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Holiday Beauty How-To With IMAN Cosmetics “Proud Mary” Collection

Happy holiday season y’all! It’s officially time for egg nog, sparkly dresses, high heels and bold after-work makeup now that the season is in full swing. I love an excuse to get dressed up, so holiday time is one of my favorite times of the year. The gift that keeps on giving this year is the new IMAN Cosmetics “Proud Mary” inspired collection featuring their new IMAN Luxury Highlighter and Luxury Matte Lipstick shades. You guys know I’m a huge fan of Taraji P. Henson, and her latest movie releasing in theaters early January is all about a bold, unapologetic character who lives life on her own terms and is willing to take risks.

So when IMAN Cosmetics agreed to sponsor our Shop LoveBrownSugar holiday pop-up shop this season, I was ECSTATIC. Not only do I love the products, but their partnership with “Proud Mary” is right on time for what we’re trying to promote. Fierce, bold and unapologetic beauty.

To highlight the collection, I partnered up with my girl Sisi Nike to pull together a beauty look that is equally as bold, but still beautiful enough to rock to your favorite holiday soiree. Here’s what she used to get this look:

Step 1: Skin

She started things off by giving me a clean and perfectly even skin tone with the IMAN Cosmetics Second to None Stick Foundation in Earth 2. As a highlight, she used the Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation in Sand 5. And for my contour, she used the Luxury Concealing Foundation in Earth 4. Topping things off, she used the IMAN Cosmetics Luxury Contour Trio to pull the entire look together.

The Luxury Contour Trio is a great option if you really don’t have the time to work with 3 different foundation shades for bronzer, highlight and contour. It basically has everything you need in one convenient compact that you can take on the go.

Step 2: Set

She set my foundation with a combination of IMAN Cosmetics powders and highlighters. First, she used the Second to None Semi Loose Powder in Clay Medium to set the look. She used the Second To None Luminous Foundation Pressed Powder in Clay 5 to give me that overall glow. She highlighted my cheekbones using the NEW IMAN Cosmetics Luxury Highlighter in Glamour Girl. And finally she gave my cheeks a little color with the Sable Blushing Powder.

Step 3: Eyes

On the eyes she kept it simple with their Luxury Eye Shadow in African Violet all over the lid. She lined my eyes using the Perfect Eyeshadow Pencil in Jet Black and shaped my brows with the Perfect Eyebrow Pencil in Blackest Brown. She topped it all off using their Amplify Mascara, which is really cool because the applicator has a nice curved tip that will give your lashes an extra boost.

Step 4: Lips

To finalize the look, she used their Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Flirtatious. This is such a bold and beautiful hot pink and it looks great on different skin tones.


To celebrate the holiday season and their partnership with the “Proud Mary” film, IMAN Cosmetics is giving away their full collection of products from the Proud Mary collaboration. Yep, you read correctly. YOU can win all the products mentioned for FREE. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below with why you’d like to win the collection
  2. Log onto Instagram and follow @IMANCosmetics
  3. Post a bold & beautiful #selfie on your page (to enter, your page cannot be private, or we won’t be able to see it!)
  4. Use the hashtags: #IMANCosmetics #MelaninArmy #CelebrateYourSkinTone

One winner will be chosen and sent the full collection! Sweepstakes end on December 5th, 2017. Good luck!

Photography by Marshall Frett of Justified Photos

LBS Beauty Closet: Mented Cosmetics Review

So even though I can’t profess to being a makeup junkie (I’m more of a skincare aficionado), I do enjoy trying out new lines that make sense for my beauty arsenal. If you’re anything like me, the “no makeup” makeup look is a go-to. I love enhancing my natural beauty so I’m always looking for products that give me the ultimate glow-up and enhance my best and most beautiful features.

Though I’m typically a red lipstick kinda girl, every once in a while I opt for a neutral lip. For brown girls like myself, finding the perfect nude lip has always been the ultimate STRUGGLE. Most mass-produced brands have nudes that are perfect for lighter skin tones, but for a deeper shade like mine it’s hard to find the perfect color that matches your lip color. Also, I suffer from hyper pigmentation on my lips so they can be really blotchy making it even harder to find a color that fits.

Enter Mented Cosmetics. Created specifically with multicultural girls in mind, this line of lipstick has a dynamic range of nudes to fit every brown skin tone from caramel to dark chocolate. I tried out the Capsule Collection ($89 for 5 shades) and LOVE IT. Here are my thoughts:

Wearing Mented Cosmetics Lipstick in “Dark Night”

If you’re a brown girl, they have a shade for you. They’ve obviously done a lot of testing and taken their time when formulating these colors because the nude range is spot-on. Their Mented #5 matched my lip color to a TEE. It was mind-blowing.

Wearing Mented Cosmetics Lipstick in “Pretty in Pink”

The texture is creamy, not sticky or oily. It was a dream to wear all day. The reason I typically opt for matte lip shades is because I hate that sticky/oily feeling you can sometimes get when wearing cream lipstick. I also hate that the color doesn’t stay. Their formula has a nice consistency that makes you forget you’re wearing the color.

Wearing Mented Cosmetics Lipstick in “Nude-La-La”

VEGAN. Duh. Love that these shades are made in the USA, the company is black-owned, all their lipsticks are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic, and cruelty free. No ickies.

Wearing Mented Cosmetics Lipstick in (my perfect nude!) “Mented #5”

Overall thoughts on the collection? Perfect for us multicultural girls, worth the investment and I’m looking forward to trying their other products. They apparently have a range of lip glosses, nail polishes and more. Big congrats to these two young women (Harvard grads, by the way!) revolutionizing the beauty industry with this line of products.

