Monochromatic with NARS

Friday, September 25, 2015

All you need is one color. Oftentimes we complicate makeup. We think we need to wear a thousand different products on our faces to look pretty and that is totally not true. A few weeks ago I worked with makeup artist Renee Loiz who showed me the beauty in simplicity. Her concept was inspired by a NARS campaign from over a decade ago featuring models Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek. In that gorgeous imagery one single coppery hue was used to create dimension. Renee decided to re-imagine that using a tone that would pop against my skin and is ideal for fall.


Braids Out! (Video)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Goodbye summer. Hello fall! My cornrows were such a relief from having to style my hair on a regular basis. I know I said I was only going to keep my Ghana braids a few weeks, but that turned into months. You know how the summers are. It's too hot to want to bother to do your hair. So, yes... I kept my natural hair plaited up. That time away was such a blessing to my curls, but it's time for a new 'do. Or shall I say, the return of the mack?


Defining Beauty & BeautyCon (Video)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I talk about beauty a lot in this space. I love skincare, makeup, but I'm also interested in what's underneath all that. The person inside. Maybe that's why I was invited to moderate a panel at BeautyCon LA about Defining Beauty produced by Maker Studios and sponsored by Shea Moisture. I shared a stage with some of YouTube's best including Naptural85, DailyCurlz, SimplyBiancaAlexa, and also the CEO of Shea Moisture Richelieu Dennis. Do you know who showed up to see us? None other than Grammy-winning singer, vlogger, and cool girl Chrisette Michele. Talk about a magnificent soul!


The Case for Exfoliating

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Great skin isn't an option for a model, it's a must. Your face should be even and smooth like a baby's bottom. Even in the era of extreme retouching, clear skin is still a necessity. You don't want your appearance on and off camera to be such a stark contrast. You've seen those models or celebrities. In campaigns and photo shoots their skin looks flawless, but up close and personal it's a wreck. No amount of makeup can cover up bad skin. Many people do the basics: washing your face and maybe moisturizing. But we keep skipping a step. Sure, we all have suffer from some breakouts and pimples, but rough and uneven skin is something that can be easily fixed. How? Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.