I am so happy that more and more makeup companies are creating a copious amount of makeup shades for women of color. For a very long time women of color, especially BLACK women have suffered when it comes to finding the right shade of makeup. Obviously beauty comes in all shades and tones, but it’s hard to say that when makeup brands don’t shed light on darker skin tones. Women of color who are models, celebrities, or entertainers are always asked to bring their own foundation to set because some makeup artist and makeup brands don’t carry their shade.

Let me tell y’all a little story! So one day, I got booked to walk in New York Bridal Week. I was so excited and thrilled because it was my first runway show. On the day of the show, I had a 7 A.M. call time and I was running late. I usually like to put a little foundation on when I leave the house but on this day, I did not have time. I decided to drop my foundation in my bag and put a little pep in my step to catch the subway. I arrived at 7:03 A.M. and I was the last one to arrive, so that kind of made me a little upset (I hate being late!). As I waited for my time in the makeup chair, I began looking at all the other models and I only saw two other blacks girls and they were darker than me. I sat in the makeup chair and I closed my eyes for about 10 minutes and once I opened my eyes, I looked like a pale geisha. I mean I really looked PALE AF! My make up was awful. I scrambled backstage to find the other black girls and they did their own makeup. That experience definitely taught me to ALWAYS be prepared.

It’s so annoying that mainstream makeup isn’t always looking out for the black girls and the women of color. Thanks to CoverFX, they have a range of foundations and powders dedicated to darker women. When it comes to setting powders, I don’t always like wearing banana powder because sometimes I feel I look a little yellow. I recently tried the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder which gives my makeup a flawless finish. The powder ranges from fair to deep and when I mean deep, I mean DEEP! I highly suggest going to your nearest Sephora to test out which powder sets best on your skin tone.

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Photographed by: @Deanay0

One thing that I detest during fall and winter is DRY SKIN! Every year I try my hardest to avoid dry skin because it causes my makeup to separate and look crackly. I’ve always used a sunscreen to moisturize my face before applying my makeup but this autumn I think I found my holy grail when it’s comes to makeup separation. I finally invested the time to find a hydrating primer and CoverFX has answered my prayers. After I apply my  sunscreen, I apply my Calming Primer.  I like this primer because it’s great for sensitive skin. If you’re like me, I suffer from hives and mild eczema. My sensitive skin is one of the main reasons why my makeup separates and this primer gets rid of my redness while calming my skin.

Lastly, when I finish my entire makeup routine, I love to spray the CoverFX Mattifying Setting Spray. I used to think setting sprays were a hoax but after a trial, I realized they actually get the job done. It keeps my makeup matte and together. I love a matte look because I don’t like looking shiny. In the summer, it’s cool to have a little shine to enhance your glow but in the winter I prefer my makeup to be all the way matte. If you guys and gals have any other winter makeup routines that you do, don’t be afraid to comment on this post.

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Makeup by: Eduard Emanuel 

Growing up with a Mom who is a total diva, taught me the most important lesson about style, ” It’s not about how others feel about your style, it’s about how you feel about your style”. It was so cool seeing her in outrageous, fun, and daring outfit on and off the red carpet. One trait that I truly admire about my mother is her ability to make a statement. Yes, she always makes a statement in whatever she wears but she also makes a statement in the way she carries herself. Style is not just about the clothes we wear over our backs, it’s about how we choose to carry ourselves in those clothes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I am talking about SWAG my friends! My Mom has a whole lot of swag and it’s because of the way she carries herself. She could enter a room wearing a trash bag and at least ten people would ask her “who is the designer?”. The first rule of style is believing in yourself. If you feel fabulous, you look fabulous.

Since my Mom is one of my favorite style icons, I find it imperative to raid her vintage closet every week. It’s so cool to find old pictures of her in the 80’s and then find the exact outfits she wore in those photos. I think she is a complete genius for saving all her outfits because just like history, fashion repeats itself. Most importantly, I’m just glad that I am able to wear them and they are in tip top condition. If you have a Mom that you know was slayinggggggg back in the day, I suggest you dive into the back of her closet and search for these 3 must have items…

  1. MOM JEANS

2. A GRANDPA SWEATER

3. A VINTAGE SUIT

Photographed by Paige Wilson  @paigeswilson 

Hair by Julius Nash

 

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Ever since I could remember, my Papa, Eric Maurice, has always been the beau of the ball. His dapper demeanor never goes unnoticed when he enters a room. He is in a class of his own with his salt and pepper hair, fierce walk, impeccable style, and that sexy french accent to top it off. Papa is definitely not your average 56 year old man. He manages to live a 007 lifestyle between Los Angeles and Paris while staying fit, fashionable, and fearless.

