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Beauty Launch~ Nicki Minaj for MAC

3 Dec

Nicki Minaj for MAC

With the launch of Nicki Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday on November 26th, rapper Nicki Minaj has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to launch a Pink Friday lipstick that is going to be available online only.

 A self-proclaimed fan of the brand, Minaj says she was so honored she teared up when meeting the M.A.C team for the first time. “They had no idea how much this meant to me,” she told PEOPLE. “I am super excited about the lipstick because I never imagined that M.A.C would even recognize me this early on in my career. For them to name the lipstick after my album makes me feel like I can do anything in the world because they are such an important brand and such an important staple in our culture.”

The lipstick shade is only available for sale on FRIDAYS. Its been doing very well and seems to sell out really early on Friday Mornings. But to get on the email list if you want to get the product you can go here.

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Celebrity’s Dead for World Aids Day

1 Dec
courtesy of buylife.org

Celebrities like Alicia Keys, Usher Raymond, Sarena Williams, Kim Kardashian, Janelle Monae and more have committed Digital Death in order to raise awareness for World Aids Day, which is TODAY.

BeautyFab! would like all our readers to get tested, support BuyLife.org in order to raise $1 million dollars for Aids Research and prevention.
For more pictures of beautiful celebrities who have committed Digital Death, look below.

Sarena Williams courtesy of Buylife.org

Kim Kardashian courtesy of buylife.org

Daphne Guiness courtesy of buylife.org

Swizz Beatz courtesy of buylife.org

Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine gives 5 Tips for Women of Color

10 Nov
 Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Women with medium to darker complexions know that makeup can often present challenges that cosmetic brands and beauty stories don’t always address.

“Women of color disproportionately spend money on cosmetics, yet often aren’t spoken to,” says makeup artist Sam Fine, who is known for his work on African-American celebrities like Vanessa Williams and Tyra Banks – and is also the author of “Fine: The Basics of Beauty.”

The celebrity makeup artist took a stroll with us through Duane Reade – which is New York City’s most prolific drugstore – and revealed his favorite budget buys while spilling the essential beauty tips he believes every woman of color should have in her arsenal.

1. Set brows with powder. Deeper-complected women naturally have darker brows, which means you’ll shape and fill in sparse areas with shades ranging from brown to dark espresso. Such dark color drawn right on the skin will stand out obviously unless you temper it down with a quick setting of powder that will make brows look more authentic. “You don’t need to necessarily match a powder to your brow pencil, you can just use the pressed powder you’d use on your face,” says Fine, who adds that he prefers Maybelline pencils and powders.

2. Don’t cover freckles. When applying foundation, your aim should never be to cover freckles – not only do they add character, but you’ll risk looking too ‘done’ if they’re opaquely painted over. “Tyra Banks loves her freckles so much that she’ll go back with an eyeliner pencil if she feels they’ve been too covered by makeup,” divulges Fine.

3. Prime bold lips first. Deeper tones can pull off beautiful splashes of color on the lips glamorously – but there’s nothing less attractive than a cracked and crumbly loud lip. Fine slips a layer of Aquaphor on his clients first, and then begins working on their makeup. By the time he gets to the pout, the hydration has soaked in and left lips silky, smooth and ready for a pop of color.

4. Use bronzer. “Bronzer isn’t a trend, it’s something every woman needs, even if you already have color!” says Fine, who prefers CoverGirl’s Queen Collection bronzers. Dusting a flat, neutral-toned bronzer around the perimeter of the face and underneath the length of the cheekbone will not only slim and accent bone structure, but help you photograph more flatteringly too.

5. Opt for cream concealer. Fine says that most women make the mistake of using too sheer of a concealer to cover up blemishes and spots, which won’t cut it for darker skin tones that require a thicker consistency. “The more coverage you have in a product, the less you’ll need to use. Using a higher coverage concealer will actually end up looking more natural than caking up layers of a sheerer concealer,” advises Fine.

written by Grace Gold for Stylelist

Photos: Ebony Magazine celebrates 65th Anniversary with Throwback Covers

10 Nov

courtesy of Ebony

Ebony Magazine has been bringing the stories of African Americans to our homes for over 6 decades. To commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Ebony Magazine, Ebony has recreated some of its most memorable covers that have featured the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Diana Ross, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more by recruiting the talent of Nia Long, Yolanda Adams, John Legend and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few.

