black|Up- Matte Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Review + Swatches

 I’ve had these for about a month now and I couldn’t wait to review and show these to you guys because I absolutely love them. When I first received these I was skeptical about whether or not I’d like these or whether I would even review them especially because NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliners  seemed to be the all new liner craze.

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Full Face Makeup for Beginners

This post is for those makeup beginners who want to take their makeup skills from just a bit of foundations and lip gloss to a full face routine. These are all the products that I use to create my face. I made sure to choose mostly but the best drug store products as practising with affordable makeup is a cost effective idea.

Primer

A primer is the base to making sure your foundation comes out as you intend it to.There are many different types primers with different purposes. Some will help to keep your foundation in place all day, others will help you stay matte/control oily skin, while some will help dry skin to stay luminous. Overall it depends on your skin type and the look you’re going for. I tend to stick towards matte primers as I have oily skin. A primer should be applied as a thin layer to the whole face, using your fingers.

 

Eyebrows

 

Making sure those eyebrows are on fleek is the next step. It’s all a matter of preference when to do your brows, I feel that  filling in your brows work better when there aren’t products already on your skin.  We already have a  post on how to fill in our brows so I’ll link it below.

Eyebrow post: https://woc-cosmetics.com/2015/02/13/eyebrows-on-fleek/

Colour correct

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L.A. Girl Pro Conceal

 

This step is optional and not necessary for everyone. A colour correcter is used to cover up dark spots, circles and blemishes which are visible through foundation. There a different colours used depending on what you’re trying to cover up. To keep it simple, there are two main colour correcter that are common among black women; Orange and Green.

Orange- Dark spots and dark circles

Green- Redness and red spots

To applying this, place it on the problem area and blend out with fingers or a beauty blender.

Foundation

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You can get foundation in many forms, liquid, powder, pressed or mousse . It all depends on your preference as to which one to use. Liquid foundation is the one that gives you the most coverage and slayage in my opinion. When applying foundation don’t forget to always blend it out to your hairline, ears and neck. You can use your fingers to apply foundation but it might get a little messy but I like to use a brush to buff in my foundation.

Powder (optional)

Setting all liquids is important, it helps to keep the makeup in place, stops creasing, prevents oiliness,  stops the foundation from setting into our lines. I’m sure we don’t want our smile lines to be showing even when we’re not smiling. To set the foundation you can use a translucent powder of a powder foundation. However this step can be optional because there is more product to come that we have to set with powder.

Concealer

This is my favourite part of my makeup. Concealer is used to brighten and bring forward features on your face. A concealer should be 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation colour. This will help to brighten your under eye, forehead; bring forward your chin and sculpt your nose.  A beauty blender is the best tool for this job, it will create a seamless blend when dabbing the concealer into your face. Don’t forget to set your concealer with a powder! ( Here is a review of my favorite setting powder for concealer: https://woc-cosmetics.com/2016/07/11/blackup-anti-shine-loose-powder-for-black-women/

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Highlight and Contour Map

Contour

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Sleek Highlight and Contour Palette- Dark

 

Contour is the next step, this will help sculpt your face and get rid of that double chin lol. The shade should also be  2-3 colours darker than your foundation. Depending on whether your contour is cream/liquid or powder will help you decide what to apply it with. When using cream, a beauty blender is the best choice to help blend it out, and a brush is best used with powder. Like the picture of the highlight and contour map, your contour should be half way between your ear and mouth(remember to blend upwards), thinly on the side of your nose, temples and jawline.

Blush (Optional)

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Sleek-Sahara

 

 

Blush is definitely that extra touch to creating that perfect look, this goes right above the contour on the apples of the cheek. The key is not to overdo the amount but to be light handed. A fluffy brush will help with the application as it will give a fanned out look.

 

 

 

Highlight

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Sleek Contour and Highlight Palette- Dark

This Sleek contour palette comes with a highlighter  inside. A highlight gives you that finishing glow on the high points of your face such as our cheekbones, nose bridge cupids bow, tear ducts and brow bone. You can always use your fingers to apply the highlight or a fan brush.

 

Highlighter Map

Setting Spray (Optional)

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After applying all that makeup, you might be left looking a little bit powdery but setting spray or any makeup spray will help your skin to look real again.

All these products might sound like a lot but it depends on how much you decide to apply. It’s better to start by applying small amounts to avoid mistakes as you can always build up product. Remember that there no “correct” way to apply makeup and practice makes perfect so creating a perfect full face will take a few tries or more. Good luck on trying this out.

