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Letitia Wright on Her Real-Life Superhero & the Importance of Silence

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She’s best known for her role in the Marvel Universe — and for recently jetting off to Cuba for a secret film with Rihanna and Donald Glover (no big deal). But for us, it’s Letitia Wright’s radiant positivity that stands out most. We recently chatted with our Power of Good Ambassador about who has been a force of good in her life, and the spot she loved most for time off in Havana.

What’s one good way to start any day, no matter where you are in the world?

I’d definitely say by praying in the morning, [or] if you want to call it meditating — just being silent. Really gets your mind in the right place before you have to deal with like, the day.

What’s one good habit you’d love to have?

[Laughs] Getting up properly in the morning. Getting up when my alarm actually says — I just can’t seem to get up.

What’s one good song where you know all the lines?

Oh, man. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright.’ I know all the words to that.

What’s one good thing you do when someone around you is having a bad day?

I tend to be silent and listen to them if they want to speak … just be sensitive to how they’re feeling and giving them the chance to speak about it.

What’s one good place you loved when you had time off in Cuba recently?

Ooh I loved this place called [Fábrica de Arte Cubano]. I hope I’m getting it right. It was an art place mixed with food and music. It was a combination of so many things … it was brilliant. Everyone should check it out.

What’s one good read from your last holiday?

I’m really bad at finishing books … I’m reading a book called Translating Gods. And it’s kind of like, just hearing — when God speaks to you and how to know. ‘Cause sometimes you can get the two confused, meaning like, you can confuse your own thoughts and what God is telling you. So just being able to decipher what’s said. That’s a book that I’ve been reading since I’ve been on a holiday.

And where was your last holiday?

My last proper holiday — I think it was Cuba or New York. I’ve been in LA so much, I keep thinking it’s holiday because the weather’s hot.

What’s one good tip you use to get into character and how did you learn it?

Once I’ve done all the research and stuff like that, it’s to stay in the accent. I think that’s just by observing some of the greats that have done it … staying in the accent really, really helps so you don’t struggle to get back into character.

What’s one good makeup tip you’ve learned from being on set so much?

I don’t even know if it’s a good makeup tip. It’s just: when you’re eating with makeup or like falling asleep — just don’t mess it up. That’s such a bad tip! Just don’t mess the thing up because when you’re on set you have to wait around so much, I’ve learned how to sleep in certain positions so I don’t mess my makeup up. That’s a really bad tip, but put it down.

Well, how do you do it? Do you sleep sitting up?

By literally just sleeping straight on your back. Sleep on your back and make sure you’ve got a really good pillow under your head so that you’re sleeping in a position that like, you’re not moving to the left or right. You’re just really, really still so that when they come and call you, your makeup’s not messed up. That’s something I learned just by trial and error.

If you’re having a crazy week, what’s one thing you do for yourself to decompress?

Definitely finding ‘time out’ in the week that’s just for you … when you have so many meetings, and so many things, and everybody’s opinion on this and that, it’s very important to find a day so you can like, unwind.

Letitia Wright in a pink suit

Who has been a force of good in your life and why?

Family and friends, they’re all covered. Because, you know, they’ve just been really supportive. I pride myself on like, picking the right friends as well. And they’ve just been amazing, especially during this time of transition for me … So many people [tell] you things that can really make you feel very big headed. And then my friends are like, ‘You’re just the same, like, just be true to yourself.’ Or my family would be like, you know, ‘Make sure you’re resting and eating and not stressing out.’ So, just having that support has been amazing. My family and my friends have been such a huge force of good for me.

Name one woman from history whose good work inspires you.

Rosa Parks. I didn’t even know that question was going to come, but yeah … she’s been someone that I’ve looked up to since I was a child, you know. Just for her bravery for standing up for what she believed in, and equality — and she didn’t have to do that. She could have conformed but she didn’t and I love her for that.

If you weren’t an actress, could you imagine one good alternate career for yourself?

I guess a Psychiatrist … I’m interested in the brain and behavior … Yeah, I’d do that.

What’s one good story you think of when you need a laugh?

When I was first coming to the UK, when I was really young, we missed the plane and I was really upset … I was just like crying, temper tantrum, saying “I want to go to England” in like, a very strong Guyanese accent. And I really believed that my dreams were shattered. I was only like, seven, and everybody’s like, the way I acted was like I’d been to England before. And then when I got there it was so cold. That kind of reminds me of how far I’ve come, really.

Tell us a good story about makeup.

