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People of Color Beauty's Founder On Starting a Nail Polish Business That Puts Brown Skin First

People of Color and Anser are collaborating on an exclusive new color, available to our Anser community during our Black Friday sale! This color, hand-selected and named Self-Care Isn't Selfish by Tia, will remind you to be bold in your self-care whenever you look at your nails.

Jacqueline Carrington is a mother of three and founder of People of Color Beauty. We spoke with Jacqueline Carrington about her life as a mom, her journey as an entrepreneur, and her self-care practices. If you didn't catch Tia's talk with Jacqueline about our collaboration, watch it here!

Anser: Why did you decide to start People of Color?

JC: I was inspired by my daughter Monroe, who was 3 at the time in early 2019. Her and my son would spend the night at my mom’s, and Monroe would always come home with her nails painted. I didn’t have anything at home to keep up with her newfound interest in nail polish. However, her interest rekindled mine as I thought back to my childhood and growing up. I didn’t wear nail polish growing up because I played basketball, and I never saw polishes shown on brown hands. I could never envision the colors on myself, and I ended up skipping wearing nail polish all together. I’ve always been an entrepreneur, so the thought of a nail polish business after seeing my daughter’s interest, and realizing my rekindled interest, came naturally.

I didn’t wear nail polish growing up because I played basketball, and I never saw polishes shown on brown hands. I could never envision the colors on myself, and I ended up skipping wearing nail polish all together.

Anser: What are some of the considerations you make for the brand regarding things like ingredients you use and the colors you produce?
JC: It was important to promote and align with ingredients that are healthy natural nails for the brand. I’ve always worn my natural nails and wanted a brand that focused on healthy nails for people to love and be confident in, no matter their length. As I researched in the beginning phases of starting the business, I started learning about certain toxins that are in regular nail polishes. Because I had a young daughter who would seemingly wear nail polish the rest of her life, I decided that I wanted our products to be non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Our polishes are 10-free, meaning they don’t have 10 of the most common toxins that are normally found in nail polish, such as: formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, parabens, and more!

We curate our colors to complement the various shades of brown skin as the first thought, not an afterthought.



Anser: The name has such a great double-meaning behind it...it’s kind of genius. How’d you come up with it? What does it mean to you?
JC: I started thinking about all the various shades of brown skin from all over the world, and thought to myself ‘what if someone made a nail polish brand called People of Color, that would pick out colors to complement various brown skin tones?’ I also thought of it in a figurative way as well because we all live in a world of color. That’s where our slogan “nail polish for People of Color and those who live in color” came from. It is a brand that celebrates People of Color in all that we do, but is inclusive because everyone lives and loves in a color-filled world!

We curate our colors to complement the various shades of brown skin as the first thought, not an afterthought.

Q: What was your relationship with self-care growing up? How has it changed since you’ve become an entrepreneur? A mother?
JC: Self-care has always been important to me in both a physical and spiritual sense. It hasn’t really changed for me, but has become more prominent in my life since being a mompreneur. There are young people watching me and the way I live, and I want to be a good example of prioritizing your peace of mind, health, wellness, and spiritual foundation in a sometimes crazy world.

Anser: How has your relationship with beauty as a self-care practice changed since starting People of Color?
JC: I’m pretty basic when it comes to “beauty” in the sense of how it is projected in the world. I never (and still) don’t wear makeup, I only just started painting my nails regularly since starting People of Color, and I love wearing my natural hair and/or protective styles. Although things are still the same, it’s changed because now I get to use our brand’s platform to share and celebrate other people’s beauty and nails through our social media and website. The nail imagery on our social media and website are all from our customers and brand ambassadors. We love sharing our community of supporters pictures because they are part of our tribe and what makes the brand what it is. We love saying: People of Color. You are us. We are you.

We love saying: People of Color. You are us. We are you.

Anser: You’re a mother of three and the founder of a growing business. How do you maintain balance in your life?
JC: I don’t recall the definition of balance since having children. HA! I have, however, learned the importance of prioritizing! I quickly realized that for me, there was no such thing as balance when trying to manage a home, family, and business. There are priorities, and sometimes things will be left undone for the day or periods of time, because there are other things that are more important. Once I embraced that mindset, it helped alleviate a lot of stress, because I was really trying to balance everything. It’s impossible to give multiple things equal attention, all of the time.

Anser: People of Color’s collections have such powerful names and themes. What inspires that?
JC: People of Color! Who we are, and our stories inspire the collection themes, and names of the colors!

Anser: What advice do you have for other women and mothers who have an idea and have identified an opportunity in the market for starting a company?
JC: START NOW! There will never be a perfect time other than now. You don’t have to start big or with a lot of money. Don’t let your fear paralyze you from taking action. All we can take is one step at a time, so take the first step, TODAY!

Don’t let your fear paralyze you from taking action.

Anser: What’s something surprising that you’ve learned -- about yourself or about nail polish and beauty -- since you launched People of Color?
JC: Not trying to be funny, but I didn’t realize how long it would take to pick out which nail polish I wanted to wear!

Anser: What are other self-care practices that are important to you?
JC: My most important self-care practices for me are doing Bible studies, and exercising! I also love the beach; it’s my happy place!

Anser: Where can people find you and People Of Color?
JC: Our website is: www.peopleofcolorbeauty.com and on social (IG and FB): @peopleofcolorbeauty.