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.


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.




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

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.



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.


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/

Highlight and Contour Map


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)




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.





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)



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


black|Up Anti Shine Loose Powder for Black Women


We all know how amazing it is to find that perfect setting powder for our highlight, giving us that airbrushed, photo finish.  For those of you that don’t know,  a setting powder can be used  alone  or on top of liquids such as concealers and foundations. It helps to keep the liquids set in place all day long, hides pores and fine lines. This of course depends on the quality of the product.

I’ve been using  black  Up loose powder in the shade NPLI3 for 3 months now, this specific powder is for setting concealers used to highlight the face to create depth. I used it set the highlight on my under eye, bridge of my nose, forehead and to cut my contour. I can truly say that I have fallen in love with this setting powder for many reasons. First of all it creates a matte perfect finish when first applied which I absolutely love.The liquid takes on the colour of the powder also making the highlight extra bright. It looks even more fabulous when finished off with  dewy setting spray leaving a bright, radiant, silky, highlight.

At first I was very skeptical of the size of the  product being 0.16oz, which is relatively small, I thought it would run out fairly quickly. Surprisingly it didn’t. I still have about half left considering that I use it regularly (3-4 times p/w). This is probably because the powder is so pigmented and not a lot is needed to get the desired look as well as the holes in the container for the brush to pick up the product limits how much comes out at once.


What I also love about the package is that its very travel friendly unlike most powders which can get really messy. It has 2 lids with one pressing down to keep the product in the main compartment.

Another thing I do like about this powder is that its perfect for pictures because it doesn’t leave a flash back instead a luminous highlight. I’ve inserted some pictures below.

What’s bad about this product.. I honestly struggled with finding something negative to say about this loose powder. The only thing I could possibly say is that the retail price is quite pricey at £22. However, in my opinion it’s completely worth it as you have to pay for quality and this is quality; besides this product is definitely on the high-end side of the market.

On a whole I would definitely recommend this product because I love it.

Here are a few pictures of me using the product:

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Winter Favourites

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while, today I’m bringing you a post about my favourites to use this winter. They are mostly affordable and have great benefits!

My first favourite is Boots cucumber facial wash:

This facial wash retails at only £1.50, it contains cucumber which has tremendous benefits for skin and after continuous use you definitely see the effects. It does not cause any irritability and it removes grime and dirt from your pores, it also works well when removing make up.

My second winter favourite is the Boots cucumber toner:

This cleanser and toner also retails at £1.50 and it can be bought in a 3 for 2 deal with the facial wash. This toner is perfect for removing excess make up after removing your make up with cucumber wipes (also from boots). It is very gentle on the skin and the alcohol in it removes bacteria. I also love to use this after a long day if I haven’t worn make up and my face is just extra oily. It cleanses your skin but doesn’t dry it out.

My third winter favourite is The Body Shop Seaweed deep cleansing facial wash:

This Facial wash retails at £9.50. This facial wash is truly amazing as I have combination skin. I haven’t even been using it over a prolonged time and the effects are truly amazing. It has reduced the spots I have and it doesn’t dry out skin, instead it leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed. Seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals that are also great for your skin, and it moisturises and conditions your skin. The good thing about The body shop products is that they are all vegetarian so they are totally organic and good for skin.

My fourth favourite is The Body Shop pomegranate softening facial wash:

This facial wash retails at £12, this cleanses and refreshes skin leaving it soft and silky, it also gives your skin a brighter appearance, unlike the other products I wouldn’t use this on a day to day basis but rather once or twice a week. In addition to its great qualities this also has a great smell which makes it pleasant to use.

My fifth winter favourite is pure coconut oil (ASDA):

This oil retails at £1.50 and has literally lasted over 6 months, so it’s good value for money. I use this oil primarily for my face but also my hair. I usually use vaseline but I found it very heavy on my skin, so I began using this as a facial moisturiser as it has a lighter texture and it has made my skin softer. It’s great to use after a shower on all areas of your body and from gradual use gets rid of blemishes and scars. As a bonus I would recommend this for Afro-Caribbean hair, especially your edges. It helps to replenish hair and give you a fuller hairline. One trick I have that works with relaxed hair is putting coconut oil on your edges and combing them, then overnight wrapping your hair with a silk scarf. In the morning your edges should be smoothed back and moisturised and it lasts all day.

