Ms. Dandridge, part 4: Finish the eyes; highlight the cheeks; do the lips

Le sigh. You have flawless skin, you’ve added some eye color (notice in the picture above that Ms. D has on very little eye color)–now you’re in the home stretch and ready to stick the landing 🙂

1. Eye liner is crucial. Always put on eyeliner before mascara. The major eyeliner media are pencil, liquid, powder, and gel. Whatever you choose, the key is building. Begin by making little dots of color along your lash line. Then, connect those dots with more dots. As you become more experienced, you’ll start zipping right through that eye liner!
*Pencil: The easiest and most forgiving to apply. If you “mess up,” you can always smudge your line. My favorite pencil liners are by Covergirl, L’Oreal (who also makes a fabulous bold liner), and MAC.
*Liquid: Gives you that classic and crisp winged eye look. But, it can be difficult to apply. Personally, my right eye always turns out perfectly, and my left eye is not so much. My favorite liquid liners are by Maybelline and L’Oreal.
*Powder: Ok, so there are plenty of fancy kohl powder eyeliners. BUT, what I suggest is to find yourself a nice shade of black eyeshadow (such as ones by L’Oreal, Covergirl, again L’Oreal, or any decent black single color shadow like Love & Beauty Eyeshadow (Google Affiliate Ad)) and a good stiff brush (Revlon makes a handy-dandy two ended brush and Japonesque – Travel Brush – Angled Eyeliner # BP-940 (Google Affiliate Ad)). Hold the brush like a pencil.
*Gel: I’ve just purchased my first gel eyeliner. So far, so good. I decided on Rimmel’s gel liner because of it’s longer brush and lower price.

2. Mascara. I am addicted to mascara. It’s just classic, chic, rebellious, flirty, stoic, feminine, tomboi-ish–all rolled into one! My mascara has to have some staying power (nothing worse than having 2pm raccoon eyes) BUT no clumping.
*If you feel like splurging, I’ve heard fabulous things about Stila and Nars mascaras. You can find them at Sephora, along with a great number of other fabulous products.
*If you almost feel like splurging, but can’t make up your mind (ha!) I suggest Clinique or MAC mascaras. They have a number of formulas.
*If you definitely do not feel like splurging (I rarely do), L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof in Carbon Black and Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof in Blackest Black are great quality bargains.

Look at her cheekbones. Just sitting there, like two curves of wonderful! They’re not overdone; they’re not naked. They WERK, honey. Notice that Ms. D’s cheeks are highlighted on the bone, on the “outside” of her face because she did have pronounced cheeks. Feel free to experiment (lightly….never experiment with fuschia blush….in fact, rarely wear fuschia blush) with the placement of your blush. I have tried on the bones; on the apples of my cheeks; high on the apples, right under the eyes….the possibilities are endless. The point is that you need to use blush to highlight what you have (and not in an attempt to create something you haven’t got and weren’t meant to have).
*Splurge? Nars and Clinique both have a great selection of blushes and highlighters. In fact, if you visit your nearest Sephora or department store and tell the makeup artist that money is no object I am sure that you will leave with the exact color you need.
*No splurge? This tip is going to sound a little odd, but if you have sensitive skin: this is for you. Go to your local Target or drugstore, look at all the different eyeshadows and pick out a neutral color or two that you’d like to try. Eyeshadows and blushes sometimes contain different ingredients. The FDA requirements for eyeshadows are more stringent. I do NOT use products packaged as “blush” (except for The Balm’s Hot Mama). Covergirl’s Tapestry Taupe, L’Oreal’s wide selection, and Maybelline’s Cinnamon Spice are good starting places.


Yes, I want you to reach for a nice, bold color. Perhaps not as bright as Ms. Dandridge’s….but, go bold! Obviously, there are some colors that just aren’t….right….for you. BUT, lip color confidence is key. If you aren’t quite sure about it, drop that color in your purse along with a fave. Give yourself an hour or two to get used to it. You might like it! You can find a lot of guides that tell you what colors are for olive-skinned, yellow undertones, peach undertones, blue undertones, green undertones….! I rarely fit into any of those categories. I’m just going to tell you colors that I’ve tried and liked (even if they didn’t look good on me)–you’ll notice that I am currently all about Revlon Lip Color. I’ve tried ALLLLLLLL sorts of brands, and Revlon has recently caught the magic and started producing some great shades for women of all colors.

1. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (various finishes)
*Cherries in the Snow
*Fuschia Fusion
*Iced Amethyst
*Berry Rich
*Wine with Everything
*Spicy Cinnamon
*Sassy Mauve
*Copperglow Berry
*Black Cherry

2. Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter (slight shine, high pigment)
*Raspberry Pie
*Peach Parfait
*Candy Apple
*Red Velvet
*Berry Smoothie
*Cherry Tart
*Sugar Plum

3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (balm feel, high pigment, low shine, staying power)