Beauty News Beyond Convention: What We're Reading Now

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Credit: NY Times

The New York Times examines the makeup industry's progress in addressing the needs of women of darker skin tones and examines what else needs to be done.

“We joke sometimes, a new shade is born every day,” he added. “And it’s true, the world is getting smaller and smaller. People are moving everywhere. You’ll have an African-American marry someone from, say, Japan. Or somebody from Europe marries somebody from Korea. It’s not as pigeonholed as it used to be.”

"Guiding Light" -The Edit,

Net-a-Porter's Chanel Iman interview ranges from her romantic life to race and politics within the fashion industry.

On watching Lupita Nyong'o win her Best Supporting Actress Oscar: "All my friends and I were holding hands in front of the television, willing her to win... I really believe that having a black woman win an Oscar is going to help pave the way, not just in her industry, but in mine."

"Beyoncé's Makeup Artist: From Helmut Newton to Drunk In Love" -Into the Gloss

Into the Gloss scored an interview with Francesca Tolot (See Beyoncé's March 2013 Vogue issue), who has worked with Beyoncé for over 10 years.

"I just try to be available as much as I can. I’ve been around the world with her, I just go with the flow. Sometimes projects are scheduled ahead of time, and sometimes they happen overnight. So yes, I'm just ready to go whenever they call me, because I love being with her and working with her."

Raved: Tom Ford Lip Color

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color in Violet Fatale
Review by Serina Phoenix

While on a recent trip to Atlanta (a.k.a. my southern shopping mecca) I stopped by the Tom Ford counter at the Neiman Marcus in Lenox Square mall. Unfortunately, New Orleans does not have a Tom Ford counter so I wanted to experience everything firsthand. I originally went in to try the lip color in Deep Mink. I kept seeing it on the blogs with women of color and it looked great on everyone.  I tried it on and I REALLY liked it! It is a great nude for a brown girl (MAC NW45). But, I ended up being peer pressured (Thanks G and Elle) to step out of my comfort zone and purchase something with more color. I wound up getting Violet Fatale.

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