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A beauty & lifestyle blog by creative Michela Wariebi

Roque Cozzette – It’s So Much More Than Makeup

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I’ve battled with how to approach this post; this letter of appreciation.  I was not sure how to give these flowers.  Somewhere over these years that I have become a part of the pro beauty community in NY and specifically a part of The Makeup Show family, I became acquainted with the amazingly talented Roque Cozzette.  And initially, that’s was the extent of what I knew about him.  I knew his work, which was nothing short of phenomenal, and I knew he owned a brand Cozzette (get the brushes and get them now), but a hi and goodbye was the extent of it all.

Something in this world saw fit that I should be able to become more personally acquainted with Roque. And that I should have the opportunity to share conversations and interactions with him that have proven to always be thought-provoking, uplifting and absolutely sincere. It is an undeniable pleasure to respect an artist for their artistic vision and creations only to come to know more of them and to be equally if not more grateful for who they are.

So fast forward to my having a desire to want to learn how to airbrush, correctly.  I reached out to Roque, encouraged by a previous conversation with him sharing this very desire. (The laws of attraction are real).  He agreed to give me a lesson and we scheduled to meet at Alcone Co. in NYC for a little pro beauty education.  To say that I was excited may be the euphemism of the century.  I was elated at the thought, but Roque had so much more in store than I expected.

Roque is a spiritualist and is known to incorporate some of his practices into his makeup education, however I had no expectation beyond receiving basic technical instruction.  Prior to our meeting date Roque reached out informing me of the spiritual/personal development aspect that would be a portion of my class as well as asking me to develop a makeup affirmation statement regarding what would happen as a result of me learning to airbrush.

Y’all!  I was not even ready!  I’ve come to understand the importance of conscious thought, affirmation, and documentation in creating your life. For an educator to recognize the importance of including that element along with technical development was beyond inspiring.  The levels of elation continued to increase.

The class itself was absolutely wonderful.  We began with Roque giving a demo on a full beauty airbrush including perfecting skin, contouring and even eyes.  Using a synergy of traditional application techniques with his Infinity cream foundation then topped with airbrush makeup using Kett Cosmetics, he completed a stunning face while we did a live Periscope session!  The demo was extremely informative, but not so much so that it was overwhelming.

The ease with which Roque speaks about airbrushing, both the application technique and the mechanics of the equipment are a true testament to his vast knowledge on the subject.  He also gave me a manual he created that is so chuck full of invaluable information that it could easily be a published book (cough, cough). This man know his stuff if a way that will have you wanting to step you entire skill set up.

Next, myself, Roque and the staff of Alcone did a Wheel of Life exercise to help us gain a clearer understanding on areas where we should focus our energies in improving the quality of our respective lives.  Who has that in a makeup class?  Roque does and that is why what he has to offer is so one of a kind.

Every wonderful artist is not an educator.  And every educator will not give you more than technical knowledge.  Roque has the gift of being an artist, educator and spiritualist who greatly understands the importance of total growth as a person in order to truly grow as an artist.  He understands that we must strive to be our highest selves in order to execute our greatest potential.

I’ve said so much and I really could say so much more.  I don’t know if my experience with Roque is the same that others may have, but I do know that who he is and what he has to offer as an educator of artists and simply to any person, is invaluable.  He just has a way of helping others to see the world, life and themselves in a new and infinite way that is subtle, non-intrusive and so sincere.  He has a gift that is never-ending and he is so open to pour some of it into others.  If you are looking to ascend wholly as an artist, I strongly suggest you seek to learn from Roque Cozzette.

Roque, I thank you for you.

Now, go check out his site and support this amazing artist and educator! Shop Cozzette

-MW

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33 Beauty Pros to Follow on Periscope #probeautyscope

There is no denying the power of social media.  Whereas a few years ago we could just brush things off as “just the internet,” we can now clearly see the influence and reach that can be garnered from a major social media following.  This very fact has caused quite a bit of conversation and debate within the professional beauty community.  Many hobbyists with a large following are now pegged as pros and experts and are disseminating egregiously incorrect and sometimes dangerous misinformation to the masses.  When you are an actual professional artist who has and continue to put int he work to make room for yourself in this industry, this new phenomenon can easily make you propel yourself into a new dimension due to massively strong eye rolling.

