So you want to wear makeup…….The Basics


As the bounderies between professional makeup lines and regular consumer makeup lines continue to blur, there are tons of options available for the beginning makeup wearer, but where do you start??  It seems like everyone is jumping into the makeup game, providing a vast array of colours, textures and tools to play with.  Over the next few days, I’ll be giving my tips for very basic makeup, the-no-fuss, I’ve got 5 mins, but I want to look polished- look.

Makeup is all about experimentation, taking your time to figure out what you like and what works for you, looking at what other people use.  YouTube and beauty blogs are a modern woman’s best friend.  I spend countless hours roaming YouTube, learning new techniques, looking at product reviews and makeup tutorials.  More importantly, makeup should be fun! :-) Ah mean, what’s the point if it makes you miserable??  It should never be stressful or agonizing.  If you make a mistake…just wipe it off – and save that receipt.  Many beauty retailers allow you make returns within a certain timeframe.

Ok, enough talk, on to the real stuff!!!

The Skin

No matter how many colours you use, how great your blending skills are, the brands you buy, it will be all for naught if you don’t have good looking skin.  Take care of the skin on your body, especially on your face.  Use gentle cleansers appropriate for your skin type, don’t over exfoliate and always moisturize. Treat your skin for acne as needed.  Keep your hands off of your face.

I have normal to dry skin and I don’t break out.  I wash my face once a day, at night.  I’ve been using Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash with Biospheric Complex. It’s a natural product, made without sulphates etc. that’s gentle, leaves a minty feeling and does not strip my skin.  Yes it’s $30 but seriously it lasts a year.  A little goes a long way so it’s worth it in the end.  I get this at Sephora.

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I have dark skin, partially from running in the hot Caribbean sun as a child, and I wear moisturizer with sunscreen every single day! It’s all about protecting your skin!  I have tried a lot of products with SPF but most of them either made me look super ashy or I had an allergic reaction.  Currently I am using LaRoche-Posey’s Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15.  This is one of the first products that come out in the US containing Meroxyl.  I really like this product, keeps me well moisturized even in really cold weather but does not melt in the hot sun.  I get this at my local drugstore.

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Once you’ve cleansed and moisturized your skin, you are well on your way to your out-of-the-door look!

I’ll be back soon with more tips!!

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Noire Tropical Beauty is the creation of Nerissa Alleyne. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently resides in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is a lover of makeup, colour, a Product Junkie, freelance makeup artist, eternally devoted to M.A.C. but just getting into other brands like MUFE and NARS. As a graduate of Princeton University and using her background in Chemical Engineering, she is interested in the science behind the product and the balance between beauty and function. She also began her natural hair journey years ago and enjoys discovering and supporting companies that cater to natural, kinky, curly, coily beautiful hair! Huge fan of Oyin Handmade, Qhemet Biologics, Karen’s Body Beautiful and Anita Grant! Mini mixologist. Anything purple. Period. For reference, Nerissa has dark skin (M.A.C. NW 45, Bobbi Brown # 8 Walnut, MUFE HD Foundation in #178). She loves exploring makeup lines, beauty traditions and customs from all over the world, especially for women of colour (African, Latina/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian and anyone else not mentioned!). There are a lot more products available now, but sometimes women still feel limited in their options. Nerissa hopes to showcase beauty from all over. In her spare time, she is an avid listener of great international music and is currently working on increasing her repertoire of international dance such as Middle Eastern (Raqs Sharqi), West African, Samba and Salsa. Thinks that futbol is the game of gods!!!!!!!!Yankees fanatic!! Dream: to own my own makeup company! Questions, comments, preguntas??? Email me at noiretropicalbeauty[at] Follow Noire Tropical Beauty on: Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest Google+

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