But Black Women Can’t: Wear Red Lipstick

Welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauty. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I can’t believe I haven’t done this one yet! If there is one lipstick color that I think many Black women hide away from….it is red. So many of us fear wearing it because we think it will make us look crazy. Chances are you probably saw someone who didn’t wear it well and it scared you off. Am I right or am I right?

Well un-scare thy self because red lipsticks are beautiful on brown skin.

“My lips are too big.”

“Red is too….red.”

“It’s too bright.”

You’ve said it or heard it, haven’t you? What’s the matter with you? You CAN rock red lips. A little bit of confidence goes a long way.

My girl Shavonda and I both happened to try Maybelline’s ColorSensational Very Cherry. Check us out!

Go Shavonda!

Go B!


Go You!
*insert a photo of you wearing red lipstick here*

Reds rock and so do you.
Get one today.

…..and don’t let me catch you in the streets talkin’ about how Black women shouldn’t wear red lips. Girl please! Somebody dun told you wrong.

Peace, love and red lips for all!

But Black Women Can’t: Get Wrinkles….

Hello Clumpers! This is Tamar and I would like to welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions or ideas to TamarForClumps@gmail.com. I would love to try out any theory you may have.

All my life I have been surrounded by beautiful women of color. I was always taught that “Black don’t crack” meaning that we can’t get wrinkles and in our case that includes breakouts. The only product I saw my Grandma use on her face was Noxzema and her skin never showed any signs of aging. I can look into my Mom’s bathroom and find that same blue container.


She follows the same rules. But me? I decided to go a different route. I believe that every woman has beautiful skin. I also know that we HAVE to take care of it! I’m the type of woman that rarely gets any type of breakout. I don’t know if it’s because of genetics or because of the mountain of products I’ve tried over the years. I’ve used just about everything from Clean and Clear to witch hazel to alcohol to Proactive and guess where I ended up? Right back to Noxzema! I will be 28 this month and I’m positive that when I’m my Mom’s age (I’m not tellin’ how old, I’m scared) my skin will be just as beautiful as hers. See my Mom!

I use Noxzema along with a a few other products thrown in like a serum and I use a night cream that I’ve yet to review. In my opinion, none of us are safe when it comes to wrinkles but we all can protect ourselves. I will be perfectly happy when I’m 90 years old with a million wrinkles as long as I know that I lived a full life and did something worth talking about.

What steps are you taking to prevent premature aging? Is there a product that you saw your Mom use when you were young that you find yourself using now?

Until next time,
TAMAR

But Black Women Can’t: Wear those colors….

Welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Recently I received an email from a reader regarding my post on MAC’s Peppermint Patti nail polish. Who remembers this polish?


I loved it then and I still love this beautiful color. The reader told me that she thought the color was gorgeous but that it would look better on fair skin. Now….I am a reasonable lady and can understand the miscommunication that can happen with words. I emailed her back just to make sure that I understood what she was saying. She confirmed with this,

“There are just some colors that darker skinned people can’t wear.”

Now before some of you get all crazy, consider how many times you or someone who know may have said or thought this. I know that at one point I didn’t think that brown ladies could wear yellow eyeshadow. Three years ago, I would have never worn a color like Peppermint Patti on my nails.

But to all brown ladies out there who think that they can not wear a color, guess what?

You can.

I like to think that all women of all shades can rock ALL colors beautifully. Do certain colors flatter us better? Of course…but does that mean we should only STICK to those colors? Hell no!

So thank you, dear Reader for your message for it prompted this post. I know your words were not meant to hurt. I also know that brown women have not always been the image of beauty (at least in mainstream media) but times are changing.

I would love to hear the thoughts of all women on this topic. Do you think that there are certain colors that certain shades of women can not wear?

Speak on it!

(Thanks @Nicolette517 for this idea!)

ETA: Ironically enough, one of my favorite nail polish blogger shows off Peppermint Patti today on her blog too. She has fair skin I think this color looks amazing on her! Go check out Nail Juice.

But Black Women Can’t: Wear Bright Lipsticks


Hello family! Welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!! Email me your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Remember a few months back when I showcased MAC’s “Girl About Town”…a beautiful fuchsia lipstick? Per a reader’s question…I found another way to wear it beautifully.

Bright lipsticks can be intimidating, brown ladies. Trust me, I know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that we can’t wear reds and hot pinks. Oh…so we are only supposed to wear boring golds and browns?

I don’t think so!!!

I find that by pairing Girl About Town with a burgundy plum-ish lip liner (like MAC’s Nightmoth) creates a more wearable lip color.

And because you are wearing such a bright lippie, it is important to keep everything else low-key. I opt for pretty shimmery lids and cheeks…..thank you Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie <---don't go looking for that...it's discountined, kids.



So who says Black women can’t wear bright lipsticks?

Have you heard this before? How frustrating is this? Or are you one of those people who THINK this? It’s a new year so step out on a limb and rock a bright colored lippie. I challenge you!

Because gold, brown and burgundy lipsticks on Black women is getting so old! We must do better, ladies. What do you think?

Because gold is old,

But Black Women Can’t: Wear Bright Eyeshadow


It’s been a minute since we’ve seen a post from this series, uh? I know you didn’t think I’ve covered EVERYTHING when it comes to Black women and what we CAN’T do in beauty or make-up. Oh no brothers and sisters….I have a ton of topics under my sleeve.

Let’s get stated with the most recent.

Remember my last FOTD Friday post?


The colors that I used were a hot pink and matte vibrant grape. Colors that I’m sure a great deal of Black women would run away from because they think that they would look like a “clown”.

