Rihanna pauses brands to mark Blackout Tuesday

Rihanna shut down sales at all three of her brands in honour of Blackout Tuesday this week. Blackout Tuesday, a social media campaign which took place on 2 June, was designed to encourage people to stop posting personal content for the day and educate…

Rihanna shut down sales at all three of her brands in honour of Blackout Tuesday this week.

Blackout Tuesday, a social media campaign which took place on 2 June, was designed to encourage people to stop posting personal content for the day and educate themselves on the Black Lives Matter movement and support black voices and businesses, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers on 25 May and the resulting widespread civil unrest throughout the U.S. and beyond.

On Tuesday, Rihanna declared she was participating in Blackout Tuesday and would be temporarily pausing production on her cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, lingerie line Savage x Fenty, and luxury fashion line Fenty.

She posted a black square, the symbol of the campaign, on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “We ain’t buying s**t!!! and we ain’t selling s**t neither!! gang gang! #BLACKOUTTUESDAY AF!!! @fenty @fentybeauty @savagexfenty.”

Customers who visited the websites of the three companies were greeted with a very similar statement in which brand officials outlined the purpose of their business blackout.

“We are not staying silent and we are not standing by,” they commented. “The fight against racial inequality, injustice, and straight up racism doesn’t stop with financial donations and words of support. In solidarity with the Black community, our employees, our friends, our families, and our colleagues across industries we are proud to take part in #BlackoutTuesday.

“Savage X Fenty will NOT be conducting any business on Tuesday, June 2 – globally. This is not a day off. This is a day to reflect and find ways to make real change. This is a day to #PullUp.”

In addition, representatives for her Fenty clothing line announced they will also be donating funds to Color of Change and Movement for Black Lives.

“We ask you to speak up, stand up, and pull up against racism and discrimination in all forms,” they concluded their message.

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Rihanna experiments with purple blusher in summer beauty tutorial

Rihanna has showed fans how she uses a purple blusher in a new beauty tutorial.In a video posted to her Fenty Beauty YouTube channel on Sunday, the superstar demonstrated exactly how she uses several of the latest products from her cosmetics line to cr…

Rihanna has showed fans how she uses a purple blusher in a new beauty tutorial.

In a video posted to her Fenty Beauty YouTube channel on Sunday, the superstar demonstrated exactly how she uses several of the latest products from her cosmetics line to create her favourite “no make-up, make-up look”.

As part of the clip, Rihanna played with the Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Petal Poppin, a soft pink, and Summertime Wine, a berry shade, before pulling out Drama Class – an eye-catching violet colour.

“Look how crazy this colour looks… what is purple going to look like on my cheeks?” she said, before proceeding to dab the pigment on her cheeks. “It’s not scary at all, it’s beautiful and has such a sheer, beautiful effect. It works on every skin tone.”

Rihanna went on to explain that she prefers to use a brush to apply her blusher and has a very specific technique.

“I just like to pat it on (the apples of the cheeks) and then I go in a circle to create that little rosy cheek and then I drag up a little bit into the jawline. If I want more, I do more,” the 32-year-old noted.

Elsewhere in the video, Rihanna gushed over the Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer and insisted that the product is super versatile.

“These products are really light and are meant to be applied anyway you want. But a brush is usually a lot more convenient for me because I’m always in a rush. It’s meant to have a marriage with your make-up, your foundation, your powder – whatever you have on your base. You can use this on your eyes, your cheeks, your forehead,” she smiled.

“When I get to my forehead, I really go in because I have a big forehead. I’m pouring this into my foundation that’s already there, and look, it becomes more like skin than anything else. You can’t tell I have any make-up on… that is something that is very special. When you’re on the beach or just want to wake-up next to your man looking like you don’t have on make-up!”

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Rihanna gearing up to launch skincare line

Rihanna has confirmed she is preparing to add a skincare line to her Fenty Beauty brand.In a candid interview with British Vogue, the Barbadian superstar discussed her push for perfection when it comes to her next big project, to be known as Fenty Skin…

Rihanna has confirmed she is preparing to add a skincare line to her Fenty Beauty brand.

