Our very own Lil Kim (also affectionately nicknamed Queen Bee after the original sexy rapper) was in need of a makeup makeover. And she knew just the girl to make it happen.
LK invited me over to show her some new looks but rather than taking my own kit that overflows with the latest and greatest in skincare, haircare and cosmetics, she instead wanted me to go through her own stash to show her what should stay, what should go and how to use it all.
When I got to her place, she had all her goodies out on display.
As most women do, LK had a nice mix of department store, specialty store and drugstore brands. And as most women don’t, LK hardly used three quarters of it.
And when women get overwhelmed with their choices and insecure about their application abilities, they tend to reject the fun of makeup altogether by sticking to one basic look they’ve worn for years.
This is boring. Make that TRAGIC. [Don't be this girl!]
So we went through alllllll her stuff and immediately I saw a few things that could be edited out of her collection. They got tossed.
Then after pulling out key items for her basic face (concealer, loose powder, highlighter, bronzer, blush and eyebrow pencil), I created two easy color palettes for LK to recreate on her own.
Since purple is beyond the rage for Fall/Winter 2009 and since, as you all know, I’m a huge fan of purples on all skin tones – we picked out a few products for a really fun, vivid purple eye. Think “Night Out on the Town with Your Girls.”
Then we went through and pulled a more sophisticated yet smoldering palette of taupes, browns and creams. Think “Romantic Restaurant with Your Man.”
And then we got right to it….
The basic face took but a few minutes and LK was instantly glowing.
Next we rocked the purple eye, and I taught LK how to cheat (fake) a crease on an Asian eyelid by feeling where the eyeball ends and the browbone begins. Once you know to look for it, it becomes your trusted guide.
For the first look, we used it to determine where color should not extend above to keep the pop of purple contained.
For the taupe look, we followed the “crease” to deposit the darker pigment halfway into the eye and slightly above to create the illusion of dimension (where a crease would actually fold).
LK could not get over how such quick, simple eye makeup could give such drama to the eye.
This is something LK can do herself everyday, and she tells me she’s getting really good at it.
Absolutely love when someone who only occasionally plays with makeup becomes a cosmetics convert and starts experimenting and realizing untapped beauty potential. SO so so so so exciting :)
Being a super-successful girl about town, LK timed our consultation perfectly to meet friends after and show off her hot new look. Of course, she first had to choose an eye!!!
Both looked amazing (if I do say so myself!!) and she ultimately went with the taupe.
Our Queen Bee was most definitely all the buzz that night…
Special thanks to LK for letting me document the process.
And a million hugs and limitless Thank Yous to SCB, my good friend & photographer, who did her thing and captured the experience so I could share it.
Love you ladies!!!!
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