Archive for May, 2009

Applying makeup

May 29, 2009

Since skin tones vary greatly among women of African descent, finding the right face makeup can be tricky. The wrong makeup can lead to an ashen or flat complexion, but with a little insight and a lot of experimentation, you can minimize the guesswork and put your best face forward.

Look beyond your skin’s color and examine its undertones. Rich ebony complexions usually have cool, almost blue undertones, while brown and caramel complexions have warm golden undertones.

Choose from shades that appear to be in your color range and may complement your complexion’s undertones. Remember that foundation will look different on your skin than it does in a bottle or on a thumbnail palette.

Consider lines that specialize in beauty products for African American’s (Examples: Iman, MAC, Make Up Forever, Nars), for the widest color selection. Always try foundation on your jawline or the inside of your wrist to get the best idea of a color match.

Set your makeup with a loose translucent powder. If you’re blessed with a flawless even complexion, skip the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturizer (Artistry’s Tinted Moisturizer) or tinted powder (MAC Sheer Pressed Powder or Mineralize Skinfinish Natural) over bare skin.

Contour your cheekbones with a sweep of blush. Plums, currants and mauves will flatter a medium to dark complexion. Caramel, honey and apricot will complement a medium to light complexion.

Applying Foundation
Apply moisturizer appropriate to your skin type. Let it set a few minutes, particularly if your skin is oily (use an oil free moisturizer).

Camouflage under-eye circles and blemishes with concealer.

NOTE: If you’re using a sheer coverage foundation and want to layer on the foundation to achieve the perfect coverage & look u can put the foundation first, then the concealer, and add more foundation afterward.

Use a light primer. It helps keep the make up from sliding off throughout the day. It also minimizes shine.

Select a foundation that is appropriate to your skin type and the coverage you wish to achieve. The color should match your skin, disappearing when blended well.Place a small amount of foundation on the back of one hand. Dip your makeup sponge or your middle finger into it.

Apply to the center of your face: cheeks, forehead, chin.

Blend out to your hair and jawline until the foundation vanishes. Pay special attention to blending around the nose, mouth and jawline.

Set the foundation with loose powder immediately following application.


Warm Weather = Lighter /Less makeup

May 29, 2009

Some day’s it’s just too hot to wear makeup. If you’re like me, and you hate going outside without looking your absolute best, here are some ways to keep your skin looking flawless while avoiding a makeup meltdown.

1. Keep your skin hydrated & wear SPF!
– Many tinted moisturizers come with SPF’s already in them. If you can’t find the perfect tinted moisturizer that meets your needs, make your own by taking one part of your favorite foundation and mix it with two parts of your favorite moisturizer that contains an SPF of 15 or higher.

I currently use Artistry’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 -#8, which works perfectly for my combination skin.

I first use a sponge to blot on some SmashBox Photo Finish Primer onto my T-Zone (it helps lessen the oil throughout the day), then I apply the tinted moisturizer on top. For better application & even coverage, use a brush (MAC’s 187 Stippling brush works well for this & pactically everything).
*You won’t regret the few seconds it will take to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Like house-paint primer, it provides a smooth base for whatever goes on next. “Primers are definitely the way to go in summer,” says New York City makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff. “They’re incredibly light — they don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer — and they really help hold makeup in place.”

Which reminds me, I have to pick-up the Givenchy Mister Mat Primer for oily skin to see if it’s better than Smash Box. $30 at Sephora.2. Foundation – If you must use foundation, use a light powder foundation. Heat tends to make your foundation melt, and “slide” of the skin.
*Make Up Forever’s Face & Body Foundation I find works great in the heat, and doesn’t sweat off like other’s do, and if your skin is oily, it doesn’t slide off quickly. $38 at Sephora
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3. Apply some blush/bronzer. If you’re a darker skintone like me, apply your blush 1st then the bronzer or else the bronzer will make your face look dirty. Bronzers don’t usually show too well on darker skinned people so I use Format Blush by Mac along with one of their Mineralize Skinfinishes… It gives you a nice sunkissed glow.
*Get a natural-looking flush before going outside by applying a light stain to your cheeks. Smile and apply directly to the apples of your cheeks. Rub it in to blend and look like you’re glowing from the inside out.

4. Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner – Avoid those raccoon eyes at all costs! It’s NOT cute!
*Apply mascara from the base of your lashes to the end, wiggling the wand slightly as you make your way up. This method provides better coverage, and your mascara will stay on longer too.

5. Don’t forget the lip gloss!
*Go with something sheer I can’t go without my Nymphette lipgloss by Mac… I go through tubes of it.