We suggest you ask Dana if you have any beauty or skincare tips! ...
By Dee Williams
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Name: Dana L. Oliver
Occupation: Beauty Director at Yahoo Beauty
Where You’re From: South Carolina, currently residing in Philadelphia, PA.
Bio: I am the beauty director at Yahoo Beauty. I was most recently the executive fashion and beauty editor at The Huffington Post. My work has also appeared on AOL.com, Glamour.com, AllHipHop.com and The NY City News Service. I hold a Master of Arts in Journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in African American Studies from Temple University. Profiled by prominent brands, including Fashionista, Rank & Style, Philadelphia Magazine, I’ve also been featured as a guest expert on BBC’s “World Have Your Say” and the co-branded radio show “HuffPost on Call with Dr. Jane Greer.”
JET: Give a little insight on your role as Beauty Director.
Dana: I oversee beauty features and market coverage, as well as original video content including a series called #CopyThat, which explains how to recreate celebrity and runway-inspired looks. Whether I’m writing on topics ranging from natural hair to celebrity beauty secrets, interviewing top makeup artists, hairstylists, celebrities and models, or testing out the latest and greatest beauty products, my day is never dull and I love that! I am also proud to be a part of a team that is equally passionate about diversity and inclusion. My mission in everything that I do is to create content where anyone who visits Yahoo Beauty can feel connected and motivated to join the conversation.
JET: What are your all-time favorite beauty products and 5 staple products all Black women should have.
Dana: My all-time favorite beauty products are:
5 beauty products all Black women should own:
JET: What are a few pieces of advice you would give to girls looking to land roles similar to yours?
Dana: Study the beauty world inside and out. Educate yourself on the major players, brands and influencers who have shaped the industry and those individuals who are redefining what that looks like today. In order to become successful, you must be willing to work hard and remain humble. Obtaining that “senior” title doesn’t happen overnight. Lastly, don’t be afraid to speak up! Your voice really does matter.
JET: What are some of your personal goals?
JET: What are five things people don’t know about you?