My morning makeup routine has changed since COVID-19, and I’m not mad about it

This pandemic has stolen many gifts from us. People we love. Jobs we need. Big family gatherings. And, most of all, peace of mind.

One thing I don’t miss, however: the morning make-up routine.

Who needs lengthened eyelashes, darkened brows and flaw-covering foundation when you’re spending all your time alone? That, at least, was my reasoning when I dropped my makeup bag, the cute one I take to the gym, in the bottom drawer of the bathroom cabinet. There it has stayed, mostly.

Sure, I still dress in office wear, don actual shoes instead of slippers, and style and brush my hair to sit in front of my computer every morning. But going without mascara and blush has given me a sense of control, a lot like deciding early on in lockdown to no longer color my tresses. These are acts of defiance at a time when days feel either too short or too long and when every public move, whether to run out to the store or stop by the library, is haunted by an enemy I can’t see.

In short, going au naturel has been liberating, like hanging around in your underwear at home or eating cereal for

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Black-owned beauty and fashion brands to support now and forever

Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and others, many Americans are mourning, protesting and standing in solitude against centuries-long racial injustice.

Ways to support powerful platforms such as Black Lives Matter include learning through literature about race and privilege. You can also make sure to do your part in voting throughout election season and by finding ways to authentically amplify Black voices that need to be heard.

Last but certainly not least, you can put your money where your mouth is by financially backing Black-owned businesses on July 7 (and beyond) for Blackout Day 2020.

On July 7, people will participate in #BlackoutDay2020, a social media movement with an aim to support nationwide economic solidarity amongst Black-owned businesses.

This initiative was started by The Blackout Coalition leader Calvin Martyr and continues to pick up momentum.

“In order to break free from the chains of financial servility, we will organize days, weeks, months and years if necessary when not one Black person in America will spend a dollar outside of our community,” the coalition wrote in an Instagram post.

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Why #BuyBlack?

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Sephora’s giant 4th of July sale on makeup and skincare starts now

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Sephora's 4th of July sale is here and it's incredible. (Photo: Sephora)
Sephora’s 4th of July sale is here and it’s incredible. (Photo: Sephora)

Ready for some explosive savings? This year’s July 4th weekend sales are so good we’re practically seeing stars. One of the best shopping events is happenning over at Sephora, where makeup and skincare products are up to 50 percent off.

Anti-aging moisturizers, lightweight foundations, grease-free sunscreens, and more goodies for complexions of all shades and types are included in the sale. So are a lot of your favorite brands, from Clinique to Bobbi Brown. We picked 10 top beauty products from the sale, but we encourage you to peruse the full inventory here.

Don’t let this weekend slip by without snapping up some beauty booty for summer!

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Photo: Sephora)
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Photo: Sephora)

Don’t even think about soaking up the sun without this Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30 facial moisturizer that blocks damaging UVA and UVB rays. It’s super lightweight, so it won’t clog

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These travel-size beauty kits at Ulta are all under $20

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One of the greatest things to happen to beauty is travel-size options. Don’t debate me on this.

Think about it: How many times have you been on the move all day and then your friends call you to meet up after work? Now you’re sitting there wondering why you didn’t throw that lipstick or mascara in your bag before you left the house.

Or you may be the person who actually brings their makeup or skincare items with you and now everything is weighing down in your bag and you’re annoyed.

Regardless of which person you may be, travel-size beauty kits are a lifesaver when you’re on the go or have limited space. Now that places are slowly opening up post-COVID-19, you may have the urge to book that flight or even pack up the car for a day in the sun at your local beach. And thanks to these travel-size beauty kits I found on Ulta,

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Every Product Our Beauty Editors Loved Using in June

Let’s get straight to it: June was really stressful.

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t seem to be slowing down, the world’s not-so-hidden anti-Black racism has bubbled up to the surface yet again, and a number of people and companies have gotten canceled as a result.

And while, of course, beauty products cannot magically save us from the perils of this life, they can spark joy, give us a sense of control, and put money into the pockets of Black business owners, which really feels like the absolute least we can do at this point.

So this month, we’re sharing a mix of products that do all of the above. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Kayla Greaves, Senior Beauty Editor

Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Growth Oil

Every Black girl on planet Earth knows that your edges and castor oil go hand-in-hand. I apply this rich oil around my hairline a couple times a week before bed, then I give myself a mini head massage to keep these extra delicate spots of hair nourished. The blend Jamaican black castor oil along with jojoba oil,

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Our Favorite Beauty Looks From the 2020 BET Awards

With the bulk of “award-show season” occurring in the first couple months of the year, many of the major events of 2020 got to have their ceremonies before the international call for gatherings large and small to be canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s almost impossible to imagine a show honoring entertainment achievements in the current climate — no red carpet, no rows filled with shoulder-to-shoulder celebrities, no speeches at podiums or elaborately-produced performances on huge venue’s stage. 

But for the BET Awards, the show must go on, and rightfully so. Not only does 2020 mark the 20th year of the award show, it also marks the 40th anniversary of Black Entertainment Television. So, to ensure this momentous occasion isn’t overlooked, the BET Awards are occurring virtually.

It’s impossible to predict exactly what will happen — virtual award ceremonies are new territory. But one thing is for sure: There will still be appearances by some of the film, TV, and music’s most stunning stars, which means we can expect plenty of breathtaking beauty looks from nominees like Beyoncé, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lizzo, and many more. We may even enjoy the occasional hair and makeup

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