Wearing the right makeup can CHANGE your life! Some women claim the “natural” look is in, but I believe that’s just an excuse for women who don’t know how to “apply” makeup. Yes, millions of women around the world use makeup to create a natural look. My mother would always tell me, “Great makeup is achieved when others don’t notice you have makeup on.” Applying makeup was something that didn’t come natural for me; it took lots of practice and patience. As a teenager, I enjoyed mixing eye shadow colors together and by the time I was a college student going to UNCG, I thought I had it down to a science. Finding the right foundation was the greatest challenge. With women of color, a lot of us have hyperpigmentation, so our skin tone isn’t even on our face and knowing the right shade for your skin is very important. You don’t want to look too “ashy” or going extremely darker than your natural complexion.
For the past year, I’ve been using several facial cleansers to clear up my skin, not thinking it just might be the makeup I was using. After having several breakouts and several facials, I realized one of the cleansers had numerous oils in it and my foundation was loaded with oil! No wonder I was breaking out like crazy. Recently, I purchased the Bare Minerals kit and I love it! I haven’t had a breakout since I stopped using those other products, so my advice to those who want to clear up their skin: Find a good dermatologist who can tell you what your skin needs because everyone skin is different and you need expert advice. The L’Oreal eyeshadow pigments are great because they are bold and you get the same effect compared to some of the more expensive cosmetic brands. My lip gloss is from the generic Sephora brand, which keeps my lips moisturized and adds a bit of color.