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Beauty Boss Blake Gifford Breaks Down Her Makeup Routine + Going Out Playlist


Episode 2 "Bold & Beautiful"

This post is in partnership with Ulta Beauty.

Blake Gifford, whom you may know on Instagram as @SignedBlake, is a woman of many talents. She's an attorney, content creator, fashionista, and all around beauty boss. In episode 2 of Beautiful Soul titled "Bold & Beautiful," we peeled back the layers of this multi-talented woman and got a glimpse of her effortless makeup routine in the process.


If you didn't know, Blake and xoNecole founder Necole Kane go way back. These two ladies first met at a photoshoot back in 2009, and connected professionally later down the line. The besties walked down memory lane and gave us plenty of laughs along the way. But we couldn't take our eyes off Blake as she gave us a lesson on creating a subtle yet glamorous beat.

Blake likes to keep it simple when it comes to her eyeshadow routine, but she has an eagle eye for detail when it comes to securing her foundation and concealer. In the tutorial above, you'll get to see how Blake moisturizes her skin with plenty of SPF (it's important ladies) and builds onto it with foundation and concealer. Her tip for concealing under eyes by letting it marinate before blending is absolute magic!

Speaking of skin, Blake has been on a mission to achieve a megawatt glow up, inside and out. At the beginning of quarantine, she took some time off from her everyday makeup routine (relatable!) to focus on nurturing and improving the health and appearance of her skin. To no surprise, the hiatus did wonders for her skin. But deeper than that, Blake learned to cherish her makeup routine as a fun way to indulge in some alone. She's discovered that she doesn't need a special occasion to get dolled up and transform into her most confident self. And that is a message we can fully get behind.

Watch as Necole and Brooke get real in this fun “Get Ready With Me” segment.

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"Bold & Beautiful"

Moisturizing Suncreen Lotion SPF 30

Made for melanated skin, Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 protects against harmful UVA & UVB rays using a signature, sheer formula.

Black Girl Sunscreen
$16

True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15

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Endless reasons to love, endless ways to use it. The BLK/OPL TRUE COLOR Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15 is the ultimate do-everything essential.

BLK/OPL
$12

Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer

Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna's Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer is a creamy, longwear, creaseproof liquid concealer that delivers light-as-air, medium to full coverage in a groundbreaking range of 50 easy-to-shop soft matte shades.

Fenty Beauty
$28

Ultimate Queen Shadow Palette

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Introducing royalty: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Queen Eyeshadow Palette featuring creamy shimmers and warm mattes to showcase your inner queen!

NYX Professional Makeup
$18

Super Shock Blush in "Voile"

ColourPop Super Shock Blush

ColourPop's famous Super Shock Blush formula has a bouncy texture that delivers a healthy luminous glow that's weightless, buildable, and super blendable.

ColourPop

Rebel Quad

Juvia's Place Rebel Quad

The Rebel in Honey features four complimentary golden yellow shades for a day to nighttime look while providing maximum payoff with Juvia's Place highly pigmented colors.

Juvia's Place
$11

Iconic Lite False Lashes

House Of Lashes

House of Lashes Iconic Lite False Lashes brings the show stopping drama of the original Iconic lashes with a thinner band and more everyday wear look and feel!

House Of Lashes
$12

Semi-Matte Lipstick in "Dark Night"

Mented Cosmetics

Mented Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipsticks are formulated with Castor Seed Oil & Vitamin E. This deeply nourishing formula provides a high level of pigment and delivers a satin like finish.

Mented Cosmetics
$16.50

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Black teen boy in a sweater vest and long sleeves sits and stares at the camera. A Black teen girl sits back to back with the boy, with hair down her shoulders and bangs. She looks down, sad

When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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