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Best Products For Nose Contouring

KiKi Carr

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Contouring is a technique that helps to pop and define our features. Although it seems like everyone is using the contouring and highlighting technique they aren’t. Til this very day many women still would like to learn how to contour. If you have ever wondered specifically how to contour your nose and what products to use for contouring and highlighting keep on reading.

If you want to contour the nose you will need a fluffy angled brush. An angled brush is sometimes referred to as a cutting brush. They are slanted and the top of the brush is pointy. That point easily fits in grooves and corners. Angled brushes make clean straight lines. A nose contouring brush should also be fluffy. Fluffy brushes are used for blending.

MAC Cosmetics 275 Synthetic Medium Angled Shading Brush

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It doesn’t matter if you have a wide or narrow nose the concept and purpose of using this technique is the same. Contouring and highlighting isn’t about changing your features. Sure it’s slimming and if you love tacos like me that is ok with you. However, the purpose of contouring and highlighting is to bring forth the areas of the face in which light naturally hits and recede the portions it doesn’t.

As a makeup artist I say all the time that great makeup is all about tools and techniques. Once I started using an angled shading brush to contour my nose it got so much more precise and EASIER! The brush literally does all the work. If you are new to contouring this brush is a must have.

If you are looking to contour and highlight having the proper tools will make the task of precision a piece of cake.


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  • Clear Skin Expert
  • Licensed Aesthetician
  • Cosmetic Formulator
  • Educator
  • Makeup Artist

5 Reasons You Need A Facial


Many people feel a facial is a special occasion thing, but it is not. There are many benefits to getting a professional facial regularly. The sun, pollution, hormonal fluctuations, poor diet and habits such as smoking all take a toll on the look and feel of skin. Facials combat those damaging elements as well as improve circulation and promote detoxification.

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Here are 5 Reason you need a facial:


  • Learn your skin and how to care for it.
  • Receive expert analysis.
  • Get professional advice unique to you.

Medical Advantages

  • Have access to medical grade products and modalities such as Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Microneedling and Electrotherapy.
  • Treat and prevent. An Aesthetician can treat and prevent moderate skin conditions such as acne and identify severe conditions such as skin cancer.
  • Professional and effective care. Facials deliver results.

Stress Reliever

  • Heat & Aroma therapy.
  • Massage pressure points and areas that hold tension.
  • A listening ear.

Look Better

  • Clearer and brighter complexion.
  • Fresh and youthful appearance.
  • Cleaned pores.

You Deserve It!

  • Self care.
  • Rewarding.
  • Relaxing.

If you have problematic skin such as acne, the first few facials can result in a purge. A purge happens when underlying skin conditions are brought to the surface. Remaining consistent with your facials and being diligent about your home care regimen will produce incredible results over time.

Facials address the current state of the skin. After a facial you should look better, be informed, feel uplifted and re-energized.

Life gets busy and it can be hard to make time for a facial. Here are some things you can do at home to look and feel your best.

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Toners for Oily Skin


When it comes to skincare, people want results fast! Many people use actives every day and in every step of their skin care routine. BIG MISTAKE!


The skin needs nurturing, babying, and most importantly time. A good skincare regimen should consist mostly of products that contain ingredients which nourish the skin like Ceramides. Actives are OK but use should be limited to about 3 times a week.

It can be difficult to decide which skin care product should contain active ingredients. Toners are a good way to slip actives into your skin care routine. They are inexpensive, primarily gentle and keep the pores clean. Here are some great toners sold at Target for oily skin.

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Oil Control

Thayers Witch Hazel

  • Offers antioxidant benefits, antibacterial benefits, and brings about a natural glow
  • No added parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or artificial fragrances or dyes. 100% cruelty-free



La Roche – Posay

  • Breakouts are reduced
  • Skin feels smoother, softer, and looks healthier



Mario Badescu

  • Brightens and balances skin
  • Promotes a more radiant, even and youthful-looking complexion


Dark Spots

No 7

  • 2% Vitamin C brightening complex
  • Suitable for all skin types


Toners are a great way to incorporate actives into your current skin care routine. It is important to read the directions and safety guidelines of any product that has active ingredients, especially when pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding.

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Makeup but First Skincare

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MAC Blush Shades for Dark Skin


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First things first, it’s gonna look right on you. Every color looks amazing against melanin. PERIOD! Now, with that out of the way …

Spring has SPRUNG!!!

It’s time to take our look from muted to vibrant. One way is to add a splash of color to the cheeks. Blushes add the perfect pop of color to the face. They can be worn as a flush of color or layered to build intensity. Pinks, peaches, and reds worn as blush colors add a little something special to every spring makeup look.

With all of the different choices we have now-a-days, narrowing down a good blush can feel daunting. There is an array of color choices and textures. Not to mention the lingering thought in the back of our minds about color pay off.

