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5 Steps to Fabulousness

Hi girls! So this is not a holiday post, for a couple reasons: A.) you can find those anywhere, and B.) my SYB Babes are demanding that I answer a very specific, non-Christmas-related question. Over the past week, I’ve gotten several tweets/emails from you guys, sweetly demanding details re: my everyday makeup regimen. Okay muchachitas, here it is…my daily face in five simple, straightforward steps. I’m all for the quickest way to get from ho-hum to HOT, so don’t be alarmed if my steps seem a bit pared-down. Here goes!


So very important. Who are these freshman out here applying eyeshadow or gloss or something without putting on concealer first? Girls. You are not ready for color if you haven’t perfected your skin yet. To get flawless-looking skin, I apply an oil-free moisturizer and then, using my eff-you finger, I pat this creamy, yellow-based concealer over shady areas (ie, under my eyes and around my mouth). The trick is to dab it on, almost like you’re pressing the concealer into your skin — if you rub, you’re actually moving the color away from where you need it to go. I set the cover-up with a light dusting of translucent pressed powder (meaning sheer or colorless) so it won’t settle into my fine lines, and that’s it!



Next up is eyes. Yeah, I’m totally boring…I’ve been wearing the same shadow shade since 1994. But listen, golden-champagney-peachy hues dazzle against my skin, so if it ain’t broke I refuse to fix it! Right now, I’m deeply crushing on this new Holiday 2012 palette from my girl BB. I wear the top middle shade for my everyday look (I swipe it on from lashes to crease, nada mas). But when I need to smolder dahling, I add the palest hue to my browbone, and blend the deep, golden-pewter shade into my crease (bottom far left). The smudgier, the better.



I got this mascara and eyeliner set in a gift bag somewhere, and now I can’t live without it. The liner goes on SOOO smooth…no need to tug and pull at my skin to get an even line (don’t do this at home, creates wrinkles, bad). So, to add extra definition to my eyes, I create a veddy veddy skinny line along my lashline, and then swipe on two coats of mascara. Btw, the wand is so extra-big and luscious, your lashes won’t know what hit them.

Perfect for faking that post s-e-x glow.


Sam Fine once told me that black women look fabulous in orange-tone blush. I balked, and he assured me that even though it might look Crayola-crazy in the packaging, bright coral tones leave a warm, healthy, radiant glow on brow skin. He’s right. Thus, this new cheek palette from Nars is everything! I dip a big, fluffy brush in each of the vivid peach, tangerine and fucshia shades, and then blend it over the apples of my cheeks. I finish with a lightweight swipe of the shimmery golden highlighter (for extra afterglowiness). The wonders this palette does for my complexion cannot be overstated.



I tend to skip uber-bright lip colors for day in favor of neutral, pinky-nudes with a major gloss factor. This gem from Buxom is all I’ll ever need in a daytime lip. It somehow stays seriously glossy for hours…plus it’s shot through with peppermint tingliness, moisturizing vitamin E, and special hyaluronic spheres that plump up your pucker. I have one in each purse. Yep, it’s like that.

The end! Holler at me with your daily makeup regimen, I’m dying to know. xx, Tia

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  1. Mrs. Jones
    December 20, 2012 4:04 pm 

    Nice teaser, but what happens after concealer? 🙂

  2. FelicityR
    December 20, 2012 4:47 pm 

    I want every single Nars blush shade ever created… I adore their blush, and that palette is to die for!

    My regimen is pretty simple… I fake the brows with concealer, tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation, blush, mascara, then lips. I don’t do eyeshadow everyday. Too time consuming, I guess.

  3. December 20, 2012 5:28 pm 

    Co-sign on the Becca concealer. When in the midst of a foundation emergency ary several years ago(the 1 I used was discontinued) a makeup artist at Bergdorf told me to mix a bit of moisturizer with this concealer and apply with a brush. Totally.saved.my.life.

  4. angelita
    December 20, 2012 7:36 pm 

    Estee lauder double wear concealer, Mac mineralize powder in dark, Loreal Voluminous black Mascara, Raizin or Format blush, and any random nude gloss……..everything else after that is for fun or extra.