Okay. I’m not the expert, but I know when it’s done well. And one time I was in a particular place — I can’t say exactly where, but it was a funny location and someone did my makeup and bless her… and it wasn’t right.

And I was really sad about it and it just taught me the importance of knowledge — every makeup artist needs to know about different ethnicities, you know, just diversity in terms of doing makeup. So, even though it made me really sad, it really gave me an education about the fact that everybody who wants to be a makeup artist, especially in this industry, just has to be educated on the fact that there’s different people in the world, there’s different complexions, and we have to adapt to knowing how to do makeup for them.

Because it was difficult. It was a difficult day, but it taught me a big lesson. So, I’m excited that I got to work with you guys, and you guys got to champion me and the way I look. Do you know what I mean? I respect that. I hope that’s a great way of ending the blog interview.

Shalom Blac Falls in Love with the ORIGINAL

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Can we talk about Shalom Nchom for a minute? If you’re not familiar, we’ll catch you up: a survivor of extensive burns as a child — and the devastating bullying that followed — she is now a vlogger with nearly a million YouTube followers who tune in to watch her inspiring and playful Shalom Blac tutorials. Shalom had always favored liquid foundations — until we sent her our cult-favorite ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation. She tried it for the first time on camera and let’s just say, the results are truly powderful. Take a peek:

Watch Shalom’s full powder makeup video for more mineral makeup magic, including our Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.

What Are You PRO? Talking Diversity with Arshia Moorjani

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Our BAREPRO makeup family is changing the beauty landscape with a simple proposition: skin-improving longwear. These formulas are everything we stand for: PRO-SKIN, PRO-PERFORMANCE and PRO-YOU, with great ingredients and lasting wear that keeps up with you all day long — so you can focus on what you stand for.

We asked three beauty influencers who love new BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer to share what they stand for — and why they love our high-performance, natural-looking makeup. Today, we’re talking with Arshia Moorjani, a beauty influencer based in Fort Lee, NJ.


Arshia wears BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation in Teak 22 and BAREPRO Concealer in Tan – Neutral 10

bareMinerals: What are you PRO?

Arshia Moorjani: I am PRO-DIVERSITY because growing up, I never had anyone who looked like me to look up to. I was obsessed with YouTube in my early teens, but never saw any South Asian women, so I decided to fill that void myself!

bareMinerals: How do you suggest others can act on a passion?

Arshia: Just do it! It sounds so simple and cliché but it’s true! We tend to hold ourselves back because we are so scared of just getting started… then work as hard as you can and the rest will follow!

bareMinerals: What are three things you do for yourself every day?

Arshia: Meditate, read and spend time on my skincare. Meditating has helped me realize that I am in control of my thoughts, reading has taught me such valuable lessons, and spending a little bit of time on my skincare is truly my “me time” which is so important. I am a firm believer that you can take care of others only when you truly take care of yourself first.

bareMinerals: On what occasions do you wear full coverage makeup? What makes performance wear makeup important to you?

Arshia: Because of my job, I wear full coverage makeup on a daily basis… between filming, meetings and shoots… my days usually start very early and end very late and I am constantly on the go. I need my makeup to be at its top performance at all times and need to ensure it lasts all day!

bareMinerals: What’s one concealer tip everyone should know?

Arshia: Create an upside-down triangle under your eyes and bring the concealer back past your brows. Once blended, this gives your face a faux “lift.” Why doesn’t want that?

bareMinerals: What makes you feel confident?

Arshia: I feel the most confident when I am being my most authentic self. I have tried to be like others in the past, but realized very quickly that one one is out there quite like me, and I need to embrace myself exactly as I am.

What are you PRO? Talking Wellness with Jessica Franklin

Our BAREPRO makeup family is changing the beauty landscape with a simple proposition: skin-improving longwear. These formulas are everything we stand for: PRO-SKIN, PRO-PERFORMANCE and PRO-YOU, with great ingredients and lasting wear that keeps up with you all day long — so you can focus on what you stand for.

We asked three beauty influencers who love new BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer to share what they stand for — and why they love our high-performance, natural-looking makeup. Today, we’re talking with Jessica Franklin, a blogger and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, NY.


Jessica wears BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation in Cardamom 23 and BAREPRO Concealer in Tan/Dark – Neutral 12

bareMinerals: What are you PRO?

Jessica Franklin: I’m PRO-WELLNESS because I’ve realized that there is so much value in taking care of my health. Without it, I cannot live up to my full potential and be effective in my career, with my family, and in any other areas of my life.

bareMinerals: How did you discover your passion for wellness?

