Ever notice how well certain eyeshadow shades work with your eye color? I've always loved the way golden yellowish-browns make my hazel peepers pop. But I'm not going to lie, it took me what felt like forever to get this whole eyeshadow color thing right. I love myself a good eyeshadow palette. In fact, I probably have more than I'd ever need stashed up in my makeup trunks. The tricky part has always been knowing which palettes and shades to use to play up my eye color. Seriously, how do you know which one works best for you?
It's amazing the kind of things you could do with makeup. I've seen such drastic transformations where you could hardly recognize the person. But makeup artist and YouTube star Kandee Johnson takes her makeup skills to a whole other level. The girl can literally transform herself into celebrities, Disney characters--you name it! It's freaking mind-blowing!
I love a classic smoky eye just as much as the next chick, but blacks and charcoals could be a tad bit intense for holiday parties. A gorgeous bronze smoky eye doesn't just flatter my hazel eyes and caramel complexion, but also works for any occasion--whether it's an office bash or a night out on the town. I caught up with celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez who shared her tips on how to nail this look yourself at home. I'm telling you, it's so perfect you're going to want to plan all your parties around it!
I own a ridiculous number of lipstick tubes. So many that I haven't even gone through half of them. There's just something so glamorous about being able to swipe a nice shade of lipstick across your lips. But whether you put on some every day (like I do) or just when you're out on a date or with the girls, there's a lot more to lipstick than just being pretty. I actually did a little research and was kind of baffled by some of the mind-blowing facts about this makeup bag staple. Pucker up and read on!
As a Latina with a honey-toned complexion, highlighters have always been an issue for me. My skin looks nice and radiant during the spring and summer seasons, but once the weather starts to dim, so does my sun-kissed glow. This are where illuminators and highlighters come in, right? But good luck finding one that doesn't look ashy on a tan, chica. Seriously, do highlighters for brown girls even exist?
If you weren't born with defined cheek bones like Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez--don't stress it! Chances are they weren't either and I'm not talking about plastic surgery. A little contouring and highlighting can go a very long way girl. Sure, it might seem scary and super complicated to do but it's actually a lot simpler than you'd think. In fact, I got a few amazing tips from celebrity makeup artist, Jackie Gomez (she's works with stars like Beyonce and Zoe Saldana) who hooked me up with some AMAZING tips!
Finding a concealer that matches my honey-toned complexion could be daunting. But like most Latinas with medium or dark skin tones, I've discovered that my biggest problem wasn't so much about the color but more about actually knowing how to use this thing right. I can't tell you how many times I've applied concealer that I thought was a perfect match only to find out through pictures (that were shot using flash) that it was actually a helluva light lighter. Trust me--it was NOT cute!
Lucia Pittalis is an Italy-based freelance makeup artist and portrait painter who is so talented she can pretty much paint a portrait of anyone you want over your face or her own. What she creates with makeup are complete and total mind-blowing transformations. You will not believe your eyes.
For Latinas with medium or dark skin, one of the hardest beauty products to shop for is concealer. I'm talking even harder than foundation. Unlike foundation, concealer shouldn't perfectly match your skin tone. You need it to be just one or two shades lighter in order to properly conceal dark spots, circles, manchas, or hyperpigmentation. But finding that perfect color can be a serious challenge. So what are the best brands and formulas you ask?
Is it weird that I'm kind of jealous of el Dia de los Muertos' Catrina's makeup skills? For a skeleton, the mujer has style. Well, at least the real life women who imitate her on the Day of the Dead do. I love how they let their imaginations run wild. Every year, their sugar skulls and Catrina masks become more over the top, and their trajes and hair are wilder and more beautiful. It's all so very beautiful, but also so very fleeting. It's too bad we can't always do our hair and makeup like La Catrina's every day of the year. Or can we?