How to wear purple lipstick. That was the challenge we found ourselves struggling with. Purple lipstick is no doubt beautiful, edgy and sexy but it can be hard to pull off. Where do you even go wearing purple lipstick? And a beautiful purple lipstick for dark skin (aka ethnic skin)? That’s even harder to find…or was, because we found it in OCC “Rollergirl” Matte Lip Tar. READ MORE

Here are a couple of things you may not have yet thought about pertaining to this week/end: Halloween falls on Friday, the start of the weekend (yes and yes some more) annnnd…you don’t have to go to anybody’s party or answer any door for little people begging for their next sugar high while looking like the scariest thing since Bride of Frankenstein. Actually, you can go to anybody’s Halloween bash or host your own as someone posh and beautiful and sexy and intelligent and chic. No, not as yourself. As the other beautiful and sexy and intelligent and chic boss. As Ms. Diana Ross, baby. READ MORE

Let’s us go ahead and get something out of the way right now. Orange eyeliner is everything. Everything you never thought it could be. It’s drastic and stark and bright and finishes with a mean tinge of eclectic mixed with fun, biker girl. It brings together all the things you are afraid of in makeup-the “wrong” color multiplied by brightness. But when done just right, it can be absolutely beautiful. READ MORE

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





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