Sunday, December 27, 2009

Not only do I get a chance to do makeup for TV show and magazine, but sometimes I appear on TV shows, magazine interviews and radio shows as a beauty expert to give advice for beauty delimas.

I got a chance to be interviewed on the Amy's Table radio show and then give a makeover to one of her listeners. To register for the makeover they had to write in and say why they felt that they needed one. The obvious winner was Laura Brown. This is what she wrote:

"I am a 38 year old mother of two children, ages 6 and 4. I had a very complicated delivery and recovery due to a rare bleeding disorder that is now in remission. I was given chemotherapy for about two years and heavy daily doses of steroids for .....

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "Hey Candace! I was wondering what you would suggest for pale skin every day lipliner/lipstick. I love Taylor Swift's youthful look but I don't want to necessarily look like I'm wearing a lot of makeup. Very natural and something that stays on! Thanks so much and have an awesome day!"- from Jeanie in Tennessee.

Answer: When I want to create a natural lip I look at the inner rim of the person's mouth to get my inspiration. The color is usually a shade of brown or pink with a touch of brown. I normally pick a tone that is slightly deeper then their natural color.

Start by hydrating your lips with a face or lip moisturizer instead of a lip balm. Balms usually have beeswax in them, which can effect your lip color from lasting longer on lips.

Next base lips by lining and completely filling them in with Estee Lauder Stay in Place lip pencil in color like Spice, because it stays on for 12 hours and the color looks like the natural rim of the lip. Use the lip brush on the other end of the pencil to smooth it out before you apply lipstick.

Next add lip color, like Estee Lauder All-Day lipstick in Mocha Pink or Caffe Latte. It will give you medium coverage with a satin finish without making lips look too dry or matte.

If your lips look too exact, or formal, then take your index finger and smudge the edges to make it look more natural. This will give you the look you want, but skip using lip gloss to ensure that your look lasts all day.

I look forward to answering more questions next month. Now it is time for.....


My favorite thing this month is the Ken Paves Nano Silver Tourmaline Ceramic curling iron. The tourmaline technology locks in 20% more moisture to the hair. I love to spritz on a little leave in conditioner before using the iron on the hair. It makes hair soft but locks in the curl without damaging it like some hot tools can.

I used the curling iron for my makeover with Laura. I curled her hair in different directions to mimic her natural curl, just to give it a little boost without making her look all 'dolled up'. At the end of the makeover I let her keep the curling iron as a gift from me. I hope she enjoys using it!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

I got a chance to work with one of my favorite clients HGTV for 3 seasons of "Bang For Your Buck". The show goes all over the United States looking at homeowners renovations to see who used their money to get the best "bang for your buck" with design and resale value.

This month I hit the road to work with Monica Pederson in New York, Vern Yip in North Carolina and David Bromstad in Colorado. You can see more behind the scene images and video by clicking onto a picture.

The homes that we go to are always so beautiful and I always get a new tip on what you should and shouldn't do for spaces but sometimes each location can be an adventure in itself.

My adventure this time?....New York!

When heard I would be working in New York I got excited because I love New York. --Who doesn't?!--but then I heard it was Albany New York. Hmm...."Don't know too much about Albany," I thought "Great! A new city to explore." I decided to be adventurous and fly into New York city at the JFK Airport and drive to Albany, you know, so I can catch more of the scenery. With my trusty GPS system I couldn't get lost! Besides Albany was only about 1 1/2 hours away. I'll have plenty to see.

I picked up my rental car, threw on the radio and started driving. Everything seemed fine until...

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I am a medium toned african american woman with yellowish undertones. Normally, only red lipstick looks good on me. How can I find a nude lip color and gloss that will look great on me and won't make my teeth look yellow. Please help."- from Angela in Texas.

Answer: I like using Maybelling New York Color Sensational Lipstick. The texture is creamy so it glides on smooth and makes your lips feel moist and soft. They are specifically designed from the latest runway colors to ensure that your look is up-to-date yet wearable.

Picking a shade is easy because all of the colors are in categories of either plum, red, brown or natural. Since you want a nude color, I would suggest picking from the 'natural' catagory.

