Aside from all of the new lipsticks and eye shadows that we’re constantly seeing, it’s great to find new staples that can be used no matter what the occasion. Nars is releasing a new concealer, Radiant Creamy Concealer, that’s sure sounds like a good bet. Nars tells us that it’s crease-proof and long wearing. Not only that, it boasts a medium to full coverage that will cover virtually anything. The concealer goes for $28, and will be available February 20th at Nars boutiques and Narscosmetics.com.
I usually avoid posting a lot about Fashion Week, because I really don’t think most people care. More than that, we’re a “I want it now” society, not “I want it 6 months from now”. But hey, when in Rome..
More than anything, I’m just excited to have a Black girl to show! These images are few and far between!
Scandalous Beauty News, Vol. 001: Jet Open Casting Call with RHOA Cynthia Bailey, Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards and More
- 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)
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.
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.
I 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.
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!
Matte eyeshadows are a classic piece of anyone’s makeup collection. They look perfect on everyone, and they never go out of style. Last September, my Halloween look was very neutral, in a go to the office but look glam kind of way. It’s funny, when I created the video, I stated that the look was a bit boring for me, but now it’s almost all I wear! MAC recently brought us a few new quads, all of which have plenty of matte shades. The above picture showcases my favorite, In the Gallery. In the video, I wore Nars Eye Shadow Duo in Portobello! Gotta love it! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial via Youtube.