Mi Vida Loca Belleza, roughly translated into ” My Crazy Beauty Life” or “Crazy Life of Beauty,” is a column that addresses beauty concerns specific (but not isolated) to Latina Beauty.
♥ Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
This foundation is basically Photoshop for your face. Coverage is matte, medium, and highly buildable, and it’s so incredibly weightless that I’ve committed the beauty felony of falling asleep with it on because I forget that I’m wearing it. I’ve switched shades 3 different times (thanks to seasonal coloring) without ever having to look to a new formula. They have 18 shades, many of which boast golden and rose undertones instead straight “yellow” or “pink” ones. This is really important for many Latinas as most of just don’t have yellow or pink in our skin, it’s a mixture of both, and most foundations don’t address that. This one does.
PRO TIP: If your formula ends up half a shade too dark, mix it up with an illuminizer to lighten it up. If it’s half a shade too light, use a bronzer to deepen it. They make perfect “in-between season” colors.
♥ Eyeshadow Primer Potion in “Greed”
This is an eyeshadow primer that is LEGENDARY for its ability to amplify your eyeshadow shades and keep them in place. No smudging, smearing, or settling into lines, which is key for those of y’all with oily eyelids. There are 4 shades available: the original formula applies nude but dries invisibly; “Eden,” a nude matte finish; and “Sin,” a champagne shimmer which turns entirely way too frosty on any Latina (or anyone with any gold in their skin) for my liking. After “Sin” was released, I hoped and prayed and wished for a yellow-toned primer, and boom! UD answered my query by releasing the fourth shade, “Greed,” a yellow-toned gold shimmer. Besides being a kick-ass primer, it highlights and accentuates the rosy, golden undertones of Hispanic skin, which means you can wear it alone or as a brow bone and inner eye highlighter. It also looks AMAZING under black eyeshadow as well; it adds a fun factor without going over to the beautifully messy dark side of glitter.
PRO TIP: Apply it underneath your lipstick, concentrating on the middle of your bottom lip, for a full, pouty, super sexy effect.
♥ Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
The Naked Basics Palette has five neutral shades that range from off-white (Venus) to dusty brown (Faint), which can be used alone or mixed together to come up with the perfect “nude” shade for your eyelid. The sixth shade, “Crave,” is a deep dark brown/black matte that you can use for a liner, contour, or shading. Foxy, a yellow-tinted beige, and Naked 2, a taupe-tinted skin tone color, are the standout shades for anyone with golden undertones. This palette is perfect for your no-makeup makeup look that we all know takes at least 6 products.
PRO TIP: If you went overboard on your shimmery illuminizer (whether it’s brow bone, nose bridge, cupid’s bow, or cheek bones), use the shade closest to your skin tone in this palette to tone it down.
♥ 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Bourbon”
I could argue that any of UD’s 24-hour waterproof eye pencils are great for Latinas. They are! They’re all amazing, creamy, smudge-proof formulas and you’d be wise to pick them up in every color. However, if you must only get one, get “Bourbon.” Even though I’m married to black eyeliner, it can be aging and, depending on my current hair color, look a little harsh. “Bourbon” looks good with any hair color (even chola red/orange); the neutral brown shade has a bit of pink to it that brings out the rosiness of one’s cheeks. It also has a teensy weensy amount of gold glitter, which provides an overall metallic effect that brightens up your entire eye area, and helps this color shine on those with yellow-undertones as well.
PRO TIP: If you’re in a bind, smear this all over your eyelid for an on-the-go, sultry looking smoky eye. So pretty!
♥ De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
One of the very few curses about Latina skin is its ability to turn your face into an oil drum in the blink of an eye. That’s bad for beauty, especially in the middle of an all-night dance party. Your foundation needs to stay on, in case those stupid manchas are making an unwelcome appearance, am I right?! UD’s Oil-Control Makeup Spray not only keeps your makeup in place, it helps mattify your face throughout the night. You’ll still look super fierce when you make your 3am taco run on a Saturday night.
PRO TIP: Use this spray after your mascara dries to avoid smudges and smearing!