MAC Cosmetics nailed it with their satin and matte blushes. They are completely decadent and at a price you’ll love! These blushes will definitely brighten your spring look during the day and liven up your complexion for summer nights.

Full Fuchsia

Satin Blush. Intense color. Bright. Beautiful. Showstopping!


Frankly Scarlet

Matte Blush. PERFECT color. Vivid. Stunning. Fantastic!


Pink Swoon

Satin Blush. Barbie pink. Breath taking. Gorgeous. Rich!


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  • Cosmetic Formulator
  • Educator
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3 Reasons Dark Skin Need Sunscreen Too!


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First thing to know is there’s a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. A sunscreen absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays while a sunblock reflect and prevent UV rays from striking the skin. Blockers are equivalent to wearing a large brimmed hat. Some sunscreens contain sun blocking ingredients. It is important to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and one that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. These types of sunscreens are considered broad spectrum.

If you don’t currently have a broad spectrum sunscreen in your skin care regimen here are 3 reasons to start using one now.

1.) Pre-mature Aging

Sun exposure is the number one cause of pre-mature aging. Studies show that 90% of wrinkles are caused by the sun while only 10% are attributed to aging.

2.) Sun Burns

Prolonged exposure to the sun without protection can cause the skin to burn and peel.

2.) Skin Cancer

Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin cancer. Over 80% of skin cancers are caused by over exposure to UV rays.

Black Girl Sunscreen was formulated for every day use and can be incorporated into your normal skincare routine. It fights against sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and protects your skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays. The best part is this sunscreen is moisturizing and won’t leave a white cast.

As with all cosmetic products it is important to thoroughly cleanse the skin at night. Going to bed without washing the day away can present new and troublesome problems within the skin. Sunscreens are necessary for every skin type and regimen. Everyone should protect their skin from harmful UV rays.


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Brightening Facial for Oily Skin


When people hear the word facial most often they will visualize a relaxing day at the spa. But in reality a facial is nothing like what is portrayed in the media.

A facial is a medical procedure used to treat common skin conditions like acne. Many Aestheticians work alongside Dermatologist to aid the skin during the healing process. Facials are not frivolous, they promote wellness.

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A brightening facial is ideal for anyone suffering from acne or dark spots. Dead skin clogs pores which causes oily skin types to break out and others to just look dull. Winter weather tends to worsen these conditions.

A brightening facial will not only soften the skin but also refine the pores. Brightening facials improve roughness while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The products used to brighten like vitamin C, enzymes and AHA’s benefit the multiple layers of the skin in different ways.

One thing you can do at home in between facials to help combat oil, keep the pores clear, lighten dark spots and have an overall healthier appearance is use a clay mask.

Indian Healing Clay is an all natural beauty product that has been used for centuries to keep skin clear. Bentonite clay absorbs oil from the pores leaving the skin feeling smooth and clean. Mixing 1 part clay and 1 part organic apple cider vinegar will not only detox the pores but also bash blemishes! The acidity of the apple cider vinegar attacks hyperpigmentation causing it to fade over time. The best part about this mask is the cost! For under $10 you can have a mini facial at home.

The words “all natural” can sometimes give the impression of harmless, which is not necessarily true. Bentonite is an absorbent clay. Using a clay mask multiple times a week can cause the skin to be dry. For best results use a facial brush to apply a thin layer no more than once a week.



Although there are relaxing parts to a facial, it is a corrective treatment. Brightening facials are ideal for acne, hyperpigmentation, and anyone who wants to look more vibrant and refreshed.


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How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs on Vag AND Lighten Dark Spots


Talking about the intimate area can make some people fell uncomfortable, embarrassed or even bashful. But there is no need. Ingrowns, dark spots, bumps and other skin conditions are common issues seen on any part of the body. Although a Vajacial can help, at home care is where you will see the most benefit. You have the ability to care for your skin everyday. As an Aesthetician, I only service my clients skin once a month.

I teach prevention rather than reversal. However, if you do suffer from dark spots and ingrowns there are some things you can start doing to treat the area. The first thing is to STOP shaving.

Hair naturally tapers off.

When the hair is cut at the surface of the skin, by razor or a chemical depilatory such as Nair, it becomes blunt. Once blunt, the hair is prickly and instead of growing out it stabs into the skin where it becomes trapped. Rather than shave, trim the hair down to the size of a grain of rice.

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Waxing is slightly better because the hair can grow out tapered. But the problem with waxing is that the hair is completely removed from the follicle, leaving the follicle open and subject to becoming clogged with oil, dirt, and dead skin. That blockage will prevent the hair from being able to grow out and once again, an ingrown. By using a product like Tend Skin after a wax, it will help keep the hair follicle cleaned out.

