Women of color have different skin needs and deserve special attention to unify skin tone, downplay overly prominent features, and focus on the upper third of the face. The structure of facial features and the evenness of skin color are important in order to create a great day or night look. For starters: always try to avoid oil-based products to make your make-up last longer since darker-toned skin has a tendency to reject make-up.
For foundation, select an oil-free tone that is a slightly lighter shade than your regular skin tone. Choose a tone slightly darker for shading and contouring. Good to know that wet/dry compact foundations work well on dark skin and always use a loose setting powder. It will absorb oil and avoid a shiny look.
The eyes can be accented with dark browns, prunes, copper, and burgundies. Try to avoid light, powdery colors and iridescent colors that cover the whole eyelid. A light brushing of loose, translucent powder over the lid will give a subtle glow for evening glam. Finish your look by using two coats of black mascara.
Add blush with shades of cocoa, dark peach, dusty pink, or cinnamon. If your nose is wide and you want to slightly slim it, do so by using a secret camouflage to shade the sides with a darker tone and the top of the nose with a lighter tone. Remember to blend well.
If your brows are too thick, thin them just enough to brush them neatly. If more of an arch is desired, draw in the shape that you like and tweeze below the line, or make an appointment with a great brow expert. Never use a black pencil alone on your brows; it looks better when using a combination of grey and black, soft brunette, or even auburn.
Lip colors with berry shades, plums, and all shades of brown look great on darker-toned skin. Also beiges, gold, and soft pinks work well. Keep an eye on these colors: Nude pinks, nude beiges, mochas, coffees, mahoganies, chocolates, berry shades, deep berry shades, dark plums, wines, and burgundies.
Last but not least for now: don’t forget to avoid orange shades, they will definitely wash you out. Good luck, have fun and drop me a line if you have questions. xA