Start by looking at your lips to see if it has more brown or more pink-brown tones, then choose a shade that is the closest to that color. To make sure you teeth look their brightest avoid picking a color with a lot of yellow or orange to it. Opt for a more of a neutral or cool tone instead. One of my favorite natural shades is Autumn Rush because it has just the right amount of brown and pink to look great on most people.

Or you can try the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Gloss. My favorite natural glosses are Touch of Toffee and Broadway Bronze.

So do you have a beauty question? Come on, don't be shy. Ask me! I'll be happy to answer it for you.
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My favorite thing this month is my Japonesqu makeup brushes. I love how thick and soft the bristles are. I have 3 full sets of brushes since I have so many projects. It makes it easier to just grab a clean brush when I need it instead of worring about cleaning it between applications.

My favorite brush is the blender brush, or some brands call it the blending crease brush. I use it to soften eye shadow color, and to apply face powder in small areas of the face, like around the nostrils. It picks up just the right amout of product I need!

Monday, October 12, 2009

I always enjoy working with celebrities because you get a chance to really see them as a person instead of just the character that they play on a show. I recently worked with actor Peter Gallagher for his TV appearance about his singing tour. Did you know he sang?...I didn't! He has even performed on Broadway....Wow!

Even though he has recently been on TV series "The O.C." and "Californication", I remember the first time I saw Peter in 1995. It was on the movie "While You were Sleeping". He co-starred with Sandra Bullock....

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "My eyebrows are not as dark as I would like them to be, can you recommend a good brow powder or pencil? Also a tip on how to do it right? I have trouble lining my brows evenly!"- from Jennifer in California.

Answer: Eyebrows are like frames for a picture. When you have a good frame the picture looks even better. The Brow Express Kit by brow guru Anastasia Soare. The set has 2 colors to work with so you don't make your brows too dark or too light.

If you put a pencil on the side of your nose and let it run straight up to inner corner of your eye, then that is where your brows should start. Keep the pencil in the same area by the nose, but let the other end pivot over to extend to the outer corner of your eye. That is where your brow should end. This is where people make the most mistakes because they have their brows too short. Short brows can make your eyes appear small.

The outer edger of your iris should mark the highest point of your brow's arch. Don't think you can get it right?...don't worry. The kit also has stencils and easy to follow instructions to help you create a perfectly shaped brow for your face.

So do you have a beauty question too?....don't be shy...ask me! I'll be happy to answer it for you.
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My favorite thing this month is a lovely Avon fragrance called Vitality by liiv botanicals. I usually prefer to use light fragrances like this in the summer because the scent is to "crisp" but when I first tried on the scent I found myself wearing it all the time.

I even liked wearing it when I worked on shoots. Normally I don't wear fragrances at that time because I am working closely with people and fragrances can be over powering...but not this one.

The citrus and cucumber mix makes it very fresh!

Friday, September 18, 2009

This month Oprah had her 24th Season Kick Off Party in the middle of the street on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The streets were blocked off all the way down past Ohio street filled with about 21,000 people to see her show. When I heard that her show was going to be outside I thought...."GREAT! Maybe I will get a chance to come down and hang out with the rest of the crowd too!" Little did I know that I'd be getting a phone call 3 days before the show from Access Hollywood to do makeup and hair on Shaun Robinson to interview the queen of talk shows herself....OPRAH! Not for just any day either....during Oprah's Kick Off Party!

Ok...I won't try to play it cool by lying....I almost dropped the phone!

Beauty question: "What is the best product to use to help prevent oilyness or shine after my makeup has been applied?" from Dina in Georgia.

Answer: Kryolan Anti Shine powder is great to use. It is a colorless light weight powder that is especially designed to make skin look matte but not cakey for long days at a photo shoot under hot lights. Since you don't have work under those conditions, it will be even more effective for you.

Next month will be more beauty answers so keep sending me those questions!


My favorite thing this month is BOOTS! Not just any boots but the Sorel boots which are waterproof yet fashionable.

Yes...I know. How did I come up with boots being my favorite thing this month? Well as you know I travel constantly and I have some tv shows that I have to work on in very cold areas this year...and I have to be there during the winter months, so I had to get some boots that looked good but were very functional. Well, these boots are them!

