Sunday, October 27, 2013

Is Hollywood ready for Dark-Skinned Superstars?

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya (and now a resident of Brooklyn), Nyong'o studied at the Yale School of Drama before scoring what has become her breakout role. She stars as Patsey in McQueen's searing drama, a slave who endures unspeakable acts of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her psychotic owner, played by fellow Oscar hopeful Michael Fassbender. (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt are among the film's other co-stars.) "This is Lupita's first movie. Think about where she goes from here," Sarah Paulson, who co-stars with Nyong'o in "12 Years A Slave," told HuffPost Entertainment in a recent interview. "It's like, 'Come on, lady. You've got 10 movies in your future that are not going to be as good as this, no matter how good they are. Just so you know. Then you'll have another great one.'"


Come Oscar season, Lupita Nyong’o will be a household name, but who is the 30-year-old actress New York Magazine‘s predicting will be 2013′s biggest emerging face? The 30-year-old Kenyan is already generating Oscar buzz for her emotional performance in the Steve McQueen directed, “12 Years A Slave” which, it should be noted, is her first-ever American film role.


Nyong’o didn’t believe acting could be a viable career because there wasn’t much of an entertainment industry when she was growing up in Kenya, nor did she see many African women in movies. Her perspective changed after noticing actors who resembled her in “The Color Purple.” Though she acted in plays while attending Hampshire College in the U.S., she was still ambivalent about studying acting until a career crisis made her realize she needed to be a professional actor, and to apply to the best schools, including Yale. The rest, as they say, is history.
In an interview with Vulture, Nyong’o said one of the first things she did was visit the Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, where her friend had told her you could get a three-dimensional experience of slavery. There she saw a bale of 500 pounds of cotton, which is what her character was tasked with picking every day, and she was in shock after seeing it was taller, thicker and wider than her petite frame. Pretty insane, huh?

The 30-year-old will play a flight attendant in February’s “Non-Stop,” the Liam Neeson airline thriller co-starring “Downton Abbey”’s Michelle Dockery.









Nyong’o describes the complexity of her character as something “that really sat with me and resonated because she was this zealous woman, genial, pleasant tempered. But really she wanted her death.”
“I knew I had to do her justice and to play her with dignity and integrity,” she said.The film shines a light on this often ignored perspective in the history of slavery.“I  ’t seen slavery in this way, where’s it’s really about an exploration of the institution of slavery,” Nyong’o explained, calling the film “something that was going to be history in the making.”
She went on to explain that “12 Years a Slave” is not only about adding to the history books, but about reopening dialogue around slavery.

Tutorial – Contour & Highlighting the Face


You need the following tools for contouring: a contour brush (use Devezin Cosmetics #16) and a contour color (use Devezin Cosmetics Enriched Highlighting Bronzer). An angled powder brush can usually double as a contouring brush, just like you can make your choice in the color you want to use to contour. In general, Its safe to use a color that is darker than your normal skin tone. Contouring adds shadows to your face to create more dimension (carving the cheeks or accenting the cheekbones, thinning out the nose, etc. Contouring is really pretty easy, so long as you place the contour line in the right position, and it is quite simple to find that right area. You need to make a “fishy” face, which is when you suck in your cheeks as much as you can. You can see/feel the hollow it creates below your cheek! Using your contour brush, pick up your contour color, and apply along the hollow created by the fish-face.The brush should fit nicely into the hollow of your cheeks, and you simply guide it upwards alongside the hollow/curve. Follow your natural curve, which resembles the same angle/line of the jaw. See[pic] is what the finished product looks like, and of course, you need to blend this out around the middle of the ear. Get the look: http://ericdevezin.com/store/product.php?id_product=87

Monday, October 7, 2013

Contouring and Highlighting: A Must for Makeup Lovers

Contouring  is one of the 'cosmetic' worlds best kept secrets. Sure, you're favorite celeb always looks flawless. Not such a hard task to achieve when you pay a professional to put your face on. With a few simple products, you too can look like you just went under the knife.

Nose to wide? Double chin? Dark under eye circles? Dying for those killer, sky high cheekbones? For those of you who aren't familiar with highlighting and contouring your pretty, little faces; let me give you a quick peek. Promotional video coming soon.
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