The brand that shook up the beauty world! Fenty Beauty By Rihanna. I have been in the beauty game for a long time. I have been obsessed with beauty products for an even longer time. There were times that I spent all day online refreshing the comments on my favourite makeup forums waiting for the latest leaked news on upcoming collections. I don’t think I remember this much hype and this much excitement and this much anticipation for the release of a new beauty line or product. But Rihanna’s new entry into the beauty game garnered just that. Particularly amongst women of colour. Once the promo images started coming in and word came out that the initial launch will include 40 shades of Fenty Beauty foundation, myself and pretty much every medium to dark skin women of colour started saving our pennies. People with noticeable amounts of melanin still continue to struggle to find a sufficient variety of options when it comes to foundations. And I have heard all the excuses, none of them acceptable.
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Background information on Fenty Beauty, click here
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Fenty Beauty launched on September 9th in the US and 17 other countries. It is available online and in some stores. There was a massive launch party at the Sephora Times Square in New York at midnight and the Bajan Princess was there! Based on the Instagram live feeds, it was pure bacchanal and chaos! I went to the Sephora a little later in the morning (about 8 am) after the initial crowds died down. Anyone that was in the store was at the Fenty Beauty display. The entire collection is gorgeous and well done. I’m just going to let you know right now that this hype is real. This is a legitimately good quality line. I was so excited and I was excited looking at other dark skin women being excited about makeup.
This is a permanent, complexion collection with the focus being on the skin and enhancing the colour and the glow. It was more recently announced that there will be a limited edition colour release for the holidays – eye shadow palette, lip glosses etc. But the core collection is going to be around.
Top: 490, Middle: 480, Bottom: 470
I picked up two samples of the Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shades #470 and 480. The darkest shade is #490. There are a lot of options for medium to deep dark skintones. The South Sudanese/Australian model Duckie is one of the faces of the brand. And the more interesting thing about the shade selection is the inclusion of the subtlities in undertones. Warm, cool, neutral, less red, more blue, less yellow, more green. This makes FB one of the more unique compared to other brands that offer that wide of a range.
Welcome to Part 2 of my #SummaSoaka Series! This time, I’ll be looking at waterproof makeup options for face and lips – you know foundation, blush etc. My last post focused on waterproof makeup for eyes. If you missed it, here’s the post 🙂
Again looking at brands that specifically offer waterproof or water-resistant makeup. Also, there are a lot of longwear products available now, especially for lips, but this does not necessarily mean that they are also waterproof.
So here’s my list of readily available waterproof makeup products for face and lips.
In one of my more recent videos, I wore a very simple, soft smokey eye. The smokey eye. One of the, maybe the most popularly requested eye look. It evokes a certain mysteriousness and sexiness. It can take many forms, use a variety of colours, not just black. This one is going to be simple and slightly smokey. A rose gold inspired, summer smokey eye makeup tutorial. Great for daytime, when you want just a little sumthin sumthin! It also works as a summertime look when you don’t want so much intensity. I used neutral colours with golds, but you can greens, navys, purple, be creative!
Ahhhhhhhh! Apart from Christmas, one of my favourite times of year is early May for The Makeup Show NYC.
I have written about it lots of times before. It is the largest makeup artist trade show in the US and many brands take the time to launch new products. But the thing that I am always most excited for are the educational classes. From learning about how to airbrush makeup to tackling social issues that are prevalent in the artistry industry. It is a great opportunity to learn from the absolute, very best artists, who have spent years honing their craft and ‘paying dues’. There are over 75 brands being represented and some of my faves are Make Up For Ever, Temptu, Blackup Cosmetics. It’s also a great place to check out smaller companies changing the beauty game such as Juvia’s Place, The Lip Bar, Danessa Myricks Beauty and Smith Cosmetics.
So that is pretty much the only thing that I am going to pay attention to this weekend. I need to plan out all the classes that I want to take…….and the brands that I *may* want to check out…
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