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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Fortunately for me, I never thought I’d have to cover a topic like this. One thing about me and makeup – as much as I love it and it’s my passion I am by NO means a makeup hoarder. I usually think long and hard before a splurge and do plenty of research on the product long before buying and I rarely impulse shop. Ever.
Most (if not all) the things in my kit I actually get full use out of which is great because girl I AIN’T TRYNA WASTE NO MONEY. Every once in a while I go get tempted try out a new product that’s been hyped or raved about. And quite frankly, no matter how much research you do, from time to time you’re still going to stumble upon a product that just WON’T work for you. Here’s my list of products that just did not cut it for me…
But with the twist! At the end of the video I talk about products that I THOUGHT I had no use for, and then I finally picked them up one day and began to love them!
So here’s the products I have that have been somewhat of a fail for me (with number 1 being the MOST epic).
(photo courtesy of maccosmetics.com)
6. MAC Selecr Sheer Loose Powder
There’s no doubt in my mind that this product probably works phenomenally. People truly do rave over this one. Except if it actually came in my shade!!! I mistakenly purchased NC45 for some odd reason and it just sits on my shelf collecting dust, hence why it’s on this list. I regret buying it because I don’t even use it in my kit!
(photo courtesy of google.com)
5. Wet & wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner
This one was a fail for me on so many levels. BUT it might also have to do with the fact that I ordered it online and perhaps during the shipping process it might have effected the product. But by the time it made it here to Kuwait, it was oil slick and greasy, not at all like what a gel liner is supposed to feel like. It felt like I was putting lip gloss on my eyelids. Not at all opaque! And I’ve had several of my readers say the same thing, so hmmm it makes me wonder if I got a bad batch or not. This was is up in the air. Either way, I wasted my money with this one.
(photo courtesy of maccosmetics.com)
4. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Went to the MAC store one day because I ran out of the usual Select CoverUp Concealer in NW40 that I usually use but they were SOLD OUT. I was in dire need that evening of concealer and it was the only MAC store in the vicinity so I just bought the Pro Longwear on a whim. The girl who worked there swore up and down I’d prefer this one. I took it home and hated it!!!! As a matter of fact, I used it for about a week to give it fair judgement and even still hated it. It’s super matter formula is too drying for my under-eyes. It highlights fine lines in places I didn’t even know I had fine lines lol I’ve heard of several people saying this concealer is actually amazing as a foundation and I have no doubt that it is, especially since I have combination skin. But unfortunately it’s too light for me to be used all over face. *sigh*
(photo courtesy of sirielaine.com)
3. MAC 205 Brush
Just an eyelash fan brush that sits in my brush belt looking all professional-ish. Except I barely use it! I really wanted to like this brush, but I feel the mascara wand on its own does the exact same thing and I rarely reach for it.
(photo courtesy of google.com)
2. Maybelline Baby Lips
Remember my review on this one a couple months ago? Yeah, I still feel the same. The baby lips to me were just overrated and overhyped. I have dry lips and it did nothing for me. And the pink tint? It reminds me of a hooker lol
(photo courtesy of maybelline.com)
1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
I’m sorry Maybelline, but really I expect SO much more from you. Maybelline is quite possibly one of my favorite drugstore brands. Not only did this foundation not work for me, but erm. Well, let me just keep it clean. It was WAY too greasy for my combination skin. And my skin is really not that oily. I didn’t care for the shade range either, the darker ones ran a bit too red for my liking when a lot of African American women are more golden. One thing I didn’t particularly care for either; I didn’t get to peep the ingredients but I noticed my skin burned a bit upon applying. The same way my skin burns after a fresh chemical peel. Yeah, so that one got tossed with the quickness. Sorry Maybelline, you know I love you and in my eyes you can do no wrong! But this one was a no-go for me!
Products that I thought were a fail but ended up being an epic #WIN
(photo courtesy of nitrolicious.com)
MAC Lustre Drops
WHY did it take me well over a year to learn how to properly use this stuff?! *Face palm* This stuff, mixed in with your favorite foundation can turn your matte finish to an instant JLO glow in seconds. The Lustre drops have a pearl finish and for dark skin (FAQ) in no way does it effect the color of the foundation itself, so don’t worry about that (as long as you don’t apply too much of course). It just makes it look more sun-kissed and dewey, without effecting the benefits of wearing a matte founation (controlling oil) It’s like the best of both worlds! In my video review I was talking about a client of mine that requested a “JLO” look, and this was exactly how I achieved it. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation and put in a few squirts of Lustre Drops and I wanted to show you guys how her makeup turned out. She GLOWED that day! I also threw in a couple photos of another client wearing MAC Lustre Drops on a “forest fairy” themed photoshoot I did a few months ago.