I decided to go with the Helen of Tundra style. I liked how they looked. Simple. Slim, not too bulky. Can go with a pant or a skirt. Nice for my fashionista side but what about the wearability?

When I slipped them on, it was warm and cozy, and when I had to lugged my suitcase of makeup and hair supplies in the harsh elements (up and down steps outside too!) I didn't have to worry about slipping and crashing on the pavement.

Yep! Definitely my favorite thing of the month!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

I love music, so I was especially excited to be doing makeup for a music video. The video was for a Chicago based singer/song writer named Gas. He has been in the industry for a long time, but behind the scenes writing for others so he decided to come in the fore front with his song "No. 1 Baby".

Since I had Gas to groom, several backup dancers and a lead girl, Claudine, to do makeup and hair on I brought in my team of assistants to help.

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I have combination skin and I use an oil free moistiurizer daily, however with the winter time, I feel my skin tends to get a bit more drier in areas of my face that generally tend to be more oily like my nose. What is the best moisturizer to use for my skin type to get the hydration I need without it being too much moistiure and looking oily?"- from Kelli in Chicago.

Answer: If you feel that your moisturizer is doing fine but you just have occassional dry patches, then try adding a hydration mask to your beauty routine in the winter.

You are adding a boost of hydration to your skin without having to worry about your it looking or feeling greasy with a heavier moisturizer.

You can try the Borghese Fango Delicato mud. The mud is from Italy, but you should be able to get it at any fine department store. It hydrates and firms. The green tea and chamomile oil will soothe and calm irritated skin as well.

Leave on a freshly cleansed skin for 5 or 10 minutes and then rinse and add your regular moisturizer. It is also great for your body as well!

That was a good beauty question. Do you have one too? ...well Email me and I'll answer it for you!


My favorite thing is my trusty Palm Centro. I can't do anything without it. I like it because I can make calls but unlike a regular cell phone, it is like having a computer and an assistant in your pocket as well.

I use it to check all of my email when I'm on the road. Some of my photo shoot instructions are on Word documents or pdf files, so I can just load them onto my Centro and have it.

I can also listen to the radio, watch videos and keep up with my Facebook and Twitter.

I also like using the alarm to remind me of important events and tasks, or just to wake me up because sometimes the hotels forget to set your wakeup call. ....yea....that has been a problem several times!

Since the next few months look crazy busy....I think this will be my favorite thing for a long while!

Friday, July 17, 2009

This year was my first time doing makeup for the south east Emmy's. I've never really been that close to an event like this before. I've only seen it on TV. Many people don't know that when the Emmy's come on TV that it is bigger then what they see in Los Angeles. Since the awards are so big there has to be various divisions so all of the industry can be covered.

So I started my day by getting my assistants prepared and my makeup and hair kit in place. We had various set ups ready just in case we had to go to hotel rooms to prep people, or go behind the stage. When you have an award show like this, ANY THING can...and will happen so you better be ready.

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I just turned 50 and am noticing the fine little veins especially in my cheeks giving my skin a reddish look. What products can I use to tone down the red?"- from Michelle in Illinois.

It sounds like you are starting to get broken capillaries. Broken capillaries can be caused by using scrubs that are too abrasive over the years. If you like scrubs use ones that have rounded beads in them instead of chips of things that can scratch and tear skin.

You also have the option of using a cream or lotion that can have the exfoliating benefits without being harsh. Sonya Dakar Enzyme Peeling Cream is great way to gently remove dead skin and excess oil that can clog pores by using pumpkin enzymes.

Now that your skin is smooth and soft, use DDF Redness Relief to tone down redness while make skin stronger and more nourished with Cocoa and Barley Extract.

Send me more of your beauty questions. If I use them I might send you a beauty goodie!


My favorite thing this month is Mally Beauty Shimmer, Shape, and Glow Face Defining System. It is contouring, blush and glowing all in a set. Mally Roncal is the makeup artist that has made JLo and Beyonce look amazing so I wasn't surprised that her blush set was amazing too.


Friday, June 05, 2009

I've never been to London but I did get a chance to work with Britian's Got Talent singer Paul Potts. He is doing concerts around the world to promote his CD. I got a chance to do his makeup for his appearance on the CW channel in Chicago.

