ABOUT FACE: Janelle Monae

To get a flawless face like Janelle Monae, it takes a little more than it looks. Here are some tips on how to achieve this look:


The point of makeup isn’t to look like you have it on, but instead to enhance the best features of your face. This includes your skin. Before putting on an ounce of makeup, make sure you exfoliate and thoroughly cleanse and moisturize your face. Then use concealer to even out your skin tone and cover up dark spots. A concealer with great coverage like Mary Kay Concealer is great for evening out tones without being too pigmented.

Next, find a foundation that best suits your complexion. Try Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation. It works whether or not you have dry, oily or combination skin and has a shade for everybody. It balances out your skin tone and is light enough to wear in the summer. For even application, use a foundation brush or sponge.

Before moving on, it’s important to set your foundation and control shine with powder. The Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Pressed Powder by Cover Girl gives you very natural looking coverage. Find something that is light and blends evenly instead of a product that will look caked on and/or possibly make you look ashy.


To achieve the look of perfect eyeliner, try a liquid eyeliner like Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It lasts throughout the day (up to 12 hours) and it achieves a much more polished look than a pencil eyeliner.

To finish off eyes, add lashes to make the eyes really pop. Throw on some falsies like Shu Uemura’s False Lashes. They add length without looking too fake and you don’t even need to add mascara to them. However, to be sure wear mascara on your bottom lashes or for an even more extreme look, add some individual lashes on the bottom.

As far as brows are concerned, keep them as full and thick as possible. Make sure they’re groomed to perfection – threading or waxing is best – and comb them upwards for a very natural look.


Depending on your complexion you can achieve the singer’s rosy cheek look with MAC’s Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet (for darker skin tones) or Ambering Rose (for lighter skin tones). The goal is to pull off a rosy cheek without being too severe or overbearing.


Janelle always opts for a natural looking lip with just the right amount of shine. The Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour in Nude-tricious is perfect for this look. Not only is this product good for your lips, but the shine of the gloss is just enough and last for hours.

After all is said and done, you should have a naturally glam face that looked effortless to achieve.

By: Mattie James


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