If you are a woman of color, you know first-hand, the challenge of navigating the makeup aisles to find shades suitable for your skin-tone. If you are a dark-skinned woman of color, that challenge becomes even greater. Not only is it virtually impossible to find a foundation or BB cream in the deeper color ranges, the in-store makeup professionals are often incapable of adequately advising deeper-hued ladies.
In addition to Destiny’s tips here are a few more that may be helpful:
Try brands made with black women in mind
If you are on a budget, makeup brands that offer a variety of color options for black women include: Covergirl Queen Collection, Revlon, Black Radiance, Black Opal and Shea Moisture.
It adds a warm glow to your face. Just a quick dusting to the tops of your cheeks using a fan brush will do it.
Don’t be a afraid of blush.
While we don’t blush naturally, applying a berry colored blush to the apples of your cheeks can warm up your face. Check out some of my favorites below:
Use a primer for your eyeshadow.
If you want your eyeshadow to really pop, use a white cream eyeshadow base (like this one) all over your lid before applying your shadow. Lightly wetting your eyeshadow brush before dipping it into your shadow will also give your color a boost.
Try colored eyeliner.
If you’re intimidated by brightly colored eyeshadow, you can still play with color by using a purple or dark green eyeliner on your lower lash line like so:
Ombre lips are in.
For brighter lipsticks apply a lip liner a shade or two darker than the lipstick to give your lips a nice ombre effect.
Get matched for the right foundation.
If you are new to makeup and want to try foundations without buying, go to Sephora. Sephora employees are trained to use a computerized color matching system guaranteed to find your right shade. What’s better is that Sephora allows you to request and take home as many samples as you’d like. This way you can go home and test out the various formulas before committing to a purchase.
Youtube is your best friend.
There are many dark-skinned beauty vloggers who routinely create videos to inspire other women to step out of their comfort zones. Shana Moore, Tameka, That Igbo Chick, AmyLozy, Coloured Beautiful, The Mind Catcher and JeNeevaLove are a few ladies you may want to check out for dark-skinned makeup inspiration
Don’t be scared. Makeup is fun and it’s temporary. It washes away with soap and water!
There are a lot of rules regarding black women and makeup and if there is one thing you should take from this post is that those rules no longer apply. Your color is not a hinderance or cross to bear. It opens up the door to endless possibilities. Black is beautiful, so have fun enhancing your beauty.
What are some of your favorite makeup tips? Share them below!