**And the winner is… Mylah!!!
Congrats diva! Send me your contact info to [email protected]!**

Tia before…

Tia writes:

As I prepared for a girls trip to HOT New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival, it was evident, that I needed a perm to maintain my straight situation. Little did I know, July 1st 2009, would be the last time I allow someone to perm my hair. My journey has been filled with lots of ups and downs because I’ve had to adjust to my straight hair going completely curly. It felt like a shocker to me because I’m used to sleek & perfectly straightened hair and then suddenly I had to learn how to maintain my “birth hair”. So many emotions have been stirred in the pot since I made my decision but I will not look back. Being a makeup artist has helped me create a look for myself that would help me be more comfortable with my look so I wanted to share some tips with you to help accentuate your features & to keep you encouraged along the way.

Tia after!

Often times when you big chop your skin is so much more visible to the eye so I encourage you to maintain a daily skincare regimen to keep your skin fresh & flawless.

  • Keeping your eyebrows groomed is a great way to frame your face and give it balance. If you have thinner brows, try filling them in with some brow powder for a natural defined look.
  • Adding a couple of coats of mascara to your lashes can really open up your eyes and give definition. Play around with colored mascaras as it’s a great way to introduce color to your eyes.
  • If you face is a litter fuller, try contouring in the hollows of the cheeks with a slightly darker powder than your natural skin tone to help create dimension. After contouring follow up with a highlighting powder on top of your cheek bones for a soft, dewy glow.
  • Lastly, rock a BOLD lipstick. It’s just something about rocking a BOLD lip color that really screams confidence.

Nothing speaks louder than knowing and believing that you are beautiful just the way you are!

About Tia:
Tia Dantzler is a celebrity makeup artist, beauty expert and brand ambassador. She has worked with notable talents in both the entertainment and political worlds. Her brushes have touched the faces of everyone from President Barack Obama (on more than one occasion), Sen. Joe Lieberman, to Maxwell, Viola Davis, Common, Loretta Devine, Magic Johnson, Sherri Shepherd, Keke Palmer, Chandra Wilson and Kanye West. Tia’s work is most recognizable on Academy & Grammy Award-winner, Jennifer Hudson. She also works with top Fashion Photographers such as Annie Liebovitz Peggy Sirota and Matthew Rolston when called upon. Her work has been seen on most red carpet events, such as the Oscar’s, Grammy’s, BET Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, NAACP Awards and many more. Tia has worked on TV/Film sets, Fashion Week, National Ad Campaigns, Commercials, Print & Music Videos. For more of Tia’s tips please visit at www.thebeautyelixir.com and for updates on her work visit her at www.tiadantzler.com.



Tia says play up your eyes, and what better way than with Smoke & Mirrors Beauty lashes?! The likes of Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson and Kim Kardashian rock them regularly, and here’s your chance to win a full set (8 pairs $108 value)! In the comments, tell me your New Years Eve plans! That’s it! And tonight, at 10pm, I’ll choose a winner!

For those of you that need your lashes NOW, head over to the Smoke and Mirrors Beauty site for 30% off of 3 or more pairs with code- NYE.

Pics of S&M lashes in action!