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Pretty Face: Minimalism

As a working mom, blogger, wife (etc. etc.) my make-up preference is minimalist at best. As a teen I was really into make-up (who wasn’t?). I recall the blue eyeliner (mine wasn’t this polished)

Blue Eyeshadow Black Woman

and brown or black outlined lips filled in with light colors…


I’ve since revised my make-up strategy substantially, I’m a mascara and chapstick girl most days. (Blush if I have an important meeting). Here’s my daily go-to collection:

Pretty Face: Minimal Make-up

Mascara, mascara, mascara. I actually feel naked without it. I started out loving L’Oreal’s voluminous (I love the natural lush look), but most recently, I’ve been using Cover Girl’s lash blast. (I think the packaging is what hooked me).

Tinted moisturizer. Beauty bloggers I follow tend to really love Laura Mercier. I wasn’t sure how it would fare for a woman of color, but I am happy to report I am very pleased with the tinted moisturizer. I’ve also made my own (foundation and moisturizer mix) but that’s only in a pinch.

MAC’s bronzer. I use this in the summer/early fall to add to my glow. In the winter it just looks silly on me.

Estee Lauder Pink Kiss Blush. In my early make up days I never wore blush (it seemed old ladyish and I always saw it done wrong). Now I know the importance of blush–it gives me just enough color.

Any other must-have products I’ve missed?


A. Genise