Luxe Pack | Beauty Industry Packaging

Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc
How do I begin with my day today…WHEW!!! Registering for Luxe Pack was a breeze and what a pleasure! Luxe even had a shuttle bus to pick up buyers (and return drop off) right in the heart of Columbus Circle here in New York. But I’ll tell you the truth the walk from Columbus Circle to the Pier 92 location is a straight up bummer!!! Yeah, I walked it!!! Apparently I didn’t get the memo!!! Although emails were sent out regarding shuttle transport. A WORD TO THE WISE…Honey Dumplin’ read your emails! Ugh!!

What I think I enjoyed most about this expo (this was my first time at this show) was there was no pushing and shoving, no extensive lines, totally glam yet ready for business! The beauty business!!! For those who are serious about building a brand of cosmetics and fragrances this is surely the place to be. I will make a conscious effort to return next year 2015.

At the entrance to Luxe Pack New York 2014
Something about New York business people, there’s just an air and style to the way we like things done. Mostly like it done well! Execution is the key to success in the NY market. New Yorkers are very intelligent, street smart, style conscious and savvy!

When you are at this show exhibitors are ready to assist you and whatever your cosmetic company needs are. Key phrases like turn key, minimum start ups, secondary packaging, PVC, hot stamping, hot liquid fill etc., etc., are words to remember and live by in the market place. The general minimum start up amount for individual items can begin at 2,000 to 10,000. Those are no small orders.


Here’s the bottle packaging for Nicki Minaj’s Signature Perfume line. I thought this was well executed! Bravo Qualpack!! It kind of reminded me of Gaultier’s Fragrance bottles with the frosted glass and metal embellishments. It was great designing happening here. Now I’m curious to smell the product!



So after walking the floors and seeing an endless sea a manufacturers, branders and suppliers, I’d just about laid out on the floor from sheer fatigue! But somehow I managed to run into my favorite beauty brand and the loveliest designers/ beauty moguls at ANISA International! Here I’m pictured with Designer/Brand Mogul and friend Lady Shana King.

We chatted on about all the latest coming out of the Anisa camp. Charcoal Bath Sponges and Mitts, Makeup Brush Purses (designed by Lady Karen exclusively for Anisa), makeup brushes with extraordinary handles in varied 3D textures, there were even rainbow holographic handled makeup brushes!! Incredible design and sheer artistry. BRAVO ANISA!!!!


Here’s the catalogue for the company Cosmopak the creators of the original Kevyn Aucoin Makeup Brushes. I have to say this catalogue is the most creative one I received at this show. It opens up like a book and then there are all these little perforated tabs you lift up. When you lift up the tabs you see all of the cosmetic brands they’ve designed for!! Luv it!! And it’s not just cosmetics it’s everything…bags, umbrellas, makeup brushes, perfume bottles, key chains, display boxes, containers, jars and more!!! Incredible!!

I will certainly be returning next year. Thanks to Luxe Pack for a great show!

Best Wishes,



“Toss The Gloss” | 50+ Women’s Beauty Book

Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

This book has come at a very interesting time in the world and on the beauty stage. An interesting time in that all cosmetic plastic surgury procedures are readily available to the general public and spoken about openly on social media. In days gone by people would never engage in what would be considered private matters.

We’re now in a social media era which is full of youthful images and a myriad of “Selfie’s” to be seen. Sometimes I wonder….; what everyone thinks is so great right now will soon grow old to them and something new will replace it, to a newer and fresher updated model. And everyone who was young during a social media phase will become older too.

It was just the other day I was speaking with a friend about her turning the corner to being 40 years old. Her comments were insightful and very telling of the concerns of a generation. But now what about the ladies who are 50+? If you’re feeling a way just approaching your 40’s what about all the women 50+?!

Beauty is a huge business! I read somewhere once “A woman is thrust into a beauty contest she never even entered into.” So women of all ages, races and body types are entered in this cruel contest of what is beautiful for and on a woman. How does one empower oneself and to not feel left behind or left out of the race we never willingly entered.

The way a woman (any age woman) empowers herself is….with gaining KNOWLEDGE!

