Jackie Aina is a professional makeup artist and Nigerian beauty blogger from Southern California. Servicing clients and weddings throughout the Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego areas. Also specializing in editorial, commercial and beauty makeup since 2009. Available for travel and work internationally.
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I want to briefly discuss two things today, the details of this outfit of course, and I also want to talk about somethings that have been weighing on my heart lately. But first I have to say this…the verbal and emotional attacks on women have GOT to stop.
Women, we are literally at war with each other. But some of us are literally at war within ourselves. And trust me when I say this, when a woman is at war within herself it shows, and baby it shows bad!
I have always had a computer in my household since a very young age. I remember when desktop computers started becoming more popular and common, I remember being one of the first amongst my elementary school classmates to have a computer at home. I was crafty with AOL instant messenger (aka AIM) unlike no other. When MySpace got hot, I knew how to twerk the hell out of some HTML and garnered a pretty large following compared to the average user. I latched on to Facebook and eventually YouTube pretty early on to.
Of course I never foresaw any of those websites becoming nearly as popular as they ended up, I just used them because I thought they were fun. Over the years I must admit as I finally began to grow into my looks I knew a thing or two about how to take some good photos, so selfies really aren’t new or revolutionary to me! lol
But anywho the point I want to make about social media is what it’s evolved into now. From makeup bashing, to the natural hair cat fights. It’s not enough to just ‘do you’ anymore. If you wear weaves and wigs, you’re a sellout. If you’re hair is natural and you color your hair, you’re not natural enough. I have seen some of the girls I know and love on Youtube literally go viral, all for being poked fun at for what they look like without makeup.
What was once, for the most part, a way for people to just connect and keep in touch with friends has now become an opinion dump for people to say whatever they want to whomever they want with seemingly little to no remorse or consequence. Today it’s so easy to completely humiliate or embarrass someone and having them go viral.
And it’s almost always about women!!! Maybe I over analyze because I am a woman, and not to take away from the media’s pathetic portrayal of my brothers in this country, but it seems like the scrutiny on women happens WAY more frequently than it does for men, by far.
Just look at instagram! How likely are you to come across a meme that says something like “b*tches be like”, “hoes be like”, gold diggers this and gold diggers that. I mean what on Earth?! Don’t even get me started on the whole Ray and Janay Rice controversy, because apparently according to some folks, if a man beats his wife and she does not leave the marriage it is SHE who deserves it.
I remember when Carolina Berg Erikson posted an image of her post pregnancy body within a week of giving birth on instagram and got completely read for filth being called every single name in the book for looking damn good not just considering the fact that she just had a baby, but for looking good period. What gender do you think most of the comments were coming from?! I’ll let you take a guess…
I saw this quote courtesy of @hippie_heathen on instagram: “Society loves an insecure woman. You can be pretty but don’t you dare recognize it. You can be smart but you BETTER minimize and downplay it.” I can identify with this because it’s SO true. How many times have you seen a photo of a woman online wearing a sexy outfit and in the comments section she gets called all kinds of crazy names, whore, skank, slut, etc. Just for being confident and looking good? I have experienced that myself several times which partially prompted me to write this.
Listen, we KNOW we all have opinions, but we all aren’t obligated to listen, or care for that matter!
Sometimes jealousy is rooted in accountability. Like “I can’t do it, and I can’t have it, so help me God if someone else does”…type of mentality. Also known as ‘crabs in a barrel’. I am addressing this issue in the best way I know how without trying to generalize a group of people because I do have hope in us. But my message is for us as women. The emotional and verbal attacks that I see (in my experience) are mainly amongst each other. And I believe the reason why it’s so easy to clown on a woman on social media, is because they are easy targets and it’s a formula proven to work. Alls you gotta do is create a meme or a joke with a before and after picture of a girl with and without makeup and just sit back and watch everyone chimes in. Male and female.
We need to stop tearing each other down, seriously. If WE don’t have each others backs, THEY most certainly won’t!
I have a voice and I choose to use mine wisely. So I said all of that to say…LOVE yourself. If you do, you won’t have the time or the energy to spend spewing hatefulness onto someone else. Trust me, I’ve tried it. Hating is hard work. If I’m going to be working hard at something transactions MUST be involved. I would highly advise you not to be a hater if you’re not at all being paid for it. No ma’am.
