Here is my top 7 list of makeup tips for all skin tones; my top makeup myths debunked! This blog is a LONG time coming!
Many of you who have followed my vlogging journey since 2009 have known that I am dead-set and adamant about doing for women of color what we are told not to do with makeup. I am quite certain women of opposite are probably told the same things from time to time. So I thought, why not include them both!
SO here is my list of makeup tips for all skin tones!
#7. Wearing Eyeshadow
I hear many women of color say they do not look good with eyeshadow. But guess what? That’s so not true! You can actually rock the hell out of eyeshadow! It all just depends on how and where it’s place. You also must take into consideration most importantly your undertones. Example: I have golden undertones, true white, silvers, and pastel colors tend to look so-so on me but once I throw on a neon, gold, cream or summer warm fire colors they compliment me the most.
I truly believe that this myth is also due in part to the many various eye shapes there are out there. Examples, for women who have a ‘monolid’ have a very little eyecrease, you can find your hidden crease area by literally following the shape of your eyeball. Be sure to stick to dark matte colors as they will help the area appear receded and give you a creased look!
For myself, I have a combination between a prominent eye shape and an almond eye shape. The prominent part of my eye makes it sometimes look like I have puffy eyes on my bottom lash line so I used to never wear eyeshadow there! Now I know to stay away from shimmery/icy and light shadows that highlight that area giving the illusion that they are “poofyer” than they really area.
#6 Smokey Eyes
Why is this even a topic of debate anymore?! A classic smokey eye looks amazing on every skin tone! The key to getting this one to work, once again, is taking into consideration what will compliment your eye shape the most. And yes it is perfectly okay to have dark skin and wear black eyeshadow! Blend blend blend that ish girl! Use your transitional colors! matte blacks, grays, and even your skintone colors to tone down the harshness of some of those darker smokey colors. And don’t limit yourself to just black smokey eyes! Eggplant purples, navy blues, and deep greens can all be made into a sexy smokey look. You can also choose to ‘play up’ and smoke certain parts of the eyes. For example your bottom lash line, your outer crease area, etc.
#5 Bronzing and Contouring
This one really grinds my gears because they is nothing sexier than a bronzed or contoured beat for the Gods face. Oh wait, that’s makeup artist lingo. Sorry ladies. Beat for the God’s literally translates into “really fierce makeup”, for those that do not know! Don’t know where to begin with contouring or what products to use? Start with a foundation or a powder, choose a shade that is 1-2 shades darker than you, depending on how dramatic you’d like the effect to be, and go from there! And for my deep dark sisters if you can’t find anything thats dark enough you can always use a matte black eyeshadow. Just BLEND and start with very little product and then build your way up.
#4 Bold Eyeshadow
This one pretty much goes hand in hand with number one. This is a big one for my fair-toned ladies. You’d be surprised at how amazing bold color contrasts against fair skin! Don’t be afriad! Take baby steps. Start with a pop of color in your waterline, work your way up to other parts of your eyes and next thing you know you’ll be rocking pink brows! Just kidding!
If I were to take a poll amongst women who wear little to no makeup, realistically I think 9 out of 10 women would say they are scared of blush. Blush CAN be quite scary when not blended properly! Don’t let anyone ruin it for you! Start with peach and orange! These two colors I find tend to read the most subtle and natural on most complexions, they warm up the skin without being too obvious and my favorite is this look on darker skin. You would be surprised! Another quick tip: Creme blushes usually give a more natural and sheer wash of color versus powder blushes which tend to be more pigmented. If you want extra staying powder with your blush start with a sheer application of peach blush and set it with a matching powder blush on top, the creaminess of the creme blush will give the powder something to stick to!
#2 Nude Lips
We ALL know I am a huge endorser of this one and have been for years. I’ve overheard countless artists in the past say nude lips don’t look good on darker women. That clearly is far from the truth! For the not so ‘ashy’ appearance pair if with a SOFT or nude brown liner. I promise you, lipliner isn’t just for grandmothers and cholas anymore! Women of lighter complexions can do the same thing to if you’d like the contoured lip look rather than the zombie look.
#1 Red Lips
Although a classic red lip is not my favorite look to rock I absolutely love the way MAC Ruby Woo looks on me, but I didn’t always feel that way. Until I tried this simple little trick: pairing it with a soft brown lipliner. This is the trick to pretty much getting all colors to work for you if you have darker lips like me. And more importantly, pay attention to undertones!!
That pretty much tops my list of things I’d recommend for all skin tones! OF course this list is not limited to just the things I have named, what are some makeup myths you think need to be debunked for different skin tones?
Thanks all for reading!