Even though I love the effect they give, I have never really bothered to be a faux lashes person mostly because of the process that I can’t seem to grasp. Lucky for me, my lashes are a reasonable size so a good mascara works just fine. I was recently hanging out with one of my girls and she showed me her new mascara that came as a set of two bottles, one with tiny fibers and the other as mascara. The mascara acts as a primer, then the tiny fibers attach onto the mascara forming extensions then the mascara is applied again to seal in the fibers. My biggest fear with lash glue is that it takes out your own lashes so you can imagine how impressed I was with a lash extension system that didn’t need glue.
Too Faced cosmetics has a version of this new beauty trend so I decided to try it out. This stuff is awesome! I was so excited at how much longer my lashes looked…probably double their usual length. The process is the same in terms of priming, attaching fibers then sealing. Could this be the downfall of the lash glue situation? The only down side to this product is that the fibers are so feathery and light and some will prolly enter your eyes as you apply, but the discomfort fades within a few seconds. The only thing about this trend is that you prolly won’t get the various shapes that faux lashes come in. I’m still in a much committed relationship with the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and I add it to give my lashes some volume.
Check a YouTube how to here and my before and after pictures.
You know I love a well-defined pair of cheekbones, so for no reason what so ever would I allow to be left out of this strobing bandwagon. And what is strobing you ask? It’s basically the lazy girls guide to highlighting. Highlighters and illuminating products are commonly applied where light should hit your face…cheekbones, brow bones, forehead center, down the nose and your chin.
My first challenge was to find the perfect highlight shade to fit my skin tone. I was looking for something with a gold shade. Believe me it’s not that many of them. A lot of highlighters look silver, or bronze. I have owned the Benefit cosmetics Watts Up highlighter for a while and was using that in the meantime while I searched for my perfect shade. It works fine but I’m sort of specific with my makeup.
I was snooping around Sephora when I saw the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed – Champagne Pop highlighter, and even if I had little hope cos it looked pale gold, I tried an arm swatch anyway. I was so blown away…perfection! So I start looking for the boxed packaging to buy and…SOLD OUT! 3 Sephora stores I visited…all sold out! Luckily these cruel make up hunters hadn’t yet invaded the online stock so I was able to buy one off the website. The stores just recently restocked, but it’s a limited edition product soooo if you’re interested, now’s the time.
The thing with strobing that I am coming to learn is that it takes a little time to perfect. Even I’m not where I want to be. I’m still trying out a bunch of brushes to know which works best and to find the perfect part of my face to highlight effortlessly.
You can see me try strobing out on my snapchat feed (@FabsCulture…mostly on the weekends).
Check out a few pics from my current tries.
Hiiiiiii so in case you didn’t notice, I’m back. I had to take a couple days off “forced vacay” (aka pharmacy school demands) but that’s over…at least for now.
Let’s face it. Not all of us are that talented at applying makeup and furthermore, who wants to spend so much money buying so many products most of which you won’t even use that often, not to mention finding the time and patience to apply them. So I, a fellow “on the run, career chasing, never been a morning person, but likes to look on point 95% of the time” collegue, took it upon myself to help you, my comrades learn how you can look fabulous in 5 minutes.
Face contouring is a top makeup trend right now. So believe me or not I have spent a lot of this past week trying to figure out a nice simple way to show you guys how to do a simple contouring that doesn’t involve 10 million products like you see on most youtube videos. Usually I dedicate 10-20 minutes of my school morning to hair and makeup depending on how much I plan on killing that day lol.
Now let me say this, like all trials especially for beginners, you might not get this the first time. However, a little practice and the right tools will get you to the top in no time. You ready?
Okay, so start by putting your normal skin liquid foundation all over your face. Please don’t cake it on, please. You will look ridiculous. Light application with a stippling brush or kabuki brush of medium size (mind you, this is after fixing your eyebrows and eye shadow).