Over the years, he always made it imperative that he dressed for success. Growing up with a European father with exquisite taste made shopping 10x more fun. Papa never believed in leaving the house in pajamas or sweats, he believed in dressing how you wanted to be addressed. Every season, he would take my brother and I to the big outdoor outlets in Camarillo or Pam Springs, located in California. Together, we would shop all day, maybe get a Auntie Anne’s pretzel in between stores, then continue shopping until we heard  “Attention! the shops will be closing in 15 minutes”. During those long days of shopping, my father taught me color swatches, fabrics, quality versus quantity, and the essentials I needed to have. If Eric Maurice was going to look his best at all times, his kids were going to as well.

Since my father blessed me with dual citizenship between France and The United States, we’ve had many shopping dates that have occurred in Spain, Paris, and London. I’ve been so fortunate to see different cultures and fashions around the world because of my father. He has opened my eyes up to see that fashion everywhere, it is inspired by architecture, food, and people. Still to this day, Papa reminds that having one style or being good at one thing isn’t good enough. Yes, you should have a signature look that represents your style, but also be able to diversify your style. Being able to show people that you can tap into different genres of fashion and life, expands how people view you as a person.

The best lesson that Papa has taught me about style is that there is power when entering a room well dressed. No matter how many designer brands you buy, it will never equate to confidence. Along with Papa’s Sean Connery looks, his confidence is what makes every outfit perfect. To me, Papa is Mr.007 because he isn’t an ordinary man who allows the suit to wear him, he wears the suit. He knows that he can accomplish anything when he looks good and that fuels him to make every mission possible.

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Photographed by @Mamadivisuals

http://www.mamadi.co/ 

IMG_6775 Ballin’ on a budget is truly my speciality. I have a passion for inexpensive thrift shopping. I am addicted to one dollar flea markets and thrift stores. Two weeks ago, I went to a stadium flea market and I found a black leather beret for FIVE DOLLARS. I was so elated, I had to create a fun, fresh, and funky look that would look amazing with my new beret.

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A week later, Paris Fashion Week began and one of Rihanna’s fashion statements was a black leather beret. I was so excited to know that RiRi and I were on the same page when it came to rocking berets. A beret is a perfect style accessory. During the civil rights era, many black panthers wore black berets as a symbol of empowerment, while they shouted “Black is beautiful”. I wear a black beret because it makes a great fashion statement, but it reminds me of my ancestors that fought for civil rights while making a fashion statement.

Paris Fashion Week runways have been flooded with berets, but to make a statement, you must wear the perfect outfit. I decided to pair my beret with a leather jacket, a graphicIMG_6595 tee, leather pants (that I bought for five dollars), and leather black boots . I was going for the funky, trendy, but comfortable look. I made sure that my graphic tee said something profound. I bought my leather beret because I was inspired by the Black Panthers, so it was only right that my shirt said “the hardest job in America is being a Black woman”. I got this vintage tee from an amazing vintage store named ReboundNJ based in Paterson, NJ. Since, I was going for the black solidarity vibe, I wanted people to see and understand that I was making a political statement through my fashion.

There are multiple ways to style a beret, but I truly believe you must create a look that turns heads. It’s cute to wear it with  jeans and t-shirt, but that is more of an “every day” look. When I find an accessory or garment that is striking and unique, I always dress it up because one specific part of a look can make or break an outfit. No matter how colorful or outlandishly your outfit may look, make sure that you are in love with it from head to toe. When you leave out your door everyday, make sure that you look good. In the words of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, “it is best to be as pretty as possible for destiny”. You never know when you will have a date with destiny, so you must look the part at all times.

Power to the People,

Ivy Coco

Photographed by Ty Visionary

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