When he came to the tv station he practiced for a few hours to warm up his voice. The moment he opened his mouth I was blown away. The power that his voice gives vibrates through you. It was like standing in front of a speaker on full blast! I can just imagine how amazing the concert was that night.

Even though he has this amazing...

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I have a question for you, I am trying to find a good concealer to cover scars on my head. I am planning to shave it-not much hair left. Of all the products out in the market which would you recommend. I have heard about amazing cosmetics, Janet Iredale and Dermablend...are there others.what are my best options?"- from Albert in Sacremento.

Answer: Since it will be on your head I would suggest Dermablend Leg & Body Cover Foundation. It is a creamy consistency so it is easy to apply, but also lays flat against your skin so it won't look like makeup.

Get 2 different shades to make sure you match your skin tone correctly, especially through the Winter and Summer seasons. Makeup applies best on hydrated skin so don't forget to apply an oil free moisturizer to your head first. Use one with an SPF for the best protection.

Send me an email and ask me your beauty questions!


My favorite thing this month is the Biotone Facial Therapy Microrefiner. It is especially formulated for face, neck and decolletage area so it is gentle, with Vitamin C to boost collagen, and Vitamin K to reduce the appearance of tiny viens. I used it on my face for several weeks and each time I used it my skin felt like silk!

Hmmm....I just got a great idea! I think I'll start with my feet and work my way up to my head! Ok....Gotta go's SPA TIME!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What is beautiful to you? Well Procter & Gamble is hosting a tour called My Black Is Beautiful to celebrate the beauty of our moca divas! I had the honor of being featured as the 'celebrity makeup artist' for the event and shared the stage as a fellow panelist with various actors, singers and other celebrities to encourage women of color. The panelists included Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Sheryl Underwood, AJ Johnson, Daphne Valerius, Layla Hathaway, DJ Keith Garrett, DJ Frances Jaye and more!

Beauty question: "What is the best waterproof foundation, lipstick, and lipgloss? I am currently doing make-up for weddings, galas, and pageants. I need makeup that lasts for hours and doesn't transfer." from Andrea in Texas.

Answer: Not all waterproof makeup products are transfer resistant.
If you have a favorite products that you currently use, you can make them waterproof and durable by spraying a makeup sealer on top by using Blue Marble Selr. It can also be used on sensitive skin as well.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me!


My favorite thing this month is THE FLIP HD camcorder. I love how it is small enough to fit in your pocket but it is 8GB giving you up to 120 minutes of video memory.

Some electronics require some sort of college degree to just use the thing, but not this one. One touch record and playback.

You can use the HGMI output for instant viewing on your television or you can edit your movies with the built-in movie making software, just hook it up to your computer with the pop up USB jack!

YouTube here I come!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I am not really what you call a sports fanatic. I like to play sports but I don't normally watch them but I just might have to start though. This month I did grooming for the Wheaties campaign featuring Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. Before the shoot I was instructed to be ready to only have minutes to groom him, so I brought 2 assistants with me to ensure that I could keep things moving quickly and smoothly.

By the time he came to the photo shoot...

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "tell a easy way to make my nail grow pretty and nice, and even and to look nice without a french manicure"- from Amnah in Karachi.

Start with taking vitamins and supplements to give your body the needed nutrients to produce healthier nails. Vitamin A and B are two that can help make nails stronger but you can go to a pharmacy or health foods store to get a multi-vitamin for nails that will include various nutrient for better nails.

You can also change your hand lotion to one that helps both skin and nails. Vaseline Hand & Nail Lotion has specific ingredients to target the extra damaging effects that your hands and nails endure daily. In 2 weeks your skin and nails will be softer and stronger.

Next month will be more beauty answers so keep sending me those questions!


My favorite thing this month is a lovely scent called "Vanilla & Anise" by Jo Malone. The fragrance starts off from the rare vanilla orchid of Madagascar with additional notes of citrus, clove, white amber vanilla bouron absolute and tonka bean.

I love how it isn't over powering yet gives a statement of elegance and sophistication. This flirty fragrance is perfect for a day of shopping with the girls, yet sexy enough for a dinner for two.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

On March 7th my team and I had the previledge of working on the Women's Empowerment Series event. As the featured celebrity makeup artist for the event I was able to do makeup on another featured guest, best selling author Nikki Turner. She has been a best seller on several books, being featured in Essence and USA Today, and has been labled the "Queen of Hip Hop Lit". She was so cool she gave me copies of all of her books and even signed one of my copies!

