Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mini Makeup Haul >> Brown Girls Can Wear Color Too

I picked up a few new colors of eyeshadow after being inspired by the beauty section in the latest issue of Essence [Oct 2010]. Here is the pic for reference:

The model is wearing black eyeliner on her upper lashline and swept a pretty green color along the lower lashline. While I love experimenting with different colors of eyeshadow, I don't always want to wear color on my lids, especially during the day. This look is perfect for those that want a more of a clean natural look, topped off with a bit of color-play for a fun twist. 

NYX - Yellow Pearl [$5.50]  | Stila - Jade [$18.00]  | MAC - Rose Pigment [$19.50]  | MAC - Rubenesque Paint Pot  [$16.50]
I used the following products to create this look:
  • Aqua Eyes Eyeliner Pencil - Hands down the best eyeliner I have ever tried!
  • Jade Eyeshadow - This is a deep highly pigmented green that looks great on fair and darker skin alike. 
  • 219 Pencil Brush - This is an indispensable tool for applying eyeliner near the upper or lower lashline
Tips: To intensify the eyeshadow color for darker skin tones, spray a bit of MAC Fix Plus spray on your makeup brush before picking up the product. 

For more of a fresh-faced look, pick peachy toned or barely there shades of blush [I used Sweet as Cocoa by MAC]. Top it off with brows that are lightly filled in, and swipe a few coats of mascara on your lashes. 
I used the same eyeliner + blush + lipstick, and experimented with Yellow Pearl by NYX! NYX is becoming one of my go-to brands for eyeshadow. They are inexpensive, highly pigmented, and last a long time when used with an eyeshadow base. 
This is a feminine look you can wear during the day or on a casual date! 

This is another look utilizing colored eyeshadow yet still maintaining a natural appearance. The type shadow that I used for this application is a pigment [Rose Pigment by MAC]. It's a concentrated shadow in loose form that can be used to create anything from a natural soft look, to an intense look. 
I actually used an eyeshadow base underneath the pigment [for more dimension] that I absolutely love [also purchased recently]called Rubenesque Paint Pot by MAC. It's the perfect warm colored base to use under shimmery colors without lending a cake-like appearance. 
Tip: Many people ask me if using an eyeshadow base is necessary. For me, it absolutely is if I want eyeshadow's to show up on my skin true-to-color. I avoided colored shadow so long because everything either had an ashy like appearance, or the color was dull and washed out. 

Eyeshadow bases also helps keep your shadow from creasing which is major plus if you wear makeup for extended periods of time.

If you happen to pick up Essence Magazine this month you will find me in the Street Style section of the magazine! 

Here I am right next to my wonder twin Lo!

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43 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I love the makeup, that lip color is stunning on you! And congrats on your Essence street style feature :)

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  2. This is a great way to add color without being too much. It works well with the lip color...I find that color on my eyes and lips is just too much for my every day look. Thanks for the tips!

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  3. Ok for real. I have seen ALOT of street styles, and no one ever looks as good as u two... like u just stepped off the runway!

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  4. So excited to see the two of you in Essence... Congratulations!!!

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  5. These up-close-and-personal photos are gorgeous! I'm gonna try this soon... maybe this weekend. And congrats to you and Lori on the feature... BIG tings ah gwaan! lol :)

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  6. Wow, I'm so happy for you two. You two always look great.

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  7. Pretty make-up look.
    & congrats to you & Lo on your feature in Essence!!! :)



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  8. Congrats on you and Lo being in Essence. When I got my mag, I was like thats Nikole and Lo, how cool! You guys looked great!

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  9. That lipstick color you're wearing is FIERCE! What color is it and who made it?

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  10. Congrats on the Essence feature. I'll have to browse one in the grocery aisle. : )

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  11. I use to wear thick emerald green liner on my bottom lids during my college days and then I wore royal blue, it was so fun and really made my whole look pop! I'm more simple now but every now and again I break out with lower lid color..my color of choice nowadays is royal purple :D

    Looking great in Essence!

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  12. Love the looks and congrats on being featured in Essence!!

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  13. Congrats on being featured in Essence!

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  14. Congrats to you and Lo in your Essence debut! You go gurls!

