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Scandalous Beauty News, Vol. 001: Jet Open Casting Call with RHOA Cynthia Bailey, Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards and More

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose, celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White

  • Jet Magazine is holding an open casting call at RHOA’s The Bailey Agency this Saturday from noon-3pm. Want more information? Email: JETcastingbow@gmail.com
  • Make Up For Ever launches a pro newsletter (Makeupforeverpro.com)
  • Essence Best In Black Beauty Awards was held last night, honoring 6 people who made a profound inpact in the beauty world. Pictured above is celebrity stylist June Ambrose, celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White. (Essence)
  • Nars Cosmetics wins 15 (!!!) Instyle Best Beauty Buys Awards. (Narscosmetics.com)
  • Select Sephora stores are getting a new look! Manhattan locations will be the first, of course. (Sephora.com)
  • Refinery 29 shared 14 blouse ideas to wear to your 9-5 (Refinery29.com)

Dear Nars (and others), Thanks For Not Forgetting About the Brown Girls

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

This post is a simple thank you for not forgetting about a group of people. The people I’m referring to are brown women like myself, who simply want to be considered. I realize that every company is not trying to cater to WOC, and that’s fine. I just won’t support them. I can send this same “letter’ to several companies. There are plenty of brands that realize brown women buy their makeup.

I opened my email to find a press release about Nars’ new tinted moisturizer, Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++. Half of the time, I don’t even get upset when I don’t see foundations close to my complexion. I hate to say it, but  you get used to the disappointment. In fact, you’d be surprised about how many releases I receive for foundations that don’t go deeper than Jennifer Lopez’ complexion. But look at the model. Just look at that intoxicatingly beautiful deep brown skin!

For years, I’ve had people telling me to try Nars foundation. An old co-worker (who worked for Dior) swore by Nars foundation. In fact, she only wore Nars (and only wore Dior glosses. Sometimes.) And then I really stepped back to think about it. Francois Nars has continually looked out for us! He created Taj Mahal with brown women (specifically, Naomi Campbell) in mind. I still haven’t found a blush that has consistently looked so beautiful on brown skin (and other tones too). Here’s a video tutorial of me modeling my two fave orange blushes of all time, Taj Mahal and Exhibit A.

The lipsticks, shadows, powders, foundation, glosses–they all work for us too. It’s the sign of a quality product. They’ll definitely remain on my list of favorite brands.

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Get The Look: Naturally Chic Keyshia Cole

08 February 2009 - Beverly Hills, CA - Keyshia Cole at the Russell Simmons and US Magazine host 2009 Grammy Awards Post Party at a Private Residence. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

I’m so sorry for the hiatus! School and work have been at an all time high, and I didn’t want to just throw anything up on the blog.  I’ve done a few videos though, I hope you have seen them!

Does everyone LOVE this look? This is a really old picture, but the look is so classy for Keyshia, so I had to post it.  Plus, the makeup is impeccible.

Eyes- Use a lighter gold or frosty beige on the lid. Keyshia doesn’t have much lid space, but as we can see here, the crease is the real star. I’ve been a total Stila junkie on and off. Try  Stila Cosmetics eyeshadow in Copper in the crease. Also notice that the eyebrows are naturally chiseled to perfection, with no highlight.

Skin – This highlight and contour is a dream come true.  The inside of her face is lighter, while the perimeter of her face is darker. This could have been accomplished with foundations, powders or bronzers.  I love it. My vote, of course, is Make Up For Ever HD Foundation.  Who doesn’t want all natural foundation?

Lashes-Top and bottom lashes open the eye and give it so much more dimension. Even though MAC eyelashes are way more than I like to pay, the bottom lash reminds me of the #33′s. This is actually a lash for the lid, but no rules will be broken if you flip it around and use it below. Red Cherry lashes #48 and #43 are great choices for the top. They look way more dramatic on the site, but on the eye: perfection.

Lips-try my favorite Nars combination. Nars Lipstick in Honolulu Honey and Nars Lipgloss in Giza. It’s definitely the perfect peachy nude lip! Any soft brown liner will do.



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Real Women Beauty Looks at New York Fashion Week

We snapped photos of anyone backstage — except models — who were sporting copy-worthy hair and makeup look

Real Women Beauty Looks at New York Fashion Week

This is a TotalBeauty.com make up article

From a classic red lip to avant-garde eye makeup, we saw everyone from PR reps to photographers wearing super cute makeup and hair looks.

See looks

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NARS Holiday Gift Sets

wildatheartholidayI don’t normally jump on Nars Holiday sets although they always look amazing. I only own one, and it’s freakin’ awesome. But the Wild at Heart palette($75) is rockin’ my socks like crazy!!!! Here are the contents via Neiman Marcus.

Eyes: Abyssinia, Alhambra (left), Ashes to Ashes, Pandora (right)
Cheek: Orgasm Blush, South Beach Multiple
Lips: Baby Doll, Red Lizard, Manhunt, Fire Down Below

I am loving the selection of red lip options! The nude eye shadows are classics, and can definitely be put to great use. I have never actually tried the infamous Orgasm blush. Have any brown girls out there tried it with success?

I also have to mention the D. Lovely lipgloss set ($49). It’s 8 mini (and when I say mini, I mean teensy tiny!) glosses, including one of my favorite neutrals, Sandpiper. Plus, the new Velvet Matte lip pencils ($24) look phenomenal! I’ve got my eye on Toundra and Pop Life. I’ve never tried them before, but the swatches online seem fabulous!

Any recommendations for me and other Scandalous Beauties out there?! Do tell!

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