In a world where we are bombarded with images and advertising that is focused on the desire to lose the grey, moisturize the wrinkles away, and even inject the poisons of the fountain of youth into our faces; it is now time to embrace the years beyond our 20′s and welcome our 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and now 70′s. I’ve mentioned before that I have a healthy relationship with the aging process. Of course this is easy to say, I am decades away from the ripe age of 50. Then I see women, beauty icons, Dianne Carroll, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren and Raquel Welch embracing beauty, vitality and sexuality beyond 50 and I couldn’t be more excited to join them.
Adding to my celebration of the ages, Cole Haan, has tapped four of its contemporaries that epitomize the brand for its fall advertising campaign. “Born in 1928,” is Cole Haan’s newest campaign featuring individual portraits of writer Maya Angelou, photographer Elliott Erwitt, astronaut Jim Lovell and model China Machado, all of whom are 85 years old, with the exception of Machado, who is 84. I love that we are evolving and embracing the beauty and grace that accompanies growing up.
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Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Miss New York, the second consecutive Miss America winner from the Empire State, way to make us NY’ers proud! Nina Davuluri, 24, sashayed off with the tiara and the $50,000 scholarship cash. She performed an electric Bollywood fusion dance. Davuluri hopes to become a doctor, like her father, who is an obstetrician. Davuluri, is the first Indian-American to serve as Miss New York and is the first Miss America winner of Indian descent. Quote of the night: “Be confident in who you are!”Posted in Celeb | Tagged 24, Be confident in who you are!, first, Indian descent, Miss America 2014, Miss New York, Nina Davuluri | Leave a comment
Leave it to Tyra Banks to debut a project awesome enough to distract us from the craziness that is New York Fashion Week. Not only did Banks transform herself into her idol, the 39 year old transformed herself into Cindy Crawford circa 1990 taking 20 years off of her already beautiful face and bod! Incredible!
On Saturday morning, the supermodel and super mogul tweeted a statement: “So U know when U R gonna announce an OMG-that-is-so-COOL PhotoProject 2day U’VE been working on 4 a year that’ll BlowPeople’sMinds”Celeb | Tagged Cindy Crawford, icon, super model, transforms, Tyra Banks | Leave a comment
As we all await the October 3rd premier of ABC’s hit series SCANDAL we can look forward to seeing more of our favorite love torn, heroine as she delights on the October cover of Glamour magazine. In the issue Washington talks about her very exciting career, being a newlywed, a dash of politics and of course Scandal fashion. Kerry Washington has made history as the first Black-American woman to cover Vanity Fair, she is the first black woman to headline a network tv series in over 40 years, successfully pulled off a secret wedding (who knew she had a boyfriend? ) and fingers crossed she will follow in the footsteps of Dianne Carroll and walk away with a prime time “Best Actress in a Drama Series” Emmy! I admire Kerry Washington she is smart, sexy, stylish and sophisticated and I hope her star continues to rise.Covers and Mags | Tagged 3rd, cover, glamour magazine, kerry washington, legs, little black dress, natural makeup, october, Scandal ABC | Leave a comment
There is not often motivation in throwing out what you think is a perfectly good beauty product. Did you know that makeup; mascara, lip gloss, and concealer has an expiration date? This is a fact! I am a advocate of cleanliness and sanitary makeup practices when it comes to makeup, especially anything that one would place on their eyes and lips. Maybe there is no “cure for the common cold” but what if part of the cure is tossing out the lip gloss that you had when you were sick last week. Check out this makeup chart from Makeup.com , it may cost you a few dollars to update your makeup but save you a few sick days!
Want more tips on keeping your makeup and makeup kit clean? Check out my: “Kit Essentials”Posted in Make up | Tagged clean makeup, concealer, Cure to the common cold, eye liner, foundation, how long can I, how long should I keep my, lauren napier makeup artist, lip gloss, liquid, mascara, natural beauty | Leave a comment
This is history that is not taught in the school books, this is the life altering experience and legacy of our grandparents and great-grandparents. The forefathers of a new America who came in peace, sang, marched and faced fatal opposition so that we, their children, grandchildren, and generations to follow could have freedom, choice and opportunity. To know your history is to know your greatness. What are you doing to honor their sacrifice, what are you doing to honor yourself?
I will leave you with my top 10 favorite MLK quotes:
- Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
- In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
- Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
- That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.Posted in Feature | Tagged 50th, Act, anniversary, baby, Civil Rights Movement, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream, Jackie Kennedy, Jaqueline, March on Washington, MLK, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Voting Rights, wife, with daughter | Leave a comment
This is not flashy, it’s not vulgar. This is beauty, this is fashion and Ciara and Paper Magazine have shown that a beautiful image can capture the interest of readers without subjecting them to lewd imagery. In the piece, the 27 year old pop-r&b singer shares her personal growth, coming into her own, being more vulnerable and losing the “tomboy” image. It looks as though she has shed the “fem-macho” image and has embraced her feminine qualities.
Check back on papermag.com for more photos and a fun, dance-filled behind-the-scenes video with Ciara.
Styled by Natalie Joos / Hair by Cesar Ramirez using Kerastase /Shu Uemura at Dew Beauty Agency / Makeup by Yolanda Frederick using MAC Cosmetics for Goldfinger Creative Agency, Atlanta. Producer: Stephanie Porto / Photographer’s Assistants: Jeff Allen and Jordan Zuppa / Stylist’s Assistant: Yety Akinola/ Props: Chris Stone/ Digital Tech: Justin Chan Shot at Fast Ashleys Studio
I am a huge fan of beautifully designed and functioning makeup brushes. I visited the Marc Jacobs Cosmetics store, located at 385 Bleecker Street in Manhattan’s West Village. I then fell head over heels in love with the designer’s collection of makeup brushes.
Face I, Liquid Foundation Brush: The Face I Liquid Foundation Brush is the smart match for Genius Gel Foundation. Specially designed for optimal use with our gel-based formula, the oversized brush head with tapered bristles allows for expert application with an airbrushed finish. $48.00
Face II, Sculpting Foundation Brush: This innovative, smartly angled brush design lets you sculpt your foundation into a perfectly flawless finish. The Face II enhances the application and finish of Perfection Powder, but can also be used with liquid and mousse foundations. $48.00
Blush Angled, Blush Brush: It’s easy to be Shameless. Expertly angled, this natural hair blush brush delivers a contoured application of Shameless Bold Blush with little effort. The Blush pairs with modern, creamy powder textures to build coverage easily. The shape, bristle width, and density are optimized to pick up product for a seamless application in one sweep. $38.00
The Bronze, Bronzer Brush, Feather-soft and extra large, the Bronze Bronzer Brush has an innovative, extra wide design that perfectly pairs with O!Mega Bronze. This luxurious, generously sized brush was designed for fast application and instant bronzing gratification. $78.00Posted in Brushes, Celeb | Tagged blush brush, bronzer brush, foundation brush, Marc Jacobs, sculpting | Leave a comment
Pre-fall fashion is all about the color grey. Not necessarily dictated by the fashion designer’s fabric choice but by makeup artists who’ve often chosen bold hues and color splashes to compliment the fashion trend of the moment . This season, shades of ash smolder over eyelids. Like a cloudy day the muted color palette pulls you into a haze of calm, allowing the eye to feast over a look in its entirety.
Hoary tones are pared with heavy lashes, softly contoured cheeks and the most neutral lip pigments. This look is wearable on every skintone and can be tailored for day or night. Dare to be different, go grey!Posted in Cheek, Eye, Lips | Tagged all skin tones, beauty, fall fashion, grey, Hoary, makeup, natural, trend | Leave a comment