All Articles Tagged "makeup"

Face On Fleek! A 3-Step Guide To Contouring

December 11th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Contouring is the buzz word in makeup these days but very few do-it-yourselfers really know how to contour like the makeup artists to the stars. Thankfully, StyleBlazer has you covered with this quick and easy 3-step guide to contouring that will have your face highlighted and snatched in a matter of minutes. Watch and learn.

Mama Knows Best: Must-Follow Beauty Rules Straight From Your Mother’s Mouth

December 3rd, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Mom always knows best — even when it comes to beauty. These must-follow beauty rules come straight from mom’s mouth — and it’s about time we listened.

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Did You Put Lotion On?

Turns out, mama is always right — even if your skin is naturally oily. Skip the moisturizer and your skin will take it as a cue to produce even more oil.

YouTube Makeup Guru Missy Lynn Says Women Should Embrace Their Beauty

November 17th, 2014 - By jade
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In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, makeup guru Missy Lynn shares her story and explains why African American women should embrace their beauty.

To visit her YouTube channel for tutorials and more, click here!

Episode 1 – Curly Nikki 

Episode 3 – Black Girls Run! 

Episode 4 – Black Girls Workout Too! 

Episode 5 – The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 – Series Extras


55 And Killing It! Angela Bassett For Violet Grey

August 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Violet Grey  Photo by: Robin Black

Source: Violet Grey
Photo by: Robin Black

It’s no secret that Angela Bassett has been the killing the game, in more ways than one, for years now. Whether it’s the roles she plays or the seemingly effortless way she seems to glow on the red carpet, Ms. Bassett has been doing her thing for decades now, even though you might not be able to tell looking at her physical appearance.

The Emmy nominated actress recently spoke with digital magazine Violet Grey to explain her red carpet routine, share a few beauty and life gems she’s learned along the way and even pose for the camera.

Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:

V.G.: Getting ready for the red carpet is a ritual for many actresses. What is it like for you? 

A.B.: My first question is always ‘Is my team available?’ I wish I could do all of this, but everyone has their gifts. Then I just sit there with my eyes closed. If I open them it’s only because I’m trying to get a few tips for myself!

V.G.: What kind of tips have you learned from your team? 

A.B.: One thing that I’ve learned is don’t bring your false lashes all the way to the end of your eyes because it will bring your eyes down.

V.G.: How do you prepare for the red carpet in the days leading up to an award show?

A.B.: I try to watch my diet so I can fit into whatever I am wearing. Cut the sugar, the alcohol and the bread, and eat a lot of protein and veggies.

V.G.:Who makes a good date to an event? 

A.B.: A friend or a sister. I mean, the husband is always great, but there is something about a girlfriend…

V.G.: Who does the red carpet well today?

A.B.: Cate Blanchett, Penélope Cruz, and, of course, Lupita [Nyong’o].

I’m Good: 15 People You Shouldn’t Take Makeup Tips From

August 6th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Do you let just anyone do your makeup? From mismatched foundation to out-of-control eyebrows, we’ve got a few reasons why that might be a bad idea.

The Beauty Struggle Is Real: This Is Why You Don’t Have Perfect Skin

July 15th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Perfect skin doesn’t always come down to genetics. Struggling with problem skin? Your routine could be the problem. Nix those bad habits and you’ll be looking like you’re born with it in no time.

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You’re Married to the Labels

Don’t get caught up in expensive products that weren’t made for your skin type, instead look at what’s inside. Foaming and gel cleansers are best for oily skin. Cream cleansers bring moisture back if it’s dry. Stick to these rules and you’ll have perfectly balanced skin in no time.

Put Down The Eye Liner And Step Away: The Scariest Eyebrows On The Internet

July 1st, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Getting your eyebrows perfect is a tough job…especially if you’re taking tips from these internet eyebrow experts. Check out these pics of the 15 absolutely scariest eyebrows on the World Wide Web.

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Just the Liner

Want thick, luscious eyebrows but you’re low on pencil? Just draw the outline and let people’s imaginations take it from there.

