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It’s Spring Again!!!

 

Spring is OFFICIALLY here, and I am OFFICIALLY happy! The sun will be shining, there’ll be a nice crisp breeze, flowers will be blooming galore and beautfiul colors will be everywhere! To lovers of makeup, that means, it’s time to go shopping for or look in our stash for the hot colors of the season. Everybody jump up and get excited! No more snow!

At the top of every season I go out & purchase magazines that review collections for the season, as a makeup artist I gain inspiration from designers choices of color, pattern and texture. It also gives me an idea of what will be hot that season. After doing some research & catching up on the runway shows for S/S 2011, from last Fall, I noticed a few trends. Here are the trends including product suggestions for you to try!

Trend #1: Purple Eyeshadow
Purple looks great on warmer skin tones! Experiment with different shades, from lilac to violet, plum to royal purple and my fave for a smokey eye – eggplant!

photo courtesy of Essence Online
Product Suggestion: Make Up For Ever’s EyeShadow #92 (left) – $19
Product Suggestion: MAC Grape Pigment (right) – $19.50

Trend #2: Bold Fuchsia Lipstick
This trend takes me back to the 80’s when my Mom would wear her Wet & Wild fuchsia lipstick. I love to wear it, and in my opinion it looks best on women of color. When the warmth of our skin meets that bold pinkish/purple – it’s like a beautiful color combo explosion!

photo courtesy of Getty Images

Product Suggestion: Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artiste Intense #36 – $19
Product Suggestion: MAC Lickable – $14.50

Trend #3: Coral Blush
This trend is tricky – simply because oftentimes brands don’t have a coral deep enough or warm enough for our deeper skin tones. This is where you MAY have to get creative. If you can’t find a coral blush deep enough – USE AN EYESHADOW!!! For the past two years I’ve used a NARS eyeshadow (Emanuelle) as my blush. True beauty is all about thinking OUTSIDE of the box!

The color to the right is more orange for women with a deeper complexion. For my complexion, I’d like to blend the two color together for a PERFECT coral blush!

Product Suggestion: Illamasqua Cream Blush in RUDE (left) – $24
Product Suggestion: Illamasqua Cream Blush in LIBIDO (right) – $24

SIDE NOTE: With deeper complexions and this trend I recommend using a CREAM BLUSH instead of a powder to avoid an ashy look on the cheeks. The cream will blend into the skin more, not to mention cream blush is really hot this season!!!

Trend #4: Gold/Bronze Metallic Smokey Eye
Can you say HAUTE! This look is simply gorgeous on EVERY AND ANYBODY. It can be played up and made dramatic, or kept simple and elegant. The colors are so soft it works either way.

photos courtesy of Essence Online

Product Suggestion: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Baked – $17
Product Suggestion: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in SMOG – $17
Product Suggestion: NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Savage – $23
Product Suggestion: NARS Eyeshadow in Galapagos – $23
(product suggestions listed from left to right)

SIDE NOTE: If you want a really smokey eye remember to line your upper lash line with a black eyeliner or a cream black eyeshadow, smudge upward and then put the color used for an accent over the black cream and blend up above the crease in the eyelid.

Ladies, go out and paint those faces with this beautiful array of Spring colors! Don’t be afraid to try something new. Remember, it’s okay to try fun, new things! It’s only makeup, it’ll wash off! :o

Peace, Love & Paint.



Like this article? Read the full story:   Spring Makeup Tips from Afrobella’s Makeup Expert, Meagan Sheá | Afrobella http://www.afrobella.com/2011/03/30/spring-makeup-tips-from-afrobellas-makeup-expert-meagan-shea/#ixzz1IDcXMceg

Liya is gorgeous… Definitely a trailblazer!!!

amilcarslife:

Liya Kebede of Ethiopia.
Liya Kebede became the first black model to be the face of Estée Lauder and has been featured on the cover of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, in ad campaigns for Givenchy, YSL, Luis Vuitton, H&M and The Gap, to name a few.
In 2009, Forbes ranked Liya Kebede as the 11th highest earning supermodel in the world, having earned $2.5 million dollars in 12 months.
But Liya does more than make alot of money and define beauty, she is also a mother of two and Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She is also the founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation a movement dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality in developing countries.

Liya is gorgeous… Definitely a trailblazer!!!

amilcarslife:

Liya Kebede of Ethiopia.

Liya Kebede became the first black model to be the face of Estée Lauder and has been featured on the cover of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, in ad campaigns for Givenchy, YSL, Luis Vuitton, H&M and The Gap, to name a few.

In 2009, Forbes ranked Liya Kebede as the 11th highest earning supermodel in the world, having earned $2.5 million dollars in 12 months.

But Liya does more than make alot of money and define beauty, she is also a mother of two and Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She is also the founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation a movement dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality in developing countries.