Don’t they look amazing on both of these ladies??
(photo courtesy of covergirl.com)
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer
Oh the things you discover when you run out of supplies! This one was a gem in disguise. Normally I do my contouring with MAC Contour Powder in Shadowy, but when things started to get low, I finally summed up the courage to pick up my Covergirl bronzer. Never really understood the hype behind bronzers, until I actually used it. It’s amazing on dark skin! Especially in the summer when you want the benefits of adding a contour without it being too cool on your skin. It’s definitely appropriate for the season. Love these and Sam Fine highly recommends them!!!
So there’s my otherwise known as epic fail list. I hope you all enjoyed. Sorry for getting a new post out so late, love yall!
This is a list of my all-time favorite nude lip colors, most of them happen to be MAC because as many of you know I used to work there. MAC is easily accessible and since most of you guys are familiar with the brand I hope you all find this video helpful!
Whoever said black girls can’t wear nude lipsticks was a LIE!
Here’s the secret to getting it to work: pair it with a BROWN lipliner. A soft brown lipliner will prevent that light-white ring you’re used to seeing whenever you try to wear a nude lipcolor on its own. The brown will provide a much more natural transition color from your natural skin tone, to the lipstick. Since many of us have dark lips, this works great! My favorites are Chestnut and Cork (my favorite) by MAC.
In no particular order…
1. Viva Glam V Lipstick by MAC – an amazing perfect, everyday wearable nude pink that provides just enough color to be worn in the office.
2. Viva Glam Lipglass by MAC – Same as #1 in a gloss form. I don’t pair the two together, though. That’s too boring for me!
3. C-Thru Lipglass by MAC – Definitely a great lipgloss when I want a light-nude lip
4. Petty Beige Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – this one is a great dupe for #6! Except lip tars aren’t glossy
5. Revealing Lipglass by MAC – HANDS down my faaaavorite nude lipsglass! I get the sexiest nude lips with this one and so many compliments! I feel as if this one is my staple nude lip product
6. Siss Lipstick by MAC – A really going out clubbing nude when you want that beautiful, Iman via Sam Fine sculpted lip
7. Fresh Brew Lipstick by MAC – a great everyday wearable nude that’s a bit darker than Siss, and is a Lustre finish so it’s so much more moisturizing!
8. Faux Lipstick by MAC – a very feminine and girly nude pink when I want a more flirty look
9. Peachstock Lipstick by MAC – ding ding ding, the WINNER is this one! Let me tell you, I wear the HELL out of my Peachstock lipstick! Pair this with Cork lipliner, and Revealing lipglass. It’s the epitome of what a nude lip is supposed to look like. And I love wearing it with my blues!
Freshbrew lipstick (totally forgot to swatch this one so here’s a photo of me wearing it)
Those are just a few of my favorites to show you all there are plenty of nude lippies for us to go around!! Feel free to share yours
This is my guideline of brushes I feel that essentially every woman and/or makeup wearer needs to own! And this is what I consider the bare minimum!
The MAC 187
Great for foundation, gives you that nice airbrush finish that we’re all dying to have and it blends your liquid foundations like a dream. Nobody likes a frosting face!
A brow brush
I don’t have a particular favorite, the one I currently own is a tow-up Sonia Kashuk brush that I’ve owned for like 5 years that I refuse to replace for some odd reason LOL
ANYTHING from the E.L.F. Professional Line!!
Okay if you’ve ever seen E.L.F. (Eyes Lips Face) in a local drugstore or like a Target you may know that they’ve got several different options for their brushes. They’ve got their standard line, that has the white handles, and their professional line with the black handles. Okay, the brushes with the white labels SUCK. Save your $3 on those. But the brushes with the black handles are THE shiznit! Now granted they’re definitely not professional quality, and will not last you very long. The ferrels get detached from the bristles quite easily after cleaning them. But for THREE DOLLARS, and sometimes when they have sales you can get them as cheap at $1 each, can you really afford to complain? lol What I love most about their brushes is they’re sooooo soft, I think they’re amazing for a drugstore product and although they might not last you years and years, they’re still a great product! Especially those on a tight budget.