In order to get rid of current ingrowns and dark spots the area needs to be exfoliated. In most cases the ingrown hair is trapped under dead skin. An enzyme can help with that.

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Enzymes target and dissolve dead skin. Washing the area with an exfoliating glove and enzyme can drastically reduce the amount of dead skin in and around the area. The cleanser will soften the dead skin and the gloves will gently buff it away. When it comes to the dark spots, both pineapple and papaya contain vitamin C. Vitamin C is widely used in many skin lightening products. Although hyper-pigmentation does take a while to fade, staying consistent will help you see results faster.

Although enzymes are considered gentle forms of chemical exfoliation, they can be categorized as an irritant. Therefore, it is a good idea to perform a patch test before introducing the skin care product into your beauty regimen.

Trimming instead of shaving and using exfoliating treatments such as the enzyme soap are easy and effective ways to treat dark spots and ingrowns in the comfort of your own home.


About the Author, KiKi Carr

  • Clear Skin Expert
  • Licensed Aesthetician
  • Cosmetic Formulator
  • Educator
  • Makeup Artist
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Smokey Eye Makeup Look | Dark Skin

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Date Night Inspo

Hey girl!

Check out this sexy date night look I put together for you. A sultry smokey eye is a go to. The great thing about a smokey eye is that it can be any color! The key to smoking an eye out is to concentrate the black on the lash line. That’s what makes the eye sultry.

My favorite product for a sleek & sultry eye is the MAC Cosmetics Feline eye kohl pencil.

For this look I paired a brown smokey eye with a bold berry lip and threw a gloss on top. You know a gloss takes any lip color to the next level. This is such an easy makeup look! The secret to looking really made up is a glamorous lash.

These are the products I used to achieve this look. All worth it! I use these same products all the time because I love them so much and I know you will too.

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Becoming an Esthetician. Is it Worth it?

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So that I don’t leave you in limbo let me answer the question now, YES! As you will see when you watch the video, an Esthetician does many things and has many choices when it comes to career opportunities. Of course working in a spa is an obvious option but an Esthetician can also work on cruise ships, at waxing centers, lash boutiques and undoubtedly become an entrepreneur.

Allow me to dive into what an Esthetician is for a moment, because I personally had no idea. When I was in the process of choosing a beauty school I would ask everyone ” what’s the difference between the cosmetology program and the Esthetician program”? I didn’t get a clear answer for weeks, MONTHS!

Let me tell you right now, everyone will try to sell you on the cosmetology program. A cosmetology program is longer and of course cost more money. People will tell you with a cosmetology license you can do everything, but there is a caveat. The main focus of a cosmetology program is hair. Cosmetologist learn everything there is to know about hair. A cosmetology program will only teach a basic facial, basic manicure, basic pedicure, etc.

An Esthetican learns more than the basic facial. An esthetics program teaches skin care in-depth. Estheticians learn the skin inwards and outwards. The different layers of the skin and how each layer functions. Mastering this knowledge is required to graduate beauty school and most certainly required to become licensed in any state. An Esthetician is essentially a medical professional. Many work alongside Dermatologist. It is an Estheticians role to treat conditions of the skin topically, while doctors usually prescribe medications that work internally.

An Estheticians job is to beautify. Estheticians leave the skin looking glowy and feeling soft by treating it with products and medical modalities such as chemical peels. An Esthetician removes unwanted hair by waxing. An Esthetician does makeup, lashes, eyebrows and more. NO ONE TOLD ME THIS!

If you want to learn how to treat everyday skin conditions such as acne, learn the proper technique used to extract impacted pores, be able to identify product ingredients, know the benefits of such ingredients, and study clinical therapies used to treat skin, become an Esthetician.

Watch the video below to learn more about what an Esthetician does and what you can expect from Esthetics school. If you need a mentor click here. Also be sure to check out my Esthetic and beauty business courses.

If you are located in Chicago Illinois and looking to enroll in an Esthetics program or cosmetology program consider Dudley’s Beauty College.

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MAC Lipsticks for Dark Skin

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Most Complimented Combo

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Try Ruby Woo lined with Chestnut and Lady Be Good in the center for a beautiful ombre!

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MAC Lipstick Swatches

Let’s start off by dismantling all of the dark skin makeup myths RIGHT NOW! Every color looks amazing on us, PERIOD! Although dark skin can successfully pull off any color the most flattering colors are:


PRO TIP: Top any lipstick with a gloss to enhance the look!

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I have been a makeup artist for many years. I am considered a Master and an Expert at this point in my career, so I know. Here I have highlighted some of my favorite MAC lipsticks and lip glosses. Check out the video for swatches.



Oldie but goodie. Soft pinkish brown.

Ruby Woo


Truly shiny! Sexy.

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Stunning everyday shimmer.

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CB 96


Orange gold. Soft.

Bronze Shimmer


Classic. Classy

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