My perspective is that we can not change what is happening with social media, but we can definitely work the system to our advantage! We are the real experts, so why are we allowing hobbyists to compromise our craft?  One of the potential ways I see to remedy this is to have strong pro beauty presences on all social media platforms.  My current favorite is the new and very popular Periscope.

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Periscope is alive streaming app linked to Twitter that allows you to interact real time with you viewers.  When you broadcast, your viewers can chat real time with you and you can respond real time as well.  What I love about Periscope is that it is raw; there is no editing and what you see is what you get.  Slowly but surely, the pro beauty community is growing on “The Scope,” but it can be a bit difficult to find our beauty folks because the searching capabilities are still limited.

In an effort to bypass this shortcoming I came up with the hashtag #probeautyscope.  You can’t search hashtags on Periscope, but you can search them on Twitter.  If you use #probeautyscope in the first 140 characters of your scope title, it will show up as a hashtag on Twitter making it easy for anyone looking for a #probeautyscope to find you! Simple enough, right?

In the meantime, in between time, I came up with a list of 31 beauty pros, or pro beauty resources to follow on Periscope.  Some have yet to broadcast and some broadcast regularly.  If the person, place or a thing is included on this list, they have something of value to offer to the pro beauty community. Read on and follow!

  1. Lottie Makeup Artist
  2. Margina Dennis
  3. Jaleesa Jaikaran
  4. Heather Chapman Hair
  5. Michael Key
  6. Makeup Artist Meet
  7. Roque Cozzette
  8. The Body of Art (Dani Fonseca)
  9. YvonneThe Artist
  10. Deshawn Hatcher
  11. HuffPostBeauty
  12. KatAragon Makeup + Hair
  13. Lacy Redway Hair
  14. Pat McGrath
  15. JVincent Beauty (James Vincent)
  16. Danessa Myricks
  17. Orlando Santiago
  18. Diva Does Makeup
  19. Eugenia Weston
  20. Teague Vivolo
  21. Kilprity
  22. ThisThatBeauty
  23. Bethany Townes
  24. AJ Crimson
  25. Magnolia Makeup
  26. Nigel’s Beauty Emporium
  27. Danielle Gray
  28. Monae Everett
  29. Marietta Carter – Narcisse
  30. Michela Wariebi
  31. Erica Carr
  32. Joy Fennel Makeup
  33. Val Garland

Show support and follow these pros for real expert advice on all things beauty and for great behind the scenes looks into the life of a working beauty pro! And don’t forget to hashtag #probeautyscope!

Review: Mask Maiden – Korean Skincare

Your epidermis is showing!  *Cue beauty geek sensibilities and crack a little smirk or give a chuckle.*  If you don’t know, your epidermis is your skin and it is the largest organ of your body.  That means that not only does our skin act like other organs, absorbing most of what comes into contact with it, but it is also the most visible.  It only follows then, that it is of the utmost importance that we take impeccable care of our skin, being conscious about what we bring into contact with it and making sure to maintain its visual health.

I am personally obsessed with maintaining clear and youthful skin, but that has resulted in my having the most basic routine.  I am slightly concerned about using something too heavy in chemical ingredients and somehow permanently ruining my skin.  But with age comes new issues and I was very happy to meet the ladies of Mask Maiden recently at a meet and greet for the DIY Makeup Expo. This Korean skincare company hopes to make Korean skincare more readily available to markets outside of Korea.

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For a little context, you should know that skincare is a very regular part of Korean culture.  Koreans shop for skincare just like they shop for groceries.  Quality, well-deveoped and extremely user friendly skin care is readily available in Korea and at very affordable pricing. Korean skin care has been steadily making it’s way into the US markets for the past few years and I suspect that more is on it’s way.

Mask Maiden is basically an on-line on-stop shop for all things Korean skincare-related.  They carry products from industry favorites like Tony Moly and cult favorites in Korea that have yet to catch a hold in the US.

I received a selection of products from the ladies at Mask Maiden and gave them all a try.  I cant’ tell you all how absolutely impressed I was with the quality of the products, the results and after a scan of the website….the PRICES! Keep reading for a review of what I used.

