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The makeup world can be a mystery to some and an obsession to others. Quite often, women of color struggle to find the right products that mesh well with our diversely beautiful and melanin-rich skin tones. Well, the struggle is over. I will be exploring several mainstream cosmetic lines to find products that work best for women of color, application tips, and the latest makeup trends in general. Whether you are a makeup all day everyday kind of girl or if you only wear makeup on special occasions, there is something out there just for you.
The first company in this series is Urban Decay. Urban Decay is like the Andy Warhol of makeup lines. Known for their bold color palettes, the company has produced high-performing, show-stopping products for more than 15 years. But many women of color tend to shy away from bold colors for fear that such looks won’t compliment their darker hues. However, Tammy Bartel, Urban Decay’s Public Relations Manager, was eager to dispel such a myth. She gave us the real deal on some of the company’s most beloved products, but specifically, the ones that stand out for women of color.
Here are three popular products you should try:
The packaging on this eye shadow palette is a work of art all by itself. It comes complete with 10 vibrant matte and metallic color options. Though the pigments look chalky when applied to the eyelids, they are smooth and the color really pops. A shadow brush is included. However, the Vegan “Good Karma” Blending Brush is recommended for a more professional look.
How To Apply: Choose a color. Or two. Or three! Don’t be afraid to take a risk. Start with a neutral color as your base to accentuate the crease in your eyelids. Then, choose one of the brighter colors like Thrash and Revolt (see below) for the inner part of your lid and eye duct. Add a darker color like Urban and Fringe for the outer portion of your eyelid. The key to successfully applying multicolored eye shadow to the eye without looking clownish is blending. Blending is your best friend. All of the pigments in this palette mix well together. Use the “Good Karma” Blending Brush to lightly fuse the colors together. Again, blending is your best friend!
Special Tip: Add Thrash to your ducts, Freak to the middle of your lids and Fringe to the outer edge of your lids. Blend! Blend! Blend! Add Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and Perversion Mascara to complete the look.
There’s absolutely no gimmicks here; the name of the product speaks truth to its performance. Naked Skin is a liquid foundation. Unlike many foundations that are thick and sometimes feel sticky, Naked Skin glides on lightly, and you won’t even know you have makeup on at all. It dries evenly, no streaks, and gives you a smooth full coverage finish. It works well on all skin types. It is oil and paraben-free and is also made with Litchiderm, which protects the skin from dehydration and aging. Naked Skin comes in a wide range of shades that fit our complexions. Urban Decay provides a numbered shade finder that you can use to choose the hue that fits you. Shades ending in “.0” are warm with a yellow/olive undertone. Shades ending in “.5” are cool with rosy/neutral undertones.
How To Apply: The best way to apply Naked Skin is with the vegan “Good Karma” Multi-tasker Brush. After you have finished all of the regimens you do prior to makeup application, including cleansing and moisturizing, and even after you add definition to your brows and use the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette for your eyelids, add foundation and concealer to complete your look. Use a small amount of Naked Skin to lightly coat your “Good Karma” Multi-tasker Brush and gently glide the coated brush on the skin. You can apply the foundation to your entire face and neck or only to areas you’d like to cover. Trust me, your look will be flawless.
Special Tip: Squirt no more than a penny-sized amount on the back side of your hand and use your hand to hold the foundation as you coat your brush and apply it to the skin.
Revolution Lipstick is a creamy lipstick that has more than 20 shades to choose from. From classic nudes to bright reds, Revolution has a smooth formula that adds moisture to the lips. Some of the ingredients in Revolution include jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter, which lock the moisture in and keep the lips soft and ready to pucker up.
How To Apply: Application is very easy. Twist the lipstick case to extend the lipstick and glide it on your lips. Rub lips together and blot if necessary.
Special Tip: This fall, consider wearing a deep purple like the shade Speedball.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?