Lupita Nyong’o US Vogue October 2015. Makeup by Nick Barose for Lancome and hair by Vernon Francois. Image source Huffington Post
When the first pictures of the October Vogue cover crossed the news feeds, we all collectively gasped and shouted ‘Yaaaaasssssss!’. ‘Yaaaaaaaasssssss!’ Lupita slayed!The look is not overly fancy but super luxurious and I knew instantly I had to recreate the look.Although it is 2015, seeing a woman of colour in on a major magazine cover is still quite uncommon and they often share covers during the same month. So *obviously* , I had to go out and buy it.As I flipped through her spread, I was so impressed! She is not a model, but between the herself, the stylists/artists and who ever organised the shot did a fantastic job! They knew exactly what would look amazing on her! And could we for a moment talk about her skin? Gawd!Like butter! Just proves that amazing skin and skincare should be the focus of your beauty routine.And her hair! Love when she wears a side part and I also love that she is always switching it up.You can totally have short, natural hair and it can be so versatile.
So I selected the picture of Lupita in the gorgeous blue dress by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Haute Couture.
The focus of the makeup look was flawless skin and deep aubergine lip, but there was also a hint of green colour surrounding the eyes.It’s a very wearable look, not overworked, not over contoured/highlighted, but is bold and packs a punch!
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
I don’t wear foundation about 99% of the time, but when I do, I look for something that helps me even out my skin tone and that feels like it is almost not there.My philosophy, at least when it comes to foundation is, less is more. I know that everyone right now is about that full coverage….but I’m not here for that.I want my skin to look flawless…but like I was born like that. Enter the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation on dark skin.
Make Up For Ever has already established themselves as the leaders in both waterproof makeup and products that have amazing performance under the newest video technology.Over the past few years, MUFE has be reformulating their entire line to get ahead of the changes in TV and film.They have already brought out an entire new line of gel-textured eye shadows, which by the way, are mind-blowingly good!
This is an update to their original HD foundation, and this time they have made it even lighter in weight and added hyaluronic acid which helps make it suitable for all skin types.It aims to give flawless, next best thing to skin coverage when viewed in 4K and 8K technology.So what are 4K and 8K? Right now standard HD video is 1080p, and basically 4K is four times better than HD and 8K is 8 times. So it’s called UHD (Ultra HD).So if you think you can see every pore and wrinkle now, wait until UHD becomes more common!
Back to the review.So the existing line was reformulated and the colour range was also expanded to a fantastic 40 shades! 4…0 shades! There are few companies out there that boast of so many.If you find a line with 20-25 shades, you would consider that luck.They have also renumbered and broken the line up into Y(yellow based) and R(red based) shade.If you look at some of the bottles, they have also included the corresponding shade number from the older line.I picked up shade R530 which is shade 180 from the old line.I love that they have not forgotten us darker ladies and have given us such a selection.
My shade: R530=180
Love the pump top!
The UHD comes in a cylindrical, plastic bottle with a pump top and it contains 30ml of product which is pretty standard.This makes dispensing much easier to control and you won’t run the risk of wastage from having to decant or breakage of the bottle.The pump works quite well and dispenses a small amount of product.
By the way, check out my video review or keep reading below the fold for more!!
Earlier this year, fellow Caribeña, Afro-Latina and model Joan Smalls gave all kinds of face with this look for the Met Gala.
Joan Smalls, Met Gala 2015 via The Zoe Report
I was immediately smitten! Very dramatic and smokey for evening, but quite bright and definitely a great look for warm-weather evening. Joan is a brand ambassador for Estée Lauder, so her makeup artist used all Lauder products, but I used what I had available, mixing and matching when needed. If you love a look, you certainly don’t need to go out and buy the exact makeup to make it work. I also took the opportunity to try out the brand new, 4K/UHD compatible foundation from Make Up For Ever. I will be writing a separate review on this one. I also got some new shadows recently, including my first taste at the Makeup Geek eye shadows. I have been a fan of Marlena for years and I am really happy to see her being so successful with her line. She is very smart and knowledgeable and I love that she has a serious love for makeup and even though she has her own line, she is all about great makeup from any brand.
Anyways…here is what I came up with.
It is actually quite a simple look, just lots and lots of blending to get that swept look. All details of the products used are below and remember to substitute your own products when needed.
I love when artists show us their raw talent and they are not hidden behind autotune or fancy costuming. I love it when there is some element of the artist’s personality, that they are being themselves and that they are not a total creation of a label.
This is why I love Janelle Monae, from her signature pompadour, her black and white tuxedos and her earthy jazz/pop/funk vocals, yeah…you could say I have a girl crush!
Janelle Monae, image courtesy CocoaFab
I wanted to recreate her signature look, with a little twist! Allyuh know that I am no hair expert, but I am stepping out of my malaise!
In honour of doing a look based on a musical artist, I am also going to use a few products created by Ardency Inn, a new brand, heavily influenced by music. Check out my writeup on their launch here.
I have finally put up my first video tutorial! This was a look I did for a MUFE competition. My look was Glam Rock, inspired by the icon Tina Turner!
It’s rather short as it had to comply with the rules of the competition and many of the products were Make Up For Ever.
I hope to create more tutorials in the future. If there is anything you want to see, technique or otherwise, let me know and I will see what I can do! I also hope to do product reviews, and whatever fun stuff that I could think of!
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