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Bunita...Reminds You Of Your Beauty

As most of my readers know by now, this blog is about women overall, with Plus size as my niche. Women are the strongest species on this planet, and we are so versatile, talented and unique at the same time. While beauty has different standards (all created by our society), I am always researching new products that are related to enhancing or bringing out the inner / outer beauty of a woman.

It was scrolling through my Social Media feed, that I found a new brand: "Bunita"...what intrigued me the most: it was also created by a WOMAN. It is no secret that I am also an advocate for women empowerment and entrepreneurship, anything that depicts growth of women within our community, is something to be proud of. This vision of a makeup line was brought to life by: Ashna Coster

I am excited to share her journey with you, so grab a glass of your favorite beverage and let us do this walk through!!

Who is Ashna Coster?

"Ashna Coster (33) is my name and I am the creator/founder/owner of Bunita, Born and raised in Curacao but currently living in the Netherlands. I have worked for about 15 years in the Beauty industry. From being the Beauty advisor for Bobby Brown cosmetics to the Marketing Manager of Penha in the Caribbean. So, I have knowledge of working from drugstore brands to high-end brands. I've freelanced as an artist since I was 17 years old, but most recently in the last 3 years I've become a certified pro makeup artist with specialization in 4 fields and I work and teach makeup in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Curaçao. This has given me a broad knowledge within the industry that I gladly share with my clients, students and followers. Besides that, I have a masters degree in human behavior and I do a lot of work as a researcher in the social science field."

Background information on establishing the brand (how, why & the process) 

"The idea to start "Bunita" (means Beautiful in Papiamento) started because of my one on one makeup classes with women. After doing over 100 of them I realized that the market still had space for a brand that is not only focused on sales but the true beauty of each woman. What do I mean with true beauty? nowadays, because there is social media and filters woman have become more insecure about their appearance. With simple products as makeup products. People want to hide behind them instead of using it for the real purpose of enhancement. So with this in mind, I decided to go do my research on how to start a cosmetic line and then invest in it. That was the start of "Bunita" which is a cosmetic and merchandise line. Before launching my brand on the market I did prior work for over a year. On August 23, 2018, I placed the first 6 liquid lipsticks on the market which now grew to almost 40 products in total. Bunita also offers a range of other beauty products such as make-up brushes, but also other products such as t-shirts and much more. The brand is focused into becoming the first ever international cosmetic and merchandise brand from Curaçao for the world."

 Product availability within the Caribbean Region:

"Bunita" is available in Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire: 5 stores in total. At DA drugstore on all of the islands, additionally on Aruba at Lingerie For You & Me at Palm Beach Plaza and Aries Boutique downtown Bonaire. And guess what?? SXM coming soon!!

I loved the fact that "Bunita" is more than cosmetic and merchandise products. It is an attitude, a lifestyle. To be so damn secure and proud of how gorgeous you are and that these items are just extra things as a reminder of how fabulous we women are. On March 23rd, Ashna Coster released the first two eye shadow palettes from Bunita at DA Drogist. The first palette is called "I Deserve" and the second "Amor Propio".

All products from "Bunita" have their own individual names in Papiamentu, which makes the brand very unique. The purpose of these two eye shadow palettes are to remind clients of "Bunita" to always remember to love yourself first. Self-love is very important, because this reflects on your outer beauty. Take a look at the merchandising that the brand also offers, from tank tops to bracelets, I think it compliments the makeup line so well.

Bunita can be found via:

Bunita Facebook

Bunita Instagram

Official Launch benefit Cosmetics At Vanity First

As you or may not know, the month of April on the island of St.Maarten is annually scheduled with Carnival festivities. This year we celebrated 50 years with 3 weeks of activities that are still ongoing (more of that in my next post).

Having said that, we all know that Makeup plays a big role in finalizing our outfit for any occasion, it is like that invisible accessory that you always want to have! On April 11th, the team of benefit Cosmetics invited yours truly to their official launch at Vanity First.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the variety in products, but also their core platform, which is everything that has to do with your eyebrow. I was greeted by the Area Manager, Gisela Calero, that gives a new meaning to the words dynamic and energetic. I was offered a walk through their key products, their new ones and some that are still in the developing phase. It was truly exciting to have been able to absorb so much substantial information, that would assist me with enhancing makeup looks, by making it easier to apply.

