Which Shade of Lipstick is Right for your Skin Tone?

Which Shades of Lipstick are Right for You?


Lipstick colors has always been the quintessential question for most women- which color do I wear and what shades look good on me? I am here to demystify this for all of you once and for all! Believe it or not, it was only in the last 3 years after I started formulating my cosmetics line did I really experiment with color. I was stuck in a nude color rut for over a decade. It was such an enlightening experience to step outside of my proverbial beauty box and really take a walk on the lipstick wild side. And, you know what, I like the wild side! Ever since I started straying for the safe pinky hues, such as Manna Kadar Cosmetics Pucker Up, I have NEVER….EVER received soo many compliments about my lip colors. As such, I have talked countless women off the ledge of their “safe” colors, only to receive countless thank you notes from my lovely Manna Babes sharing the same sentiment. I now wear a hot pink lip on a daily basis. Saucy is my go to color!


I’ve taken all the guesswork out of the equation, so let’s begin this Lipstick Jungle adventure together. The below chart will out line the precise colors that will match your skin tone from a safe everyday color to a more bold option. Remember ladies, you can always blend colors together as well. I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful pouts on the runway of life.


Think. Do. Be, Beautiful.


lip stick for your skin

Clean & Classy Nails

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.35.54 PMI get asked about my nails on a daily basis, so let me take a moment to pause and share my Manna Mantra about everything nails.  In the past several years, nail art has been the rage.  I have certainly chosen to partake in this fun journey of no holds barred creativity when it comes to expression via my nails. Given that I only do gel nails for the practical purpose of the 2-3 week longevity, it has taken me just as long to find the nail technician love of my life, Phil, to find someone with the talent to meet my ever changing nail art creations. I call it MNAPS- Multiple Nail Art Personality Syndrome.  Much to my dismay, only months after I found Cutie Phil did I read that nail art was out!  I almost fell over at that instant.  I pondered this for a few days and my conclusions were: 1) I will NOT break up, with Cutie Phil because it took me 3 years to find my Nail Husband and 2) I will express my Kelly Clarkson’s Miss Independence and will single handedly- no pun intended- bring back nail art.

Only days after this life changing revelation, did the Nail Gods speak to me in the form of a major on-air TV deal, which specifically stated “no nail art can be on air.”  My liberation was now my devastation and even worse, how do I break this to Cutie Phil?  It was days before my shoot and with tail between my legs, I decided honesty was the best policy and spilled the beans to Cutie Phil.  After some crocodile tears and the best hug ever, we decided on a beautiful pink from OPI, and surprisingly, I loved it.  I had not seen just one color grace my nails in years.  Much to my dismay, I loved how elegant and tasteful the color was.  Off to my shoot I went and everything, including my nails, went without a hitch.  After all this, the biggest lesson I learned was that- I (or YOU) create your own trends!  It doesn’t matter what everyone thinks is “in” as long as you own and rock whatever look you feel is a true representation of your personality.  Needless to say I was back to my nail art in a heartbeat, but from this experience, learned to appreciate the beauty in even the most simple of gel manis.  Now, you can create your own nail destiny.

Think. Do. Be. Beautiful.


Hair Blow Outs

Hair. It is one of those things you love to hate. It grows in places you don’t want it to grow and never grows back in places that you long for its existence, such as your eyebrows if you over plucked one tragic evening. For the hair on our head, we all yearn for that fresh from salon radiance and bounce after a fresh color & cut and the Hair Gods shone down on us and created blow dry bars. Why didn’t I think of that? At this point, what does matter is that I had the pleasure of being treated to a wonderful experience at Dry Bar at Fashion Island in Newport Beach by Master Stylist Johnny.

We all have issues with our hair- for some it’s too thin, other’s its too brittle. In my case, thanks to my Middle Eastern father, I have too much hair and it takes me absolutely FOREVER to do my hair, which goes against my Manna Mantra of keeping “Beauty Simplified.” I found a way to streamline my makeup regimen to under 7 minutes, but I have never been able to get my hair to cooperate in the same manner- that is before Johnny from Dry Bar.

In less than an hour, my limp, lifeless hair was transformed into a Bridget Bardot Goddess. What’s more is that my style lasted for another 3 days, which included a TV taping with only minimal touch ups under 5 minutes.

I would love to pack Johnny Alvarado as I jet set around the world, but it brings me great comfort to know that there is a solution to make every woman’s beautiful at an affordable rate on a regular basis.

The silver lining is that these lovely stylist treat you like Queen, appropriately so, with a glass of champagne, and give you back those precious moments in the day that you can be focused on what’s most important-YOU! Cheers!

Thank you to the amazing stylist, Johnny Alvarado for creating this beautiful blow out!









Travel Must Haves

Travel Must Haves

            Summer is right around the corner! Have you started planning your summer vacation? The worst part of vacation is the packing! Here are some travel must haves!

            Here are some essential beauty bag items you will need for summer travels.

Manna Kadar CosmeticsTransfix:

            Transform any of your eye shadows into a smudge proof liquid liner.  Simply dip Transfix into any eye shadow and rim your eyes for the perfect eyeliner.  As an added benefit, use Transfix on brows and your water line. Transfix has no scent and is long-wear.

Minus Ion Care Water

This is some seriously hi-tech water! This water is not only safe for everyone, but is a must-have for everyone! Negative ion water is 170 times more absorbent than regular water, so it penetrates to the core of your hair and skin. Because it is negatively charged, it bonds to hair and skin, killing bacteria and providing superior moisture. This miracle water helps to strengthen fine hair, making it feel thicker. It also boosts the strength of conditioners, treatments or styling aids, allowing the products to penetrate deeper and work better. Similarly, if used pre-toner, serum and moisturizer, it enhances the efficacy of your skin care regimen. Can also be used as a makeup remover on face and eyes.

