You’ve probably noticed that makeup commercials and beauty and fashion magazines are invariably filled with light-skinned models. Therefore, the makeup choices and techniques that are usually published through those media work best for light-skinned people. If you’ve been looking for makeup advice that’s geared toward you and your gorgeous dark skin, then look no further.
You can add to your natural beauty by applying makeup, but not by applying it the same way fair-skinned people would. Instead, follow the steps in this article to create an eye-catching look.
1. Apply The Right Foundation
How can you tell if a foundation is right for you? Apply it to your jaw and see if it blends in with the natural skin color on your neck and chest. If it does, then it’s your shade.
Cream or liquid foundations are usually best for people with dark skin, because they don’t leave a chalky finish on the surface of the skin Makeup for Dark Skin.
2. Use a Sheer Blush
After applying foundation, add a sheer blush to the apples of your cheeks. Your dark skin tone will shine through the color, giving your cheeks a bit of a flush.
Ideally, your blush should be peach or coral in color.
3. Dust Your Eyelid with Eyeshadow
Use an eyeshadow brush to apply a dusting of eyeshadow. To create a neutral look, use a color that complements your dark skin, like bronze, tan, or dark brown. For a smoky look, take the darkest color of eyeshadow and blend it into the crease of your eyelid.
You can also add more color, but be sure to choose a colorful eyeshadow with plenty of pigment. If it’s too sheer, it won’t be visible on your skin.
4. Highlight Your Upper Eyelid with Eyeliner
Swipe the eyeliner across the edge of your upper eyelid, or both your upper and lower eyelids if you want to create a bolder look.
Dark skin tones are best complemented by black or dark brown eyeliner. Lighter colors won’t do much to draw attention to your beautiful eyes.
5. Apply Mascara
As with eyeliner, the best mascara shades for dark skin are dark brown and black – in fact, the darker the better. Apply mascara to both your upper and lower eyelashes.
Mascara may melt and run down around your eyes when exposed to heat and sunlight. To prevent this, use waterproof mascara.
6. Use a Sheer Lip Gloss
Sheer lip glosses in pinks and corals work well with dark complexions. They add a touch of color, while still allowing your natural skin color to show through.
Use a highly pigmented lipstick if you want to cover your lips with an opaque color. For a dramatic look, your best bets are mahogany, burgundy, or darker crimson.