Is it too late to make resolutions for the new year? We’re not yet halfway through the month, so we say YES!!! And also, my bad for not posting Meagan Shea’s first post of 2012 earlier! Afrobella’s #1 makeup artist is back with a brand new post full of the kind of beauty advice that will make sure you’re gorgeous every day of the year! Take it away, Meagan Shea!

Now that the new year is here, we’re all refreshed and eager to do new things in the new year. Everyone is starting new diet plans, joining the local gym, organizing and rearranging – January is the time to get your life in order, right? Of course! It’s also the best time to start proper beauty regimens & break those not so awesome habits. Bellas, we must do better this year and take much better care of our skin. I promise to commit, will you?

black woman skincare Photo via Black Girl Cry.


When I hear of women going to sleep without washing a day’s worth of makeup off of their face, it makes my skin crawl. Ladies, c’mon! Think about everything we are putting on our face when we wear makeup. Most makeup contains some form of oil, silicone, dye, talc, mica & so much more! We MUST wash all of that off before we head to sleepytowne. Not washing all of that gunk off of your face means it sits on your face as you sleep, and what doesn’t ruin your bed linens gets absorbed into your pores. This of course leads to breakouts, clogged & enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and premature aging. WHO ENJOYS THAT MESS? My esthetician, Dewaynia Wilson, explained to me that we should wash our face every night before bed, because of the environmental stress put on our skin during the day. On top of things we cannot control (environment), there’s also the makeup we wear. Nighttime is the best time to combat any issues we have as our skin is more receptive to treatment (serums, creams & treatments that are geared toward a specific skincare issue) thanks to our bodies being at rest. If you’re really lazy, the LEAST you could do is keep a SERIOUS stash of makeup remover wipes (SKYN ICELAND WIPES ARE AMAZING!!!) close to your bed – it gets no easier than that! Do your skin a favor and wash off the day – at night. Check out some of my favorite products to remove makeup before bedtime!

Pond’s Cold Cream

Virgin Coconut Oil

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths

Read HERE to learn about the importance of developing a good night time skincare regimen.


Ladies. Oh ladies. This year, let us see the END of the super large, super boxy eyebrows. It’s just not right and it’s definitely not natural. There’s a way to have beautifully shaped, well defined brows without it appearing you have cardboard cut outs above those beautiful eyes of yours. Eyebrows are the key piece of framework to the face, an important part of the foundation of our beauty. I’m not sure where the phenomenon of wearing huge (usually too dark) box shaped eyebrows came from, but if you look around at celebrities, the fashion industry and in some of your favorite magazines – you will NOT find many women with this type of brow. Get your brows waxed or threaded at a salon/spa and have someone create a nice shape for you, or if you feel confident enough in your ability to do so – create your own shape. Once that shape is there, all you need to do is add to it, not create an entirely new brow. Build on what you have, keeping the natural shape of the brow. You can do so with brow powder and/or eyeshadow, a brow pencil, or brow gel (clear or tinted). If you don’t have much brow to work with naturally – they make stencils for that! There is always an option or two. 🙂

M*A*C Cosmetics Eye Brows

Smashbox Brow Tech Trio

M*A*C Cosmetics Brow Set

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Stencils


By now, you all know I’m a fan of facial exfoliation. I talk about it in almost each post, mainly because it’s SO very important. You may be wondering why is this makeup artist constantly dishing about exfoliation. The truth is, if your skin isn’t in good shape it will definitely show through the makeup you wear. Even if you wear it caked on (we’ll talk about this later) bad skin shows through. Exfoliation is such an important part of achieving perfect (whatever that means) skin. By removing dead skin cells you allow your skin to breathe and fresh new cells to generate. When you don’t exfoliate, the dead skin cells just build up and your skin lacks a healthy glow. Not to mention natural oil and sebum that you produce stays trapped in your pores and isn’t allowed to come to the surface and be washed away. HELLO BREAKOUTS!!! There are many ways to exfoliate, here are a few of my faves.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads

Aveda Botanical Kinetics™ Exfoliant

Neutrogena – Microdermabrasion System

SIDE NOTE: Want to try something a little more simple (although the above mentioned methods are rather easy)? Try an “in the kitchen” exfoliant with BAKING SODA & OLIVE OIL!!! It works wonders, leaving the skin feeling super soft, hydrated and virtually polished. Only do this one to two times a week, as it can be intense. 🙂