Getting a “Youth Cream”? Get smart! Dealing with the onslaught of appearing wrinkles? Get smart! Applying beautiful powerful makeup to 50+ skin? Get smart! That’s where this unique beauty book comes in chuck full of information, how-to’s and with brand and product knowledge. Written by a beauty industry mogul Andrea Q. Robinson.

Another topic that arises in this book is what is age appropriate makeup in a market where every color eyeshadow and lipstick is being developed? How does your look mature as you mature…gracefully. Embracing the fact that “Less is More” as you grow in grace.

I do agree to some degree that women at some stage relinquish high glosses for more moisture based lipsticks and pencils. However this does not apply to all women!! Women of Color (of which I am, so I can speak freely about this) are a different story. We have less issues with signs of ageing early, we just don’t age as harshly, nor do we show signs of it in our 20’s, and that’s just a fact. Of course every woman’s beauty regimen differs from household to household.

In the beauty business, models in particular; young women are warned that they have an expiration date being in your late 20’s is the cut off date. While this may ring true with other ethnic groups Women of Color don’t age as quickly ( unless we are speaking of unkempt individuals and hard living individuals), so those rules do not necessarily apply to Women of Color.

The key as you mature (any ethnic group) is moisture! MOISTURIZE!! As you get older your skin can become a bit drier and gravity begins to pull the features of ones face downward. This is why when applying makeup to the more mature set of women I always paint up and out. I always recommend all ages spritz your face with Rosewater throughout the day. It’s fragrant and moisturizes the skin. The natural oils in Rose petals have been used for centuries for its healing, calming and moisturizing effects.


Andrea Q. Robinson

About the Author
Andrea Q. Robinson is known for her many leadership positions in the cosmetics industry. She directed and served as president of several of the industry’s most outstanding luxury brands, including Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Prescriptives, Ultima II, Helena Rubenstein, Germaine Monteil, Alexandra de Markoff, and Bill Blass. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer of Estee Lauder and consulting CEO for a line of cosmetics in development for one of the world’s most well-known makeup artists.

Prior to her corporate positions, she was a magazine editor for Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen, where she created and reported on both beauty and fashion trends and discovered and developed several of the industry’s biggest talents, including makeup master Kevyn Aucoin.

Andrea’s mission in the beauty business has always been to help women look like and be themselves—only better. This concept has driven her creation of revolutionary industry trends and fostered her passionate interest in cosmetics for her generation. She has been recognized as an innovative business leader whose skill set has helped redefine the concept of beauty for the modern woman.

Andrea has served on the boards of Cosmetic Executive Women and The Fashion Group International and has received multiple awards such as Cosmetic Executive Women’s “Legends and Leaders” award, Womens Wear Daily’s “Marketing Innovator of the Year” award, and several back-to-back FiFi awards (the Oscars of the beauty industry) for “Fragrance Star of the Year.”

Andrea has two children and lives in New York City.

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On The Road Again…. (Part 1)


Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

Ahhh to be on a concert tour!!! Honestly there’s no other high like that in the world. The exhilaration of working on the road on what is one of the hottest acts in music or musicals is one you simply can’t duplicate! Once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug you see no reason to simply be stagnant in one place. Or at least I never did.

Those who have never worked on a tour or simply on consistently different locations be it for a Film, TV, Broadway or Concert tour will never understand the mind or lifestyle of a “roadie”.

My very first music your in 1993 was with none other than Janet Jackson on the tour simply titled “janet”. On that tour is where I truly got my feet wet in the upper echelon of the music industry. I was working with music business royalty! This is where my makeup game was put into full gear and and I had to learn quick, put up, shut up or pack up and go home.


On the road/tour the cast and crew become your family away from your blood family. You work, eat, sleep, travel and have down time with all of these people who at one time you never even knew! Now you all are one, there to help create the bigger picture which is to help entertain millions of people all across the globe!! Who knew my gift for makeup would have me in this position?! I never even saw it coming. And I had to be EXCELLENT in every capacity, it was expected of me and I wanted to give 200%!!

I met and worked with some of the biggest names in music entertainment. I worked side by side with my friend Kevyn Aucoin, lived beyond my wildest dreams and doing my passion…MAKEUP!!