  5. Kierah
    December 20, 2012 7:50 pm 

    1. Black Opal concealer stick
    2. Nars blush Exhibit A
    3. Mac facepaint in Bamboom
    4. Maybelline Falsies mascara
    5. Laura Mercier lipgloss in Mauve Plum

  6. Kimmie
    December 20, 2012 8:31 pm 

    Origins BB cream (which I won on SYB and LOVE)
    Clinique redness correcting powder
    Nars blush
    Loreal double extend tubes mascara
    Peachy nude gloss
    Sometimes a sweep of a golden shadow on eyes or highlighter on face
    Five minute face!

  7. December 20, 2012 10:40 pm 

    Love Becca too especially their luminous skin.
    My routine:
    1)Ellis Faas concealer
    2)Becca powder
    3)Whatever lipstick i’m wearing as blush
    4)Rimmel eyebrow pencil
    5)Hourglass mascara

    Glad you and SYB are back

    A fan from London.

  8. Shenile
    December 20, 2012 10:45 pm 

    I have a question, Tia. Excuse me if it’s an obvious one, but enlighten me.

    Earlier this year, you said that you should change up blushes pretty often, but yet above, you say you’ve been using the same shadow for years. Why the difference? Or is that just your personal preference?

    Thanks, Tia!! xoxox

    December 22, 2012 11:35 pm 

    My daily makeup face –
    1) On my brows Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara
    2) M.A.C. Mineralize Foundation Loose in Deep Dark all over face. I don’t use concealer on a daily basis. I know…I know.
    3) Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet to line top lid.
    4) L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black for lashes
    5) M.A.C.’s Raizin or Ambering Rose blush for my cheeks
    6) My current nude lipgloss is Mary Kay’s Beach Bronze. If I want color, I go for M.A.C’s Media lipstick with clear lipgloss on top. Gives me a nice red lip!

    I normally don’t wear eyeshadow every day. Liner and mascara is enough for my quick regular daytime routine.

  10. LisaLisa
    December 28, 2012 8:49 pm 

    Tia, could you give us the scoop on your sister Lauren’s skincare regimen as well as her makeup products? She’s more of my complexion and her makeup ALWAYS looks so natural. Never piled on or cakey.


  11. December 30, 2012 1:09 pm 

    Thanks for sharing Tia! Is primer just not needed? I use it but I don’t know if it’s even worth it.

    1.House of Tara primer or Murad tinted primer
    2.Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue concealer in Terra Cotta
    3.VS Pro Airbrush FX Bronzing Primer as a Bronzer OR Bare Minerals Warmth
    4.Cover Girl Tru Blend minerals powder in 420
    5.Sephora colorful duo eyeshadow in N0 7
    OR Buxom color choreography eyeshadow in Swing
    6. Rimmel London Scandaleyes mascara
    7. Wet and Wild coloricon eyeliner in mink brown OR Ybg eyebrow pencil in universal taupe
    8.Maybelline Fit blush in deep rose
    9.Fresh lip balm and a pinkish NYC lipstain for a little bit of color.
    10.Merle Norman Expert touch finishing spray

  12. Lili
    December 31, 2012 6:20 am 

    I am a new but firm fan of NARS too.
    I use:
    1. Bare Minerals Prime time oil-free primer.It’s just okay and I won’t re-purchase
    2. NARS pro-prime eyeshadow base. The TRUTH.
    3. Foundation: NARS Sheer glow or YSL Touche eclat. Yellow based tones, glowing skin, what more could a girl ask for?
    4. Concealer: MAC studiofix(in a pot), Estee Lauder Doublewear or MUFE full cover. I like a bit of variety;)
    5. Blush: NARS blushes are the bomb. I love Orgasm or Exhibit A. Liberte is next on my hit list.
    6. Eyeshadow: usually taupey, bronzey colours from various palettes or singles from MARS, MAC, Clinique or Estee Lauder. I also have neutral matte basics from Bobbi Brown for a quick, everyday look.
    7. clear lip liner to seal in lipstick. I favour glossy neutrals for day and bolder colours for evening. My current favourites are MAC Touch (day) and NARS Dragon girl (night)
    Oops nearly forgot setting powder which I fluff on after foundation. I favour Laura Mercier or MAC.

  13. Karen
    December 31, 2012 11:54 am 

    I am so happy you posted this Tia! I have seen so much stuff on how “easy” contouring and shadowing is, and I was wondering if beauty-pros like yourself actually do that on a daily basis. On this end, I’m just trying to find an everyday blush that doesn’t make me look like a tranny!!! 🙂 Happy Holidays!