I took this picture with the intention of talking about lashes. On the left side of my face I’m wearing none, and on the right I’m wearing a random brand. But the more important issue is the line of demarcation on my forehead. One can argue that I didn’t blend up into the hairline. I clearly didn’t. Whatever the case, I think I may need to really impliment the darker foundation around the forehead look. I’m wearing Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in #175. It’s my fave. My go to. And now, I’m realizing that I can’t wear her alone…especially while taking pictures with a flash! I took pictures in this foundation all night long, and it looked perfect. I love the shade, it’s the perfect match for me. It’s a well known fact that most Women of Color aren’t one shade all over their entire face…and I’m a perfect example! I’ll keep you all updated on my new, darker shade. Time to go shopping!
You may think Beyonce is a stuck up diva. You may think she’s the sweet Southern belle. You might also think she’s a terrible singer. It’s possible that you might believe she’s the greatest singer of our generation. One thing is for sure though…that woman is a entertainer like no other. I’ve seen her in concert twice, and I’ll continue to do so! Seriously, she brings it. Every time.
This tutorial is my rendition of the gold look that she wore throughout the concert. Beyonce does her own makeup on tour (wow!), and she’s pretty freakin’ good at it! For my face, I used two Black Opal Stick Foundations “Khalahari Sand” and “Beautiful Bronze” with Ben Nye Loose Powder in “Banana”. Here’s a tutorial of how I highlighted and contoured my face using the two.
For the eyes, I used two colors of glitter by MAC Pro. I also used #48 Red Cherry lashes. These have been sitting in my lash box forever, and quite frankly I thought they were ugly and akward. I tried them on…and WOW. They are on my list of lashes to purchase in NYC this weekend! Yes! Here’s the eye makeup tutorial on Youtube! Enjoy!
New York Fashion Week showed me many things about being a makeup artist. One thing I learned is that you always need a really, really great selection of foundations. In the picture above, celebrity hair and makeup artist Johnny Lavoy created the look on model Kinee Diouf backstage at The Blondes show. I sat in anticipation, wondering what product Johnny would use. He tried one or two products, to no avail. The foundation that melted into her skin like a dream? Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX16. Problem averted.
So many times, people ask me about make for “dark skinned women” or “very, very dark skinned women”. Here are some commercial brands that didn’t forget about any of us.
Becca Cometics carries over 25 shades of foundation, so you’ll always be able to find a shade that you need. The foundation sticks offer the most natural look I’ve ever seen. From what I’ve heard, there isn’t an incredibly high Black population is Austraila, but somehow, the Aussie creator didn’t want to leave us out. Aww. To find your shade easier, enlarge to colour selector and match yourself.
Black Opal-I just started playing with these foundations a few weeks ago, but they come in 7 shades. They can get a little greasy, but if you use a good powder, you’ll do great. Plus, you can find them at your neighborhood convenience store. I have only tried the stick foundations and the Total Coverage Concealing Foundations. Not bad at all!
Cover FX-Created to cover even the most dramatic tattoos, scars and blemishes, there are over 30 shades. These foundations can be thinned out to give even the lightest coverage. This is one of the newer brands in the makeup game, but they are knocking their competitors out! Just tried the new concealer, it really does cover anything! Plus, there is all kinds of talk about them having shockingly great primers. Yes!
So, don’t give up on the quest for the perfect founation. What brand(s) of foundation would you recommend for those of us without many options?