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So it never fails…A few of ya’ll asked my opinion on white people having locs.
I have NO PROBLEM with white people having locs. I have seen white people with a fierce head of locs so I can’t knock all white people wearing locs. My only concern is majority of the time they tend be unkept, dirty…
Hey do you have any tips that will help make my foundation look more natural? I have normal-dry skin. Before I put on my foundation I moisturize my face but my foundation (Makeup forever HD) still doesn't tend to look natural. Thank you!
Hi there! I have a few tips on how to get your foundation to look as natural as possible :)
- Use a damp sponge to apply foundation
- Use a lightweight, liquidy formula
- Use a foundation with a satin, slightly dewy finish
- Use little to no powder
Using a damp sponge like the Beauty Blender ($20 at Sephora) is fabulous way to get a really natural finish. Since the sponge is slightly damp it will sheer out the foundation a bit making it look and feel more light weight and natural. Using a sponge gives a really smooth, airbrushed finish while some brushes can leave streaks or cake up and not be as flattering. I find using a “fancy” makeup sponge as opposed to the more affordable, use once and throw away ones give the best finish. You can find more affordable ones at Ulta or Target.
I find using a foundation that’s more water based or runny gives a more natural finish. They look and feel weightless on the skin so it won’t look caked up over the skin. You might want to try a water based foundation, water based foundations tend to be more runny while oil based foundations can be more thick. Some great water based foundations are Makeup Forever Face & Body, Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, Covergirl Clean Makeup, Loreal True Match Lumi.
You want to avoid being overly matte! Sometimes in an effort to be matte we apply too much powder and go for a matte foundation causing the skin to look dull and dry. Naturally, our skin has a little sheen and healthy glow so you want to mimic that with foundation. If your skin looks powdery it can be obvious you’re wearing makeup. So opt for translucent powder instead of pressed powder, or apply a super thin layer of powder or skip powder all together!
Eric Garner and the Plague of Police Brutality Against Black Men
If you haven’t heard about Eric Garner yet, let me fill you in. He was a 43-year-old father of six who lived in Staten Island, and he died in the street on Thursday after as many as four New York police officers choked him and slammed his head on the ground. The NYPD told the Associated Press that they stopped Garner because he was selling untaxed cigarettes, something he’d been arrested for before. However, witnesses who spoke with local news website Staten Island Live have basically said that’s bullshit. Ramsey Orta, who was on the scene and shot a now infamous video that is making the rounds, can be heard in the clip saying that all Garner had done to get bothered by the police was break up a fight.
In the video, Garner denies any wrongdoing and asks why he’s being hassled. “Every time you see me you want to mess with me,” he says in an exasperated tone that most men of color across this country can relate to. Garner, who was 400 pounds and has been described by people who knew him as a “gentle giant,” suffered from chronic asthma and police claim his death was the result of a heart attack suffered during the arrest.
Police say that Garner made a “fighting stance” and resisted arrest. Which, based on the video clip, is complete nonsense, considering we can see him pleading to the officers, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” before going completely silent as several officers pile on him.
The video of Garner’s death is disgusting, but I can’t say I was shocked or even outraged the first time I watched it. At this point, as someone who’s read and written about some of these stories time and time again—and who’s had firsthand experiences with the way cops treat black males—this kind of reprehensible shit is not surprising at all. After so many cases like Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, you start to feel desensitized by the seemingly insurmountable injustice that plagues communities of color.
NYPD Officers Smash Boy’s Head Through Window, Nearly Killing Him
Cops smashed a handcuffed fourteen-year-old through a storefront window in the Bronx Saturday night, nearly killing him.
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports that Javier Payne suffered cuts to his face, his chest, and a punctured lung from being shoved into the window of the Hookah Shop. Paramedics had to hold Payne’s chest closed as he was rushed to the hospital — though they did not arrive on scene immediately because police called it in with a protocol used for drunks, not for a pediatric emergency.
Payne was arrested that night with another teenager on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing government administration, and assault. While it’s not clear what the circumstances surrounding the arrest were, police often use these kinds of charges to discredit or obscure accusations of brutality. The report filed by the officers made no mention of the window smashing.
After hours of surgery, Payne’s mother was allowed to see her son. “Mommy, Mommy,” he said. “The cop, he pushed my head through the window while I was handcuffed, Mommy, he pushed my head through the window.”
JJIE interviewed Hookah Shop owner Nageib Aldaylam, who said the two boys visited the shop, but nothing untoward happened until the officers showed up and started questioning them. The boys argued with the officers until one of the cops smashed Payne through the window. Afterward, as Payne bled on the pavement, the cops asked Aldaylam if he had security footage, and if the boys had done anything when they entered the store. Aldayam said no.