Happy 2016! Some of my favorite celebrity makeup artists have found a way to capitalize on their talents by creating products that provide solutions to some of our most pressing beauty queries. And what better way to update our vanities / makeup bags / beauty closets by patronizing black businesses this year?
Here are six beauty resolutions you might have along with six products you might want to check out soon:
I 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 Foundation, Anastasia 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:
Tika Sumpter shared 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.
In 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:
- 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!
- To fill in brows, I used Iman Perfect Eye Pencil in Nut Bush.
- Brush brows so they don’t look drawn on.
- Using a flat, firm haired brush, I highlighted the brow bone with a concealer two shades lighter than foundation.
- 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 in Color Story: Tika Sumpter’s Ride Along Makeup.
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!