Get Her Exact Look: Uzo Uduba’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards Makeup

Uzo Aduba Creative Emmys Awards Makeup

Uzo Aduba, of “Orange Is the New Black” fame, was one of Saturday’s biggest winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She nabbed “Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for the uber-popular Netflix series (I kid you not, this whole “guest actress” business is throwing me for a loop though). For her big day, she enlisted the help of dynamic duo celebrity hairstylist Jamika Wilson and celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls. And doing what I do best, here is how you can get her exact makeup look! Hair details (no doubt by Motions Hair Care) coming soon!

Uzo Aduba by Jessica Smalls: MAC Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics, House of Lashes, Cargo Cosmetics, Smashbox Cosmetics, Sisley USA, OCC Makeup, Make Up For Ever, and Black Opal Beauty

The following beauty breakdown was edited for clarity. ~LA

“On Uzo Aduba, I prepped her skin with Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, adding a few drops of liquid bronzer to the mix. I then applied Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Light Foundation Primer and used Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF 15 in Hazelnut and Suede Mocha on the outer perimeter of her face. To highlight and brighten under her eyes, I used Cargo Cosmetics One Base Concealer in 045 and 05. Everything was set with Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder  in Caramel. On her eyes, I used NYX Baked Eyeshadow in Ambrosia all over her lid and a dark brown color in the outer corners. Her brows were filled as needed and set with a bit of MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy. Her waterline was rimmed with black eyeliner and to make her eyes pop, I used House of Lashes in Temptress. I used Homeoplasmine to hydrate her lips. Next, I lined them with MAC Lip Liner in Vino and used OCC Makeup Lip Tar Metallic in Black Metal Dahlia.”

Get Her Exact Look: Jill Scott’s Curly Bob at “Get On Up” NYC Premiere

Jill Scott at Get On Up Premiere

On the heels of her “The Beauty &  The Brand” brunch (which I, unfortunately, could not attend), Motions celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephens created a curly, sexy look for singer Jill Scott for her appearance at the “Get On Up world premiere in NYC at the Apollo Theater on Monday evening. “We were going for a very sexy, curly look to complement her sultry, curve-fitting dress. The overall look was old-Hollywood glam and she definitely pulled it off!” exclaimed Stephen. Here’s how to get the look:

Jill Scott by Ursula Stephen: Motions

Jill Scott by Tasha Reiko Brown: MAC Cosmetics and Murad Skin Care

Celebrity makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown revealed that she did Jill’s makeup for the NYC premiere on Instagram. I do not have exact makeup details but watch this space! I’ll update as soon as I find out more information.

Update: I mistakenly identified Jill’s lip as MAC Lipstick in Rebel…I even asked Tasha if I was right “or am I way off?” She responded, “Close! Rebel is a bit darker and more berry. This needed something a bit more fresh with pop. I choose this matte texture to play with the glamour theme as opposed to Rebels satin texture. (I custom mixed this lip!)” And like I always do, I second guessed myself as I noticed the texture was off as soon as I posed my question to her. But doesn’t it look like she mixed Heroine and Heaux (both by MAC with the latter being limited edition) together for this look?

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Get Her Exact Look: Li Bingbing’s Lipstick Color in Transformers: Age of Extinction

Li BingBing's Vampy Lip Details on BlaqVixenBeauty.comIt’s amazing what an enthralling vampy lip can do, no? Such is the case of the blackened burgundy pout Li Bingbing wore in Transformers: Age of Extinction. That, along with her inky-black feathered gaze (the eyeliner is Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen in Blacquer), inspired me to write this post. Usually Li looks so childlike, especially when she’s on the red carpet.

Li BingBing wore Marc Jacobs Beauty - Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner in Transformers: Age of ExtinctionHowever, coat her lips in a rebellious red lip color and you have this vixen ordering everyone around, dressed in a smart black suit and dripping with luxurious accessories, like a pair of Louis Vuitton spring 2013 Petit Soupcon Round Brown Sunglasses and a Gucci Gold Twirl Watch.

