The beauty industry is forever evolving and one person that does the same is Erykah Badu.
With the launch of her Badu World Market and her hosting her one dollar “Apocolypse” Instagram Live concert, we had to take a closer look at the creative powerhouse that is Miss Eryka Badu. Her fashion range consists of hoodies, t-shirts and Geta. Geta are an elevated wooden sandal with a base held up by two blocks, these sandals are indigenous to the Japanese people. Miss Badu has ensured that these sandals are comfortable.
In recent years we have seen her really come into her own with her unique sense of style. From the late 90’s into the early 2000’s we have witnessed her keep a bare natural face outside of her music videos and still playing into the Nubian Queen vibe she goes for.
Recently we have seen many instances where she wears the unique make up looks in her videos off set as well, even to interviews. She mostly wore braids and head wraps but is now seen experimenting with different textured wigs and hair styles. Her staple go to hair style is the bushy big brown hair. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZzNoR8HnGG/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Erykah Badu is known for her out of the box style, where many artists will try such as a gimmick or a costume but she has shown us that this her norm and way of life. It is her way of appreciating art and expressing her creativity in a way that we can all appreciate. We will take a look at how she wears African line art so elegantly as makeup and her interest in nail accessories, along with her other many makeup looks and hair styles. Her favourite go to look is the bare bleached eyebrow with a diffused red or purple under eyeshadow with black dots under each eye.
Her other favourite makeup look is a natural finish foundation with a smudged eyeliner that makes her beautiful green eyes pop. Erykah has been seen many times wearing a stunning solid red eyeshadow. She has been rocking editorial makeup before Euphoria made it trend. Many may not understand the way she expresses herself with her makeup, hair and nails but she’s always been true to herself and has not followed any trends, a good reason to celebrate her during International Women’s Month. Big on artistic self expression and experimenting. She does this without straying from who she is.
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The Badu Dass Bob 1 by Chioma Obiegbu @dreyafrica (bottle cap wig named for the Dassdanech People – Ethiopia on the Omo River in the Omo Valley (also Kenya and Sudan ) was imaged and designed as a tool to make music. In my art collabs , I love challenging friends/ artists like @lillianshalom ( opal grills) or @soullogun (copper hair pins ) to create tedious and difficult works. They accept the challenge. So Then We inspire one another to be greater. Still, I am always amazed at how much more magnificent things turn out than first imagined. Through our combined intentions the THING evolves into magic. Like much of the jewelry and adornment in my work, there is great emphasis put on tone and vibration (the weight , the number of beads or jewels, colors, the materials etc.). When I imagine that I am creating a powerful tool, the cells that make up that tool mimic my thoughts. ABRAKAHDABRA ( we create as we speak). In our research for this piece, I learned many beautiful things about the DAASANECH ( DASSANECH) tribes’ people and their customs. Much like all tribe-based, indigenous cultures all over the planet, there is this common element of sacred ritual and homage payed to the ANCESTORS ( those in our family line who came before us ). This attracts me. I understand this. It is the way. It is THE WORK. So This piece is not only a reminder of who we were but also a gentle reminder to self that we are HERE and THIS IS NOW. Each time the metal caps on this piece clap together I am sending a purposed , programmed message of LOVE through the elements. It is a prayer for relief from drought in The Omo Valley. It is – with all my might – WILLING strength and relief for the girls and women who are victims of FGM (female genital mutilation) practiced in this region. Or… just for a PEACE and STILLNESS to wash over this planet, our school called EARTH. – E.B.
Which iconic Erykah Badu beauty look has been your favourite?
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