Choosing the Right Red Lipstick

Red lipstick is one of the most glamorous shades a woman can wear.  The right shade of red can brighten a face, while the wrong red could overpower a makeup look and make one look gaudy. With the different skin tone and undertones in women, the right shade of red can depend on a number of factors, even the color of clothing.

When choosing a red for my clients, here are the rules I go by:

    • Pale/fair and light olive skin tends to look better in cool reds, berry reds like cranberry, with blue undertones.
    • Medium skin tones look great in brownish-reds.
    • Olive skin looks best in yellow or orange-based reds.
    • Dark skin can handle more intense color, like deep reds and reds with blue undertones. Fabulous wines, berries and brick reds look great.
    • You don’t have to toss a red that is too bright or too dark. A too light red can be deepened with a brown or wine-colored shade. You can give a dull or too dark red a little pizzazz with a pop of gold gloss or lighten dark red with pink or beige.
    • Also note that a lipstick’s texture, cream, matte or gloss, could have an effect on the way the shade looks on your lips.
    • If you still feel red lipstick is too bright for you, you can ease into red with a sheer lip gloss or try a lip stain to gradually add color.

How to Wear Red Lipstick

    • It’s best to pair bold red lips with minimal eye makeup. Keep the eye shadow soft or neutral with groomed eyebrows, precisely lined eyes and mascara.
    • A bold lip color needs smooth lips. Regularly exfoliate the lips to prevent flaking and to keep the lips moisturized.
    • Use a lip primer before applying color.

Lupita’s beautiful skin and flawless makeup

Lupita's beautiful skin and flawless makeup

Congratulations Lupita Nyong’o on your oscar win!
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o

I hope young dark skinned girls who feel insecure about their dark skin can find some inspiration in Lupita and change the negative views they have of themselves. It’s true that women who look like her are not always portrayed in the media mainly because they are not deemed as being beautiful. She has proven quite the contrary. Not only is she beautiful – she is refreshing, smart, and classy.  It is my job as a mother to set good examples for my daughter, help shape a healthy self-image and be a role model for her to the best of my ability. I also understand the media influences our children’s image of self to a degree. I am so grateful that there are young ladies like Lupita Nyong’o, Alek Wek, Janelle Monae who seem to be comfortable in their skin. I certainly don’t mind my teenage daughter looking up to them.

Tips On Color Correcting Concealers

MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct, an innovative new line of colour correcting creams and powders that enhance and perfect your skin tone will be launching this Spring on counters. The most exciting thing about Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct products is you decide how you use them. Here are some tips from MAC on how to use the products:
Concerned with redness?
Try the golden tint of Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 in Neutralize which will help to even out the redness in your skin.

Looking to improve skin tone?
Try the peach tint of Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose in Recharge to add radiant warmth to your skin. Use on dark to deep skin tones for a natural, satin-finish texture.

Want to brighten up your skin?
Try the lavender tint of Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact in Illuminate to highlight and accentuate your overall skin tone. It also neutralizes yellow tones found naturally under the eyes.

Looking to perfect your complexion?
Try the beige tint of Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 in Adjust as a one step primer + concealer for fair to medium skin.


Girl Next Door Spring Look

Girl Next Door Spring Look

So Spring is not officially here yet, but I’m wishing it here in light of the bad weather we are experiencing lately. So, here are the products used to get this look:

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation mixed with NARS Illuminator in Super Orgasm; Femme Couture Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner in Expresso used to define brows with angled brush and set with MAC Brow set in Clear; Eyes primed with Maybeline 24 Hour Color Tattoo and blended with MAC Pressed Pigment in Deeply Dashing; on cheeks is MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Stubborn; face contoured with Sculpting Powder Pro Palette in Definitive; MAC Girl About Town mixed with Midimauve on lips.

Makeup Brushes with Description


Ever wonder what difference it makes which makeup brush you use for what? The brush you use has a lot to do with the final look of your makeup application. Many of you have asked me about the different makeup brushes and their functions. Here is a brief description of the basic makeup brushes out there (from left to right).

  1. Small Angle: Create precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder liners.
  2. Medium Angled Shading: Soft application of color. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.
  3. Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage.
  4. Pencil: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.
  5. Large Angled Contour: Subtle cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.
  6. Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
  7. Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products.
  8. Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
  9. Concealer Brush: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.
  10. Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.
  11. Eye Shading: Even application of color. Place color across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product.
  12. Eye Liner: Create smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners.

