Let's be honest, Halloween is every makeup lover's favorite holiday. Not only do we get to assume our favorite personas for a day, but we can finally use up all the old makeup that's been collecting dust on our vanities. And, of course, Halloween gives us another reason to buy even more makeup. Not that we need another reason to buy makeup.
Above all, Halloween sheds light on how talented our fellow makeup artists and enthusiasts are. A well thought-out halloween makeup look takes plenty of time and effort, so why not showcase your skills?
Since October is already here, see photos above for the Halloween inspiration you've been looking for. To share reviews of the best products you've found for creating halloween looks, click here. And, if you end up trying some of these super fun (or scary) looks, let us know in the comments!
What 8 makeup trends for fall should you follow this year?
Staples of fall? Cooler weather, pumpkin spice, leaves changing colors, smokey eyes and deep lips.
1. Dark Lips
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Lily Collins gets it. Time to trade out the brighter pinks and oranges of summertime, for deep berry and wine-colored lippies. If you can't neglect your summer lipsticks this fall, or like to switch things up every once in a while, see our latest post for bright lippies suitable for your skin tone.
2. Bold Eyebrows
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You can never go wrong with bold brows, no matter the season. Try the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil to easily fill-in and define your eyebrows.
3. Rosy Cheeks
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Blush is never something you want to overdo, but also shouldn't be ignored. Ladies with dark skin should try using deeper reds on the cheeks, like the Morello Cherry blush from Makeup Forever.
4. Smoky Eyeshadow
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There's something about fall that just screams smoky eyes! Try smudging your eyeshadow for a more intensified look on the lids. E.l.f. Cosmetics has the perfect smudge brush to help you create this look.
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When it comes to highlighter, anything goes! Add some highlighter to the upper portion of your cheekbones to keep your 'glow' through the cooler months. We know you're probably obsessed with the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife.
6. Hydrating Foundation
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Cooler weather can be a nightmare for women with dry skin. Opt for a foundation with a non-matte, or dewy finish, like the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation to help you maintain that inner glow. You can also set your look with the Milani Make it Dewy setting spray.
7. Dramatic Eyeliner
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Pairing bold winged eyeliner with a smokey eye is the key to a gorgeous face during the fall season. The Master Precise Ink Metallic Liquid Eyeliner from Maybelline is a new fave when it comes to liquid liner, especially since it comes in seven different shades!
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For fall, lashes are a necessity. For any season, lashes are a necessity. Whether you use mascara on your natural lashes, or apply falsies religiously like Makeupd0ll on Youtube, sexy lashes will always give you a photo-ready look.
What are your beauty staples for fall? Comment below!
What's Your Perfect Summer Lipstick Shade?
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with bolder, brighter lip colors. However, if done incorrectly, you can throw off your entire look with the wrong shade of lipstick! Choosing a suitable shade depends on your skin tone (fair, medium, deep) and undertones (cooler vs. warmer).
Looking at the inside of your wrists, if you have green veins, you likely have warm undertones, and blue veins represent cooler undertones. If it's hard to decide whether your veins are more blue or more green, you likely have neutral undertones. With neutral undertones, you can wear shades that would suit either warm OR cool undertones, giving you so many more options!
You should also consider what type of lipstick finish you like best, such as matte, or satin. And, for darker skin tones, it's best to choose lipsticks that have higher pigmentation as these will stand out more. Below, we've compiled a list of suitable lipstick shades for various skin tones that work year-round, but particularly in the summer time!
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Generally, rich reds, corals, and peachy lipsticks will work for ladies with fair skin tones.
Best color for cool undertones: True reds, such as Dior's Rouge Dior Lipstick in 'Red', or 'Perfect Red' from NYX Cosmetics. The Rouge Dior Lipsticks come in both matte and satin finishes.
Red, $35.00 (Sephora)
Perfect Red, $4.49 (Target)
Best color for warm undertones: True oranges, like NARS Audacious Lipstick in the shade 'Geraldine' or e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in 'Orange Dream'.
Geraldine, $34.00 (Sephora)
Orange Dream, $3.00 (e.l.f. Cosmetics)
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Women with medium skin tones will look best in blue-reds, pinks, and corals.
