If you're not familiar with Joan Smalls, I suggest you get familiar real soon.
It's not everyday you see a beautiful melanated woman collaborating with a well know makeup brand. But when you do see this, you can't help but smile. Black woman are finally getting the recognition they deserve. It's amazing to see that the color of ones skin is being embraced in a positive light in the world of beauty.
If you're a lipstick fan [like myself], than you will probably be excited to know that Joan Smalls has created a lipstick collection with the ever so popular Estee Lauder. Can we just talk about how amazing that is? A woman of color collaborating with such an iconic makeup brand is absolutely incredible and hopefully Joan will be the first of many. Oh, and did I mention this collection is permanent? Yes, you read that correctly. Not limited edition, but permanent. Let me not forget to mention they are all matte lippies and there are twelve of them.
If you're not excited yet, get excited ladies. This is a collection you don't want to miss. You can tell from Joan's amazing lip choice from last years Met Gala that she has a great eye for color -- so I can only imagine how amazingly pigmented these twelve lippies will be.
And if you're not really the bold type of gal, Joan has a quick tip for you ladies: “It’s all about self-expression. Just go with your heart and your mood. If you don’t want to go as bold, pat it down with a tissue and use it as a tint,” she advises. “Baby steps.” There's something out there for everyone. “You shouldn’t have certain rules or restrictions,” she muses of her adventurous approach to color. “It’s like painting: You have to have fun with it!”, says Joan via her interview with Vogue.
Let's just say, the anticipation is real.