Kick off the unofficial start of summer this weekend with a cool coral lip! The peachy-pink color looks great on a variety of skin tones and just screams summer. Wear it with little else on the face like some bronzer, a coral blush and black liner. Go full-on with the color and wear it with a...

A striking spring wardrobe calls for simple yet pretty makeup. So this weekend get it started with gorgeous luminous skin like Selita Ebanks did at a recent OK! magazine event. The trick to this look is to have somewhat decent skin to begin with. Luminizers will only highlight things like...

blush colors, they don't look as scary on the cheeks as they do in the pan. Plus darker skin tones need the brighter color for the blush to show up. Don't worry if you overdo it—just dust some finishing powder over it to tone it down. Want extra brownie points? Put bronzer on your cheeks...

If your weekend plans involve something really fun—why not show up pretty in pink? As in pink shadow, pink blush, pink lips–all pink everything. While not for everyone and certainly not for every occasion, wearing varying blush tones on brown skin is a fresh way to flaunt color. Varying the...

The best way to apply blush is to use an angled blush brush and dust it on your cheekbones. If you're feeling a little daring, tap the brush over the blush, blow any excess off, and apply some of the color to the temples. Top with finishing powder to give it a glowing from within...

Don't have a matching cheek color on hand for your bold lipstick? Not a problem—just dab a touch of the lipstick on your cheeks, blend out with your fingers or blush brush and set with powder. Your lippie just became a creme blush! Or try a multitasking lip and cheek creme to do the...

NYC from Georgia provided the weather holds up), consider adding bronzer to your routine. "Bronzer? But we're already brown!" While that's true (lol) there is a whole world of bronzer out there for brown girls, even dark brown girls, that needs to be tapped. My favorite way to wear...

Wherever your weekend plans take you, here are three makeup ideas straight from the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon: 1. Nicole Ari Parker's Smudgy Eye Liner and Coral Lips: Grab a super black pencil like Cover Girl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Liner in Midnight and smudge it...

More berry makeup ideas: NARS Dolce Vita Blush Black Radiance Artisan Baked Blush in Warmed Berry Covergirl Queen Collection Lip Color in Fine Wine MAC Desire Lipglass MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow Black Radiance Eyeshadow Quarter in Deep Tapestry Would you try an all-berry look?

So if you're scared of blush you might as well get over your fear and take the plunge with an orange blush. When I do makeup on a client for the first time I kind of enjoy the look of sheer terror on their face when I open up NARS Exhibit A Blush. The vivid matte red-orange looks completely...

 

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