Pretty in Purple


I always SAY I’m going to play around with all of my purple shadows but sometimes I find that I’m not getting the right SHADE of purple for my skin tone. Purple is not really a tricky color but using it correctly does take a little practice.

To get my “Pretty in Purple” look, I chose several shades and mixed them together for my own custom color(s). On my lids, I used a pretty purple pigment (try saying that ten times) from Magnolia Makeup in “Whimsical.” This pigment contains a mixture of gold and violet and I just ADORE the shade. I decided to extend and blend the color a bit further into the crease, then added a mixture of “Fleur de Fab” by Magnolia (a rich indigo/copper) with Urban Decay’s “Last Call,” a shimmering plum, to create my own custom purple color. I used MAC cosmetics “Amber Lights” and Urban Decay “Chopper” on my brow bone to highlight that area.  I filled in my brows with “Strut” eyebrow pencil by MAC and fluffed up my lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black.

Purple and Gold Makeup

Mixing various shades allowed me to get the right purple for me!

For my cheeks: MAC in “Fever” and CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in “Ebony Bronze” on my cheekbones. I finished off my face with MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Dark and Dark Deep, and my lips were lined with MAC “Vino” lip pencil,  (a favorite of mine), and filled in with “Hoochie” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and “All of My Purple Life” lipgloss from MAC (created by Afrobella.com founder Patrice Grell Yursik). Tell me what you think!

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CoverGirl LipPerfection


It is very seldom that I can wear lipstick that is sold in mass market stores (i.e. Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) but I have fallen in love with the new CoverGirl LipPerfection lipstick. The Queen of Makeup Artistry, Pat McGrath (I love her work), hand selected the colors for this line. They are beautifully rich, vibrant, and are keeping my lips moisturized all day long!  I’m wearing Euphoria today and I swear that color put me in a good mood.  You can purchase CoverGirl LipPerfection at mass market retailers everywhere or even order online from Amazon and Drugstore.com

You GLOW Girl!


Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it and that’s where bronzer can become your weapon against the blah’s. Bronzers work well on the fairest of fair to the deepest hued skin around. The trick is to pick the right shade for you (light golden for fair skin, bronze for medium tones, and coppers look especially good on dark skin). The right brush for your new powdered sunshine is essential. It’s best to use a medium sized, round brush instead of the small brushes that may come with the bronzer. 

Swirl your brush through the product and tap off the excess on the back of your hand. Then apply the bronzer only to places where the sun would naturally hit your face, like the forehead around the hairline and temple, the bridge of your nose, and your cheek area.  I’ve discovered that if you have a fuller face, bronzer looks great on the cheekbones, along with a pretty, bright pink blusher on the apples. For my beauty challenged babes, smile really wide. See that round part of your cheek? That’s the “apple” in case you weren’t sure. Guess what? You’e not finished yet. This bronzer thing goes way behind just hitting a few spots on your face. You must sweep a tiny bit along your jawline and your collarbone. If you want to make your breasts look especially luscious, sweep a bit of bronzer over your cleavage area.

Some of my favorite bronzers are: M.A.C. Bronzing Powder, Nars, and CoverGirl Queen Collection. Anytime you try out a new product or new technique, play around with it at home. Don’t be afraid to try something new. After all, it’s just makeup!