After trying some of the products myself, I feel that I can give a brief description of the product but also of the experience. I will like to start with:

The "Porefessional"  

Prime & mattify skin with this POREfect trio! Smooth & minimize the look of pores with the original POREfessionalface primer, help skin look bright, boosted & awake with NEW Pearl Primer and overpower shine & absorb excess surface oil with Matte Rescue gel. For me this is great, as I have extreme oily skin!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE dramatic eyes, I always do a bold mascara or bold lashes. For those of you like me, you would absolutely love:

Badgal Bang Volumizing Mascara

36 HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumizing mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula builds volume the more you layer, and contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!

I am pretty sure, that applying liquid eyeliner, has always been on the top five makeup challenges, at least for me it has! Is always the panic of smudges, not getting that perfect wing, or lacking that finishing touch of the eye liner. I present to you this magnificent tool called: (drum roll please)

RollerLiner Liquid Eyeliner

Glide on a natural-looking, fine line with Roller Liner! Our matte liquid eyeliner features a precision felt tip for sharp controlled lines and a super-smooth application that won’t drag or jag. The quick-dry, waterproof* formula lasts 24-hours**. It doesn’t fade, flake or smudge so you can let the good times roll all day & night!

Contouring has been a big thing over the past few years, women are more interested in learning to do this themselves, than having to pay a Makeup Artist all the time. The next item that I will talk about is a 4-in-1 tool that can do this for your brows!! Yes you read correctly!

The Brow Contour Pro PEN

Define & highlight your brows with this 4-in-1 contour pencil. Our multi-tasking brow pencil features a lighter brow shade, deeper brow shade, edge definer and arch highlighter to create clean, shaped brows with depth & dimension. Turn shapeless, flat brows into defined, contoured brows in an instant. Available in 5 shades for a wide range of hair colors and skin tones!

I think this line has so much to offer: "Tripple F" (Fun, Flirty & Fabulous). Do not forget that you can check them out via: benefit cosmetics & of course locally via Vanity First St.Maarten. You would also like to know that St.Maarten shares the same price range as in the US, which is always a plus. 

Enjoy the various benefits that this lines offer to you to enhance and be playful with your makeup. Remember BROWS are EVERYTHING! 

 

 

 

 

My Five (5) Steps Day Makeup Routine

It is always a struggle in the mornings to get yourself together. You have to prep your kids and get yourself together prior to even thinking about a "Day Makeup Look". For the perfect canvas, make sure your skin is clean and moisturized. I get the best results when I wait five minutes before I apply foundation to let moisturizer sink in.Primer is a skippable step unless your makeup has to last through a late night. Or use it alone on lazy days as a quick complexion smoother. "Primer can minimize pores and mattify your face. I will share with you some of my products that I use everyday to get a light, clean day look. 

Step 1: Foundation

After cleansing, toning and moisturizing your face, apply a small amount of foundation to the tip of your index finger. Dot on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin; then blend in an upward and outward motion without leaving a line. Be sure to apply foundation over your eyelids and blend carefully. Glance in the mirror to ensure there's no line. You can use a concealer to cover imperfections such as blemishes and dark spots.

Step 2: Translucent Powder

Using a powder brush apply translucent powder in a downward motion for a smooth finish. Translucent Powder helps eye makeup and blush to go on smoother and blend better. It also keeps your face looking fresh and your makeup will last longer.

Step 3: Eye Makeup

Starting at your lash line, apply your base color first. Then apply your crease color in the crease area. Apply your highlight color in the highlight color area, below the brow bone. Finally, blend the colors with a cotton ball or your fingertip to remove any obvious line. If the colors are too bright tone them down with a little translucent powder. Next, apply your mascara and finally, dust your entire face downward with translucent powder.

