Classic Chocolate Smokey Eye

Model: Jolanda Carey

Model: Jolanda Carey

A black smokey eye is a great way to play up the eyes, creating drama and dimension with dark bases and deep transitional tones. A black smokey eye, however doesn't fit every occasion and many times is not wearable on a day to day bases . Alternatively, a classic brown smokey eye brings just enough drama as well as softer dimensions making it more wearable (daytime or nighttime) than a black smokey eye. The breakdown below details products used to achieve this look. Special thanks to my model and friend, Jolanda Carey, and to my awesome photographer and videographer, Gemilath Mama. 

Before picture of the model, Jolanda.

Before picture of the model, Jolanda.

BASE:

  1. Moisturizer: Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance moisturizer in "Rose Gold" 
  2. Primer: Milk of magnesia (T-zone area) and  SEPHORA COLLECTION Beauty Amplifier Afterglow Primer & Luminizer
  3. Foundation: Revlon ColorStay foundation in 400 and 350
  4. Concealer:  Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20
  5. Cream contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Creme Contour Kit (dark)
  6. Setting powder: Ben Nye Neutral set Translucent powder
  7. Contour powder: Ruby Kisses Cosmetics  powder ( cognac) and Nanacoco Cosmetics contour kit in Medium
  8. All-over face powder: Iman Cosmetics powder in "Clay Medium" and Black Radiance Soft Focus Powder in "Golden Almond Finish"
  9. Bronzer: Nanacoco Cosmetics contour kit in Mediumand a bit of CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer ( Ebony)
  10. Highlighter: Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powders in "Illuminati and Sugar Daddy" 

The gallery above shows the following images respectively: After moisturizing and priming, after the application of the base (foundation, concealer and contour), and after setting the base with translucent and contour powders.

EYES:

  1. Primer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20
  2. Transition shades: Anastasia Beverly Hills (Fudge and Morocco)
  3. Dark Brown base: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in "Choclolate"
  4. Dark Brown shadow:  Ruby Kisses Cosmetics  powder in "Ebony"
  5. Blending shade: Anastasia Beverly Hills (Fudge and Morocco)
  6. Lower lash line:Anastasia Beverly Hills (Fudge, Morocco, and Noir)
  7. Mascara: BURBERRY Cat Lashes Mascara (Jet Black)
  8. Lashes:  Amor Us Cils Eyelashes #WSP
  9. Eyebrows: Ruby Kisses Cosmetics GOBROW pencil (Dark brown) and GOBROW brow mascara (rich chocolate brown)

The gallery above shows unedited photographs of the finished look. Click the images to enlarge.

LIPS:

  1. Lip liner: MAC Cork Lipliner
  2. Lipstick: MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy
  3. Lipgloss:  Nanacoco Cosmetics 

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In Beauty,

Rita Okolo

Winter Skincare: How To Maintain Your Goddess Glow

Model: Kiana Knolland

Model: Kiana Knolland

Why Does The Skin Get Dry In The Winter?

With lower humidity levels (moisture) in the winter months, the skin's moisture retention also decreases. This is because water molecules naturally move from areas of higher concentration (your skin) to areas of lower concentration ( winter air). This process happens a lot faster in the winter months because of the greater contrast in moisture levels between your skin and the winter air.

Importance Of A Hydrating Regimen

Hydration is important any time of the year but is especially crucial in the winter months for 2 main reasons:

  1. Compensation: a hydrating skin care regimen helps to compensate for the change in moisture levels in the winter air and replenishes the skin with needed moisture.

  2. Prevention: A hydrating skin care regimen is a preventative method for troubling skin conditions.

    1. Not replenishing your skin with needed moisture can lead to severe dryness and even eczema patches on the face.

    2. Not replenishing the skin with needed moisture can cause sebaceous (oil) glands in your skin to become overactive and produce excess oils as your skin tries to restore the moisture balance back to equilibrium.

