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Buzzfeed - Boldly

Buzzfeed - Boldly

Women of Color Try Nude Lipsticks watch more here.

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Allure.com

Allure.com

Although beauty brands like Kat Von D and Lancôme are becoming more inclusive with their foundation ranges and nude lipsticks, there's still room for improvement. New companies are even popping up to help fill the gaps. A couple weeks ago, Stellar launched at Sephora to help provide foundations to those with medium skin tones. Mented Cosmetics, on the other hand, creates nude lipsticks for deeper skin tones.

Its founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, who met at Harvard Business school, personally know how hard it can be to find the perfect nude lipstick. For years, they found themselves searching for ones at beauty counters but coming up short. "It felt as if the products weren't made for us in mind," they tell Allure. "We started Mented because we believe every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty. No one deserves to be an afterthought, and our products celebrate the beauty of all hues." That message reminds of our April 2017 issue.

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BET

BET

See How These 2 Harvard Grads Want to Fix the Black Beauty Problem for Good

It was over two glasses of Pinot Noir at KJ Miller's apartment in Harlem, New York, that her and Amanda Johnson discussed how they could not find a good nude lipstick. At that very moment, the two friends from college decided to make a change. They created their beauty brand by literally making lipsticks in their kitchen and thus, Mented Cosmetics was cooked born. 

Of course inclusivity is always at the forefront of our minds, but several beauty brands ignore demographics that are not, well, white. Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands and that's what Miller and Johnson did on that fated night. We had to know more since we are constantly looking for more ways to #buyblack, so we spoke to the duo about their company, goals and the future of Black beauty. 

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The Washington Informer

The Washington Informer

Mented Cosmetics Stops in D.C.

This fall, Mented Cosmetics will launch four nude lip gloss shades, as well as eye shadow and blush palettes in 2018. They plan to eventually have a full face collection.

“I think KJ and I have a really great background she’s a retail vet,” Johnson said. “I’ve been in technology and marketing, so together, with our powers combined, we knew that we had the right experience to get it off the ground.”

The ladies proclaimed the summer of 2017 their pop-up tour.

“We are really excited to get out there and meet people and have them try our product on in person,” Miller said. “We had a couple pop-ups in New York, now D.C., and we are doing AfroPunk in August in Brooklyn, so we’re excited.”

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Real Simple

Real Simple

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POPSUGAR

POPSUGAR

Finally! This Brand Makes Nude Lipstick Specifically For Women of Color

Enter Mented Cosmetics. Founded by Harvard Business School grads KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, Mented (short for pigmented) has released two collections specifically crafted with darker-skinned beauty mavens in mind: nude nail polishes and hydrating nude lipsticks. Though the three-polish set is definitely one-of-a-kind, it's the nine stunning lipstick shades that we simply can't get over.

Each creamy lipstick blends browns, pinks, and reds, making for a variety of hues that look gorgeous on both lighter and darker complexions. With just a few swipes, women of deeper skin tones can land that polished, everyday look that all of us crave when we're taking a break from those bold red or pink lip colors.

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The Root

The Root

Browns Are the New Nudes When It Comes to Beauty and Fashion for Women of Color

It’s safe to say that Hassan, who could be considered a veteran in the nude game for women of color, has paved the way for other entrepreneurs looking to cater to those with brown skin. And in the world of cosmetics, where black women collectively spend an estimated $7.5 billion annually, you can’t really say there are a lot of options out there if you want a nude look, especially when it comes to lipstick and nail polish. But that’s where Mented Cosmetics hopes to fill the void.

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VegNews

VegNews

Vegan Brand Debuts Nude Nail Polish for All Skin Tones

Vegan beauty brand Mented Cosmetics recently launched the Nude Nail Collection, a line of nude nail polishes, with people of color in mind. The new line includes three shades—Pinkish, Yes We Tan, and Brown & Bougie—that help people of all skin tones achieve a “nude” look. “We started Mented because we believe every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty,” the company’s founders and Harvard Business school graduates KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson told Allure. “No one deserves to be an afterthought, and our products celebrate the beauty of all hues.” The company also sells a collection of nude lipstick hues—in Peach Please, Brand Nude, Brown Bare, Dark Knight, and more—that complement a variety of skin tones.

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BRIT + CO

BRIT + CO

Someone Has Finally Released a New Nail Polish Collection for All Different Skin Tones

In their company bio, Mented founders KJ Miller and Amanda E Johnson write that, “We created Mented Cosmetics because we believe every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty. We know you’ll love being put first — because when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought.” And their new collection definitely stays true to that sentiment.

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Hello Giggles

Hello Giggles

YAS: This brand released a nude nail polish collection for women of color

Finding nude options for every skin tone can be difficult, and not only when it comes to makeup. Indie brands are stepping up and mainstream brands are following suit. Christian Louboutin offers nude pumps in a wide range of colors, Nubian Skin creates lingerie for all skin tones, and Mented is expanding their empire with a new line of nude nail polishes.

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MIC

MIC

This black-owned beauty brand is selling nail polishes for women of color

In March, the duo's brand Mented debuted with a line of nude lipsticks specifically with women of color in mind. Now, they've launched a line of nude nail polishes, making them one of the very first brands ever to address the fact that many polishes out there billed as "nude" only match the skin tones of very pale women.

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Yahoo Beauty

Yahoo Beauty

Brand That Introduced Nude Lipstick for Women of Color Now Has a Nude Nail Polish That’s Equally Amazing

The shades include “Pinkish,” which is soft clean pink; “Yes We Tan,” which is a rich true nude; and “Brown & Bougie,” a warm chestnut-like brown. As most people have experienced, nude can mean a variety of different things, and that’s why Miller and Johnson did their homework to come up with three standout colors that would wear perfectly as nudes or neutrals. After testing out different hues, Miller said, “it was easy to align on a soft, everyday pink, a gorgeous tan, and a warm brown. In all of our focus groups, these were the shades that received the most love.”

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