Some of my favorite brushes include:

Real Technique brushes, and they can be found at Ulta and at Target. I also like the Advanced Airbrush Set at Sephora.

Here’s to being effortlessly beautiful. 🙂

Hot Makeup Trends For Spring 2014


All makeup and beauty enthusiasts are buzzing about what the latest makeup trends are for the new Spring season, and ears were to the ground at the 2014 spring Fashion Week. Here are some of the trends spotted on the models during Fashion Week:  

  • Ethereal White Eyeshadow with Liner – White eye makeup trend has been spotted all over the place, but very few people can pull this off. I always blend white eyeshadow with a neutral brown to give my lids a dewy freshness. You can layer All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Pink Shimmer and Eye Shadow in Opal. Create a cool cat eye with white shadow rimmed on inner corners of eyes, and liner across the lids on top.
  • Gilded Lids – Smudge some Le Crayon Khol in Black Coffee into creases and line the top lashes with a liquid liner in black. Then give the lids a wash of brown eyeshadow and top with actual loose gold glitter for a stunning metallic effect. Try a metallic pigment to pull this off, like MAC Pressed Pigment in Damson.

Want more? Register for the Beauty Beat Makeup Masterclass where we will cover and demostrate these and other makeup trends for Spring 2014. Now go on and be effortlessly beautiful.

How To Make Sparkly Makeup Work During The Day


Go light on the eyeliner
When using shimmery shadow, there’s no need to use heavy eyeliner. Instead, apply a thin precise layer of eyeliner to your lids and then dust a little eyeshow underneath your lower lashes. Finish off the look with some black mascara to make your eyes pop and you’ll have a natural glow.

Don’t go overboard
Too much shimmer on your face can be overkill, so if you’re going to use shimmery eyeshadow, make sure that’s the only place you sparkle. Stick to matte foundation and neutral lips when wearing this type of shadow during the day.

Choose neutral tones
While sparkly blue or purple eyeshadow can be amazing for night, it’s best to stick to neutral tones during the day. Gold, silver, copper and taupe can all look amazing – choose the hue that looks best with your skin tone.

Now go on and be effortlessly beautiful! 🙂

Home Remedies For Acne Scars


1. Olive oil is truly a miracle substance. It helps improve the condition of your skin and reduces your acne scars. Massage the oil on affected parts of your skin every day. It has moisturizing properties that soften the texture of your skin and reduce the prominence of your acne scars.

2. Cucumber is also great for helping to keep the skin smooth and supple. Many different cosmetic beauty products have cucumber as a key ingredient. Also great for reducing acne scaring and outbreaks.

3. Lemon juice improves the appearance of dark acne scars and blemishes by lightening them. Apply the juice directly on your acne scars using a cotton ball. Let your skin soak up the lemon juice for a while before washing it off with water.

4. Ice cubes are used by lots of people to get rid of their acne scars at home. Wrap an ice cube in a piece of cloth and rub it on affected areas for 10 to 15 minutes every day. This should lessen the inflammation on your skin, making it look smoother. This is one of the best natural acne treatment.

5. Water is a great natural remedy to having beautiful skin. Make sure you drink lots of water as this is a great natural way to keep your skin refreshed.

I hope you find these tips useful and helpful. Good luck on your journey to feeling effortlessly beautiful.



TIPS for ombré lip

What You Will Need:

  • Lip conditioner
  • Bold-colored lipstick
  • Lip brush
  • A piece of paper
  • Cotton swab


  1. Condition lips with lip balm.
  2. Fold your piece of paper in half.
  3. Unfold paper and draw lipstick along the centerline of the folded piece of paper (about 1.5” long).
  4. Fold paper in half again and carefully press lips down onto the lipstick line. (Be sure to wipe away any extra color that might have gotten on your face beyond your inner lip area.)
  5. Using your lip brush, lightly blend the lipstick from the center of your lip out toward the middle (do not go all the way to the edge of the lip).
  6. Carefully trace the outside edge of your lips with a cotton swab and voila—you’ve got yourself a fabulously understated ombré lip!