Tia Dantzler is more than just one of my favorite makeup artists, she’s one of my favorite PEOPLE, period. There’s a reason so many celebrities ask for her by name.

Tia Dantzler celebrity makeup artist

Tia is professional and polite, but oh so down to earth, genuine, funny and sweet. She’s just great to be around. If you read her blog or follow her on Twitter you can probably get that vibe


Mrs. Dantzler is a busy, busy bee – and so am I! So we don’t get to see each other often. Whenever we do there’s lots of hugging and happiness, and it always ends with me telling her TIA, we need to do something special on Afrobella.com! And finally, so said, so done. Here for your reading pleasure, are the top makeup tips for fall, coming from an amazing makeup artist who truly specializes in women all shades of beautiful. Take it away, Tia!

So this season it’s all about the structured eyebrows, jewel tones, metallic makeup, and definitely mixing up textures. The skin is breathable and flawless.

I’m loving the smokey eye using gunmetal grey instead of the typical black. When using the grey on the lid the only thing black should be well defined eyelashes to really give your eyes some pop.

One technique I favor is using contrasting colors on the lids, which adds to the drama effect. Instead of using black in the crease try using navy, green or a deep purple. Sweep a lighter contrasting shade in the inner corner of your eye and also under your lower lashes to really open up your eyes. Try using a eye kohl liner tightly under the lower lashes and with a small brush smudge, blend for a soft smokey effect. Apply two coats of your favorite mascara to finish off your look.

I absolute love using two lipsticks or lipstick/lipgloss combination for a subtle contour without using a lipliner. Try using the darker shade around the periphery — it adds dimension while using a slightly softer tone in the center highlights the lip. This look gives the appearance of juicier lips. Make sure these two shades are in the same family to pull it off.

Brows are fuller and more defined this season. To beef up brows, use an angle brush and brow powder a shade or two darker than your skin tone to really define the arch. Make sure to set with a clear brow gel or for unruly brows, mist hairspray on a disposable spoolie brush to control the hairs.

Thanks for getting us all ready for fall, Tia! Love ya!!

See anything you like? Let a bella know! Which look are you most likely to try?

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SanTara says:
September 13, 2011, 4:28 pm
Yay!! I love Tia! Thanx for the wonderful tips ladies.
Ava says:
September 13, 2011, 6:45 pm
Thanks for posting this. I'll definitely try metallic makeup, and deep purple in the crease with contrasting color in the inner corner and under the lower lashes. Love purple!
ChocolateOrchid says:
September 13, 2011, 8:15 pm
Thanks for the tips! I love color on my lids so I'll definitely play with her suggested combo's.
kisha says:
September 13, 2011, 11:57 pm
i knew it...i knew it...i knew it!!! metallics are SOOOO in for the fall. purple/violets, greens and golds ;) also those royal blues but thats for night time, eek!! im thinking Nars eyeshadow in "Daphne" and of course u cant go wrong w/all my purple life lips!
Miss Coco J says:
September 14, 2011, 3:38 am
Really excited about brows for the fall. I've been a fan when full brows weren't in.
LocalCeleb says:
September 14, 2011, 8:19 am
Metallics give just that extra touch that's needed, love it and look forward to the fall.