Ask the Experts: Beauty Tips from Celeb Makeup Artist Mally Roncal

Mally Roncal. Hmm…Where do we even begin? Well, for one, this renowned beauty expert has worked her magic on some of the most flawless, recognized faces in the world from Jennifer Lopez to Rihanna and of course, our ESSENCE Festival headliner Beyoncé. With a clientele like that, you know she must be doing something right! But what makes this woman truly amazing is her ongoing dedication to not only her A-List clients but to us “normal” ladies as well. Roncal believes every woman deserves to look and feel gorgeous whether or not they ever get a chance to step foot on the red carpet.

We sat down with Roncal to get her beauty tips and tricks and the best beauty advice she’s ever received. What are three must-haves that every Black woman should carry in her makeup bag?

Mally Roncal: I think it’s important to always have an eyebrow pencil as brows frame the face and pull any look together, a lip gloss in a bright pink shade, which awakens any face and my Evercolor Poreless Face Defender ($40 at, which is a replacement for translucent powder. Translucent powder is evil! It makes the face look drier and washed out. Mally, could you please set the record straight once and for all? Can Black women wear bronzer?

Roncal: Absolutely! The right bronzer should be a shade darker than your skin tone but shouldn’t be loaded with shimmer. So, use a matte powder bronzer and apply it only where the sun naturally hits your skin. To do so, take the bronzer and put it on the perimeter of your face, starting behind the ear, work it down along the jawline, then go across the top of the forehead, along your hairline. Then, lightly sweep it across your forehead, the bridge of your nose, on your cheeks and the tip of the chin. Finish it off with a pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, and a sweep of shimmery highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones.

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