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…
Being the practical girl I am, I’m always looking for a great 2-in-1 combo for makeup. Ok maybe it’s because I’m lazy, but I want colors that can work as both a lip treatment and as a blush. The right tones are key. A bit rosy and just enough color to shine. Nothing too creamy that will make my face look greasy. And it can’t be so sheer that the color won’t show up on my skin. I don’t think that’s asking for too much, and neither does the team at Stila. They’ve created a great palette for spring: Field of Florals.
Ooo girl, let me tell you. When I first saw this color I knew I had to have it. There it was on the lips of Jourdan Dunn in an ad, and I rushed to the store to grab it for myself. Normally, I’m a bright orange lipstick or a pink gloss kind of girl. Every now and then I’ll step outside of my comfort zone and pick a wildcard, but that’s extremely rare. I know what works on my skin and what doesn’t. Deep purples… sure. Matte red… ok. Super feminine pastels… I’ll pass. But it’s a fresh new season, so I figured i’d give this Lilac Flush by Maybelline a go. I knew it looked sublime on Jourdan, so why not me. Fingers crossed.