Have a bowl of ice cream, take a selfie and be happy girl! The right clothes, I can assure you, can also help with that
Anywho back to your regularly scheduled programming! Here’s today’s look
crop top ShopMarkkit Pencil Skirt | F21 Gold Clutch | ShopMarkkit Chandelier Necklace | Bell of California Stiletto Heels | F21
I know you came for the outfit, but I couldn’t leave you without first sharing a little of what’s been on my mind the past few months ALSO, this makeup look shown in the photos is the same look from my Get Ready With Me Ankara makeup tutorial. Check it out if you want to see how I pulled off this stunning green smokey look!
I hope this is the start of a great week for all of you!
So this year is my first time attending the Ankara Festival (I missed the fashion show, you know Nigerians are always late) but I popped in at the after party and had a blast. So beautiful seeing and meeting so many different African fusions and cultures that evening, I can’t wait until the next show, I will definitely be there!
So this was the makeup look I wore that night and the outfit I had planned.
First of all, LET’S please discuss this dress. You guys have seen me wear this dress on instagram quite a few times. It’s from a small boutique called The African Shop. I have been following their Facebook page (actually stalking them) since last year. I reached out to them about how I can order stuff from their boutique and it turns out they were already viewers of mine and wanted to send me some things.
Out of all the items I have been sent or sponsored this one was the most sentimental to me. I don’t really have any African clothes (my mom used to make a lot of my clothes growing up but she doesn’t do a lot of sewing for me now that I’m older) so to be able to have some nice things with print meant a lot to me.
So off were my measurements (everything they make is custom made but I believe they may have some in-stock pieces) and it took quite a while for me to receive my package since they are overseas but when I did receive it it was SO worth the wait. And let me tell you, I feel very proud every time I put one of these pieces on. They literally fit me perfectly, I always always always step outside with class in this dress and I get tons of compliments. I am shocked out how perfect the dress fit without me physically being there to try it on. These ladies are so talented!
Raise your hand if you were in the building at last nights Ankara Festival LA! I snuck in the afterparty at the very last minute. Worked and shot all day. Anywho, this was last night’s look, some new goodies from my ShopMarkkit Collection included!
I played around with pastels and threw on a light blazer just for kicks
Hi ladies! How many of you out there struggle with finding the right foundation shade match? Apparently more of you than I thought when I uploaded my Best Foundations For Women of ColorI got a lot of questions about finding the right shade of foundation, finding your undertones, etc. So I have managed to put together some easy tips on how to go about getting it right.
We will cover more specifically how to find your undertones in a later video ^_^
So first if you’re indecisive between which shade you are narrow it down to the three you think you may be.
Working your way from lightest to darkest, swatch all three of them on the center of your chest. I choose to shade match not only myself but my clients on the center on the chest because it insures that the face will match the body when being photographed and has yet to steer me wrong. Stay away from the neck because typically the neck is dramatic lighter than the face. Stay away from matching on the actual face because we as women of color tend to have different skin tones on our face, especially Africans. I am lighter in the center of my face and darker around the perimeter.
If one of the shades you chose looks ASHY is too light for you girl. When a foundation is too light for you it will read gray. If one of the shades looks too RED or orange if you’re medium complexion it’s too dark. You will definitely see a line of demarcation and it will look richer compared to your bare skin.
But your perfect match will melt right into the skin. You won’t be able to tell where the foundation starts and where it ends.
I would not recommend impulse buying on foundations because it’s also important that you test it out for at least a day to find out if it’s ideal for your skin type and does it oxidize (AKA darken throughout the day) on your skin. However, in an absolute pickle if you must buy a foundation that day and they don’t have your perfect match and you feel stuck, always go for a shade that’s a bit richer because dark skin is more forgiving. If you choose a shade that’s too late and you take a photo with flash you will see a white cast. A foundation that’s slightly too dark in some cases can be balanced with highlighting the face with concealer and/or face powders.
So I hope you all find my technique on shade matching helpful and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below!