FTC: I paid for the Black Radiance Soft Focus Finishing Powder myself. This is an honest review.
Written by Intern Tunisia.
Since Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, this dazzling shade of purple has been blossoming everywhere with radiant orchid makeup looks. With undertones of fuchsia, purple, and pink Radiant Orchid is a must have tone for your makeup collection this spring!
Have you ever received beauty samples, or boxed subscriptions that did not impressed you? Well, you’ll love eDivv.com! eDivv is an online swap service for those beauty samples you don’t want. The way eDivv works is their Divvy process, which is where users upload pictures of their products, then ‘quick divvy’, offer, and/or decline a variety of items. It’s sort of like EBay, except its all makeup!
I bought the wonderful Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder at Walmart last week. It is a pretty great powder I can see myself using throughout the spring and summer to keep the shine off of my nose. I love it and it only cost around $3. Try to use a fluffy powder brush with it or a kabuki brush. You don’t have to use a ton of it on the brush because a little bit goes along way. Lightly puff the Rimmel Stay Matte powder on your face or you will end up looking like a clown. The color I used is called transparent. They have other colors, but I think transparent is more universal. The powder says it lasts 5 hours. I don’t know if it lasted five hours, but my nose was grease free for quite a bit which is great because it usually looks full of shine. I recommend the Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Powder.
Today’s Beauty Bit is about how to cover hyperpigmentation and acne scars with makeup. I know a lot of women, black and white, have issues with discolorations on their face. I am one of them. These two tutorials below should help women with different skin tones mask the hyperpigmentation and acne scars.
How to Cover Acne Scars for Light Skinned/White People From Pixiwoo:
How to Cover Acne Scars and Hyperpigmentation for Women of Color From DestinyGodley:
Here is a really hard looking, but actually easy to do, glitter eye makeup tutorial from Beat Face Honey. She makes really good beauty tutorials on Youtube. This one is great because she doesn’t use that many eyeshadow colors and only a few glitter colors. She also breaks the steps down in an easy to comprehend way.
A few weeks ago I went to Walmart. While I was there, with the sincere intention of only buying one item, I saw this three pack of Black Radiance mascara for almost $5. It was steal, so I had to buy it. Duh! The first mascara I tried was the Body Building Mascara. It regularly retails for $2.99 by itself at your local Walmart, Rite-aid, or other beauty/drugstore that sells Black Radiance, and I fell in lurve with it!
Yesterday I went to the grand opening of the brand new Versona Accessories store at the Village of Sandhill shopping center in Columbia, South Carolina. I wasn’t too familiar with this store. All I knew about it was that a friend had visited one in Charlotte, NC and loved it. She practically raved about it, so when a PR rep for the company invited me to the store I had to sneak a peek.
I was at my friend’s house recently, and the conversation turned to filling in eyebrows. Even though my friend has great brows, I suddenly realized that filling in your eyebrows can become somewhat of a scary art school project, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Thankfully GossMakeupArtist came up with a great tutorial for filling in your eyebrows that is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Check it out!
I have always wondered about the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation because I had heard some great things about this product for African-American skin. Here is a great review from Rose Anne Tang on how to apply the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation , how to make it look smooth and less cakey, and the pros/cons of the product. I hope you found this tutorial as helpful as I did. I may be trying this out soon.
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So for fashion week this year I will be covering makeup trends and how to do them as well as the top models who walked this season. The first makeup tutorial I would like to spotlight is for Max Azria’s Spring RTW line. It’s a very natural look with a little tint of color in the lips. Natural makeup is one of my favorite types because it looks effortless but also let’s people know you care enough to enhance your already lovely features.
The Things You’ll Need for This Look:
A Light Moisturizer– I chose DDF Ultra Light Dew Moisturizer
A Primer– I chose Smashbox Photo Finish
A Brightener– It’s actually made for under the eye but I use it on my upper cheek bone to add a little light.
A Liquid Concealer– I chose Smashbox High Definition Healthy Foundation
A Powder Foundation– I chose Bare Minerals in Medium including the Mineral Veil to reflect light and give a more even poreless finish.
A Skin Toned Blush– I chose to use the warmth from My Bare Minerals set because it isn’t pink but still adds definition to the cheekbone
Light Gold Eyeshadow & A Shade of Darker Brown– I chose the YSL quad with gold, brown, plum, and blue(not used).
