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Makeup 101: How To Contour

It's the beauty trend that keeps on thriving. No matter what your makeup expertise level is, knowing how to contour is the beauty trick you need in your arsenal. Want to learn how to apply your concealer, powder, and contour your cheeks? These steps are just what you're looking for to achieve a flawless, natural look. STEP 1: Apply the concealer. To cover blemishes, apply concealer cream to the tip of a small flat brush and dab any excess on the back of your hand. Dot the concealer over the blemish. Clean the brush on a tissue, and then use it to blend the concealer into your skin. Dot concealer from the bridge of your nose to halfway under the eye. Use a brush, sponge or your...

Is Strobing the New Contour?

We've all heard about the infamous highlight and contour but it's another beauty trend that has the beauty counters buzzing. Strobing is all about drawing more natural light to your face, hence the catchy name. Many professional face-beaters will tell you, the technique has been around for ages, but we all love a new, sexy name for a trend, right? This highlighting trick can make your face look like it’s been dipped in crystals. And this technique isn't limited to your face. There’s strobing for your abs, legs, arms and just about every other body part you can think of! I haven’t personally done it but, I’ve seen other MUA’s do their legs, arms, and necks. Now before you brush off strobing or burn your contour brushes, give the makeup trick “all...

Hyperpigmentation

Dealing With The Effects of Hyper Pigmentation

As a makeup artist, I deal with people with all types of skin textures. One of my clients has hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition where excess melanin causes patches of your skin to look darker. Dealing with hyperpigmentation can be frustrating, but with the right treatment, there's hope. For many women, and black in women in particular, dealing with hyperpigmentation is common. Whether it comes in the form of dark marks due to overexposure to the sun or scars from acne, it's not unusual to find yourself dealing with hyperpigmentation at some point in your life. While this skin condition generally isn't harmful, it is frustrating to treat and has many women searching for options to fade them for good. As a makeup artist, I come...

SAVE MONEY ON DUPES FOR MAC BLUSHES

Are they any blushes that are more iconic than MAC's? The colors, the textures, the abundance of options makes MAC one of the best places to shop. But if we're being real, they aren't exactly the cheapest options around. Here are 3 dupes for MAC blushes! #1) MAC Sunbasque vs NYX Terracotta: MAC Sunbasque is one of the most popular blushes for black women. A peach colored blush that is more like a cross between a blush and a bronzer, it's no wonder the ladies love this shade. NYX Terracotta is a perfect dupe for this one with it warm peachy color with hints of bronze. It has the same blush/bronzer effect and looks great on brown skin for half the price! #2) MAC Global Glow MSF...

THE BEST HIGHLIGHTERS FOR A GORGEOUS GLOW

Hey BGH Girls!!! Let's chat about highlighters! With highlighting, contouring, and strobing being all the rage, did you know that by simply adding highlights to your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, corners of the eyes, and bridge of the nose can give you an instant makeover? The right highlighter can accentuate your bone structure and give your skin a gorgeous glow. Below are some of the best highlighters to lighten up your look. Best Liquid Highlighter Liquid highlighters can be a bit tricky to use this one is a dream. Benefit High Beam, ($26, benefitcosmetics.com) is a pink-tinted highlighter onto the skin and blend it out for an awesome glow. This is the best highlighter for those with lighter complexions. You’ll look like you just fell from heaven! No shade! Best...