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Bye bye Biore.  These lovely strips from Tony Moly use a mixture of eggs and other natural ingredients to clean out blackheads and impurities from the nose and boy do they work!  I won’t tell you all how long I stared in amazement at what this little strip pulled from my nose, just know that it worked wonders. Unlike other strips that I’ve tried, it didn’t get extremely tight on the skin when it dried and it was painless to remove and left no residue.

According to Mask Maiden, “Egg whites are also high in collagen and Vitamin A which is essential in treating scars, thus improving the appearance of pores and acne.”  Hey now!  The more you know.  These are officially a part of my beauty regime.

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Pig Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet

Okay, I was initially grossed out at the thought of putting pig collagen on my face, but then I thought about how much bacon and prosciutto I eat and I got over it.  I also found out that many high end skincare products contain pig collagen as an ingredient, but refrain from mentioning that for the obvious reasons.

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This mask is meant to aid in hydrating the skin and has anti-aging benefits. Now, when I received it and I read the package and it mentioned whitening, I was apprehensive about using the product.  I absolutely, under no circumstance encourage bleaching or skin lightening of any sort outside of dark spots due to acne and scarring from injury.  However, after a bit of research, it became clear this was not a skin lightening product.

The first ingredients of the mask are water and glycerin meaning that it is true to it’s hydrating claims.  Glycerin is a humectant which means it holds on to water, helping your skin maintain it’s hydration levels.  The pig collagen works as an anti-aging agent helping to replenish and maintain elasticity. Pig collagen is the closets to human collagen and, so despite the initial cringe factor, it’s really great for keeping your skin youthful and plump.

Now, my only struggle with this mask was getting it out of the packaging, off the sheets and on to my face without it ripping into pieces.  The mask was literally falling apart as I attempted to remove it from the package and get the two parts onto my face.  It was a bit frustrating, but I was able to finesse it on after some work.  This may be a result of the package lingering in my purse for a few days before I used it.

After the recommended 30 minutes, I removed it and BABBBBYY, my skin was looking baby fresh!  I could literally see the difference in the plumpness of my skin immediately.  Additionally, my skin just felt very refreshed and hydrated, almost like having been misted with a refreshing spray. If you can get past the whole pig collagen portion, this mask is definitely a potential go-to beauty product!

Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch

Oh how lips are ignored in the grand scheme of beauty products. And an often overlooked fact is that most lip products are drying.  If it doesn’t explicitly say hyrdating, your favorite lipstick, lipgloss, stain etc. are all drying out your lips.  Keeping that in mind, it’s important to make and extra effort to keep your lips well hydrated, moisturized and healthy.  I am especially plagued with extra dry lips because I love matte lipsticks.  So I can’t tell you the praise I gave for being introduced to this lip patch.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU beauty gods.

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First, the packaging is just cute as hell.  It looks like candy, but it ain’t for children, you hear me!  The mask is made of a hydro-gel material and a variety of berry extracts including bearberry, black berry, blueberry and strawberry, all high in vitamin C, helping to retain moisture and elasticity at the same damn time!

I tried this one first out of the group of products and I was extremely pleased with the results.  You definitely have to just lay back and let the mask sit on the lips because it did not stick, so once I sat up it slid off my lips. That wasn’t necessarily problematic though, just worth mentioning.  After the mask my lips felt INCREDIBLE. Soft, supple hydrated and they stayed that way for a day or two.  These are a beauty must have for any regular lipstick, gloss or stain wearer, especially if you’re a fan of super-drying mattes. I am in love with this lip patch!

InnisFree Capsule Recipe Pack Jeju Volcanic

So we are all pretty aware of the major mask craze going on right now, and it is super exciting to find something a little different being offered on the market. These little capsules that look very similar to your favorite Keurig pack, are actually packed full of 2-3 uses of high quality facial masks.

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This particular capsule is a volcanic ash clay mask that is supposed to, clarify, exfoliate and brighten skin while removing dead skin cells.

Natural ingredients include:

  • Jeju Volcanic Scoria
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract
  • Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract
  • Orchid Extract
  • Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract
  • Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract
  • Bambusa Vulgaris Extract
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract

So I used this mask while I was on the tail end of a heat rash breakout and the results were awesome!  I followed the directions as listed and when I rinsed the mask of my skin was visibly brighter.  The awesome thing beyond immediate results is that my skin continued to glow and to have a certain brightness for a few days after.  I will definitely be using this mask regularly and exploring some of the other capsule options.

