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Black Makeup Legends – Reggie Wells

There’s currently a renaissance of sorts happening that encourages people to follow their dreams and passions.  There is undoubtedly an uptick in people choosing to abandon the status quo and to pursue the things that truly bring them joy. But imagine doing something so daring and vulnerable at a time when society readily embraced conformity, ESPECIALLY in black men.  Enter Reggie Wells, a makeup artist’s dream personified; an artist willing to take the chance of pursing his dreams at a time when every odd was up against him.

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Wells has always had an interest in art, earning a Masters in Art Education and subsequently teaching art in the Baltimore Public Schools from 1968 to 1976.  In 1976 Wells chose to leave his teaching career behind and moved to NYC to take his chances at becoming a makeup artist. Upon arrival in NYC he found employment at several makeup counters and that laid the foundation for the true start of Wells’ career. At the counters he was able to hone his skills as a makeup artist by working on the everyday woman on a daily basis.  The counters were also where he came into the radar of a fashion editor who gave him is first opportunity at print work!

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Wells’ work can be seen in Glamour, O magazine, Life and Harper’s Bazaar, but his true legacy in print began with the work that he did with Ebony and then fledgling magazine, Essence. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became a go-to artist for publications whose readership was primarily black women. His work was present throughout the pages of Essence magazine regularly and he amassed an impressive 100 covers with the publication.  The first of these covers was in 1986 and it featured Oprah Winfrey.  This was also her first cover for the magazine. Talk about, historic.

The outstanding work produced during his 30 year career gave Wells the opportunity to work with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Michelle Obama, Robin Givens, and Lauryn Hill.  He is credited with being a key makeup artist for Hill’s iconic “Doo Wop” music video. He was also the makeup artist for Givens’ marriage to boxer Mike Tyson. Wells’ impressive list of celebrity clientele includes the names of some of the most iconic black women during the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.  The most remarkable of these client relationships is the approximately 21 years of service that Wells provided to media mogul, Oprah Winfrey.

 

 

After doing her first Essence cover in 1986, Wells began working regularly with Winfrey in 1989 and relocated to Chicago in 1990 to be her full-time makeup artist. During his time with Winfrey he amassed a remarkable 142 covers of O Magazine and was regularly called upon to share his makeup expertise on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Wells also won an Emmy for Outstanding makeup for his work on the show and was subsequently nominated 3 additional times 2003, 2004, 2005.

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Wells was able to craft a remarkable career during a time where things were anything bust easy for a black creative.   Can you imagine the struggle of finding a suitable range of products for women of color during his time at Essence?  Well, he made do to makeup.  He is known for saying that in the past he had to concoct his own foundation formulas and shades because the range for his clientele just wasn’t available.

Reggie Wells was indeed one of the first makeup artists in celebrity and print to specialize in women of color and for that alone he must be remembered.  He chose to specialize in making US look beautiful when most didn’t know how to approach painting our skin. He is a part of our history having touched the faces of so many of those we admire and even the faces of models who would in turn become makeup legends themselves. His influence is undeniable. His daring to pursue a dream and achieving just that paved the way for all of us currently working in these spaces.  And for that, we are thankful.

 

 

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Black Make Up Legends – Roxanna Floyd

When we speak of makeup legends we must speak of the life and legacy of Roxanna Floyd. During her time, this powerhouse made her mark touching a multitude of famous faces on the red carpet, in music videos, on film and had her work grace hundreds of magazine covers.  So perhaps by some name, she was a celebrity makeup artist, but undoubtedly, she was a favorite of the industry, with both clients and peers alike.

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Harriet Cole, former Editor in Chief of Ebony Magazine is quoted as saying,

 “She was a genius with a set of makeup brushes. And she appreciated brown skin so much that she learned how to blend colors perfectly to ensure that a woman of any and every skin tone would be flawless before the camera. Roxanna was a perfectionist.”

Endearingly known as the “chocolate diva” herself, she specialized in flawless and impeccable makeup artistry on women of color.  Floyd began her career in the 80’s and her impeccable artistry led to her being the go-to girl for Essence magazine for some time – executing the makeup for over 60 covers of the publication.  With her first cover featuring Halle Berry.

Beyond Essence, she amassed over 200 magazine covers overall including Cosmo, Glamour, Vanity Fair and InStyle.  Her mastery of brown skin also led to her being a favorite among top celebrities.  Floyd’s clients included Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson Lauryn Hill, Halle Berry, Pam Grier, Angela Basset and Whitney Houston.

Clients Queen Latifah and Angela Basset where so fond of Floyd’s work that they brought her on as their personal artist for films like Beauty Shop, Waiting to Exhale and more, giving her 11 film credits in addition to her music video and print work.  That work on Angela Basset in Waiting to Exhale impressed Whitney Houston to the extent of bringing Floyd on as her personal artist for years, where she created some of Houston’s most iconic looks at the later part of her career.

