At the NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey this past weekend, Black beauty and success took command of the Black Girls Rock 2019 golden carpet. 

Angela Bassett, Brandy, Rhapsody, Deborah Joy Winans and many more celebrities attended the 13th annual event founded by former DJ and model, Beverly Bond.  Black Girls Rock acknowledges the work of premiere Black female leaders in the music, entertainment, medicine and business industries. The ‘golden’ carpet had a diverse array of women from actresses, singers, rappers to visionary tech mavens and it did not disappoint as it displayed the wondrous beauty of naturalistas, African prints and vibrant colors.  The common beauty thread was shiny lips, long lashes and light touches of gold and shimmer. 

The supremely multitalented, Brandy, graced the carpet with a Jimmy Hendrix bohemian vibe in various layers of silks and textured fabrics.  She completed her look with a grommet accented black wide brim hat with a colorful silk scarf head wrap. The ageless Brandy softened her bohemian homage to Jimmy Hendrix with pinks and golden highlights.  Her talented MUA applied a shimmery pink on the inner tear duct, under-eye and middle lid, with a deep wine on the outer lid/corner. The eyes were accented with gold shimmer on the inner lid and brow bone.  She lined the eye in black with a neutral taupe liner on the waterline. Dusky pink cheeks, glossy lips and natural volume lashes with a subtle flare at the ends completed her look. 

Feeling bohemian?  Use the BPerfect Cosmetics Stacey Marie Carnival XL Pro Palette, Temptation(shimmery pink), Persuasion(outer lid), Gold Lux(accent).  For the cheeks and lips, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix shimmer Skinstick in Bordeaux Brat-radiant berry and Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fussy-shimmering pink. 

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Rapper, reality star and tv host, Remy Ma, was glam and feathered with a pulled back long waved hair styled and smoked out eyes.  Her best accessory, her husband Papoose, guided her across the carpet with a gentle hand. Her beauty look was traditional glam with golden eyeshadow on her lids and under eye with a dark brown color on her crease.  She created a cat eye with black liquid eyeliner and applied black inside her water line. Her wispy lashes looked individual with extra length. Want her look? Use the new Anastasia Jackie Aina eyeshadow palette, Soleil on the lid, Credit in the crease, Ginger above the crease with a brush of Soleil on the brow bone. For the cheeks use Juvia’s Place, The Saharan Vol. II Blush Palette, Yara on the cheekbone with The Heroine Glow Highlighter I for the perfect glow. Makeup Forever Lash Show N-205 Instant Drama False Lashes Natural Impact

Miss USA 2019 winner, Miss North Carolina, Cheslie Kryst graced the carpet in a pearl embellished, shoulder draped ivory gown.  Styled by the Miss USA organization, Ms. Kryst dress was angelic but her makeup was smoldering with her shimmering new take on the smokey eye. The makeup artist used a shimmering rose gold on the lid accented with a darker shadow.  Do you want to create the same drama? Use Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette-Bronze Seduction in Rose Gold and Xtreme Aubergine. For lips, Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Omi.

Comedian, Lala Milan, brightened the golden carpet with her effervescent personality. The delightful Queen graced the golden carpet in a techno African print gown with extreme blue pigmented eyeshadow. The sweep of yellow eyeliner on the inside of her crease matched her whimsical nature.  She highlighted her regal nose and cheeks with gold and finished with a neutral brown gloss on the lips. Emulate her beauty with Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Sapphire for the vibrant blue and yellow eyeshadow or Fenty Beauty Vivid Liquid Eyeliner in Banana Blaze for the yellow line accent.  Lala’s MUA natural looking contour and gold highlights may be achieved using UOMA Beauty Double Take Contour Stick in Bronze Venus(for Rich Tan Skin). Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Unveil. Sweep cheeks with Juvia’s Place The Saharan Vol. II Blush Palette, Yara. Makeup Forever Black Eye Pencil and Lash Show N-303 Instant Drama False Lashes-Natural Impact.

Deborah Joy Winans was snatched in a sleeveless iridescent beaded purple dress and slick top bun.  She was one of the few artists to don the edgy dark smokey eyes with her mermaid inspired dress. Do you want to pull off her glamorous, dark look? UOMA Beauty Black Magic Palette in Poise-Black Y’all on the entire lid and Feminist above the crease. For her sexy pout, line the lips with Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Pencil in Ground Control and fill with Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip Gloss in Flesh Fantasy.

Actress and rapper, Lil Mama echoed Wonder Woman in her red sequin faux bustier dress and I Dream of Jeannie curled high low hairstyle. She rocked white eyeliner in her water line, blue eyeshadow on a burnt orange base in her crease with an extreme black cat eye.  Pink lips and coral cheeks completed her fresh look with a touch of bronzer for contour. Her MUA was on trend with extra length wispy lashes. Copy her look with Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Sun Stalker Bronzer in Coco Naughty, Moroccan Spice Eye Palette in Cumin Get It and Vivid Liquid Eyeliner in Skinny Dip on the entire lid.  To create the extreme cat eye look use UOMA Beauty Afro.Dis.Iac Liquid Eyeliner in Cleopatra Ink and Makeup Forever Eye Pencil in white for the waterline.  For the cheeks use Juvia’s Place Saharan Vol. I Blush Palette in Toby. 

Dancehall singer and songwriter, Hood Celebrityy, was devilishly sexy in her subtle nude lace bodysuit under a red beaded pantsuit with Gucci sneakers.  Her sleek ponytail accented her high cheekbones and showcased her natural beauty. Her MUA used dark neutrals with a pop of shimmer on her eyes and cheeks. Admire her look?  Break out in song with Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Tickle and Fantasy and finish the eyes with UOMA Beauty Afro.Dis.Iac Liquid Eyeliner in Cleopatra Ink. Makeup Forever Pro Eyeliner in Black along the waterline and Lash Show N-303 Instant Drama False Lashes. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow(shimmering rose nude).



All photos by Jovanna Reyes