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December 3, 2006: Our cover team headed west to Venice Beach, California, and the surfside studio of celebrity photographer Kwaku Alston to prepare for the arrival of our six-time cover girl Nia Long. She slipped in wearing skinny cropped jeans, a cozy sweater and hot leopard stilettos. Our Glam Squad decided on a romantic look for the beloved star. Makeup artist Eric Ferrell crafted a pretty palette of violet and chocolate hues to bring out Nia’s gorgeous eyes and lips, while stylist Neeko created a bedroom do of soft falling waves. Manicurist Von Christmas delivered the final flourish: luscious nail enamel in Caramel painted on Nia’s short, modern nails. Our cover girl loved the clothes too, which she described as “very romantic, dreamy pieces—I basically feel like a queen.” And that’s exactly how she carried on in front of the camera, raising a brow, tilting her chin, working a shoulder here and there as Kwaku captured it all on film. “These are the best times of my life,” Nia said.
—MIKKI TAYLOR, Beauty Director and Cover Editor www.essence.com
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Fashion Director Agnes Cammock selects a few pretty pieces.
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Nia turns on the charm.
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Time to glow in Bobbi Brown Natural Beige Lip Sheer, $21, Eye Shadows in MAlted and Rich Brown, $19 each, Bobbi Brown.com.
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Stay rosy with Bobbi Brown Violet Face Palette, $50.
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