When it comes to beat faces, beauty tips, and creating trends, celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson is a sought-after expert in the field. Even his name is as colorful as the lipsticks and foundations in his beloved cosmetics line.
For the kickoff of #NYFW, Harlem’s Skin & Laser Clinic was the place to be this weekend, where the who’s who of the style, fashion, and beauty blogosphere gathered to meet Crimson and pick his brain about fall fashion trends.
While indulging in mimosas, canapes, and conversation, ladies were treated to messages, manicures, and beauty hacks that will transform any beauty routine.
Using inexpensive beauty items found at Family Dollar, Crimson gave simple beauty tips that even the most makeup-inept beauty can do.
Give eyes an instant wake-up call with L.A. Girl Mascara available at Family Dollar. For an effortless and dramatic eye-popping effect, extend mascara root to tip for luxurious, voluminous lashes. Protect your eyeshadow by using a triangular sponge to hold the eyelid up and catch any mascara as you sweep the wand through your eyelashes.
You need to make sure any look is complemented by a designer smile — Colgate Optic White Express White toothpaste is proven to whiten teeth in just three days and is Colgate’s fastest teeth-whitening toothpaste.
Don’t Waste That Old Eyeshadow
One of my favorite things to customize is nail polish. Using a shade of metallic eyeshadow, scrape a bit on a mixing tray and add a clear polish. Just mix and apply! You now have a way to try something new or repurpose old eyeshadow that didn’t quite work on you.
Tips For Fall
There are a lot of cool beauty trends happening right now. There’s nothing wrong with a great matte lip. We’re seeing darker colors from the runway this season. Weather and the seasons as we knew it have merged together, so darker colors aren’t just for fall and winter and light colors aren’t just for spring and summer.
I’m in love with them. One of my favorite shades is called “No Explanations.” Mix a little lip gloss in the center so the lips stays all day, but has more sheen to it.
Skin Is In
The thing I love about the Crimson dual skin creme foundation is, I started with the deepest color, which would match a girl who is South Sudanese. I wanted to to get it right and avoid the ashy and green tones, which so many products can do. That deeper skin tone is always left out.
The wearability of Crimson’s product is really great. We spend so much time trying to hide our imperfections, to the point where the coverage of most of our foundations are too much. You want to walk in the room and people to say, “You look so beautiful today,” not, “Girl, your makeup looks so good.”
The dual skin creme foundation lasts up to eight hours, even in humidity. The color remains the same, too. It matches. The undertones are correct. I’m glad Black women have made their voices heard on social media to demand better. She’s searching for brands like mine.
Claire Sulmers from Fashion Bomb Daily gave us her top three fall fashion trends.
Thigh High Boots
We always love a good thigh-high boot. I think they’re classic, but something reoccurring. It’s always saucy and sassy to wear over jeans or with a mini-dress or skirt.
Balmain has tons of embellished garments. It’s all coming from the runway to real life. And for the budget-conscious beauty: always go to Zara and Topshop. Cruise sites for sales. The Outnet.com is one of my favorites.
Monochromatic – The Streamline
Wear one outfit that’s the same color. It’s slimming, it’s chic, it’s simple.
And when you need to go from night to day, celebrity stylist Anastasia Walker has these quick and helpful tips:
See How Your Outfit Will Look In Future Photos:
Before special events or first dates, I recommend snapping a quick pic — have a friend take it, your doorman, or use a self timer!
Confidence Doesn’t Mean Overexposed:
We all want to feel sexy and confident, and showing skin is an easy way to accomplish this. However, it’s important to be strategic to the ratio of skin that should be exposed. The best way to do this is to pick one area to highlight. For example, if you’re showing off your legs, opt out of revealing cleavage.
5 Fall Staples This Year:
- Statement coat with detachable pieces
- Flare trousers
- Light tank top to transition your office outfit to a night out
- Quality black leather coat
- Plaid Print
PHOTO CREDIT: HelloBeautiful, Instagram