I think we are finally moving away from the ultra matte trend and we are stepping into softer, more luminescent looks. From magazines to the runways, on the cheekbones, the lids and even on the cupid’s bow, we are seeing the emphasis on sheen on these areas. This is what I love about makeup. Experimenting with colour and different textures. And you can change your mind whenever you want! So that’s what this look is going to be: glossy eyes!
I am also adding another trend, the monochromatic look. Typically I see it with lighter colours, but I wanted to show you that you can achieve this with pretty much any colour and in this look, I used a burgundy shade. This look will work on any skintone and you can wear this pretty much all year-round.
So…..the glossiness…..There are many products that can use to achieve this effect. The most popular option is using a lip gloss. I actually chose to use a blend of natural oils. There some companies coming out now with ‘eye gels’ or ‘eye glosses’, like NYX and M.A.C., specially made for this look. Regardless of what you use, keep in mind that any one of products will eventually break down the eye shadows on the lid and will lead to creasing.
Anyway, nuff talk. Here’s the look!
Video Tutorial: Glossy Eyes + Monochromatic Makeup on Dark Skin
There is a lot a makeup out there. Just browsing through Pinterest or IG, and you will see all kinds of amazing (and not so great) makeup looks and tutorials. But sometimes, you don’t want all of that. You may have 5 minutes in the morning or you are just going to run errands. Or you are not in the mood for a cut-crease, lashes and contouring. So….this is my ‘no-makeup’ makeup look.
This look is a great, everyday, best version of you look. It is actually what I wear to work. Pick your favourite neutral shades and just apply foundation or concealer as needed. This is a simple, fuss-free look. Don’t think too much about it. And this a really good starting point if you decide to amp up the look a little bit with a brighter lip or a more intense eye.
Here’s my tutorial and all of the products that I used are listed below.
It is the very end of 2016! The very last day! I am not going to go into how crazy this year has been. I’m going to keep it really upbeat. This is a festive New Year’s Eve party makeup tutorial that will also work for the upcoming Carnival fete season. We are officially in the Christmas period, but since Christmas night, deejays have been playing the latest soca offerings for 2017. We doh make joke with Carnival!
I decided on this look when I saw a video posted by the legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, portraying her latest Skin Labs offerings. Cream and powder metallic and glitter eye shadows in silver, bronze, gold and copper. I did not pick any of these kits but loved the look so much for its simplicity and its impact.
Here is the look
I could not decide on the lip so I am showing you both!
I am using many of my favourite products for 2016 as well as some more recent purchases. If you don’t have the exact products that I used, pick up some great inexpensive alternatives from NYX, and ColourPop Cosmetics.
The complete video tutorial is below and I have listed all the products used.
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It’s finally summer! And the weather here has been really A+! I already have a number of events lined up. For the next 3 months, my weekends are going to be pretty full. So of course, I am living in open-toed shoes, I am taking full advantage of the warmth. Hence, I have to make sure that my nails are always polished, both hands and feet. I own a lot of nail polish…like a lot. So I give myself manis and pedis once a week, and I never wear the same colour on my fingers and toes. I love all textures of polish, but there is something about crème nail polishes, especially on dark skin that I love. I think that there is no distraction from shimmers and glitters, so that it is all about the colour. So I am drawn to really bold brights, or intense light colours. It’s all about the contrast with the skin colour. Here are the four best summer nail polishes, in pastel cremes, that will pop on women of colour. And better yet, these are all vegan friendly! These are must-have.
Side note: Yes there are a lot of Mischo Beauty polishes here. These were all bought by me, and this post is not sponsored. I just love the brand.
Have you ever been moved by nature? Inspired by the beauty of warm weather? Well…that happened to me recently. I love when the calendar changes to spring and the temperatures start to rise. NYC does a great job beautifying the neigbourhoods, replanting trees and grass and planting vividly coloured flowers in hundreds of varieties in the parks. So one day while at lunch, I was awestruck at the gorgeous, bright-coloured varietals of tulips that were dotting the park. They were so stunning! I love tulips and I had never seen many of the different types of tulips. Some were monochromatic, some contained two colours, some were variegated and there were even some that had heavily ruffled petals! Nature is an amazing source for colour inspiration and combinations! It really inspired me to do a spring makeup on my dark skin.
Here is some of what I saw…
This one has monochromatic variegation
This one has duochromatic variegation – red & yellow!
I was inspired by the colour of this particular flower that was pink and orange.
See how it is pink on the outside and orange on the inside of the petals. Image by me.
Also, while at The Makeup Show (you should check out my blog post on that here), I saw a gorgeous pink eye kohl pencil from Black Up Cosmetics and this was ideal for the look! Waterproof in a pretty warm reddish pink colour. I created a simple spring/summer appropriate look. Great with a cute summer dress. Clean, natural skin, bright, but not too bright eyes, and nude lips. I also used two other new products that I was testing out, the new BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush and a newly discovered black woman owned lip colour line, that’s vegan called The Lip Bar. I will be doing a separate review on them at a later date.