Little did I know wasn’t just about me having fun all over the world and making people pretty. I was about to learn what being on a big ticket music tour really entailed (thank goodness I did have some legal knowledge because of my time in college with my minor being law, I knew somewhat about contractual law);

1) Contract negotiations, negotiating per diems, etc.
2) Confidentiality agreements.
3) Learning Tour Etiquette.
4) Preparing a huge Makeup Kit that would last me for at least 6months out of my years contract.
5) Working within a set budget
designed for the Makeup Department.
6) All the makeup to be done for rehearsals and full costume rehearsals, videos, photo shoots, tour books, CD packaging, magazines, on air interviews live in studio, any and all live appearances and more.
7) Leaving home and never being home.
8) Living out of a suitcase for about a year and a half.
9) Living on planes, private jets, tour buses and in hotels.
10) Learning to live on a set budget for myself on tour and once the tour was over until my next gig.


Here’s a clip shot by MTV (who’s hosts Bill Bellamy at that time followed us everywhere we went on tour) for the New Years Special at Madison Square Harden in New York.This was part of the finale with the song “IF”.

After this whirlwind tour with Lady Janet ;who knew the next tour and client that would be ringing the phone was going to be none other than The Queen of Hip Hop R&B Lady Mary J. Blige! Mary’s and my first photo shoot together was for the cover of the Source Magazine. I remember her saying to me after seeing her makeup fully done for the shoot “What’s your name again? Mmm I ain’t $&@#*£! Wit nobody but you and Sam!” The very next day I got a phone call requesting my services for the next 3months for Mary’s Promo Tour of “My Life”.


Wished GLAMCOR Illumination Makeup Studio was around when I was on some of my promo tours with Mary, Lil’ Kim, Tweet, Brownstone, Angie Stone, Faith Evans and a few other Ladies. Those GLAMCOR Classic Light Kit and studio makeup cases would’ve been perfect for those 3-6month promo tours!

Here’s a clip from our first European tour for the CD “My Life” on the the popular UK TV Show WORD! Mary sitting next to Simon LeBon and the band Duran Duran (who I was a fan of and loved their music).

We stopped in Washington, DC where the BET studios used to be on the Donnie Simpson video show. Mary was so shy around Donnie (cause honey he was hot with those big ol green eyes staring at you). All the Ladies loved Donnie.

In closing up this post all I can say is this if you’re going to go out on a tour just be prepared. Learn how to pack your personal cases and your Pro Makeup Kits be they small cases or large trunks learn how to organize. Learn from seasoned people in the industry about all that a tour entails and just what your role is as part of The Glam Squad.

In parting I wish you “Love, Peace and more Hair Grease, Paint On viZionaire!”

Real Ladies don’t Drag?

Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc


If you are wearing TOO MUCH MAKEUP …honey boo boo; you’re in drag makeup!

Ok let me get right into it straight no chaser style. Women …just were are you going with all that makeup on? I’m serious and yes, I am a Makeup Artist and dearly love makeup and what I can do with it and the art of makeup but, seriously; there is a fine line between well executed makeup and showtime!!!

And I will also say this the whole concept of “drag” is the act of men dressing as women. And lets be clear not just any woman but its usually women that are superstar celebrity status women. Not the everyday 9-5 girl, no doll…it’s the women who are dramatic, bugle bead gown wearing women who have the wind blowing in their hair when there isn’t a breeze to feel!!!

The concept of drag is the illusion of the perfectly coiffed woman; daily coiffed woman. Most real women do not feel like being coiffed all the time because it does take time, work and 💲💲💲💲! Now let’s be clear there are some women who live in the realm of the consistently coiffed, but they spend most of their life’s concentration on how it all appears. The down side to that is never have a bad day, never get sick and never have any of life’s dilemmas! The man in your life will always expect the illusion and you will have to come with nothing less than stellar…all the time!

Women you are dragging when you are a hyper version of yourself. Your eyebrows are clear up to your hairline, your lips are way overdrawn (and usually made larger than they are;this does not apply to black women because your lips usually are already full), you’re wearing 4 sets of false eyelashes on one eye! You are doing a lot! This look is usually for stage performances where lighting techniques help to soften the look and make it more natural looking. This was not made for your everyday walking down the street with no fabulous lighting to camouflage gradient lines. There is a fine line.