Next, using a dump wedge blender or whatever concealer blender you have (I discourage brushes cos they tempt you to cake and can leave streaks), pat it on your concealer then lightly pat it in the under eye area on your face so it can look like this. Blend it into your foundation using the brush you used for foundation but don’t add anything to it. Some people (the more advanced ones) put some of the concealer on their T-Zone and chin. But like I said, if you only got 5 minutes to do this and you need to pick the most important part of your face to highlight, pick your undereye section.
Tip: use a concealer that is 1 or 2 shades lighter than your skin shade to create the highlighting effect. A simpler option is to buy a contouring kit that has the highlighters and darker shades and shimmer stuff. My favorite is the coverfx contour kit in N Deep. It has that dark shade which is darker than my skin tone and not so many makeup brands go that dark. I use 1 or 3 to highlight under my eyes, 4 to contour my cheekbone area and 2 to enhance the highlighting on my cheeks (sort of like a bronzer).
Oh, and here’s a picture of the blending wedge I used. Don’t forget to lightly dump it before use.
Then using a concealer brush or thin face brush, mark under your cheekbones with the darker shade, and then carefully blend the end towards your cheeks (not your jaw) like I have done.
Add blush where your contouring and highlighter meet. Again, go easy, red cheeks have never been cute. Pat it on so it won’t go on so strongly.
Lastly, set your look with a setting powder of your choice and some lipstick. I’m #teamMatte so I use the cover fx matte setting powder in deep.
ps. This is usually the part where people use Ben Nye powder. Yea, I’m slowly deviating from it because it has phthalates and parabens which are not good for skin. CoverFX products on the other hand help you get better skin. No they are not paying me to tell you this lol.
This is my finished look.
Do you love my earrings…me too! Got them from Aldo.
Hope this helps, maybe a follow up video will come one day, who knows. Special thanks to my iPhone 6 Plus, for attempting to make these pictures look professional.
Have an awesome weekend,
Love and love…Buba
I started this blog as a poetry blog, but my love for makeup is what inspired me to venture out more and try posting about other things I love. I’m a sucker for trying out new stuff and good beauty products tops that list. Today’s 6 Things installment features my new Cover FX contour palette amongst other high end beauty favs. Let’s dig in, shall we?
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
One of my au naturale friends told me about this castor oil and how it helps grow your hair. I did some research and indeed there’s some buzz going on about it. Right now my hair is braided, so I will report the results when I take down these braidies. But for now, I can tell you that it smells gorgeous.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This is an eye shadow primer that lasts longer than the average primer because its silicone based. You know how after a long day, your eye shadow is oily and has collected in the creases of your lids, yea, use this and all that will be history. Not only will your eye shadow look fresh all day, applying it over this primer will make it pop more, meaning if your eye shadow is baby pink, it will look baby pink, not purple-ish.
Marc Jacobs Gel Eyeliner Crayon
You know what I love the most about this eyeliner, it’s the fact that it’s retractable, no so sharpeners needed. Of course it’s a great eye liner…its Marc Jacobs. It’s the liner I am using in the picture. I gotta admit though, there’s a lot of liners that can do what it does. Consider this a “spoil myself” kind of collection.
Cover FX Contour Kit
Do you know how hard it is to find a contour palette that caters to darker skin tones, especially with these high quality brands? I was actually looking at a sample of a Make Up Forever palette and was so amazed at the fact that they had the dark brown tone, you know, the one that you use right under your cheekbones. The darkest color on the palette is how you know the palette is for you because it has to be darker than your skin tone. Unfortunately the store had “unsurprisingly” run out, and the sales girl pointed out that Cover FX had a similar palette. Okay, first of all I did not believe her because she’s Caucasian, what does she know about darker tones. Most times they tell you there’s a palette for darker tones and you try it out only to realize the darkest shade is even lighter than your skin. Well I was wrong, this chica knew what she was talking about and when I saw the kit, I was balling out not only because the darkest shade was clearly darker than my shade, it was Cover FX people! Now if you’re wondering, Cover FX is one of those make up brands that don’t have harsh chemicals and oils, and improves your skin over time.
