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This Lip Art Will Blow Your Mind

June 27th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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There’s makeup artistry and then there’s just straight up creating art with makeup. I consider Genevieve Jauquet Perez to be in the latter camp.

Though the talented woman is indeed a makeup artist, for someone who still struggles with simply lining her lips (don’t judge), Perez’s ability to literally use mouths as a canvas for artwork is simply mind blowing.

Coming across Perez’s designs on my Instagram explore feed is one occurrence that actually made me grateful for social media. The Australian makeup pro’s IG page is full of beautifully painted lips of notable figures like Frida Khalo and the Wicked Witch of the East, but also beautiful feather and floral patters, and bright color combinations.

Check out some of our favorite creations below while we figure out where we can actually wear one of these bold lips. What do you think?

🎨FRIDA KAHLO🎨 __ Hey everyone!!! Welcome to my page all my lovely new followers! Thanks so much again to everyone who has been showing me sooooo much love and support on here! 😘 💖 I was inspired by Frida’s self portrait named “The Frame” which she painted using oils on aluminium and glass. “The Frame” was purchased by The Louvre in Paris in 1939 (another thing on my bucket list, Paris and The Louvre). Hope you guys enjoy my go at it on lips! 💋 __ @jeffreestarcosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks in #mannequin #promnight #bluevelvet #Redrum #weirdo #druglord #dominatrix @katvondbeauty #Tattooliner in #Trooper @maccosmetics #chromaline in #primaryyellow __ @smithcosmetics brushes in 202 and 304 and nail art brush __ #lipart#Frida#Fridakahlo#Fridakahlooficial#Katvond#Katvondbeauty#Mexico#mexicanartist#Mexicanart#thelouvre#museelouvre#museedulouvre#becreative#artist#painting

A photo posted by Genevieve Jauquet Perez (@genevievejauquet) on

“Begone! Before somebody drops a house on you!” – Glinda the Good Witch __ Hi guys! My heart is reallllyyyy in this one! I am absolutely obsessed with The Wizard of Oz 😍 I really hope you guys enjoy it! 😘 __ @jeffreestarcosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks in #mistletoe (LE) #druglord #weirdo and #dominatrix __ @wolfefaceartfx facepaint palette, yellow and green __ @smithcosmetics brushes in #304 and #202 __ Ruby slippers I hand made with modelling clay then glued red glitter all over them. The stockings I made from white paper, drew on the black lines with sharpie and folded the paper, you guys can’t even imagine how tiny the slippers and stockings are in real life! 😂 __ Special thanks to my Mum @laurenjauquet for her help 😘😘😘 __ #wizardofoz#thewizardofoz#lipart#Dorothy#rubyslippers#Glindathegoodwitch#favourite#becreative#beartistic #wizardofozlips #dowhatyoulove #thewizardofozlips #witchoftheeast #followtheyellowbrickroad #yellowbrickroad #theresnoplacelikehome #Oz @wizardofozfilm

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Rock A Peach Pout Like Tichina Arnold With Fairweather Faces

June 23rd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Celebrity makeup artist Andrea Fairweather has been described as “a genius with color, texture and balance,” so it only makes sense a woman with a reputation like that would launch her own line of cosmetics.

Fairweather Faces‘ products have been known to adorn the faces of some of our favorite women like Michaela Angela Davis, and funny lady Tichina Arnold, and now you can copy the poppin’ pouts and colorful cheeks of these beauties with this new line which officially launched in February.

The collection has three basic color schemes, orange, perfect for a peachy summer look; nude, which works any time of the year; and pink, a color that looks pretty on anyone. All blushes are highly pigmented which means a little goes a long way in adding a bright tone to your cheeks, but you can also mute the shades to your liking if you don’t like the flashy style.

Fairweather’s lipsticks are also enriched with the antioxidant vitamin E to protect lips from sun damage. And best of all, there are color-coded face charts on to show you exactly where to place every item in her product line — which also includes eyelights and contouring and highlighting palettes — to create a particular look.

Check out some of our faves from the line below.


Blood Orange Blush, $18


Hot Flash Lip gloss, $18


Fetching Lipstick, $18


Carrie Lipstick, $18


Sweetie Pie Lip gloss, $18



MDMFlow, A Nude For Brown Girls Created By A Brown Girl

June 16th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Nasty Gal

We don’t have to rehash the frustration many of us feel when we set out to purchase items (from makeup and nail polish to shoes and underwear) in so-called nude colors and realize in the fashion world nude is really a synonym for a peach flesh tone — just know somebody has your back. And that somebody is Florence Adepoju.