All in all, I am officially a huge fan of mask Maiden and Korean skincare.  They just make skincare easy without compromising the quality of the products and the prices are unbelievably low.  I especially am a fan of Mask Maiden because they are carrying a variety of Korean brands in one space, with a site navigation that makes shopping and exploring new products and brands very easy.

The ladies at Mask Maiden were kind enough to give me a code to help you guys with shipping! Use coupon code “MICHELA2015” to get free shipping on your entire order. Be sure to check them out!

Review : Tre’stique – “Tinted Face Stick Beauty Meets Simple”

Because my time is severely limited as an adult, I often find myself applying or touching up my makeup on the go.  If it doesn’t happen in the morning at a mirror, it is definitely happening on a train, in the back of a cab or anywhere that I can sit and balance my purse on my lap really. That means that portability and ease of use are essential features for most of my go-to beauty choices.

This is why I was pleasantly surprised at the discovery of the tre’Stique brand in the selection of products from my DIY Makeup swag bag I recently received. tre’Stique is a fairly new beauty brand “offering alternative everyday beauty routine, wherever life takes you.” Please and thank you beauty gods.

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Here’s the low down on tre’Stique; what they offer, how it works and why I think it’s great or not so much.

Everything from tre’Sitque is done in cute dual-ended sticks with interchangeable parts.  All packaging is designed to look like chubby crayons without tops. My weakness for packaging is so real and for some reason the packaging tapped into my childhood nostalgia of holding a handful of colored pencils. Packaging is sealed with a custom magnetic cap, so the chances of things opening and smudging in your purse or makeup bag or minimal. So much yes!!

Color & Contour: Bronzer Stick

This baby has a great color and the texture was fantastic.  The color payoff was also wonderful without being too dense.  My only issue is that it is the only shade and it was barely deep enough for me to use.  I’m a pretty middle-of-the-road shade of brown, so it’s a little crazy for the only bronzer shade offered by a brand to be only as deep as my skin tone. They will definitely need more shades for this stick.  Includes contour brush on opposite end of stick. Available in 1 shade.

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Matte Color & Shiny Balm: Lip Crayon

Easily one of my favorites from what I received. One side has a highly pigmented matte lip color and the other a semi-sheer shiny balm.  The balm can be used before the matte lip color to moisturize and prep the lip.  It is a great moisturizer including ingredients like cocoa butter, tahiti butter, peach oil and olive fruit oil. It can also be layered over the matte lip color to create a shiny finish. The matter lip color is highly pigmented and it wasn’t so matte that it dried out my lips and having the balm readily available makes it easy to moisturize lips if they do begin to dry out.  Available in 6 shades, all of which I need!

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Color & Smudge: Shadow Crayon

A highly pigmented shadow that is blendable and crease-free, buildable and a long-wearing 12 hour formula.  Say what?  Run that back! A highly pigmented shadow that is blendable and crease-free, buildable and a long-wearing 12 hour formula. Feel free to whip and nae nae…I’ll wait. Includes a shadow smudger on the opposite end. I’m all for a little smudgey wudgey, effortless smokey situation. Ayyyeee! Convenience is always a great feature. Available in 6 shades.

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  • Tinted Face Stick: Only available is 6 shades that do not really meet the needs of women of color. They have an amazing opportunity to gain brand loyalists with women of color if they provide deeper shades.
  • Concealer Crayon: Only available in 3 shades.  A wider shade range is definitely needed. Opposite end includes concealer blender.
  • Blush Stick: 2 shades only.  Once again I think an expansion of colors is needed, but the current colors are still promising. Opposite end includes contour brush.
  • Eye Pencil: Gel liners offered in 3 shades. Opposite end includes sharpener and mini-smudger.
  • Brow Pencil: Triangle-shaped tip, which sounds like it would make great hair like strokes of color. Other end includes tinted brow gel.

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A very cool and innovative refillable tool system for pencils.  You can easily twist on or twist off the offered interchangeable parts to individually customize your pencils. For example, instead of balm, you can have your matte lip color paired with a lip brush.

images-4Overall I love the tre’Stique concept and the quality of products was stellar.  They really are offering something truly innovative with their cute, but practical packaging.  My only issue is the lack of complexion products to meet the needs of women of color.  It is very difficult as a woman of color to support a brand that seems to have forgotten that you exist.  The addition of deeper shades would definitely put tre’Stique into a makeup bag must have category. I will go ahead an give my stamp of approval, because they are a fairly new brand and I expect that there will be more products added.

