Anyone with siblings will definitely relate to this video.
Manuel “Manny Mua” Gutierrez is known for his amazing makeup looks, enthusiastic personality and fun special guests. This time, instead of a fellow queer social media influencer or a fellow makeup artist, Gutierrez enlisted his younger brother Nick to do his makeup. Now, Manny didn’t expect his brother to make a whole new look out of thin air so he recreated one of Manny’s previous looks. Sure, the makeup part of the channel is the most important part but the real magic in this video is the exchange between Manny and Nick.
While Manny was gushing over how proud he was of his brother for the work he was doing, Nick was quick to throw the right amount of shade. Nick kept Manny laughing through the whole video. The greatest moment of brotherly love and rivalry came when Nick was doing Manny’s eyes. First, the eyeliner was a struggle, which it is for all beginning makeup artists. Not only was Nick a little bit off, he was terrifying Manny with the way he was hovering the eyeliner pen near the eye. But the most brutal bit of commentary from Nick came with the eyelashes. These two are peak siblings during this video and it’s magical.
Manny: “Don’t forget. We have to put mascara on the bottom lashes too.”
Nick: “There’s like six. Do I even bother?”
Manny: “That hurt my feelings, honestly. A little bit.”
But, everyone can agree that Nick totally nailed the lip portion of the look. Even Manny was over-the-moon impressed. Tbh, the bloopers at the end of the video are the real gold of this video.
If you identify as a woman of color and you possess a skin tone other than “Alabaster” or “Porcelain”, shopping for cosmetics that aren’t too chalky, too orange, or too ashy can be a struggle, to say the least. The problem becomes even more challenging with picking out a bronzer shade, as some brands don’t even keep WOC when formulating their products. But bronzer is great at providing an extra boost of healthy color to your face as well as defining certain features.
Unfortunately, many makeup brands fail at making bronzers for WOC that don’t turn us into oompa loompas or just simply fall short of providing enough pigment for our darker tones. Lucky for you, FIERCE has compiled a list of 17 bronzers perfect for women of color in all of our beautiful shades, from caramel to ebony. Take a look!
1. Milani Baked Bronzers
Milani’s baked bronzers have developed quite the reputation in the makeup community for being glowy, buildable, highly-pigmented, and of course, affordable. Their shades range from “Glow” to “Dulce” and they are perfect for medium to dark-skinned beauties. By here.
2. Fenty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer
We’re not the only ones that have to sing the praises of Fenty Beauty’s Sun Stalk’r bronzer. Rihanna’s groundbreaking bronzer is creamy, long-lasting, and comes in 8 versatile shades that work with every skin tone. Buy here.
3. Bobbi Brown Bronzer
Bobbi Brown’s makeup is a line that accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, and its bronzer is no exception. This bronzer is frequently mentioned on many “favorite” lists for bronzers that work great on darker skin tones. Bobbi Brown Bronzer is available to buy here in 6 shades.
4. Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Bronzer
Black Radiance is a cosmetics brand specifically formulated for black and brown skin tones, so you know their bronzer will show up (in more ways than one). Fans of the Artisan Color Baked Bronzer call it “smooth and buttery” as well as “underrated”. Buy here.
5. Becca Sunlit Bronzer
This neutral bronzer with subtle hints of shimmer has a silky texture that fans love. It comes in 5 versatile shades. Buy it here.
6. Rimmel London Natural Bronzer
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer is a great, affordable bronzer that is perfect for deeper skin shades. Fans say that it’s easy to blend and lasts all day. Buy here.
7. NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS’s Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer is specifically formulated to “capture light” and “blur imperfections”, and since it’s NARS, its shades are always perfectly pigmented and complementary to every skin tone. Buy here.
8. Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder
Iman cosmetics was created by supermodel Iman specifically for WOC skin. Their bronzers are both glowy and affordable. Buy here.
9. bareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Color Bronzer
According to one Reddit user, Bare Minerals is the perfect bronzer to go to when every other option has failed you: “I use bare minerals faux tan, which is not orange and not ashy but still deep enough to look like a shadow on my face)”. Buy here.
10. BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer
BH Cosmetics describes their bronzer as a “silky, blendable formula” that has “lightweight, buildable coverage with a satin finish”. It’s no wonder so many WOC reach for this bronzer for a natural sunkissed glow! Buy here.
11. The Lip Bar Fresh Glow Bronzers
The Lip Bar is a black-owned cosmetics company that prides itself to catering to a variety of skin tones. They’ve recently released a line of bronzer/blush duos called Fresh Glow which boasts the tagline: “Bronzers for every shade”. Buy here.
12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the premier go-to makeup brands for both amateurs and professionals. Their powder bronzers are in a league of their own with shades that range from Light Golden to Mocha. Buy here.
13. TheBalm’s Bahama Mama
The Balm’s Bahama Mama bronzer markets itself as the “anti orange” bronzer and has been slowly developing a cult-following in the beauty world. Buy here.
14. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Megastar beauty guru Jackie Aina calls the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder one of her favorites, describing it as “the perfect amount of neutral” that’s “not too warm.” Buy the high-end bronzer here.
15. Sleek MakeUp Face Form Contour And Blush Palette
Sleek Makeup is has become a sleeper hit on the internet, regularly being praised as one of the best brands out there for women of color. Their highly-pigmented bronzer/blush palette is a cult favorite and you can now buy it at your local Target or online.
16. Lancome Le French Bronzer
Lancome has recently stepped up their makeup game for WOC and now, many of their products look great on darker skin. That includes their limited edition Le French bronzer that has four different shades in one compact for a range of skin tones. Buy here.
17. Inglot x J.Lo – Boogie Down Bronze
That’s right–now you can own the J.Lo glow. The much-talked-about J.Lo X Inglot collab birthed the Boogie Down Bronzers that seem to have a color for every skintone. Buy the bronzers here.
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.
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.
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.
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.