Beauty Bubble: First Lady Fab

I have been fortunate enough to have a TON of Black women in my life that represent intelligence, sophistication and class. I have added First Lady Michelle Obama to that list.

“OMG, I’m totally sick of hearing about Barack and Michelle Obama.”

I can only imagine how many people are thinking this. Me, on the other hand, I am having a hard time NOT adding them to every conversation I hold. So much inspiration.

Check out Michelle’s Beauty Secrets below…
Michelle Obama’s Beauty Secrets

From her volume-packed bob hairstyles to her radiant skin, photos and tips on recreating the first lady’s looks

Read these pro tips on how to make her best looks, from her inauguration ‘do to her pre-campaign glow, work for you.

See Michelle Obama

  • jana

    i love how they call it a “blowout”. HELLO. it’s a perm folks. that’s what blk ppl do, lol.

    though i think her daughters have the blowout for their events. melia’s hair (the older one) is really really silky when its blown though.

  • Anonymous


    Can we please talk about how intelligent she is( two ivy league degrees) instead of focusing on her appearance, hair, makeup and the rest of the other SUPERFICIAL stuff. I mean, I understand how important she is to “represent” the black woman in the white house, especially the “dark skin woman” in America but seriously…how long will black women stand for this…She has a resume that rivals her husbands and we are talking about her hair…ARE YOU KIDDING ME…you black people are soooooo superficial ! You complain about media images about black people and when you get a couple that is actually intelligent, socially-mobile black folks who are not afraid to speak in grammatically correct sentences, you instead focus on how fine Barack is or how fine or beautiful Michelle is? How do you think white people or non-black people PROCESS this message???? In my humble opinion,I think you all should be more concerned that the Keishas and Sheniquas of the world graduate from highschool with rolemodels like Michelle and Barack ‘s academic credientials instead of trying to resemble their “hotness.”

    By the way, I am a white female who adopted a black female child and all this focus on beauty is really DISGUSTING and I do not want to teach my child that!

  • B

    Jana–> LOL, you're right. I don't think the girls have perms but I don't know for sure. I say that because in previous pictures I have seem Malia (the older one) with kinky 2-strand twists: a style that is commonly wore by ladies with natural hair. But I could be wrong!

    Anon–> Oh my…calm down. "You black people"…careful. I guess you weren't around when THIS and another beauty blog spearheaded a Politically Pretty challenge in which we incorporated beauty and politics. Aside from creating a politically/election inspired looks, we also dropped some KNOWLEDGE on women (or men) who have inspired us politically and why. Let's not make the mistake that "all we do is try to resemble her hotness".

    "All you people.." –Hmmm..

    This is a beauty blog so a great deal of what is represented here will be about BEAUTY. You must be careful about your claim because this is the FIRST time a picture of Michelle Obama has ever graced the pages of Clumps of Mascara. And did I brag about her beautiful ball gown? Re-read what I wrote. What was the FIRST thing I said? "Her intelligence…"

    I'm not sure who pissed you off but it could not have been me because I am well aware of the NEGATIVE images that is portrayed to Black women. I live it, sister. You are definitely preaching to the choir. Hence why I have boycotted BET for 4 years. Hence why I have a series on my blog called "But Black women" can't. It's more about beauty here—it's about self-acceptance and pride. That goes beyond beauty. Have another series called "Sista Show-Off" where I highlight a great deal of BLACK owned BUSINESSES/organizations. And what about the Beautiful Bee-ing Me series where I give women EVERYWHERE the opportunity to show off what ever they want without fear of being judged. I do my part in protecting the image of Black women. And it's not because I'm dark skinned or have nappy hair. Or because I have a major in African history major. It is because it is my JOB. I can't help if other Black women feel that "duty" or not but I do.

    You don't know what I do in my personal life. You don't know I have physically canvassed for Barack. Or that I stood out in the cold to see him get sworn in. You don't know that "how beautiful" she is IS just a SMALL factor as to why I admire the First Lady.

    I understand where you are coming from. Okay, I'm lying…I don't. But I think I can understand your frustration. Do I think I'm the person that should have gotten the tongue lashing? Probably not. Somehow I don't mind it and I hope that you come back and read this. Our comments may help someone else.

    One last thing….realize that The First Lady's beauty is more than just the kind of bronzer she is wearing or how she styles her hair. TO US, it is just her presence. I really could care less about her hair. I am just happy to see a dark skinned Black woman in the White House. I have never written a "How to get the Michelle Obama" look simply because…I'm not trying to. I am still trying to fight back tears of joy. That article was written by editors and I simply put it on my page because it was relevant to this week's events. That's all.