Other guests at the event were Jennifer Hudson who performed various songs, celebrity HGTV designer Vern Yip who gave home tips, and 'America's Next Top Model' model Taccara who was the host for the fashion show.

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I am going to apologize for my ignorance up front, but I'm going to still ask the question. I have a bi-racial grand daughter almost 2 yrs old. I can't seem to find pants or jeans that fit her her little figure. The ones I buy do not cover her butt. Being in the fashion industry I wondered if you know of any brands that might fit her better. Any guidance you might have would be greatly appreciated."- from Deb in Iowa.

Answer: I do makeup artistry and beauty direction so I'm not a guru at clothing by any means but when my kids were little I would go to stores like WalMart because I knew they would grow out of things so quickly, so I focused more on cost then anything else, but you need more options.

Go to stores that are a bit more chic and give you more options of size, fit and cut of clothing. Start in stores like Target, which have designers like Isaac Mizrahi and Mossimo, then try stores like The Children's Place, Limited Too and Gap Kids. You can find the same variety that you love as an adult for kids. Gap Kids even has a skinny jean for little kids.

Osh Kosh B'Gosh is another store to consider because they have a guarantee on their clothes. So if it tears or rips you can come in and get another one. You need that for childrens clothing!

If you can't find the exact fit, go with the best fit you can get and give her room to grow then go to the dry cleaners or a seamstress and have them taken in. As she grows you can get them taken back out again without having to buy more clothing....saves you money and she looks stylist.

Even consignment shops or thrift stores can be a great place to find what you are looking for. I suggest you go to stores located in neighborhoods that the fashionista or artsy people seem to go so you can have more opportunities to find the designer lables, unique pieces and a higher quality of clothing. The clothes will also be more up to date and less worn. See!.....good question!

Even if you don't think your question is a good one...keep asking!


I was doing makeup for a TV show and one of the cast members said she was going to quickly brush her teeth since we just finished lunch. I said "ok" but wondered why she was still standing in front of me looking in her purse, since we would have to start shooting again. Then she pulled out this pack of individually sealed mini toothbrushes. I was so surprised without even thinking I blurted out "what in the world is that?!....a mini toothbrush?!"

"Try it!" she said as she laughed at skepticism, "They're great and you don't need water". I said I would try it but I actually stuck the package in my pocket deciding it was a waste of time. A week later I was running late and jumped in the car to get ready to go to a photo shoot and realized that I forgot to brush. Looking down on the dash in my car I saw that mini toothbrush, still sitting in a sealed pack where I ditched them, and decided to finally try them or else I might put everyone in a coma from my bad breath. OMG!! These little things really work! Not only did it give me fresh breath but it also gave me that just brushed feeling...without the sink!

So I was forced to admit it...... she was right..and I now keep some in my car, makeup case (because everyone on set always thinks I am the drugstore) and in my personal bag which is especially great for days when my kids forget to brush.

I LOVE them! they just need to have a recycling system for them. lol!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

If you love a good makeover then you will love the show Peter Perfect. It is about a celebrity hair stylist, Peter Ishkhan, going to business owners and helping them to redo the look of their business and themselves to help them grow. Well it is now season 2 of Peter Perfect and I was able to work with the crew on the Brewing Up Success episode. You can see a clip from the show by clicking onto one of the images!

The day started with Peter going through their business to see what needed to be adjusted to give their business the pazazz it was lacking. He adjusted the paint color, layout and various decorations. When he was finished it look fun and sophisticated without looking over the top. It is amazing what a little bit of tweeking can do.

Everyone knows you only have one chance to make a first impression so now it was time for the business owners for a head to toe makeover. He started with their clothing. Before they looked nice, but a little too casual to look like they owned the establishment but he didn't want them to feel uncomfortable. So he went with various clothes that not only looked good on their body type but felt good to wear through out the day.

