I was logging out of my hotmail account the other day, when this picture caught my eye. I simply had to find out more.

The photo accompanied this MSN article, that declares jeweled eyelids as in for fall. My question is: Did jeweled eyelids ever go out with the seasons? I think some beauty looks are permanently in. Few looks are prettier on chocolate and mahogany colored bellas than bright eyelids with a glossy lip in a subtle complimentary color. We’re particularly lucky because just about any color works with their skin. We’re able to play with colors that our lighter-skinned amigas simply can’t, like bright yellow, orange, and chartreuse. Bright colors on dark skin look gorgeous and resplendent. Check out my girl Toccarra over here, and Britain’s Next Top Model contestant Sarah.

Love it. They always do awesome, bright makeup on the ANTM girls at some point every season.

Eye shadow is one cosmetic that I’m always willing to spend a little extra on, just because so often the pigments in drugstore brand shadows don’t pop the way the pricey stuff does.

Take a gander at these deliciously bright Urban Decay Deluxe Eye shadows. I’d love to own them all, but at $17 a pop, I can’t afford it. If I had to choose one, I would spring for Sting, the hot pink shade. I say that because I recently watched Alicia Keys’ Unplugged, and homegirl was looking fierce with her fuchsia shadow.

I own several pairs of their shoes, but I’ve never tried Sugar cosmetics before. However, their Sugar Eyes Glitter Palette looks super cute. I bought individual vials of purple, bright yellow, green, and blue glitter from Sally’s, and trust me when I say that less is more when applying this stuff. First I trace my upper lid at the lash line with black eyeliner, and I go over that with a thin line of glitter when I’m in a particularly festive mood. Sometimes I use the glitter line as an accent, after sweeping a bright color over my whole lid. It’s a striking and surprisingly easy look that works great at the club, or perhaps for some of those crazy holiday parties.

Bellas with steady hands can cop the look with Too Faced Starry-Eyed Liquid Liner. My klutzy ass will stick to the powders and crayons, thankyouverymuch.

For those of you who are afraid of blending colors, the good folks over at Bare Escentuals have made it easy with their Meet The Greens wearable eye kit. These combined pallets also come in plum and colors inspired by wine, both worth checking out for inspiration. But to be honest, at $32 I’m not so sure I would buy this. I know, I know, they’re minerals. I can’t justify that to my husband when he erupts over the bill. And so, I’ll be buying the L’Oreal HIP Bright Shadow Duos in Showy and Flamboyant. At $6.99 a pop, I can afford to get dos duos without jeopardizing the trip-to-Europe fund.

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jerseybred says:
September 24, 2006, 1:22 am
This jeweled eyelid look is hot. I love how these colors look on black skin. Sugar shoes are really cute and when you say crayon-Do you mean an actually Crayola crayon? help me i'm lost.
bella says:
September 24, 2006, 1:37 am
Whoops! Sorry, Jerseybred. I meant eye crayons like these Pop Beauty Glitter Stix. A good eye crayon glides on smooth like an eye pencil, but delivers the wide swathe of color you would want from eye shadow. I own several of these Sephora Jumbo Pencils and they work great. At $4 you can't go wrong!
70ssoulchild says:
September 25, 2006, 1:23 pm
Wow, you're making me feel brave enough to try these. Since I'm not very make-up savvy, I usually stick to neutral colors, but you've got me ready to step out on the water. Maybe I'll try those Sephora Jumbo Pencils..Thanks
keena says:
September 25, 2006, 3:08 pm
afrobella.. i think you should take pix of yourself testing these products.. i think that would add even more umph to this place. cuz sometimes i dont believe stuff until i see it!
bella says:
September 25, 2006, 5:15 pm
Thanks for the advice, Keena! The thing is, I don't want Afrobella to be one of those me-me-me kind of sites where there are pictures of me all over it. I'll consider doing a close-up photo of some eye makeup for you, though. =) Like I said, I ain't a model! I just love putting on makeup and looking pretty. But I just might have to add a glitter-eyed photo for y'all.
bella says:
September 26, 2006, 7:57 am
Alright, Keena - just cause you asked. I went out with a full-on jeweled eyelid for last night's A Tribe Called Quest concert. (Which was incredible, just so you know!) I used a base of mauve shadow, then covered my lids with hot pink and purple glitter. The photo is posted on my About Me page, so check it out!
meagan22 says:
September 26, 2006, 3:02 pm
I love the 'showy'duo from L'oréal HIP collection. It has that ideal metallic teal shadow that I've been searching for for YEARS (lol). *slinks off to 'about me'page to see pics*
Andrea says:
September 27, 2006, 11:16 am
These are beautiful.
rkj says:
September 27, 2006, 1:46 pm
I have an eye shadow question. How do you keep the color from creasing? I'm new to the extensive makeup game. I always have color in the folds -- and no where else after 2 hrs or so...
earthtone says:
September 28, 2006, 10:40 am
Use foundation or concealer on the lid then apply the eyeshadow.
[a} says:
May 10, 2008, 5:09 pm
Too Faced Starry Eyed liner is one of the most beautiful makeup items out there. Amount of/colours in the glitter is perfect. It is my most coveted cosmetic. I tried it out at Sephora's, but it was too expensive :( and ever since then..I've been waiting for my bday to get it.. Just a thin line of this thing on the upper lid would look good on anyone, ESPECIALLY on black girls. {Try the bright turquoise-blue one..you will fall in LOVE like me)
nya says:
June 24, 2008, 8:35 pm
wow, these are really pretty. i'm still a little timid about branching out and trying bolder, brighter colors because my skin is really dark. i'm afraid it might look bad, do you have any advice?


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