If you’ve been wanting to try something new for Spring, try a wash of aqua and green (you see what I did there?). I saw super pretty and totally wearable aqua and green colored eyeshadow look on the runway and decided to duplicate one on myself using pigments from now defunct Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Magnolia Makeup (both vegan lines). I steered clear of adding lashes and instead, played up my own with mascara. I think the look is fun, fresh, and playful, and able to be worn by people of all shades. Paring the eye look with a neutral lip and cheek keeps you from looking like a pastel nightmare or too childish. Yes, this is for grown folks. Tell me what you think in the comments below!
I believe in the power of purple, as it is my one of my most favorite colors on planet earth! For me, purple means power, royalty, lushness, and Prince (Rest In Power). Purple is sexy, and purple, specifically Ultra-Violet, is Pantone’s color of the year. Today, I felt like playing around with some of my favorite shades of the royal color and used quite a few brands to achieve the looks listed below. I took the liberty of posting the brands as well as the colors used to take the guesswork out, just in case you want to duplicate the look!
After a long hiatus, I am back to blogging! I spent the past couple of months attending certification classes at Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry, here in Downtown Chicago and I enjoyed every single class. An educated artist is one who continues to grow and thrive, and taking classes on things of which I did not know has already helped me to be a much better artist. I was self-taught, taking a workshop here and there, but I now see the value in being trained in an environment that focuses heavily on sanitation, professional behavior, integrity, color theory, clean makeup, and good techniques. I feel much more confident about the way I work now, because I have had some fantastic coaching and teaching.
Some of you follow me on social media and have seen some of the looks that I created while attending school. I really embraced the challenges presented and learned more about myself and what type of artistry I want to focus on in the near future. I realized that there are more options for me that I’d previously thought, and so many different avenues for makeup artistry. There is a place for me.
I have been so busy over the summer that I am just catching up to myself! In order to get ahead in the makeup industry, one must continue to educate themselves on new technology, products, and techniques. Even highly trained MUAs who’ve worked in the industry for many years must study current trends in order to maintain success. I’m learning new things as I continue to educate myself by taking coursework that will ultimately help me become an even better artist.
Hard work pays off, and I will be in beast mode for the next few months, so there will be some weeks that I can’t update this blog as often. If you’ve been following for a while (or even if you’re new to my musings), I appreciate your support and hope to share some really fantastic pictures and videos of all that I will learn in the upcoming months! In the meantime, I’ll be posting some sneak peeks over at My Instagram page!
My tired tresses were in need of some TLC so I made my way over to Misunderstood Natural Hair to get my locs back to looking lovely. Owner and loctician Ansah Ofei makes the salon inviting and ensures that clients get quality services.
Check out the salon that specializes in natural hair care and promotes the use of natural products that are especially good for African-American hair.
No, this isn’t a post about safe sex, although I’d hope that in today’s times, people ARE practicing safe sex. This post is about protecting your SKIN, especially your face. I am a Black woman, dark-skinned, so I might not be first in line for skin cancer, but even though “melanin gives you super powers”, (shout out to FBFC for creating t-shirts with that slogan), sunscreen is a MUST!
Right now, I have some Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Stick-SPF 70 in my purse. I use it every day. I reapply it every two hours. I want to be healthy. You should be doing this too. Protect yourself by protecting your skin. Even if you don’t plan to be outdoors for long, protect your skin. Use a sunscreen of your choice, and honestly, I don’t care which brand you use, but use something. Cancer doesn’t discriminate.
“As an artist, I pursue images that reflect a simplistic and diverse view of African-American culture through personal experiences, imagination, and stories shared by friends and loved ones”.-Sondra Strong
Sondra Strong is an Instructional Math Facilitator in the Little Rock School District with a love for art that represents the African American culture. Ms. Strong’s love for art came at an early age when her father introduced her to oil painting. She began to take art classes throughout junior high and high school. Her love for art grew as she entered various competitions and programs in high school.
Ms. Strong also earned the distinction in high school of attending Arkansas Governor’s School in the field of visual arts. Her goal in life was to pursue a degree in art, but the tables turned and she received a degree in Math Education. During a visit to Chicago in 2003, she rediscovered her…