Lupita Nyong’o for Lancome

For weeks following the Oscars, legions of Lupita fans waited anxiously for news of the spellbinding starlet to snagging a beauty contract (actually, we’ve been waiting to hear if Nyong’o had any major movie roles lined up, but we’ll gladly have our dessert now before the main course). And thanks to WWD, she has a new role: the newest face for French makeup and skin care monolith Lancôme. Since this is such a lucrative deal for the striking Academy Award winning-actress, this will keep us satiated until we hear more promising updates about her blossoming acting career.

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I checked out celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose’s Instagram feed to see if he participated in this glorious announcement and of course, he did! Here are some beauty details from the official Lancôme instagram:

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Celebrity Beauty Secrets: Lupita Nyong’o’s Lip Balm

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I love when black actresses share their favorite beauty products…and this year, besides learning about her love for face oils, Lupita Nyong’o revealed her go-to lip balm. Shortly after delivering an eloquent, heart wrenching speech after her Best Supporting Actress win, Nyong’o found herself badgered by none other than Ellen Degeneres. The Oscar host strolled the aisles with Pharrell’s famous Vivienne Westwood Mountain hat, hounding various A-listers for pizza money and tips.

Your stock just went up, you’ve got some money now Lupita!

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Beauty Items on Sale: February 24-28

There are so many great beauty items currently on sale at my favorite e-tailers so I’ll make this quick. Here are some of my most revered beauty items on sale now this week:

Beauty Items on Sale: Ardell Lashes Color Impact Lash Demi Wispies in Blue, on sale for $2.79

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Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose chatted with Harper’s Bazaar about the look he created for actress Lupita Nyong’o at last night’s Non-Stop LA Premiere. Pantone’s spring 2014 color is Dazzling Blue, so it was fitting for Nyong’o to arrive with a set of metallic, bedazzled blue peepers to complement her copper Lanvin creation. Bypassing blue mascara, Barose instead applied Ardell Lashes Color Impact Lash Demi Wispies in Blue. He then coated the base of the falsies with DiorShow Black Out Mascara. Other options include Wine and Plum, both on sale for $3.49 each.

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Kelly Rowland X-Factor Makeup: 13 Looks She Wore

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Unfortunately, Fox has cancelled The X-Factor USA – the talent competition show won’t be returning this Fall. In memoriam, I wanted to do a tribute to all the hair and makeup looks Kelly Rowland’s glam team created for the chanteuse during the show’s three seasons. With makeup by celebrity makeup artist Sheika Daley and celebrity hairstylists Cesar Ramirez and Crystal Oliver on hair, here are 13 of Rowland’s most riveting appearances:

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Link Love: CoverGirl Queen Collection Reviews

Editor’s note: In honor of Black History Month, Blaq Vixen Beauty will publish guides highlighting black beauty brand reviews from black beauty bloggers from all over the web. Today, Saturday, February 1, the spotlight is on Queen Latifah’s CoverGirl Queen Collection. Want to join the conversation? Email me at lakish at blaqvixenbeauty dot com with information about your own CoverGirl Queen Collection review or a CoverGirl Queen Collection review from your favorite black beauty blogger. I will update this post with new reviews and information. Thank you for supporting!

Lipstick, Lip Balm and Lip Gloss Reviews

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Krissy from Addicted to All Things Pretty has a wonderful two-part series in which she swatches and reviews CoverGirl Queen Collection Lip Color Lipsticks. Part I features Very Elderberry, Nude Attitude, Into the Red and Rosy Tomorrows. In Part II, Krissy reviews Burgendelicious, Fine Wine, Rush and See Red.

Shadei from All Glam All the Time reviews CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipstick in Ruby Red.

Lerenda from Beauty By Lerenda reviews CoverGirl Queen Collection Jumbo Lip Balm in Soaked in Wine.

Marna from Blinging Beauty reviews CoverGirl Queen Collection Jumbo Lip Balm in Soaked in Wine.

Odara from Gimmie That Glow reviews CoverGirl Queen Collection LipColor Lipsticks in Classy Coral, See Red, Coffee Break and Burgendelicious.

Neosha from It’s Rated Ngee reviews CoverGirl Queen Collection LipColor Lipsticks in #Q85 Cool Khaki, #Q455 Powerpuff Pink and #Q400 Fine Wine.