In this fourth installment, Bingbing plays Su Yueming, the CEO of the Chinese factory KSI contracted to build their human-created Transformers. Yueming is a boss after my heart – even if she changed from a shrewd businesswoman to a modern dragon lady stereotype. It wasn’t necessary, and actually contributed to the many negative reviews bestowed upon this chapter in the Transformers saga. And of course, I was livid that the realtor was none other than “an angry black woman.”

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Get Her Exact Look: Marsha Ambrosius’s Sleek BET Awards Fishtail Braid

Marsha Ambrosius BET Awards Full Body Pic

Marsha Ambrosius’ look on the 2014 BET awards red carpet was a combination of sleek and edgy. As told to Blaq Vixen Beauty by celebrity hairstylist Tiffany Daugherty. Check out her profile at Epiphany Agency.

Her natural hair was shampooed and conditioned using Motions Straight Finish Cleanser and Straight Finish Leave-In Conditioner. This conditioned the hair and created the base for the sleek look. After the Leave-In Conditioner was applied, the hair was blown dry with a medium paddle brush and a Cricket Q-Zone Professional Lightweight Dryer. The hair was then flat ironed with a Sedu flat iron to give a more smooth effect.

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Save $16 on Eva Marcille’s House of CB Nolita Dress

Eva Marcille's House of CB Nolita Dress

Last night, America’s Next Top Model alum Eva Marcille attended the launch party for Russell Simmons’s and Steve Rifkind’s new music label All Def Music (ADM) in a limited edition $236 House of CB Nolita Dress. This sultry number is a upgrade of the little black dress – it’s a little black lace dress! It is crafted out of black stretch lace with strategically placed appliques. This was a perfect choice to showcase Eva’s post baby bod after giving birth to daughter Marley Rae McCall back in February. She completed her look with strappy black sandals, loads of jewelry and a black Louis Vuitton clutch.

Not surprisingly, stark, on-trend white polish adorned her fingers and toes.

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National Pink Day: MAC Pink Lipsticks for Black Women

Editor’s note: Since the majority of the lipsticks mentioned are all by MAC, I decided to update this post to reflect this interesting tidbit. Additionally, I was not completely happy with the celebs/choices I originally included in the first revision of this post so here’s the new and improved version. Furthermore, I have also included links to reviews/swatches/FOTDs that feature each lipstick from my fellow beauty bloggers.

Fall for Fuchsia

Happy National Pink Day! Last year, I talked about my adoration for the original BeautyBlender and its celebrity fans. Well, lately, I’ve noticed there’s been an “outcry” for the following topic: pink lipstick for black women. This is one of the many search topics that I see come through my dashboard. Not a day goes by that I don’t see this query pop up (and its variations). Let me tell you: I’ve done the education and now I’m sharing my findings with you, from A to Z! Here are some MAC pink lipsticks for black women you have to try now. Or, if you’ve already added the following uber-popular shades to your lipstick lexicon (with a few surprising options thrown in the mix), see them on your favorite celebs:

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Get Her Exact Look: Uzo Aduba’s Critics Choice Awards Hair & Makeup

Uzo Aduba Makeup and Hair

I recently rewatched the second season of Orange Is the New Black and let me tell you, the most pivotal character this season for me was hands down Suzanne. Not “Crazy Eyes,” but Suzanne, the highly intelligent but socially inept inmate played beautifully by Uzo Aduba. I try not to be too swayed by online commentary in which critics reduced Aduba’s character to “a modern-day pickaninny” due to her being constantly photographed with bulging, deranged eyes and haphazardly fashioned Bantu Knots. And you know what? I get that. However, the voting committee behind this year’s Critics Choice Awards obviously felt differently as Uzo won for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (and here I thought she was a season regular). Here is the complete hair and beauty breakdown from celebrity hairstylist Jamika Wilson and celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls, respectively:

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