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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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!