Please Don't Do Racist Stuff with Your Beauty Products, OK? Thanks.

Instead, maybe try to make a positive difference, like the women in this picture. (Also, please don't do racist stuff, period.)
Publish date:
September 28, 2016
masks, clinique, models, lena dunham, colour pop, racism, gina rodriguez, ModelCo, Hailey Baldwin

Some of the items I've included in past beauty news roundups have made me raise an eyebrow, shake my head, facepalm — like Kendall Jenner's lemon-and-baking-soda skincare advice and KFC's chicken-flavored nail polish. Rarely have I found a beauty-related current event that gives me a full-blown rage stomach ache.

Sadly, this week marks one of the few times I've found beauty news that goes past confused, beyond disappointed, and into the seething zone. I could have chosen to not include it since it's arguably only beauty-adjacent, but shit, you guys, we need to talk about garbage like this.

University of North Dakota students used a charcoal mask for a racist joke

I'll give social media this: It has made it significantly easier to figure out who's a racist asshole.

Take these four unnamed University of North Dakota students, for example. Without Snapchat, their followers might have never known that they enjoy making light of movements like Black Lives Matter by turning a charcoal mask into a means to depict blackface, one of the most offensive elements of a long-ago entertainment-industry era.

How? HOW? Like, seriously, how? How do young adults come to the conclusion that doing this is OK? I can't accept chalking this up to youthful stupidity; if you're old enough to be aware of Black Lives Matter, you're old enough to know that this would be hurtful to exactly those lives. So I imagine that they just don't care about who they hurt, that they think it's fun to be hurtful, that it's funny to do racist things.

Ultimately, I don't know what they were thinking or who they are. But I don't want to know them. The fewer people I know like this, the better.

ColourPop has been accused of making some racially charged bad decisions lately, too

Last week, when people learned that the name of ColourPop's three darkest Sculpting Stix skin-tone shades were "Typo," "Yikes" and "Dume," it did not go over well.

While I'm personally a little confused by the problem with the name Dume — I'm pretty sure that's just a tiny civil parish in Portugal — I can understand why negative-connotation words like "Yikes" and "Typo" are upsetting, especially when the names of the lighter shades all have much more positive connotations, like Castle and Dove.

ColourPop heard the criticism and announced that those three shades have been renamed Platonic, Bloom, and Point Dume.

But for many, it feels like just one more exhausting example in a seemingly never-ending cycle of thoughtlessness toward women of color.

"Despite its many accomplishments, and the fact that I am constantly submerged in the beauty world, its feel likes I’m repeatedly yelling, 'not again?!'" Cocoa Swatches founder Ofunne Amaka writes for Essence.

But hopefully never again.

Lena Dunham and Clinique have teamed up to talk your ear off

I'm not a big podcast person, so I didn't know that Lena Dunham has one called Women of the Hour. Well, she does. Now you know, too.

And you're about to know the following information if you continue reading: Dunham and Clinique are doing a special episode to highlight the beauty brand's Difference Makers campaign.

"In the nearly hour-long episode, Dunham speaks with three of the campaign’s actresses and activists — Gina Rodriguez, Erendira Ibarra, and Jessica Nkosi — to talk about how they use their positions in the limelight to provoke discussion and bring about change in their communities," InStyle reports. "Also along for the ride is Clinique’s Global Brand President Jane Lauder, who explains what makes this campaign authentic, and not the all-too-typical commodification of feminism."

You can download the episode right here.

Hailey Baldwin is getting a makeup collaboration

One of Hailey Baldwin's most envied features is her pouty lips. And soon, you can fool yourself into thinking you can get a similar genetic blessing just by applying lip gloss from what appears to be an upcoming collaboration between the model and, aptly, ModelCo.

At the very least, even if it won't turn you into Hailey Baldwin between the nose and chin, you can still look forward to what seems to be a lovely mauve-ish lip color.

  • Have you been following the racist social media news coming out of the University of North Dakota? (Yeah, the mask thing isn't the only example.)
  • What do you think of the ColourPop shade names?
  • Do you listen to podcasts?
  • Who's your favorite model these days?