Discover your new favorite staples from this beauty expert.
SI Swimsuit’s “Beauty Boost” series offers expert advice on makeup, hairstyling, fashion and all things beauty from leading professionals in the industry. This month, the series features tips from Black hair and makeup stylists who have worked on SI Swimsuit photo shoots.
It’s no secret that if you want glowing skin, the first step is a good skincare routine. But with my hectic schedule, I need it to be as quick and efficient as possible. As much as I love experimenting with makeup products, let’s face it—my cabinets could use some decluttering. Luckily, we tapped an expert in the field to tell us the best of the best of makeup and skincare: Emmy award-winning makeup artist, Valente Frazier.
With over two decades of experience in the industry, Frazier is a highly sought-after celebrity makeup artist, having worked with A-listers such as Iman, Rihanna, Heidi Klum, Angela Bassett, Ciara and even former First Lady Michelle Obama. He’s also responsible for the stunning makeup looks on Tyra Banks, Winnie Harlow, and Kelsey Merritt for the 2019 Swimsuit Issue.
When he’s not beautifying Hollywood’s elite, Frazier travels the world, serving as an international authority on makeup. From South Africa to Japan and everywhere in between, he brings his expertise to exotic locations.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into Frazier’s top seven beauty picks. These must-haves will elevate your beauty game and leave you feeling like a star.
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“I love the Supergoop! Glow Stick because it is great to use alone or underneath makeup. It yields a natural dewy glow while providing the protection you need. The payoff is invisible and won’t leave a blue or ashy finish when worn alone.”
“Fenty Beauty gets it right when it comes to bronzer! I love sculpting with this lightweight easy-to-blend cream. It is sweat and water-resistant. Plus, it melts into the skin most beautifully for a natural sun-kissed finish without disturbing any other makeup—such as foundation—you may have on. There are seven shades for all skin tones and skin types.”
“I love the Neutral blurring balm as a primer. It also comes in many shades for a natural but flawless blurred finish. It’s not just for the ladies but great as an anti-shine product for male grooming too. Watch your skin transform immediately right before your eyes when you add this powder.”
“Although this product is described as a lip sleeping mask, it is great for any time. I love that it coats the lips for long-lasting hydration and protection. If you have dry, chapped lips, use it as prescribed, and awaken to a more soft and subtle pout.”
“This concealer is a liquid, sweat-proof and waterproof formula. I love that it provides a buildable full coverage that is never heavy or caky. These concealers come in 24 shades, and there is a match for nearly every skin tone and skin type.”
“Ardell is my favorite go-to for all my eyelash needs. The Studio Effects Demi Wispies are great for day or an evening out. The silhouette of this lash provides overall volume and offers winged edges on the outer corners for a lift and wide-eye effect. It’s truly the icing on the cake!”
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