MN8Beauty believes that aesthetics are a form of self-care, self-love, and reclaiming agency.
MN8Beauty is dedicated to empowering EVERY beauty, through personalized makeup experience, makeup and meditation masterclasses, interactive crystal meditation sessions, and transparent conversations about navigating spaces that are dismissive and unkind.
Our ideal beauties are those who LOVE turning heads, shaking tables, making moves, and living unapologetically!
Our commitment is to create inspiring SIGNATURE looks, memorable moments, and safe spaces that affirm your innate beauty!
MN8Beauty was created as an affirming beauty brand for Black and Indigenous folx by Candice (they/fam/sib/love), a makeup artist and educator. Through their artistry, Candice sought to reject Eurocentric beauty standards and the mindless consumption and use of beauty products that perpetuate anti-Black, heteronormative ideals about makeup. As a person whose Black, Queer, Non-Binary, and Neurodivergent intersections sometimes contribute to being antagonized, ignored, or othered, MN8Beauty served as an affirmation of existence and radical self-acceptance.
One of the defining moments that led to MN8Beauty's birth was when Candice was given professional feedback that their aesthetics and communication style were intimidating to their former employer's intended demographic, and that they needed to soften their looks and tone in order to be more approachable and profitable. In that moment, it became clear how Black and femme bodies and voices are policed and subjected to the longstanding effects of colonialism and capitalism.
Candice began dedicating hours developing their craft, and used the ritual of applying makeup as a meditative practice. Drawing on inspiration from beautiful crystals like rose quartz, citrine, red jasper, and chrysocolla, Candice used artistry to align with intention.
Eventually they began sharing these crystal-inspired makeup looks on IG Live, which led to the hashtag #makeupandmeditation and #makeupismyritual. Through these live sessions, Candice and countless others shared intimate space and in-depth conversations about agency, affirmation, awareness, and so much more.
MN8Beauty continues to evolve and examine ways to cultivate community to help people discover all parts of themselves so that WE can all emanate beauty.