The idea of “Latina beauty,” as a category, has always been fairly odd because… What does that even mean? We come in all shades, shapes and sizes, so how can one idea of “beauty” apply to all of us? With that in mind, let’s take a look at some beauty “rules” we’ve all heard that were basically made to be broken the f up:
1. Long hair is a must.
Whether from your mom or from fashion magazines geared towards a Latina audience, many of us grow up being told long hair is the epitome of female beauty. And that’s simply just not true. Not only is short hair equally aesthetically pleasing, if being aesthetically pleasing is your thing, but the length of your hair isn’t related to how feminine you are.
2. …And you’d better be sure that long hair has no more than a slight wave.
Because Latinas are an incredibly diverse group, our hair can come in a variety of textures, from slick-straight to a halo of tight curls. So why do we place such an emphasis on straightening and blow-drying it?
Body hair exists. It exists on our arms, legs, bellies, backs, between our legs, and on our faces. And guess what? You don’t HAVE to remove it. It sounds like common sense until you think about the images we’re most consistently shown.
In case you haven’t heard, body glow is the new beauty trend that’s sweeping the nation. Yes, moisturizing is still important, but having dewy skin that looks both effervescent and sun-kissed is the look of the moment. Instagram is alight with girls posing during #goldenhour with their shoulders, cleavage, and clavicles positively glowing with shimmer and light.
We’ve compiled a list of all of the body highlighters, shimmers, and illuminators on the market to fulfill all of your glow-y needs. Take a look below.
1. Fenty Body Lava
Possibly the singular product that started the body glow trend, Fenty by Rihanna’s Body Lava is the product to have on your shelf this summer. Be sure to buy it soon, because the product is limited edition. Purchase here.
2. L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion
L’Oreal Paris recently got into the glow-game with the launch of their “Lumi” line which focuses on providing its wearer with “the illusion of dewy skin and a natural glow” that looks like it comes from within. Use their Glotion product on your face or on your body. Buy here or at any local drugstore.
3. Huda Beauty N.Y.M.P.H.
Cleverly named “Not. Your. Mama’s. Panty. Hose.” in reference to the limb-cloaking capabilities of this all-over body highlighter, NYMPH is a water-based formula that melts seamlessly into the skin. Buy here.
4. Patrick Ta Major Glow Body Oil
Patrick Ta’s Major Glow Body Oil is a high-end product that delivers on its steeper price tag. Packed with nourishing ingredients such as stabilized Vitamin C and squalane, this product promises to give you a short-term and long-lasting glow. Buy here.
5. Sol Body Shimmering Dry Oil
Sol Body Shimmering Dry Oil is the affordable, vegan, and paraben-free body oil that you didn’t know you’ve been waiting for. Just one of the latest of the groundbreaking lines from the ColourPop founders, Sol Body is set to launch on July 17th. Buy here.
6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil
Anastasia Beverly Hills always delivers high-quality makeup products and her Shimmer Body Oil is no exception. Buy here.
7. Kora Organics Sun-Kissed Body Glow Oil
Founded by supermodel Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics prides itself on using all-natural ingredients, including in this body oil that “instantly delivers a subtle sunkissed glow while deeply hydrating”. Buy here.
8. Morroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil
Morroccanoil uses the nourishing power of Argan Oil to beautify its customers. Not only does their Shimmering Body Oil give skin a touch of luminosity, but it also “infuses skin with a deeply nourishing blend of antioxidant-rich argan oil and sesame oil”. Buy here.
9. Sol De Janeiro Glowmotions
Named after the sun in the beautiful capital of Brazil, Sol De Janeiro made a name for itself with its famous “Bum Bum Cream”. They recently expanded into body highlighters with their popular Glowmotions Glow Oil that gives the skin an inimitable healthy glow. Buy here.
10. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer
A staple of the modern French woman, NUXE’s Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer is both ultra-hydrating and super flattering to the skin. Buy here.
11. Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body
Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty line is a favorite of makeup fanatics everywhere, so it follows that her body highlighter would also be a fan-favorite. Buy the “slimming hydrating body shimmer” here.
12. Becca Glow Body Stick
In a departure from the other liquid-based body highlighters on the list, Becca’s Glow Body Stick is also hydrating, and is infused with “skin nourishing ingredients like Shea Butter and Coconut Oil” .Buy here.
13. Ouai Hair & Body Shine Mist
Unlike other highlighters that must be applied manually to the skin, Ouai’s Hair & Body Shine Mist can be sprayed on. Not to mention, it works on hair and skin. What’s not to love? Buy here.
14. Pacifica Crystal Bronze Shimmering Body Oil
Not only is Pacifica is a 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free line, but they now offer their own Crystal Bronze Shimmering Body Oil that comes with a “kiss of shimmer and major hydration”. Buy here.
15. Lorac Glow & Behold
Beauty staple Loraq has also gotten into the body glow game with their shimmering body oil Glow and Behold, which “envelops the skin in multifaceted shimmer”. Buy here–the offer is online only.
16. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil
The Body Shop is famous for their high quality, affordable products, so you know their body oil will be good. Made with community trade honey, they promise that their body oil is grease-free. Buy here.
17. NARS Monoi Body Glow
You can’t go wrong with NARS–the company that delivered us both their famous Creamy Concealer and their Orgasm Blush. Their Monoi Body Glow is another entry into the hall of fame. Buy here.
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.
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