Jody Watley Beauty Evolution On HuffPostStyle

“Name drop Jody Watley in a conversation, and it’s only a matter of minutes before someone busts out into a rendition of “Looking for a New Love” and shows off their hottest ’80s dance moves. With her seductive voice and style, Watley had the power to get everybody moving…” Read and VIEW FULL Post and Gallery Here:

Jody Watley. The Look.

I don’t wear red lipstick much anymore, it made me feel too much like the old me from my early solo days – well that is until I recently tried the new NARS African Red. It’s perfect, not too bright with more of a blue undertone for a warmer appearance. The look: a classic strong brow (brow maintenance is a must) and cat-eye with black liner, which are two of my favorite beauty signatures and NARS Zen (blush) on my eyes; chic with just a touch of attitude! I pulled my hair back in a chignon – the rain gave it texture if you know what I mean.

I have a longstanding appreciation for classic Hollywood glamour since I was a little girl. Can we say Sophia Loren? There are so many women of that era whose style I admired even without realizing it as a little girl; and still do. A lot of my imagery has at different times been influenced by the classics.

Don’t be afraid to try new colors and products when you have to free time, or while browsing the aisles of your favorite beauty supply store or boutique. Have fun update your look – if you don’t like it just wash it off, it’s only make-up!

I snapped some pics for Instagram, just having fun on a rainy day this weekend – this is one.

Photo: Jody Watley

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Jody Watley Attends Los Angeles Opening of NARS Cosmetics Boutique

I went to 3 events this week, which must be a record for me (borderline recluse)! This was especially cool because I was able to see the man himself Francois Nars. We’d met in 1989 when he did the make-up for my second album ‘Larger Than Life’ photographed by Steven Meisel – I hadn’t seen or worked with him since. I’ve been a fan of his line and faithful customer since it launched in 1994.

The NARS Boutique at 8412 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles is minimalist and chic. Massive windows allow for natural light framed by mirrored walls; perfect for testing the large array of products and colors.

With Francois Nars

Heather Park, Director Digital Media (middle left) and ladies of NARS.

What I Wore..Anthology San Diego

The show at Anthology was incredible full of beautiful loving people who helped set the mood for the energy of the night. My concert as promised was a music journey from Soul Train, Shalamar (I’ve included ‘A Night To Remember’ and ‘The Second Time Around’ in a funky medley)  also including CHIC’s classic ‘I Want Your Love’ which was my 13th #1 single back in 2007 from my The Makeover. The medley also includes ‘Your Love Keeps Working on Me’ and ‘I Want Your Love’ from ‘Affairs of The Heart’.There were plenty of hits and rarities and the new music preview from ‘Chameleon'; people are loving the new songs. ‘The Dawn’ which was already written as an homage to Soul Train and my years there is accompanied by a video montage of a teen-aged me and other highlights and ends in tribute and thanks to Don Cornelius. That night with the news of the passing of another television pioneer and icon Dick Clark – the song was also dedicated to him. Produced by Mark De Clive-Lowe it’s a funky tribute that already has fans dancing in the aisles.

The place I’m told has never grooved and rocked as it did April 18th. My band and I were full of gratitude.

After the show, I did a lengthy meet and greet talking to fans, taking photo’s and signing merchandise and a lot of classic vinyl.

For the meet and greet I wore a print jersey dress – and anyone who knows me knows this is rare because style wise I generally don’t like them..but style is also evolving and finding what works and owning that. I love this dress!

Fan Appreciation Friday.

I appreciate my fans very much – diverse in age, culture, race, sexuality, and so on. It’s never been about quantity for me, but quality. I believe I have quality fans that are as eclectic as my music is spanning decades. Those that understand and have grown with me are truly something special. Striving to be anything of value in life is a challenge but being in the entertainment business brings it’s unique set of circumstances, expectations, triumphs, disappointments, pressures, highs, lows and everything in between. It’s a journey for the artist – as well as for the fan, die-hard, stan, supporter, music appreciator, music friend or whichever term is used.

Whenever I do shows I take time to meet as many people as I can; if the circumstances are right with the location and venue. Online I exchange communication at my various networks such as Facebook and Twitter from time to time as often as I can finding that it’s appreciated very much. Yes, I’ve unfortunately had some fans go left and go off on me as well – but that’s another post; negativity is also a part of life and the journey but I’m always about positivity. I’ve come to the conclusion that those who lash out weren’t real supporters deep down in the first place and carry their own agenda.

Long before the internet, I would answer fan mail. Being a teen that wrote to a few of my favorite artists in hopes of getting a reply no doubt impacted me. Perhaps this is why it’s important to me or perhaps it’s the gene of my father who was a minister and was very much about the people. You just never know how kindness no matter how insignificant it may appear can impact someone elses day.

I’ve received so many thoughtful cards and gifts over the years and though I don’t want to become a subject on hoarders (smile), I do keep a lot of my favorites. People have shared their stories of how my music has touched their lives in some special way – this is such a gift and a reminder of the power of music. From last month’s shows in San Francisco I received this beautiful card which came with a fresh fragrant bouquet (two of my favorite things in the world) from from Tommy Daughtery who has always come out whenever I’ve performed or made an appearance there. His message was full of love, support and encouragement – we all need that from time to time. Exuding love and good vibes through my music has always been important.

Looking forward to the show and the meet and greet on Wednesday night afterwards at  Anthology in San Diego on the 18th.

Always love.

Health & Beauty. Berries

Not just for delaying the effects of father time, but for any age; all of these berries provide benefits with natural anti-oxidants and vitamins. Make them a part of your daily health, beauty and wellness routine.

1. Blueberries:

2.  Lingonberries:

3. Strawberries:

I keep frozen bags of fruit in my freezer to add to a daily protein shake in the morning; of course they’re all wonderful fresh. Lingonberries are quite tart and are better as a jam or in the smoothie.