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  15. Its so cool that youre in essence! picking up a copy today!

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  16. Luvs it all! Congrats to you and Lo! Lookn HAUTE as usual..

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  17. This is awesome. It is great that you have a kool friend to share this with

    Winona

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  18. congrats on you two being in Essence.

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  19. I JUST bought the mag, and as I'm flipping, I see you and Lo! Congrats :D

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  20. I will definitely buy that mag! I'm so happy for you both! Great makeup <3

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  21. LOVE the lip color! Do you mind if I ask what shade it is?

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  22. ive always wanted to do more color for make up. ive loved the look of bright lips but im too dark because any red lipstick either looks too dark and you can't notice, or makes me look like a clown...

    but ive never used color on the eyes so i will totally try some of your tips!

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  23. Yes I did see you and Lo in the mag last night. Congratulations!

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  24. Ive done the exact same look with the green eyeliner udner the eye but with a pink lip durign the summer, I need to try it with a red lip. I also have a subscription to Essence and when I got my mag a few weeks ago I turned to my boyfriend and said "I follow both of their blogs!!" Keep up the great work, I love your blog!

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  25. I was actually in that Street Style section of Essence Mag too!! @MyModestMouth www.mymodestmouth.blogspot.com


    Love your blog girl!!!
    You're gorgeous

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  26. I cannot wait until you're being asked to write for magazines! You look fantastic in that photo and I'm really into your eye shadow tips.

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  27. So I may sound uber lame and a$$ kiss-ish, but I think you're AWESOME and I love your blog. I want hair like yours when I grow up and your style is the bomb.com (see, lame LOL). Anyway, I'll be back on Monday.

    Oh, and I've learned soooo much from you! Thx:)

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  28. Thank you everyone for the kudos! It was definitely surprising and exciting for me as I have never been in a publication of any type before! I appreciate everyone's continued support, and positive words!

    To answer some of the questions:

    I am wearing Ruby Woo by MAC. An blue-based matte red color perfect for those with warm skin tones!

    Jenae; you don't sound lame at all! Thank you very much for the compliment, and support chica!

    Sisi Nike; Thank you; and congrats on your feature as well! Was it a surprise to you? It sure was to me! LOL

    @Jeweled Chavon; Thank you Chavon for subscribing, I appreciate it!

    @CurlyChronicles; I am so going to have to try the Royal Purple and royal purple! Sounds fun, I needed a reason to walk into Sephora for the umpteenth time this weekend so there ya have it! LOL

    @Skeeta; Thank you for the amazing compliment. Especially considering I have less than half the budget of someone on the runway! LOL

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  29. Hi Mop! Enjoy your blog and I tell others about it as well. Since you are a DIY'er, just wanted to share a fellow-blogger site that may be of interest to you...tipnut.com. P.S. congrats to you both on being featured in Essence.

    MizCreativelyMe

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  30. congrats on your feature! i bought the oct issue by mistake. cant wait til your diy alexander wang bag!!

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  31. How awesome. Please tell us if Essence will do a feature of you two with natural hair! I hope your hair inspired them to consider this.

    Peace

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  32. I love Ruby Woo and I am definitely going to try out this look. Congrats on your feature. You and Lo constantly kill it with your fashion. Love the blog. ;0)

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  33. I love the makeup, I use to wear bright colors all the time then stopped. I thought I looked juvenile, but thats a great way of wearing it without looking 12yrs old. And congrats on being in Essence, you two look great!

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  34. I finally cracked open my new Essence Saturday while my daughter was at dance and saw you guys. Great looks! I'm definitely gonna try them this fall.

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  35. I happened to pick it up and see you in there while getting my hair done yesterday. Congratulations!

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  36. Nikole,you have great style. I was looking for cool accessories and I came across this website with some really funky, unique pieces. I have zero affiliation with the website, but I saw the jewelry and fell in love and immediately thought of your style when I saw many of the pieces. I hope you enjoy! I just figured I'd share as a small token of my appreciation :) http://www.globalgoodspartners.org/cart/results.cfm?cat=p11. I love your site! By the way, you should really consider looking into doing a magazine. You've got all of the bases covered for something wonderful!

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