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 have to be brutally honest, IMATS LA was something I have been dreading for MONTHS now. Anyone who is in the military knows why I say this. Being in large uncontrolled crowds without a weapon? Complete lack of situational awareness while people crowd around you from all corners without you being able to see what they’re doing from behind your back? I’m cool bruh!
If it wasn’t for my readers and viewers who had asked me if I was going to be attending, as well as some of the sweetheart vloggers I knew would be coming out here and I’ve been watching and supporting for years (Makeupd0ll, Nitraab, etc) I would not have gone. I do love meeting people but I prefer the environment to be much more relaxed and controlled so I pushed my nervousness and borderline claustrophobia aside and decided to come anyway. I’m so glad I did!
I met so many amaaaazing people this weekend and I’m constantly reminded of the amount of positivity and support there is from YouTube and the beauty community.
Some of the beautiful subscribers I met, how are my subbies so freakin gorg though?!
Oh and peep some of the goodies I snagged from this year’s show, thank you Sugarpill for being such an avid supporter of me and my channel, check out their new line of cruelty free brushes guys. I’ve already used them in a makeup tutorial and I’m quite impressed! Eve Pearl came through too and I’m excited to feature my new stuff on the channel!
I am so blessed to have met many of you lovely ladies at the show this year! Here’s to another year of success, creativity and inspiration to all of you. See you next year ladies!
Guys like natural makeup right? Meh, who cares what they like!
Okay just kidding.
This makeup look is for all my Valentine’s Day makeup divas out there, NO it’s not too early to start planning now! This look also comes by request from a subscriber who wanted to see something glowy and dewy, as many of us know most men prefer the softer “no makeup makeup” type of looks. We thought this would be appropriate for a date with a gentleman so I hope you all enjoy what I came up with!
The idea behind this look was to be soft clean, and something that won’t scare away your beaux.
Here’s what I used in this tutorial
Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 | Dark
Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
Face Atelier Pro Ultra Foundation | 0+
Youngblood Hi Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder | Warmth
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And if you’re really feeling flirty this year and want to step it up from your usual natural glam check out this Valentine’s day makeup tutorial I did last year featuring a sexy, deep red lip.
I know this blog post came super delayed but with IMATS coming and going I have been pretty busy all weekend, as I’m sure many of you have been as well! It was an honor and pleasure getting know many of you this weekend, and thanks so much to each of you for being kind, joyful, encouraging and just showing some love to me this weekend! I am truly grateful for that!
Aaliyah would have 35 today and every time the anniversary of her death or her birthday rolls along I think about her and mourn for her still as if she was my friend when she was not. Happy birthday baby girl
In honor of her birthday today I’m sharing some of the Aaliyah Makeup Tutorial series of videos I did for her in 2012. Can you believe it’s been a year and a half since that series?
And I couldn’t not discuss one of my favorite Aaliyah songs, Rock the Boat
Today we also celebrate the birthday of the First Lady Michelle Obama and songstress Sade Adu who happens to be my favorite musical singer
Just doing my part to give credit where it’s due and recognize not only a women who once made an impact on culture but the women who are alive now paving the way and setting a positive example of what it means to be a woman of color.
Alright, now shout out your favorite Aaliyah or Sade song in the comments!
Question for you guys: I know where I stand on this topic and I stand pretty firmly but I want to hear your opinion!
After living in Kuwait for a year and seeing skin bleach creams in every cosmetic isle it appears as if as a society we are more impacted by this than I initially thought. Skin bleaching is very very popular in countries like Nigeria, and it appears to be common in the Asian community as well.
Do you think it’s okay for black women to bleach their skin?