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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Summer Foundation Routine – This is coming super late but by popular demand – ze ladies aaaalways ask me: JACKIE, how did I get my foundation to last aaaaall daaaaaaay girrrrrrl?! Well, they don’t exactly say it like that, but in some form or another I constantly give tips on getting long wearability out of foundation, or how to control it during hot months, how to keep foundation from magically disappearing throughout the day, etc etc.
So I thought I’d compile this list of my top summer foundation tips. This also includes an updated routine as to how I do my ‘everyday’ look. Everyday is written in quotations but quite frankly I don’t have the time to do this every single day like I used to, I wish I did though!
DON’T FOR ONE SECOND think that because you have oily skin you can skip on moisturizer, you can’t! Don’t try it! You’re only hurting yourself in the long run. Wrinkles are real out chea, and I am not down for that. My favorite moisturizer is actually surprisingly extra virgin coconut oil. I get mine from Trador Joes and I use it ALL over my bawdy girl. Like, hair, skin, homemade deodorant, I’ve done it all! It keeps my skin soft and yet is still light-weight on my oily-combination skin.
2. Use a primer
If you want your foundation to LAST how else do you suppose it’s going to do so if it doesn’t have something to adhere to? Moisturize to benefit your skin, prime to benefit your makeup. Keep it light and simple.
3. Milk of Magnesia! Still one of my all time favorite and strangest tips to date. Don’t know how to works, but dab a bit of Phillips milk of magnesia onto your oily parts for instant mattification of the skin. I PROMISE YOU, it works. Not only that, but it LASTS
4. Wear a light weight foundation, tinted moisturizer or a BB cream
Not only is it good to let your skin breathe during the summer but since daylight isn’t very forgiving you want something that will appear lighter and more natural. I have a ton of personal favorites but lately I go back and forth between the Smashbox BB Cream and the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer. Between the two the Laura Mercier is definitely my favorite. So much that I’ve been wearing it as my night time/going out foundation too!
Or do like I do and get a two-in-one product like the two BB creams I just mentioned above. You NEED to protect your skin during the summer ladies!
From setting to finishing, you should be doing both! It instantly blots out any of the shine the foundation may have caused and will not only give you an extra layer of coverage but will help the foundation last longer. I like using the Ben Nye Banana Visage Powder and the Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder.
7. BOLD LIPS!
This isn’t foundation related but it is related to summer foundation at all but I just think we should take advantage of these warm summer months to pull out our brighter lip colors to compliment our gorgeous brown skin and tans in the summer. And ladies if you’re not tanning you don’t have to be afraid of color! Coral, fuchsia, bright pinks and purples yaaaaaay!
Do any of you have any summer foundation tips that you’re loving right now or just want to share? Let’s chat!
Shoutout to my abaya and kaftan rockers out there, I really could wear these things every day! It makes me reminisce about my Kuwait days. Oh the middle east, how I miss you so.
Kaftans are the new maxi dresses! Need one in every single color and design asap!
I’ll take a kaftan or an abaya over a bodycon dress anyday! Even though I think I rock the hell out of both
It was blazing HOT today and I spent the day in Orange County and the Inland Empire. It quickly became evident to me that living in Los Angeles and near the beaches has me spoiled because I was toasted all day! And although I have the body and am confident in scantily clad attire from time to time, there’s something so sexy about being decked out from head to toe in a beautiful gown that’s not the least bit revealing.
I found this gown at a gift shop while vacationing in Dubai. The shoes are from Bakers. It’s completely see through so I wore a black camisole strappy tank with black liquid leggings. There are tons of great places on Ebay that sell super cute kaftans like this one! (I’ve done searches on them)
Yesterday, July 28th, marked exactly one month since my friend lost her life. But I still remember word for word exactly how I found out and where I was like it was yesterday. Lately I have been in between two churches: one here in Los Angeles, and another about 50 miles away in the Orange County area. I have been attending the local church lately but something in my heart was telling me to go to Saddleback in Orange County yesterday as it was Pastor Rick’s very first time back at the church since the passing of his son and I really really wanted to see him speak. His son was mentally ill and committed suicide in April of this year. The day’s sermon turned out to be THE STAGES OF GRIEVING, healing, and how they have still found HOPE and JOY despite what they’ve been going through after losing their son. I am so glad I made the drive!!!!! I needed to be there more than anywhere yesterday. The church was jam packed and not a single person had a dry eye today. Crazy how God puts you in the right places with the right people. No such thing as coincidence.
Thank you all for your time and for allowing me to share bits and pieces of my life with you all <3
Today marks one month since I lost one of my best friends.
Which would explain my one month hiatus from YouTube and blogging.
Her name was Stefanie Vannesa Ramirez. Yes that is Stefanie with an ‘F’ and Vannesa with two n’s *rolls neck*. I met her in the 6th grade at Lassalette Elementary school in La Puente, California. I was 10 years old and she’s been my friend ever since. She was also my now roommate. A lot of changes have been happening lately some bad and some good, but I am looking forward to the day I can finally look back and not be sad about her death but instead be happy that she lived and that I got to be apart of it all! I am slowly working towards getting there.
