Make-Up Tips and Recommendations Every Black Woman Should Know

Do you know what you’re looking for when you shop for make-up? Unfortunately, there is little advice out there for those with dark colouring. Black skin varies in shades, so while the right make-up can make a girl with a dark skin tone glow like a goddess, the wrong make-up can make her skin look bruised or too orange. While shopping for mascaras and eyeliners is easy on the high street, when it comes to foundation, eye shadow, and blusher, it’s best to know your skin, so you can know your product. Here’s what every black woman should know about foundation, and eye and cheek make-up.

#1 Foundation Must Blend, Enhance and Look Natural

As the base of every day and night look, foundation is every woman’s best friend. But ask any South African black woman, and she’ll tell you that finding the right foundation is a bit like searching for the Holy Grail. Make-up is a big business worldwide, so why can’t black women find suitable foundation? Well, while many top brands may have succeeded in creating darker shades, they don’t always get the undertones right.

The first rule of thumb is to remember that darker skin tends to be oily, so stick to a powder-based foundation. You should find a colour that will virtually disappear once applied, and even out the discolourations. All facial tones have a lighter shade in the centre, and a darker shade on the circumference, so if you need to, blend two shades of foundation to achieve a flawless complexion. Remember, you’re not trying to change the tone of your face, but rather enhance your natural tone, so that your natural skin tone looks healthier and brighter.

#2 Bold Tones and Candy-Coloured Brights Enhance Eyes and Cheeks

There is no denying that black is beautiful, which is why it should be flaunted in bold tones and candy-coloured brights that other women could never get right. And when it comes to the eyes, there is no better way to “steal stares” than to dress your eyes in colour. Bold colours look incredible on black skin. For casual daytime looks, choose subtle shades like browns, pinks, and greys. For evenings out, dazzle with shades of blue, brown, burgundy, purple, and shimmery golds. Just like your eyes, go bold with your cheeks. Using a darker shade blusher, choose shades like bronze, coral, gold, orange, peach, rose, and wine.

At Face to Face Beauty & Make-up Design School, we believe that every woman should learn how to apply her make-up like a pro, and while some women are born with a powder brush in their hand, others must turn to professionals for a make-up workshop. If you’d like to learn how to rock your skin tone, then contact us today.

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