I don’t think I stand alone, when I say that the beauty industry can be quite forgetful of dark skinned women. Today, I want to share with you some important makeup tips that, I think, every dark skinned lady should know, when looking for the right makeup:

More often than not, dark skinned women tend to have an uneven skin tone. They have darker forehead and lighter center, so, in order to get flawless looking skin, we often have to play with few shades of foundation, if we want to get the most natural of looks.
The thing to remember, when applying foundation, is that we want to create a seamless finish and gradual transition between the lighter part of the face (which is, usually, the center) and darker parts of complexion (which are, usually, the forehead and perimeter).
If you want to enhance the lighter tone in your skin, then, simply apply a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation that matches the center of your face and then, use a copper bronzer on the forehead and perimeter of your face. Remember to blend, blend and blend! This will help diffuse the transition between the two tones…
If you want to play with the warmer tone, then find a shade that falls somewhere in between the lighter and darker part of your face and apply it everywhere! Everywhere? Yes, all over your face! Because, if you simply apply a foundation that matches only the darker part of your skin (or a lighter part), it simply won’t look natural! Remember, we’re trying to even out the two different skin shades.

Dark skinned ladies need to STAY AWAY from contrasting colors, such as pale nudes, for example! Unless you’re trying to look sick, there is, definitely, no reason why somebody with really dark skin tone should wear light nudes on the lips. If you still want to go for a nude lip tone, make sure you chose the color that is close to your skin tone, which can be brownish shade and, sometimes, even an orangy one; these tones will make you look more natural! Deep shades of lipstick, such as plums, wines and deep reds are the best colors for dark skinned girls. One tone that I find particularly amazing on dark skin is Rebel lipstick by Mac! It’s a medium toned plum with a satin finish and I think, this is what adds up to it’s elegance!

The majority of dark skinned ladies have either dark brown or hazel eyes, therefore, the best colors that complement those tones would be deep shades of purple (it, really, does look great on dark skinned girls!)

Luckily, ladies with dark skin can amazingly pull off lovely golden and bronze tones as well, and, even, turn these tones from a natural day time look into a seductive and elegant night time one, it will always look gorgeous!

Too be honest, I have stayed away from gold for quite some time now, but only recently I tried a look which, I think, turned out to be both strong and elegant. Have a look below and let me know what you think!


Thank you for reading this post and I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Would love to get some feedback in the comment section below!

Stay beautiful!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 27, 2017 at 7:53 am

    You made some good points there. I looked on the web to learn more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

  2. Janice
    January 29, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Hi, Filomena. Ive been frustrated with foundation application for sometime. Am in Nairobi Kenya, my facial skin is quite dark & uneven. Thank you for the advice. I would like more information on finding the right dark shade – brands if possible. Kindly lead me to more sites or provide some links.

  3. Lynette Ford
    December 17, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Well i feel so humiliated you have no idea the things i go through being brown. i am African american its sound strange maybe I am not the right kind of brown that it and other things. People just look at me I turn get ugly it sound scary. I would any to improve my appearance, but so difficult for me. I am such a limited budget. i wish my wooly hair would look better why doesn’t my grow. I swear I get so mad myself.

    • Beauty And Tips
      December 23, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Dear, we are all different, and people who judge others should be ashamed. Everyone of us is beautiful in our own way…and it’s very important to believe in yourself and know that you are precious, unique and wonderful in your own way.

  4. glorey aleri
    October 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    they are worth applying!

  5. Jessy Kendom
    September 4, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Wonderful tips

  6. Anonymous
    August 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for sharing your tips; it’s really helpful for dark skin tone’s people. I think Lakme products also best for skin care.

    • Filomena
      September 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      No worries, thanks you! xx

  7. Anonymous
    August 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Super article, very useful!

    • Filomena
      September 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Cheers love! x

  8. ben
    August 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Useful information shared..Iam willing to read this write-up..thanks for giving us good info.Amazing walk-through.

  9. chwilowki
    August 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  10. Jenny Kem
    August 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

    What a great article! Love it!

    • Linda
      August 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Thank you very much 🙂

    • Filomena
      August 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks a million Jenny xx

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