Floyd’s expertise went beyond the face and allowed her to consult with brands on developing products to meet the needs of women of color.  She consulted with Avon, Mary Kay, and Proctor & Gamble.  She also worked as Creative Director for Fashion Fair Cosmetics and played an integral role in the development of the Queen Latifah Covergirl Queen Collection.

Over a 20+ year career Roxanna Floyd accomplished so much and I wonder why there is such a lack of documentation online to say as much. I know her time was before the information age, but perhaps it’s time to think of the deeper importance of being sure to credit all parties who are a part of our documentation of time through storytelling in film, fashion and beauty.

Sadly, Floyd died in her sleep at the age of 49.  She is survived by her family, and those who will always remember her significant contributions to this industry.

Black Make Up Legends – A Series

Working as a makeup artist has progressively become a mainstream idea, but this career path has a lifespan that barely reaches 100 years of existence in the Western world. Icons like Max Factor and Way Bandy made innovations with makeup artistry that correlated with advancements in the areas of TV/film and fashion and this is how our industry as we know it truly began. Progressively more people joined the fold, adopting the title of makeup artist, the film industry expanded, fashion boomed and the world evolved.

Fast forward to present day and everybody and their mothers are all makeup artists, literally.  Social media has made makeup more tangible to the masses and although an excellent medium for highlighting talent, it has skewed the masses on who is “iconic” and who is “legendary.” The eyes of the public can change as quickly as the seasons, but the truth is that those who are iconic and those who are legendary will always be despite what the masses might say at the moment.  The forerunners of this industry who were hired and respected for their talents and techniques may be eclipsed by follower counts in some spaces, but they will always have a place in the hearts of minds of those who truly “know.”

This is a strange and hard truth about our industry. Many who have paved the way can quickly be forgotten; easily eclipsed by the newest on the block.  And I consider the role of some of the first black makeup artists to be one that is especially peculiar.  In 2019 black artists are still greatly underrepresented in many areas of the makeup industry and black skin is still grossly unrepresented in cosmetic product offerings, so imagine the solitude in the lack of diversity or the frustration in the lack of product options in the 70’s and 80’s.  To be an artist working in the highly coveted and notoriously exclusive spaces only achieved by a few or to work on people of color at those times and doing GOOD work speaks volumes of their skill and ability to “make do” to make up.

And so, in an effort to show due respect to the legendary black makeup artists who were the firsts in an industry that still regularly forgets or chooses to ignore black skin, I give you The Black Makeup Legend Series. Over the following weeks I will highlight over 10 black makeup artist who were among the first to establish successful careers as makeup artist.

Click HERE to read about our first legend, Joey Mills!

 

Black Makeup Legends – Joey Mills

Joey Mills by all accounts is the first black makeup artist with a career path focused in fashion and editorial. It’s important to make the distinction as to in which area a particular artist may have garnered their success, because it’s due time that we clarify to the masses that all makeup artists are not the same and in no way do we all do the same thing. I digress.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Mills made the move to NYC in 1975 to pursue a career in makeup.  In an effort to get noticed, he donated his time and skills to friends, agencies, models and any willing face doing as much makeup as he could.  And he did indeed get noticed.  Mills joined the team at NY’s popular Ciandre salon and his freelance career took off; going from sheer obscurity to top artist in the industry within a 1.5 year period!

With there being literally only a handful of artists working in fashion and editorial makeup during his time, Mills’ talent soon made him a highly requested artist.  Throughout his career he is rumored to have amassed a whopping 2,000 magazine covers including Vogue, British Vogue, Elle, Essence, Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Bazaar Italia, Glamour, Cosmo, Mademoiselle, Self and Seventeen. Absolutely unprecedented and without a doubt a record that has never been matched.

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Mills is also known for helping to create the “Calvin Klien look” that became a major inspiration to the public aesthetic for over 2 decades. He is the artist behind the iconic Calvin Klein ads featuring a young Brooke Shields with full brows, beautiful skin and natural lip.  He went on to be a go-to artist for Shields for over a decade of her career.

Other celebrities touched by his brushes included stars like Paulina Porizkova, Liza Minelli, Melba Moore, Diana Ross, Raquel Welch and many more.

All his technical expertise and knowledge was compiled into his collectible instructional makeup book, “New Classic Beauty: A Step-by-step  Guide to Naturally Glamourous Makeup. I recently added this to my library and after a quick read, I absolutely recommend you grab yourself a copy HERE.

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To consider the career and achievements of Joey Mills is to be inspired.  He was able to create a remarkable legacy during a time where black talent was barely allowed in the room.

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.

