My Love Affair With Makeup!

I am by no means a professional makeup artist, nor do I hold myself out to be. But boy do I love to play with a myriad of makeup colors and options. Since I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with how makeup, even the most minimal amount, can change the way we look, and make us feel better about ourselves.

My mom has always been a minimalist when it comes to makeup. She mostly wears a powder foundation, maybe a little blush and definitely some lipstick. She’s always had the most gorgeous chocolate brown skin and only used small amounts of makeup to simply enhance her natural beauty. A couple of my mom’s 7 sisters however … specifically Linda and Katherine … were my childhood makeup idols. I LOVED watching them get all dolled up on the weekends when they’d go out on the town with each other and their friends. LynnLynn (what I called her as a child) could put any Hollywood starlet … Black or White … to shame with her personal makeup skills and application, as with her wardrobe. She was by far a fashion bombshell in the 1970s and 1980s. It didn’t hurt that she was one of, if not the only, black fashion buyers for Burdines, a Florida department start that eventually was bought by the parent company of Macy’s. LynnLynn wore REAL FUR — mink, fox, etc. — in her 20s and she was FABULOUS! Her makeup was always flawless! It seemed she could apply lashes with her eyes closed … and to my youthful eyes they would be big and bold and beautiful! She was definitely my very own Diana Ross.

My aunt Kathye was just as fabulous. She never left the house without putting on a little bit of makeup, even if she was just running to the gas station. Kathye’s makeup look was always very sexy to me. She loved red lips and wore them well. I would sit on her bed watching her every move as she applied a full face of Fashion Fair … it was the go-to black women’s makeup line in the 1970s and 1980s for sure. Kathye was fascinating to watch because she had this little squint and pout she’d do as she dressed her face. She still does it today and it rubbed off on me because I do the SAME THING as I apply my makeup as well. Kathy seemed very methodical about her application too. Everything had to be just right. I really admired that about her, and still do. She’s rather a perfectionist about EVERYTHING though. LOL! Kathye has always been in the banking industry and she knew what makeup looks worked for her in a professional setting as well. She was a chameleon of sorts because she was very Phylicia Rashad (professional and classy) by day and Pam Grier (sexy and vamp) by night with her flawless makeup looks.

As a kid surrounded by beautiful women who loved and lived fashion from head to toe, I was never allowed to wear makeup until middle school. My mom let me buy some Translucent Bronze face powder from Fashion Fair and the most popular lipstick with young black girls EVERYWHERE in the 1980s …. Fashion Fairs’ Chocolate Raspberry! If you didn’t own a tube of Chocolate Raspberry back then, you didn’t even matter. I even wore that lipstick in my high school senior pictures in 1990. LOL!! Yes, it was EVERYTHING for almost a decade. I put on my powder and lipstick, and occasionally … if I was really feeling myself … I would throw on some black eyeliner and I would walk around like I was ALL THAT!

So as you can see, my total fascination with makeup (like my shopping habits) are hereditary. I hope to improve my skills enough over the next year so much so that I can start offering makeovers to women who just need a little encouragement and support!

I’ve sprinkled some of my own makeup looks throughout this post. I hope you like them. When I’m back in Florida at my Grandmother’s house, I will get some of her old photos of LynnLynn and Kathye to share with you all. They were (and actually still are) some of the most stylish women I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Thanks for reading!

Love, NikkiFree

20 Comments

  1. 02/24/2015 / 7:55 pm

    Fierce! I have been a minimalist all of my life, basically just trying to cover blemishes but since I hit 40 I have been trying to do more. You are always an inspiration in your "face to fashion coordination". I do believe what you say, that we, as women, feel better when we look better, whether that be no make up or Face Beat on 10!!
    #loveit #allthelooksrock

  2. 02/24/2015 / 7:59 pm

    Thanks for commenting Roz, and thanks for your kind words and continued support.

  3. 02/24/2015 / 8:24 pm

    Love, Love button Nikki! This girl is on FIRE!

  4. 02/24/2015 / 9:23 pm

    Like Roz, I'm also a minimalist and shy away from makeup because it looks hard and as if it takes to much time to put on and take off. I'm doing a complete makeover for the Spring and will be incorporating your ideas/suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 02/24/2015 / 9:43 pm

    Nikki I love all of your looks. I have never worn a lot of make up as you know and when I have tried especially with eyes it was not very pretty ..LOL.. but you are giving me some great inspiration to keep trying,

  6. 02/24/2015 / 10:49 pm

    You and I are alike in our lifelong love of makeup. My mother didn't wear a lot either but when I was young, she purchased a set called Artistry that was in blue cases…. I loved that stuff and played in it SO much!!! I had problem skin so I too started wearing FF (they sold me cream that was all wrong for my oily skin) and I did rock the chocolate raspberry!!!
    These days, I enjoy the artistry behind cosmetics. I have always been decent and better than most of my friends at applying it. I sold Mary Kay at one time and learned even more. I would love to take some classes and be able to offer makeovers as well. Your pictures of your makeovers often send me looking for a new color or products. 😄

  7. 02/24/2015 / 10:51 pm

    Candice, if applied correctly, your makeup won't look hard. It's really all in technique and you never have to venture into bright colors. Neutrals are great for women like you and Roz and MY MOM who like the polished look but don't want to look like you have on makeup.

  8. 02/24/2015 / 10:52 pm

    Thanks Kick! Practice makes perfect. I've seen a good evolution in my own skills over the last year.

  9. 02/24/2015 / 10:54 pm

    We have a lot in common! Don't let my photos of makeup make you break the bank like I have. I have too much stuff and it's taking up entirely too much space! LOL!!! I never knew you sold Mary Kay! Learn something new everyday.

  10. 02/25/2015 / 2:41 am

    I want to be more bold with my makeup looks, but am afraid of looking like Bozo. I am looking forward to your posts and tutorials.

  11. 02/25/2015 / 2:44 am

    Very nice Nikki and informative also love the photos, you make it look so easy. Most days I just want to get to work and don't care about make up especially in the winter months but you are inspiring.

  12. 02/25/2015 / 2:48 am

    Just a little practice and you'll find the right balance that makes you comfortable!

  13. 02/25/2015 / 2:49 am

    I know that feeling! Luckily I don't have to go into an office everyday!

  14. 02/25/2015 / 8:50 pm

    Your makeup is always flawless! I absolutely love the look with the green shadow.

  15. 02/25/2015 / 9:10 pm

    Thanks a bunch! I enjoyed playing with the metallic green shadow!

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