Quick Beauty Tips: Bright Lips

For my fellow ladies of color, especially those with darker skin tones, don’t be afraid to rock a bright lip, like MAC’s best red, Ruby Woo, or funky pink Candy Yum-Yum, also from MAC. Just pair each of them with a darker lip liner, blend the liner well and then apply the color. Here are two marvelous ladies who can show you how to achieve the look! Which one(s) will you dare to wear?

Jackie O from Makeup Game on Point rocks Ruby Woo!

Now watch Noelle Marriie show us how to wear Candy Yum Yum!


FOTD: Purple Haze

Well it’s been a while since I posted anything on makeup, so here’s a new Face of the Day…I call it Purple Haze. Seems that purple has become my signature color this summer, so I’ve been playing around with all the purples in my collections. I wore a purple print dress to church today and came up with the look below. Remember, it looks like a lot of products, but as I have said before, my makeup takes no more than 15 minutes.

MAC Concealer – NW 45
IMAN Crème to Powder Foundation – Earth 3
IMAN Second to None Semi-Loose Powder – Earth Medium

MAC Blush – Loverush
Milani Baked Bronzer – Golden

Brow – Maybelline Master Shape eyebrow pencil – Deep Brown
Under-brow – MAC Concealer – NW 40
Highlight – MAC eye shadow – Arena
Waterline – Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Ransom
Lower Lash Line – Annabelle Smudge Liner – OHMYGOTH!
Upper Lash Line – MAC Fluidline Gel Liner – Blacktrack
Lid Primer – MAC Paint Pot – Groundwork
Inner Corner – Urban Decay – Skimp
Upper Lid – Urban Decay – Gravity
Transition/crease – MAC Folie
Crease – MAC – Shadowy Lady
Outer Corner – Urban Decay – Creep
Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara – Blackest Black

Urban Decay FOTD – Last Call

Yes, it’s been quite a while since I posted a blog about makeup. I’ve been busy talking about music and other fun things, but I decided to go back to beauty for a minute. First of all, FOTD=Face of the Day, for those of you who are new to the makeup lingo!

So…I’ve been “collecting” Urban Decay palettes for the past year or so. So far, I have the Rollergirl, I ♥ NYC, Naked, 15th Anniversary and Book of Shadows IV palettes. I probably get the most mileage out of the Naked palette, a collection of neutrals that can be toned down for daytime, or glammed up for nighttime wear. I tried hard not to get sucked into the Urban Decay palettes, because a few years ago, I was told by a Sephora employee that UD was for “really young” people, and at first I agreed with her. But after seeing a bunch of YouTube makeup gurus work some fabulous looks for even an “old” 40-something like me, I decided to give them a try. However, I never seemed to find the right color combinations for my traditional looks. So what did I do? Changed some of my traditions! I saw a great tutorial the other day from one of my favorite MUAs (MakeUp Artist), BeatFace Honey, who used a beautiful UD shade from the 15th Anniversary Palette – a beautiful teal called Deep End – and she dampened the brush before applying the color. WOW!! What a difference that technique made on the color payoff. Now this is not a new technique, but I see what a difference it makes on the bold shimmery Urban Decay shades, especially for my skintone. Now I know the trick!

Having said that, I decided to play with another UD color and wore it to church today. Since I was wearing a simple black and white dress, I decided to add a ‘pop of color’ (although I really dislike that overused phrase! lol). If you have any questions about the products or technique, or if you would like to see a video of how I achieved this look, feel free to post a comment. Here are the pictures and products I used. Enjoy!


MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural – Deep

MAC Eyebrow pencil – Spiked

MAC Studio Finish concealer – NW45


MAC Paint Pot – Groundwork (lid primer)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Last Call (lid)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Uzi (inner corner)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Maui Wowie (brow highlight)

L’Oreal HIP Duo – Brazen (dark brown shade as transition color)

Revlon ColorStay™ Liquid Eye Pen – Blackest Black (upper lash line)

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil eyeliner – Carbon Black (lower lash line and waterline)

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – Blackest Black


NARS Blush – Albatross (cheek highlight)

Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder – Afterglow


MAC Lipglass – All of My Purple Life (not shown in face shots, but here’s what it looks like… )

The finished face!!

The Beauty of a Mini-Makeup Party

Yesterday I attended my first makeup party, hosted by our very own Calandra Branch. About a dozen women gathered in a Brooklyn church to share our own makeup fears and frustrations and get tips on how to overcome them.