Daedria x

We’re Back!!!

Hi guys!!!!!!

We know it’s been a long while but we’re finally back. We have finally finished our A-levels, so you have our full attention for the summer.

First of all, we would like to say a big thanks to all of you who continue to view our posts, follow us here and on twitter. Also for those of you who have been advertising us!

For our relaunch there have been a few obvious and not so obvious changes. First of all, you guys might have noticed that our domain name has changed. We have now officially eliminated the WordPress from our domain and rebranded our web domain to woc-cosmetics.com. Now this is much less of a mouthful but we now also have the rights to this domain (wooo!). We have also changed the look of our website slightly to give it a more relaxed, sophisticated theme.  As of recent we have also created an Instagram page so get following @womenofcolourc on insta!

Now for what we have been up to, even though we have been studying for exams we have had some great things being planned for you guys. Firstly, we teamed up with one of the greatest brands for WoC, black Up Cosmetics!!!!! We have some products we have been trying out and we are ready to review these for you guys. We also have many more exciting collaborations planned with them. We also have been experimenting with some low end and high end products so that we can review them for you and advise you on the best products to get for WoC.

Since we are back in full swing we will now have new posts up every Monday, meaning we will have plenty of new content for you guys. These will include reviews, more skincare and beauty advice and many other things.

Another thing coming up is our giveaway. We are still putting this together but the details for it will be revealed shortly!

Again guys thank you for your continued support and we are excited for all the things we have coming up this summer!

Peace and love

Tosin & Daedria

P.S. Seeing as our blog is for people of colour, we just wanted to recognise the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Again two black men who have been unjustly killed in America. Let us continue to fight for the equality of people of colour in all areas of our lives. #RIP #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Black Girl Beauty Hacks

Hey guys,

It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a post. I’m sorry about my absence, I’ve been very caught up in school work- but anyway I am back with 5 simple but effective beauty hacks, which I think all black girls should know about! A beauty hack is simply a way of doing something that is going to save you either time, money or effort. I really wish someone shared these with me when I first started wearing makeup, so I’m sharing with you all. Here are a few of my favourites..☺️

1. Use brown eyeshadow as a contour

Using a dark brown or orangey brown eyeshadow is a perfect substitute for a powdered contour. Most quality eyeshadows are naturally pigmented so start by using a small amount of product and build up to the desired look. This also works best if it is a matte eyeshadow as oppose to shimmery eyeshadow. This is my go to every time I run out of countour.

This also could be another alternative for dark chocolate girls who cannot find a contour shade to their likings or skin tones

2. Use a gold eyeshadow as a highlighter 

A pale gold or any warms metallic palette eyeshadow to highlight can be just as effective as a normal highlighter. This is especially great to use for practicing highlighting before investing In an expensive highlighter. This is also good for everyday use as we all know how expensive make up can be!

3. Preventing facial scars

Most acne scaring start out as small unflattering bumps and pimples that we can’t wait to get rid of but unfortunately end up leaving a scar when we decide to deal with them ourselves. We love to keep our beautiful dark skins smooth and clean from scarring hence why Tea Tree Oil is perfect for the job. This oil is antimicrobial meaning that they kill micro organisms and prevent their growth.  Applying this to the pimple will harden it allowing you to get rid of it without any scarring.

If you do have any dark spots that you do want to get rid of, another household item which is great is toothpaste. Using toothpaste to even out the dark spot to your normal complexion is easy and affordable . Do this regularly until the dark spot has disappeared. You can Leave on for as long as you like to get amazing results.

4. Create your own BB cream. 

For those of you who don’t know, a bb cream is a mixture of predominantly moisturizer and foundation together. They’re light and practical for everyday use. There are so many bb creams but so few in medium to dark shades especially in the UK. I find that these are great for a subtle ‘no make up’ makeup look. It is extremely easy to create your own bb cream. This is a mixture of 50%foundation along with 20% of your favourite face cream, 20%sunscreen, and 10% Glycerin (available at most local drug stores). Not only will you be creating your own amazing bb cream but this will save you money and be great for your skin.

5. BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN AND STAY SLAYING!

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These were my 5 favourite beauty hacks that I love to use from time to time, feel free to share your beauty hacks below with all of us.

Daedria💝

(all photos from google images)

p.s. Check out our previous post:

July | 2015 | WomenOfColourCosmetics

https://womenofcolourcosmetics.wordpress.com/2015/07/

I can see clearly now the rain has gone……

Hey guys I know it’s been a while. We’re so sorry for our absence we have had a lot of school work and personal stuff going on, but now it’s the holidays (yaaaay!) and we’re back in full force, bringing you blog posts and some extra things to spice up this platform and also expand this brand we are trying to create.