Step 4: Blush

Your blush should be applied to the apples of your cheeks to radiate when you smile. It should go no closer to your nose, but directly beneath the iris of your eye; below nostril-level and into your temple hairline. A must-have: a good blush brush that's tapered for precise placement.

Step 5: Lipstick

Define the outline of your lips with a professional lip brush or lip liner pencil that closely matches the color of your lipstick. Then apply your lipstick and blend the liner with a lip brush. Start from the center. 

For this particular 5 steps I have chosen Black Up: 

  • Black Up Primer:  SPF25 Protective Primer 

    Because women of color also needs protection, black|Up created the first primer adapted to their skins, which thanks to its innovative formula protects and preserve the natural glow of the skin.

    How can you use it?
    Use it right before applying your makeup, thanks to its light texture it will immediately blends with the skin.

    The result?
    One universal shade for a perfectly protected and matified face for a flawless result. Imperfections are blurred and the makeup staying power is improved. No ashy finish.

  •  Black UP Anti - Shine / Translucent Powder Spherical powders provide an ultra-matte effect and help to control shine for a flawless makeup result to last throughout the day. The outcome is a perfect even, matte, yet luminous complexion. The silky texture, exceptional softness and carefully selected pigments work together to blur minor imperfections and blend perfectly with the skin.

ITS KEY INGREDIENTS

SPHERICAL POWDERS: Control shine throughout the day
• SOFT FOCUS INGREDIENTS: Blurs blemishes
• EXTREMELY FINE POWDER: Lightweight formula for an invisible, matte effect
• PARABEN-FREE

  •  Black Up Five Color Eyeshadow

Each harmony contains 5 eyeshadows saturated in pigments, in versions for 4 textures: matte, satin, metallic and sparkling.

Although you can create endless looks, the palette is actually structured around 3 looks, a nude look using matte shades, a day time look with the colour trio that can be turned into a smoky evening look thanks to the darkest matte shade.

It is just the perfect eyeshadow wand to go from a natural look to the deepest eye look.

  • Black Up Blush Color Splash

This pure and intense color blush instantly gives a radiant healthy glow with pepsy shades and allows to contour face features with rich neutral shades. 
Its silky formula blends to the skin. Matte or iridescent finish.

Paraben Free and Talc Free.

  • Black Up Lipstick - Lip Shine

Whatever you decide to do, it is always good to remember that your day routine makeup depends a lot on your personality, product preference and your career environment. I say: Have fun, Play Around & Explore...Life is too short to be wearing BORING makeup! 

 

Life Is Too Short To Have Just ONE Mascara!

The product that people would recognize as mascara today did not develop until the 19th century. A chemist named Eugene Rimmel developed a cosmetic using the newly invented petroleum jelly. The name Rimmel became synonymous with the substance and still translates to “mascara” in the Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, and Persian languages today.

Across the Atlantic Ocean and at roughly the same time, in 1913, a man named T. L. Williams created a remarkably similar substance for his sister Maybel. Later in 1917, he started a mail-order business from the product that grew to become the company Maybelline.

Drugstore or high-end, I’ve probably tried them all! Mascaras are like trying on lipsticks…I just can’t stop trying different ones. For starters, let’s talk about my lashes. Mine are decently long and nor thin or thick. Basically I like anything lengthening and thickening, which isn’t always easy to find. I will share with you my top 3 mascaras that I am using this summer, what i like about them and some over all tips about mascaras.

  • Thickening Mascara

Le Petit Robe Noir from Guerlain (Little Black Dress)

What it is: A tailor-made mascara with a four-in-one brush.

What it does: Dress up every lash for a customizable result that lasts. La Petite Robe Noire Black Lashdress Mascara delivers intense volume, curl, length, and definition, no matter what the angle. From the most natural look to the most super-styled eyes, it adapts to suit everyone. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates Research results: In a satisfaction test on 32 women after 4 weeks: - 100% of women are satisfied with the volume, curl, and length - 94% of women are satisfied with the separation in the lash fringe - 100% of women reported an intense black color that was long lasting.

  • Lengthening Mascara

Black Up - Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara

The lashes look longer and thicker in just one stroke for an ultra-glamorous effect without clumps.