Essentials For a Hydrating Skincare Regimen

 

Face Wash: a cleanser is necessary to remove dirt and dead dry skin. Paired with a spin brush, this deep cleaning routine reveals beautiful youthful skin. It is important to wash your face 2 times a day with a gentle cleanser and to exfoliate the skin at least once a week.

Simple Foaming Cleanser is gentile on the skin, has no harsh chemicals or fragrance. Its one of my favorites.

Simple Foaming Cleanser is gentile on the skin, has no harsh chemicals or fragrance. Its one of my favorites.

Moisture Mask: a moisture mask is a great way to pamper the skin while replenishing it with much needed hydration to maintain a youthful look. One of my personal favorites is the Origins Drink Up 10 Minutes Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst; it is gentle on the skin and formulated with rich extracts and emollient qualities to boost moisture in the skin.

Moisturizer (day and Night): This is in my opinion the most important element in the regimen. A good moisturizer is vital to your skin’s health as it is meant to remain on the skin the longest. In the winter time, I personally prefer heavier moisturizers as extreme loss of hydration sometimes causes dry patches on my skin.

  1. Night Time: To combat this I switch to a more natural and traditional product for moisturizing especially at night time: African Shea Butter.

African Shea Butter, rich in Vitamin A and E, penetrates deep into the skin because of its long lasting moisturizing qualities. It also helps to regenerate cells, boost collagen and softens the skin to help reduce wrinkles    .

African Shea Butter, rich in Vitamin A and E, penetrates deep into the skin because of its long lasting moisturizing qualities. It also helps to regenerate cells, boost collagen and softens the skin to help reduce wrinkles.

2. Day Time: I personally use Shea butter during the daytime as well, but for those who want the benefits of a long-lasting deep-penetrating moisturizer but also the lighter feel on the skin, I recommend year-round moisturizer the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense For Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin.

Unlike the fatty quality of Shea butter, this moisturizer is gel-based, yet rich and very hydrating! Its wears lighter than Shea butter and definitely helps to repair the skin's moisture barrier.

Unlike the fatty quality of Shea butter, this moisturizer is gel-based, yet rich and very hydrating! Its wears lighter than Shea butter and definitely helps to repair the skin's moisture barrier.

Glycerin: Glycerin (glycerol) is a humectant; it attracts water. This quality is a powerful tool in a winter makeup regimen. It locks in moisture and maintains the skin’s water balance. This does not mean you need to pour glycerin straight onto the skin. Using everyday products high in glycerin will do the job.

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  • Sunscreen: Sunscreen is necessary for the protection of the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. The BONUS here is that sunscreen is very high in glycerin! Banana Boat SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion has glycerin as the 3rd highest ingredient and Target’s Up and Up SPF 30 sunscreen lotion (Love this!) has glycerin as its 4th highest ingredient.
( psst… this is a BOMB ASS primer! We’ll discuss this in another article.)

(psst… this is a BOMB ASS primer! We’ll discuss this in another article.)

  • Primer: Essential to your daily slay, primer ensures the longevity of your makeup and acts as a great base creating a barrier between your skin and your makeup. Why? Because face primers are loaded with glycerin.
SEPHORA COLLECTION Beauty Amplifier Afterglow Primer & Luminizer is one of my favorites. I mix this into my foundation daily for a luminous glow and to help lock in moisture. It has glycerin as its 5th ingredient.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Beauty Amplifier Afterglow Primer & Luminizer is one of my favorites. I mix this into my foundation daily for a luminous glow and to help lock in moisture. It has glycerin as its 5th ingredient.