Rest in Paradise Stefanie, this look is for you <3 I love you so much baby girl.
So Stefanie was THE HUGEST Lakers fan!!! She LOVED her some Kobe Bryant, so I thought what better way to do something purple and gold for her!
Here is my top 7 list of makeup tips for all skin tones; my top makeup myths debunked! This blog is a LONG time coming!
Many of you who have followed my vlogging journey since 2009 have known that I am dead-set and adamant about doing for women of color what we are told not to do with makeup. I am quite certain women of opposite are probably told the same things from time to time. So I thought, why not include them both!
SO here is my list of makeup tips for all skin tones!
#7. Wearing Eyeshadow
I hear many women of color say they do not look good with eyeshadow. But guess what? That’s so not true! You can actually rock the hell out of eyeshadow! It all just depends on how and where it’s place. You also must take into consideration most importantly your undertones. Example: I have golden undertones, true white, silvers, and pastel colors tend to look so-so on me but once I throw on a neon, gold, cream or summer warm fire colors they compliment me the most.
I truly believe that this myth is also due in part to the many various eye shapes there are out there. Examples, for women who have a ‘monolid’ have a very little eyecrease, you can find your hidden crease area by literally following the shape of your eyeball. Be sure to stick to dark matte colors as they will help the area appear receded and give you a creased look!
For myself, I have a combination between a prominent eye shape and an almond eye shape. The prominent part of my eye makes it sometimes look like I have puffy eyes on my bottom lash line so I used to never wear eyeshadow there! Now I know to stay away from shimmery/icy and light shadows that highlight that area giving the illusion that they are “poofyer” than they really area.
#6 Smokey Eyes
Why is this even a topic of debate anymore?! A classic smokey eye looks amazing on every skin tone! The key to getting this one to work, once again, is taking into consideration what will compliment your eye shape the most. And yes it is perfectly okay to have dark skin and wear black eyeshadow! Blend blend blend that ish girl! Use your transitional colors! matte blacks, grays, and even your skintone colors to tone down the harshness of some of those darker smokey colors. And don’t limit yourself to just black smokey eyes! Eggplant purples, navy blues, and deep greens can all be made into a sexy smokey look. You can also choose to ‘play up’ and smoke certain parts of the eyes. For example your bottom lash line, your outer crease area, etc.
#5 Bronzing and Contouring
This one really grinds my gears because they is nothing sexier than a bronzed or contoured beat for the Gods face. Oh wait, that’s makeup artist lingo. Sorry ladies. Beat for the God’s literally translates into “really fierce makeup”, for those that do not know! Don’t know where to begin with contouring or what products to use? Start with a foundation or a powder, choose a shade that is 1-2 shades darker than you, depending on how dramatic you’d like the effect to be, and go from there! And for my deep dark sisters if you can’t find anything thats dark enough you can always use a matte black eyeshadow. Just BLEND and start with very little product and then build your way up.
#4 Bold Eyeshadow
This one pretty much goes hand in hand with number one. This is a big one for my fair-toned ladies. You’d be surprised at how amazing bold color contrasts against fair skin! Don’t be afriad! Take baby steps. Start with a pop of color in your waterline, work your way up to other parts of your eyes and next thing you know you’ll be rocking pink brows! Just kidding!
If I were to take a poll amongst women who wear little to no makeup, realistically I think 9 out of 10 women would say they are scared of blush. Blush CAN be quite scary when not blended properly! Don’t let anyone ruin it for you! Start with peach and orange! These two colors I find tend to read the most subtle and natural on most complexions, they warm up the skin without being too obvious and my favorite is this look on darker skin. You would be surprised! Another quick tip: Creme blushes usually give a more natural and sheer wash of color versus powder blushes which tend to be more pigmented. If you want extra staying powder with your blush start with a sheer application of peach blush and set it with a matching powder blush on top, the creaminess of the creme blush will give the powder something to stick to!
#2 Nude Lips
We ALL know I am a huge endorser of this one and have been for years. I’ve overheard countless artists in the past say nude lips don’t look good on darker women. That clearly is far from the truth! For the not so ‘ashy’ appearance pair if with a SOFT or nude brown liner. I promise you, lipliner isn’t just for grandmothers and cholas anymore! Women of lighter complexions can do the same thing to if you’d like the contoured lip look rather than the zombie look.
#1 Red Lips
Although a classic red lip is not my favorite look to rock I absolutely love the way MAC Ruby Woo looks on me, but I didn’t always feel that way. Until I tried this simple little trick: pairing it with a soft brown lipliner. This is the trick to pretty much getting all colors to work for you if you have darker lips like me. And more importantly, pay attention to undertones!!
That pretty much tops my list of things I’d recommend for all skin tones! OF course this list is not limited to just the things I have named, what are some makeup myths you think need to be debunked for different skin tones?