Find out more about the brand and purchase products here.

Book Work: Video – Fiskars Acquires WWRD

I had the pleasure of working as the makeup artist with No Frames poductions for a video announcing the acquisition of the WWRD group by Fiskars.  For those who don’t know the WWRD group includes iconic luxury brands like Wedgewood, Waterford, Royal Albert and Royal Doulton. Fiskars is a little know company that makes the quality scissors with the iconic orange handle.

Take a look at the final compilation video below.

Production: No Frames

Makeup: Michela Wariebi

Hair: Auralis Flores

xoxo

MW

DIY Makeup Expo – Guess Who’s a VIP Influencer

Super excited to announce that I have been selected as a VIP Influencer for the DIY Makeup Expo being held by DIY Makeup Mag. The team at DIY mag selected a group of pro makeup artists and bloggers in the NYC area with unique social media presences to be part of the influencer circle connecting us with brands and tapping into our expertise.


This expo will be the first cosmetics expo powered by social media and I am so excited to see what the DIY Mag team has in store! Find deets about the event below.

Name: DIY Makeup Expo

Location: The Attic NYC

251 West 48th Street

Date: September 26, 2015

Time: 5PM – 10PM

Tickets for this event are FREE.  With FREE admission you get access to free makeovers, product samples and products available for purchase.  You also have the option of purchasing a VIP ticket at $99 which gains you access to the VIP mix and mingle portion of the expo. But…you know I love a good discount.  Use my name “MICHELA” on the eventbrite page, here, to get a 25% discount of VIP tickets.

I hope I get to see your beautiful faces there.  If you are coming, make sure you let me know!!

Review: Chella Brow & Eye Collection

After just a few years of working as a professional makeup artist, my personal makeup routine has whittled down from a minimum of 3 MAC shadows to a great brow, liner lashes and a great lip. When I want to be fancy, I wear BB cream, blush and highlighter.  On a very special and rare occasion I may wear foundation.  Yes, I am one of many professional makeup artists who does not wear much makeup.  Surprise!

With that being said, my brow products are of the utmost important to me.  I look for great quality, the perfect texture and of course, I need whatever I fill my brows in with to have some great wearing power.  Your girl has minimal natural brows, so I must make a brow where there is no brow, while also maintaining a natural appearance.

I received Chella brow and eye products in a swag bag from DIY Makeup Mag and I was VERY pleased with the collection. Never heard of them? Neither had I, but the quality of products did not disappoint, so I wanted to share more info with you all.  Go ahead and scroll down to learn about Chella, one of my new favorite niche beauty brands.

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First, they are primarily a skincare brand that creates “specialized solutions and a robust fundamental daily regime” all to combat sign of aging. They have since expanded to include brow, eye and lash products and have 2 brow studios in California. All products are cruelty-free and there is no animal testing of products. (Hey PETA!)

[The Brow & Eye Collection] Brow, lash and eye enhancement.

Eyebrow Color Pencil $18

Retractable pencil with semi-fine tip.  Product is stiff enough to create hair like strokes, but emollient enough to diffuse. Available in 6 shades:

  1. Awesome Auburn
  2. Beautiful Blonde
  3. Dazzling Dark Brown
  4. Elegant Ebony
  5. Luscious Light Brown
  6. Tantalizing Taupe

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Excellent shade range suitable for all skin tones. You know I’m a fan.

Highlighter Pencils $18

A chubby sharpened pencil with neutralizing properties and it’s made for a quick and portable highlighting everywhere situation.  Use it to highlight, conceal, neutralize: brow bone, dark circles, blemishes, red spots, water line & inner corners of eyes, down the nose (oh!).  They also say it’s great for lipstick bleeds and eliminating darkness around the mouth.  Great coverage without being heavy and surprisingly creamy and easy to blend and diffuse. Available in 5 shades.

