Best beauty collaborations with women of color

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Courtesy of Leenika Belfield-Martin

Shopping for makeup can one be of the most challenging experiences for women of color. For a while, shopping for makeup was a huge disappointment. Women of color often left the stores empty-handed, as it was such a struggle to find a store with the right shade. This is all simply due to the lack of a variety of shades for all skin tones.

Many of the top drugstore brands have begun providing a wider range of products, including shades to complement darker skin tones. On top of that, some of the most prominent women of color in pop culture are beginning to collaborate with brands in the beauty industry.

It is often said that any celebrity who loves makeup wants to be affiliated with the MAC makeup brand. MAC is the world’s leading professional makeup authority because of its expertise experience in artistry, individuality, community, trendsetting and social responsibility.

The company is also known for its outrageous collaborations with celebrities. Rihanna was the only celebrity to release three back-to-back seasonal collections: Summer, Fall and Holiday. Her famous shade “RiRi Woo” sold out within three hours of the first launch.

To help celebrate the release of her album, Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj personally designed a limited-edition lipstick and named it directly after her album. Empire’s “Cookie,” Taraji P. Henson, collaborated with MAC for her Viva Glam line of nude lip colors.

Makeup lovers and Aaliyah fans alike should be on the lookout for MAC’s next move. The beauty brand recently announced the summer 2018 release of the Aaliyah collection.

CoverGirl is an American brand founded in Baltimore. Originally, the company only started out with two products: foundation and press powder. They advertised their makeup by allowing “cover girls” to sell their products.

In 2006, Queen Latifah joined the CoverGirl team and ultimately made a huge impact in the black community. Her hands-on collaboration was inspired by the fact that she wanted to create a collection specifically for women of color.

Shortly after she became a brand ambassador, she realized the company had a lot of makeup formulas in stores that didn’t flatter brown skin. Lasting for over a decade, Queen Latifah managed to create a line called the Queen Collection, containing 12 different shades. To this day, the collection remains one of the most popular lines of makeup for women of color.

Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (LVMH) is a luxury goods company. Its business activities are divided into five business groups: Wines and Spirits, Fashion and Leather Goods, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Watches and Jewelry and Selective Retailing. It was listed as No. 75 on Forbes’ list of Innovative Companies.

Recently, Rihanna landed a deal to create her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty. She released her beauty line on Sept. 8. Rihanna created her own makeup range for all shades of skin. Fenty Beauty includes 91 different products and is sold at 1,600 stores in 17 countries.

Her line offers diversity in lightweight products for all skin types and tones. There are 40 foundation shades and 30 Match Sticks that allow consumers to contour, conceal and create shimmer. All Fenty Beauty products are exclusively sold at Sephora.


Thrifting 101

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Imagine going on an unplanned scavenger hunt and purchasing some of your favorite vintage antiques.

Imagine exploring diverse styles, unique gifts and great spending habits all while avoiding a busy mall.

That’s the thrifting experience in a nutshell.

Thrifting is a trend that many overlook due to societal standards. It’s an uplifting experience because most of thrift stores are charity-based, so you’re benefiting while being benefited.

Here are some tips and tricks to expand your knowledge on the benefits of thrift shopping.

Wardrobe Change

Over time, your style will evolve because thrifting offers so many unique assortments. The majority of the time, when you buy something from a thrift store, you’re most likely the only person to have that specific piece of clothing.

It’s a win-win situation, and who would turn that down? Modern trends that you struggle to find in your everyday stores are found in thrift stores.

So, you’ll never find yourself in that awkward predicament where someone is wearing the same thing as you.

Designer for Only $5

Vintage fashion has been a fad for years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going out of style anytime soon.

Everyone knows that when it comes to vintage and antique items, they aren’t cheap. You’ll see people flaunting their closets full of vintage name-brand designers on social media sites and wonder how they hit the jackpot.

Well, the cat’s out the bag, ladies and gents; thrifting is the answer. Good quality apparel valued at least $50-$100, you’ll find for sale at $5 or less.

Adventure Time 

Thrifting may seem stressful when you’re looking for something specific; but that’s the key–never go into the store looking for a certain thing. Always stay open-minded, as if you’re going on a treasure hunt. Discovering an antique article of clothing is like finding a pot of gold. “Thrifting is kind of like going to your grandparents’ house and going through their stuff,” said sophomore Jordyn Brown, a broadcast journalism major from Long Island. “It’s like finding those old baseball cards or that pair of jeans that you really wanted but could never find in stores.”

Thrifting vs. Mall Shopping

The tranquility of shopping at thrift stores is very similar to the relaxation you feel while shopping online. Shopping at malls is always harder because you’re faced with a competitive crowd and outrageous prices. Frankly, you’re more likely to leave the mall empty-handed than you are the thrift store. It’s safe to say that leaving the thrift store with bulks of clothes and a healthy bank account is the most ideal way to shop.

Best places to buy fall clothing

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Wardrobe change season is finally in full effect.

It’s time to ditch shorts for pants, sandals for boots, fleeces for pea coats, bare necks for scarves and vivid colors for warm autumnal colors.

