Ask the Experts: Ashunta Sheriff's Ten Makeup Must-Haves

When you open your medicine cabinet and are attacked by a crush of crusty powders, dried-out mascaras and and discontinued-for-a-reason lipsticks, it's time to streamline your beauty regimen. What better time to rethink your makeup arsenal than at the dawn of a new decade? But with all the choices out there, editing down your get-gorgeous essentials can be tough. Here, we commissioned mega-famous celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff (Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Ciara are devotees) to choose the top ten makeup and skincare products every black woman should have in their collection. Hope you're taking notes!
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 14, 2011

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“I love Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Bronzers ($8 each),” says Sheriff. “They come in a nice range of colors that flatter even the most rich cocoa skin.”

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“Mary Kay TimeWise Targeted-Action Eye Revitalizer ($35) is wonderful for everyone from the career woman to the stay-at-home mom. It instantly peps up tired eyes, so you look well-rested.”

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“Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Black ($27) truly creates major lashes that are luscious, thick and super-long.”

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“I love Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes ($17, each) eye liners because they’re super-creamy and very pigmented, so they show up on darker skin tones. Plus, they last for hours on end!”

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“I use Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer Stick ($18) to conceal dark circles, blemishes and hyperpigmentation. And even though it provides serious coverage, the texture is super lightweight.”

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“I discovered Simple UK Simple Cleansing Wipes ($5.17) while visiting London’s Boots pharmacy. They’re paraben, alcohol, and fragrance-free, which is great for our sometimes sensitive skin.”

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“I’ve always been a fan of Iman Cream to Powder Foundation ($14.99) because the undertone is perfect for our skin, the texture is smooth and creamy, and the coverage is buildable (ie, it’s easy to take it from light to heavy).”

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“Vaseline Petroleum Jelly ($3.49) is one of the best multi-tasking products, ever. It hydrates dry skin, removes heavy makeup, moisturizes cuticles, and performs a host of other remedies.”

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“An old school favorite, Weleda Wild Rose Facial Toner ($20) helps tone down redness and soothe irritated skin. Plus, I use it with a liner brush to create eye liner out of any color eyeshadow.”

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“A pair of great lashes always bring out your inner diva! I love Ardell InvisiBands Demi Wispie Lashes ($3.49) because they’re super-inexpensive, but look natural, sexy and chic.”