Best color for cool undertones: Light pinks, like M.A.C.'s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in 'Divine Divine' are gorgeous on medium skin tones. If you're looking for a drugstore option, Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in 'Pretty Natural' may also work for you.
Divine, Divine, $21.00 (M.A.C. Cosmetics)
Pretty Natural, $4.29 (Target)
Best color for warm undertones: Orange-reds will look great on medium-toned women with yellow or golden undertones. Try Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 'Tesoro', or NYX's Butter Lipstick in 'Fireball'.
Tesoro, $24.00 (Sephora)
Fireball, $5.99 (Ulta)
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Ladies with darker skin tones can opt for berries, fuchsias, reds, and oranges as their summer shades. Although some say women with dark-skinned shouldn't wear brightly colored lip shades, experimenting with different shades can give you a less-muted look, as deeper shades don't stand out as much on dark skin.
Best color for cool undertones: Brighter reds with blue undertones will pop on dark-skinned women with cooler undertones. For example, check out Bite Beauty's Lush Lip Tint in 'Cherry'. For makeup lovers on a budget, try Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivids in 'On Fire' to make a bold statement this summer.
Cherry, $24.00 (Sephora)
On Fire, $5.50 (Walmart)
Best color for warm undertones: Orange. Yes, orange can work on dark skin, particularly orange-red! Dark-skinned ladies looking for a pop of color in the summertime can try Kat Von D's Studded Kiss Lipstick in 'Countess' or M.A.C.'s 'Morange'.
Countess, $21.00 (Sephora)
Morange, $17.00 (M.A.C. Cosmetics)
If you're excited to start experimenting with bolder shades for your skin tone, just go for it! If the brighter shades make you a bit nervous, always consider YouTube as a resource for seeing what certain colors actually look like on skin tones similar to yours. There's nothing wrong with stepping outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, so have fun!
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Who to Follow...
With the overwhelming amount of beauty gurus on YouTube these days, it's a surprise that some of us ladies still get left out! Beauty gurus with very dark skin tones typically haven't met that 1 million follower mark (except for a select few). And googling 'dark-skinned makeup tutorials' doesn't always give us videos where the vlogger is actually dark-skinned.
Considering the talent, social presence, and charisma of these five ladies, we feel they deserve to go well beyond a million subscribers. This is not an exhaustive list of all dark-skinned beauty vloggers on YouTube. This is a post dedicated to a few ladies that really stand out, yet don't seem to get the exposure on YouTube that they deserve! Keep reading to see the list of lovely ladies.
*The following list is not in ranking order*
YouTube Subscribers: 27K
Mo has an amazing voice that you could listen to all day, and beautiful, glowing, dark skin with warm undertones. Mo gives us a great example of how women with dark skin can accentuate their beauty without compromising their natural skin tone. She also provides thorough, honest, and unbiased reviews of beauty products. Oh yeah, and did I mention her skin glows? Like all the time. Mo also has her own blog @ www.beautybymo.com.
YouTube Subscribers: 6K
This Nigerian-based makeup artist is gorgeous and is a total sweetheart! Something striking about this beauty vlogger/MUA is that she proudly wears her tribal marks, instead of attempting to cover them up! Layefa exudes beauty through her confidence, humility, and ability to stay true to herself. Layefa doesn't have a major following on YouTube, but we're sure that will change soon enough!
YouTube Subscribers: 84K
Okay, so JustBrittanyH has a significant amount of followers on YouTube, but after watching this beauty vlogger for over a year now we could not resist! Brittany sees makeup for what it truly is, artistry, and has a lot of fun with it! This is the girl you should go to for super fun eyeshadow looks with intense pops of color. Brittany also has a great sense of humor that you may just fall in love with.
YouTube Subscribers: 10K
This gorgeous beauty vlogger's videos will certainly keep you entertained! If you're doing makeup to go out for the night, Glowprincesss will totally get you hyped. Her energetic and funny personality makes watching her videos so much more interesting. She also takes time to discuss issues within her personal life, which reminds us that bloggers/vloggers are real people too.