A Mascara and Mascara Base– I chose a Lancome mascara base and used Bad Girl by Benefit Mascara.
An Eyebrow Pencil Or Filler Compact– I chose a Chanel eyebrow pencil
A Lip Tint or Stain– I chose Maybelline Color Sensational in Feelin’ Rosy.
A Plain Gloss (optional)– I chose LipFusion plumping gloss because I have small lips.
Makeup Brushes I chose a max concealer brush for problem areas, a max coverage kabuki brush for optimum coverage, a lighter kabuki brush for the mineral veil, and a feather light brush for my blush max all from Bare Minerals. I also used 2 MAC brushes for my eyeshadow. A medium flat for the lid’s base and a very small flat used to line the upper eyelid.
Take your moisturizer and apply lightly to the entire face.
Add some brightener under the eye if you have any dark circles or just want to add a luminous touch.
Take your primer and also apply this to the entire face. Make sure to only use small dot amounts and don’t over apply as this will make your face feel wet which will be bad for the powder based concealer.
Next take your liquid foundation and apply it to your problem areas or your whole face depending on how even your skin tone is. I always apply my foundation to my entire face just to ensure that my skin tone is even and it also makes the powder foundation look more even and allows it to stay on better.
Now take max concealing brush and apply it to your problem areas and under your eyes. Dab it lightly and even out the power around the area you’re covering.
Next take your larger Kabuki brush or foundation brush and cover the rest of your face. Apply in a circular motion for maximum coverage. Do this lightly as pressing hard can cause your skin to turn slightly red or irritated (especially if you have sensitive skin like me). Remember to apply a little powder under your jawline and onto your neck so it doesn’t look two-toned.
Take your lighter larger brush and apply a light reflecting powder like the mineral veil on your upper cheekbones, chin, nose, and forehead. This adds more dimension to your face and also reflects light to minimize the pores.
Now take your feather light brush or very light brush and apply some blush starting from the hairline right below the top of your cheekbone and bring it in until you reach the outer point of where your eye is. Do not bring it all the way over onto the front of the face. Keep it to the sides. Also apply it lightly because you don’t want it to be too dark but more so natural.
NOTE: If you want to highlight your brush take a little brightener and dab it onto your upper cheekbone very lightly.
Take your medium flat eyeshadow brush and apply some gold shadow to the base of your eyelid. Apply generously but not TOO generously. Bring the eyeshadow out from the corner of your eyes slightly but not too much. Make sure to keep your area straight and don’t stray too far up or too far down. You can also apply a lighter color eyeshadow closer to the brown to highlight the eye if you prefer. Keep it light though.
Take your very small flat. This brush is used more for lining and not covering. Take a nice shade of brown that isn’t to dark and line your upper lashline with it to add a little bit of darkness. If you want it to be a little darker use a darker shade of brown to line it once again. I chose to use the plum in my YSL quad because when it’s mixed with the brown you can barely tell it has a purple tint.
Once your finished with your shadow, take your mascara base and apply it to your upper eyelashes only. Once it’s dry apply your regular mascara lightly. Make sure it doesn’t clump and none of your lashes stick together. We want your lashes to look as natural as possible. if anything they need to look tinted dark not full of volume.
Once your eyes are done move to the eyebrows. I simply lined and filled mine with the Chanel eyebrow pencil but if you’re using a filling compact take a very small brush and fill them with a nice natural shade of brown. Use a lighter brown on the outer edges around the brown to make it look more shaded rather than very dark and bold.
Last take your lip tint or stain and apply lightly to the lips. Make sure the stain is a lighter pink and nothing too dark. Keep it within the natural bounds. Be conscious of your lip line and make sure not to go outside of it or else the stain will make it look like you have liner on. To make the stain even rub lightly with your finger for even coverage. You can either leave the stain plain and matte finished or apply a little gloss like I did to add some shine.
And there you have it. A great natural look that can be worn anyday.
Since I am in the lipstick mood…here is video one of TFAS How to Style Video Series. I had to create a video series for my video class this summer. Here is video one.
Not like smoker’s lips, but black lipstick. I have been seeing it done around the blogosphere, and I think it is about time I tried it out. I am going to go to the store, buy some and come back with my findings. Meanwhile…do you think this is something you would wear or have you tried it? I want to know what my readers think about this lipstick.
In the meantime, some style inspirations:
Check out Jane from Sea of Shoes
Angel from AngelonFire