Making makeup fun

 

It can be difficult to find makeup for your skin type.  Some makeup lines simply do not have foundations that go dark enough, while others may lack the colours that will show up on darker skin.  Some women may find that not all cosmetic lines cater to their beauty needs.  

Above all, cosmetics should be a fun part of a woman’s life. Make sure you choose makeup compatible with your skin tone.  

This is key for avoiding an unattractive ashy undertone that can show up with a base that’s too light. There are several cosmetics brands that cater to black women, but even among mainstream lines that are targeted to all women, you can find a range of foundation shades from light to dark. 

For women with clear skin, simply use concealer where needed, such as under the eyes or to hide dark spots. 

Follow with a light dusting of loose powder for a natural look.

 Knowing your skin’s undertones is important for choosing the right makeup colours for you.  

All women have undertones in their skin that range from cool, neutral or warm.  When you know what your undertones are, you are able to select makeup colours that are most compatible with your skin tone.

Go bold if you want to.  One of the great things about having a deep complexion is being able to wear bold shades that can overpower women with fair skin. 

This includes gold, bronze, orange, fuchsia and silver makeup. 

Just be sure you wear these bright colours judiciously; select a feature to draw attention to and focus on that, leaving the rest of your face neutral.

Face – Avoid makeup that is too light, as it can make skin look chalky.  

Yellow-based foundations work best for women with darker skin. 

 The goal is to see the makeup disappear after applying it on your skin, with no visible boundary between. 

 Test foundation colours in natural light: if you have trouble finding the right colour, try mixing two shades (one darker than your natural colour and one lighter). 

When searching for blush or bronzer, brown and copper complement your skin tones. A touch of shimmer will highlight cheekbones nicely. Lips – Earth tones, neutrals, pinks and dark burgundy instantly add glam to lips.  

For a more natural look, dab on some lip-gloss. Choose a lip liner that is close to the shade of your lip-gloss or lipstick to avoid a dark outline.  If your lips are your best feature, wear a bright shade of lipstick, followed with gloss.

Eyes – If you love your eyes, wear an attention-getting eye shadow and two to three coats of mascara.  Or line them in Cleopatra-style for dramatic effect.   Shimmery and metallic eye shadows can look amazing against the dark skin.

 Mixing two complimentary colours like gold and purple can boost the drama factor.  The darker your skin, the brighter the colours you can pull off.  Accentuate eyes with brown or black eyeliner. Black mascara will make eyelashes stand out. 

I’m always amazed at how much makeup can transform a face and make you feel like a different person.  I don’t wear makeup every day, but, I do enjoy using it.  

So go on ladies, look gorgeous and get that major self confidence boost on the way.  Focus on your best features.   Whatever body part it is, accentuate it.  

 

April 2015
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