I spotted this photo over at Necole Bitchie, and I gotta thank her for introducing me to the work of Atlanta-based photographer Derek Blanks. His photos are really edgy and interesting, and I was absolutely captivated by this photo of former Afrobella of the Week Chrisette Michele, meeting herself as celebrity and admirer. I love the hot, chic short hair trend, it’s infinitely preferable to the ten-pound-weave so many celebs were rocking. And her makeup… oh, her makeup. Chrisette looks absolutely flawless, IMO.
On the glamorous celebrity Chrisette, the eye shadow looks kind of like MAC’s Sketch shadow, which is described as an “intense burgundy-plum flecked with red shimmer.” I say this because MAC makeup artist Victor C. once did a mall makeover on me and used that shade to a very similar effect, and I’ve been mildly obsessed with it ever since. Seeing that gorgeous smokey burgundy/brown/purple eye on Chrisette makes me wanna go buy it. And if you’re seeking a MAC alternative, b.l.a.c minerals’ patience eyeshadow is a perfect alternative. Deep burgundy purple with a subtle sparkle. Magical.
Chrisette’s blush has the same gorgeous shimmer that NARS orgasm does, so I’m guessing it’s NARS. And speaking of NARS orgasm — bellas, I must say there really is something magical about gold-flecked orange blush on brown skin. Apparently the brighter the better — beauty blogger GG points out that crayon orange looks gorgeous on brown skin, and NYX cream blush in Orange is a nearly identical match to NARS Exhibit A for a fraction of the price. In case you were wondering, “Is that NARS orgasm blush worth it?” It’s $25 a pop, but I’d say yes — a little goes a long way, and this color didn’t fade from my face as soon as other blushes have. Also, I was shocked that Orgasm complimented my skin as much as it did, even though I’d read so many reviews that suggested that it is the universally perfect blush. (hat tip to BellaSugar for the Revlon blush-alike).
In this photo, Chrisette’s blush is more of a rose-bronze-berry — I’d guess it’s Sin— berry with gold shimmer. Too much Sin can look muddy, so go light with the application. For a brighter cheek, Valana Minerals’ cheeky plumeria blush is close enough — sheer pink with silvery brown highlights, and very pretty on brown skin.
Celebrity Chrisette’s deep fuschia lip is THE BUSINESS. What a gorgeous color. I’m guessing they used gloss over a lip liner like Make Up For Ever’s aqua lip matte dark raspberry — the lip looks more sheer towards the center. A slightly brown/brick color match is Milani’s Velvet Lips in Divine or Decadent. Cover Girl’s Queen Collection lipstick in Black Currant, slicked over with my beloved fuschia Milani glossy tube gloss would also do nicely. Oh, and by the by — the four winners of Cover Girl’s Every Woman is a Queen contest have been chosen, and they’re featured on the website and in the pages of Ebony magazine. Their stories are inspiring and heartwarming. Congratulations to the winners!
On the autograph-seeking Chrisette, it’s all about the lashes and that pretty, super glossy lip. Big Girl Cosmetics’ peach Diva Gloss definitely would capture that look, and for lashes like that, you’ll need to spring for some dramatic-yet-natural falsies, like the Shu Uemura fiber cross eyelashes. In terms of achieving the look with mascara, I’d also turn to Shu — the Fiber Xtension mascara really is the bomb. If you can afford to splurge on the $75 perfect lash set, go for it. If you can’t afford the set (or Shu Uemura in general), try the Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara. I seriously have been using it every day, and getting raves. Super fab and drugstore cheap.
What’s tying Chrisette’s whole flawless look together? Perfectly plucked eyebrows. Which reminds me, I really need to get mine done. I’m considering trying those Anastasia stencils. Have you bellas tried those yet?
Chrisette is also looking luminous in the new video with The Roots and Wale Rising Up, off The Roots latest album, Rising Down. I’m still on a Vortex tour hangover, so I offer you this in lieu of a Throwback Thursday.
Hope you’re feeling this song and the message as much as I do. How’re you feeling, bellas and fellas? It’s almost the long weekend!
Have you seen any makeup muses recently? Let me know so I can figure out what they might be using to get the look!