First of all, I am so sick of Black women saying this. Ladies…yall will never look like this dude (and mind you I’m taking a risk. Clowns scare the mess out of me):


*shivers* No ma’am. You will not look like a Bobo or a Bozo so relax. But I think I have figured out why a lot of women shy away from bright colors on the lid. Look at this picture:


That’s why….a lot of you (yes, I’m calling you out. It’s okay. I had to learn too) tend to get the side eye when you wear bright shadow. I used to be the saaaame way. Now don’t yall laugh at me. I was very new to make-up and didn’t know any better.

Now what in the Blackberry Storm is going on here? Why is the pink shadow up to my brow? A mess. A very hot and tragic mess. Granted the colors used there were not as bright as my previous FOTD but the concept is all wrong. And because I’m a good sport and like to make yall laugh I decided to show what would happen if I rocked bright pink eyeshadow alll the way up to my brow bone….

Scary, uh? But check out the red fingernail. Gotta love that China Glaze Ruby Pumps..lol!

Black women, and all women for that matter, we CAN rock all colors but make sure that you understand your eyeshadow shape and placement…. As a matter of fact, I’ve been following this little diagram from Specktra.net (source) for quite some time.


I also did a 7-minute tutorial of this this look for the purpose of showing where colors should go. If you need to see things done in person, I think this video will be great for your viewing.

Bright Eyeshadow Tutorial for Brown Ladies

Do you wear brighter eyeshadow colors or not so much? Tell me! Have I helped some? Please let me know. :)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! It ends today.

Stay beautiful,

(photo source)

But Black Women Cant: Rock the Goth

Secret about me? I loathe labels. Really, I do. I have a hard time defining who I am simply because, I am everything. I wear what I want, do what I want, say what I want and pretty much am whoever I want to be. That my sistas, is freedom. And true beauty. With having said that, let’s consider this…..Other people can rock it but Black women can’t….

ROCK THE GOTHIC LOOK

WRONG!!!

Our Guest Editor Jaimie’s sister certainly defies that. Oh yes, our dear Jaimie is more than just beauty obsessed, she also has some skills in the make-up application department. And she has certainly changed my mind in a look that I didn’t necessarily think Black women could pull off. I LOVE this series!

Jaimie did eyes and lips. She used (all MAC unless otherwise noted):

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bright Fuschia pigment
Beauty Marked e/s
Avon Black eyeliner
Dark side lipstick
Funtabulous Dazzleglass
Urban Decay blush in Fetish


Definitely magazine material. I love it! And I have been inspired to try something like this for the next FOTD Friday. We’ll see how I pull it off. Is this a look you would consider trying?

But Black Women Can’t

Welcome to another post from the reader suggested series. Now yall knew this one was comin’ for quite awhile. Today we will bash that whole idea that Black women can’t…….

WEAR BLUE EYESHADOW
My sistas, my sistas. Who told you this? Yes, I know…when done unproperly, a blue-eye look can look like a black eye. But that’s because you are doing something wrong!

Here are some of my favorite blue-eye looks.

Not ready to wear a super vibrant blue eye? Try a subtler look. Here, I simply swiped darker blue on the lid and smoked it out with a a bit of black eyeshadow and liner on the lower lash line.

This is more blue-turquoise but I found that keeping the blue RIGHT ON THE LID keeps me lookin’ less “scary”.

Here’s a blue look that I did BEFORE I learned how to work with my eye shape. I took the blue waaaay above the crease. Which wasn’t a good idea because it gives me that clown-ish look. Or so I think. My hair is bangin’ though….ha!

Remember my Cool Heat inspired look? I think this may be my best blue eye look yet.

Now if I haven’t convinced you yet that we CAN wear blue eyeshadow and you are still feelin’ a bit apprehensive, you may want to try something like this.


A blue liner on the eyes. Gives you a pop of color but isn’t “too much”.

And to my light-skinned sisters who feel like that can’t rock the blue….check out my girl Tasha.

Absolutely stunning!! Thanks Dany for showin’ us your skills and an even bigger thank you to Tasha for letting me showcase your beautiful face.

Anyone have any suggestions for those fearful of wearing blue eyeshadow? Or perhaps you’d like to tell me why you feel you can’t wear blues?

Send your suggestions or questions about the But Black Women’t Can’t series to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

And don’t forget to enter the Bee Contest. It closes on Friday!

New Series and Neo Sci-Fi Electro

I’m totally excited about this new series. And I’m going to have to discuss some issues I’ve already covered. Just for the sake of the series.

And yall know I can’t do this alone so I’m going to need reader submissions, pictures and suggestions.

Check this out.

How are yall diggin’ my funky border? I kinda like it. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!!

Oh…got a bit excited.

First series post..

But Black Women Can’t…..wear orange lipstick.


As my boy Martin Lawrence would say, “Somebody dun told you wrong.”

I promised myself that I would re-visit Electro from the Neo Sci-Fi collection. I tried it on in the store and wanted to scream. My BFF make-up artist swore up and down that I looked beautiful and I know he wouldn’t lie but I wasn’t convinced. Still, I took that and Pink Grapefruit lip glass home to play around with in my own lighting.

(Is it me or does MAC’s lighting make you feel like a superstar and then you get home to your own bathroom and feel like an Ugly Betty. What kind of bulbs do they have?)

I’m going to keep it real with yall, so get ready for some laughs. I know I was doubled over in tears when I saw this.

Electro with 3 coats.

And I ain’t showin’ yall the full face because it’s awful!

I’m thinkin’ we as Black women (well us darker Black women) CAN wear this orange lipstick. But sheer. Check it with one coat.

See, not as scary.

And when topped off with Pink Grapefruit Lipglass….well, it’s just perfect for summer.

What do you think about us rockin’ orange lipstick? Send all of your suggestions for the But Black Women Can’t series to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Wanna do a collaborative post? You know I’m down! And as always….send me your pics of you defying those myths!

Happy Friday!!!!