“These Are Few of My Favorite Things”
It is not a secret to people who know me, know that I love my child, Prince, Motown and my makeup. I don’t just love my makeup. I loooooove my makeup. While many don’t believe I will be 45 in September, it’s all genetics. I was blessed with a genetic code that ensures the women in my family age not only gracefully, but at 20 years below our actual chronological age.
Still, I can see the fine lines that you may not in the picture below, but it’s my face and we have been very familiar since September 23, 1974. Readers, meet my face:
This is the face I gave birth to:
My daughter and I have different types of skin. I am T-zone. She’s 16, she gets acne. So you would think that we could never wear the same makeup. Especially as I am looking for something that deals with those problem areas I mentioned earlier.
As women of color, we also struggle with finding colors of foundation and concealers that accurately match our beautiful, brown coloring. Usually, I make my own which requires over 10 products to blend the perfect match for me, 13 for my daughter.
Also, you can’t tell by this picture but I have freckles, pretty much all over my body. It actually accounts for my coloring. Add to that a virtually white birthmark over my left eye that I came into this world with and was shamed by other kids for makes my makeup search more complicated. Even a doctor tried to tell me when I was 16 said that it was “a fungus.” No, all you have to do is look at my baby pictures. Like Maybelline, “maybe she’s born with it,” maybe it’s real, doc! Again, I know my face. And you know yours.
You also know, like me, that summer is a rough time to love your makeup because it is just too hot to have anything on your face. Also, if you have allergies to certain products, as my daughter and I do, you want a natural, green, allergen-free product. If so, I have THE product for you. It is light, feels good and looks even better.
My NEW Favorite Thing
It’s called Blur Stick and it is made by Milk Makeup. I got a sample of it a month ago and I have fallen in love with it like I did with my daughter when I first saw her. Sephora calls Milk Makeup “unique multi-use products” that “are designed for an on-the-go lifestyle, with high-tech ingredients—without all the bad stuff.” Milk Makeup uses CBD-rich cannabis oil in their products. No, it won’t get you high. It’s completely safe and used widely in many bath and beauty products.
Milk Makeup also has a Blur liquid matte, full coverage foundation with 13 of their 24 shades that can fit the rainbow of tan to deep brown skin of my family members. Also, try their Sun Sign Sets. I got two, since I am born on a cusp Virgo-Libra. In the picture, I am wearing the the Holographic Stick on my lips in Stardust from the Libra Sign Set. My daughter is wearing the Kush mascara from the Scorpio Sign Set. You will love it, too.
Have a Summer Makeup Fling of Your Own
You can find Milk Makeup at Sephora stores. Sephora has a Memorial Day Sale this weekend. On the product’s website, you can get 15% off and “deets” (details) on new products if you signup for notifications with your email address. They also tell you how to get “Lil'”versions of products to try.
Yes, Aisha, There Really IS Such A Things As ‘Wu Wear’ and Ari Melber Would Approve
Also, if you are a 90s Hip-Hop fan, as I am, and love the Wu-Tang Clan, they have a lipstick collection. Just when I thought I couldn’t love The Rza, The Gza, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspecktah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and the M-E-T-H-O-D Man any more, they go and make me so proud with the Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup line. It’s one of their bestsellers.
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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!