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    8 Black Influencers Share Their Favorite Summer Beauty Products

    You know those people you follow on Instagram, but you don’t just follow them. You watch all of their stories; you like, comment, and share all of their pictures; you study their favorite products and buy basically all of their recommendations. The algorithm is good to you, showing you their pictures first. As a beauty lover, I feel this way about a lot of influencers, but as I’ve diversified my feed and followed more Black makeup artists, influencers, and bloggers, it’s happening pretty dang often, y’all. As much as having a diverse feed as important, it’s also good to have an arsenal of products that work for all skin tones, types, and preferences. Obviously, the first place I’m looking is the favorites of those same influencers I’ve grown to love (er, be obsessed with). 
    So whether you’re just looking for some good products (I’m about to place at least 10 orders) or searching for brands and products that specifically cater to those with dark or deep skin tones, you’ve come to the right place.

    Source: @enigivensunday

    Beauty Bakerie
    Face Flour Baking Powder

    When it comes to setting powders, it’s still difficult to find one that’s lightweight enough not to give you a cakey look, but effective enough to lock your makeup in place. Beauty Bakerie has nailed it with their setting powder, which does an excellent job of blurring my skin without weighing my makeup down.

    Pat McGrath Lab
    Sublime Perfection Foundation

    I thought I had seen all there is to “holy grail” foundations before this one from Pat McGrath launched, but I was wrong. The finish of this foundation gives such an effortless and skin-like look that looks superb in photographs and feels super lightweight on skin.

    Full-On™: Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in “White Russian”

    My all-time favorite nude lipgloss, which says a lot because lip gloss is a product that I do not play around with. I’ve been using this lip gloss for years, and every time I use it, my lips look fuller and smoother. Chances are if you see me with nude lip gloss on, it’s this one!

    Source: @tyra_fisher

    Cloud Paint

    Glossier’s Cloud Paint in shade “Dusk” is my go-to for a natural, dewy look. A little goes a long way, and it is one of my new favorites!

    Fenty Beauty
    Match Stix Trio

    Fenty Beauty’s Match Sticks are so good for a quick glam look. I have the trio in shade tan 300, and they are always in my purse and are so easy to apply.

    AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

    Cerave is my go-to for skincare—I’ve been using their products since high school, and my skin has been loving it ever since. The daily lightweight moisturizer with SPF keeps my combination skin hydrated and protected, 10/10 recommend!

    Source: @neonmua

    Laura Mercier
    Translucent Loose Setting Powder in “Translucent Medium Deep”

    A lot of Black artists and makeup wearers will tell you that our biggest fear is to look dead or ashy, and that can happen when we wear certain “translucent” powders that are too light for us (or are straight-up white). The Laura Marcier powder does a great job of melting into the skin while also preserving the color of the products under it, giving those of us with deeper complexions that healthy color we want and need.

    Fenty Beauty
    Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

    I think it’s safe to say that Fenty Beauty changed the makeup industry for the better. Upon its initial launch, it was unheard of for a brand to release 40-50 foundation shades that catered to people of all shades and undertones. Now it’s the new norm, and Rihanna has helped to not only change the way we see makeup as a whole, but also help give us a space to feel accepted and beautiful no matter our complexion. That Rihanna region just won’t let up.
    Oily skin? Darius loves her matte foundation too!

    Pat McGrath Labs
    Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette – Bronze Seduction

    I know the price point of PMG is off-putting at first, but it’s so worth it. As a makeup artist herself, Pat McGrath understands how important it is for eyeshadows to be rich and pigmented enough to work on even the deepest of skin tones. I love all of the Mothership palettes, but Bronze Seduction is a personal favorite of mine because it has a lot of easy-to-use neutral shades, but also introduces some blinding and breathtaking metallics, shimmers, and duochromes.

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    The Lip Bar
    Fast Face Kit

    Lately, my go-to has been The Lip Bar’s Fast Face Kits. I love them because they are no-fuss, and I don’t have to think about what products to use to make myself feel pulled together for Zoom meetings throughout the day.

    5. Jenee (@highlowluxxe on Instagram and YouTube)

    Source: @highlowluxxe

    Anastasia Beverly Hills
    Jackie Aina Palette

    I can use every shade in this palette (which typically doesn’t happen for someone with my complexion), and I love the shade options. You can go bold or understated!

    Source: @marfarlane

    Multi-Use Skincare Oil

    When it comes to having a smooth and even skin tone, my favorite go-to is using Bio-Oil from Ulta Beauty. This has done wonders for the skin and has really helped to clear up the hyperpigmentation on parts of my skin.

    Vanity Planet
    Ultimate Skin Spa Facial Cleansing System

    I’ve been using this spin brush for about three months now, and I don’t know how I ever lived without it before! This spin brush is perfect because it’s really helped get out all the extra gunk out of my face when I’m doing my daily face cleansing routine.