I love how it works so far, check out the picture of how I contoured my face using this palette. I mix 1 and 3 under my eye to get the perfect shade, 4 under my cheekbones and 2 as a bronzer/highlighter cos it has a shimmer. Also, I use Ben Nye powders to set my under eye concealer, and Ben Nye has parabens and talc which can irritate sensitive skin, so I feel more confident using the Ben Nye cos I know I have a good concealer under it which is protecting my skin from (what could be) Ben Nye’s harsh effects. Now that NARS has stopped making matte foundations, I can already tell this brand and I are going to be besties.
Calvin Klein One Mascara
Lots of mascaras that give volume are also hard to remove. So when I’m in no mood to suffer at the end of the day, this is my go to. It’s light so it gets off easy. This was given to me as a birthday gift by a friend. It’s not something I would buy but who doesn’t love a Calvin Klein Mascara.
Benefit They’re Real, Push-Up Liner
I should love this, but im still figuring out how to use it. I love how dark it is. Apparently, application is supposed to be easier, especially with the cat eye, but mehn…this stuff needs skill. Maybe I haven’t gotten the hang of it cos I don’t use it daily. Blame that on the winter, I’m so lazy to beat face in the winter.
If you guys are using some of these products let me know who they’re working for you.
Ps. Im seeing the love in those daily subscription notifications, thank you,
Love and love…Buba
I just love it when people ask me about beauty products. I feel like some type of specialist who knows all the good stuff. Truth is I am always looking out for the good stuff…serious FOMO when it comes to cosmetics I tell you. These are 6 of my new favorite finds from Sephora. If you follow my Instagram, chances are you’ve prolly seen me rock the lipsticks and blush….
Meet Ginah, a graduate student at University of Houston’s School of Law. Make-up artist Samantha decided to go for the red lip using MAC Riri Woo. Look out for the chat with Samantha for some make up tips and what she used to achieve Ginah’s Look.
Hey guys, this is how you can get spotlight ready brows in less than five minutes.
1. You will need the Anastasia Deep Brow Pomade (best I’ve used, the shade I use is Ebony because I have have darker skin tone), concealer and a brow brush.
2. Get your eyebrows professionally shaped so that when you’re applying the pomade you can simply use the brush to line out your eyebrows and make them thicker if you like. If you have no eyebrows altogether, check out this simple trick for figuring out eyebrow dimensions.
3. Finally, correct any crooked lines with the concealer. If you want your eyebrows to pop more, use a concealer that is just one shade lighter than your skin tone and blend it into the rest of your foundation when applying the rest of your make up.
p.s. First try might not be exactly what you want but as you do it more, you will get better and faster…Good Luck.
Hi, I’ve been M.I.A …I know…I know, finals are here and you know how that goes. So, my niece, (Hi Anita) sent me the cutest message…”You look amazing, really amazing (meaning my Instagram selfies), what do you use? Could you do a tutorial, or that would be too much work?”
Confession…I have wanted to do make up tutorials for the longest time, but I kept holding back firstly, because I am not a professional make-up artist and secondly, I still haven’t figured out a proper way to set up my camera to do make-up tutorials. I’m working on the camera thing though, actually I got a camcorder this week, so yep…very soon.
I have decided to get more frequent with makeup posts mainly because I get plenty of compliments and one I hear quite often is that my skills are appreciated, cos my look still appears natural. That’s usually what I’m going for. Lots of people want that look too, although they don’t know how. So since that’s what I’m good at, that’s what my posts are going to be focused on…Simple, Easy to do make up!
I recently did a shoot with my friend Mariam for her graduation shots and she asked me to do her make up too. Once we were done, she smiled in the mirror and told me the magic words, “It looks nice and natural.” I live for the word natural every time I touch a brush and foundation. I don’t mind over done, but I wouldn’t opt for it. See why and my top 10 make-up tips below.
Fix your skin
This is the first and a very important tip. I can’t say this enough!!! Good make up starts with good skin. If your skin is not well taken care of and you have acne, or lots of black heads, your make up will not look flawless or even worse, the makeup could irritate your skin further. Stick to natural products that have no sulfates, parabens or phthalates. Origins and Juice beauty are some of the leading brands with natural products that don’t have harsh chemicals. Check out my posts on How I Clean My Face and The Importance of Clean Skin for details.
