June 1, 2020

I created this back in 2016, during a peak in social media outrage over police brutality, similar to this one. The years pass and every once in a while our attention is grabbed by a victim, and then people move on. Until the next hashtag.

Lots of white people are clutching their pearls about looting and violence, some even iden...

March 20, 2020

As makeup artists, it’s our responsibility to protect the health of our clients. These are basic sanitation practices we should be practicing at all times, regardless of a pandemic. A reminder:

🧼 Only 70% isopropyl alcohol can sanitize cosmetics, per the CDC. Anything higher will evaporate too quickly to remain on the surface lo...

May 15, 2019

“Indeed the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration. And Camp is esoteric—something of a private code, a badge of identity.”

-Susan Sontag, Notes on Camp

This year's theme was, "CAMP: Notes on Fashion" based on Sarah Sontag's 1964 essay, "Notes on Camp". This post took a while to put together be...

March 29, 2019

I'm really excited to share this awesome new website with you guys! The #1 question I get asked is, “How do I find a foundation that matches me?” The Baseics (www.thebaseics.com) is dedicated to helping women of color find their perfect match!

All you have to do is answer a few questions about what you're looking for in a foundat...

September 25, 2018

When Rihanna unveiled FENTY Beauty last year, it was one of the most exciting brand launches in the history of cosmetics. Not just because it was Rihanna, but because of the quality of the products and the impressive range of foundation shades for black women, a demographic long ignored by the beauty industry despite their spend...

August 1, 2018

In the 70's and 80's there was only a handful of makeup artists doing editorial work in New York City, and Joey Mills was one of them. 

His fresh approach to makeup, coined as 'natural glamour' in his book "New Classic Beauty", made him very popular with designers, notably Calvin Klein. Joey designed the makeup for that now iconi...

June 14, 2018

Today's blog is dedicated to an interesting photo project from the 90's by photographer Stacy Greene.

Stacy was inspired after uncapping a friend's lipstick and seeing the shape it had taken from being applied. She ended up doing a whole series of close-ups of used lipsticks, each shot named after the lipstick's owner.

In an...

May 23, 2018

In the makeup world, a dupe is a product that is a similar color, formula, and/or quality to an already existing product. Typically a dupe is a drugstore copy of a high end product, and sometimes I like the dupe more! These are my favorites:  

Too Faced "Better Than Sex"  $23.00

L'Oreal Voluminous "Lash Paradis...

May 12, 2018

This year's theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" and there were lots of interesting interpretations on the red carpet.  

Cynthia Erivo, 💄 makeup by Giselle Ali 

I was hoping jeweled brows would become a trend after Oprah wore them throughout "A Wrinkle In Time", and this event was definitely...

May 7, 2018

Prep your skin:

Taking care of your skin ahead of your appointment has so many benefits. The better shape your skin is in, the nicer products like concealer and foundation will blend, and you'll end up with a more natural finish.

-Exfoliate- This will remove any dry/dead skin that can make your foundation look cakey and...

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