I know, I know. I’m way behind on my Ask Afrobellas. I’m gonna try to be better. Ready? Here goes.
In response to my first Makeup for Dummies post, berrybrowne asks: â€˜bella – i wear liner, mascara, cream blush and lip gloss EVERY DAY! but thatâ€™s all:-( i feel so sad and boring and i just turned 30, so i need to be fabulous. would you consider doing a makeup for dummies advanced version? still as simple, wonderful and affordable as the stuff on this post, but including eyeshadow and bronzer?
Hey berrybrowne! I’m knocking on 30’s door, so I know how you feel. All of a sudden it’s, whatever happened to my twenties? But you know what? I refuse to feel any less than fabulous as I get older. Now more than ever, I feel the need to take care of myself with diet, exercise, and fabulous at-home beauty indulgences. I’m taking care of my skin, hair, and teeth more ardently than before. And when it comes to makeup and beauty products, I won’t let myself settle for cheap n’ crappy quality anymore. Unfortunately, I’m not yet at baller status. That just means I need to look harder for the best beauty finds. So let me break down my latest and greatest finds for all of my bellas on a budget!
Eye shadow can be the most fun and the most daunting part of makeup application. It is where the artistry emerges, and it’s easy to look at a photo and mumble to yourself, “I can’t possibly recreate that.” I’m here to tell you that you can. When I recently got my makeup done at Macy’s, the artist blended turquoise with chocolate brown on my lids. I wish I had a photo, because it was just STUNNING. When I asked him how he got so good, he just said “Blend, blend, blend; practice, practice, practice.” Taking the time to experiment with colors and brushes goes a long way.
For me, eye shadow is a special-evening-out thing, or a weekend thing, simply because it takes me longer to figure out what’s going to blend perfectly. It’s like — what color do I use in the crease? How about the brow bone? And to make matters worse, I’m attracted to bright colors, so it’s easy for me to wind up inadvertently looking like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. That’s definitely happened to me in the past. Not so much anymore, since I discovered Vmerie’s videos on YouTube! She’s a stunningly beautiful afrobella who’s also got a great blog that offers step-by-step instructions videos on how to create each individual look. She mainly uses MAC and NYX cosmetics (which retail for under $6 at drugstore.com), and she is all about incredible eye drama. Seriously, check out her cranberry delight makeup tutorial for some warm and sexy flair. Those with bolder aspirations will love green mystery. And I’m totally doing her summer glow look tomorrow.
I used to be of the opinion that eye shadow is just one of those cosmetics you need to spend a little more on. Drugstore colors used to be so bland and underpigmented, not made to really pop on darker skin tones. Not anymore, thanks to L’Oreal HIP which costs $7 for a concentrated shadow duo, and Max Factor MAXeye shadows – a steal at $4.99. Recently I was lucky enough to try some outstanding shades of Cara Cosmetics eye shadow, and if you’ve got darker skin or special cosmetic needs, this could be the product line for you. The eye colors are lush, highly pigmented, and were originally made for surgery patients who needed to conceal discoloration. The small unicolors cost $15 a pop and come in a fab range of colors. Sevilla is a deep, rich purple, Thera is a great sheer silver for highlighting the brow bone or inner corner of your eye. Kenya is a lovely, deep burnt orange that really brings out the gold tones in my skin. The only issue with Cara is, their cosmetics can be hard to find in stores, and it’s mostly sold through spas and salons. Click here for a list of available retailers.
I can’t tell you how many Ask Afrobella e mails I’ve gotten about bronzer. It’s become an increasingly popular makeup product, I think thanks to the influence of celebrities like JLo and Beyonce and Rhianna. It’s all about the glow for summer, bellas! And I can help you get it.
A little bronzer on your cheeks, forehead and nose bridge creates a warm and subtle luminescence that’s undeniably gorgeous. It can also help to detract from any ongoing skin issues – bronzer can help to make your face look even and flawless. But you gotta wear it right!
Your face needs to be clean and oil free, first of all. Bronzer isn’t like powder, where you can just swoosh some on to cover up a blemish or reduce oil before you leave the house. Darker brown bellas should sweep a little bronzer on over the blush on the apples of their cheeks for a toned-down glow. A rose or coral blush looks amazing under my favorite bronzers. In case you haven’t been to your neighborhood drugstore recently, you might not realize — Physician’s Formula has the bronzer game on lock.
Their latest stash includes the Shimmer Strips, which can be used swooshed all together on your face for a pretty blushing bronze look, or individually as eye shadow. I adore a multi purpose product, and at $11.95, it’s a good deal. My current fave is — of course — Miami Strip, which features shimmery shades ranging from baby pink to the color of cocoa powder. When I’m feeling super luminous, I sweep on the Baked Bronzer. My shade is Baked Tan, and it’s a glittery gold that really brings out my yellow undertones. It can be used wet or dry, so when I want a dramatic eye look, I use a wet shadow brush and give my lids a little zing.
So I hear ya. “These sound great, but I don’t want to shell out twelve bucks just yet.” No worries! It’s my anniversary, but you just might get the present. It’s the Afrobella Physician’s Formula bronzer giveaway!
I’ve got these ten amazing bronzers to give away. I’ve got the Magic Mosaic , the Powder Palette, the Mineral Wear Bronzing Veil, and the questionably titled Jungle Fever bronzer, among others. Want one? Sure you do!
If you live in the continental USA, I can hook you up! Leave a comment that starts by saying “Bronze me!” and let me know which particular bronzer you’re the most interested in. Don’t be using a fake e mail address, either – that way, I can’t contact you if you’re a winner! I’ll close the comments on Tuesday August 21 at midnight, choose winners at random, and I plan to announce the ten winners by Thursday August 23.
Good luck and happy weekend, bellas!