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Finding the right color

By admin
08 August 2013

When browsing the makeup counters at your local stores, African women may find that not all cosmetics brands cater to their beauty needs.

Some makeup brands simply do not have foundations that go dark enough, causing one to look washed out, while others may lack the colors that will show up on darker skin. Makeup artist Phil Ranger shares some African makeup tips to help you achieve the ultimate look that brings out your skin color.

1 Face: Avoid makeup that is too light, as it can make skin look chalky. Yellow-based foundations work best for women with darker skin. The goal is to see the makeup disappear after applying it on your skin. Test foundation colors in natural light if you have trouble finding the right color, try mixing two shades (one darker than your natural color and one lighter).

2 Lips: Earth tones, neutrals, pinks and dark burgundy instantly add glam to lips. Choose a lip liner that is close to the shade of your lip-gloss or lipstick to avoid a dark outline.

3 Eyes: Shimmery and metallic eye shadows can look amazing against African American skin. Mixing two complimentary colors like gold and purple can boost the drama factor.

Move! tip: The darker your skin, the brighter the colors you can pull off.