  1. Ivory Lace
  2. Latter
  3. Cappuccino
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Espresso

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Listen, Chella done crept up and snatched all my damn edges. There was no denying that they got this absolutely right when I realized that they offered highlighter shades for EVERYONE.  And I don’t mean they just have shades that are supposed to match human skin tones, but don’t, Chella has a shade range to suite most if not all skin tones and the colors are RIGHT! The Espresso is easily a shade I would use to contour my face so it would be a highlighter for someone with incredibly deep toned skin. Praise dance! Yall know the brown girl cosmetic struggle.

Eyebrow Defining Gel $18

I used this bad boy on set a few day ago and it tamed the most unruly of brows!  I’m talking slightly coarse and curly brows.  Hello!!!  Where can I get this in a jug with a wand?

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Of the products that I received, the aforementioned were what I was able to try and I loved absolutely every single one.  The eyebrow pencils had every feature that I look for in a quality pencil and the highlighter pens are and excellent addition to any makeup bag.  Super portable, great quality and easy to use.

Other products that I received and haven’t had the opportunity to use or products offered by Chella worth checking out are listed below.

  • Heated Eyelash Curler
  • Eye Brow Color Kit – brow pencil, highlighter pencil, brow gel, dual size sharpener and detailed instructions.
  • Anti-fatigue Eye Masks
  • Brow Full-fillment Eyebrow Treatment
  • Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment
  • Eyeliner Pens in black & indigo
  • Tools – tweezers, scissors, razor with brush and comb
  • Brow stencils (4 templates)
  • Chella brow organizer with Beautiful Brow Instructional DVD

Chella definitely gets the stamp of approval from me.  The products are undeniably of a great quality and they definitely did their homework considering product development.  I highly recommend Chella.

Purchase on-line here or find a brick and mortar location here.

ScopeCap 01 : Summer Skin Essentials

So, because I need another social media platform to help me procrastinate, I’ve delved into the world of of Periscope!  If you aren’t familiar, it’s a fairly new social media platform (3 months old) linked to Twitter, that allows you to livestream and interact real time with your viewers anywhere in the world.  I checked it out and I’m a bit obsessed!

Last night I broadcasted my first scope all on achieving perfect summer skin.  I shared tips for hydrating your skin, controlling oil, lighter summer complexion product choices, the perfect choices for body and face bronzing and of course everybody’s favorite, highlighting.

My beauty scopes will tend to be very product recommendation and information heavy, so I’ll be doing ScopeCaps (Periscope Recaps).  Cute right? So, check out the ScopeCap on yesterday’s Makeup Q&A all on perfecting summer skin!

1. Stay hydrated!  You’ve heard it a zillion times, but I’m going to tell you again.  Drink more water.  Summer means heat and high temperatures mean sweat.  Sweat means higher amounts of water loss from the body than you would typically experience in cooler temperatures, so it’s important to replenish that.  Do this by increasing your actual intake of water, but also your intake of water rich fruit and veggies.

2. Wear sunscreen 365 days of the year. No excuses.  Everybody needs to wear sunscreen.  Yes, black folk, us too! Visit ThisThatBeauty for the most in depth breakdown for SPF products worth your coins; most if not all are brown girl friendly too!

3. Do not wear Milk of Magnesia! Yes, it does stop oil production, but so much so that it almost completely brings it to a halt. Sebum is the naturally produced oil in our skin that keeps us looking youthful and keeps our skin glowing.  Continued use of MOM will compromise and slow down sebum production resulting in early aging of skin.  Check below for great alternatives.

4.Use a lighter moisturizer for the season. Focus on hydrating with water instead of topical remedies.

5. The oil cleansing method is a great alternative for people with dry, normal and combo skin. Oil cleansing mimics the natural oil production of sebum.  Cleanse with carrier oils like EVOO.  Lock in moisture of damp skin with natural oils high in EFA like evening primrose oil and rosehips oil.

Now, to the product recommendations.

[Oil & Shine Control]

Embryolisse Hydrat Mat

No worries if you battle excessive oil production. Hydra-Mat is great for keeping the skin hydrated, but also at limiting shine.

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Purchase here and here.

Nurturing Force Oil Control

Guaranteed oil control! Use this after the Hydra Mat followed by your makeup and you’re sure to be shine free, but hydrated for the day or night!

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Purchase here.

Whiphand Cosmetics Set the Stage

Use this before your makeup to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles and to essentially make your makeup bulletproof!If you aren’t ready to delve in fully, they offer samples for purchase.

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Purchase here.

