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The 10 Commandments of Blush

A peachy glow can be the cherry on top of a fresh-face look, but one heavy handed stroke can take you from chic to clown in no time. The seasons may change but you can bet on these 10 commandments never budging an inch!

1.   Thou shalt start with a clean canvas

A rosy glow is gorgeous, but when you suffer from rosacea or redness your blush can compete with the natural color of your cheeks. Buff your favorite foundation onto clean skin to pop on color where you want it!

MAC Powder Blush2.   Thou shalt choose the formula carefully

Blushes come in powders, creams, liquids and stains. Oily skin Vixen's should choose a powder -- which helps soak up oil.  Aging and dry skin Vixen's will love a cream formula that won't wiggle it's way into fine lines or accentuate dry, patchy skin.

Flawless Makeup3. Thou shalt choose the proper tools

The wrong tools are usually culprits of uneven blush. Tackle intimidating shades with a fan brush for a delicate dusting. Or use a dense, fluffy brush for an even wash of color. For cream and stain formulas keep it simple and tap on the shade with your fingertips.

Kim Kardashian Makeup 4. Thou shall not create competition

Avoid looking like a clown by picking one of your favorite facial features and making it glam! Smokey eyes and vibrant cheeks are hot, just not all at once. Achieve a perfectly balanced look by dusting natural shades over cheeks when the eyes or lips are dramatic.

Cream Blush on Cheeks5.  Thou shalt know how to tone it down

Just in case you went overboard with the blush, don’t panic -- there's a fix. Dab a tiny bit of foundation onto a stippling brush and apply it to cheeks to lightly diffuse the color. If you have a damp beauty blender on hand tap it over the color until the clownish effect is gone. 

Apply Foundation with Brush6. Thou shalt remember to blend!

Blush can easily look uneven and overdone. For foolproof application, designate one brush to apply the color and one clean brush to blend with.  You can pull off even the most intimidating blushes by blending like a pro.

 Vibe Vixen Face Powder7. Thou shalt always powder before blush

Give your blush a fighting chance by setting your liquid foundation with a powder. Not only will your foundation stay in place but the powder will soak up the oil, leaving your blush sitting pretty.

Chunky Glitter Face8. Thou shalt avoid chunky glitter

Glitter is your enemy when it comes to accentuating fine lines and large pores. Stick with finely milled shimmer formulas or better yet, go matte!

Sanaa Lathan Natural Glow9. Thou shall find your natural flush

You know that gorgeous glow you have post-- ahem-- workout? Fake the glow without the sweat by pinching one cheek, then swatch blushes on the other cheek until you find the perfect match.

Naomi Campbell Runway10. Thou shall always sculpt

If you don't have Naomi Campbell-like cheek bones, don't worry!  Sweep the blush under the cheekbones instead of the apples of the cheek for some much needed structure. Pop a highlight along the cheekbones to compliment the look!

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

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 To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

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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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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