HIGHLIGHTERS, BLUSHERS & GLOWING

You know how you always want what you cannot have - I am envious of people who can blush. The only times I see myself red are after intense exercise, and in subzero temperature — and the latter of which is a situation I avoid as much as possible.

I don't have a full face of makeup on very often, especially since I work from home. So on days that we actually go out, I find myself trying to make use of the makeup that I have. Because you know, slapping on makeup without anywhere to go is weird. And incredibly wasteful.

But then I have the excuse of this blog. When I was whipping up some sort of an editorial calendar, I kept looking back at the search terms on my portfolio site, and one of the things that kept coming up repeatedly was "faz abdul gaffa blusher", or something related to "brown girl blushes". Of course, I had to do something about it.

I am no makeup artist. I'm not a makeup guru, or an expert of any sort. What I know is what works for me — and these, like everything else on this site, are things that I love, I've used and most times, tried and tested to death.

I like to glow.

Seriously. Whether it's skincare (because fuck whitening), or makeup, the one thing I want my skin and hair to do is glow. And here are my secrets that I would otherwise, take to my grave.

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush, US$30

The Tarte Cheek Stain is a recent discovering that has me crushing majorly - it's a sheer flush, but it's in a roll-up tube which makes application incredibly easy. It gives you a sheer, light, perfect flush that makes you look like you've been downward dogging in Stella McCartney for Adidas gear in Beverly Hills with a bunch of rich bitches. 

NARS The Multiple in South Beach, US$39

What can I say about The Multiple that I haven't said already. It is creamy, blendable and lasts for-f*cking-ever. Seriously. I bought my Multiple in 2013 and I still have the stick now. The shade that I purchased however, is Palm Beach, which NARS has, for some reason, decided to discontinue it, but South Beach is a close match. I will weep when my Palm Beach runs out.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting, US$52

Another recent discovery, this was introduced to me by Stila and Jane makeup artist Charlie Riddle, who gifted me with two insane bags of makeup and hair products when we saw each other in NYC. I've always known Kevyn Aucoin made magic, even from beyond the grave, but The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting is exactly what its name suggests. It makes you other-worldly, and not in an Avatar blue alien kinda way - the glow like you've been blessed by Gods kinda way. I dig it.

Stila Mango Crush Lip & Cheek Stain, US$24

You know those twist-up Stila lip glosses that everybody once had (and I still do)? This one is basically the same thing except it's also a cheek stain. While I wouldn't wear this on my lip, it is one of my absolute favorites for a bit of color on my cheeks. It is a pigmented shimmery coral shade with a watery texture. Once this goes on, I might double on the shine with a little dab of The Multiple, but it's perfectly fine on its own as well.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze in Make A Mauve, US$8.99

When I want a little more color on my cheeks, I layer any of the above highlighters with this Face Studio Master Glaze. You can wear it on its own, but sometimes, it may appear a little chalky. I recommend putting this in your pocket, or your bra as you're getting ready to warm up the product and it glides on perfectly after.

Got any #browngirl makeup secrets to spill, or do you want me to write about something specifically? Holla at your girl below!