Use A 3D Home Printer To Make Your Own Makeup? Yes, Says a Harvard Grad

May 21st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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This is beyond revolutionary. Imagine making your own makeup at home. No, we’re not talking about homemade beauty products. We´re talking creating the same products beauty companies sell you in the stores.

A Harvard Business School graduate named Grace Choi has discovered a way to do just that. After a little research she found that beauty companies charge so much because of the array of colors they offer. Stores want to sell the most popular shades, so those are the ones they stock up on. For the others — say you’re into a unique blue eyeshadow — you have to pay a premium to a high-end retailer that can make a profit from selling colors that fewer people are into.

This is big business. In 2012, makeup companies had sales of $932 million. The total cosmetic industry is a $55 billion business.

But anyone can make almost the same makeup, says Choi.

“The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bulls—,” Choi said at TechCrunch Disrupt recently. “They charge a huge premium on something that tech provides for free. That one thing is color.”

Color printers, which can be purchased by anyone, and the ink they use turn out to be the same ink that makeup companies use in their products. The ink is FDA-approved. So Choi created her own mini home 3D printer and named it Mink. Mink will sell for $300 and allow anyone to print makeup by finding the color code off color photos on the Internet, reports Business Insider.  Mink connects to a computer, just like a normal printer.

Check out the video above for more detail and a demo. Think about all the money you could save. Would you try it?

h/t Harper’s Bazaar

Dermablend Uncovers What’s Underneath The Makeup Of Three People

March 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

Dermablend Pro, the professional camouflage makeup company that makes high-coverage makeup products for those who need it, just came out with an impressive and touching new ad campaign called Camo Confessions that encourages people to embrace their imperfections.

Using the tagline, “We all have something to cover. Let’s TAKE IT OFF. Together.,” the campaign features confessional videos from Cassandra, a model and YouTube makeup artist with severe acne; Cheri, a young woman living with vitiligo; and Rico, aka “Zombie Boy,” whose whole body is covered head to toe in tattoos.

Each confessional details how that person felt signaled out for the way they look, and how using makeup helped them blend in. But in recognizing that the way we look has no affect on who we are inside, Cassandra and Cheri and Rico all remove their makeup in an empowering gesture that exhibits this fact to the public.

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New Company Alert! Beauty Website DooBop Offers Hard-To-Find Products For Women Of Color

January 13th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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It is often hard for multicultural women to find beauty products that suit them. So Jodie Patterson came up with a solution. She has co-founded a new online beauty shopping destination called, which offers products  for multicultural women.

“Less than two months into its launch the site is filled with an expertly curated collection of products from widely popular prestige companies, like Iman and Fashion Fashion, alongside a few little-known gems exclusive to the site, like Paris-based Nuhanciam and Ethnicia,” reports The Huffington Post.

Patterson has a fashion PR background and her co-founder Benjamin Bernet was a marketing executive at L’Oreal. They handpick every product on the site.

According to Patterson, the site is offering free shipping and free samples with every order as well as foreign products DooBop will offer exclusively. “Our site has prestige and niche product from all over the world that allows the customer to explore beyond the confines of the proverbial ‘ethnic isle’,” she says, adding that the site also has a charitable side.  “$1 from every sale goes to underserved and at risk teens through a New York-based organization we support called, Community of Unity. We work with the young women in the organization on many levels but I’m most excited to start talking to them about the business of beauty. There could be a collaborative project down the line!,” she says.

Patterson has big plans for the site. “We want Doobop to be a standout site, so we worked with exceptional creative talent to produce exclusive How-To beauty tutorials. Our team of six beauty experts, (Keith Campbell & Liz Owusu in hair, Cynde Watson & Angie Parker in make up, Sherwin Parikh in dermatology, and Jeanette Bronee in wellness) can be seen in three-minute videos that address modern beauty dilemmas and in the form of questions and answers -– all on site!,” Patterson tells HuffPo.

Considering black women spend $7.5 billion annually on beauty products and will spend 80 percent more on cosmetics and twice as much on skin care products than their white counterparts, DooBop may be onto something big.