Adepoju is the creator of the lipstick line MDMFlow (Madame + a shortened version of her first name), which, according to NY mag, she created in a shed outside of her parent’s home in Essex in the UK. And while the collection contains lipsticks in a variety of colors for all ladies, Adepoju told the mag she specifically created the shade above, New Nude, for women of color.

The 25 year old’s labor of love wasn’t in vain. Not only does Adepoju sell her liquid matte and semi-matte lipsticks on her own website, Nasty Gal also carries the line exclusively online. And at $20 a pop, you can grab one of each and not go (totally) broke.

While New Nude may look a little on the light side in the image above, both NY Mag and Nasty Gal confirm the shade is more coffee-colored than it appears in promo pics which sounds like the perfect compliment for brown skin. If you’re still on the hunt for a new nude, give this one a whirl.


Beach Chic: How To Wear Black Makeup

June 8th, 2016 - By Weyni Elder
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Navigate through the summer with black makeup–the sexiest, chicest hue ever–as your personal wingman. Sweeping liquid liner over your eyelids with the blackest black mascara never gets old. Matte black lids with glowy, glistening skin and blush bronzers are summertime gold.

Black eye shadow is risky, but when done right will rival the Queen Of Sheba. Black makeup is no longer a slave to cold weather and it will rev up your style in a major way. It’s summer. Take risks, have fun, go black.
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1. Jane Iredale Pressed Powder Refillable Gold Compact, Amazon, $12

The best part: It’s refillable and pretty.

2. Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold, Lancome $20

A perfect addition to your summertime makeup wardrobe

 3. Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full-Body Volume Mascara, Lancome $27.50

Guarantees intense color with buildable volume. This means you can freshen up throughout the day without risking clumpy eye syndrome.

4. Givenchy Beauty Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Givenchy’s new formula promises the wide-eyed look every woman craves, young or old. The sphere brush allows for precision application.

5. Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner

With the thinnest applicator this liquid liner allows slightest line application to the thickest with ease. The fact that it is GMO, sulfate free it only add to the benefits.

6. Gucci Oriental Sienna Golden Glow Bronzer

Highly pigmented and good for all over use…finally a bronzer that you can use as a blush.

7. Tom Ford Beauty Bronzing Powder

Mineral blend of sunstone, amber and black tourmaline crystals to highlight your skin’s natural radiance.

8. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish 

Manicurist to the stars, Deborah Lippmann never ceases with the ever-evolving color wheel.

9. Jin Soon Nail Polish

Unbeatable polish finish.

A quick tip with the black polish– get the polka dot colors in an array of options to speed up drying time that’s nothing short of miraculous.

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“I’m Not Covering Up Anymore”: Alicia Keys Explains Why She’s Currently Team #NoMakeup

June 1st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Look at you, look at you, look what you made me do ;-)🔥🌃 #incommon #video #linkinbio

A photo posted by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on May 22, 2016 at 4:01pm PDT

Are you a makeup lover who doesn’t leave the house without at least some foundation, mascara, and lipstick? Do you spend your spare time clearing out your bank account at MAC or, like a friend of mine, taking classes at Sephora?

Or maybe you are someone who enjoys a good beat face but doesn’t relish in the time and work it takes to make it happen. You love some lashes and getting your makeup done, but the process is one you take on only a few times a week.

Or are you someone who doesn’t like makeup? Someone who only wears it sometimes because people tell you that you should for certain occasions. Someone tired of being told that to look beautiful, or to just show your face in public, you need to be gussied up because “You never know who you will meet!” If you could, you would opt for a bare face at all times and let your skin breathe.

Alicia Keys falls in the latter category. The Grammy winner has, as of late, decided to take a break from wearing makeup. It’s not 100 percent clear whether this will be a temporary thing, something she only does when she’s not on the red carpet, or if she’s fully done with all things concealer, mascara and beauty-blender related. But in a very revealing piece for the Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner site Lennyentitled “Alicia Keys: Time To Uncover,” Keys penned a letter about why she is team #nomakeup as she works on her newest album. It all started when she realized she was writing a lot of songs about masks, the ones we wear metaphorically.