YouTube Subscribers: 42K
There is something extremely likable about this up-and-coming beauty blogger! This classy lady has a gorgeous smile and gives off all positive vibes. She also has a YouTube channel where she vlogs about life with her husband and beautiful children. And for Naturalistas, she does natural hair product reviews - something we could all use! Gorgeous makeup + natural hair = perfect match. TheMindCatcher is absolutely on her way to even more success.
We wish these women nothing but continued success, and hope to see more of them in the future! If there are any new dark-skinned beauty vloggers that you feel deserve more exposure, leave us a comment!
Are Makeup Brands for Black Women Less Safe than Others?
There are claims that black women are more often exposed to hazardous substances, because makeup brands for women of color contain more harmful ingredients. Let's take a look at this simple breakdown of the ingredients found in our makeup, and get an idea of what women, including women of color, are exposed to. Keep reading!
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FIRST OFF, What in the world is an active ingredient???
- FDA Definition: "Any component of a drug product intended to furnish pharmacological activity or other direct effect in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals."
- Makeup Mosaic's definition: Basically, an active ingredient results in a chemical change, and gives us some therapeutic or pharmacological benefit.
- For example, over-the-counter pain medications contain the ACTIVE ingredient Ibuprofen, which reduces pain. ALL other ingredients in that medication would be considered INACTIVE. Inactive ingredients wouldn't stop your headache (as Ibuprofen would), but may extend the shelf life of your Tylenol.
What does this have to do with MAKEUP?
Women use makeup daily, and makeup has ingredients. However, most of us don't know what these ingredients are, nor do we care to find out! I recently came across an article involving makeup brands for black women, and how their ingredients were typically more harmful than other makeup brands. The article provided a link to the Environmental Working Group's Skin-deep Database (EWG.org), which did an analysis of various makeup brands and products (in various other categories) "marketed to black women".
Some of the categories in this analysis concerned me, such as antiperspirants, foot creams, and soaps. I may be mistaken, but I can't imagine what biological differences in our DNA would result in black women needing different deodorants, or FOOT CREAMS from white women?
So, the EWG claims that 1 in 12 beauty products for black women are highly hazardous. Scary right? Since foundations are a big part of our makeup routine, and there are makeup brands dedicated to serving black women, I wanted to know if these products were any more harmful than the rest. For the sake of brevity (research on these ingredients was brutal!), I compared:
1. Iman's Second to None Liquid Clay Foundation: A popular drug store liquid foundation typically marketed to black women, $11.00 (Walmart.com). Moderate hazard, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org).
2. L'oreal's True Match Foundation: Popular drug store liquid foundation marketed to the general public, $8.99 (Target.com). Also, surprisingly, considered a moderate hazard according to the EWG.
Of course, we can't come to any GENERAL conclusions by comparing only TWO foundations. But we'll start here.
Ingredients Found in BOTH Products:
- Titanium dioxide
- Purpose: Protects skin from the sun
- Concerns: Potential carcinogen, but very little evidence to support this.
- Purpose: Moisturizes the skin
- Concerns: May irritate the skin and eyes
- Purpose: Moisturizes the skin
- Concerns: Not considered harmful
- Purpose: Moisturizes the skin
- Concerns: Not considered harmful
- Purpose: Preserves makeup
- Concerns: Considered "safe" for cosmetics, but may be linked to cancer in women. May also be linked to endocrine function disruption.
Iman's Second to None Liquid Makeup Clay (Ingredients)
Sorbitol: Moisturizes the skin. May cause diarrhea IF INGESTED.
C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate: Moisturizes the skin. Not considered harmful.
Cera Alba (Beeswax): Moisturizes the skin. Not considered harmful.
Jojoba Esters: Makes skin appear smooth. Not considered harmful.
Sorbitan Isostearate: Moisturizes the skin. Not considered harmful.
PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate: Moisturizes the skin. May cause irritation when used on broken skin.
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt): May prevent wrinkling and blemishes. Not considered harmful.
Microcrystalline Wax: Increases thickness of foundation. Not considered harmful.
Butylated Hydroxytoluene: Preserves makeup. Safe for COSMETIC PURPOSES, but may be toxic and carcinogenic, particularly if ingested. (Studies show mixed results).
