The dawn of dusk: makeup for darker skin

From the catwalk to magazine covers to Hollywood films, dark-skinned beauties have come of age – a very welcome change from the predominantly Caucasian image of beauty. Gorgeous celebs like Beyonce, Iman, Sophia Vergara and Eva Longoria represent today’s idea of beauty that comes in all colours and ethnicities, from Latin America to Asia to Africa. Here’s to globalisation!

Jourdan Dunn for Burberry in 2012

Jourdan Dunn for Burberry in 2012

Makeup has since evolved in leaps and bounds to accommodate the needs of duskier beauties with a diverse range of colour. The best part about having darker skin is that colours can really pop out and there’s so much room for experimentation, especially for your wedding day!


Meet your match

The most important makeup basic for dark skin is finding the perfect foundation. The darker the skin, the more exact it should be, otherwise you risk looking ashen or orangey.

As I mentioned in a previous post, first, determine whether you have a warm, cool, or neutral skin tone. Choose your foundation based on this and then test it by blending it along your jawline. The perfect foundation should disappear perfectly.


Play with colour

When it comes to eyeshadow, coloured women shouldn’t shy away from experimenting! Dark and metallic colours like green and purple go perfectly on a dark skin canvas, especially at night. Smoky, dramatic eyes also look great on darker complexions – just look at Tyra Banks’and Iman’s peepers.

Try mixing two complementary shades, with the lighter of the two shades in the middle part of the eyelids and the darker one on the edge. Add a splash of colour around the corners of your inner eye for a more dramatic and playful look.

As for lipstick, avoid frosty colours and instead use coffee, chocolate, burgundy and soft pink. To add definition, opt for metallic hues like bronze or copper.

Just make sure to find the right colour for your look

Express yourself with makeup, and be a glowing bride all night!

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