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5 Do's and Don'ts of Photo-Ready Makeup

Have you ever casually logged onto Facebook only to find horrible pictures of yourself tagged on a friend's page? Not because you were dancing on a table or caught in a compromising position, but because your makeup has taken on a life of its own (and not in a good way).

Since we don't have publicists approving each picture that surfaces on the internet, learn how to perfect your face and stay photo ready with these easy tips. 


Vibe Vixen SPF FoundationDon't wear foundation with SPF in it.

While protecting our skin from the sun's harmful rays is important, the titanium oxide in sunblock creates a white cast on our skin leaving us looking ghostly when the camera produces a flash. Combining SPF with flash photography is a recipe for very unflattering pictures.

Do choose a full coverage, matte foundation without SPF.

A full coverage foundation with a matte finish will keep you from looking like a ghost and the matte finish will keep you from looking like an oil slick.


Vibe Vixen Translucent Powders On CelebritiesDon't set your makeup with a translucent powder.

To ensure a flawless finish, a setting powder is mandatory, but not all setting powders are created equal. To avoid distorting the color of your foundation, a translucent powder is the perfect choice, it brightens and locks the makeup in place. But be careful! In person, they are undetectable but in flash photography, they show up in the worst way.

Do set your makeup with a powder that matches your foundation.

If you're looking for a brightening effect, swipe on a yellow based powder like Kim Kardashian does for a radiant glow. 

Vibe Vixen Vibrant Eye ShadowDon't skip on primers.

Women have so many things to consider when posing for pictures: Is my hair okay? Am I sucking in my gut enough? Are my Spanx showing? You don't want to have to add to the list: is my makeup creasing?

Flash photography is very unforgiving to makeup gone awry. Your concealer may be settling into the fine lines underneath your eyes and the winged liner that took you so long to perfect, may be falling down your cheeks before it's time to say "cheese!"

Do prime your lids and face before applying your makeup.

Use a silicone-based primer for your face and under-eye area to keep foundation and blush from sliding everywhere. Prime your eyes with a jumbo eye pencil or a creamy eye shadow base to ensure long lasting shadow, especially if you have oily lids!

You'll also notice a difference in color payoff when you lay down a primer before eyeshadow. Whether you are using a higher-end shadow or a drugstore brand, the colors will appear truer and more vibrant.

Vibe Vixen Shimmer BronzerDon't use a shimmery bronzer:

Wouldn't we all like to have that sun-kissed glow year round? Some women try to replicate the radiance by piling on shimmery bronzers. Keep in mind that shimmer is used to highlight small areas of the face, and any glitter can settle into wrinkles and fine lines. If you misuse the glittery powder, you will risk looking like a disco-ball in photographs.

Do contour with a matte bronzer:

Be mindful of matte bronzers, they can appear orange-y. Sticking with a chocolate brown color will give you a warm glow and the illusion of perfect bone structure. Run your matte bronzer on the backs of cheekbones, along the jawline and around the temples for a slimmer face. Your face will look perfectly radiant and slender from every angle.

To add a bit more dimension to your face, try an aluminizing highlight on the tops of cheekbones and on the brown bone. This will give your face a candlelit effect and act as a nice contrast to the contouring.

Vibe Vixen Lip ScrubDon't forget to exfoliate lips:

If you've gone through all the necessary steps to make sure your makeup is flawless, it won't matter unless your lips are in line. A camera flash usually washes out your lips in a photo, so lipliner, lipgloss and/or lipstick is a must! If you're pout is experiencing some dryness and cracking, it will show up in pictures.

Do exfoliate lips and moisturize.

Kick chapped lips to the curb by exfoliating your lips with a scrub, a washcloth or your toothbrush. After you've rubbed off the excess skin, make sure to moisturize lips thoroughly with a nourishing lip balm. Your smile will be the focus of your snap shot, not cracked lips.

If you're daring enough to go for a red lip, make sure to check out The Vixen Guide to Red Lips!


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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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