She Tried It! Jay Manuel Beauty Is Helping The Everyday Woman Look Like A Top Model

September 7, 2015  |  

Remember Jay Manuel? With his bright silver hair and face beat to the gods, he was one of the very opinionated judges and the creative director of photo shoots on America’s Top Model. After 18 seasons of helping to cultivate the talents of supermodels, Manuel is focusing on his own passion, and that’s makeup. The celebrity makeup artist has his own beauty line called, well, Jay Manuel Beauty, and I had the chance to try out a few bold and beautiful products from the line. That includes the Ultimate Lipstick in Ache, the Lip Pencil in Hickey, and The Ultimate Lip Gloss in Guilt.

I love a good dark lip and I must say, Ache is perfect. The color is stark (a good thing for me), a dark maroon that when paired with the Hickey pencil for accuracy, looks impeccable on. The lipstick moisturizes thanks to its ingredients of Vitamin E, mango butter and almond oil. Plus, it stays on for hours with a satin finish. Who doesn’t love a bold color that’s enriched with fruit and plant extracts? And that Hickey pencil isn’t too shabby either. It lasts for a long time, is also enriched with Vitamin E, and glides on smooth. If you’re feeling creative, the lip pencil is also an eye pencil that will help the windows to your soul pop.


As for the Ultimate Lip Gloss in Guilt, I have to admit that I’ve never been that much of a lip gloss/glass person. I don’t like my lips to feel too greasy or look too shiny (i.e. post-fried chicken consumption). But the gloss from Manuel’s line goes on light, both in terms of the weight of it on your lips and the color.  It comes with a flexible silicone tip applicator instead of the usual doe-foot applicator, which allows you to apply color in a more accurate manner. The gloss is enriched with aloe for a natural softness and goes on sleek–not sticky.

I’m quite impressed with all three offerings. And the colors, all dark purple shades, are just a few of the many colors Manuel’s line has to offer. Manuel also has created a very helpful beauty app (and a free one) called Jay Manuel Beauty, and it matches your shade to products from his collection that would be a perfect fit. I downloaded it and used it and was matched up with a whole host of lipsticks, blushes, eyeshadow quads and powders for my skin tone.

First, you take a selfie on your phone with a makeup-free face. Upload the pic. The app can tell the difference between daylight and candescent light, so it will have no problem determining your exact skin tone, and the color signature for your hair, your eyes, and the natural color of your lips. From there, it will generate customized recommendations from the three categories of products in Manuel’s line: Iconic, Classic and Avante-Garde. Through your picture, You can buy those recommendations straight from the app, or check out or to shop from the full collection. I recommended giving all options mentioned a try, including the app, but especially the Ultimate Lipstick. Your lips will thank you.


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