In one song I wrote, called “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself,” it says,

In the morning from the minute that I wake up / What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup / Who says I must conceal what I’m made of / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem

No disrespect to Maybelline, the word just worked after the maybe. But the truth is … I was really starting to feel like that — that, as I am, I was not good enough for the world to see.

This started manifesting on many levels, and it was not healthy.

Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.

After getting a handle on these thoughts through a newfound appreciation for meditation, Keys had a revelation. She wasn’t going to cover up anymore, both metaphorically and literally. It wasn’t easy at first. Especially when a photographer decided to shoot her as she was, bare and beautiful, for the packaging for her album.

I’d just come from the gym, had a scarf under my baseball cap, and the beautiful photographer Paola (never met a Paola I didn’t like) said, “I have to shoot you right now, like this! The music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too!”

I was shocked. Instantly, I became a bit nervous and slightly uncomfortable. My face was totally raw. I had on a sweatshirt! As far as I was concerned, this was my quick run-to-the-shoot-so-I-can-get-ready look, not the actual photo-shoot look. So I asked her, “Now?! Like right now? I want to be real, but this might be too real!!”

And that was it. She started to shoot me.

It was just a plain white background, me and the photographer intimately relating, me and that baseball hat and scarf and a bunch of invisible magic circulating. And I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.

Keys felt driven to embrace the idea of going without–without her insecurities, without the “walls I built over all those years,” and without the heavy makeup so that she could start fully listening to and embracing herself, inside and out. She would love if you could do the same.

“I hope to God it’s a revolution,” Keys wrote. “‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”

I love it. And as someone who can relate to the struggle of having adult acne, which Keys has spoken about, and often feeling as though you have to wear makeup so people won’t comment on your skin, I completely respect and appreciate her choice to give all the powders and creams and colors a break. She looks lovely.

Check out Keys’s full Lenny letter and be sure to share your thoughts on her #nomakeup movement.

Urban Decay Is About To Drop 100 New Lipsticks At The Same Damn Time

May 5th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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urban decayIf you’re a fan of Urban Decay, we have good news and bad news. The bad news: The brand is getting rid of its entire lipstick collection. The good news: The current collection is being replaced with 100 new shades. Yes 100!

Last night, we had a chance to check out some of the new colors, known as Vice lipstick and perfectly modeled on the face of the new collection, Orange is the New Black’s ruby Rose, at a launch event in Brooklyn which brought out some of YouTube’s biggest makeup stars and a host of fashion and beauty editors.

The Vice collection will come in six different finishes — Cream, Comfort Matte, Sheer, Sheer Shimmer, Mega Matte, and Metallized — and in every shade of the rainbow from reds, pinks, oranges, and browns to blues and purples. This morning I tried out No-tell Motel, a cheery red cream which is by far the most velvety lipstick I’ve ever worn that didn’t also bleed onto my face — even without a lip pencil, which the cosmetics brand is also launching a new line of. I’ll chalk that up to the formula packed into each Vice lipstick which includes “butter blend to condition; antioxidant vitamins C and E; a non-dragging application; long-lasting moisture; and softness thanks to aloe vera, avocado, babassu, and jojoba oils,” according to Refinery 29.

Vice officially launches in exactly one month and on June 5th you’ll have your choice of retailer to purchase as many of the $17 shades as you like at Sephora, Macy’s, Ulta, Nordstrom,, and For now, check out the new colors below and tell us which ones you have your eye on.




Make It So! MAC To Launch Star Trek Makeup Collection

March 30th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Forget thinking outside of the box, MAC has gone out of this world with a new Star Trek makeup collection inspired by the science fiction franchises most memorable leading ladies, Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and the Orion Girl, Vina.

macSet to launch this summer, the 25-piece special deco collection will have products for the eyes, lips, face, and nails with packaging that will make them pretty hard to resist, even if you aren’t a trekkie.

MAC creative director James Gager said in a statement about the new galactic venture: “Star Trek is an iconic pop culture phenomenon whose storylines pushed gender and racial boundaries. For its 50th anniversary, we celebrate each of Star Trek’s powerful women in a transcending, transformational makeup collection.”

Even more exciting is the fact that true fans of the franchise will get first dibs on the set which will debut Thursday, July 21 during San Diego Comic-Con at an exclusive one-day collection presale at MAC Gaslamp. The rest of the world will have to wait until August 25 when the collection becomes available online or hold out to purchase items in-store September 1. If the suspense is already killing you, make sure you follow #MACStarTrek for the latest updates on the collaboration.