Formulated with anti-pollution active ingredients, lashes are protected against daily external aggressions.

A formula enriched with the more intense black pigment available on the market, the color is deep and intense to magnify the look of every woman from light to very dark skin tone.

Discover our Blue Volumizing Lenghtening Mascara, for an electrifying look!

 

  • Lengthening  / Volume Mascara

This jumbo size mascara with a silicone brush will bring even the smallest eyelashes to alluring new heights. Ensures the long lasting effect of unbelievably long and perfectly divided eyelashes. (Hypoallergenic)

There are so many options on the market when it comes to mascaras, but it will always boil down to your style, personal preference and the makeup look that inspired you. My overall advice, is play around with a few brands (high end and drugstore) and explore your possibilities and your looks! 

EXCLUSIVE: Vanity First St.Maarten Offers MakeOvers With International Makeup Artist, Nevyn Ramos

It is always a pleasure to meet new talented people. Blogging is a platform that will expand your network in so many different ways! Being the person that I am, I do not wait on opportunities to knock on my door, I look for those opportunities on a daily basis. This is how I was fortunate enough to meet Guerlain Official Make Up Artist: Nevyn Ramos.

Once I saw that he was going to be on our 37 square feet of paradise, I contacted the organizers: Vanity First St.Maarten. With their main branch being on the French Side of the island, it took me a little coordination but I managed to meet both Ms. Clothilde & Ms. Esperanza (the store managers). They are such warm personalities, I was more than happy to walk them through my Blogger's Journey since 2016 and they are looking forward to collaborations with Kerai Kreative Style.

Originally Out Of Colombia, but residing in Los Angeles, Nevyn's career path was in Marketing, something that I can relate to very well. He worked with different brands and corporation, however somehow he fell into Makeup. He ended up following his heart and now works full time as a Makeup Artist Out Of Hollywood / Los Angeles for events like The Red Carpet, the entertainment and Glam industry and of course the ability to travel and represent high end brands like Guerlain!

Of course we talked about the brand itself and agreed that your flawless makeup, regardless of the brand can only be achieve by having a cleansing regime for your skin. The Famous "CTM" (cleanse, tone & moisturize) formula should not be unfamiliar to you, once you are a makeup lover. These were the same steps he applied prior to commencing my RED carpet glow. Below is a product shot of the 3 products that he used, of course from Guerlain:

After this step we moved on to choosing the best foundation, Lingerie de Peau #5, which includes: SPF 20, satin and silk. Prior to applying my foundation Nevyn applied L'or primer. I have to tell you it feels amazingly against your skin. These are steps that anyone with simple makeup knowledge can easily follow. Guerlain is also paraben / makeupfillers/perfumes FREE and we are very proud to be able to offer our clientele a brand of superior quality.

While Nevyn worked his magic, I had a few questions of my own:

  1. Which step is the correct one, should you apply your foundation first and THEN do your eyebrows? His answer could not have been more logical: "every brand have strategies based on their target group. Based on this the brand will then promote which steps to follow as you apply your makeup."
  2. What is your answer to the very crude statement of "this brand is only for a certain ethnic group"? Because I am sure that it is a question that is constantly asked! He laughs out..."this brand LOVES melanin"! It is a wonderful combination for women of color and the Caribbean, so much so that it blends with your natural PH.
  3. What would be the price range for a start up makeup kit? "the brand specialist smiles and responds...calculate anywhere between $100 - $250 dollars.
  4. Does Vanity First St.Maarten offers FREE Consultations? "Yes we do, by appointments as well as walk -ins, we try to guide our clientele to the most beneficial products while educating them".

My Foundation and eyebrows are ON: below Nevyn added a shimmer highlight eyeshadow and wings that you will see right after:

There are is a very important step and that is to use: Terracota Sun Trio: Terracotta Sun Trio is the first Guerlain bronzing and contouring powder that combines three shades in one palette, to tan, contour and light the complexion.

Nevyn finished off the lips and eyes with: Lips & tint Cheeks / Mascara: Le Petis Robe Noire:

The Final RESULT: Loved It!!

