Dark Skin Make-Up

Help Dark Skins Stand Out from the Mundane with these Make-up Tips

Make-up is fun, but it only flatters when you know how to make it compliment you. Many women with darker skin tones in South Africa have trouble finding make-up that works for their particular complexions. While this is a frustration in the South African beauty industry, it is a gap in the market for an industrious make-up artist. You can help your dark-skinned clients shine and stand out from the rest by helping them make their make-up show off their complexion to glamorous effect.

More often than not, dark-skinned women tend to have an uneven skin tone, with some areas darker than others, like the forehead, while the centre of the face if of a lighter complexion. The challenge comes in where you need to achieve a flawless-looking skin. This necessitates experimenting with a few shades of foundation, should you want to get the most natural of looks.

An important aspect to keep in mind when applying foundation to your client’s face is that you want to create a seamless finish at all times, with a gradual transition between the lighter part of the face – usually the centre – and the darker parts, which are normally the forehead and perimeter of the face. If you want to enhance the client’s lighter tone in their skin, then simply apply a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser that matches the tone of the centre of their face closely.

Accentuating Features of Dark Skinned Ladies

A valuable tip in this regard is that dark skinned ladies need to steer well clear of contrasting colours when it comes to their lips, such as pale nudes, for instance. There really is very little reason why somebody with a dark skin tone should use light nudes on their lips. Should your client insist on wearing a nude lip tone, advise her to choose the colour that is closest to her skin tone, which can be a brownish shade and, at times, even an orange one.

These tones will make your clients’ lips appear more natural; the deep shades of lipstick such as wines, plums and deep reds remain the best choice for dark skinned girls. In terms of your client’s eyes, chances are their eyes are hazel or dark brown, as most dark skinned girls’ are. The best colours to complement these tones are deep shades of purple and similar shades. However, dark skinned girls are lucky in that they can pull off lovely gold and bronze tones too!

Learn Dark Skin Make-up from the Professionals

If you really want to tap into this lucrative market, collaborate with Face to Face Beauty & Make-up Design School. We are the longest established specialist training academy in beauty, make-up design and special effects in South Africa. Our two main accredited sites for training are located in Parktown, Johannesburg, and Helderkruin, Roodepoort.

Since 1965, we have trained thousands of beauty professionals who have gone on to leave their marks on the industry. Contact us to learn more about our course catalogue, and to find out how we can help you step up your dark skin make-up skills.

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