Sam Fine and Romero Jennings’ Favorite MAC Products

While de-cluttering cleaning my room the other day, I happened to find one of my old MAC Pro Masterclass workbooks. It included a Q & A with select makeup artists who give workshops for the company. I’m thinking that this book is from the Sam Fine masterclass in Harlem circa 2007.

If you’re interested in taking a MAC Pro masterclass, check out this link. You’ll need to have a MAC Pro card to access this part of the website. Many MAC stores and counters offer classes to people who aren’t makeup artists, as well as private lessons. Just inquire with an artist.

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Sam Fine Tweets Great Beauty Info!

Last night, while I was half asleep after a looooong day trip to NYC, I got a good dose of Sam Fine’s beauty tweets.  If you aren’t on Twitter, this is one of the kabillions of reasons why you need to jump on!  Here are just a few of the questions that he answered last night (in bold.) Follow Sam’s tweets on his page,! Note: This doesn’t mean to jump on and ask him questions all day and night, because he will probably get annoyed and not tweet as often!

Here’s the twitter equation below: Sam’s Answer= @The Tweeter’s Username+The Question!

YSL #3: It’s translucent enough to use on brown skin without looking ashy! RT @eclectikDream: what powder do u use when setting undereye?

@MONI1272000: Primer is like antiperspirant for the face… And they make specific primers to help keep eyeshadow from creasing!

Ladies! If ur oily, NOTHING will prevent u from shining! However, primers, loose & pressed powders help to REDUCE shine. #finebeauty

Try using an eyeshadow primer and matte shadows only, no shimmer. RT @MONI1272000: I use HiP eyeshadows, but my lids get oily…

@veronicaballs: Making ur own tinted moisturizer is SO easy! Mix part oil-free primer/part oil-free liquid! #finebeauty

Place a finger above ur lashes when applying & use a small brush 4 btm lashes. RT@septemberbleu: how do I prevent getting mascara on eyelids?

Trial and error! Drugstores take back used makeup! RT @Dawnavette: how do u find the right shade w/drug store brands?

I like Laura Merciers tinted moisturizer! RT @Lucy_Pearl: Could you suggest a good tinted moisturizer to use this summer?

Concealer, powder, bronzer, mascara & lipstick should take no more than 10/15 min.!! RT @Dawnavette: What r the essentials 4 a 10 min. face?

MAC, Iman, Black Opal stick foundatioasIdes as concealer…. RT @busybrowngirl: can u recommend a concealer for brown skin?

Sam Fine Step-by-Step Beauty: Jennifer Hudson

Sam Fine is the king of the subtle highlight and contour.  I’ve done so many stories on him already, I’m sure you don’t even need in introduction.  Here’s the scoop on Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson’s look.  By the way, if you don’t have his instructional DVD, The Basics of Beauty by now, shame on you.  I’ve watched it one too many times!

Coverage: Every great look begins great coverage. Jennifer has beautiful skin, but like many women of color, she has varied tones. I use foundation to unify those varying tones. One of my favorites is the Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation because it’s cream- to- powder, so it dries down to a powdery finish and looks really natural.

Bronzer: Bronzer is always a must for all women to illuminate their complexion. It’s important to choose a bronzer that’s one shade darker than your natural skin tone and apply it to the outer perimeter of your face to warm the skin and create a halo of glow. After applying bronzer, you can go back and layer over blush to give the skin a pop of color. On Jennifer, I used CoverGirl Natural Hue Mineral Bronzer and Cargo’s matte blush in Laguna . (Scandalous Beauty Edit: Sam also has me HOOKED on Cargo bronzer in dark.  It’s not as dark as you would expect, but it’s radiant!)

Eyes: To create Jennifer’s classic, natural eye, I used a brown shadow.  Shu Uemura makes a great pressed eye shadow in an array of shades – in this case, their Matte Taupe with Golden Flakes Eyeshadow works perfectly. For this look, I didn’t use a ton of liner, and totally avoided lining underneath her eyes to keep them soft.  We used tons of mascara to enhance her look – my favorite is LashBlast from CoverGirl.  I always like to apply a coat of mascara, and then move on to something else to let the first coat dry. I’ll come back a few minutes later, curl the lashes, and then layer on a few more coats of mascara to really build the lashes. This makes them much more dramatic and makes the curl hold well. It’s like spraying your hair with a coat of hairspray before using a curling iron.

Lips: To complete her look, I gave Jennifer a beautiful nude lip. The key to a nude lip is to begin by lining the lips with liner that is one shade darker than your natural lip color. Don’t worry about matching the liner to your lipstick – if you match it to your lips, it will look great with any shade of lipstick. After lining the lips, feather the liner towards the center of the mouth to great a base for the lipstick. Next, apply your lipstick. On Jennifer, I chose IMAN Cosmetics’ Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Citron. I finished by slicking on a golden gloss add dimension and shine. CoverGIRL’s Shine Blast Lip Gloss is perfect!

Beauty News: Sam Fine in Maryland and Miami This Weekend

Makeup Sensation Sam Fine will be part of the Beauty Suite lineup for Uptown Escape.  Think of it as a luxury retreat for professionals in sunny Miami.  Looks like an amazing time.  I love the concept!!!  If you can’t make all of the events, you can’t miss the Beauty Suite!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Beauty Suite in Miami, FL

Celebrity Guest Stars include Nia Long, Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe and Cynthia Bailey

Admission: $50

Location: Hotel Gansvoort , Miami, FL

For more information and to register, check out and click “register”!

If you’d like to learn new techniques, get product recommendations, and watch the master work live, you’ve got to make it a priority to make it to Mr. Fine’s makeup seminar!

Sunday March 21, 2010

Admission: Class costs $125 and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the Sam Fine DVD, The Basics of Beauty!

Location: 2-4:30pm, Strands Hair Studios, Wheaton, MD

To RSVP, call 301.942. 1780