[Dry to Normal Skin]

Embryolisse Lait Cream Concentrate

My current go-to moisturizer. Helps attract water to the skin. Works for a variety of skin types.

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Purchase here or here.

[Lighter Coverage Complexion Products for Summer]

Kiss NY BB Cream

Helps to even out your skin tone and offers great coverage without being too heavy.  Not to mention it’s very cost-effective. Purchase at your local beauty supply store or here.

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Purchase here or at your local drugstore.

Cover FX CC Cream

Similar benefits to BB cream, but with a time release SPF that is brown girl friendly!

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Purchase at your local Sephora or here.

Becca Cosmetics Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation

Light weight foundation that works to keep the skin matte and oil free. And the shade range is very brown girl friendly!

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Purchase in your local Sephora or here.

[Summer Powder Choices]

Mehron HD Celebre Powder Foundation

Powder foundations are a great alternative to cream or liquid foundations for the summer.  Mehron HD Celebre has great coverage, it’s lightweight, the texture is beautiful and silky and the color range is wonderful.

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Purchase here.

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish

Perfect for helping to eclipse any imperfections in the skin without being heavy.  Slightly reflective so it adds a nice glow to the skin.  Wear over BB cream, CC cream, foundation or by itself.

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Ben Nye Translucent and Ben Nye Luxury Powders

Perfect for setting cream and/or liquid complexion products without adding too much color.  Well processed, so the texture and finish is silky and beautiful.  Everyone loves banana, and I do too, but Topaz leaves the most beautiful golden glow on applicable skin shades.

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Purchase here.

[Bronzers]

Shea Moisture Bronzing Powders

The folks at Shea Moisture really got it right with their bronzers.  The deeper shades are my favorite, but the size of the reflective particles make these perfect for shading without looking sparkly.

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Purchase at your local Target. (If you can find it.)

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzers

Cost effective and incredible quality.  Need I say more?

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Purchase in your local drugstore or here.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

The OG’s of the bronzer game.  Guerlain’s Terracota Bronzers have been around for ages and they continue to be some of the best in the game.  Definitely a luxury cosmetic choice, but the quality is well worth it.

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Purchase in your local Nordstrom, Bloomies, Saks, or Neiman’s or here.

[Body Bronzers]

Perfect for hiding skin imperfections and strengthening overall sexy in more ways than you can imagine.

MAC Bronzing Oil

Why they only have this in special collections I don’t understand, but it you’re able to catch it make sure to stock up.  You can’t really go wrong with body oil and shimmer. You just can’t.

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Mehron Aura Bronzing Gel

A milder option.  Not as many reflective particles, but great for creating a subtle glow and perfecting the skin.

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Purchase here.

Inglot Stardust mixed with body lotion.

My favorite combo for body bronzing.  Not sure what magic Inglot used to create this Sparkling Dust, but the particles start out large then perfectly melt into the skin for the most beautiful finish.  Mix with your favorite body lotion and not you have your favorite body bronzer. Use with caution though, it packs a huge punch and a little goes a long way.

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Purchase here.

Prtty Peaushaun Skintight Body Lotion

Luminous body lotion available in 4 shades.  Conditions, nourishes and firms skin while providing beautiful glow.  Interesting smell, but it makes the skin look incredible!

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Purchase here.

[Highlighters]

Inglot Sparkling Dust

Yep, Inglot Sparkling Dust is safe for use on the face as well; eyes included.  Do you see why I am completely in love?  Again, take it easy though; a little bit goes a long way.

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Purchase here.

Ruby Kisses All Over Body Bronzer

Hella bang for a few bucks.  My ultimate favorite highlighter.  Particle size and finish are absolute perfection. Available in 4 shades.

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Purchase here.

Beccas Shimmering Skin Perfector

Go ahead and believe the hype on this one.  It really is that good. Becca just continues to get it so right.  Use the cream or the powder independently or layer the powder over the cream for the cray cray highlight and glow magic. Definitely a favorite!

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Purchase at your local Sephora or here.

[Sealing Sprays]

Skindinavia

The Makeup Finishing Spray Mineralized and The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal are both fantastic.  The difference is that Bridal offers a silkier finish. Both will have your makeup in place for the full day.  #staysnatched

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Purchase here or here.