There are 12 remade covers in all~ and we have them all. So take a look at the commemorative covers. They were phenomenally done! Happy Anniversary Ebony Magazine. Fab! job well done!.

All Magazine Covers courtesy of Ebony

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For more behind the scenes from the photo shoots, click here

Limited Fab!: MAC Cosmetics teams up with Marcel Wanders

5 Nov

The Marcel Wanders for MAC Cosmetics collection including (from left to right) Brush, Lipglass, Sheer Mystery Powder and Mascara. Photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics partnered with Industrial designer Marcel Wanders for a Limited Edition Collection with Limitless Fab! potential.

Marcel Wanders, a Dutch industrial designer had been wanting to partner with the cosmetic company for quite some time. It just so happens that James Gager of MAC Cosmetics, was looking for a designer to work with. The result  was a fabulous marriage of luxe cosmetics in stylized tubes, compacts and clutches all designed by Marcel.

MAC & Marcel Wanders collection will be in stores November 24th in the United States.

L’Oréal Paris Opens its first complete boutique in Bed, Bath & Beyond

4 Nov

L'Oréal Paris Complete Boutique Concept Store, Courtesy of L'Oréal Paris

Picture yourself shopping for a new bath mat or maybe a set of potholders and then bam! Your cart turns the corner and you’re faced with a brightly lit, glossy L’Oréal Paris boutique in the midst of Bed Bath & Beyond. If you’re on the Upper East Side in New York City, this dream is now a reality.

StyleList recently ventured to the beauty oasis where amidst the vacuums and towels, we found all of the brands’ products — from cosmetics and haircare to skincare and hair color.

Fortuitously, there are Bed Bath & Beyond associates also trained as beauty ambassadors by the L’Oréal Paris team that can help you choose between demi-, semi- and permanent hair color or help you determine which facial cleanser suits you best.

Talk about a convenient shopping experience!

“This is L’Oréal Paris first ‘complete’ boutique, and offers a wide-range of hair color, hair care, cosmetics and skincare products. As the number one beauty brand in the world, we are thrilled to offer our consumers one-on-one access to our latest technologies and the highest quality products,” Nathalie Kristo, Senior Vice President, Marketing, L’Oréal Paris told StyleList. “With help from our brand ambassadors, consumers visiting the L’Oréal Paris boutique at the Bed Bath & Beyond’s Upper East Side location will receive expert advice and tips.”

We wondered why did L’Oréal Paris choose Bed Bath & Beyond for their first shop-in-shop?

Bed Bath & Beyond is an accessible one-stop-shopping destination for many consumers. Bed Bath & Beyond’s Upper East Side location was the perfect fit for the L’Oréal Paris flagship boutique, as it allows busy New Yorkers access to convenient and accessible high quality beauty products at affordable prices. It’s an iconic retailer and we couldn’t be happier to partner with them,” adds Kristo.

We suspect we’ll see more of these partnerships popping up in lifestyle mega-stores soon.

–written by Lisa Schweitzer for StyleList

What was your MAC Holiday Collection 2010 Haul?

3 Nov
MAC Holiday Collection

So MAC Cosmetics had two launches for their Holiday Collection. Stores Nationwide were fully stocked with the new “Tartan Tale” Collection. So, BeautyFab! readers… what did you haul home?

Within the Holiday Collection there are pigments, nail polishes, brushes, blushes and lip gloss. Check out our previous posts for the break down of each launch.
This is what I took home and I tried it out on some friends for the Halloween season. Some of these colors along with the “painterly” primer that I used from MAC gave me a really great smoky eye look.
Check the pic below how the colors can look on your eye. As with the other shadows that are not in pre-made pallets, these colors have great pigment. They go on smooth and can be blended in a variety of ways to get different looks. You can use all or some, depending on the look you are going for.
Have you tried any of your products? Send us pictures. We’ll post them!

Five Steps to a Flawless Smoky Eye

28 Oct

There is nothing more Fab! then the smoky eye. The smoky eye is so Fab! because it is sexy and sultry. The origins of the smoky eye are that of the traditions of many years of women from many countries applying the Kohl make up to their lids in order to enhance their beauty.

There is indeed nothing more sophisticated then a flawless smoky eye. Your smoky eye can be used with the darker black eyeshadows and liners and it can also be ones that add other colors to highlight the lids.