Sheer Glo:

         Sheer Glo is an incandescent liquid that lights up skin with all over radiance. Mix with foundation or wear alone to provide a luminous glow for all skin types. An especially amazing product for mature or dry skin. Sheer Glo provides a youthful glow and dewy finish. Use along the cheekbone or below the eyebrows for a beautiful highlight. Use on face and/or body and get glowing.

Adaptasun Sea and Tropics Body Lotion SPF 20:


Everyone needs a sunscreen during summer vacation! Adaptasun ensures safe prolonged sun exposure even in severe conditions such as tropics, high altitudes and glaciers. It allows a deep, natural tan to develop without harmful UV damage. Adaptasun is formulated with UV in-Cellium Technology to protect skin from the inside by strengthening its self-defense systems (DNA protection, protection of cell structures and reduced cellular inflammation). Like all of your favorite Institut Esthederm products, it is also enriched with Cellular Water to energize skin, as well as an Anti-dehydration Complex to leave skin soft, supple and comfortable during and after exposure.

Prime Time:

            Prime Time is a revolutionary 4-in-1 product: Eye & Lip Primer, Highlighter & Concealer.  This multi-functional product as a primer for both eyes & lips, providing long lasting color that will prevent eye make-up from smudging and creasing, while keeping eyeshadows vibrant throughout the day. Use Prime Time on your lips to prevent feathering and keep lipstick or lip gloss from fading. As an added benefit, Prime Time can be used as a highlighter and concealer.




How to: Look Like A Star, Jennifer Lawrence Oscar look

Want to know the trick to Jennifer Lawrence’s chic, and sophisticated makeup from this year’s Oscars? With some products from Manna Kadar Cosmetics you can replicate her exact look and be red-carpet- ready everyday.

First, apply Manna’s Camera Ready primer to a clean face, a base to your makeup that will fill in all fine lines and deep pores. Second, apply the Eye and Lip primer to your eyelids, lips, and under eyes to ensure lasting lip and shadow color all day long.

Next, apply a coat of Intense Lash mascara, a must have product that will make your eyes big and bright. To follow up the mascara, apply a thin line of liner to the top and bottom of the eye.

Next, dab some color onto those eyelids with the “Glamazon” eye shadow palette, composed of 5 neutral shimmering shadows that blend well when paired together.

Add some definition to your cheekbones with Manna Kadar “Entice Contouring Powder” that is tinted to enhance natural bone structure and sculpt contours into the face.

To finish the look, apply Sex on Heels lipstick, a natural looking color with a long lasting effect.

Now, you’re ready to start the day, arrive at the party, or even walk the red carpet like Jennifer. With these products, your makeup will be perfected for any occasion.




Friday Beauty Finds

Looking for the perfect product to take with you for a vacation. Why pack a whole bag of cosmetics when you can pack a few multi-functional products? 

            Women love some kind of lip product whether it is for an everyday look or a night look. Putting a little color to your pout instantly lights up your face.

            Another favorite product for women is blush! Blush is a great product to give you that natural pink glow on your cheeks and to also give your face definition.

            Combine the two products into one and you have an amazing to-go product! You’re just in luck, Manna Kadar cosmetics has come out with “Color Pot”, a versatile cream blush that can be effortlessly applied on cheeks, lips, and even eyes to create a simply flawless look. This product provides just the right amount of color that will last all day long with a pop of color!

            Another great find is cleansing and exfoliating wipes! These refreshing towlettes are a great tool to have on the go when you can’t wash your face! “Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towlettes”, gentle wipes contain grapefruit, which helps naturally brighten your skin! A great product to throw in your bag!

            Next time you are on the go and need a quick product grab your “Color Pot”. It is just the product you need! Simply dip finger into pot and rub in a circular motion over cheeks and lips and your good to go! Your “Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towlettes” is a great product to keep in your purse after a long day to give you’re a “refreshed” look!




Manna Kadar on How To Make Your Best Feature Pop!

Now that Summer is around the corner, you want to make it a point to bring the “wow” with your makeup application. Pick one aspect of your look to emphasize—eyes or face—and follow the below tips. One thing’s for sure: heads will turn!

Tips To Amp Up Your Eyes

1. Take your favorite black pencil or black liquid liner and line the inner lids.

2. Apply the liner to top lid as well. Try a thicker line on the top lid than your bottom to make the inner corner of you eye pointed.

4. Add any dark shadows that you like (greys, blacks, etc.) to your eyelid.  Manna Kadar Cosmetics Diamonds Darling eyeshadow palette has the perfect combination of blacks and greys to create a dramatic look!

5. Use white shadow to highlight on your brow bone, directly underneath your arches. This helps not only to balance the dark colors on your lids, but to make your eyes look brighter, too.

6.Now add Manna Kadar Cosmetics Extreme Curl mascara and you’re ready to go!

Pretty Up Your Pout

1. Make sure your lips are moisturized to ensure an even application of color and to prevent your lipstick from flaking.

2. Apply a lip primer such as Manna Kadar Cosmetics Prime Time all over lips to help them hold onto the lipstick and also prevent the product from feathering.

3. Take a lip liner or a darker shade of lipstick and line the rims of your lips.

4. Apply a bold red such as Russian or pink such as Saucy for that statement-making pop of color.