Thursday, 21 July 2011

Before/After: Blushing Black Beauty

What a perfect opportunity when I got the chance to work with Kate our gorgeous model from Ghana! In my last post with Amira the Somali-Filipino model, I stated that I wanted to do another post on a darker skin tone and along came Kate. 
So as you see with the before picture, Kate suffers from uneven skin tone and marking from spots or blemishes, something which happens a lot in black or darker skin tones. As with Amira, I wanted to even the skin out with 2 different shades of foundation to add dimension and to contour and sculpt as well. The brief was a very pretty flushed look with rosy pinks. So with the eyes, I used a combination of matte nude shades to sculpt and shape and then highlighted with a sparkly purple to catch light. Many of my black friends aren't fans of blushers but personally I feel that a striking blusher brings black skin to life! What do you think?
Face: MAC Studio Sculpt NW45 & NW55, YSL Touche Eclat No 4.
Eyes: YSL Waterproof Eyepencil in Black Ink, MAC Eyeshadow in Brun, MyFace BlingTone in Purple Haze, Art Deco All-In-One Mascara in Black, Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara in Black.
Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil in Seal Brown 02, MAC Eyeshadow in Print, MAC Clear Brow Fix.
Cheeks: Topshop Blush in Neon Rose, MAC Powder Blush in Azalea.
Lips: Lanolips 101 Ointment, MAC Studio Sculpt in NW45, MAC Lipstick in St. Germain.
Powder: MAC Mineralise SkinFinish in Dark, MAC Blot Powder in Deep Dark.

So what do you think? As always comments are most welcome. Personally I love how radiant and glowy Kate looks but then I'm biased!
 

18 comments:

  1. Kenneth I think you secretly went to Hogwarts to learn how to create magic like that. She looks absolutely beautiful. Jude xx @jadlgw

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  2. @Jude: Aww Jude I love how supportive you are! And I wished I did go to Hogwarts! Thank you xx

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  3. I think she looks amazing. Thanks for sharing... it's beautiful.

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  4. @Charlie: Thanks hon, as always. XX

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  5. Gorgeous lady. Best blush I have seen so far. Blushers never fail in giving the skin a healthy glow. Amazing work Kenneth

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  6. @Neeraj: Thanks Neeraj! I agree, blusher for any skintone always gives it a much needed glow! Thank you for the kind comment! I'm glad you like it. X

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  7. What a beauty! I too love the blusher, it really perks up the skin. Loving your work! xx

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  8. What a stunning look! I really love the blush and her glow!

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  9. An amazing transformation Kenneth, she looks lovely, and yes the blusher works wonders.
    Catherine xx

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  10. @Stacey: Thanks lovely. I'm so glad you like it. xx

    @Jamilla: Thanks Jamilla, gorgeous blush right? Thank you. xx

    @Catherine: Thanks Catherine, I think so too. xx

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  11. OMG can hardly believe it's the same girl - you have transformed her skin and she is just beautiful! Love love the blusher on her!
    Nic x

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  12. @Strawberry Blonde: Yay glad you approve Nic. I loved working on Kate and was glad to be able to blog about this. X

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  13. I simply adore the blush on her!! It looks so angelic!

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  14. wow! she looks gorgeous! not many can pull it off with that skintone. you really know hot to choose colors perfectly..

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  15. Beautiful work as always! The cheeks are fabulous x

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  16. @Old Cow: Thank you! That's very kind of you, I am so glad you liked the look. x

    @Sell WoW Account: Thanks, she was a very attractive model and it felt right to give her that look and colour. Thanks for the lovely comment! x

    @Claire McDonnell: Ahh thanks hon, very kind and much appreciated from a fellow MUA. X

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  17. Stunning i love the candy cheeks it looks really sexy and playful x

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  18. @nicoletta: Thanks hon! So glad you got the look! Yay! x

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