I think if we are more open to ty new things, as women we will discover that the world is full of OPTIONS, I am not only referring to Makeup, clothing etc....but our general perception of being open to changes and discovering the UNKNOWN!

Kerai Kreative Style had an awesome time covering this event and I am sure that the rest of the ladies that attended also had a great time!

 

 

 

March 31st, 2017: Beauty Showcase By Ashlee Angelic

This coming Friday March 31st, Ashlee Angelic is ready to show and share with you her journey as a Makeup Artist. Her acquired skills and effort she has made into becoming a great Makeup Artist. 

The program will consist of two hours where you can see her work on display, she will also be doing a soft launching of her official website while incorporating skin care tips. Flawless makeup is impossible without a proper skin care routine, and that is something that she wants to promote within her clientele base of course.   

In addition to this one of her primary goals for putting together this website was to show the advance within her portfolio. Although she is still currently shooting for the site, she is very proud of everything she has accomplished thus far.

Ashlee Angelic is a self taught hairstylist and makeup artist. She has been experimenting with the art of hair since she was a young girl, perfecting natural braids; quick weaves, and later become intrigued with chemical processes.

Her fascination quickly grew into makeup. Enhancing the beauty of her clients and meeting new people everyday has been a dream of hers. Prior to building a successful freelance makeup career, she earned a Bachelor degree in Business management with a concentration in human resources from Johnson & Wales University.

During her studies, Ashlee was employed at MAC cosmetics as a freelance artist; there she learned more about products, skin tones, and branding. One of her greatest strengths, is her expertise in diversity. Moreover, her clientele consist of every race, ethnicity, and gender. Although she applies beauty makeup on a large scale, she is also great at special fx, editorial, runway, Avant Garde, and theater makeup.

She strives to be the best in the industry, therefor she is constantly learning new techniques, marketing, and customer service methods.

While providing service to her clients, she focuses on providing an experience. Makeup is a luxury; therefore, her clients have the privilege of being pampered, with great products, and amazing customer service. The ultimate goal is that each and every client will leave feeling more confident, beautiful, and satisfied. ‚Äč

 

This Friday, Make sure to visit the John Larmonie Center and be part of an interactive event. Grab your ladies & come out to support this aspiring entrepreneur. For More information feel free to contact tel # 1 721 556 4476 or check out her FB page: 

https://www.facebook.com/Ashlee-Angelic-627940933972269/

 

 

 

11 Makeup Essentials Every Woman Should Own!

When was the last time you took a peek inside your makeup bag? If you haven’t taken stock of the makeup products you own in a while, this is the perfect time to do just that. In fact, there are quite a few items that you probably don’t have in your possession but probably should. Ready to upgrade your makeup bag with the latest and greatest from foundation to mascara to lipstick? Consult our guide to the current must-have makeup products of the moment. It’s time to go shopping!

 

1. CUSHION COMPACT FOUNDATION

Regular ol’ foundation just not doing it for you anymore? It’s time to get your hands on a cushion compact! Cushion compacts feature liquid foundation housed in a sponge, allowing for precise application. Plus, compacts are way more travel-friendly than bulky bottles, so you can easily toss one in your purse for midday touchups or your suitcase if you’re traveling.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
This is buildable luminous foundation comes in 16 shades.

How to use it: Gently press the included applicator into the foundation cushion, then tap the applicator onto your skin. You can build the foundation until you reach your preferred level of coverage.

2. COLOR CORRECTING CONCEALER

You know those pastel-colored concealers you’ve been seeing everywhere lately? Well, if you have any complexion imperfections you want to hide, pick up a color correcting concealer palette pronto. Color correction relies on a basic principle—that you can use a specific shade of concealer that’s on the opposite end of the color wheel from the marks on your skin to cancel it out. There are four popular shades of color correcting concealer: peach (to hide dark circles), yellow (to hide discolorations), green (to hide redness), and purple (to hide dullness).

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit
With the four most popular color correcting shades (peach, yellow, green, and purple), you can disguise parts of your skin you don’t want visible.

How to use it: Apply your concealer shade of choice sparingly to targeted areas (such as underneath your eyes to mask dark circles) and build coverage as needed. Use your color correcting concealer before regular concealer and foundation.

