Beauty Tip: Finding the right shade of Foundation


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With so many brands of foundations on the market it can be difficult to select the right shade and formula for your skin type.

Use these tips to help you on your next purchase.


Find out what your skin type is. Is it oily, dry or combination???

If you have oily skin, use a powder foundation or an oil free liquid foundation.

For dry skin use a liquid or cream stick foundation.

For combination skin use a powder foundation or a tinted moisturizer.

Test the selected product out by applying to your jawline or for sealed packages hold close to your jaw line. Make sure it is the right color by looking at it in natural daylight. The correct foundation is the one that seamlessly blends into your skin.


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If you buy a foundation that may be a bit lighter or darker, no worries, you can keep these for highlighting and contouring. Many drug stores and cosmetic counters have great beauty return policies so if its not the right color you can return it with no hassle.


Beauty Tip: No Mess with my Smokey Eye


Our question this week comes from Tasha in Ft. Washington, MD

Hey lady, I was having some makeup issues and I thought I would ask the best makeup artist I know. How do I keep from getting the dark shadow under my eye when going for the smokey look.

– Tasha

    Hey Tasha,

    The easiest way is to just do your eye makeup before applying your foundation base. This way you can clean up any fallen shadow using either makeup removal wipes or q-tips before actually applying your foundation or concealer. If you prefer to do foundation first, you should add a loose translucent powder under your eye to catch the eyeshadow that falls. Once your smokey eye is complete use a fan brush to sweep away the translucent powder from under your eyes.

    Other Smokey eye tips:

    -Tap excess shadow off of the brush before applying to the eye

    -Dampen your eyeshadow brush to get a more concentrated color

    -Use a silicon based primer to give the eyeshadow something to hold on too

    -Remember Smokey isn’t a color its an eyeshadow effect that can be achieved with all colors

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NYX Cosmetics: Matte Lipstick – Sweet Pink


Oh Matte lipstick Heaven!!!!! I’m too excited about the new NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick line. The colors are amazeballs so I had to pick up a few. Sweet Pink, Shocking Pink, Audrey and Whipped Caviar.


The texture was so smooth and creamy but still provided a Matte finish. Most Matte lipsticks tend to peel and crack as the day goes on, so I usually have to apply a lip conditioner base to ease the application. But not with this line.


I wore Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick with Hot Pink Liner all by NYX Cosmetics this weekend and it lasted all day with only one touch up and no peeling at all. I love NYX Cosmetics, it is a staple in my kit. I will be getting all the colors to build a new Matte Palette for my clients. Stay tuned!

Beauty Tip: Is your skin ready for Spring?


Spring is approaching and I want to make sure that you all are protecting your
skin by using moisturizing products that contain SPF15. If you are a brown girl
the good thing is that the melanin in our skin helps to protect from the
damaging sun rays but not all.

Although the melanin protects your skin from the damaging
sun rays it also limits the amount of vitamin D your skin absorbs. So be sure to
have your doctor check your vitamin D levels and also add a daily vitamin d
supplement To your diet.

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Grooming Tips for Men: Dry Lips and Razor Bumps

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#1 after shaving or a getting a haircut apply Neosporin gel to your hair line,
beard and mustache to prevent razor bumps.

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Tip #2 if you have a Rick Ross beard going on make sure the hair is
moisturized. While on the shower apply conditioner to your beard to keep it soft

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Tip #3 if you wear dreads, tell your loctician NOT to interlock your hair.
Interlocking forms knots which actually weakens your dreads and can cause
breakage in the long run.

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Tip #4 No one wants to kiss dry rough lips. So while brushing your teeth,
exfoliate your lips using your toothbrush.

NYFW Spring 2013 Beauty Trend


The Mercedes Benz New York fashion week has wrapped up another exciting season with looks from designers such as Zac Posen Calvin Klein and Vera Wang. One things for sure the deep berry lip and side part were most prominent on the runway. 

Whether it be a smooth ponytail, big curls or sleek waves, add a deep side part to maximize the look. 


As for those berry lips try out Black Brandy or Wild Thing, which are two gorgeous luxury moisturizing lipsticks by Iman Cosmetics.

IMAN Cosmetics Wild Thing
IMAN Cosmetics Wild Thing

Beauty Tip: Dry Winter Hair

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A couple of my girls have been complaining about their hair feeling extremely dry during the winter. During these cold months your hair struggles to maintain its natural moisture. It becomes prone to split ends and breakage especially if you chemically treat your hair with color or relaxers. 

Here’s another natural tip straight out of your kitchen that will help you add that softness and sheen back in to your hair.

After washing your hair, apply extra virgin olive oil from the roots to the ends. Cover it with a hot towel or plastic cap and keep it on for about 15-20 min. If possible, after rinsing let your hair air dry.

Hear this tip and previous tips from me on The Rush!!