I will keep this really simple for you beautiful bellas. When you wear eyeshadow, you must blend! Essentially the key with ALL makeup is to blend, blend, blend properly. By blend, I mean remove the seams/lines. Everything should seamlessly flow along the face. Blending is not really difficult, if you practice. You can blend with your fingers, a brush, a sponge, a tissue – whatever floats your boat. It’s easiest with a tapered soft bristled brush or your finger. You want to use a blending brush and where the colors meet using either circular or left to right sweeping motions (think windshield wipers) blend the colors together. Try it, you’ll see it’s not that hard. Here are couple of my favorite blending brushes. When I first learned how to do makeup, I only used my fingers – it was like intense martial arts training for me. Learn with nothing first, then work my way up to tools. Call me Mr. Miyagi. 🙂

M*A*C Cosmetics #224 Brush

Sonia Kashuk Black Small Multi Purpose Cosmetic Brush

SIDE NOTE: For blending anything on the face, you want to use a fluffy brush with soft fibers/bristles that fits the area of the face appropriately. Fluffy brushes are our friends when it comes to blending!


I saved this resolution for last ladies, as I truly believe this is the most important. It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, from oily to dry – we ALL need hydration. Say it with me, “WE ALL NEED HYDRATION!”. Did you say it aloud? 🙂 Moisture is essential for retaining healthy, supple skin. A lot of people believe they have oily skin when actually, their skin is dehydrated from lack of moisture. To quote my dear friend & esthetician, Dewaynia Wilson, ” If there is a lack of moisture from oil, the skin will produce more oil and can cause break-outs. Also, dehydration can happen and then the skin is more susceptible to multiple conditions such as premature aging, sun burn, fine lines, flakiness and longer healing time. ” via the still point blog. If you’re unsure about your skin type, visit a Sephora and have a FREE skin care consultation. Moisturizers can range in price, and don’t have to be complicated. You can use a really simple moisturizer such as, jojoba oil (which is a WONDERFUL moisturizer as it is an oil the closest mimics the natural lipids of the skin) and have a specific treatment product for the issues/concerns you have for your skin. Check out these moisturizers, all $20 and under!

Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer

Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil

Sephora Collection Instant Moisturizer

So beautiful people, I hope this will help us all get our new year underway, ensuring we are doing the best we can to take great care of ourselves in the beauty department. I wish every one of you a FANTASTIC year! If you have used any of these products or try any of these products/methods out, PLEASE let me know! I wanna hear from you guys. Until next time bellas, continue to smile as much as you can!!! 🙂