3. BLUSH PALETTE

Let’s be real: Oftentimes, blush gets a bad rap. While blush might conjure up images of clowns, if you use the right one, it can seriously elevate your look. It’s all about choosing the right blush hue for your skin tone to avoid going overboard and entering clown territory. If you have fair skin, stick to a baby pink or peach; if you have medium skin, try a mauve or apricot shade; if you have olive skin, reach for rose; and if you have dark skin, opt for raisin or berry. A blush palette can be a great investment because you can mix and match to create a custom color that’s flattering on you.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush
This four-shade blush palette allows you to use one color on its own or layer a few, depending on the look you want.

How to use it: With the included brush, sweep your blush shade of choice onto the apples of your cheeks (smile while you apply!) for a classic look.

4. CONTOUR KIT

Oh, contouring: We just can’t quit you. This is the makeup trend that continues to be oh-so-popular among celebrities and girls-next-door alike. Contouring entails applying dark and light makeup to enhance—and even slim down—certain facial features. It’s no surprise then that makeup artists—and the everyday women—are obsessed with this trend.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit
Complete with four creamy shades of concealer, you can use this palette to contour to your heart’s desire.

How to use it: Using a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone, highlight key areas of your face—think under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, between your brows, and down the center of your chin—to add extra dimension. Then, use a concealer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone to contour anywhere you want to accentuate, such as along your hairline, under your cheekbones, and along the sides of your nose.

5. MAKEUP BLENDERS

Sure, you could apply foundation or concealer with your fingers, but when you do so, you could transfer any germs on your hands over to your face—not something you want to happen, is it? Instead, reach for a makeup blender, which can help to provide a much smoother finish than your fingers ever could.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender
This blended sponge has a pointed tip and rounded edges for easy application.

How to use it: Apply a small amount of foundation onto the pointed end of your blender, then use the rounded side to dab and roll the foundation onto your skin. You can keep layering until you reach your desired level of coverage.

6. LASH PRIMER

When it comes to mascara, it’s just one swipe and go, right? You may want to consider applying a lash primer before you put on mascara. You know that primer is essential if you want to help keep your makeup in place and create a smooth canvas to work on—and the same holds true with lash primer, which can help to make your mascara application smoother, condition your lashes, plus add volume and length to your fringe.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer
This primer, which is white, can help to create an even base for mascara.

How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep it up to the tip. Apply primer and mascara to one eye at a time, making sure you put on your mascara before the primer dries. For more impact, use two coats of primer first.

7. COLORED MASCARA

Speaking of mascara, go ahead and toss your basic browns and blacks to the side in favor of something with a little more pop. Blue mascara is back in a big way, and it can seriously open up your eyes for a brighter look. Colored mascara is the perfect eye makeup look to rock at a party or on the weekend—and trust us, you will turn heads when you wear it!

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue
Whoa, baby! This bright blue is not for the faint of heart. This mascara is formulated to resist clumping, soften lashes, and build lashes evenly for a dramatic look.

How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep it up to the tip. Use the mascara primer first to really maximize the color effect.

8. DUAL-ENDED EYE SHADOW

The only thing better than one eye shadow is two. Whether you want to create a smoky eye or just play around with multiple shades, having a two-in-one liquid eye shadow combo can help you get the job done.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow
Available in 12 visually arresting color pairings, this dual-ended liquid eye shadow makes makeup experimentation easy.

How to use it: You can use the applicator or your fingers to apply your shade of choice to your lids. Want to layer colors? Wait for the first color to set before applying another one on top of it.

9. MATTE LIPSTICK

There’s just something so chic about a matte lip. For some reason, it looks more mature than a shiny finish. So, when you’re after a sophisticated look, matte lipstick is a great choice.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip 

Whether you want to show off a classic red, a dark bordeaux, or an eye-catching lilac, this line of matte lipsticks features 14 alluring hues.

How to use it: Outline your lips using the pointed applicator, then fill your pout in. Make sure to scrub your lips first and apply a primer, too—this will help to ensure an even color application.