Click here to check out Mented Cosmetics!

LBS Backstage Beauty: Lois London at Harlem’s Fashion Row



Harlem’s Fashion Row  celebrates designers and influencers of color, promoting their creative direction. We crept backstage for their Spring 2017 show and these are the trends and tips we spotted.


The beauty look for Lois London Spring 2017, which got a standing ovation at the show, was a warm, orange-brown matte smokey eye with full lashes, blended yet striking contour, and peachy-pink lips. The hair was bouncy, maintained with very little product but lots of shine, using all Motions Hair products. The makeup artists used Covergirl makeup to create this look.



Here are five steps to recreate the makeup look:

  • Step One: Start by lightly applying foundation and concealer, and start to bake using a yellow-toned loose powder under the eyes and on the chin. This creates light around the center of the face, and can stop your concealer from creasing all day.
  • Step Two: Starting with a neutral matte shadow from lid to brow bone, then move into the orange shadow, blending it all around the lid and concentrating it on the inner corners. Use a larger, fluffier blending brush (I find the older the better!) and keep packing on the pigment until you’re happy with it.
  • Step Three: Stick with a brown, neutral colored shadow on the lid and define the lashline with a darker shadow. The makeup artists used the last eyeshadow in the Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow palette, which is perfect for delicate definition.
  • Step Four: This eye is more of a halo smokey eye; the orange color is all around the border of the eye. Drag the orange shadow on the lower lashline, smudging from outer to inner corner. The Covergirl TruNaked Goldens palette would be perfect.
  • Step Five: The peachy-pink lip was achieved using one of the Covergirl Queen lipsticks, no liner and no gloss.


The hair look was achieved using the Active Moisture Leave-In Detangler lightly through the hair to boost shine and keep the hair light in texture, and Motions Smooth & Hold Edges at the roots to finish the look.

Brown Girls Love: SunKissAlba

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Momprenuer SunKissAlba manages meal prep, curl care, and more with a bronze tinged smile. The popular vlogger is known for her bright personality and effortless personal style.


Starting her YouTube channel as a response to not seeing herself represented on the platform’s most popular beauty videos she has expanded her hair tutorials into a full fledged lifestyle brand that focuses on health as well as beauty.


She sat down with LoveBrownSugar founder and editor-in-chief Christina Brown to discuss the separation of business and family, her affection for natural beauty products, and the importance of having something unique to say.

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BrownGirlsLove: Nomzamo Mbatha


From her stellar skin to her colorful style South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha is unapologetic about the things that make her stand out. And as the 2015 host of the BET Experience Black Girls Rock Beauty Lounge she used her public platform to encourage others to do the same. 

The brand ambassador for Neutrogena and Puma and her fabulously fluffy curls recently sat down with LoveBrownSugar founder Christina Brown to discuss her beauty routine, career goals, and personal style.


Check out their conversation below!

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LBS Beauty Closet: 3 Lip Colors I Love from Black Opal

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Yesterday was National Lip Appreciation day and in honor of the day, I got to thinking about some of my fave lippies. Up until last year, I hadn’t really tried the Black Opal beauty collection but after experimenting with their products for this post about day to night makeup, I was hooked. It’s not always easy to find fun and vibrant lip colors for brown skin so when I found one lippie from Black Opal that worked, I decided to try a few more, and now I have a collection of colors from them I adore. Here are the top three bold, daring and beautiful lip colors I love from Black Opal:

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LBS Ultimate Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Beauty Junkie

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I love shopping for beauty lover’s during Christmas time. It gives me a chance to not only get something nice for them but to also scope out the market to see what’s new and trending. If you need to gift a beauty junkie this holiday season we have the perfect gift options below! From highlighters to brush kits and beauty blenders, the beauty junkie in your life will absolutely love the items listed below.

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3 Brown Girl Approved Holiday Make-Up Looks

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What I LOVE about the holidays is the extra glam you can put on your make-up looks! Nothing beats a beautiful sparkly lid and a bold red lip. Check out 3 brown girl approved holiday make-up looks that will keep you gorgeous this celebratory season.

Related:LBS Beauty Review: Essence Beauty Box

Natural Glam

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If you’re looking to execute a subtle look, but still want to achieve an amazing beat go for a natural glam look. The trick to executing a natural glam is all in the eyes. Go for a smoky eye like Yariszbeth and keep everything else nice and simple. Don’t forget the shimmering blush to accentuate your cheekbones!

Check out two additional makeup looks below.

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LBS BEAUTY: 4 Tips For Creating A Natural Contour

PicMonkey CollageContouring, highlighting, strobing, and baking… does any of these sound familiar to you? These are all beauty trends that have gotten extremely popular lately. The most familiar of the bunch “contouring” is super easy to do, but very easy to do incorrectly. If you are new to the contouring trend keep reading for 4 Tips For Creating A Natural Contour.  more this way

Backstage Beauty: Academy of Art Spring 2016

Just before models hit the runway, we headed backstage at The Academy of Art show to drool over the newest trends backstage in hair and makeup. Hair was provided by Aveda under the direction of Jon Reyman, nails by Patricia Yankee, and Makeup MAC Cosmetics led by Victor Cembellin.

Inspired by the idea of  lived makeup, the look was of  a girl who just came home from a night out. Lead Mac Pro artist Victor goes on to explain that the final look was

A little frayed around the edges that is in a way a little broken down. Very tough young girl with high cheekbones and really highlighted skin. The way that the makeup nomadically migrates after being worn all night creates a really cool effect. DSC_0277


Read more about these beautiful looks below.

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