    It's going to be hard raising a little Black girl but I think it's great that you are cognizant of these issues. You aren't walking blindly and thinking that "racism doesn't exist" anymore. But I do suggest dropping the "You people" terminology. It's just one of those things…


  • The Pretty Brown Girl

    @ Anon:

    I’d dare say that grammatically precise, educated, cultured, intelligent and intelligible Black women have just as much right as our non-Black counterparts to enjoy cosmetics, discuss beauty and do what we like to enhance our appearance. Pretty does not equal dumb, and that is the point of this blog. Long-time readers of COM know this and appreciate Brittany’s efforts to exemplify that with each of her posts.

    Mrs. Obama’s credentials are not lost on any of us here, least of all this blog’s author. She is as proud of who Mrs.Obama is and what she has achieved as anyone else. For you to insinuate otherwise is insulting, as is your “you blacks, you people” statements. A lesser Black woman would’ve read you the riot act behind such rude behavior. I am so proud of how Brittany handled it.

    But as this is a beauty blog, The Author is keeping with the theme she has chosen in discussing the physical beauty of Mrs.Obama which is as much a part of who she is and why we as Black women admire her as her exceptional accomplishments in academia and the workforce.

    If you would like to read opinions about aspects of who Mrs.Obama is, please go to blogs with those themes. At this most notable time in America’s history, there should be no shortage in reading material on any and all things Obama.

  • Duck

    Long time lurker, first-time poster (I think)…

    I think you summed it up nicely for “Anon” but I’d be remiss if I didn’t express my concern…

    If she’s raising a little black girl, she’ll have to be EXTREMELY careful when it comes to discussions of beauty. The fact is that little black girls RARELY see or hear things that tell them they are just as beautiful as other people around them, and that GREATLY affects the self-esteem of little girls. I’ll never forget how heartbroken I was when my little sister came home from kindergarten, crying because her hair was different than everyone else’s in class (she was the only black girl).

    It would take a dissertation, but I’ll try to explain it here, succinctly — Along with equal rights, respect and opportunity, black women want to be considered beautiful too. Historically, images have only shown us that we’re either asexual caretakers, or over-sexualized Jezebels.

    THIS is why Michelle excites us so much — because finally, in the public spotlight, is a woman of color who is recognized as intelligent, successful AND beautiful. Finally, we’re seeing a reflection of our true selves on the world’s stage. We celebrate her for EVERYTHING she represents — and that should NOT exclude beauty.

    So Anonymous, if you choose not to focus on beauty, that’s fine. But your little girl will be looking for affirmation, for someone to say that her brown skin and textured hair are beautiful, special, and worthy of celebration — just like the rest of us “black women” have for all our lives.

  • Anonymous


    Thank you for all your empty-headed answers. Obviously I hit a nerve…a really hot nerve. All I am saying is that this blog post neglects to talk about Michelle’s credentials, career and academic successes. Instead, you want to focus on her beauty, her hair, her makeup…and other SUPERFICIAL things.I am afraid for the black daughter that I am raising if this is a window into what so-called black esteemed people value…ALL I AM SAYING IS THAT YOU ALL NEED TO BE CELEBRATING HOW SMART AND INTELLIGENT IS, NOT ELEVATING HER BEAUTY. IT SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO US WHITE PEOPLE THAT ALL CARE ABOUT IS BEING ACKNOWLEDGED FOR YOUR LOOKS! ESPECIALLY BLACK WOMEN!

    I am going to teach my black daughter that she can be smart like Michelle Obama, NOT that she should try to look pretty like her…YOUR PRIORITIES ARE OUT OF ORDER!

    By the way, thanks for the self-righteous lecture. I am glad to know that we are now “building bridges” in race relations since we now have a black president.

    If you treat white people like this, I feel sorry for the other ethnic minorities that you all seem to look down…Maybe you lecture me on why black people ( YES, I mean African Americans) not only treat whites as idiots who are incapable of understanding your culture but also look down on others who have MORE culture than you, black immigrants( Caribbean, Africans, etc) Why don’t you lecture me about that…By the way, my daughter will be raised as an African American but was born in Jamaica.

    PISSED OFF white woman

  • SuzieC

    Wow..really…ok…Last I checked CoM IS a beauty blog…

  • B

    Anon–I’m not sure what you want me to say. This is a beauty blog. I discuss beauty. I recommend visiting one of my favorite blogs She talks a little more about the intelligence aspect of the First Lady. But don’t be stunned if she talks about how beautiful she is too.
    Secondly, do not hold me responsible for what Total Beauty’s editors wrote. I didn’t write the piece…I simply posted the link on my blog. Perhaps you should write to them and explain how infuriated you are that they talked about the First Lady’s hair and not her degrees. Take that up with them…A BEAUTY network.

    You have gone off on quite a tangent…one that I can’t seem to follow. While I do appreciate your words, I am starting to think that your issue is with someone else or something else—and I just happen to be the innocent bystander. I’ll be that. But what you will never be is understanding of Black people or our plights. You may think you will be because you are raising a Black child but no ma’am….don’t think that you will get a “I know Black people” sticker in the mail.