Next was the hair. Since Peter has a successful salon in Los Angeles with celebrity clients, he knews exactly what to do to make their hair look like a million bucks! He cut and colored each person's hair to not only look chic but to also be easy to maintain according to their individual lifestyle.

After their hair was complete it was time to add the finishing! Even though Katy Eyer is Peter's personal makeup artist and is the one that appears on the show, in reality she is swamped with making sure Peter looks camera perfect at all times while he spends his busy day with business redesignes and hair styling. It is a lot of work to be on set AND be offset doing makeovers at the same time.... so that is where I come in! While Katy stays on set taking care of Peter, I take the girls to the makeup room in the back to give them a new look.

First I prepped their skin and gave them beauty tips that they could use in their daily lives. Then I created a makeup look to enhance each person's unique features and personal beauty style. Once complete they were rushed back on set to shoot other sections of their makeover. This gave me time to explain my makeup application and tips to Katy so she was prepared to know to say in front of the camera for the 'makeup tip' segment of the show.

Then voila! a new store, a new look and a new style!....all in 2 days! Thats the magic of TV!

Beauty Questions

Now that I am getting so busy I'm only able to feature one beauty question per month. I know....I know! I'm sorry. But keep writing me and I'll still keep answering you back!

Beauty question: "Hi Candace,I saw a video of yours describing different sunless tanners used by celebrity clients. I have tried a few sunless tanners and was wondering if you would recommend one for darker skin tones. I have tried the St.tropez and like that, but because I already have a darker tone I need a tanner with a darker result. I would greatly appreciate if you could recommend a something. Thank you"- from Ambika in UK.

One of my favorite self tanners is Sun Sauce. Since you are in London, the easiest way for you to get it is online at I like it because it glides on your skin smoothly to hydrate and enrich the skin with vitamins while it gives you a deep dark tan that never looks orange. It is so popular it was even used on the tv show "Dancing With The Stars". Make sure you exfoliate before you use a self tanner, and clean your palms immediately afterward, so you don't give away your secret!

Next month will be more beauty answers so keep sending me those questions!


My favorite thing this month is actually a candle. Surprised? too! I love candles, I've always have but when I took a whiff of The Healthy Candle by Lavanilla Labratories, I couldn't help myself. It smells like vanilla with a touch of coconut. Not only did it smell good, it is also good for you?.....yep! that's what I said good for you!

The candle is all natural candle with no parrifin, which is actually bad for you because it is petroleum-based. The American Lung Association even confirmed that the toxins that are released upon burning is as harmful as second-hand tobacco smoke. Yuck!

So now you see why I LOVE it!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New year and a new president! I got a chance to do grooming on Tony Potts for Access Hollywood again to see all of Barack Obama's old hang out places in Chicago. We went every where! We went to his family's favorite resturant, the place he took his wife Michelle for their very first date and even to his personal barber shop on Hyde Park.

His barber of choice?.... Zariff. Since he had great skin I didn't have to do much to get him ready for the show just a little bit of powder to tone down the shine on his skin. With me being only 5'2" and he was over 6 feet tall I felt like I needed an elevator just to reach his face but he was patient with me and bent down so I could reach him. "This is my first time I've ever had my own makeup artist so I definitely want to get a picture of this!" he said jokingly.

Zarriff has cut President Obama's hair for many many years, even before he was a candidate for the presidency. So it wasn't surprising that the new president brought him along to the White house to keep his mane picture perfect for all of the media segments and important meetings he would now have.

So what is the most popular hair cut at the barber shop now? The Barack Obama hair cut of course!

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "Can you tell me what they use on the inner corner of eyes for highlight. Jennifer Hudson wears it a lot. What color or product do you know to get the effect?"- from Diana in Illinois.

Answer: Kevyn Aucoin Beauty used to have a product specifically for that but it is discontiued but you can use any nude, white, gold or bronze based shimmery (preferably not frosty) eye shadow to achieve the same thing. I like creams because you can blend them into the skin better to look like it is glowing instead of just makeup sitting on top.

For parties you can add an extra punch to your look by using one that has a bit of diamond-like sparkles to it for additional drama. I love the POP Glitter stix for that. I suggest the nude shade but you can also use silver as well. POP Beauty products are based in the UK but can be found at the new 360 stores or you can get it online for less then $10.00!

