Thursday, July 2, 2009

BET Awards Beauty Trends

The BET Awards were held last Sunday, and in addition the the moving tributes to the late Michael Jackson, some very distinct beauty trends were evident. They might help you get a jump on your summer sizzle.

Pink Pout
In addition to beautiful skin, actress Zoe Saldana and singers LaToya Luckett and Amerie all rocked perfectly pink puckers. Looks like pink is the new red.

D.I.Y. Choose a shade of pink that compliments your skintone.Vibrant or matte shades works best when the rest of your face is neutral, while a stronger eye requires a more muted pink. Since pink is a vibrant color, a sheer gloss is always a good choice especially on deeper skintones.

Short and Chic

Everyone seemed to be sporting closely cropped do's. Singer Monica, actresses Elise Neal and Terri J. Vaughn and model Toccara of America's Next Top Model fame all went short and sassy to kick off the summer. D.I.Y. If you've ever considered it, now's the perfect time to go short. For some, it may be as simple as foregoing the hair extensions or weave for a couple of months. Have fun with it! Spike it, slick it back, or play with color and highlights. Be sure to visit your stylist for a fantastic cut.

Bright Eyes

Everything old is new again. Jewel toned shadows and eyeliner complimented the stylish outfits. Singer Alicia Keys, actress/comedian Kim Coles and young newcomer Keke Palmer (did you hear her nod to MJ...acapella?) showed us that everyone can wear color. D.I.Y. Apply bright shadow only on the lids, and gently fade into the crease by blending with a shadow brush. Compliment with a neutral eyeliner--black, brown or grey work best. Or go neutral with your eyeshadow and choose a vibrant eyeliner. Teal greens, purples, and shades of blue look fabulous on most skintones. Opt for gold, bronze or silver for a more glamourous look.

Brow Perfection
Well groomed and strong brows certainly made a statement. From former child stars Tatyana Ali and Tempestt Bledsoe to actress Meagan Good, these divas really know how to accent their "windows to the soul". D.I.Y. If you've never shaped your brows before, visit a professional. Keep re-growth to a minimum by tweezing brows between visits. Fill in sparse brows with brow powder and an angled brush. Hold them in place with brow set or a dab of hairspray on your fingertips.

Until next time!