Remember, at Hampton, it’s important to rock a cool outfit, especially when the weather turns cool. This time of the year, it can be extremely difficult to find fall wear. Shorts are on sale while the sweaters are out of stock or sold at unreasonable prices.

Here are some stores that keep it convenient for the season.




H&M is a unisex store that has a wide variety of contemporary clothing, fitting the sizes of all people. It’s nearly impossible to walk in and not see something that catches your eye. The majority of their scarves come in bundles and are by far the most diversely styled. You get exactly what you paid for when it comes to their coats. The high-quality material is perfect for protection from the brisk air outside. The store delivers fashion and quality at reasonable prices.




Uniqlo is another unisex store that never fails to satisfy customers. The store originated in Japan but over the years has made itself at home in the United States. Uniqlo’s clothing is often recommended the most during the colder months. The store is well-known for its HEATTEACH series. The HEATTECH comes in three styles, each increasing the level of warmth applied. You can wear HEATTECH at home, at work or even on a casual outing.




Thrifting is a technique that people tend to underestimate. You can find some of the most valuable vintage wear in a thrift store for only $4 at the most, versus spending more than $100 on the same piece on a more popular place. Thrift stores are the spot for your oversized sweaters, “mom jeans,” bags and accessories. Most thrift store shoppers leave the store pleased, walking out with clothing with which they can create diverse looks. “I love shopping for fall clothing at bomb thrift stores,” said Zipporah Baldwin, a freshman master’s of business administration major from Alexandria. “You can always find gems and jewels, like Ralph Lauren pullovers and vintage half-zips. The best fall clothing come-up that I had at the thrift store was a vintage DKNY logo cream turtleneck.” Thrifting is a win-win situation, because the stores carry apparel for all seasons.



Nordstrom is the place to go, especially when it comes to name brand apparel. Visit the store’s website when you want to do some online shopping. Nordstrom is an American chain of luxury department stores, so you’ll find Michael Kors, Fenty, Commes des Garçons, Alexander McQueen, Puma, Nike, CHANEL, Burberry and Balenciaga all in one place. The store is also an awesome carrier of shoes. Nordstrom carries almost every shoe style that could interest you. Think of Nordstrom as your backup store when it comes to online shopping. If it’s not online, you can definitely find what you’re looking for in your local Nordstrom store.


Charming Charlie


Accessorizing is a key factor to completing any look. Who ever thought a color-coded store filled with all types of affordable jewelry would exist? Charming Charlie is a color-coded store filled with all your finest accessories — from necklaces, earrings and rings, to glasses, bags and headbands. The theme colors of the store correlate with the seasons, providing a fun and cozy environment in which customers can splurge.


Don’t forget: You need love, too

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Although “self-love” may seem self-explanatory, it can be demonstrated in
a variety of ways.
Step 1: Put yourself first.
Step 2: Love yourself unconditionally, no matter who is watching.
Step 3: Free yourself of societal standards and create your own instead.
“Self-love is honestly indescribable,” said Hampton University second-year
journalism major Zoe Griffin. “It's being your own shoulder to cry on and
consoling yourself. It's about making sure that you get enough sleep and that
you’ve journaled enough for the week. It's about having the absolute best interest
in yourself, unapologetically.”
Self-love becomes a challenge when people allow society’s perspective on
beauty define their own beauty. It’s a concept that is often brushed under the rug
and constantly overlooked. A huge decline in intimate relationships is often due
to companions not having a better understanding of themselves. With that being
said, it is impossible to love someone correctly without loving yourself first. The
term “self-love” is more than just feeling beautiful on the outside; it’s a process of
growth on physical, mental and spiritual levels.
Begin by evaluating yourself. Take time to separate the positive and
negative energy you keep around. In due time, the energy you exude will be
reciprocated back into you. With evaluation comes more independence. A huge
weight is lifted off your shoulders once you start relying on yourself, rather than
others. Each day, take a moment to tell yourself: “I am human, and humans are
not perfect.”  What another person defines beauty to be doesn’t justify your inner
soul within.
Aria Henry, a second-year strategic communications major from Long
Island, N.Y., defined inner beauty as: “A love that comes from within and [is] shed
throughout your life.” Henry added, “Your true self is the one that not everyone gets to see because it’s filled with so many insecurities, but once you start to love that part of
yourself, it is a light that you cannot even begin to dim.”
Never let a day go by where you don’t encourage yourself to be the best
that you can be. Avoid negative phrases like “I’m scared” or “I can’t,” and replace
them with “I can” and “I will.” Sooner or later, you’ll see yourself taking a lot more chances. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else and start exploring your
spirituality. This will allow you to learn more about yourself.Try opening up your mind to new thoughts, feelings and passions.
“When I got to Hampton, I [met] new people that [were] different than
me,” said Jordyn Brown, a second-year journalism major from Long Island, N.Y. “I
think that everyone, at least once in their lifetime, has to expand their horizons
because staying in one spot prevents you from growing.”
Build up your strength to let fears go, because they will only make you miss
out on your blessings.
Finally, spoil yourself. Add a prayer to your daily routine and reach out to
God even when you feel like life is good. View each day as one filled with new
opportunities and blessings. Fall so deeply in love with your solitude that you’ll
become proud to be authentically you.