Makeup for Dark Skin


As you probably guessed from the title, this post will be about makeup for darker skin tones. So if your complexion is similar to that of Nia Long, to Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black), or Lupita N’yongo keep reading!

Let’s face the facts. There is so much frustration that comes with going to the drugstore for a foundation and thinking “okay well these are all too light, so there goes that”. However, if you have dark skin there’s an 80% chance that you can find your shade among L’Oreal’s True Match selection of liquid foundation. Black Opal also makes a lovely cream to powder foundation. However, if you simply want a high end foundation, then head on over to MAC and get colour matched, or check out BECCA Cosmetics — an Australian brand offered at Sephora with an impressive selection of dark foundation shades.



I’ve raved about MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer previously, because it really is that good! The coverage is amazing and a little goes a long way. So do yourself a favour by investing in one. If you still don’t think you need to shell out big bucks on concealer, then try out Pro Conceal by L.A. Girl Cosmetics. Very dark circles that you can’t seem to get rid of? Use MAC’s Color Corrector in Pure Orange before applying your concealer, or simply use an orange lipstick that looks more tangerine or red-orange instead of one that looks more peach or coral. 



Powder can be used to either add coverage or simply give you a finished look. If you’re searching for coverage from a powder then yes…you guessed it — it comes right back to MAC or Make Up For Ever. MAC’s Studio Fix, Prep and Prime, and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powders all work quite well.  If you’re going for something more affordable, then opt for Black Opal’s Oil Absorbing Powder; it’ll cost you less, and since it’s colourless it’s hard to mess up. When using a liquid foundation that is full or medium coverage all you need is a translucent powder for setting purposes.



Yesterday I was asked, “What other colours can we pull off apart from red?” Everyone still seems to be obsessed with Ruby Woo as though it’s the only lipstick ever made, but I digress. Since I had said that I would be covering ‘the basics’ in this post, I will remind you to invest in a nude shade as well as bold shade (that you feel comfortable wearing). I absolutely love how Revlon’s Black Cherry Lipstick looks on dark skin tones, and for a nude shade that won’t make you look washed out, be sure to check out Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink — feel free to add their lip gloss in Supernatural on top, or Motives for La La Mineral Lip Shine in Preciosa. 



Black Cherry by Revlon


“Wait…dark girls can wear blush without looking clown-ish? Nope. I don’t believe you” We all need blush. Once upon a time, I thought I didn’t need blush either — oh was I wrong. Bubblegum pink blush like Barbie? Not quite. Brick red blushes and slightly tangerine tones? Gorgeous on dark skin! If you need something to really invest in, check out MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Love Joy (click here to read the full post), or NARS Blush in Outlaw, Exhibit A or Liberte. The next time you’re at the drugstore, try out Milani’s Baked Blush in Red Vino or NYX’s Powder Blush in Red. If you do have large pores however or something that you don’t want to draw attention to — stay away from shimmer blushes, and go more for matte finishes.


MAC Mineralize Blush in Lovejoy

MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Joy


Let me know if you’d like to see more posts tailored to dark skin specifically, and I really hope this helped!

Did you remember to read my recent posts?

Urban Decay All Night De-Slick Setting Spray: Oil-Control, Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer, Boscia Blotting Linens in Peppermint (this was limited edition), Bare Minerals Mineral Veil in Illuminating

Urban Decay All Night De-Slick Setting Spray: Oil-Control, Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer, Boscia Blotting Linens in Peppermint (this was limited edition), Bare Minerals Mineral Veil in Illuminating





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