Some women come with a natural subtle softness to their faces and this is illusion of subtlety is recreated by men in drag by the use of contouring the face and the hiding or complete removal of facial hair (some of us women have facial hair gone wild too). The use of vibrant colors is seemingly always equated with drag makeup (although everyone loves colors and makeup manufactures sell them and Makeup Artists use them).

You know you’re dragging women when a professional Makeup Artist has to sit you in their chair to properly blend your makeup, clean up that eyeliner or declump that mascara!!! Female impersonators loved doing Tammy Faye Baker because most times she did her own makeup (you can tell the difference from her hand to a professionals hand)

Now I will say most Professional Makeup Artists have done drag makeup before and maybe all the time (that being their style and the way they see everyone). I personally know some Makeup Artists all the only style of makeup they know how to do is drag makeup and that same drag style goes on everyone’s face no matter who they are or how individual the woman is.

Have I done drag makeup before? Sure have! And more than once! It takes a certain kind of woman with a certain kind of persona to take on drag makeup and that woman is usually super confident. But that makeup has to be well blended because a woman usually naturally has a softness to her face so heavy contouring and coloring can easily be a miss. My former client Lil’ Kim was my drag makeup girl but, I always insisted on the best photographers and lighting for her looks for example this photo shoot below. Here she was shot by Photographer David LaChappelle for the cover of VIBE Magazine (1999).

My makeup sketch for Lil’ Kim for the cover of VIBE Magazine


Oh and yes this is a secret weapon, not so secret anymore…Face Tapes!!! Face tapes gives one the illusion of a sculpted up and out look. Creating a diva look where the brow goes up and out toward the hairline. Some women like the face tapes because its a non committal way to have a face lift without the plastic surgury.

Face tapes to get a lifted look

And in closing I must say this to the women who are on Instagram and YouTubers just in case you didn’t know , uuuuh you’re wearing drag makeup everyday, that’s a lot for a real everyday girl and it can be a bit scary. Period. If you’re not on stage as a performer you should tone it down or blend a whole lot better than what I’m seeing.

The End….?

The Makeup Show NYC 2014

20140506-121904.jpgWritten by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

Every year there is a season when the beauty industry is swamped with industry trade shows showing off the best of the best. a list of exhibiting seasoned and ipcoming beauty vendors all servicing ip their best products you may or may not find in departments stores or beauty supply chain stores. Wall to wall Pro MUA’s and Makeup Enthusiasts @themakeupshow clamour to find the latest and greatest items, not to mention a myriad of known and upcoming makeup brands!

I’m still in recovery from the show (walking the floors). And just getting into all my latest goodies from the show. Playing with colors and loving my new palettes from Alcone (hate messy kits so organising with these palettes is fun to me).

Loved seeing all my colleagues and meeting new ones. A makeup lovers paradise. A shopaholics paradise! If you happened to miss IMATS then it’s good you dropped in on The Makeup Show.

My next two shows…next week 14-15th, LUXE Packaging and HBA Global Expo and Conference in June.

Repping ALCONE at home @themakeupshow! Just look at these colors! Not only are they highly pigmented and longwearing but the packaging and organization of all your faves in one palette is a winner in my book! Hate messy makeup kits!!!!



Today I had the honor of meeting the reps for one of my FAVORITE revamped makeup brands @blackup Cosmetics! Can I shout about how really gorgeous this line is?! Stay tuned for what’s about to happen with the line…it’s gonna be GREAT!!


20140506-122020.jpgRepping ALCONE at home @themakeupshow! The beauty blender sponge and sponge cleaner. Just look at these colors! Uhhh yeah Ive got 4 of each color! Blend away my dolls blend away!!!









*Artist Spotlight | Alex Box

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Every now and again there comes along that just inspires you to do the unconventional, the unexpected…strictly ART MAKEUP. Designs, shapes, colors… It is Makeup… But for what? It’s like going to a museum and examining detail , purpose and the direction of the intention of the makeup. How does it make you feel? The face truly represents the canvas. Alex Box is that kind of Makeup Artists….one who inspires you to dare!!!