Winter can be harsh but you don't have to be to you skin! Get your goddess glow back; keep your skin looking and feeling plump, supple and hydrated. Hope you gained a few things from this article. Don't forget to leave your comments below and to like and share <3

 

In Beauty,

Rita Okolo

Rita Okolo, Founder of Facade Makeup Artistry

Rita Okolo, Founder of Facade Makeup Artistry

Smokey Eyes, Sensual Skin

My class with Celebrity Makeup Artist Mr. Renny Vasquez was nothing short of magical! From the guest introduction with Ms. Crystal Wright to the detailed techniques Renny taught and his heartwarming story of his rise to success, everything was truly amazing. I got to participate in the hands-on portion of the class where my work was guided and critiqued by Renny and his amazing team and friends including Mr. Nicky Posley. 

The focus of the class was on perfecting the skin base using Renny's 3 techniques. I paired my look using his signature Color Blocking technique with a smokey eye that was both dark and sensual. In this post, I will go over the products I used from skin to lip! Thank you to Mr. Renny Vasquez and his team for this class and to my amazing model and friend, Bolanle, for being so patient with me and my perfectionist tendencies (LOL). Enjoy!

Model: Bolanle Kayode

Model: Bolanle Kayode

Skin:

  1. Moisturizer: Creme d'Elegance Repairateur by Kiehls 
  2. Primer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Elcat Blur Primer
  3. Color corrector: LA girl PRO Conceal HD Pro Concealer (orange)
  4. Foundation: Lancome Tiente Idol foundation
  5. Concealer:  LA girl PRO Conceal HD Pro Concealer 
  6. Cream contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Creme Contour Kit (dark)
  7. Setting powder: Sasha Buttercup Setting Powder
  8. Contour powder: Ruby Kisses Cosmetics  powder ( cognac)
  9. All-over face powder: Ruby Kisses Cosmetics powder ( Honey Brown)
  10. Bronzer: CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer ( Ebony)
  11. Highlighter: BH cosmetics X Carly Bybel palette 

SKIN: Before and After the completion of the skin. I began smoking out the eyes, focusing on controlling the transition shades to blend seamlessly into the nose contour. A LIGHT layer of the Sasha Buttercup setting powder is placed under the eyes to catch any possible fall out from the shadows. 

Eyes:

  1. Primer: NYX Full coverage concealer Jar (Nutmeg)
  2. Transition shades: Anastasia Beverly Hills (Fudge and Morocco)
  3. Black base: L'oreal Infallible 24H Lacquer Liner (Blackest black)
  4. Black shadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills (Noir)
  5. Blending shade: Anastasia Beverly Hills (Fudge and Morocco)
  6. Lower lash line:Anastasia Beverly Hills (Fudge, Morocco, and Noir)
  7. Mascara: BURBERRY Cat Lashes Mascara (Jet Black)
  8. Lashes: Dodo Lashes 
  9. Eyebrows: Ruby Kisses Cosmetics GOBROW pencil (Dark brown) and GOBROW brow mascara (rich chocolate brown)
EYES: finished look shown here taken on an iphone 6s with flash. Special attention to the skin: no flash back is seen because of the all-over setting powder! This is a very important step to blend all components together seamlessly especially when flash photography is used.

EYES: finished look shown here taken on an iphone 6s with flash. Special attention to the skin: no flash back is seen because of the all-over setting powder! This is a very important step to blend all components together seamlessly especially when flash photography is used.

Lips:

  1. Lip liner: NYX lip liner in #818
  2. Lipstick: MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy
  3. Lipgloss: NARS lipgloss in Années Folles 

The above images in the gallery are unedited takes by Celebrity photographer Quentin Renard Gunn. 

Bolanle's Selfie without flash on an iPhone 6s.

Bolanle's Selfie without flash on an iPhone 6s.

EDITED: Shot by Quentin Renard Gunn; I brightened the background and lightly smoothed the skin.

EDITED: Shot by Quentin Renard Gunn; I brightened the background and lightly smoothed the skin.

Thank you for reading through! Please comment below your thoughts and suggestions on blog posts you would like me to write, products you want me to review or any questions you might have. 

In Beauty,

Rita Okolo