Makeup Artist Sam Fine Addresses Makeup Woes For Women of Color

I just love Sam Fine! He is one of my favorite makeup artists, and not to mention one of the sweetest and most genuine people I’ve met in the industry. The photo above was right after our interview at The Makeup Show Chicago last year (back in my blonde days lol).

I was browsing the internet and stumbled up on an old article about Fine and his newest ventures as Creative Makeup Director for Fashion Fair Cosmetics. He was asked a series of questions and I’m always in awe about the way he’s able to finesse his words to really make them clear, relatable, and understood.

Here are some excerpts from his interview:

You have so many loyal Twitter followers. What’s the biggest makeup question you get from them? 

The questions I constantly get are, ‘What foundation can I buy?’ What concealer can I buy?’ I always tell women to think about it before you go to the store. It’s like grocery shopping—you don’t go grocery shopping hungry. Think about whether you want something long-lasting. Do you want something with more coverage? Less coverage? Thinking about it beforehand helps you make a better choice—and it helps the advisor in the store to guide you.

Many women with dark complexions tell us that they shy away from powder because it can leave a gray cast. Is it ok to skip it? 

Powder is to foundation as topcoat is to nail polish. It’s a setting agent. You can build as much coverage as you want, but you have to set it. It might take trial and error, but you can find the right one. The best powders for dark skin are usually in the brands that target women of color. Fashion Fair makes a great loose powder—RuPaul is a fan of it.

Have brands gotten better at all over the years at addressing women of color? 

It’s still a struggle. You have brands that have never spoken to this woman. I think some of the brands just don’t know how to have the conversation. Because it’s more than just making darker shades—you have to reach out. Many brands try, but their attempts fall short. They launch the colors, but then get rid of them later because they say they didn’t sell—but really, they didn’t sell because of a lack of outreach. With Fashion Fair, I love that I’ll have the ability to train people behind the counter, as well. We’ll make sure we’re really talking to this customer.

To read the full Allure Magazine interview, click this link.

Thank You For The Love :)

It’s been a long couple of months! From preparing for the contest back in March to the final stretch narrowing down to last week.

First let me say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all of the love I received from my followers (new & seasoned), family, friends, and extended family! Without your daily votes, RT’s, and shares, I never would have made it to the end of the contest.

I moved up from 6th to 3rd place in the last video challenge and am proud to say that I made it to the end (if you missed the video, you can click here to see it). I didn’t win or place in the final results, but it was such an honor to even be considered to compete in Allure Magazine’s Beauty Blogger of the Year contest. 

Congrats to the winners and thank you Allure Magazine for giving me this amazing opportunity to further get my blog, McKenzie Renae, out there to all the fabulous beauty lovers!

I love you all, and again thank you for your support! It sincerely warms my heart to see what a great support system I have :)


Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year: Vote for Challenge 4!

Hey everyone! First and foremost I want to thank everyone who has been voting daily to help me out in Allure Magazines Beauty Blogger of the Year contest. I made it to the 4th challenge (and voting is now open)!

For this weeks challenge, we talked about our favorite trends for the season! My favorite trend is all about neons, from polish to lipstick to eyeliner, you can read about some of my favorites here —> Let There Be Bright: How to Rock Neon This Spring

I wanted to go over a couple of things that may not have been clear before:


1. Each time you vote, tweet the link, and ‘LIKE’ the Facebook share button, this can help in the voting process (tweets and likes don’t count as votes but they still help). Remember, YOU CAN VOTE ONCE EVERY DAY! So when you have free time on your computer, just click this link and vote! Takes all of 2 seconds once you register!


This week, just for voting, you can win:

-One of two Rebecca Minkoff bags! Dope ladies!




Again, I really really appreciate the support everyone has shown me! Keep it up :) Vote every day, and spread the word to your followers, friends, and family! Every vote matters :)


Here is the link you can share with friends to vote this week!

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(P.S. If you’re curious about what the winner of the contest will receive, click here.)

Vote for me today for Challenge 3 of the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year contest :)

Great news this Monday morning, I made it to Challenge 3 of the Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger of the Year contest!! I couldn’t have done it without yall! 

This week’s challenge is titled “Beauty Mistakes”. Click here to vote and read about the biggest beauty mistake I think women make on a daily basis, and what they can do to fix it!

Every time you vote this week (which you can vote everyday), you are entered to win a trip to Miami and a Nook tablet!! Owwoww :)

Thank you so much for the continued support! Let’s win again this week!! 

Visit to vote for me EVERYDAY this week!

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