Jessica: This has been a journey for the past 5 years or so. I’ve gone from working out once in a while and eating whatever I wanted (fast food, sugary drinks, etc.) to now working out 3-4 times a week and making healthier food choices. It’s not a diet for me, but a lifestyle. The more I do it and continue on this journey, the more I adopt better habits. I’m not perfect … but I’m always trying my best and to me, that’s what really matters.

bareMinerals: What makes you feel confident?

Jessica: As cliché as it may sound, I have learned that confidence starts from the inside first. Without that, it is impossible to feel confident. But of course I feel even more confident when I get dressed and do my hair and makeup. I love when my makeup looks flawless.

bareMinerals: In your life and line of work, what makes natural-looking makeup so important?

Jessica: When I wear makeup, it’s important that I still look like myself. I never want to feel like makeup is a crutch and that I need it to feel better. Instead, it compliments me. Since my job involves influencing other women to feel confident both inside and out, I want them to feel the same way when it comes to their makeup.

bareMinerals: How often do you wear full coverage makeup?

Jessica: I wear full coverage makeup about 4-5 times a week! I wear it to meetings, photoshoots, events and even meeting up with my friends! It makes me feel good, knowing my makeup looks great. I love that BAREPRO Liquid Foundation provides full coverage, but doesn’t feel or look heavy. It really looks like skin!

bareMinerals: What’s one concealer tip everyone should know?

When applying concealer to your eyes, draw a triangle with your concealer rather than dotting or swiping it on. This guarantees a flawless application and it’s super easy!

bareMinerals: What are three things you do for yourself every day?

Jessica: 1. Set aside time for myself in the morning for reading, prayer and just alone time! 2. Work out. 3. Listen to my favorite songs and albums. Good music really puts me in a great mood and has such a positive effect on my day.

What do you stand for? Share what you’re PRO on Instagram, tagging #bareMinerals to join the conversation. 

What Are You PRO? Talking Self Love with Serein Wu

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Serein Wu for bareMinerals

Our BAREPRO makeup family is changing the beauty landscape with a simple proposition: skin-improving longwear. These formulas are everything we stand for: PRO-SKIN, PRO-PERFORMANCE and PRO-YOU, with great ingredients and lasting wear that keeps up with you all day long — so you can focus on what you stand for.

We asked three beauty influencers who love new BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer to share what they stand for — and why they love our high-performance, natural-looking makeup. Today, we’re talking with Serein Wu, a content creator based in Los Angeles, CA.


Serein wears BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation in Silk 14 and BAREPRO Concealer in Tan – Neutral 10

bareMinerals: What are you PRO?

Serein Wu: I am PRO-SELF CARE and SELF LOVE. Self care is so important for our self esteem and confidence. Taking time to relax, take a bath, read a good book or apply makeup that makes you feel good can all improve your mental health and boost your confidence. When I look and feel my best I can deal with whatever life has to throw at me.

bareMinerals: What are three things you do for yourself every day?

Serein: I always take my time at night to do a full 3- to 5-step skincare routine. It helps me unwind and I truly enjoy my skincare time. I’m currently trying to complete a 12-week workout challenge, so I’ve scheduled an hour each day for me to be able to get my workouts in. Physical activity is so important to me — it helps with my stress and overall moods. Lastly, breakfast. With my schedule, meals can sometimes come at random times and be on the go, but breakfast is the one meal a day I sit down and enjoy, no matter what.

bareMinerals: In your life and line of work, what makes natural-looking makeup so important?

Serein: I want to motivate and inspire people to feel their best from the outside in. While there is nothing wrong with full-on glam, I don’t want people to feel like they have to have it to go out in the world. Natural-looking makeup is important to me because I want people to feel good, but not hide their skin. Freckles, scars and moles are part of what makes us unique.
For a while, being on social media made me feel very self-conscious. All the skin filters didn’t help either. It took me a while to remember what skin looks like and that it’s OK to want to minimize something or to even out your skin, but at the end of the day, it’s important to love who you are without all the fun beauty products.

bareMinerals: How often do you wear full coverage makeup?

Serein: I wear a little bit of makeup on most days, especially concealer and brows … sometimes I just want to pull out all the stops and do a full face … it really depends on my mood.

bareMinerals: What’s one concealer tip everyone should know?

Serein: Find a good concealer that matches your skin tone. It can act as a magic eraser in a pinch. Apply to uneven areas on your face, blend with your fingers or a brush. Set. Done! Full face, one product. I actually do this most days because It’s fast and looks really natural.

What do you stand for? Share what you’re PRO on Instagram, tagging #bareMinerals to join the conversation.