Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, women have been using makeup to polish their looks for centuries.
Before one ever touches a brush to her face, Lisa Cosby, licensed cosmetologist and creator of Heavenly Make up by Lisa, says true beauty begins from within.
“Makeup is just a tool to enhance what’s on the inside. Anything that helps women feel better about themselves, I love,” she said.
Attitude adjustment? Check. Choosing a great shade of lipstick? Wait. There’s more. Cosby goes on to say before applying the makeup one’s skin must be up to par. No matter what is applied, the makeup won’t matter unless the canvas is clean.
Professional makeup artist Sparkle Myers says women should know their skin type and develop a daily skin regimen. Taking care of one’s health and using makeup as an enhancement goes hand in hand.
Whether you’re experienced at applying makeup or a novice, makeup should be personal and fun.
“Especially African-American women, sometimes we think we’re only bound to a certain color. That’s what we’ve been taught. But, there’s a way to apply makeup that makes you look beautiful,” said Myers.
With the wide range of beauty and makeup products around, it can be intimidating to know what’s best. Makeup can also range from cheap to top of the line. Myers suggests that women should invest their money in a good moisturizer, a foundation base primer and a good foundation that is compatible to one’s skin tone and type.
From daytime to evening, makeup can be built upon and should reflect the occasion, cosmetic experts say. Most importantly, women should be comfortable with what they’re wearing. For those who are not comfortable wearing makeup, cosmetologists suggest a private lesson in a secluded place or practicing at home in order to build that confidence.
“Some colors are intimidating so you should try before you buy,” explained Myers.
Once women develop a good technique, they should pick their best feature and build around that attribute. Working women on the go should stick to the basics of a clean face, foundation and lip gloss.
Even with the best technique, if you don’t look like your natural self, you tend to project an appearance that looks “made-up.”
There once was a time when blue eye shadow and red blush were the hottest makeup colors. Makeup products have definitely evolved over time and now reflect the spectrum of skin tones, textures of skin and personalities of the individual.
Cosby is grateful for makeup’s transformation and said for this spring, it’s all about color.
Pink, pearl orange, citrus colors and other pastels are fashionable for the springtime. As the weather changes, it’s all about a fun, simple, girlie look.
Both Cosby and Myers also have their own cosmetic lines. As experienced makeup artists, they encourage women to be comfortable in their own skin and put their best face forward.
“Step outside the box and don’t be afraid of makeup,” said Myers. “If you don’t like it, you can always take it off.”
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Remembering Roxanna Floyd
Respected makeup artist Roxanna Floyd, who worked with celebrities from Queen Latifah, Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett to LL Cool J, Foxy Brown and Sinbad, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2010. “Roxie,” as her friends called her, was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 23, 1960, and lived in the borough her entire life. She was a devout Christian, a faithful wife and daughter and an only child.
Floyd’s artistry has influenced every era since the 1980s and she has worked on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. She leaves behind a legacy of work covering every medium from music videos to major motion pictures, album covers to book jackets, the Internet and more than 200 magazine covers and fashion and beauty stories.