(Source: fyeahblackhistory)

vintageblackglamour:

Hazel Scott with flowers and espadrilles. 

vintageblackglamour:

Hazel Scott with flowers and espadrilles. 

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tonyveloz:

Preview of a new beauty story coming soon.© Tony Veloz

tonyveloz:

Preview of a new beauty story coming soon.
© Tony Veloz

Here’s a sneak peak of a shoot I recently did with my good friend & AMAZING photographer, Tony Veloz… It was awesome & so much fun (as usual)… Enjoy & I can’t WAIT to show you guys the images…  stay tuned!

- m.

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i love katy perry.  i like her energy. her music. her look. 

this is not katy’s signature look, however when i saw this picture i thought it was quite amazing.  not all pink hair & bubble gum-ish OR dita von teese-ish, but more of an actual beauty shot. she looks like an actual model. me likey.
i PREFER her soft wavy hair & red lipstick look the best (you know that whole dita von teese thing), but this works for her.
she’s kinda refreshing. i can’t lie i like her!  

i love katy perry.  i like her energy. her music. her look. 

this is not katy’s signature look, however when i saw this picture i thought it was quite amazing.  not all pink hair & bubble gum-ish OR dita von teese-ish, but more of an actual beauty shot. she looks like an actual model. me likey.

i PREFER her soft wavy hair & red lipstick look the best (you know that whole dita von teese thing), but this works for her.

she’s kinda refreshing. i can’t lie i like her!  

Our moon would be a giant dark rock if it didn’t reflect the light of the Sun. Position is everything. Play yours.

i love chaka… another muse of mine.  SUPER GORGEOUS!!!

i love chaka… another muse of mine.  SUPER GORGEOUS!!!

this woman is my muse. :o) i love her & i wish she were still alive, i would LOVE to do her makeup. 

i miss you ms. phyllis!!!

harlemink:

“In A Sentimental Mood” Phyllis Hyman (live)

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Finally, a facial scrub I can use!!!

I have never been able to use facial scrubs with granules.  I’ve tried MANY MANY brands & different types.  Creamy scrubs, scrubs with walnut shells, gel based scrubs, scrubs with the little beads that burst on your skin - none of them seem to work.  They always break me out and I get cystic pimples, can you say “MUY MAL!”?  So now you understand why I steer clear away from them, right?

My love for LUSH products is NO secret, but when my favorite LUSH sales associate (Miriam in Georgetown) suggested I try Ocean Salt I looked at her like she was LOCO IN HER CABESA!!! (sidebar:  excuse my random spanish, I grew up in LA & this is what I do from time to time)  She proceeded to tell me how great it is and blah blah blah - don’t get me wrong she did a FANTASTIC job of selling it to me, I just wasn’t trying to hear it.  

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http://www.lushusa.com 

Then Miriam pulled out the big guns, the product demo on the hands!!! She had me (and my sister from another mister, Suzie - who is my monthly LUSH shopping partner) scrub one had with Ocean Salt & the other with just cleanser.  The results were impressive!  The hand I scrubbed with Ocean Salt was much brighter, looked healthier and even had a bit of a glow - NOT TO MENTION IT WAS SO SOFT.  The best part was that the salt dissolved as I scrubbed my hand and it didn’t hurt.  I WAS SOLD!!!

I agreed to buy it & split it with Suzie.  Miriam mixed it up for me (you have to mix it up prior to use as the salt is on top of the product to avoid it dissolving) and put some in a separate container for Suzie.  When I got home I washed my face with my normal cream cleanser then followed up with Ocean Salt.  I LOVED IT!  I’m so sold that when Suzie and I went back for our March date to visit Miriam, I BOUGHT ANOTHER JAR!!! 


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Ocean Salt has coconut fats and avocado that are both GREAT suppliers of moisture for the skin.  It also contains lime juice, vodka (YES, VODKA, HOWEVER PLEASE DON’T INGEST THE STUFF! LOL) and sea salt, which will help with clarification of the skin as well as healing.


                   Courtesy of www.mylipsbutbetter.com

http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/face/cleansers/ocean-salt 

So, do yourself a favor and IMMEDIATELY get yourself some Ocean Salt, follow the directions for usage to a TEE (use it on a damp face, following cleansing- I do it whilst I’m in the shower) and enjoy enjoy enjoy.  I have one word to describe LUSH and Ocean Salt *wait for it… wait for it…* WINNING!!!

If - no WHEN you try it out let me know what you think. :o)

- m. 

xoxoxo

P.S. - If you live in the DMV area, go visit the Georgetown LUSH store and ask for Miriam, she’s AWESOME & a great sales rep for the company!!!  Tell her Meagan sent you (she won’t know who that is, I’ll remind her next month). LOL



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