Today my blog post is going to be mainly focused on skin discolouration, this is something that I and many women of colour have to deal with. Discolouration of skin can be caused by changes in melanin, a substance produced in the skin cells that gives skin its colour.

Make up is the prime thing that everyone uses to cover up their skin discolouration. This is helpful but not a permanent solution. There are different types and causes of discolouration and blotches that may be taking forever to fade and could be damaging your self confidence. There are many ways to combat skin discolouration!

There are two types of pigmentation abnormalities that can happen:

  • Skin with too much melanin is called hyper pigmented skin.
  • Skin with less melanin is called hypo pigmented skin.

What causes hyper pigmentation?

  1. Acne scars – If you have ever had acne at a point in your life when the spots finally start to clear, many still have issues with the scaring left behind which can literally take YEARS to fade.
  2. Pregnancy – When pregnant you are likely to gain weight which can make your skin darker. Hormones during pregnancy cause melasma. This can cause dark patches to appear on your face. (This also occurs as a result of using birth control, certain medications or hormone replacement therapy).
  3. Sun damage – When the skin is constantly exposed to the suns, it triggers an overproduction of melanin. Over time the damage done causes there to be an uneven distribution of melanin which causes skin discolouration.
  4. Injuries – Hyper pigmentation can also be caused by the self healing of the skin. This happens when the inflammatory response occurs after an injury.

Treatments for hyper pigmentation:

  • Exfoliation – Exfoliation is a key step when hyper pigmentation spots and discolouration occur, it speeds up cell turnover to remove hyper pigmented cells faster.
  • Daily use of SPF – This is key to prevent discolouration from the suns rays
  • laser treatment
  • chemical peels

Home remedies for hyper pigmentation:

  • Cucumber juice –  I have recently been using this and have seen great results. Apply the cucumber juice alone or mix it with honey and lemon juice in equal amounts. Apply this over the affected areas, regularly once a day, for half an hour and then wash it off.
  • Orange peel – Mix dry, powdered orange peel with cold milk and a some honey to make a thick paste. Apply it gently over the pigmented skin and let it sit there for half an hour then wash it off.
  • Tomato, Oatmeal and Yoghurt: Tomato acts as natural bleach. Yoghurt also works as natural bleach and has skin tightening properties. Oatmeal works as a natural scrubber.
  • Aloe Vera juice: Aloe Vera has natural soothing and healing properties. Squeeze out aloe Vera gel from an aloe Vera leaf and store this in a bottle in refrigerator. Apply this gel over the affected areas for 20 minutes. It works to slough off older skin cells and regenerate the newer ones.
  • Potato: Potatoes are well known to remove skin pigmentation, dark spots and blemishes. Rub gently a freshly cut slice of potato on the affected areas of your skin every day.

What causes hypo pigmentation?

  1. Vitiligo – Vitiligo causes white patches all over the body. It is an autoimmune disorder where the melanin cells are damaged. There is no cure for vitiligo, but several treatments to help. These are narrowband UVB light treatments, corticosteroid creams and skin laser treatments.

    2. Albinism – Albinism is hereditary. It is a genetic disorder which derives from the lack of the enzyme that makes melanin. This affects a lot of bodily features including the skin, hair and eyes. This disorder is not prevalent on black skin but is still relevant to a selection of people.There is no cure and people with albinism have to take extra precautions with skin as their skin is very sensitive.

3. Keloids – When extra scar tissue forms a keloid is created. Keloids are most common in people with darker skin. Hypo pigmentation on the keloid results in discolouration.  It is possible to get keloids from skin problems, like adult acne, Keloids can also be formed after a piercing or a bite. Keloids can be treated from silicone gel patches, corticosteroid injections or surgical removal.

Preventing skin pigmentation:

1.  Avoid exposure to Sun and heat: Avoid exposure to UV rays of the sun and thermal radiation from heat. This will help in containing keeping your skin pigmentation normal.

2. Follow a skin care routine

3. Wear sunscreen when going out and cover yourself with a hat and long sleeves. Wearing sunscreen every day will help in preventing or reducing age spots when you get older.

That’s it for today from me. Thank you for reading and I hope you have learnt something new. Please put any thoughts you may have in the comments. Watch this space for some more blog posts coming your way.

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all photos from google images)

(all photos from google images)