As we enter into a new fall season, I can’t help but to think about my childhood memories in Kansas as the leaves started to fall to the ground. Jumping in and out of the piles of leaves that we had to rake made cleaning the front yard that much more fun. This beautiful penny, copper eyeshadow look was inspired by the rainbow of colors that the leaves give around this time of year. READ MORE

“Lip Service” is our new makeup feature where we highlight a lipstick, gloss or any other variation of lip color that looks damn good on. No makeup, no distractions. Just us in moisturizer, lipstick and unforgiving (beauty truth serum) flash photography. This is the true test of how pretty lip paint can enhance our beauty. READ MORE

it would be refreshing to see more contrast in beauty. less perfection and more real. more of what people really want to do with their natural born canvases but dare not to in order to keep in line with “the beauty rules.” there are books full of rules written by well meaning people that strike down the idea of contrasts that are perceived to be too strong. juxtapositions can be beautiful. in their so-called harshness is where the contrast plays with the eyes and makes you notice something that you may have never before. like a woman’s beautiful full lips. READ MORE

i’d wager to say that most of our grandmothers and mothers owned at least one red blush. my mother did. a woman like many other black women of the ill fated, orange-tinted, Fashion Fair generation, there was at least one vibrant, brownish-red blush compact that my mom absolutely loved and red latex sponge applicator floating around our house at any given moment. i loved to sniff her Fashion Fair makeup (i’m digressing but true heiresses to FF mothers know what i’m talking about). looking back, it was genuinely 80′s on my mom but she felt pretty in it and was pretty in it because with her radiant smile, it transformed on her face out of the compact. READ MORE

When deciding to do a blue eyeliner look, it was clear from the start that I not only needed to show how beautiful this plays on black skin but how it stuns on all black skin tones. Our blackness is beautifully hued and varied; we are a people made up of a multitude of shades but so often it’s our darker skinned sisters who are left out of the conversations around makeup for black women. One of the beautiful things about darker black skin is that it makes an amazing canvas for makeup. Playing with color, light and contrast on dark skin is an art in the study of beauty itself. READ MORE

Blue eyeliner has become a very chic, polished and beautiful makeup statement. Because of its boldness in comparison to standard black liner, I like to challenge myself to come up with creative ideas for pulling off blue liner in a way that is not overwhelming (and in some cases even workplace friendly for those that find themselves that lucky). READ MORE

What woman of color is a stranger to the #struggle that is finding the perfect shade of foundation? Being a makeup artist, I can recall off the top of my head which brands work best and have a vared array of tones and if I can’t find what I need for a client, I can usually mix up something really quickly. But I also realize that this is not practical for everyone. So when someone asks me what I recommend for foundation, one of my most common recommendations is always MAC Matchmaster Foundation. READ MORE

Nudes and flesh tones are anything but boring. They range from creamy porcelain to deep mochas. In all honesty, how one defines nude really depends on their complexion. For me that falls somewhere between an almond latte and a rosy desert sand depending on the season and how much sun I’ve gotten. Of course I’d like to think my skin is always golden beige, but that’s not always the truth. For this very reason, a girl can never have to many nude lipsticks and nail polishes. READ MORE

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