Hot Pink For Summer 2013


Hot Pink/Purple Lips

Hot Pink/Purple Lips

“They” say you can’t wear certain colors but why are YOU listening to “them” anyway? Color exists for a reason and I embrace them all for different reasons.
Notice that I’m on trend with hot pinkish purple lips for the summer. Finding the right shade of pink that pops may take a bit of time, especially since every shade isn’t right for everyone. I’m a makeup artist, so I can “make” the wrong color work for me by mixing lipsticks with glosses or adding a lip liner. If you’re fair-skinned, with a rosy complexion, look for a bright pink that has a touch of coral, which adds dimension to the skin. Medium and olive-skinned beauty babes can rock hot pinks blended with purple undertones that really complement their skin. If you’re dark like me, you can play around with wine colored pinks, as well as pinks that have more of a violet hue that wake up your skin! I struggle with finding the right colors just like everyone else, so created my own pink by lining my lips very lightly with MAC’s Vino Lip Pencil (one of my favorites), then mixing Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie with Strumpet. I topped off the look with MAC Lip Glass in Pink Poodle (and oldie but goodie). I actually got quite a few compliments on my pretty pink lips. Everyone may not have the patience to mix all those shades together to get their signature pink look, but there are more than enough brands out there to select from and through trial and error, you can find the right hot pink for summer 2013! Happy Shopping!

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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!

Dazzleglass + Lip Tar=Pretty Pink Lips


I love mixing and matching colors and brands, which inspires me to create different looks.  I used M.A.C.’s Vino Lip Pencil,  their Dazzleglass in Like Venus, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie for this vibrant, sparkly look. What do you think?

I’m Obsessed with OCC.


A couple of months ago, I attended The Makeup Show and immediately headed toward the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics counter to play around with their highly pigmented and very colorful cosmetics. I fell in love with the Lip Tar, made of  Hemp and Peppermint Oil, as well as Vitamin E, which made my lips feel supple and moist immediately! OCC’s Lip Tar and all of their other products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, which means they aren’t filled with chemicals that are ultimately bad for your skin and the environment (go green)!  Lip Tar is meant to be worn either alone or mixed with other colors and because of the high levels of pigment, you MUST apply with a lip brush and only use a tiny dab at time to avoid looking like a clown (unless that IS the look you desire). A little truly goes a long way, which is great for your pockets too! At $13 dollars a tube, Lip Tar will last a long time if used correctly!


If you remember from a previous blog, I actually took photos of myself wearing “Hoochie” by OCC and since then, several people have contacted me about purchasing that color.  I just placed an order for a few more items including more Lip Tar in “Strumpet”  (shown at the top of this page and I can’t stop laughing at the color’s name) and professional Nail Lacquer in “Tarred”, a seriously, super-rich, black, satin polish that I can’t wait to arrive (mani/pedi time)!