Brittney Wright

Want to know how to do a flawless smoky eye in just a few steps? Want to know how the above look may look on you?

BeautyFab! tried it! our great friend is   is shown here with her smoky eye to demonstrate how the look shown above will look like on women of color.

Here are our five steps to a flawless smoky eye:

Step One: Prep your eye with Concealer. There are two that I would recommend, Make up Forever HD Concealer & MAC Concealer Stick. Make sure that you place concealer on your entire eye up to the brown line, underneath your eye from the lash line to the top of your cheek and to even take it up a notch, place concealer above your eye brow and blend well.

Step Two: Use an eye liner pencil or  Black Liquid liner and line the top and bottom rims of your eye. We suggest a Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil.

Step Three: With a small domed brush, apply your favorite black or dark eyeshadow beginning from the outer corner working your way in towards the inner in tiny circles in order to blend well. Make sure that you are making an almond shape. You can continue this step as many times you want in order to make sure that more pigment is in the outer corner then your inner.  

Then smooth out and soften the liquid line underneath your lid with the excess that is left on your brush. If you would like, you can also use a small flat or angular brush to do this as well.

Step Four: Apply Mascara and/or false lashes. If you have not found a mascara that you love just yet, let me recommend to you my favorite for the moment, Maybelline Falsies Mascara.

Step Five: Clean up around the bottom of your eye, the shadow that may have fallen. Make sure that you blend in your eyeshadow and you may have to touch up the concealer with a neutral powder to highlight your brow bone.

VOILA!  Try it out and let us know how it goes!

You can use these suggested products or browse through the catalog to order your Fab! favorites!

Fab! Splurge or Save? Sephora vs MAC

26 Oct

courtesy of Sephora

Will you Splurge or Save?

Sephora has just added what they call a “baked” eyeshadow trio. I am sure that its called baked to refer to the fact that this trio unlike their other ones in the past will hold up over time. 

With a new formula that boasts that it will give you the perfect smokey eye with a smooth finish, each color in this trio offers a look that has a large amount of a gold shimmer in it.  So, clearly don’t choose this trio if you want a matte look.

Sephora’s baked eyeshadow trios come in six different colorways. The one shown here is Meteor Shower. It may be a bit sheer and really shimmery when you first apply the shadow. But if used wet, each shade is intensified to give you more pigment on the eye; the darker shade can even be used as an eyeliner.

It sounds good, but we can’t help but notice that the Sephora brand is trying to offer a slightly lower costing version of this MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow (trio).

Take a look for yourself.  The difference here of course is formula and cost. You get what you pay for. If you want to save a few dollars, go with the Sephora brand ($17). We believe that the Sephora brand will not crack and break as it has been known to do in the past, since it was said they had changed the formula and employees have been raving about that fact. But you could also go with the MAC brand ($19.50). What do you think?

Fab! Tried It: Celebrity Makeup Breakdown ~ Scarlett Johansson

22 Oct

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When I saw this picture of Scarlett Johansson at the Mango Fashion Awards, I was curious if I could achieve the same look.

Scarlett’s make up is a simple metallic smoky eye and pale pink lip with no blush and eyeliner to accentuate both the top and the under eye.

Check out my trial and step by step in order to achieve the same look for yourselves~

Things you will need, I just used these:

Black Liquid Liner – MAC Liquid Liner

Smoke Gray Eyeshadow – Maybelline Stylish Smokes (06)

Gold Eyeshadow – MAC Goldmine

Rice colored Eyeshadow – MAC Ricepaper

Eyebrown Pencil – Maybelline Define-A-Line (Black/Brown)

Mascara – Maybelline Falsies Volume Express

Pink Lipstick – Maybelline Totally Toffee 215

Ricepaper eyeshadow goes under your brow and blended down to your lash line. Then carefully apply with a fluffy brush the Goldmine eyeshadow to your lid. Take a thin angled brush and line under your eye half way and within the corner. The Smoke Gray eyeshadow should be applied to the corner of your eyes and blended towards the center of your eye. BLEND BLEND BLEND these all together. Fully line your eye, making sure to get under your lash, the corner of your eyes and under your eye. Apply Mascara to your top and bottom lash then your pink lipstick and voila!

This look does indeed work well on all skin tones. I loved it. Try it out and tell me how you did. What do you think?