Category Archives: Make up industry

A Slayed face living  in a nasty place

So in a good conversation the other day, I mentioned that I needed to find a really decent makeup artist before I got professional head shots done  again and it was imperative this person knew what they were doing because I tried several times in 2014 with overdone results.

My mentee  then picked up her phone and immediately called upon someone she knew, and promised this person  would be able to deliver. Did I say she called the poor lady at midnight? Lord have mercy.. so we set a plan in motion that she would come to my home and work on my face.

Listen… Miss Koko showed up, looked at my  flawless skin, declared this would be almost too easy and went to work!

It was while she took those brushes to my face like an artist on a clean canvas though, that I learned from her just how many people are out here hiring professionals to do their makeup. On a regular basis. I thought only wealthy folks did such things and at my tender age of none-of-your-business, this was my first time  having such a service done in my home.
I said as much to her and she made me sit clean back when she said I would be surprised just how many people were paying to get their faces done only for her to show up and see them living in squalor , mattresses on the floors, garbage everywhere, with rodents scooting by her as she worked on their faces. It was so bad, she got her own working studio space so they could come to her because it was hard to reconcile why anyone would spend that kind of money on their faces while their homes were falling apart around them. She breathed a sigh of relief walking through my doors and found a clean and inviting space awaited her.

To each his own I guess. I certainly  had it reiterated yet again that people don’t often mirror their living conditions and the facade is real it out here.. if you are going to invite folks over, clean up your homes as much as you can. People will judge you and it’s a memory they won’t soon shake. I know far too many folks of very little means who live in a neat and tidy space.  Clutter and litter doesn’t allows for one to think freely and leads to rodents who are even harder to be rid of.

I was so mortified listening to her descriptions, I didn’t realize she was done until I took a peek and squealed!!  I loved it!!!

Take a look at how she altered that look above with lipstick changes..

I was feeling some kinda cute honey!! I couldn’t thank her enough and she was worth every penny. I was happy that I invested in myself in a way that was necessary.. stay tuned…

With my friend Julie Nahill at the polls 

Dueces and mad love,



Fashionable or Frightening FAIL?

In spring of 2014, I began a very public journey to learn how to find and apply makeup correctly. You see, up until recently, I wore very little to no make up beyond a gloss and mascara. So I was determined to not only learn the fundamentals, I needed some
everyday wear

I chose three different makeup artists and got down to the business of figuring out my face.
What I found was beyond interesting. The process was anywhere between 25 minutes to hours and I could not believe all the attention to detail!
I also learned that makeup can be expensive depending on the brand and that all brands are not created equal. It is no wonder the make up industry is a billion dollar business!!

My first stop was Sephora, with a friend Jennifer and she had my face assessed. It was noted that my skin was almost flawless but I was given foundation, primer and concealer. Then it was on to the palette of eyeshadow, blush and lipstick. They ended with a bronzer for the skin and a finisher.
I have to tell you, my face didn’t feel like my own but I liked the transformation somewhat.
My next stop was with a professional artist and here are my results from her-

It was incredibly flawless but felt too heavy on my skin and I had an allergic reaction to the eyelash glue!! It Took over a week for the redness in my eyes to subside, so that was my first and last time wearing those things.

My next stop was another friend from Mary Kay but this time, I sent a picture of what kind of look I desired. I believe she came pretty close and the foundation was lighter and a better fit for my skin tone-


From those three informative sessions, I learned how to apply and wear makeup just the way I desired. What I found over time, was that it was too time consuming for me and I went back to mascara and gloss with one addition- a concealer for under my eyes. I’m much happier for it.


What generated this blog however, was a picture I recently saw on the Internet. You take a look and judge for yourself- but after I stared hard at it, I realized many people have taken makeup artistry to a new level and what may be too much for me, seems to not be enough for others

I have found myself wondering too, if men truly like all of what we go through to be beautiful or is this just about us? Makeup ages you depending on how often and how much it is used but seeing the imagery below from what seems to be an African wedding personally frightened me. Is this a part of a culture or have we gone frighteningly too far?
You decide.
Enough said-