    You keep using “You people”—you don’t see the problem in this? Interesting.

    I’m done, my love. I can’t think of anything else to say because it is clear that you just or won’t “get it”.

    Please don’t hesitate to email me, however, if you need some tips on how to do your Black daughter’s hair, don’t hesitate to hit me up. Or will you be too concerned about intelligence to care about how she feels in her skin and hair? Hmm….we’ll see.

    Stay beautiful, sis…and intelligent.

    CoM readers—this is hard for me. *woo-sah* Being nice and not cursing? Someone give me a blow pop.

  • Amina

    It is so easy to type angry nasty comments behind a computer, lashing unnecessarily on someone by presenting oneself as anonymous.

    COM is a b-e-a-u-t-y blog!!!!
    and goes further choosing the right lipgloss by talking about health, self-acceptance and loving oneself!!

  • Tammy M

    I have to add my two cents into this conversation to anon:
    It comes across to me that you are feeling pretty righteous about adopting a child of another race. Adoption is wonderful, I should know, as I am adopted…
    But perhaps you need to realize that a woman of Michelle Obama’s stature is a complete package: intelligence AND Beauty. Why should only one side of her be portrayed? Why if we mention one side then you feel that is the only thing we focus on? The fact that there is an intelligent, beautiful and stylish woman of color as the First Lady is a wonderful thing!
    And on a side note, please tell me that you do celebrate your daughter’s beauty. As an Asian woman adopted by a white family, I think I can speak from experience that it is important to emphasize that she is beautiful in ALL ways: intelligence, character AND physical characteristics. Let her be celebrated as a complete package.

  • Katee

    @Anon – I won’t even get into what a freak you must be to blog stalk and leave rude comments. Or what a racist you probably are. I’ll just mention, AGAIN, that this is a freaking beauty blog! If you want to discuss academia, this is probably the wrong spot for you. Now go away!

  • Luxe Tips

    Wow! It is a beauty blog!!!! Not a political, career, or education blog. She is trying to get underneath your skin. Shake her off.

  • ladebelle

    part of me doesn’t even want to address the ignorance that this WHITE WOMAN (who is too much of a punk to name herself) is spewing on this beautiful blog, but i am anyways.

    although my sisters have already addressed the nonsense of a one ms. anonymous, i would like to point out that the adoption agencies need to do a better job of screening adoptive parents.

    1. this is a beauty blog. if madame clumps decides to blog about politics and the influence of america on the women of the congo OR the best new mascara’s out there, it her choice. hence the first amendment.

    2. the white standard of beauty in america is totally different then a black standard of beauty. not only does michelle represent a strong and intelligent black woman, she also represents that black women can stop the self-hatred that has inflicted us for so long. as a WHITE WOMAN raising a black girl you need to know this.

    3. you should be happy that you have this blog to reference for some sense because what we think of as common is apparently a misconception.

    i am not nor will i ever be racist, however, i (along with the readers and writer of this blog) am proud to be black. not only am i proud of the color of my skin and the texture of my hair, i’m proud that this is now being called beautiful after many years of being told this was ugly.

    so until you get some sense, back off this blog or start your own political blog where you can spout your own beliefs off your own soap box.

    nuff said…



    next time you decide to grow some proverbial balls and share you’re unsupported and invalid opinions, identify yourself so we can actually address you.

  • LovelyBella73

    Brit, You handled this very well. It’s clear that Anon, doesn’t understand that this is a beauty blog and beauty topics and the like will be discussed.

    EVERYONE is aware of the credentials our First Lady holds, and it’s something we celebrate and look to as inspiration. But, again this is a beauty blog. We are admiring our First Lady’s beauty! Maybe Anon, should go to her own blog and create a post about, “Michelle’s credentials, career and academic successes”. But, I think as long as the name of this blog remains CLUMPS OF MASCARA… we’ll discuss beauty related topics.

    Be Well!!

  • elizabeth

    as a white woman, i’m embarrassed to read this anonymous comment. okay, congratulations that you read us weekly and thought it would be cool to become angelina jolie version 2.0, but that does not immediately resolve a deepseated racism that you seem to have. the same way that a young girl who gets pregnant does not automatically become ‘responsible’ or a ‘good mother’ due to the sheer fact that she gave birth. it’s quite the contrary, in fact. you have a lot to learn about your daughter’s heritage and you shouldn’t isolate her from the black community due to your false generalization. she won’t become a “sheniqua” just by socializing with black children. it seems like you’re trying to raise an oreo (black on outside, white on inside) which would make her race that you seem so proud of irrelevant. so go give yourself a pat on the back if you think you’re being a humanitarian, but you have a long way to go if you can’t even recognize britney’s intentions in the post. i was actually flabbergasted that you had the nerve (or was it stupidity?) to respond to b’s calculated and restrained response.

