Hello, once again loves! I recently had the pleasure of getting Miss Naturi Naughton red carpet ready for the opening night party for the American Black Film Festival 2011 that took place at Club Play in Miami Beach. You may know her as a former member of the group 3LW, Denise in the remake of Fame and probably most notably for her role as Lil Kim in the film NOTORIUS. The multitalented New Jersey native also made her mark in theater, playing little Inez in the musical, Hairspray.
Naturi was a joy to work with! She knows her makeup stuff!! We spoke mostly about makeup and skincare techniques and products. Naturi has FLAWLESS brown skin! When I inquired about her skincare regimen, she responded that she uses a brand of products called Dermalogica (http://www.dermalogica.com/) to keep her skin in check with traveling and environmental stresses. The products leave her skin clear, even toned and hydrated, so I didn't need to use a lot of foundation on her.
I first primed her skin with MAC Prep & Prime skin to ensure that the foundation would remain fresh and long-lasting underneath red carpet lights and the humidity of the club atmosphere.
Generally, during a makeup application, I like to begin with the brows and eye makeup. In the event that there is any eyeshadow fallout or darkness, I can clean it easier from bare skin that trying to correct it on top of concealer. Naturi's brows were already a nice shape, but just to give her brows more definition I used a MAC 263 brush and Espresso eyeshadow. This also accentuated her arch, thus opening up her eye space for big, dramatic eyes!
Next, I primed her lids with MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork to eliminate creasing over time. Naturi's Miami-style blue mini dress screamed glam and she wanted her eyes to match without competing too much with the dress! We settled on golds and blues, with winged liner and lashes.
First I applied concealer as her brow highlight. Using a concealer versus a highlighter gives a more skin-like look and doesn't compete with the shadows as we wanted the attention to fall on her lid space. Then I applied MAC eyeshadow in Amber Lights to the lid with a 239 Brush so that color would pack on to the lid. In her crease, I used Brown Script, a mid-tone warm brown to blend, with a 224. The season is about random "pops of color" so I snuck in a bit of Electric Eel (vibrant, satin blue) to her outer lid space and a touch of Carbon (black). Naturi loves to create an appearance of an extended eyelid, so I created a wing with E.L.F black gel eyeliner with a 263 Brush. Finally, to complete her eye look, I used feathery Red Cherry lashes.
For the face, we didn't want the elements of foundation, concealer, blush and lips to overshadow eyes so I kept it simple. I applied Makeup Forever HD Foundation to to the outer perimeter of her face and MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in a lighter shade underneath her eyes, center of the forehead and the bridge of her nose for a highlighting effect. I dusted MAC Matte Bronze Bronzer over her face with a 150 (Large) Brush and applied Pink Swoon blush to her apples for a light flush.
Naturi wanted a lip that said 'Miami,' and that would appropriately fit her overall look. I suggested pairing MAC PRO Lipstick in Show Orchid with MAC Cremesheen glass in Partial to Pink to the center and she loved it! NOTE: Skipping lip liner gave a more muted, natural look.
Naturi and I discussed the need for more women of color to experiment with brighter shades. I personally think that women with darker skin tend to bury themselves in coppers and browns because they fear that color would stand out too much against their skin! It may, but its all about referring to a professional for the correct products, textures and application methods! You can rock vibrant colors, you just have to own it and not over do it! That's where I come in!