Today’s swatches will mostly be on my mom, Savitry. She’s a tad darker and less yellow-toned than I am, but hopefully these swatches will still be useful. In fact, I hope they’ll be more useful as you’ll be able to see how the products look on mature skin.
The Lolita bandwagon has been such a hit for those who have light skin that it’s stayed at the bottom of any makeup I wanted to try. I was worried it would be pasty, ashy and too drying for my lips. But having tried the duo I take back all of my reservations.
I picked mine up from Sephora online although they’re supposed to launch in-store on Nov.6, 2015.
Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eyeshadow Palette was designed with a range of colours that would ‘contour’ the eye. But this choice of branding doesn’t really offer anything different to what most of us have always done with our shadows (light on the lid and dark in the crease). Part of its appeal comes from the fact that the entire palette is matte with neutral colours. I picked mine up at Sephora and it retails for $54CAD.
This new trend known as ‘strobing’ focuses on achieving a luminescent shine. This is the most frequently cited ‘example’ image. And you can see that there’s a very white/pearlescent highlighted look without any contouring. I also highly suspect that it takes a lot of inspiration from Korean makeup trends which focuses mostly on the skin and brightening it. I’ve done a blog post on Korean contouring in the past which is here. This ice-queen/white mascara look definitely isn’t the best for women of colour but there are so many highlighting options in both the drugstore and high end that you don’t need to worry.
MAC’s The Matte Lip collection is fresh out in stores and although the entire collection is permanent and many of the colours are repromotes it’s still selling out fast. If you’re not too sure which colours best for your darker skin tone then read on after the jump!
Usually when I post swatches for new products I try to either take as many pics in store or buy a wide selection of colours I think will work for women of colour. NARS’ Dual Intensity Blushes were unfortunately not a product I could do that with. With two shades, varying levels of intensity wet or dry, and a high price point it simply wasn’t possible. So I went in with the goal of getting just one. I ended up visiting Holt Renfew at Yorkdale Mall to purchase one, which came to $58.76CAD with tax (eep), but price per ounce they’re about the same as other mid-range blushes such as MAC. I didn’t get the name of the artist who helped me but she was lovely, helpful and applied the blush in a very flattering way (as opposed to the stripes I often get at Sephora).
We’re seeing red lips on the runway this summer, meaning you don’t need to wait for winter months or a little black dress to rock them.
Women of colour have a less difficult time than most finding a shade of red to suit them but in case you’re still having trouble I’ve added a few pics of colours I own below. And if you’re taking inspiration from the 2015 summer runway, the most important thing is making sure nothing looks too perfect. No crisp lines, no lip liner, and no concealer around the edges. Make sure to blot some of the pigmentation out of your lips with a tissue after you apply too.
The Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer have been out for several years now and many bloggers absolutely adore them. I have a pretty large collection of lip products so I don’t usually reach for them. But if you prefer gloss over lipstick, or shiny over matte then you’ll probably love them.
Many lines have churned out gloss balms and with their semi-recent popularity I wanted to share my favourite line, The Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balms. I definitely prefer them over the Clinique Chubby Sticks which are a MUA favourite. And at $4.99-$7.99 (depending on where you shop) I don’t think they can be beat the price and colour selection.