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Celebrity Beauty Secrets: Sephora Collection

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Celebrity nail stylist Lisa Logan shared the details behind Beyoncé’s vampy 2014 Grammys manicure on her Instagram account earlier today. I always make sure to stalk search her account for details whenever Bey steps out with new nails. I am never disappointed! Photo courtesy of People StyleWatch. 

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The great news? You can head to your nearest Sephora as the “Drunk In Love” songstress wore Formula X For Sephora Lusters in Atom + Eve, a ruby red glitter, layered over Formula X For Sephora New Classics in Pedal to the Metal, a pearly, metallic purple shade. Finally, be sure to seal your look with Formula X For Sephora Top Coat. Photo courtesy of Beyoncé’s Tumblr.

Wondering who else wears products from the famed Parisian beauty giant? You might just be surprised!

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Beyoncé’s Beauty Secrets: 2014 Appreciation Post

For 2014, I wanted to devote a beauty appreciation to Beyonce. As information becomes available
about the various makeup products and tools used on the singer, I will update this post.

Beyoncé’s Beauty Secrets: The FLOTUS’s 50th Birthday Bash

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Beyoncé recently performed at First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday bash. For the glorious occasion, the singer shimmied into a glittering Randi Rahm Mallory number which showed off her bronzed, glowing gams. She also posted a closeup of her glittering rose gold eyeshadow look:

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“The incredible, iconic, beautiful @beyonce wearing #thedolcevita palette. Make-up by the incredible @sjblife pic.twitter.com/sRoqn6NoE2,” tweeted celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury from her Twitter account (@CTilburyMakeup) on January 20.

Wielding a Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt brush, celebrity makeup artist Sir John chose the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Colour-Coded Eye Shadows in The Dolce Vita, a cream-to-powder shadows quartet enriched with natural oils and silicon treated pearls.

Each shade is color-coded counterclockwise (Prime, Enhance, Smoke and Pop) to build your perfect sultry eye. Buy your palette here.

Beyoncé’s Beauty Secrets: 2014 Grammy Awards

Days later, Beyoncé attended the 2014 Grammys. She posted some behind the scenes makeup and hair peeks on her Tumblr blog:

Beyonces Grammy Nails 1024x604 Beyoncés Beauty Secrets: 2014 Appreciation PostBeyonce’s nail stylist Lisa Logan custom blended these vampy tips embellished with a handful of select Lorraine Schwartz baubles. Logan explained, “Beyoncé is such a creative force with a unique vision and loves experimenting with color. For this particular look, we gravitated to shades of purple and red and decided to start with a base of purple and then layer with red glitter to create a deep, sexy, one of a kind shade. The luster of the red top coat complimented her gorgeous Lorraine Schwartz rings and matching red lip.”

You can head to your nearest Sephora to pick up Formula X For Sephora Lusters in Atom + Eve, a ruby-red glitter, to layer over Formula X For Sephora New Classics in Pedal to the Metal, a pearly, metallic purple shade. Finally, be sure to snap up Formula X For Sephora Top Coat.

Beyonce MAC Mascara at the Grammys 1024x682 Beyoncés Beauty Secrets: 2014 Appreciation PostCelebrity makeup artist Francesca Tolot used MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara on Beyoncé for the 2014 Grammys. “One that I find myself using on her a lot is [Extreme Dimension Mascara]. To me, it’s the best mascara [now], so that’s kind of a constant,” Tolot says. Another favorite is “definitely” L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. “False eyelashes are dated, ” proclaimed Tolot. However, when Beyoncé does wear lashes, she wears Ardell.

Beyoncé’s Beauty Secrets: 2014 BRIT Awards

Next up is Beyoncé’s appearance at the 2014 BRIT Awards. The “XO” chanteuse dazzled in a spellbinding Vrettos Vrettakos Couture Green Zirgon Crystal Dress. Celebrity makeup artist Sir John complemented her gown by encasing her lids in glittering platinum shadow. He completed his flawless work with NARS Kabuki Artisan #27 Yachiyo Brush:

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Beyoncé’s Beauty Secrets: Francesca Tolot Chats with Into the Gloss

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Rounding out this first installment of Beyoncé’s beauty secrets, Tolot dished on the singer’s natural makeup look:

For that, I use moisturizer and maybe a little bit of concealer and lip balm. I like Amazing Concealer. It’s very intense, very rich. It really covers a big problem if you need it to, and I like that. Otherwise, I really love La Mer The Radiant Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 25. It’s nice—enough coverage, but it’s very moisturizing and it doesn’t dry or crease.