My last makeup look for the summer! Browsing  through Instagram and the first makeup artist that I ever started paying attention to, Sam Fine, posted this look that he had done on Queen Latifah.

QL Sam Fine Bronze look

Image via Sam Fine Beauty/IG

Sam Fine’s book was the first one that I bought years ago, even before I bought Kevyn Aucoin’s book.  Who is this black guy doing beautiful makeup?   Sam has been working with Queen Latifah for years, on numerous campaigns and photoshoots and I just love the Queen.  A true, true pioneer in the rap game and I love that she can go hard in the ring with any dude and in the next step, be very feminine.

Anyway, Sam posted this photo of the Queen that was shot by Annie Liebowitz and I was in love! Super bronzed and sunkissed.  In this video tutorial, I will show you how I achieved this look, that is really just about the skin and giving it that glow.  This would be great all year round even when it is cold.  As a dark skinned woman, colder weather leaves me looking dull and ashy.  So some extra glow is no problem for me.  If you have oilier skin, you can tone down the amount of glow by putting it in select places, like the top of the cheekbones.

So here is the look and the tutorial that will take you from summer right through to the end of the year!

QL Bronze makeup tutorial Look 4

Porto head wrap by The Wrap Life

QL Bronze makeup tutorial Look 6
QL Bronze makeup tutorial Look 3
Bronze SkinTutorial Details + VIDEO

  • ColourPop Brow Pencils in Black N’ Brown & Banging’ Brunette
  • MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set  in Brown Ebony
  • Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance in Deep Gold
  • NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Benares Dark 3
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow in Wine + MAC #239 brush
  • MAC Satin Eye Shadow in Wedge + MAC #217 brush
  • Makeup Geek Cosmetics  in Cocoa Bear + Cozzette blending brush #S175
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in ME-42
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
  • NARS Eye Paint in Black Valley + MAC #263 brush
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Dim Light and Radiant Light + MAC #131 brush
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir
  • Ardency Inn Americana Natural Lip Colour in Kenmare
  • Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Deep Nude
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick in New  York Groove

That’s the look!


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An island girl living in the Big Apple. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently reside in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is passionate - well, obsessed - about beauty and in addition to blogging, she is also a corporate beauty professional and a budding web designer/developer. She loves combining her in-depth, practical knowledge with her chemist/scientific training to make your cosmetic choices fun and easy. She likes to take the guesswork out of beauty, separate the hype from what really works, to help you bring out the most beautiful you! She loves colour, and makeup, and she has been natural for years! She also loves great food, culture, sports and laid back vibes! Check out some more about me here and if you like this post, sign up to my newsletter to get updates on what I am craving right now.