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Sara says:
January 16, 2012, 7:39 am
Are you saying yes it's too late since its not even half way mark yet, or yes it's ok to still make resolutions? Just wondering
Meagan Sheá says:
January 16, 2012, 8:00 am
We are DEFINITELY saying it's ok to still make resolutions!!! it's never too late to set a goal for ourselves or change our habits for the better!!! :)
Dee says:
January 16, 2012, 9:57 am
Another very important beauty resolution we ladies take for granted is the use of sunscreen DAILY rain or shine. I use it every single day I like La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60. Because despite what people say black does crack and we are not immune to skin cancer.
meagan says:
January 16, 2012, 9:05 pm
Good point Dee! Sunscreen is important. If you take care of your skin, black WON'T crack... That's a FACT!!!
kisha says:
January 17, 2012, 6:22 pm
AMEN SISTA!!! AMEN!! i totally agree on the browz cuz i hate seeing unrealistic lookin browz. i learned how to perfect my browz with anastasia brow wiz and just got around to using MAC expresso eyeshadow as my brow powder. i love it. browz are to be sister's not twins, lol. people ask me all the time about how i do my eyes n etc n i tell em...the trick is in the BLENDING!! my greatest mistakes are easily fixed through the art of blending :) and im only a beginner in makeup. There's not a night that goes by when i DONT wash my face, its so important and i moisturize with amla oil---THE BEST!!! great post and a must read
meagan says:
January 17, 2012, 7:51 pm
Kisha!!! YES YES YES, DARLING!!! you are well on your way to looking young forever!!! I'M ON A MISSION TO LOOK 31 AT 50!!! :oP i started my 31 @ 50 campaign last year. LOL AND I SAY THE SAME THING, "eyebrows are sisters, not twins!" :) SPREAD THE WORD, TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO READ THIS POST. you'd be surprised how many people don't even know about the importance of moisturizer and washing your face every night. YAY FOR YOU BEING SO SAVVY!!! wooooo hooooo!!! :)
Lisalis says:
January 18, 2012, 4:43 pm
This is a great list! I love how you've got products from the grocery store, drug store and high-end store. Plus these things I can actually DO! I can blend! I can moisturize! I can exfoliate! I can! I can! I can! Thanks Meagan Shea!
Tomekia says:
January 18, 2012, 5:33 pm
So are you saying that I can wash my face with the coconut oil??
meagan says:
January 20, 2012, 12:45 am
YOU'RE WELCOME LISA LIS!!! :) blending is really really REALLY important. moisturization is VERY IMPORTANT. exfoliation is SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT!!! you're well on your way to being absolutely fabulous!!!
meagan says:
January 20, 2012, 12:47 am
actually you can, tomekia. however, i was referring to using it for the removal of makeup. you can use it to cleanse your face, though. there are all kinds of articles and forums that discuss using oil as a method for cleansing. lots of women do it. i only do it when removing makeup - but 100% VIRGIN coconut oil has tons of beneficial properties so it can be used to clean the skin... :)
Sherry Blossom says:
January 22, 2012, 10:44 am
I love this and follow ALL religiously....even wearing sunscreen EVERYDAY! Thanks for shedding light on the importance of a great skin care regime and overall look! KUDOS!!!
Smokee Mitchel says:
January 22, 2012, 11:25 am
Meagan, This beauty blog is the best! I love it! The info was expressed with such clarity. You hit on so many fantastic points that I am always expressing to my super model clients. The importance of cleaning your face and makeup off at night, and what it is doing to the inside of the skin. Unfortunately, everything we put on our face goes into our blood stream. You can't imagine how many girls,who have come to the makeup counter, and have makeup on their faces from the night b4. This is gross! Thank you for addressing those boxing eyebrows, This is unnatural, and a little over done. Blending is so important, whether you have natural or dramatic makeup. Loved the importance of skincare. This first and foremost. All of your suggestions for products were great! Your blog is setup beautifully:-) Thank you for time, determination and dedeciation to keeping us updated in the beauty industry. When you look good, you feel good. Beauty is the key to a woman heart and soul. Keep the light! Luv, peace, beauty, fashion,& lipstick Smokee
Renee says:
January 24, 2012, 11:11 am
Great list! I'm already on track with cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. A bit of a newbie to using makeup so will definitely remember to blend, blend, blend!
jennifer o says:
January 27, 2012, 12:34 am
In my country, you actually see more ladies with hairless faces than with boxy brows. And by hairless faces, I mean them using a razor blade or whatever object of choice, and shaving off all their brows then proceeding to use a red, purple or black pencil to draw their brows pointing towards their hairline. I have never understood that and I still don't! Tnx so much for this post. The eyebrow part and cleansing part really get to me. More ladies should read
meagan says:
February 1, 2012, 1:04 am
Thanks Sherry!!! :)
meagan says:
February 1, 2012, 1:07 am
Smokee! Thank you for such beautiful comments. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for more. Skin care is MOST important because if your skin is not taken care of, your makeup will tell that story. Thanks again & thanks so much for reading!!! :)
meagan says:
February 1, 2012, 1:09 am
KUDOS TO YOU RENEE! It seems you're already working with a great canvas to begin wearing makeup. Continue to take good care of your skin. Trust me, in 20 years - your face will tell the story! :) Thank you for ready!
meagan says:
February 1, 2012, 1:11 am
Thank you Jennifer! RED, PURPLE OR BLACK PENCIL TO DRAW IN THEIR BROWS... *GASP* That sounds really scary! If you happen to know anyone who does that - send them the link to this blog! They need a little direction, yes? :)
Charleen says:
February 17, 2012, 10:24 am
I love your list! I decided to take better control of my beauty routine this year, because my routine is lacking! I am going to make sure that I remove my make up nightly and exfoliate! Exfoliation is a biggie for my because my skin goes through the changes in the winter, and lotion just doesn't cut it. A friend suggested Born in Brooklyn Skin Care products, and I've had really good results. I got it from one of those daily deal sites and spent much less than my friend... I told her where to go to restock though... I got my new favorite product the Brown Sugar face and body scrub, and I am trying the after-bath oil and dead sea salt soak and scrub for the first time. So far I'm loving the results. I recommend adding this one to your beauty resolution!
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