In a candid interview with British Vogue, the Barbadian superstar discussed her push for perfection when it comes to her next big project, to be known as Fenty Skin.

“Skincare, it’s the truth. It either works or it doesn’t,” she stated. “There’s nowhere to hide.”

While Rihanna remained tight-lipped about the exact products she will be launching, the collection will undoubtedly complement popular Fenty Beauty products such as the Pro Kiss’r Lip-Loving Scrubstick and the shimmering Body Lava Luminizer oil.

And although the Umbrella singer has a large team assist her at the company, she insisted that she takes a hands-on approach in relation to marketing.

“I just don’t necessarily think their tone is mine. I’d feel like a fraud selling something that I can’t stand by,” the 32-year-old shared, adding that she plays a part in writing the brand’s website copy, product descriptions, product names, and colour names.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rihanna spoke about how she is applying the same level of scrutiny to her fashion house, Fenty Maison.

Founded in partnership with LVMH last year, the company drops new items on its website each month, but not before the star has given her approval for each and every design.

“I refuse to release anything that is not up to par with my quality level,” she added. “The angle of a hem, the size of a sleeve, the stitch… If it’s not the right stitch that I want.”

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Paloma Elsesser excited to see more fashion brands embrace inclusivity

Paloma Elsesser is excited to see more casting directors embrace inclusivity and diversity.The curvy model made a splash during the latest Fashion Month when she was tapped to appear in the Fendi and Alexander McQueen presentations. Accordingly, Paloma…

Paloma Elsesser is excited to see more casting directors embrace inclusivity and diversity.

The curvy model made a splash during the latest Fashion Month when she was tapped to appear in the Fendi and Alexander McQueen presentations.

Accordingly, Paloma is hopeful the movement is now truly beginning to gain momentum across the industry.

“Gone are the days when you can have a show with one black model and claim diversity. I hope that we don’t go back on this progress. I don’t want this to be a flash in the pan,” she said in an interview with Vogue.com. “Whether it’s me having a successful season or a whole other range of body sizes that can be represented it would be such a disservice to go backward.”

Paloma, who was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath, has also appeared in campaigns for the likes of Nike and Fenty Beauty.

And she remains adamant it’s up to company leaders to take control and hire a wide range of models and ambassadors – or risk becoming irrelevant.

“Putting me on a runway isn’t a cop-out because I’m not just slightly larger than the other models, I am a U.S. size 14 woman (U.K. size 16),” the 27-year-old insisted. “(Still) there needs to be a spectrum of diversity. I can’t represent everyone or speak for everyone but that isn’t the point. I hope to speak for someone, to allow people who have never seen themselves in this context to see a representation of who they are.”

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Ashley Tisdale shutting down cosmetics company

Ashley Tisdale is shuttering her beauty brand, Illuminate Cosmetics.The High School Musical actress launched her make-up company back in 2016, with the label offering up budget-friendly eyeshadow palettes, brush sets, lip glosses, and highlighter kits….

Ashley Tisdale is shuttering her beauty brand, Illuminate Cosmetics.

The High School Musical actress launched her make-up company back in 2016, with the label offering up budget-friendly eyeshadow palettes, brush sets, lip glosses, and highlighter kits.

However, Ashley took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that she is closing Illuminate Cosmetics in order to focus on her Hollywood career.

“Hey guys! I’m so sorry for the sad news but I will be shutting down Illuminate Cosmetics, it’s been quite a journey and I thank all of my customers and supporters for coming along (for) the ride,” she wrote. “It started four years ago and as you all know I’ve been trying to run it alone and with my TV shows and movies I just haven’t been able to give illuminate the focus it has needed.”

Ashley is currently appearing in U.S. sitcom Carol’s Second Act and Netflix holiday series Merry Happy Whatever. She also released her third studio album, Symptoms, last year.

And further on in her post, the star indicated that she had struggled to keep Illuminate Cosmetics afloat due to the number of other celebrity brands, such as Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, already competing in the market.

