Colored women have some of the most flawless skin in the world but in terms of makeup they have a very limited palette to work with. These are some makeup ideas for black women as well as a list of things that you really should avoid, irrespective of how tempted you are.
Building the Foundation
Unfortunately there are not many cosmetic brands that cater to dark skinned women. Often a lot of African American women give in and buy a shade of foundation and hope that it works but this can make the skin look chalky and ashen, so please don’t do this. Take your time browsing and find a shade that suits you, test it directly on your face in natural light, you will know it is the right color when it looks like you have nothing on. If even after hours of roaming the mall you still haven’t found the foundation of your dreams you could try mixing two shades, one that is darker than you natural skin tone and one that is lighter.
When you want a pretty blush then pink works even for women of color or light orange tones, but be careful not to overdo it or you could end up looking like a clown. If you just want to add a bit of shimmer then copper or brown bronze and blush work best for dark skin.
Again, the right shade of pink will suit any woman; burgundy is a great choice for dark skinned women who want to add a bit of sexy sultriness to their look, while neutral lipsticks and earth tones are great for daily use. If you want to stay natural then line your lips with a shade that is close to the color of your lips and top that with a sheer gloss.
For African American women under the age of 40, shimmer eye shadow and metallic colors like gold and silver really make your eyes pop but once your eyelids lose their elasticity the glitter tends to clump inside the crease of your eye, aging your skin further. Bold matte colors look lovely on dark skinned women. Black mascara and eyeliner also work well to accentuate your eyes while brown eyeliner can make for a more subtle effect. If your eyes are naturally smaller however you want to avoid using black kohl liner on your waterline as this will make you look tired and even a little scary.
Don’t Let Your Skin Fool You
Just because your skin is naturally dark does not mean that your makeup has to be too, if you use too much black and brown makeup you just look drab and bland and you definitely don’t want that. Even if you think a color is not right for you the chances are that there is a shade of it that can make you look superb, it’s just a matter of understanding what suits your skin tone best which is why we have explained these makeup ideas for black women. Hopefully they will help you understand your skin better and give you the confidence to try new things.
Below are some great makeup ideas for black women.