    basically, i’m trying to say that
    1. don’t make a generalization about any race. not all black people speak with poor grammar, drop out of highschool, and value beauty over content. and not all white people are even above that gross stereotype. i know more white chicks addicted to their flatirons than i could count. and plenty who wouldn’t know the name of our vice president or the location of iraq on a map.
    2. don’t shy away from black people just because you think they will taint your daughter’s upbringing. as long as you keep her on the straight and narrow with her education, it will all be fine. there can be a balance.
    3. this is a freaking beauty blog and unless this is the first post you’ve ever read on clumps, you shouldn’t be wondering about the subject. actually even if it was the first post you read, the blog’s title should be a dead giveaway.

    i have so much more to say to you but i’ll stop myself and wait to hear your answer which is sure to be entertaining. i pray for ignorant people like you.

  • Apasara

    When I first read Anon’s comment, I was speechless. Utterly. Hay Anon, IT’S A BEAUTY BLOG! “You people?” Pretty self righteous thinking and finger pointing when you have a lovely black girl at your bosom. I grew up in a mixed family wanting to aspire to the intelligence and beauty of the black ladies I knew. I lived in the black community happily welcomed, while other communities rejected my family. Black women ARE beauty to me…this isn’t just the bronzer Anon, it does include their minds and heart. I have to say Ms. Clumps, you and your readers are wonderful ann handled this with such grace…and intelligence. -MadameSoybean

  • Fashion’s Darling

    Hey Anon!

    Here’s a tip:

    If you want to build race relations and all that jazz…don’t refer to us as “you people”

    Talk about talking down to a group!

    And as a Caribbean American, don’t speak for me. In the eyes of white American I’m still African American. Never has any black/ African American talk down to be because I’m Caribbean American. Never. We all share the same struggles and stories so don’t come here talking that nonsense.

    And if your daughter is Jamaican please celebrate that with her. Don’t “raise” her as African American because then she doesn’t value what her culture really means.

    PS: How are African Americans raised?

  • Anonymous

    I hate it when white people can count on one hand how many black people they know and feel that they have the right to say whatever.

    You lucky you had that Elizabeth woman comment as a white woman cuz you just laid the wrong impression of your kind Anon #1

  • Anonymous

    Beauty blog= content on beauty. Beauty entails hair, makeup, skincare, cosmetics,etc.

    hmmm…how DARE the author of this blog post something as ridiculous as this on HER blog.

    the nerve.

  • Duck

    I don’t mean to post again, but…

    “… congratulations that you read us weekly and thought it would be cool to become angelina jolie version 2.0…”


    Hil. Ar. It. Ty. :o)

    (And lawd, my heart pains for that child.)

  • itzzzkimmm

    I can’t get enough of them. I just love the entire Obama family. They are just so FAB! Love ’em!

  • Kiarah C. W.

    Well, i thought the tips were good. Especially the ones extending the hairstyles a few days. I don’t think we should worry about the comments from Anonymous. She doesn’t really understand that we use this blog as a means to find beauty tips, not as a life manual. I take comments like that in stride. It’s not a big deal. I know who I am as a college educated black woman and I don’t need a white woman to tell me where I stand in my own society.

  • safiyabeauty

    I honestly can’t even begin to try and dissect the stupidity of Anon’s comments but I think that you handled her well. I pray for her poor daughter.

    On a more relevant note, loved the tips! Keep up the good work!


  • Christine C

    @Anon, it’s her blog, she can talk about whatever she wants. No one’s forcing you to read it, and the title of the blog is “Clumps of Mascara” — it’s not like you didn’t know it was a beauty blog.

  • Christine C

    Also, I am not black, but I do work in a beauty supply store where the majority of the clientele are African Americans, and I rarely (if ever) hear customers talking about the Obamas in terms of their physical appearances. And trust me, the Obamas come up a LOT in conversation in our store because we sell Obama shirts, keychains, and whatnot. Way to generalize, Anon.

  • monique

    Anon #1– you have serious issues. what part of BEAUTY blog do you not understand…?

    Brit– you handled this situation so well, sweetie! xoxo

    to the rest– AMAZING comments, you’re all fab! :)

  • jana

    wow!! funny that Anon thought that she was hittin a nerve when she was the one looking like a fool. I truly feel sorry for that child she is raising, who will think something else of black people because of this crazy white woman.

    btw, i visit COM all the time (hi b) never posted till today, i’m also receiving my BACHELOR’S in FINANCE, this year at 20 and have a full time job working at a bank. Oh yeah, i’m totally into all beauty and I’m not hardworking or basing my life on education at all.

    *rolls eyes*

    go kick rocks lady.