15 Jun 2016

MAKEUP TIPS FOR AFRICAN WOMEN


Different people have different skin tones; therefore, their makeup requirements are unique. One’s face shape and contour also determine how and what kind of makeup should be applied. While purchasing makeup products, those with darker skin tones should select their makeup carefully as it makes a huge difference to their appearance. The right makeup can make a girl with a warm skin tone glow like a goddess. Here are a few makeup tips:


1. The right foundation:

As with any good makeup, you should be looking to compliment your natural complexion, not change it, or hide it. When you are choosing a foundation, be careful not to select one that is lighter than your natural skin colour. Always test foundation, before you buy, on your forehead, or on a spot just above your jaw line. Liquid foundation generally looks better on dark skin because it won’t look too matte. Foundation acts as a base for your makeup. Always make sure that the foundation matches your natural skin tone. You can also try using two shades of foundation – a lighter shade on the center of your face, and your natural tone on the rest of the face. This would make your face appear brighter. Look for a shade that is just right for you and evens out the discolorations. Avoid using transparent powder – it can give your skin a grayish tinge. Avoid buying cheap or fake products these will have an adverse effect on your skin and turn out horrible

2. Concealer:

My favourite. These can be used to highlight and define your eyebrows. To counteract the stubborn blemishes under the eyes, apply a concealer along the tops of your cheekbones towards the tip of your eyebrows. It’s more or less like drawing a triangle. This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also instantly help attract the light by bringing warmth to that area.

3. Highlighter:

There’s nothing we love more than a creamy highlighter that wears like a face polish. To give the illusion of larger eyes, apply the highlighter under your brow bone, a bit above the crease in your lids. Once done, pat a small dot in the middle of the apple of your cheeks. Then press the highlighter onto your forehead followed by your high plane of the face, chin.

4. Bronzer:

Literally a staple diet for all beauty lovers, a bronzer can make your skin look fresh, glowy and sun-kissed even when the temperature is soaring high. For that perfect bronze look, we suggest go about two shades deeper than your tan color, and make sure you don’t dust bronzer all over the face. To create a neat look, apply the bronzer with a sculpting brush on in a C formation. That means, start it at the temples and flick lightly along the sides of the face, forehead, nose, and chin for a more refined look.

5. Eye makeup:

Eye makeup is something that highlights your eyes and enhances your looks. For a casual daytime event, it’s best to avoid vibrant or bright colors and opt for subtle shades like browns, pinks, and gray eye-shadows, complemented with loads of mascara, or nudes. For an evening event or a formal occasion, try shades like blue, pink, and greens and also shades like burgundy, prunes, copper, and browns. These colors look amazing on dark skin and are sure to make you look like a diva! Be experimental and play with colors.

6. Lipsticks:

Selecting colors for dark skin tones is a big task. Use lip colors like beige, coffee, chocolate, soft pink, plums, berry, burgundy, and gold. Stay away from lipsticks with a frosty finish or ones that are too glossy.


7. Experiment:

Don’t be afraid to wear bold colors! Just because you have dark skin, doesn’t mean you can’t rock a red lip or blue eye-shadow – just not at the same time!

Au Revior Darlings

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