My last winter favourite is Milk of Magnesia:

This is a controversial product but I love it, it retails at £4.99. My skin is mostly oily especially during winter and this is great for use before I apply my make up. I use a cotton wool pad and apply a generous amount to my face and I let it dry before applying my make up. It keeps make up in place all day and prevents your skin from being too oily.This is great for long days and even being in humid environments. BUT, ladies I must state this is for if you have oily skin only otherwise it will dry out your skin and the effects will not be pleasant.

A bonus tip I want to give you guys is something we all have access to – WATER! Water is great for clearing up your skin and keeping it healthy. Drinking 2-3 litres a day can create a big difference. If you’re someone who doesn’t like plain water add a few slices of orange and lemon to create detox water which has an even greater effect!

Thanks for reading and I hope you learnt about some great things to keep your skin refreshed during this period of harsh weather,

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all photos from google images)

(all photos from google images)

Luscious Lip Lining!

Last month, a popular website (Stylite.com) published an article commenting on Beyonce’s full lips, criticizing her for ‘trying’ Kylie Jenner lips. Frankly, most of us were left unimpressed with this comment as we all knew how daft it sounded. Real black ethnic features based on Kylie’s alleged  plastic surgery???

Reaction GIF: what?, not impressed, Whitney Houston
Not impressed
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I’m pretty sure that most of us know that Kylie extravagantly over-lines her lips to create a fuller appearance as well as allegedly plastic surgery. Are black women not naturally blessed with big lips? Why do we get negative attention for being ourselves whilst those trying to copy those same features are praised? Most of us have no need to overdraw our lips as we have a different use for lip liner as opposed to Kylie Jenner.

Generally, lip liners are used for:

  • Outlining lips- This step is basic and can be done when wearing  or not wearing lipstick, this gives your lips a lot of definition- especially if you haven’t got a natural Defined lining.
Check out Naomi’s nude, simple lip line.


  • Creating ombre lips – Ombre lips are fairly easy and quick to execute once you’ve caught the hang of doing so.
  1. Outline the lips with a lip pencil leaving the centre of the lips  – this is most times a darker colour pencil compared to the lipstick.
  2. Use Lipstick to fill in the inner lips
  3. rub lips together to blend
Kelly Rowland always knows how to rock a good ombre lip!


  • Changing the undertones of some lipsticks/ as a base colours – This is also very simple, you can make a lot of difference when used with certain lipsticks. Some lipsticks that can appear ashy or not blended but with a nice base this can change the appearance.
  1. Outline lips with liner and fill in middle
Chanel Boateng showing us how it’s done! (click to check out video)

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(all photos from google images)

(all photos from google images)

Cover Girl Not Clown

pink blush on dark skin

Adding blush to your everyday makeup routine can enhance or create desirable, high, gorgeous cheek bones whilst giving your face that extra glow. It is almost impossible to limit one shade of blush to suit one particular skin tone, which is why I am often baffled when I hear people say “Dark skin girls should not wear light blushes.” High fashion models and celebrities often wear blushes that are not normally what we would see on a day to day basis; but it still looks great. There are plenty of blushes out there to suit more than one skin tones. It’s all about applying the right amount (which varies from person to person) as its easy to go from cover girl to clown.

Here are some of the classic  colours which are great for pretty much all darker skin tones:

  • Kerry Washington -Fushia/Pink
    Kerry Washington -Fushia/Pink
  • rev
    Revlon Pink Cream Blush similar to Kerry’s blush available in boots, superdrug and other beauty stores.

  • Coral/Pale peach
    Coral/Pale peach

    Maybelline Medium Coral blush will get you the same desired look.
    Maybelline Medium Coral blush will get you the same desired look.
  • Tika Sumpter - Plum
    Tika Sumpter -Light Plum

    M.A.C Plum blush
    M.A.C Plum blush
Naomi - Bronzer/Bronze blusher
Naomi – Bronzer/Bronze blusher
Revlon Bronze Shimmer
Revlon Bronze Shimmer can be used as an alternative to Naomi’s bronze look.

These are just a few of the basic colours that are must haves.

Hope you found this post helpful, Don’t be scared to try new and different blushes

Daedria x

(all photos from google images)