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?
I've never really celebrated el Dia de Los Muertos, but that's all about to change. Ever since I saw Fergie sporting a to-die-for Catrina costume last year, it's safe to say I've become completely obsessed. I've literally been flipping through hundreds of sugar skull makeup tutorials since April, and I'm nowhere near narrowing it down. But you really can't blame me. There are so many beautiful and unique looks to choose from. Mujeres the world over have come up with some seriously sick designs, all ranging from creatively creepy to ghoulish but gorgeous. And yet, despite their differences, they're all drop dead gorgeous! You really have to see them to believe 'em.Continue Reading >
Lip art?! Lip art?! I think I've just had my mind blown by the lip art of Eva Senín Pernas. She is a ridiculously talented makeup artist from Spain and of course she doesn't only do lips, but it is her lip art that's really got me intrigued. I didn't even know there was such a thing as lip art, did you?
I really think I'm going to use some of her designs as inspiration this Halloween. I haven't been into dressing up since I had kids because I have such a blast watching them be the center of attention and also because I'm too freakin' tired to bother, BUT I can totally do something with my lips this Halloween to get in the spirit.
A little talent and a whole lot of makeup can really go a long way. I've seen some crazy good transformations before, but none of them come close to the contoured and celebrity-inspired looks Philipino actor, TV host and dad Paolo Ballesteros has created. This man has some serious skills and I'm really not just tooting his horn. With the help of a few wigs, concealer, highlighter and falsies, Ballesteros has been able to turn himself into famous faces like Kim Kardashian, Tyra Banks and even Rihanna. Can you believe this? Wait until you see these makeover pictures!
Belinda Maines is all of 21 years old and what she can do with makeup will blow your mind. Yes, this makeup artist from England can do a fierce cat eyeliner, she can also use makeup to make herself look exactly like a cat or a lion if that's what she wants. Her Instagram feed is full of examples of her work on her own face and her boyfriend's face as well.
She's basically a fine artist whose medium is makeup and her canvases are faces. What makes her work even more impressive is that she's self taught.