Friday, February 22, 2013

Get the Look Makeup Edition: Purple Reign

makeup looks for dark skin African American black women
Soft purples and pinks compliment a variety of skin tones.

I've been getting some questions about my makeup so I thought I'd share products I have tried or use on a daily basis and how I incorporate them into my makeup routine.

Check out the links below for products I used to get this look.

I started with a clean moisturized face and applied Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.

real techniques stipple brush

Foundation:  Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation for Normal/ Dry Skin in Caramel 400 stipple application with the Real Techniques Stipple Brush.
(This color is a bit lighter than my skin tone. I use it to conceal hyper-pigmentation from acne scars.

Real techniques pointed foundation brush core collection everyday minerals eye kabuki

Concealer: Iman Cover Cream in Clay medium applied under my eye area, in the cupid's bow above my lip, center of my chin, down the middle of my nose, forehead, and brow bone with the Real Techniques Pointed Liquid Foundation Brush (found in the Core Collection).
Blended with the Everyday Minerals Eye Kabuki Brush.

powder makeup brush

I use a large powder brush to dust Iman Second to None Luminous Foundation in Earth-1 all over my entire face. This color matches my skintone. I use it to set the liquid foundation and concealer as well as return my skin to the correct color.

Real Techniques Contour Brush Core Collection

Bronzer: Covergirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze applied to my hairline, jawline, and hollows of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Contour Brush (found in the Core Collection).

Real Techniques Contour Brush Core Collection

I use the highlight color in the Sleek Face Contour Kit Medium to add a touch of shimmer to my cheek bones.

Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush in Plum Sorbet applied with Sonia Kashuk Large Angled Contour Brush

Eyes: Jordana Easy Liner For Eyes in Black

Eye Shadow: Coastal Scents Metal Mania Palette

Lashes: Maybeline Volume Express Falsies Flared in Very Black

Brows: Jordana Easy Liner for Eyes in Lavish Brown and Sonia Kashuk Spoolie to blend liner into brows.

Lip: Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color Mauve Outta Here
(Gloss: Sally Hansen Smile Brightening Lip Treament in Twinkling)

Setting Spray: Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish

Tip: If you don't exfoliate regularly, now's the time to start!  Smoother skin texture makes your foundation go on much smoother.  Once a week, try making a paste by mixing a bit of baking soda with a mild cleanser and using it to gently scrub away the dead skin.  Follow up with a good moisturizer to counteract the drying effects of the baking soda. (Check out what I moisturize with after I exfoliate here.)


  1. Great! Thanks for posting. I am going to give the hourglass primer a try. Have you previously posted info about the eyelid primer? I'm looking for where to get that or what it's called.