sarah Woodier writes: “It’s shameful that apps like ‘facetune’ and *ahem seriously* ‘cream cam’ exist, you don’t need a smooth face, no wrinkles, no freckles to be beautiful. What does it do for self confidence adjusting your face to within a inch of recognition? How does that increase your self worth when you’re not being yourself. I would revel in our differences and embrace the ageing process, you are you and nobody else can be you. That’s pretty powerful. Please embrace the you that doesn’t need to look like a generic version of beauty/womanhood. We’re all different and that’s a GREAT thing.”

Her message is empowering – as are these 15 photos shared by real women (including yours truly) incorporating the hashtag #nofacetune. There are even some familiar faces, such as a model made over by Kim’s go-to makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, and Jourdan Dunn . I encourage you to share your own snap and tag us (@POPSUGARBeauty ) so that the world can see your true beauty!

These Photos of Freckles Will Make You Love Your Spots Even More

In a day when “fraxel” is the next word on the lips of every freckle-faced person I know, I’m delighted that British photographer Brock Elbank is celebrating these natural spots. In a photo series appropriately named Freckles, he is sharing stunning images via Instagram of those who have the skin specks.

I asked him how this project came about. He said: “When we lived in Sydney in early 2012, I played for a Saturday football team. My teammate John Lloyd’s 10-year-old lad Eddie came to watch a match. Eddie had this face full of freckles like I’d never seen before. They were very intense. He was great-looking character, so I asked John if I could shoot a portrait and that was the start of it. I then become obsessed with the subject, searching out for the most diverse mix I can to document the subject. When we moved back to the UK, I had to put the series on hold while I shot my #Project60. It was an idea for Beard Season’s melanoma charity, and it was exhibited at Somerset House as Beard in March 2015. But now I’m in full production of Freckles, and luckily I’m receiving the same feedback as I did with #Project60 through Instagram and other social media. Subjects are travelling from all over, including Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, amongst others, to be photographed.”

Keep reading to see more of these gorgeous faces of freckles ! And if you are living in the UK and think you could be a good candidate for this photo series, email Brock at