Quest For the Perfect Foundation

Finding foundation for Woman of Color could almost be considered a catastrophe from the beginning. Supermodel Iman had to create her own bases when she began modeling, because a shade for her did not even exist. I remember reading about her brand when I was younger, I bought my first foundation from there. It was the wrong shade.

Today, I’m introducing a new column on my blog, all about foundations. There are a ton of factors to finding your best match, including the texture, color, brand, etc. There are a bunch of questions your should ask yourself when looking for a foundation.

What do I want my skin to look like?
Do I want a foundation suitable for my skin type, or the look of my skin?
Do I want to follow trends in the fashion industry?
Do I want different foundations for different looks?

The list could go on and on. I’ve already created quite a few stories about Foundations, but I would like to get more in depth. If you have a foundation that has worked for you, one to recommend, one that you hated, or anything else, feel free to e-mail me (link in the top toolbar) so that I may feature you.

Earlier this evening, I created a video with my random thoughts and tips about how to choose your perfect foundation. Hopefully this will give you some more things to think about!

Make Up For Ever Foundation Tutorials

Happy Monday!!!

Over the weekend, I did a a few videos showcasing one of my favorite brands ever, Make Up For Ever. All of the products are made to resist water and everything is made in Paris. After I created a video using High Definition Foundation, people started to tell me that they wanted to know more!!!

First up, Face and Body Liquid Makeup. This is a super sheer formula that evens out your skin beautifully. You can also apply it on your body to even out your skin tone. I wore it once with a teeny tiny dress, and it was amazing just how great my legs looked.

The other is Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. If you want natural, matte looking skin, this is the foundation for you! If you have oily skin like I do, this is sure to keep you shine free!!!

Hopefully these videos will give you more insight on the tons of other foundations to choose from. I have packed away my MAC Foundations, and MUFE have certainly become my staple!

Look First Lady-Worthy!!!
Michelle Obama’s Beauty Secrets

From her volume-packed bob hairstyles to her radiant skin, photos and tips on recreating the first lady’s looks

Read these pro tips on how to make her best looks, from her inauguration ‘do to her pre-campaign glow, work for you.

See Michelle Obama

FAQ Friday: Highlighting Under the Eye

This week’s video comes a comment on my Youtube video “Silver Sparkling Smokey Eyes“.

Can I use this as a higlighter for under my eyes? I have been searching high and low for something for my face and can’t seem to find anything.Makeup forever has a contour and highlight duo,but when I went to sephora they were all out…Please help

SB Says:

The first thing people usually run to in concealer. This is completely fine, try to use one that is warm toned. If you use cool toned concealers, this will make any dark circles and imperfections stand out a bit more. Remember, darker/warmer recedes and lighter/cooler brings forward! Use a brush or your ring finger, and remember to set with a powder so it doesn’t crease!

Try using a lighter dusting of powder under the eye. I’ve learned by my favorite make up artists to use a lighter loose or pressed powder under the eye. This is just another alternative. Billy B. uses Studio fix with a brush and Sam Fine uses MAC Loose Powder with a sponge. I tried the loose powder in NW35 (the same color he used on the NW50 model he was working on) and it works great!

Also, there are many liquid illuminators that do this exact thing. One of the most praised in the industry is the Touche Eclat by YSL. Just use the pen in the appropriate area, and blend with your ring finger or a brush. Bobbi Brown also has one, the Tinted Eye Brightener. I would do this before applying foundation.

Bags. Delish!

The lovely folks at have decided to oblige us in a little visual escapade. The article, “160 New Bags for the New Year” almost gave me chest pain. It’s just that good. One of my favorite colors ever is yellow, specifically mustard. And this mouthwatering Jimmy Choo bag will definitely look amazing on my shoulder, no?

One of the advantages about this feature is that you can shop by bag style and price. There are other Style-O-Matic guides just like this one, including Party Dresses, Sneakers, Wedding Dresses, Hats and Lipsticks (with a sprinkling of glosses).

Goodness gracious, little treats like this are exactly why I love!!!

Oh yes, when you are finished with the guides, go on over to the brand spanking new interactive I was on there for-ev-er earlier today!!! It’s so modern, it’s perfect!!! The little video clips are to die for, my mouth hung open in excitement!!!