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21 Lipsticks Made By Latinas

Every Latina in the diaspora knows that the right lip color can make you King, make men (and women) bend to your will, make a mansplainer splain no more and give you the cojones to do what you’re meant to do. These lip colors were made by Latina entrepreneurs who are bring all “no f*cks given” style straight to your face.
Rock it, mami. 💋

1. Red Hot “Brava” por las bravas de Reina Rebelde

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When the caption says it all: “🔥For Las Bravas🔥The foundation of every Latina is that unapologetic, passionate fire she carries within her. It is her birthright. She brings that unique energy to everything she does – she laughs louder, loves harder, fights more intensely, and ultimately endures more. We learn this resilience from the many icons we have the privilege of claiming as our own and the women who raise us and leave us a legacy of inner power and self-confidence with which to approach all of life. This unique, audacious Latina energy gave life to the Bold Lip Color Stick in Brava – a perfect, go-to, activating red that stokes this inner fire within us and displays it for the world to see.”

2. Melt Cosmetics’ muted lip colors to make your eyes pop.

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You don’t have to go big in the pout to stand out. Melt Cosmetics’ Gemini collection will give you everything you need to make this look happen, and support Latinas in business while you’re at it.

3. The Malinche

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In Reina Rebelde’s (thee cult classic brand for your mouth) own words this is “a fierce metallic red shade that will keep everyone guessing whether you are a niña mala or a niña buena.”

4. Get yourself some “Beaches N Cream”

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Atomic Makeup has an enormous variety of lip colors, but their latest summer shade is the perfect combo of a rosy base with a subtle, peach shimmer that’s perfect for sunny weather.

5. Dare to eat Takis with “Rosa Salvaje.”

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Let it be known that you can get almost all things Reina Rebelde at Target now, including this “hot pink shade inspired by the 80s international hit. It is perfect for when you are falling into hardcore, telenovela-worthy love and want to leave tu amorcito covered in besitos.”

6. We dare you to try “Fresa” 🍓.

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Crucial: the champagne and strawberry picnic basket to start your date off right. According to none other than theReina Rebelde, this is a “deep berry shade for when you want the world to see your fresita tendencies.”

7. Can you bring goth back?

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Ok, it is back, and we know you’re already thinking to yourself, “Claro que sí I can pull this bish off.” Trust your gut and YOLO. 🆒

8. The truth is, you’re the only one holding you back from this look:

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Like I said, Atomic Makeup has so many fresh looks, including this neon green, which you don’t have to be in high fashion art shows to rock.

9. “Over It” by Nevermind Cosmetics

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Are you over your boring old shades? This company is owned by two cousins born out of Miami and selling out of NYC and they deserve your money. Plus, they make it easy on the wallet.

10. “HBIC” & “GRL TALK” by Nevermind Cosmetics

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Meet the cousins who started an empire! We love that they model their own creations, and we love the creations even more.

11. “Gold Skool” by Kat Von D Beauty

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You know what you’re worth, honey. You’re gold, and there’s no world in which we don’t include Kat Von D on this list. She’s cruelty free, vegan and elevates all of us to her level.

12. “Tank Girl” by Kat Von D Beauty

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Familia listen up: greens are so in, and I already know they look good on you. This khaki muted olive green liquid lip is the perfect first foray into a bold new color.

13. “Spring Affair” by Atomic Makeup

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If you’re feeling even bolder, have yourself a Spring Affair, before summer is in full force. We love the metallic touch here too. I have so much respect for makeup artists right now.

14. “Dreamboy” by Melt Cosmetics

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Fun fact: the two Latinas who started this brand first met behind the beauty counter at Nordstrom. They wanted to bring matte vibrant colors to the public, and this is where the trend started!!

15. “710” by Melt Cosmetics

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It’s pretty much summer, which means you can start going for more orange tones, though they’re tricky on those of us with a more yellow/olive complexion, so we recommend taking your time at Sephora, k? 😉

16. “Snow White Red” by Bésame Cosmetics

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If you don’t have a classic red in your collection already, this is the one. Bésame is a luxury vintage beauty line that was created by Buenos Aires born Gabriela Hernandez. She is an actual cosmetic historian with the degrees to back it up and we can trust her with the classics.

17. “2GETHER 4EVER” by Atomic Makeup

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Ok, but do you understand why we keep talking about them? Who doesn’t love a matte shimmer lip?

18. “NOT UR BABY” by Nevermind Cosmetics

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I’m here for these lippie names, nevermind. I’m also here for the matte velvet mauve happening here. Happen to me.

19. “Terra Mater” by Necromancy

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Necromancy Cosmetica has some seriously killer shades. If you have a goth side, meet your maker, and know that you can never go wrong with this shade.

20. Try one of Atomic Makeup’s 50+ Shades

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They have shimmery blacks, mauves, coppers and rose alongside silver, black and white colors. It’s for a cause, ok? Treat yo’self and ship other Latinas’ success.

21. Rainbow Highlighter by Chaos Makeup

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Chaos Makeup is a pretty small starting brand known for their rainbow highlighters. You don’t have to go out and buy a thousand new shades for a new look. Try brushing this rainbow highlighter on your basic look to give yourself a subtle boost to unicorn land.

Here’s How A Goth Makeup Company Is Helping Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Economy After Hurricane Maria

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Here’s How A Goth Makeup Company Is Helping Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Economy After Hurricane Maria

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, businesses all over the island were devastated by the destruction. Some were able to reopen months, to a year later, while others had to close for good. While more established businesses such as resorts and restaurants had backing to get back on their feet, it was the independent companies that struggled to reopen. Necromancy Cosmetica, however, is thriving after resuming business as usual.

