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A Great Highlighter for Skin of Color

Dose of Colors highlighter in Sunkissed, $28When it comes to finding a highlighter on skin of color it can be a difficult task. A lot of highlighters are lovely for fair to medium skin but make skin of color look ashy, especially the pearl and pink shades. It’s best for women with deeper skin tones to use highlighters that are gold and bronze; it gives such a gorgeous glow.  There was a bronze-colored, baked eye shadow that I used on myself and my clients as a highlighter that was recently discontinued (I hate when that happens) so I’ve been on a hunt to find a comparable replacement.  On a routine trip to Ricky’s NYC yesterday, I hit the highlighter jackpot when I discovered the Dose of Colors highlighter in the color Sunkissed.

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Dose of Colors highlighter in Sunkissed, $28

This dreamy highlighter can be used on you cheekbones and the bridge of your nose to add light and warmth to your face. Like my former highlighter of choice, the Dose of Colors highlighter is also a baked product; and it has a velvety texture. It incorporates several shades of gold and bronze which is awesome because that makes it flattering on a wider range of skin tones. I live in New York City and it’s currently 16 degrees here, so Lord knows I need a little sun kissed glow right now!

 

It’s definitely not a cheap date, it has a $28 price tag, but it’s quite large and you only need to use a small amount. I am definitely a fan.

Get the Look: Miss America’s Makeup and Hair

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Courtesy of the NY Post

I was lucky enough to be chosen to do hair and makeup for an editorial with our very own 2015 Miss America, Kira Kazantsev for a feature in the NY Post. In addition to being beautiful and talented (did you see her singing and doing percussion with those red cups) she’s also smart and funny, so we had a blast together. Kira’s shoot was Thanksgiving themed so we decided to keep the makeup and hair very holiday looking. The photos turned out great, and I’ll give you the goods on what I used to create it.

Skin:

I started off with my favorite foundation on the planet, FACE atelier Ultra Foundation Pro – it’s amazeballs. FACE atelier foundation sits on top of the skin so it doesn’t crease and has such a natural finish. I followed up with another product I’m obsessed with by Veil Cosmetics called Complexion Fix. It comes in pen form and color corrects dark circles beautifully. I set the skin with FACE atelier pressed powder and her complexion looked absolutely flawless.

Eyes:

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Courtesy of the NY Post

I’ve loved Urban Decay’s Naked palette ever since inception and still own it, but ever since Maybelline made a great dupe and came out with their lovely (and economical) rendition of the palette called the Nudes, it’s been my go to. I only used shadows  from the Nudes palette to create Kira’s subtle smoky eye. The one down side of this palette is that the colors do not have names like the Naked palette so I can’t tell you exactly which ones I used, but what do you want for 10 bucks.

We lined her top lid and waterline with a black eyeliner from Gorgeous cosmetics and finished off the look with a strip of falsies.

Cheeks:

I love me some NARS multiple sticks, and couldn’t resist using Portofino on the apples of Kira’s cheeks. The coral color has a little sparkle in it so it adds color while also giving a nice glow.

Lips:

For a nice pop of color I used Tom Ford lipstick in the color Scarlet Rouge.

Hair:

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Behind the scenes with me and Kira

I used amika Perk Up dry shampoo to absorb and excess oils and create volume at the crown. Next I sprayed amika’s Touchable Hairspray to the hair and brushed it through to distribute the product evenly.  Then I used a 1” curling iron and curled all of the hair going back, strectching each curl before they cool to loosen them up. Finally I brushed through all the curls to break them up and applied a little finishing crème.