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I’m a professional hair and make up artist raised and based in Nairobi, with seven years of experience in the Hair and Make up industry. I pride myself on being a fun, creative and energetic person that seeks to infuse my talents into my work and the content I create.

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Look of the Week : Black Out

A variety of dark shades of lipstick including black have hit the market with most of our favourite fashion brands turning out different versions and shades of the daring color.

This color can be intimidating and I’m certain most of you immediately had the same reaction I did when I first saw the trend and thought this look would never suit your skin tone or make up style, I can assure you I felt the same way at first, but I quickly found out this trend is surprisingly chic and extremely sexy.

Jet black works on every skin tone, that’s just the way it is, however, as with any very dark or bright colors it’s going to be far more shocking on someone fair skinned than someone dark skinned. So the fairer your skin tone, the more you might want to blot it down so it’s not too severe.

I was given the fabulous @maccosmeticsLiptensity in Stallion by some of my blogger friends who thought I would be daring enough to try it and I decided to prove them right.

Here are my tips to pulling off the perfect dark pour. My first tip is to keep the rest of your makeup light and minimalistic – your lips are the focal point. A little blush and a swipe of eyeliner and mascara will do the trick. Next for the application, line your lips with a nude lip liner or any matte liner that you can draw around your mouth so that no pigment bleeds out. Black lip liners aren’t widely available on the market so a nude one will do to create a long wear base.
Finally for the lipstick. Do you think you’re ready to rock the darkest hue out there? If you’re still skeptical about black lipstick, there are plenty of alternative shades that’ll give off the same goth glam vibes. Purple and plum are the perfect gateway lipsticks to work up your courage to try this fabulous look. Photos by @mgphotostudiokenya Lip color @maccosmetics

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