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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Beyonce by Tony Duran for Flaunt Magazine July 2013

Bey still my glittery little soul!  Damn you Beyonce for being so damn fly!  WTF IS this!  I can’t even ask who are you, better to inquire what are you?  This is the stuff that makeup artist dreams are made of.  Granted, I appreciated the interview.  Any opportunity for me to humanize the great King Bey in my mind ifs a necessary one; however, my focus is on this full body beating that Ms. Carter received at the hands of Francesca Tolot for cloutierremix.com and the head snatching magic of the incomparable Kim Kimble.

Here are the makeup notes listing products used according to Flaunt Magazine.

Beauty Notes: Monoi Body Glow II and Shimmer Eye Shadow in California by NARS Cosmetics, Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette, and Hyperlash Mascara by Smashbox Cosmetics, and Strobe Liquid, Lustre drops, and Glitter in Amethyst, Bronze, Copper, Emerald, and Very Pink by M.A.C Cosmetics, and Cheek Color in flush by Tom Ford.

Now, walk with me.  Let’s review these photos and live for just a second, vicariously through the phenomenon known as Beyonce.

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Sweet baby Jesus of all things beauty!  This is sure to be an iconic series of photos of Beyonce.  The team that worked on this shoot conceptualized and brought it to life in a way that is incredibly powerful.  Somehow it progressed from Studio 54 extraterrestrial to a somehow fresh play on the overly culturally appropriated Masai beaded jewelry and then pop-art Hima woman, and worked!

Thank you all for giving my eyes and soul a much need visual fix.

Read the actually interview here. 

Source: Flaunt

10 Tips for Surviving The Makeup Show NY

UnknownIt’s that time again!  When all your favorite pro makeup brands come together in the fashion mecca, NYC for 2 days of shopping, sharing, and shennanigans.  Well, shennanigans aren’t a guaranteed a part of my TMS experience, but I’m always sure to infuse a little foolery into those two days.  Regardless, it’s important to be properly prepared so that you can make the best out of the show!  Here are my 10 tips for surviving The Makeup Show NY!

  1. Plan ahead. This is hands-down the most important thing to do before you get to The Makeup Show NY!  There is an incredible schedule of demonstrations, classes, lectures etc. taking place during The Makeup Show and the amount of product available for purchase can overwhelm the most experienced show-goer. There is no better way to navigate the show than to have a plan!
  2. Make a Shopping List. Remember tip #1?  Meet it’s little sister, tip #2.  Once you’ve gone through the vendor list provided by The Makeup Show, look at your kit, then back at the vendor list, then back at your kit again.  Take some time to figure out what you need to add to your kit and formulate a shopping list based on your needs and what is going to be available for purchase at the show.  Now you will have a clear idea of exactly what you need to buy versus what the product junkie in you wants to buy!
  3. Bring Cash. In the age of technology it’s safe to say that every vendor will be taking credit cards, but you will be able to get in and out without dealing with processing times.  This also helps you stick to a budget for what you actually need to buy.
  4. Dress comfortably.  Although you want to be a great representation of your own brand, this is not the time to wear your new sequin halter and 6 inch Louboutins. You will be walking, standing, and maneuvering through a massive amount of bodies, so it’s best to wear something that is breathable and comfortable to wear all day. Also, black is not necessary!
  5. Network.  The Makeup Show is not just an opportunity to learn and shop it is also an incredible networking opportunity.  See you favorite beauty blogger, or that celebrity artist who you’re friends with on Facebook?  Go say hi! Make sure that you have your own business cards in hand and collect as many cards as you can.  If you need help remembering who’s who, write a little note on the back of each card you collect to remind you of who each person is.
  6. Take pictures. Do I really need to explain?  Inspiration and worthwhile memories are literally bursting out of the Metropolitan Pavillion!  Trust me that you will want to commemorate every single moment!  
  7. Be social media savvy.  Social media material doesn’t get much better than The Makeup Show.  Leverage every opportunity to make yourself visible to brands and people via social media platforms such as, Twitter, Instagram, Viddy, Vine etc.  Making a purchase, taking a class, or a chance meeting are all perfect instances to make a post via any social media platform and to tag said brand/person in question!
  8. Be courteous and professional.  Everything is a representation of your brand and reputation will get you incredibly far in the beauty industry.  Be polite and professional in every single interaction because it is the proper thing to do and because you never know who you may be dealing with. Trust me.
  9. Ask questions.  This is your chance to get in person demonstrations and product knowledge from industry experts.  This is also your chance to speak directly with representatives from brands and with artists with which you may want to work.  Take advantage of every opportunity to have brand reps give you product knowledge and to find out about opportunities to advance your career!
  10. Come visit I Make You Beautiful.  This last tip is completely biased, but I want to see all your beautiful faces and all your new purchases!