10. LIPSTICK PALETTE

When you want to create a custom lip color—a la what makeup artists generally do—look no further than a lip palette featuring multiple shades and finishes. Whether you want all-over color or you want to create an ombré lip, a palette has you covered.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Plum
This palette comes with eight shades in a variety of plum tones and finishes ranging cream to matte to shimmer.

How to use it: To do an ombré lip, apply shade #5 all over your top and bottom lips, shade #7 on your cupid’s bow (i.e. the center of your upper lip), and #8, the highlighter shade, in the corners of your mouth.

11. PLUMPING GLOSS

If a fuller-looking pout is what you’re after, create that effect in one step with a plumping gloss. Instead of going through a tedious step-by-step of using lip liner and lipstick to fake bigger-looking lips, this allows you to achieve the same look in less time.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris 8 HR Plumping Gloss
This gloss is available in eight pretty, natural-looking shades, ranging from coral to rose to plum.

How to use it: Coat your lips with gloss and you’re good to go!

 

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5 Mistakes You Could Be Making When Using Matte Lipstick

Sure, there are accessories like jewelry and clutches, but nothing quite makes an outfit like the perfect matte lipstick. While matte lipstick looks absolutely gorgeous on, how you apply it to your pout is really important. Keep reading to find out if you’re guilty of these five common matte lipstick mistakes—and learn tips for applying matte lipstick for a simply stunning look.

MISTAKE #1: YOU SKIP PRIMER

Primer isn’t just for foundation or eye makeup—it can also help to keep lipstick in place and create a smooth canvas for lipstick application. Don’t own a lip primer? No problem! You can use lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, over your entire lip as a base. Works like a charm!

MISTAKE #2: YOU THINK LIP LINER ISN’T NECESSARY

Speaking of lip liner, this product is a game-changer. Outlining your lips before applying lipstick can help to keep your color from seeping outside the lines. What’s more, if you plan on rocking a nude lip, a lip liner that’s a tad darker than your natural lip color can add serious dimension for the pillow-y pout of your dreams. Just make sure your liner isn’t too dark, though—you don’t want to walk around looking like a coloring book that’s yet to be filled in.

MISTAKE #3: YOU CHOOSE COLOR THAT MAKES YOUR LIPS LOOK SMALLER

Believe it or not, some colors make lips look bigger than others. What’s even more shocking is that dark lipstick can sometimes make lips appear thinner. So, unless your lips are as luscious as you want them to look sans lipstick, you might want to opt for a lighter shade that will give the appearance of a fuller pout.

MISTAKE #4: YOU START AT THE CORNERS INSTEAD OF THE CENTER OF YOUR LIPS

When you start at the corners of your lips, it’s more likely that you’ll veer outside the lines. To avoid this little dilemma, just start applying matte lipstick at the center of your lips—and take notice of how your perfect pout becomes more controlled.

MISTAKE #5: YOU FORGOT TO CHECK YOUR TEETH

Lipstick on your lips is cute. But when it’s on your teeth? Not so much. To ensure you won’t end up walking down the street with an oxblood-stained grin, be sure to stick a finger in your mouth and pull it out with your lips lightly closed around it.

MISTAKE #6: YOU LEAVE YOUR LIPSTICK AT HOME

If you put lipstick on in the morning, throw the tube in your purse before heading out for the day. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for a touch up just in case.

THE L’ORÉAL PARIS MATTE LIPSTICK YOU NEED TO TRY

Now that you know the tips and tricks to achieve gorgeous matte lips, it’s time to pick your formula. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip, available in 14 shades. Want something neutral? Pick up Nude Star. Love the classics? Paint on DIY Red. Care to get a little more daring? Reach for Navy Spy.

Discover Your Undertone: New Year's Makeup Resolution

We all know that during the holidays season, the makeup game gets stepped up. Not to mention that the last couple of years, the hunger for knowledge (even within the average consumer) has grown tremendously and everyone wants FLAWLESS & long lasting makeup! Your "New Year's Resolution" should consist of discovering your undertone.

