One of our favorite Afro-Latinas (La La Anthony) is releasing her new cosmetics line "Motives for La La" today! The Puerto Rican reality star noticed a void in the beauty market in catering toward African-American and Latin women, so she teamed up with Motives by Loren Ridinger to create products for every skin tone. How cool is that!?
We're so excited about La La's new line that we got to thinking about a few other must-try beauty items available now. Here are our top five picks!
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Are you transitioning from a relaxer to your natural texture? Carol’s Daughter Olive Oil Infusion Treatment, $25, carolsdaughter.com, was created to help you through the process. Apply the oil from scalp to ends then layer on the smoothing cream. Put on the included plastic cap and rinse after thirty minutes. Afterwards, you’ll be able to detangle strands easily, and they’ll be so much smoother and softer.
We’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s worth repeating: Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro ($32, faceatelier.com) is a formula that combines olive, red, and golden pigments so it matches your complexion no matter what undertone you have. “It’s the only foundation I use when I work with Zoe Saldana, Beyonce, or Chanel Iman,” makeup artist Jackie Gomez says. Shade numbers 5 to 7 work well on medium-dark and olive skin while shades 8 through 12 look great on dark skin with golden or red tones.
Not only does Specific Beauty Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF 30, $17.99, specificbeauty.com, lighten existing dark spots with licorice and niacin and protect against more with vitamin E and SPF, but also it doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin!
Regular flat irons can’t completely reach your curly roots, but RSession Tools Root Control, $179.99, rsessiontools.com can. The built-in heat-proof combs smooth roots (and protect your scalp) while the heated barrel in the center straightens them.
To smooth back the short hairs that make your hairline uneven, dab on a tiny bit of Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge Control, $4.99, Walgreens.com. The gel-pomade formula holds all day and won’t flake off.