Puerto Rico-based Necromancy Cosmetica a gothic makeup company was closed for four months after Hurricane Maria.

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In an interview with Remezcla, Necromancy Cosmetica owners Desiree Rodríguez and Salvador Pérez talked about their joint venture which has a large social media following. The couple launched the brand four years ago but they said they almost had to shut down their store after the hurricane.

“The store was full of mold. It was total chaos,” Rodríguez told the publication. She adds that they had “like two free days. We got to work before we even knew how our families were doing. My family is from the west side of the island, and I didn’t hear from them for almost three weeks.”

The couple said that they had help locally, and abroad during the rebuilding process. They were able to sell their product online while they continued to work on reopening.

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Like many local businesses after the hurricane, Necromancy Cosmetica has survived because of loyal and proud Puerto Rican customers. While many people might think of colorful and tropical scenes when they think of Puerto Rico but the goth community needs representation. Just because you live on an island doesn’t mean you will look like you live on an island.

Puerto Rico’s economy is struggling as the island continues to recover from a storm that devastated everything and everyone. As the Puerto Rican economy tries to build up, it is the local stores like Necromancy Cosmetica that are giving the island the support it needs. The company might not be donating money to the recovery effort but pumping their money into the local economy creating a stream of tax revenue that the government relies on.

The owners take pride that their makeup line is vegan and cruelty-free.

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If you need more reason to check out the company, how about their stance for animals?

“These and all other Necromancy Cosmetica brand lipsticks are made with 100% vegan materials that have never been tested on animals, that means you can rest easy knowing that your wicked lips will always be on the up-and-up if you decide to join the Necromancy cult,” reads the Necromancy Cosmetica website. “Des and Zal work hard from their crypt in Puerto Rico to fulfill all the orders themselves and have high hopes for their independently owned, produced, and distributed non-liquid lipsticks. So take a look at their witchy works and get inspired.”

Necromancy Cosmetica is located at 59 Calle Arzuaga Local #3 Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Click here for more information on the products.

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Support Women Of Color Businesses By Buying From These Fire Brands

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Support Women Of Color Businesses By Buying From These Fire Brands

There are a million reasons to love the summertime. Not only is it the season of ice cream and minimal clothing, but it’s also the time of year when our favorite brands release exciting collections in time for the hot months. And there’s arguably no collections we look forward to more than summertime makeup collections.

But like most major brands, many makeup collections are predominantly owned-and-operated by rich white men, which can be problematic if you’re trying to be more conscious about using your dollars to support women of color entrepreneurs. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of new summer makeup collections in which women of color are the ones who are calling the shots. Check out the collections below and be sure to have your wallet ready!

1. Beauty Blender’s Limited Edition Yellow Sponge for Pride

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On June 1st, Latina-founded makeup company BeautyBlender launched a limited-edition lemon-yellow blending sponge called “Joy” in honor of Pride Month. Hurry and buy it before it runs out!

2. Vive Cosmetics Cremosa Matte Lipstick in “Rosita”

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Latina owned-and-operated company Vive cosmetics is releasing a new “muted rose pink” shade of their Cremosa Matte lipstick called “Rosita”. It currently retails of $17. Hurry up and snatch a tube before it sells out!

3. Melt Cosmetics “Impulsive” Pressed Pigment Palette

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Co-founded by Latina businesswoman Lora Arellano, Melt Cosmetics just released its Impulsive Eye Shadow Palette for Summer. It is described as a “18-shade palette” that “features two sides that tells the story of Melt Cosmetics and the customers who made this dream a reality”. Buy it here for $65.

4. Rizos Curls “Refresh and Detangle Spray”

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This Latina owned-and-operated natural hair line recently released an award-winning curl-refreshing spray just in time for the Summer heat. Buy it here for $19.99.

5. Reina Rebelde’s “The Perfect Labios Kit” by @Viva_Glam_Kay

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The “Makeup for Today’s Latina” brand is owned-and-operated by Latina businesswoman Regina Merson. Recently, she collaborated with Puerto Rican vlogger and makeup artist Kay-Lani Martinez to release an exciting makeup collection called “The Perfect Labios”. Buy it here.

6. Fenty

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On May 10th, Rihanna-owned beauty line Fenty launched a Summertime collection that included Satin Lipstick, Vivid Liquid Eyeliner, Lip Balm and a Lip-Loving Scrubstick. You can browse the new collection here or buy them at any Sephora location.

7. Lipmatic “Lipshines” Collection

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Black-owned cosmetic line Lipmatic is releasing their LipShines collection on June 15th. Buy the collection here.

8. Juvia’s Place “I Am Magic Foundation”

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Black-owned cosmetic company Juvia’s Place will be launching their “I Am Magic” foundation line. The product will be available in 42 shades and four undertones. Buy it here.

9. Ella’s Eve

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Latina-owned indie makeup startup Ella’s Eve Cosmetics is releasing new lipstick shades “Forever”, “Sweet”, “Melissa”, and “Naked” in time for the summer. Buy them here.

10. Huda Beauty “Neon Obsessions” Palette

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Not only is Iraqi-American makeup mogul Huda Kattan constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to new ideas and new products, but she’s an incredible example of what a WOC is capable of when it comes to business. Most recently, the makeup world is abuzz with her newly-released “Neon Obsessions ” eye shadow palette. You can buy the collection here.

11. Pat McGrath Blitztrance Lipstick in “Full Fantasy”

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Pat McGrath is a legend in the beauty industry. In 2015, she officially launched her makeup brand, Pat McGrath Labs which is now the premiere makeup line owned by a black woman in the US. Her most recent Blitztrance lipstick shade, “Full Fantasy” is a “mid-tone nude rose lit up with a golden sheen”. Buy here.

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