Calandra got things going by reaffirming what most of us believed but needed to hear every now and again: Black women are beautiful. No matter what shade, skin type or shape of eyes, we are gorgeous creatures who can wear pretty much any color of the makeup rainbow. Amid many ‘Amens’ and ‘uh-huhs’, Calandra gave a beauty mini-sermon (maybe it was the church setting) about loving yourself in and out of makeup. She concluded that if anyone in the room didn’t love herself, she needed to work on that first before working on what shades to mix on her face.

After the preachin’ ended the demonstration began. Calandra started with a quick primer about brushes then, with help from one of her good friends, showed a simple daytime eye look with neutrals and a pop of color–check the original full face video on her You Tube site. During the demonstration an insightful elder of the room stated “She was beautiful before the makeup”, causing a little pause in the room. She clarified that she didn’t mean it in a harsh way and that she doesn’t believe in makeup. However after Calandra was done even she was impressed at the “natural plus more” look.

Next up was yours truly as the model with a demo of the MAC Smoked Ruby eye with a black L’Oreal HIP base. My daily eye go-to is a neutral of peaches and browns so the smoked ruby was certainly a departure. Fairly dramatic and good for a night out…I’ll likely try that one one my own. A third demonstration was on a woman who expressed frustration of not knowing use eyeshadow on her hooded eyes. Calandra was the miracle-worker, showing her that a gold color on the base of her lids, plus some neutrals in the crease and above gave her just that pop she needed. The gold base made her eyes look bigger and definitely made the woman’s day.

The party ended with goodie bags for for a few lucky raffle winners that included brush sets and compact mirrors. All left with beauty kits with water (hydration), tea (relaxation), hand sanitizer (clean hands before you touch your face!), lotion and Hershey Kisses to leave with love. I think a good time was had by all and quite a few walked out with new techniques and fun shades to try. I left with some new ideas for my Avon 12-shade eye palette and the MAC Smoked Ruby on my ‘to-buy’ list…plus new-found admiration for my cousin’s love of sharing beauty with everyone.

Fall Favorites – Using What You Have

We know what the fall 2011 trends are – bold brows, jewel-tones, etc., etc…. But most of us already have all those items in our stash that will allow us to pull off all the looks we need for the fall/winter. Yes, it’s fun to buy and play in new makeup, but let’s take a moment to look at what we already have before we head to the makeup counters and makeup sites.

Here’s my video of Fall Favorites – using what I have!

Fall FOTD – MAC Smoked Ruby

Here’s a video tutorial of my MAC Smoked Ruby look for Fall! This is similar to the FOTD I posted a few days back using Gilt by Association (click here for the product list and photos)

Scroll down for product list and photos from the video. Enjoy!


IMAN Creme Foundation – Earth 3

IMAN Second to None Semi-Loose Powder – Earth Medium


L’Oreal HIP Creme Eyeliner – Eggplant (lid primer)

MAC Mineralized Eye Shadow – Smoked Ruby (lid)

L’Oreal HIP Duo – Brazen (dark brown shade as transition color)

MAC e/s – Naked Lunch(highlight)

MAC Eyebrow pencil – Spiked

Revlon Color Stay Felt Liner Pen – Black (upper lash line)

Annabelle Eyeliner Pencil – Oh My Goth (lower lash line)

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – Blackest Black


MAC Blush – Loverush


MAC Viva Glam VI lipstick and gloss

MAC Lip Liner – Nightmoth (I mistakenly said “Chestnut” in the video)

Fall FOTD – Gilt by Association

Fall is here! My favorite time of year. I love the cool crisp days, and the sound of leaves crunching under foot. What I am really loving this fall are the strong brows and jewel-toned makeup looks that are in season this year. Today I wore one of what will be my two favorite fall faces for work (and play!), using MAC Gilt by Association from the old Style Black collection. I finally figured out how to wear it in a way that works for me. I know, it took me long enough, right?

Here are the pictures and products I used. Enjoy!


CoverGirl Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation – Brazilnut

IMAN Second to None Semi-Loose Powder – Earth 3


L’Oreal HIP Creme Eyeliner – Black (lid primer)

MAC Mineralized Eye Shadow – Gilt by Association (lid)

L’Oreal HIP Duo – Brazen (dark brown shade as transition color)

MAC e/s – Arena (highlight)

MAC Eyebrow pencil – Spiked

MAC Fluidline e/l – Blacktrack (upper lash line)

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil e/l – Carbon Black (lower lash line)

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – Blackest Black


NARS Blush – Albatross (cheek highlight)

NARS Blush – Exhibit A (main cheek color)


MAC Lipglass – All of My Purple Life