Archive of ‘Make Up’ category

LBS Backstage Beauty: Lois London at Harlem’s Fashion Row



Harlem’s Fashion Row  celebrates designers and influencers of color, promoting their creative direction. We crept backstage for their Spring 2017 show and these are the trends and tips we spotted.


The beauty look for Lois London Spring 2017, which got a standing ovation at the show, was a warm, orange-brown matte smokey eye with full lashes, blended yet striking contour, and peachy-pink lips. The hair was bouncy, maintained with very little product but lots of shine, using all Motions Hair products. The makeup artists used Covergirl makeup to create this look.



Here are five steps to recreate the makeup look:

  • Step One: Start by lightly applying foundation and concealer, and start to bake using a yellow-toned loose powder under the eyes and on the chin. This creates light around the center of the face, and can stop your concealer from creasing all day.
  • Step Two: Starting with a neutral matte shadow from lid to brow bone, then move into the orange shadow, blending it all around the lid and concentrating it on the inner corners. Use a larger, fluffier blending brush (I find the older the better!) and keep packing on the pigment until you’re happy with it.
  • Step Three: Stick with a brown, neutral colored shadow on the lid and define the lashline with a darker shadow. The makeup artists used the last eyeshadow in the Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow palette, which is perfect for delicate definition.
  • Step Four: This eye is more of a halo smokey eye; the orange color is all around the border of the eye. Drag the orange shadow on the lower lashline, smudging from outer to inner corner. The Covergirl TruNaked Goldens palette would be perfect.
  • Step Five: The peachy-pink lip was achieved using one of the Covergirl Queen lipsticks, no liner and no gloss.


The hair look was achieved using the Active Moisture Leave-In Detangler lightly through the hair to boost shine and keep the hair light in texture, and Motions Smooth & Hold Edges at the roots to finish the look.

Brown Girls Love: SunKissAlba

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Momprenuer SunKissAlba manages meal prep, curl care, and more with a bronze tinged smile. The popular vlogger is known for her bright personality and effortless personal style.


Starting her YouTube channel as a response to not seeing herself represented on the platform’s most popular beauty videos she has expanded her hair tutorials into a full fledged lifestyle brand that focuses on health as well as beauty.


She sat down with LoveBrownSugar founder and editor-in-chief Christina Brown to discuss the separation of business and family, her affection for natural beauty products, and the importance of having something unique to say.

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BrownGirlsLove: Nomzamo Mbatha


From her stellar skin to her colorful style South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha is unapologetic about the things that make her stand out. And as the 2015 host of the BET Experience Black Girls Rock Beauty Lounge she used her public platform to encourage others to do the same. 

The brand ambassador for Neutrogena and Puma and her fabulously fluffy curls recently sat down with LoveBrownSugar founder Christina Brown to discuss her beauty routine, career goals, and personal style.


Check out their conversation below!

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LBS Beauty Closet: 3 Lip Colors I Love from Black Opal

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Yesterday was National Lip Appreciation day and in honor of the day, I got to thinking about some of my fave lippies. Up until last year, I hadn’t really tried the Black Opal beauty collection but after experimenting with their products for this post about day to night makeup, I was hooked. It’s not always easy to find fun and vibrant lip colors for brown skin so when I found one lippie from Black Opal that worked, I decided to try a few more, and now I have a collection of colors from them I adore. Here are the top three bold, daring and beautiful lip colors I love from Black Opal:

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LBS Ultimate Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Beauty Junkie

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I love shopping for beauty lover’s during Christmas time. It gives me a chance to not only get something nice for them but to also scope out the market to see what’s new and trending. If you need to gift a beauty junkie this holiday season we have the perfect gift options below! From highlighters to brush kits and beauty blenders, the beauty junkie in your life will absolutely love the items listed below.

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3 Brown Girl Approved Holiday Make-Up Looks

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What I LOVE about the holidays is the extra glam you can put on your make-up looks! Nothing beats a beautiful sparkly lid and a bold red lip. Check out 3 brown girl approved holiday make-up looks that will keep you gorgeous this celebratory season.

Related:LBS Beauty Review: Essence Beauty Box

Natural Glam

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If you’re looking to execute a subtle look, but still want to achieve an amazing beat go for a natural glam look. The trick to executing a natural glam is all in the eyes. Go for a smoky eye like Yariszbeth and keep everything else nice and simple. Don’t forget the shimmering blush to accentuate your cheekbones!

Check out two additional makeup looks below.

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LBS BEAUTY: 4 Tips For Creating A Natural Contour

PicMonkey CollageContouring, highlighting, strobing, and baking… does any of these sound familiar to you? These are all beauty trends that have gotten extremely popular lately. The most familiar of the bunch “contouring” is super easy to do, but very easy to do incorrectly. If you are new to the contouring trend keep reading for 4 Tips For Creating A Natural Contour.  more this way

Backstage Beauty: Academy of Art Spring 2016

Just before models hit the runway, we headed backstage at The Academy of Art show to drool over the newest trends backstage in hair and makeup. Hair was provided by Aveda under the direction of Jon Reyman, nails by Patricia Yankee, and Makeup MAC Cosmetics led by Victor Cembellin.

Inspired by the idea of  lived makeup, the look was of  a girl who just came home from a night out. Lead Mac Pro artist Victor goes on to explain that the final look was

A little frayed around the edges that is in a way a little broken down. Very tough young girl with high cheekbones and really highlighted skin. The way that the makeup nomadically migrates after being worn all night creates a really cool effect. DSC_0277


Read more about these beautiful looks below.

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LBS Beauty: Janelle Monae For CoverGirl X Star Wars Makeup Collection

1Covergirl recently had an epic collaboration with Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens that we are so excited to share with you ladies here at LBS! Covergirl released six avant-garde looks for this limited edition collection inspired by the Dark side and the Light side to celebrate the collaboration. Janelle Monae’s Resistance Pilot look was a bonus look created by CoverGirl’s global creative design director Pat McGrath. The look embodies the spirit of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The subtle blend of blue and gold eyeshadow was paired with a complimentary soft pink lip and highlighted cheekbones. Janelle Monae’s is wearing colorlicious in Gold.

To learn more about Janelle Monae For CoverGirl X Star Wars Makeup Collection keep reading!

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The Perfect Day to Night Makeup with Black Opal + Win A Trip to LA


What do you get when you combine my love for Sanaa Lathan, my quest for the simplest of makeup regimens and my newest obsession with upcoming thriller film “The Perfect Guy”? This here beauty tutorial. I went to see the film just two nights ago and while the story itself was captivating, I spent more time fawning over Sanaa Lathan’s perfect makeup looks. She’s the definition of an effortless beauty. Her character in the film, Leah Vaughn, is a lobbyist with an active love life. As such she regularly transitions from her more corporate daytime look to a sexier evening look for dinners with her love interest(s). I partnered up with Black Opal Cosmetics to do my own take on the “Perfect Day to Night Makeup” inspired by the film. Check it out.

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