Who said the leading lady needs to be a celebrity? We bet you will find a makeup look that you’ll love from these hair and makeup trends that are inspired by our all-time favourite TV shows. We’re totally gaga about these noteworthy facial makeup tutorials which gained their popularity from Empire, Black-ish and Dear White People. This is one of those makeup tutorials for black women that will show you how to apply makeup like a pro, step by step.
Empire: Cookie Lyon
Just like cookies and cream, this look - inspired by a queen bee character who is the wifey of a hip-hop mogul, is guaranteed to have you looking like a million bucks.
For starters, we love the weave. To keep it looking on point, avoid these mistakes you can make with your weave and know how to find and use the best products to keep your ‘do in pristine condition.
You can also follow in the footsteps of this goddess, by imitating her trademark fashion accessories like big hoop earrings, prominent eyelash extensions and shadowy eyes. What makes this look distinctive are the accentuated eyes coupled with nude lips to create a natural elegance. With a wardrobe filled with fur, animal prints and sparkles, Cookie changes up her sassy bronzed look with punchy bold lips and daring eye colours. Recreate her look with Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed. A touch of flirty pink blush with a gorgeous bronzed glow is oh so achievable with this micronized, jet-milled powder that gives a flawless finish on any skin tone.
Black-ish: Rainbow Johnson
This look is inspired by a leading character who embodies femininity mixed with brains (she is a doctor after all), but it’s also functional for a working mom and wife. To nail this look, go for natural afro locks, perky red lips, rosy cheeks and elongated mascara lashes. This look is as functional in the office as it is at home.
If you are no longer in your 20s or 30s, you can recreate her look by using L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Foundation 380 Golden Honey, a lightweight foundation that blurs fine lines, smooths and works wonders for mature skin. By changing your foundation to comply with your skin tones, anyone can own this look.
Dear White People: Samantha White
This look has become synonymous with this strong-willed, mixed-race but black activist student. Samantha openly dismisses her ‘whiteness’ flaunting her black ethnicity with silky waves and tight headwraps. We love the playful glossy lips, eyeliner tattoo on the top lid and long natural looking lashes that highlight her darker skin tones.
It’s important to get the subtle golden eye shadow just right. Maybelline The City Mini Palette has six shades – that incorporate a stunning gold and rooftop bronzes – to create the perfect custom eye makeup that goes perfectly with this look. Pair this with puffy natural hair tied to the side and accessorized with large hoop earrings.
Pull off these looks by pairing makeup and jewellery for maximum impact.
While celebs have professional makeup artists to do their behind the scenes prep, you’re on your own when it comes to choosing the right highlighter and other makeup techniques. So, say goodbye to your everyday popular makeup looks and try out these awesome leading lady looks. You’ve got the look - grab the attention girl!