    Source: @astoldbymika

    Skin Silk Loose Setting Powder

    I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to loose powder, but Mented’s Skin Silk Powder never disappoints. It instantly blurs my skin, making it look flawless. 404 error: no pores found.

    Source: @minnieknows

    Urban Decay
    All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

    No makeup is complete without using a setting spray. My go-to one is the All-Nighter Setting Spray by Urban Decay. I love that you don’t even notice it because it sets the makeup so effortlessly. It’s not sticky like other sprays I’ve used in the past. And the best thing about it? It comes in a mini version. So even while traveling, I never have to go without my favorite setting spray. An absolute must-have, gals!

    Fenty Beauty
    Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

    The Pro Filt’r Matte Foundation is my all-time favorite foundation. Apart from Fenty Beauty being super inclusive, meaning I finally found a makeup brand (thanks Riri) that has my exact shade, this products delivers what it promises. From the dreamy coverage despite being lightweight to the longevity, this foundation truly is an A+!

    Fenty Beauty
    Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter

    Along the lines of best beauty brand ever, I added the Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo to my Fenty Beauty product collection. What can I say, I couldn’t resist. With its creamy texture and metallic finish, [this is] an all-rounder I use daily. More

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    My Top 10: Corey Rae Shares Her Must-Have Beauty and Fashion Picks

    Who doesn’t open the medicine cabinet of every persons’ bathroom they go into? We can’t be the only ones who absolutely love to know what beauty, fashion, and wellness products other people are using. (Don’t even get us started on peeking behind a closet door to see neatly-lined rows of denim, dresses, and shoes.) Some call it being nosy, but we call it being ~inquisitive~. Luckily, we don’t have to pretend to be drying our hands for an extra five minutes any longer, because our favorite influencers are sharing their top 10 products right here, without all the snooping. We asked them everything they love, from the best moisturizer for their skin type to their favorite pair of black leggings to the wellness essentials they use daily.

    One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

    This hair tool has been a recent savior of mine! Not only has it cut my blow-dry time in half, but my hair is softer, I don’t have any breakage, and it’s sooooo easy to use! It’s perfect for voluminous straight hair or smooth beach waves. Very thankful for this product!

    Hair Oil

    This hair oil is my go-to! I typically use it after I blow out my hair to lock in a smooth finish and fight frizz. Even on days when I don’t do my hair, I apply this oil to wet hair to ensure a shiny, natural, air-dried beachy wave look. It smells AMAZING, and I believe this product is vegan and cruelty-free, as well as paraben- and phthalate-free!

    Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm

    I’m obsessed with the smell of this product; I could smell it all day long! This is something I actually look forward to using on my skin. It’s lightweight, so I use it day and night on top of serums to lock in and amplify moisture. It’s natural, vegan, and cruelty-free!

    Bite Beauty
    Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm

    [This] is my absolute favorite lip balm. It’s clean, vegan, cruelty-free, and smells (and tastes) incredible! Soft, plump, pouty lips are an absolute must for me, and this keeps my lips soft for hours. I always have this on me!

    Le Riot Lip Gloss in “Ethereal”

    This is a brand new favorite of mine. It leaves a gorgeous soft shine on your lips. Not only is Lady Gaga an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, but her entire line is vegan and cruelty-free, which is obviously very important to me!

    Pixi Beauty
    Large Lash Mascara

    The #1 question I’m always asked is what mascara I use. Recently, I’ve been using a combination of two incredible vegan and cruelty-free companies. I use one layer of Pixi Large Lash Mascara and one layer of Tarte Lash Paint Mascara.
    Pixi Large Lash Mascara is cruelty-free, vegan, and paraben- and fragrance-free! It has vitamin E to nourish the lashes, panthenol to strengthen, and bamboo extract to fortify, and helps retain moisture in the lashes. It’s perfect for separating, lengthening, and plumping my lashes without the clumps.

    Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

    Tarte Lash Paint Mascara is vegan, cruelty-free, safe for contact lens wearers (which I am), and is perfect for making sure every lash is coated and separated. It’s made with natural wax that lengthens the lashes and ensures smooth application. It’s also made without parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, triclosan, gluten, and sodium lauryl sulfate!

    Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne

    It’s my signature scent! I’ve been wearing this for the past five years, and I’m as in love with it as I was the first time I smelled it. I usually layer it on top of the lotion to heighten the scent and make it last all day long.

    Alana High-Rise Cropped Skinny

    [These have] become my favorite pair of jeans I’ve ever owned. They are so comfortable and extremely flattering. Sustainability within the fashion industry is something I pay close attention to, and I love that. These are free of harmful chemicals, [and] the wash process utilizes 90 percent less water and reduces waste output to almost zero. Overall, J BRAND’s eco-friendly jeans minimize the negative impact on both the planet and the artisans who make our clothes.

    eddy+ 20oz Insulated Tritan Water Bottle

    I never go anywhere without this water bottle: errands, walks in the park, and even music festivals! I drink a minimum of 2L of water a day, and it helps me keep track of how much I’m drinking and keeps it at the perfect temperature. More