Mouna Moussa, Entertainment Brand Manager

My name is Mouna Moussa. I am half Sicilian and half Lebanese. My mother is 100% Sicilian (from Italy) and my dad is 100% Lebanese (the Middle East). As far as I know, going back generations, it’s all Sicilian on one side and all Lebanese on the other. I’d say I’m Mediterranean. People sometimes think…

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Anneka Ranpuria, Beauty Publicist

My name is Anneka Ranpuria and I’m a Beauty Publicist in the city. I’m of Indian descent, but I’ve never been to India, but I’m a hundred percent Indian — Gujarati. I was born in England and had a lot of Indian people around me there. When I moved to the suburbs in Cincinnati, Ohio,…

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Miranda Smyre, Digital Sales Planner

My name is Miranda Smyre and I’m a Digital Sales Planner for Juice Mobile. I’m African-American. I’m a Black American woman. Everyone always asks me “What are you mixed with?” “Are you Latina, are you Hawaiian?” I’ve gotten Caribbean, too. They’re always like, “You’re not all the way Black, and I’m like “Yeah, I am”.…

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Mecca Moore, Creator of Pynk Magazine

My name is Mecca Moore and I am Black American woman. Like, a regular Black girl! It’s so funny because [I’ll hear] a lot of people always trying to say, “I’m part this or I’m part that.” No. I’m a good ole’ Black girl. My family is from the South, mostly in North Carolina and…

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Renae Bluitt, Creator of In Her Shoes Blog

“My name is Renae Bluitt. I am the founder of Crush Media, which is a Brooklyn-based beauty PR consultancy and I am the creator of In Her Shoes blog. In Her Shoes is a blog that I created six years ago, that’s all about celebrating what I call “fly female entrepreneurs.” I started In Her…

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Dark Girl, Brown Eyeshadow

Let’s talk about dark girls and brown eyeshadow. We can wear it, and we can wear it well. It’s about the undertone and the complimentary lip and cheek service. For so long, we’ve been taught to steer away from brown shadows. Especially deeper tones. But, brown shadows are one of the staples for fall, and…

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Let’s Talk About MAC’s Vamplify, High Gloss Collection

Provocative lip colors are the thing now. No one wants to wear boring, bland lipsticks, and MAC has made it clear that no one wants to wear boring glosses either. The thing is: gloss can be annoying. Sticky, tricky and sometimes tacky (like, let’s be real), they can easily get a bad rap. Plus, who…

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Dark Girl, Burgundy Lips

It’s just a fun mini-series I conjured up. I want to, again, stress that brown and dark girls (which, in a sense, we are one in the same), are still somewhat in the thinking pattern that they can’t wear certain beauty trends. Most of the time, we stay away from the colors. For instance, many…

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An Ode to the Unkempt, Somewhat Bushy Eyebrows

They’re slightly thick, lush and heavily un-plucked. They’re no longer waxed to the extremities of skinny, overarched lines residing above our eyes. Instead, they may be threaded, carefully so, to give the appearance of a cleanly groomed, wide eye. We’re talking about the almost unkempt, slightly bushy eyebrows. They’re here, there and everywhere. Once praised…

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So now we’re contouring our collarbone? No thanks.

Le sigh. Another “beauty trend” has hit the Internets, and we’re like “noooo”! Collarbone makeup, or the art of contouring your collarbones so that they look more defined, thus making you look thinner has flourished. While it hasn’t taken over like face contouring and even “strobing” (which is essentially highlighting), it has become the small talk…

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