Are you excited about this?

From Empire To The Hunger Games: Makeup Collections Inspired By Film And Television

March 28th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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When it comes to makeup, the fresh faces of models, actresses and singers alike often grace or inspire popular brands and collections.  But celebrities aren’t the only ones with entire beauty collections to their name.

CoverGirl recently announced a limited edition Empire makeup collection.  Inspired by Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah, Grace Gealey and Kaitlin Doubleday’s respective Empire characters (we’re gonna need Taraji to get her own collection, stat), the collection was announced mere days before the spring return of the hit Fox show.

But this isn’t the first time CoverGirl, or other beauty companies for that matter, created a line to celebrate a beloved show or film.  Check out these makeup lines and collections that have paid tribute to some of our favorite characters from the big and small screens.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“Light Side or Dark Side?  Which side are you on?”  It’s only fitting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the most highly anticipated films in recent years, had its own limited edition makeup line with CoverGirl, featuring mascara, outlast nail polish and colorlicious lipstick.

8 Makeup Terms You Should Know If You’re Really About That Life

March 28th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Judging by Instagram, everybody’s an #MUA these days but only a true makeup artist knows these 8 terms below and what they mean when it comes to beating a face. If you’re looking to step up your makeup game or prove your skills to the world, here are 8 makeup terms and techniques you should become very familiar with very fast.

Fallout is what can happen when applying a powder eyeshadow without care. All it means is particles from the product have fallen onto other parts of your face — like the bridge of your nose or the top of your cheeks — where you don’t want it. To avoid this, a lot of makeup artists apply eyeshadow first so it won’t mess up the finish of their foundation, or you can just be extra careful about tapping excess product off of your brush before reapplying and use a primer to help shadows stay put.

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What’s a primer? A primer is a product that preps various areas of the face for makeup and helps the product applied stay put longer. Some face primers can also reduce pores and correct a issues like dark spots and redness, and they be used to create either a matte face — no shimmer — or a dewy glow. Eye and lip primers are great for smoothing out the fine lines on each surface and ensuring the products don’t crease or bleed (i.e. that’s what it’s called when lipstick runs outside of the rim of the mouth).
Contouring is the big buzz word in beauty these days but few know what it’s really about, or how to do it correctly (no shade). The purpose of contouring is to emphasize or define certain features, like your cheekbones, and disguise or subtly change the shape others, like one’s chin or nose, via the use of shading with bronzers or darker foundations and highlighting with illuminators, concealers, or lighter foundations. Note the use of the word “subtly.” You should not look like the woman in the gif above when all is said and done. Blending is the name of the contour game.

Stippling is the process of applying liquid foundation in a dotted motion to achieve an airbrushed finish. This can be done with a beauty blender (as shown in the gif above) or a stippling brush for a more flawless finish.

Applying an eyeshadow wet is known as foiling because it creates a shiny, metallic-like finish. Loose eyeshadows and pigments work best for this method; for pressed powder eyeshadows you’ll want to check to be sure it can be used wet before dipping your brush into water and then the product, or else the texture may be ruined. 

The waterline is the inner bottom rim of your eye where pencil and shadow are applied for more dramatic eye looks. The tightline is the inner top rim of your eye where liner should go when creating a cat eye and the space where fake lashes should be attached.

Mixed Chicks Has Some New Beauty Products In The Works

March 26th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Since the early 2000s, Mixed Chicks has been known for saving one kinky curly head at a time. However, with over a decade of being a trailblazer in the Black hair market, which is the fastest-growing in the market, the beauty company has some new and exciting products to add to their repertoire.

“We have to try and provide them with products that are requested and necessary. Making consistent products that work keeps you alive but staying in tune with the desires of our customers and hair community is what will keep us in the game!” CEO Kim Etheredge said in a recent interview with ESSENCE.

So, what exactly are customers wanting from Mixed Chicks these days? Apparently makeup is their latest endeavor. Continuing to build their empire, Etheredge explained that the company has decided to further expand their cosmetics line “In the Mix.” For now, there’s the Quick Stick, a smooth foundation and shimmering bronzer duo, that launched last spring.

While there’s no word on when the new products or full line will be released, we’re hoping for a liquid-based foundation, some concealer pots, and maybe some sweet lip gloss in spring/summer shades.