Blue Marble

A pro makeup artist secret.  Primarily used for theatrical makeup, so if it can hold stage makeup in place it’s sure to keep your smokey eye in place!  #staysnactched

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Purchase here.

WHEW!  Lots of info, but all very helpful in helping you achieve beautiful, luminous summer skin.  Make sure you follow me on Periscope, Twitter and IG for more beauty fashion and foolishness!

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Blackness in the beauty and fashion industry: the makeup artist perspective

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the increasing racial tension growing in the U.S. due to multiple instances of violence against black bodies by police and citizens. Not that any of this is new, but thanks to mobile technology and social media, we have been able to see it in a manner that we never had before.

This has resulted in many choosing to no longer remain silent or to scream a bit louder about the daily struggles associated with blackness in the U.S.  This conversation is especially gaining momentum in the beauty and fashion industries.

Yesterday, model and activist Nykhor Paul read the fashion industry their rights in a manner that resonated with manyand had many of us screaming YESSSS at our screens!  She articulated the truth of the matter perfectly.  Her words were praised, eye were opened, edges were snatched.

See her full rant on IG here.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 2.31.00 PMNeedless to say, her post went viral.  It was shared in a Pro Makeup Artistry group I run on FB and it began a dialogue on another perspective, the role of the black makeup artist in a very white and exclusive industry.  We all shared very similar experiences and I thought it was important to share with my readers.  (Yall out there right?)

Here is some of what we shared:

–  Black models are often surprised and extremely grateful that we have product to match their complexion.

– We regularly encounter other “professional artists” who are not prepared with skills or product to do makeup on any skin with a color deeper than a paper bag.

– When working in a group setting of makeup artists it is automatically assumed that because you are a artist of color, you will complete makeup for all black models.

– Non-black artists are especially celebrated and valued for being able to do beautiful makeup on black models.

– If a black makeup artist were to show up on set with no makeup for white skin, all hell might actually break lose on set or backstage.

Granted, certain artists specialize in certain things and that’s to be expected.  However, in a fashion setting there is another expectation. It is not okay to only have product to suit white skin because there is a lack of diversity in fashion.  That lack of diversity in runways and in magazines is problematic, so to act in a manner that supports that discrimination, is also discriminatory.

As a professional artist, one should be well-versed and skilled on doing a proper, professional caliber makeup application on the full global skin range…as in, on all humans.

Being able to do a beautiful application on black skin is not a special skill because you are not black.  It is the standard and not a specialty. There is no denying that we are drawn to that which looks most like us, but I encourage and challenge every artist that may read this to truly be a professional and be prepared to meet the needs of the diverse world we live in. Which artist will you be?

A Night of Mehron Makeup

So, thanks to my Twiggy-inspired shoot, I was invited to participate in “A Night of Mehron Makeup,” a celebration of almost 100 years of Mehron.  The event was held at the Manahattan Wardorbe Supply Pro Beauty Store and featured a stellar team of artists all creating makeup looks inspired by iconic inspirations over 10 decades.

1920s – Flapper

1930s – Film Starlet

1940’s – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

1950’s – Lucille Ball

1960’s – Twiggy

1970’s – Diana Ross

1980’s – Dynasty

1990’s – Courtney Love

Current  – Fashion Editorial

Future – Extreme Makeup

The night was the official kick-off to the 1 week celebrating 10 years of The Makeup Show NY.  I was incredibly honored to be a part of the team that included these heavy hitters in beauty like James Vincent, Joe Delude Javier De La Rosa, Danessa Myricks and David Hernandez.  Can we say PRESSED?

Check out a few pics from the night below.

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With my modeling sporting my Twiggy-inspired makeup look.

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A close-up of my Twiggy look.

The team.

L to R: James Vincent, David Hernandez, Jinny, Orlando Santiago, Joe Delude, Paloma Romo, Danessa Myricks, Michela Wariebi, Javier De La Rosa, Bethany Townes.

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L to R: 1930’s by David Hernandez; 1960’s by Michela Wariebi; 1920’s by Orlando Santiago; 1930’s by Bethany Townes; 1980’s by Joe Delude; 1990’s by James Vincent.

Dear Javier De La Rosa, I know you were doing a bald cap, but you didn’t have to snatch ALL of our edges. DAMN!  This is so good.

With my beauty woes, Delina Medhin and Danessa Myricks. #blackgirlsrock