When it comes to looking flawless, Phaedra Parks has a few tips and products in her beauty arsenal that she whips out for any and all of her beauty needs. And, lucky for us, The Real Housewives of Atlanta style star is dishing on the products she simply can't live without. From something as basic (and free!) as water to some designer makeup brands, Phaedra spilled all her secrets to Essence.
1. Kate Somerville Mask
Phaedra loves to slather on the brand's hydrating mask. "It’s a great mask you can wear under your makeup while traveling and it keeps your skin really hydrated. It’s very luxurious and really creamy. It makes your skin truly glow."
Phaedra takes her commitment to water very seriously. "I drink no less than a gallon and a half of water every day. I like to mix fresh lemons and ginger in my water, sometimes a little cucumber. But I love ginger because obviously it’s great medicinal properties to it as well. That’s my inside secret, just drinking a lot of water."
3. Black Up Foundation
Phaedra has even found the perfect base for all her TV appearance needs. "For women of color, and for myself in particular, I love foundation and palettes from Black Up. It’s a great company from Europe and the skin tone range is amazing. It’s African American owned. The product lasts wonderfully, it blends well. It’s just perfection in itself. There used to be a time where we couldn’t find a lot of colors, but Black Up has, hands down, the best range of colors from olive undertones to red undertones for women of color. So that’s my favorite foundation."
4. Inglot Eye Makeup
When it comes to making her eyes pop, Phaedra has a brand that does the trick for her. "I love Inglot’s liners. Some of their eyeshadows are really heavily pigmented and the best thing about it is — because I travel quite a bit— their palette system travels well. It never breaks in transit. When you’re packing stuff and traveling a lot, a lot of times eyeshadows will crack. It has never cracked on me at all. That’s why I love it. But the pigment is excellent as well."
This beauty staple is also something she relies on. "It blends your makeup flawlessly and it touches up your makeup as well. It seamlessly corrects anything on your face. So you can use it from application to touch up. I love the black beauty blender so it’s not so obvious that you’re touching up. There’s a company [called] Blender Bullet, which is an African-American woman who made that. And you can stick that on your finger and blend your makeup with that and that gets very close in to the small creases of your eyes."
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