Beauty question: "How can I contour my face to make it look slimmer in the DAY TIME? I have fair skin and its more on the oily skin. I'm not sure what and how to use it. Also can you do videos on your blog demonstrating- from our questions?" from Ana in California.

Answer: Great idea!...I might do videos in the future. For now I'll give you some easy step by steps to do.

For oily skin I think it is easier to work with a powder. Use a face powder that is 1 or 2 shades darker then your skin tone. You don't even have to use any thing fancy to contour your face, you can try L'Oreal Bare Naturale Translucent in Medium. It has a build in brush and the powder is loose so it may be easier for you to use. If you don't want to use the brush applicator try using a clean blush brush.

Start by smiling so you can locate the apple of your cheek. Take your finger and put it in the center of the apple, then drag your finger down to the bottom edge of the apple of your cheek. This will be your stopping point!

Put a little bit of powder on the brush and apply powder sparingly from the bottom of your cheek bone at your hair line to the center bottom of the apple of your cheek. Make sure you use a little bit...not a can always add more if you need it. You don't want a dark racing stripe that you can't get rid of, you just want to shape your face a little so it looks contoured yet natural.

Now apply the same line of powder below the line you created. Yep!...that's what I said...another one! Make sure you stop at the same point as the first one...just lower. Now add one more...getting the hang of it yet?.....well make this one lower then the previous one. Now you should have a wide stipe on your face.

Ok! Ok!...don't panic! I'm not going to leave this way! Now comes the blending part! With a face powder brush buff the powder until it's not very noticable but you can still see the benefits of the contouring. I like to do circles when I'm buffing because it blends the edges better and gives it a softer look. This will make your face look slimmer but won't be noticable.

If you are heavy handed, just top everything with your regular face powder to tone it down even more. Now voila!...slim...contoured face for the day time. You can try the same thing with bronzing powder when you have a tan in the summer just be sure to BLEND! BLEND! BLEND!

Beauty question: "What should I keep in mind when doing my make up to come out well in my wedding photos? I am planning to do my own make up versus having someone doing it."- from Elizabeth in Texas.

Answer: There are several things you can do on your own to look your best for your wedding. If plan to do any professional procedures like tooth whitening or eyelash extensions make sure you know the best time to get them done.

Eyelash extensions need 24 to 48 hours for the adhesive to cure or your extensions can come off, which is very important to know especially if you plan a honeymoon where swimming will be involved. For teeth whitening you need to wait at least 24 hours before you drink or eat anything that can stain your teeth. So plan the procedure in plenty of time BEFORE your wedding day. Some companies like the Da Vinci Teeth Whitening, will even do the tooth whitening as part of your bachelorette party so you and your friends can all have fun and look good for your wedding at the same time.

The closer it gets to your wedding day the more stressful it can become. causing skin to break out or become more dry so do facials and special skin masks at least 1 month before the day of your wedding. It will help relieve stress and give your skin any additional things it may need while your nerves are on edge.

You don't always have to go to a professional to get a facial, you can do it yourself. Try doing back to back masks to give your skin an added boost. Since your body repairs itself when you rest this is the perfect time to start using anti-aging moisturizers at night to help your skin to glow the day of your wedding.

For makeup stay away from a lot of shine and shimmer all over the face. Only have shine exactly where you want it or your skin can appear greasy in your photos. Great places to add shimmer to the face would be the inner corners of the eyes, the center of the eye lid, lips and upper outer cheek bones (just a little bit) AFTER you have applied all other blush and makeup. One of my favorite products to use is Julie Hewett cheekie & shimmer duo because it is a blush and shimmer that you can use it on lips and cheeks. It has a natural look and doesn't look greasy on skin.

Congratulations on your special day!

Next month will be more beauty answers so keep sending me those questions!


This month I don't have a favorite thing...I have a favorite event! The Bronzeville Bridal Expo. The event will be held on April 26, 2009.

Since I am the beauty director for Brides Noir magazine I am always excited to do our bridal expo. We will have fashion shows, cake decorators, prizes and more! This year the sponsors are Macy's department store, Grey Goose Vodka and Rome's Joy Catering. It will be held in Obama's old neighborhood. I'll even be giving makeup tips! I hope to see you there!