“I won’t call this a failure as I have learned so much with taking over the company. I will just say that with the overwhelming market in make-up I just lost my passion for Illuminate. I came into make-up early on but now that everyone is jumping into it, I feel it’s my time to step out. Don’t worry this isn’t the end to me being creative, it’s just the end for this brand in particular. I love you guys,” the 34-year-old concluded.

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Rihanna allows pimple to ‘shine’ in make-up-free selfie

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle. Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First…

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.

The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle.

Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First selfie of the year doe (sic). #2020.”

But while her post quickly racked up over four million likes, one follower commented, “Let me pop your pimple.”

The message quickly caught the 31-year-old’s attention and she responded: “Let her have her shine, PLEASE.”

However, the other comments were very positive, with actress Nia Long writing, “Pretty pretty… bad a*s”, and model Leomie Anderson adding, “Raw beauty and edges is all we ask for.”

Yet, Rihanna didn’t reply to a fan who joked about her decision to keep her upcoming album R9 under wraps for now.

“The fact that the pimple heard the album and we didn’t,” they posted.

When asked about when she would be releasing R9, the Umbrella hitmaker previously explained that she was juggling her music career with her commitments to building her Fenty Beauty line as well as her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.

“I know I know sis. I’m doing music. Simultaneously doing lingerie, make-up, film, amongst a couple other things that I enjoy. when the music is ready, you won’t have to ask for it,” she stated. “But it’s coming. Just not today sis. I’m hype too tho, it can’t come soon enough for me (sic).”

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Slick Woods struggling to walk while undergoing cancer treatment

Slick Woods is battling numbness in her legs while she undergoes treatment for cancer.The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on Instagram last month that she was fighting a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.Slick has been spo…

Slick Woods is battling numbness in her legs while she undergoes treatment for cancer.

The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on Instagram last month that she was fighting a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Slick has been spotted out and about since the diagnosis, and took to social media on Monday night to show her fans and followers that she was determined not to let the disease get in the way of living her life.

Sharing videos on Instagram Stories of her joking around with friends while at The London in New York City, the 23-year-old was able to enjoy a night out when she was provided with a wheelchair by staff at the hotel.

“Legs numb left hand still numb I hate bulls**t and the London gave me a wheelchair,” she captioned a clip.

In another video, she insisted the wheelchair would not stop her from enjoying herself.

“I’m going to the strip club with a wheelchair, I don’t give a f**k about nothing,” Slick confidently stated. “I am really in a wheelchair.”

The mother-of-one was inundated with supportive messages from her famous friends, including rapper Cardi B, who commented: “We LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! And I got your Ugg’s. My mom FaceTime me the package I’m wearing them when I get to NY!”

Empire star Taraji P. Henson and fellow model Jasmine Sanders also left a series of messages and emojis on the star’s video.

Back in November, Slick revealed the news of her health struggles on Instagram, but stopped short of saying exactly what was wrong.

However, she later reportedly told editors at The Shade Room that she is “battling stage 3 melanoma cancer”.

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Paloma Elsesser pleased she waited to undergo breast reduction

Paloma Elsesser is pleased she waited a few years before finally deciding to undergo a breast reduction.The curvy model was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath and has since gone on to pose for the likes of Nike, Fenty Beauty, and U.S…

Paloma Elsesser is pleased she waited a few years before finally deciding to undergo a breast reduction.

The curvy model was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath and has since gone on to pose for the likes of Nike, Fenty Beauty, and U.S. Vogue.

But in an interview with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast, Paloma shared how she has long felt insecure about her breasts, and is thrilled with the results following a recent reduction procedure.