Magnesium Stearate: Increases thickness of foundation, provides lubrication. Not considered harmful.
Methylisothiazolinone: Preserves makeup. Non-toxic for cosmetic purposes.
Tocopheryl Acetate: Antioxidant. Not considered harmful.
Phenoxyethanol: Preserves makeup. Skin and (severe) eye irritant, toxic in high doses.
Saccharomyces: Antioxidant. Not considered harmful.
Triethoxycaprylylsilane: Keeps liquid and oil from separating in foundation, helps foundation to spread evenly on the skin. Not considered harmful.
Iron Oxides: Gives foundation its color. Not considered harmful.
Mica: Provides color and shimmer to foundation. Not considered harmful.
Total number of potentially harmful ingredients: 3
L'oreal True Match Foundation (Ingredients)
Isododecane: Helps foundation to spread evenly on the skin. Not considered harmful.
Cyclopentasiloxane: Helps skin feel smooth. Mild skin and eye irritation.
Cyclohexasiloxane: Provides lubrication. May be considered harmful. Potentially linked to cancer and endocrine function disruption.
PEG-10 Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer: Increases thickness in foundation. May irritate the skin and eyes.
Butylene Glycol: Moisturizes the skin. May irritate the skin and eyes.
Isoeicosane: Gives skin satin-like texture. Not considered harmful.
Disteardimonium Hectorite: Increases thickness in foundation. Not considered harmful.
Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1: Gives skin a smooth, satin-like texture. May irritate the skin and eyes.
Sodium Chloride (salt): Increases thickness of foundation. May cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea IF INGESTED.
C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate: Preserves makeup, controls shine, allows makeup to last longer on the skin. Not considered harmful.
Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate: Used to "stabilize" the foundation's formula. Not considered harmful.
Hexyl Laurate: Smooths and softens the skin, thickens the product. Not considered harmful.
Isostearyl Neopentanoate: Used to "stabilize" the foundation's formula. May irritate the skin.
Diazolidinyl Urea: Preserves makeup. May irritate the skin, but considered "safe" in small doses. Potentially linked to cancer, but there is little evidence to support this.
Iron Oxides: Provide color to foundation. Not considered harmful
Total number of potentially harmful ingredients: 2
Summing Things Up
So, it's clear that makeup production involves A LOT of chemicals. Most of these chemicals are deemed "safe" for cosmetic purposes, suggesting we shouldn't worry. I was surprised to find that most ingredients in these foundations had moisturizing, skin-softening, and/or preservative qualities. I was expecting to find a lot more scary stuff!
On the other hand, a few ingredients in BOTH products may relate to tumor production, among other things. Iman's liquid foundation contained 3 ingredients considered potentially hazardous, while L'oreal's True Match contained 2. Because it's not clear on "how much is too much" of each ingredient, it's hard to definitively say what products (or brands) we MUST stay away from. Using this example at least, we can't say that Iman's foundation, marketed to black women, is more harmful than L'oreal's True Match foundation, marketed to the general community.
As mentioned before, this is only ONE comparison, so it wouldn't be smart to make any generalizations based on the info we have so far. Although researching ingredients for this post gave me a massive headache, I would love to offer others more information on the safety (or dangers) of makeup brands for black women, and women in general. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! If requested, I will do more comparisons of makeup products, and share them with the Makeup Mosaic community. It's important to know what we're putting on our faces! If we can make smarter decisions and stay healthy by looking at the facts, then let's do so!
If there's anything else you're interested in learning about, tell me about it here, or leave a comment, and I'd be happy to do some more research! As long as it doesn't involve chemicals : )
*Please note* Makeup Mosaic is NOT an expert in chemical compounds and we do not give medical advice. If you need help determining if you should use or stop use of a product, contact your physician. Just because a product is considered "safe" by the organizations listed below, doesn't mean that you may not experience adverse effects. The purpose of this research is to inform others on the potential dangers of makeup products. Specifically, we wanted to see if makeup brands for blacks are any less safe than makeup brands marketed to the general community. Sources for all information used in this post are listed below:
(U.S. National Library of Medicine) https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/
(Cosmetics Info) www.cosmeticsinfo.org
(Environmental Working Group SkinDeep Database) www.EWG.org/SkinDeep
(Truth in Aging) www.TruthInAging.com
(Center for Disease Control) www.cdc.gov
Clearly, there is no one true definition of beauty. This page examines some of the beauty trends and ideals in various parts of the world. Some countries place more of an emphasis on what they consider an attractive face, while others place higher value on a woman's body and curves. Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list of beauty trends worldwide, but provides an example of how subjective beauty truly is. Read more below, and please, don't forget to leave a comment!