Make up takes time
Putting on make-up is an art. No really, you are literally coloring your face. So it’s important to be patient and also know that you can’t get really good at it overnight. I got serious about wearing make-up four years ago and yet, I still feel like I’m learning something new every once in a while. The more you put make up on, the easier it seems and the faster you can get it done. I can tell you that in January, it would take me a whole 5 minutes to get my eyebrows filled. It’s now December and not only have I learned how to tweeze my own brows, I can fill them in under a minute. So be patient, you get better and faster with time.
Finding the right shade takes time
Finding the right shade of foundation or powder is not easy at all. I feel like every human is inclined to M.A.C because of their variety that caters to so many skin tones, until you take off that blind fold, only to question how you ever gave them a chance. I first got off the M.A.C bandwagon when I started investing in natural chemical products for my face. Truth is M.A.C foundations are not what you might think they are, but that’s a story for another post. A lot of sales girls in stores, are just trying to sell you stuff, so you can’t trust them either. My best advice would be to go to Sephora. Ask for that machine that calculates your skin tone, then recommends the best foundation options. That will help you figure out what tone of foundation you need, whether its red, yellow or pink based and then you can either take what it recommends or try similar tones from other brands to find your perfect match. It took me months to find the perfect match however when I finally did, it was love at first sight and I have never turned back…NARSissist For Life!!! If your not close to a Sephora ask a makeup junkie who’s skin tone is similar to yours what they use and then try different brands around that shade to find your perfect match. My Favorite foundation Brands are NARS and Bare Minerals. Stay posted on the site for the story of my foundation journey.
Instant under eye brightener. Whether you had 20 shots last night, or your dark eye circles just won’t go away, concealer is a life saver. It instantly makes you look brighter and more awake. Some people go all out on concealer and are literally white under their eyes. For the most natural concealer look, use one that is one shade lighter than your foundation. You may not even notice that there’s a difference, but when you look back at your pictures, you will notice that your look is well blended and flawless.
Lip liner makes all the difference when it comes to lipstick blending into your skin tone. One of my make up besties, Samantha (check out the tutorial I filmed her doing here) once told me that you could wear any lipstick if you had the proper lip liner and I did not believe her. I later found out she was right. Lip liners give your lips more shape, help keep your lipstick from bleeding and make your lips appear fuller.
Blush is the one product that will turn your look from great to fabulous! It gives your make up life, and your face shape. Just look at the “before and after” blush look below. I’m yet to find my ideal blush, but for now, I’m dealing with M.A.C Fever.
If you’re like me, and your eyebrow hairs are very thin, you would rather be late for a test than show up without filled eyebrows (just kidding, but you get it). Visible eyebrows are very important to your face in general as they shape your eyes and face. I’m obsessed with the dipbrow pomade from Anastasia.
Caked make up is so yesterday. Make up comes in different formulations, of sheer, medium and full coverage. If you wear powder on top of your foundation, I would highly recommend using sheer products so that when you put them on together, it would give you a look that is medium to full coverage. If you like full coverage foundations, a little goes a long way. A lot of times people that do the caking are going for a look that is very different from their real selves or are trying to hide bad skin. Again, fix your skin.
Eye shadow primer
There’s primer for everything these days. I’m not too big on primer for an everyday look. I save it for long eventful days. The one primer I would definitely recommend for daily use would be eye shadow primer. Too Faced Shadow Insurance works wonders. I put it under my eye lids before applying my eye shadow. Not only does the shadow go on smoothly, it sticks nicely and lasts all damn day, without creasing.
Keep it simple
The best make up tip I could give is to keep it simple and classy. Simple doesn’t have to be plain, Simple can be a red lip or winged liner. You just have to balance and moderate how much you apply in order to keep it classy. Remember, If your “before and after” are unrecognizable, you’re probably doing too much. Make up should accentuate, not change your features. This the beginning of a very exciting journey with me. Hold tight…