Having said that, it is important to be able to choose your foundations, because they set the base of how your makeup will look at the end of any application.

Face it: A great foundation is a must for flawless-looking skin, but it's tricky to get it right. Only 15 percent of women choose the correct shade if the appropriate tools aren't provided. And color is just one piece of the puzzle. From tinted moisturizers to loose powders, there are countless formulas and finishes and different techniques for applying them.

Take the guesswork out of finding the perfect foundation shade. True Match™ offers super blendable, true-to-you shades that precisely match your skin’s texture and tone for flawless results every time. With 33 shades, here’s the secret to finding the one that’s best for you:

Determine Your Skin Tone

First, you want to determine your skin tone. It’s the natural color of your complexion that falls into a range from fair to deep. There are seven possible tones: 1. fair 2. fair light 3. light 4. light medium 5. medium 6. medium deep 7. deep To determine yours, focus on the area of your face near the jaw line and not the cheek because the latter tends to be a bit more pigmented and less reflective of your true tone.

Find Your Undertone

The undertone is the hint of color under your skin, which makes your skin unique. If you receive the most compliments when you wear shades of brown, dark green, and orange, your undertone is warm. If you receive the most compliments when you wear pink, rose, or pastel shades, your undertone is cool. If you receive compliments across a variety of shades, your undertone is neutral.

The Perfect Combination

Together your skin tone and undertone determine your True Match™, making it simple to find the shade that’s right for you. Remember: your skin tone can change with the seasons and with age, so you may need to update your foundation from time to time to make sure the shade is true to you.

The Right Application

To even out skin tone and imperfections, use your middle finger to apply product only where you need it, most likely along the t-zone and any trouble spots. Remember: you don’t need a lot of product, so use sparingly. You can always apply more later. If you need additional coverage in specific areas, reach for True Match™ Concealer and apply it after foundation, not before. 

Add a Healthy Glow

Dust on True Match™ Blush to add a fresh, healthy, natural-looking glow. Brush it on places where the sun normally kisses your face, like your forehead, cheeks, and the bridge of your nose. For a burst of color, sweep it across eyelids when you’re on the go. 

Complete Your Look  

To keep shine at bay, set your look with a sweep of True Match™ Powder. Apply to the t-zone area, like the forehead, chin, and cheeks, and blend out. This final finish helps your look last. Or use it for quick touch-ups during the day to keep skin looking fresh.

Be Good to Your Skin

True Match™ is an ultrapure formula designed to actually nourish skin. It’s packed with vitamins B and E, and glycerin to keep skin healthy and vibrant. Because it contains no oils or fragrances, it won’t clog your pores, so skin will stay looking fresh and vibrant.

 

Day & Night Party Look!

Christmas Day / Night Party Look : Soft Pinks With A Glitter Glam Twist

Christmas Season is usually a month full of events ], not only on our sweet Caribbean Island of St.Maarten but globally. This is the period that people choose to travel, create memories, LOOK & FEEL good and of course spend a considerably amount of funds and time on theirself.

We wanted to showcase a light day - makeup look that could be transitioned into a night of party glam.

The look was inspired by Photo Shoot Director Ms. Soidi Illis and executed by upcoming makeup artist rookie Ms. Altisha Pantophlet. Both local and talented young ladies that are collaborating with Kerai Kreative Style to bring you edgy, out of the box looks, tips and style inspiration.

We have compiled a list of the products that were used that day. Feel free to visit some of the listed websites and get your glam on!!!!

http://www.maccosmetics.com/products/13847/Products/Makeup/Face/Foundation

http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/brows

https://www.maybelline.com/eye-makeup/mascara/lengthening

https://www.inglotusa.com/hd-lip-tint-matte

Product Compilation by: Altisha Pantophlet

 Makeup is about experimenting & having fun. makeup Artists are known for exploring options and brands to accommodate their clientele. As a regular consumer you should not be afraid of doing the same. I do suggest following a basic / intro makeup course that could be locally available.

The next very important element is to ensure that you have good quality tools for makeup application, believe me when I tell you that will make a difference!

Have Fun Ladies....Think Of Your Face As A Canvas!