Minimal makeup with an emphasis on skin care.
In countries such as Korea and Japan, a soft and feminine look is considered most beautiful. Rather than the use of heavy highlighting and contouring, a popular trend in the United States, East Asian women focus more on skin care. A soft and youthful appearance is enhanced through skin care products meant to brighten and firm the skin. When used, minimal, skin-perfecting makeup gives the skin an almost porcelain-like appearance. Try a google search for 'Asian beauty trends' and you'll find the top results involve skin care tips, along with images of fair, near-perfect skin complexions.
Typical beauty products used for a youthful, flawless face.
- Color-Correcting (CC Creams): Provide minimal, lightweight coverage, reducing the appearance of discolorations and uneven skin tone. Certainly popular here in the states!
- Blur creams: Used before applying makeup to minimize pores, lines, or wrinkles. Typically, in the U.S. at least, many makeup primers used on the face will have these 'blurring' qualities as well. One example is the Stay Matte Primer from Rimmel.
- Sheet Masks: This is another recent beauty practice in East Asia that's becoming increasingly popular in American culture. Different sheet masks will contain different ingredients, mainly with the aim of increasing hydration, removing dirt and oil, and reducing fine lines.
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Curvaceousness and Body Adornment.
In African culture, a more curvy and voluptuous figure is highly celebrated. This is in stark contrast to the ideals of western cultures, where being thin is most popular and attractive. In fact, in Mauritania, women were once sent to 'fat camps' to gain weight! Fat camps became popular because full-figured body types were more attractive, symbolizing wealth and the ability to bear children. So, if women struggled to gain weight on their own, they would go to these camps to improve their chances of finding a partner.
Although now considered an ancient practice, many Africans would engage in the practice of scarification. Scarification involves branding the skin in intricate designs. These designs may symbol social status, religion, or identification within a particular tribe. Scarification is becoming less popular, and there are movements taking place for banning of scarification practices in Africa. Most people now seen with scars as a result of scarification are elderly, symbolizing its decrease in popularity over the years.
Body painting, however, is another form of body art practiced in Africa that continues today. Body painting serves some of the same purposes as scarification, but is less permanent. African body art aligns with the purpose of all other forms of art where a blank canvas (in this case, the body), provides an opportunity for self-expression. Recently, body painting has become a popular trend worldwide, with less of an emphasis on the face as typically seen in African culture. There are now annual body painting festivals in places such as the U.S. and Austria.
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Contour, brows, lips.
The latest beauty bloggers from the Middle East have beauty habits that closely resemble those in the states. Right now, it's all about highlighting, contouring, and thick, well-defined brows. When a hijab is not being worn, which also adds another element of style to any look, Middle Eastern women typically sport long and loose waves in their hair.
Image source: Photographer, Russel James
When it comes to beauty in Europe, less is more. In France, for example, there is a higher emphasis on taking care of the body, such as eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water. French women recognize that taking care of the body on the inside will result in a healthy and beautiful outward appearance. Heavy makeup and contouring is a no-no for these ladies.
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Curves, Curves, Curves.
In South America, a curvy woman is an attractive woman, similar to beauty ideals observed in Africa. Women in places such as Brazil, will go to great lengths to obtain a curvy figure, while maintaining a super tiny waist. In fact, it's pretty well-known that there is an unhealthy fixation in Brazil involving cosmetic surgeries to enhance the look of the buttocks and breasts. Although we are now well aware of the dangers of receiving buttock injections for a larger-looking bum, some women still elect to have these risky procedures done in Brazil, due to cheaper prices.