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Get Her Exact Look: Mo’Nique’s Golden Globes Makeup

Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Editor’s Note: I am so thankful that Mr. Sam Fine is sharing what he used on Mo’Nique via Twitter. I wish more celebrity makeup artists would do the same! You can also follow him @SamFineBeauty! All pictures taken from his Facebook account.

It all started with a question. Amber from Brown Bombshell Beauty asked Sam Fine on Twitter what type of lashes he used on Mo’Nique for the Golden Globes.

face. Sam Fine described Mo’Nique’s Golden Globes look as “classic glamour.” He sculpted her face with one of his favorite drugstore foundations for women of color, Black Opal True Color Creme Stick Foundation with SPF 8. Next, he dusted CARGO Bronzer and MAC Bronzing Powder on cheeks to achieve a glowing complexion.

eyes. Fine chose the #747 in long, a wispy style from the Image Exclusive store in Los Angeles. The #747 is Fine’s favorite style and it also comes in small and medium. To make Mo’Nique’s eyes pop, Fine reached for Shiseido The Makeup Eyeliner Pencil Duo in Desert Dusk. Instead of using white eyeliner, Fine recommends that for brown-skinned babes, we opt for a beige eyeliner since it is more wearable. He used the Shimmery Beige shade inside the inner rim of the eye to make it appear wider and whiter. For her eyebrows, first he bleached them and then he filled them in with Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown.

lips. Fine topped of Mo’Nique’s look with Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss. This gloss contains 0.2% 24k gold, which of course was perfect for our Golden Globe Goddess.

Mo’Nique’s glam squad, from left: Celebrity stylist Pamela Macklin, celebrity hairstylist Lena Palm, and celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine.

Vampy Lipsticks for Brown Skin: 10+ Options from MAC, Tom Ford and More

Posted on: Monday, November 25, 2013

Madisin Bradley Vampy LipI came across this image of model Madisin Bradley in my Instagram feed (from Renny Vasquez), and I just had to bless this post with her magnificence! She is wearing Black Opal Beauty FoundationAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Flutter Lashes (style unknown). You can get her exact vamp stamp with MAC Lip Liner in Nightmoth and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. #shedidthat

Grazia Daily preached glam gospel when they said “those with darker skin should look out for lipsticks with a chocolate base which is richer and more warming than bluer-based lipsticks.” Let’s face it: the vampy lip is one of fall’s finest beauty trends for brown skin. Now I want to help you start your sultry stash this season!

It is my new obsession after I missed out on Rihanna’s overhyped Talk That Talk. This shade was the most infamous lip color in the RiRi Hearts MAC Fall collection besides RiRi Woo. Celebrity makeup artist Theresa Francine recommended picking up Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Port if you missed out on Talk That Talk.

With lips as dark as night, many a beauty enthusiast said they felt duped (pun intended) by the limited edition lipstick. And with that, a stream of new additions flooded Google Images, each identifying comparable, suitable contenders from different brands in various finishes and price points. As for me, I quickly got over my angst and stalked many celebrity makeup artists’ Instagram feeds. And now I’m happy to share my results with you!

Talk that talk and lacquer your lips with these vampy lipsticks for brown skin:

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How to Get Tika Sumpter’s Eyebrows, Flush and Glow

Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Editor’s note: This post originally focused on Tika Sumpter’s glorious eyebrows but after a little more research, I found that the Gossip Girl alum has even more juicy beauty secrets that I have to spill. Special thanks to the following celebrity makeup artists on Instagram: Kim Jones, Jessica Smalls, Ashunta Sheriff, Kym Lee and Lucky Smyler.

Tika Sumpter's EyebrowsSumpter introduced celebrity makeup artist Kim Jones’s brow technique to her fans. She said, “You guys have asked, so I’m spilling.” Jones uses two products to achieve Sumpter’s perfectly groomed brows. First, Jones creates an outline with Beautique Eye Brow Pencil in Soft Black. Next, she uses short strokes to thicken Sumpter’s arches with Tom Ford Sculptor in Espresso.

Tika Sumpter Brows by Kym LeeIn July 2012, in honor of the movie Sparkle, key makeup artist Kym Lee hosted a 30-day media campaign in which she shared exclusive beauty tips and tricks used on the set. On August 29, 2012, Lee published her first pictorial of how she crafted the perfect brows for Sumpter. Her tips:

Sumpter's Brow Pictorial

  1. I chose MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Spike to outline brows, using short strokes to simulate real hair. No check marks, McDonald’s arches, or pork chop shapes allowed!
  2. To fill in brows, I used Iman Perfect Eye Pencil in Nut Bush.
  3. Brush brows so they don’t look drawn on.
  4. Using a flat, firm haired brush, I highlighted the brow bone with a concealer two shades lighter than foundation.
  5. Blended concealer so there was no demarcation. Never draw brows so long that they extend past your eyelid. The base or beginning of your brows should never meet as a unibrow.

“To give life to [Sumpter's] brows” for her Rolling Out shoot, celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls chose Anastasia DIPBROW Pomade in Ebony. “This is definitely a must have for killer brows,” gushed Smalls. Celebrity Ashunta Sheriff also likes using Anastasia DIPBROW Pomade in Ebony on Sumpter too, as you can read here.

Tika Sumpter Tarte Amazing and TipsySmalls loves a “great peachy-pink cheek” and shared the winning combo we can use to get the same “Ebony Girl Approved” flushed look Sumpter wore in her Rolling Out feature: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes in Tipsy and Amazing, respectively. Smalls assured, “Tipsy is a perfect everyday blush and [is] perfect for any [skin tone].

Tika's Glow

Lastly, for 2012’s ACE Awards, celebrity makeup artist Lucky Smyler gave Sumpter a magnificent glow that consisted of MAC Strobe Liquid mixed with Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer.

This is how it looked on the red carpet:

As always, I’ll keep my ears to e-streets in case any other celebrity makeup artists come forward with tips, tricks and products they use for Tika Sumpter. Watch this post for new information!

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