“I got a very minor breast reduction but (also a breast) lift – I reduced one (breast). It was a very crazy experience. Mainly they were (saggy) and had some severe asymmetry. I kind of developed breasts really early, and not to say that I’ve been extremely thin, but I’ve fluctuated a lot in my life, as a lot of us have. I would make leaps and bounds about other parts of my body… (but) this was the one part of my body that I still felt shame around,” the 27-year-old explained. “I’m happy I didn’t do them when I had first gotten my first cheque. Because at first, I was like, ‘I’m going to do it!’ but I still felt it would have been a reaction or reflection of how men received me or how the industry received me. So, I’m happy I did it now, at 27, when I’ve (been in) a committed loving, holistic, honest relationship for almost five years. (My boyfriend) loves me unchanged.”

Paloma concluded by noting that her career has not been impacted by the surgery, but she does feel much freer.

“I wanted to be able to move in the world and not go to work with three different bras and have to tape my boobs up every day,” she smiled. “It’s never perfect, but I definitely feel grateful it’s not something that dictates how I feel every day.”

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Ciara teases possibility of ‘thoughtful’ beauty line

Ciara has set her sights on launching her own beauty collection.The Goodies hitmaker made an appearance at the Beautycon event in Los Angeles over the weekend, and during a conversation with WWD reporters, noted it was “inevitable” that she would follo…

Ciara has set her sights on launching her own beauty collection.

The Goodies hitmaker made an appearance at the Beautycon event in Los Angeles over the weekend, and during a conversation with WWD reporters, noted it was “inevitable” that she would follow in the footsteps of fellow singer Rihanna, who debuted her hugely successful Fenty Beauty line back in 2017.

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to do something in the beauty space, and there are lots of cool things that I’ve been cooking up and working on, and I can’t wait until the time is here to share it with the world,” she shared.

The mother-of-two, a former Revlon brand ambassador, went on to explain that any future ventures would contain a mixture of make-up products and skincare formulas.

“More than anything, I just want it to be thoughtful,” the 33-year-old added.

Ciara also discussed inclusivity in the beauty industry and touched upon Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty foundation being offered in 40 shades, and Pat McGrath Labs’ Sublime Perfection Foundation, which is available in 36 hues.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she explained. “Inclusivity is always better. When people make those changes to their approach to the beauty landscape and business, it benefits the world. It’s the right way.”

If she were to launch her own beauty collection, the Level Up hitmaker will join the likes of Jessica Alba, who co-founded The Honest Company, Drew Barrymore, who owns cruelty-free make-up brand Flower Beauty; and Australian model Miranda Kerr, who created skincare line Kora Organics back in 2009.

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launching new eyebrow products

Rihanna has created a new eyebrow product for her Fenty Beauty line.  The singer and beauty mogul launched the inclusive cosmetics brand in 2017, offering make-up fans foundation, concealers, eyeliners, eyeshadows and more. While Rihanna has not pro…

Rihanna has created a new eyebrow product for her Fenty Beauty line.

  The singer and beauty mogul launched the inclusive cosmetics brand in 2017, offering make-up fans foundation, concealers, eyeliners, eyeshadows and more. 

While Rihanna has not promoted the launch on social media, during an appearance at the Sephora Store Leadership Conference in Las Vegas this week, she announced that the company will be introducing an eyebrow product called the Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler.

  “I was not gonna come all the way to Vegas empty-handed,” Rihanna told the conference crowd in video footage taken by an attendee. “So we’re gonna give you guys an exclusive sneak peek of one of the next products coming out – the very next product coming out.”

  According to a promotional video shown at the conference, the Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler will come in 14 different shades and range in colour from dark and light brown shades to red and beige shades. 

  The product will reportedly hit Sephora stores from 23 August. 

  The surprise announcement comes hot on the heels of the news that Fenty Beauty is releasing a new foundation called the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation, a medium-to-full coverage formula that will be available in the same 50 shades as the original Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation.

  Speaking of the new foundation at the conference, the 31-year-old, who wore a shiny lavender pantsuit, told the audience: “Well, I hope you guys like it because it’s one of my favourite products. It’s something we’ve been working for a really, really long time. We wanted to perfect it, have the right coverage, the right moisture, without being greasy… I’m not very big on greasy, I like dew, I don’t like grease.”

  The new foundation range launches online and in Sephora, Boots and Harvey Nichols stores from 15 August.

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