A large powder brush, a concealer brush, and small powder brush.
All of these you can find from the E.L.F. line and they are actually pretty awesome. The large powder brush so that you can apply sheer wash of face powders, the concealer for, well, concealer lol and the small powder brush for more intense color, such as applying blush.
Sigma E35 or any eyeshadow blending brush
This one is literally a MUST HAVE for eyeshadow! The Sigma E35, most comparable to the MAC 222 brush, has tightly packed bristles. This will allow more intense distribution of color yet will still allow you to blend well.
MAC 224 Brush
It’s quite like the Sigma E35 brush mentioned above except not as dense; the bristles are loose which allows for a sheer wash of color or when you might have over applied an eyeshadow in your crease and need something to tone it down with and blend some of the color out. This brush also works amazingly well with blending out concealer under the eyes. (the Pixiwoo gals taught me that one)
Sigma E55 or the MAC 239
Both brushes are quite similar in that they are designed for the application of eyeshadow on the eyelids. All that blending you’ll be doing in your crease is great but you’ll need something to be able to really pick up the color, grab it, and then press onto your eyelids and actually have the color show up. These brushes will do that for you.
An eyeliner brush
This one can either be a straight pointed tip, or an angled brush. If you’re on a budget you may want to consider just sticking with an angled brush, reason being is that is also doubles as a brow shading brush. Get more bang fo yo buck!
Other tools and things lest we not forget!
Latex Sponges – never underestimate the power of these things! They’re old school but let me tell you, they work wonders…
Beauty Blender Sponge – this one is like the new version of the old school latex sponges but better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good to have both. There is things the beauty blender really can’t do (like under eye area) but they blend foundations BETTER (yes I said it) much much better than brushes!
Powder poofs – those old things you used to play in whenever you’d dig into your moms makeup bag when you were a kid. Yea, turns out those things are incredible for applying loose and pressed powder products when you want a flawless finish.
And tada! That’s it! Those are my essentials and starters. What are your favorites?
Recently one of my favorite makeup artists on YouTube, GossMakeupArtist, did a video tutorial on how to achieve the coveted Kim Kardashian concealer method that everyone is raving about. Regardless of whether you love or hate the gal, her makeup always looks on point. And the tutorial he uploaded inspired me to show you all how to achieve similar results but for darker skin women. There are many makeup artists and enthusiasts alike that want to emulate Kim K’s makeup looks. I have yet to (personally speaking) find one for dark women. So here’s my take on it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
A full coverage concealer – I’m using MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer in NW40
A medium coverage concealer – I used MAC’s Select Cover-Up, also in NW40
(both of the above mentioned concealers are lighter than my complexion and serve as a highlight, you want to use something that’s one-two shades lighter than you)
A translucent setting powder – I am using the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Beauty Blender sponge and latex (or non latex) sponges
A fixing spray – I used MAC’s Fix +
A face powder – I used the Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Dark Deep by MAC
I haven’t been this excited about color in a LONG time!
Sugarpill recently launched a new four-color eyeshadow palette and I am digging it for the spring/summer. They’ve done it again!
Expect to see more from me using this bad boy!
I seriously LIVE for this palette, this line, and everything they stand for.
The palette comes with 4 HUGE shadows
Not that I’m super big on product packaging and stuff of that nature, not how can you not love the way these products are put together? So girly and feminine. This stuff inspires me and makes me want to be creative all the time. Whenever I’m at a shoot and I really need to impress, I bring out the Sugarpill!
I hope to see them branch to see them branch out and bring more to this line. Don’t you think they’d make a KILLER lipstick collection?? I sure do! But for now I will just continue to enjoy their eyeshadows, pigments, and lashes!
Here’s what I used in the video tutorial:
Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette
Sugarpill Lashes (no name or #)
Maybelinne Lash Stiletto Mascara
Maybellina Ultra Liner
MAC Eye Kohl in Feline
Sugarpill Lumi Pigment
Here’s what I’m wearing on the rest of my mug:
Makeup Forever HD Foundation in 177
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Deep Dark
La Femme Blush in Terracotta
MAC Cork lipliner
OCC Liptar in Tone