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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...

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Keep Better Hair With A Night Time Regimen

You know the women who always have the perfect bouncy wrap, feathered curls that Farrah Fawcett would be jealous of? What about the ones who always have the even edges that are laid to perfection? It makes you wonder, does she ever have a bad hair day; probably not. Why? Because she has a good hair night. The women whose hair just seems to sway and behave are usually women who have a night time hair regimen. A good night time regimen can prevent a bad hair day and giving them amazing results in the morning. A nighttime hair regimen should consist of maintenance, protection, and preparation. Start by moisturizing or oiling--whichever you prefer on your hair. Black hair typically needs more moisture than other hair...

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THE OLDER ANGELA BASSETT GETS THE BETTER SHE LOOKS

Our #wcw Angela Bassett is not only known for her amazing acting skills, but also her toned physique. At the age of 58, Ms. Bassett keeps her body in tip top shape with her blazing arms and rock hard abs. Being a talented petite 5’4 African American beauty has landed her prevalent roles such as Tina Turner in “What’s love got to do with it” and Stella in “ How Stella got her groove back”. So how does she do it? Well, for starters, her fitness routine includes muscle work that works for women who want to be muscular, while still maintaining a feminine appearance. When she prepared for the Tina Turner role, surprisingly Angela only had to work out for 2 hours 2 days a...

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...

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...

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TOP FOODS THAT GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR BELLY

Does it seem like every time you eat, the fat goes straight to your stomach and thighs? Yea, us too. As women those are the areas that become the most stressful to get stubborn fat to go away. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this from happening and it's simpler than you think! Spring has arrived and summer will be here before you know it. We're all excited to pull out the sundresses and show off some skin. We know what you're thinking, time to hit the gym but honestly, going to the gym is not going to get rid of the belly fat in time for the warm season. Going to the gym is always great but, if you’re not getting rid of...

HOW SERENA WILLIAMS OVERCAME HER DISLIKE FOR WORKING OUT

Are you one of those people who doesn't like working out? Well, Serena Williams, yes the worldwide tennis superstar, has actually admitted that she doesn't like working out either. Crazy right? But of course, she works out regularly to keep her body in shape and her energy up. Here's how she does it. It's no secret that behind every athletic star is a solid workout routine. For Serena Williams, its no different. The tennis star's legendary career is built on the foundation of a high performance diet and fitness routine that any athlete can benefit from. Williams usually does a couple hours of tennis practice, which is then followed by an hour or two of cardio and strengthening in the gym. She also runs the half-mile up...

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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...

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO RUN TO LOSE WEIGHT

It’s common to see women who are trying to lose weight or stay in shape run into their wheels fall off.  Whether it’s on the treadmill or outdoors, running seems to consecutively be the cardio of choice. But you may ask, when is it enough to reach your ideal body weight? Well it’s time to put all the questions you may have to rest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends losing one to two pounds per week for a healthy and sustainable weight loss. And running 30 minutes each day could be the first steps to reaching that goal. Running is one of the best weight loss techniques and it's also one of the most accessible. You don't need a fancy gym membership or expensive...