Makeup isn’t about covering up. Like many women, I know this firsthand. I remember being introduced to makeup as a teen and trying on foundation for the first time. Because I wanted so badly to cover my freckles, I figured heavy foundation was the way to go. So I tried. But layer after layer I could still see those brown spots peaking through. No matter what, I couldn’t hide who I am. Makeup isn’t a tool to mask your identity. It’s about bringing out who you really are.
Freckles are Mother Nature’s natural concealer. If I have a blemish my freckles easily distract the eye away from the little enemy. Honestly, friends have told me they can’t even see when I have a zit. When the squad at BeautyCon asked me to do a beauty tutorial for the sun-kissed girl, I screamed “Uh yeah!” Let me tell you upfront…My foundation how-to for freckles has more to do with enhancing what you have than trying to cover up. I’m proud of what I have.
All you need is one color. Oftentimes we complicate makeup. We think we need to wear a thousand different products on our faces to look pretty and that is totally not true. A few weeks ago I worked with makeup artist Renee Loiz who showed me the beauty in simplicity. Her concept was inspired by a NARS campaign from over a decade ago featuring models Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek. In that gorgeous imagery one single coppery hue was used to create dimension. Renee decided to re-imagine that using a tone that would pop against my skin and is ideal for fall.
Beauty is not defined by the color of one’s skin, but the way darker skinned women are left out of mainstream conversations about beauty you’d think just the opposite. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a trip to a makeup counter at a department store. Look at the various foundations your typical beauty brand sells. You can find lots of selections from ivory to tan, but when it comes to the darker hues there are only a few. Imagine how it feels for a woman of color with African roots who can’t find makeup that works for her complexion. And when you do find the right foundation that’s dark enough and still brings out your rich undertones be it red or blue, you’re like Hallelujah! Sure the big beauty brands may actually manufacture makeup for darker skin, but finding those colors actually in stock can pose a challenge.
Sultry. Soulful. The eyes have it. I mentioned before that my summer color palette has shifted to gorgeous florals from pinks to purples. Those shades aren’t just for your lips, but your eyes too. Wink wink. I’m a brown-eyed girl and I’m always searching for beauty looks that can play up my color without being too pa-pow! You know what I mean. Who wants to look like a bag of day-glow makeup exploded on her face, unless that’s what you’re going for. Give me nude lips and eyeshadows with a hint of pink that glisten in the sunset. So when the light hits my eyes, that pretty brown, brown can drive you wild.
I’ve got a brand new lipstick crush. You know I love nudes and adore citrusy hues on my lips. They work well with my complexion without competing for attention. Just because I’m partial to these doesn’t mean I can’t share the love with different shades. Recently another color family has caught my eye: The Pinky-Purples. Those colors you see in tropical flowers that flow somewhere between magenta and violet. There’s nothing soft or understated about Pinky-Purples. They are ever so feminine and extra bold. Perfect for daytime play or twilight soirees. From matte to shimmery glossies, here are a few of my favorites…