“I have darker skin and makeup looks clownish on me. What are some options that won’t look quite so crazy?”
-Miserable without Makeup
The good thing about having darker skin is there are now plenty of cute options for makeup looks so any darker woman can still look CHIC. There also are plenty of advantages to having darker skin complexions: you don’t have to worry about facial redness and many facial flaws aren’t quiet as noticeable. There are just a few rules when choosing colors for different makeup products so that it doesn’t look overdone or clownish.
Your best option for everyday eyeshadow wear is gonna be to stick with neutral colors. However these neutral colors don’t have to be boring. Experiment with a variety of different neutrals such as gold, tan, brick, copper, black and brown in matte and shimmer styles. Blending the lighter shadows with darker shades on the eye will keep the color from looking too intense. If you do want to try a colored shadow try a plum mixed with a light purple for your shadow, this color combination is very flattering on darker skin tones. Or use nature as your inspiration and blend a deep green with brown to soften the color and create a flattering natural look.
For night, a smokey eye can be created with a metallic silver eyeshadow in the inner portion of the eyelid and a matte black shadow on the outer portion. This smokey look and black shadow keeps the silver shadow from looking too intense since there is a greater contrast of this color against darker skin. Also be sure to use an eyeshadow primer before putting on your shadow to ensure it stays put throughout the day.
The good thing about having darker skin is eyeliner will really help to bring out your eye color. For everyday wear stick to black cream, pencil or liquid liners. Brown liners will not show up well against your skin tone. If you want to experiment with colored liners try lining the top lids with a black liner and the bottom part under the eye with a colored liner. This adds a pop of color to your look without looking too intense.
I always love a look that plays up the eyes. With darker skin you can opt for a look that involves lots of lots of mascara or false eyelashes and it won’t look overdone as long as the rest of the look is fairly neutral. Opt for a jet black mascara to bring out your eye color.
If you choose to add blush to your makeup routine you are going to want to make sure you choose the right color for your darker skin tone. Any light or bright pink may be too intense for your darker skin. Instead opt for a dark berry, soft peach, brick red or light bronze color which are more flattering for your skin tone.
Lipstick and Gloss
The great think about having darker skin is you can experiment with a variety of different shades. Feel free to experiment with a few of the darker colors like plum or brick red, or opt for an red or burnt orange look for spring. Just make sure the shade you choose is more on the neutral as opposed to neon side for the most flattering look. A layer of clear gloss over your favorite shade of lipstick really intensifies the color and looks great for spring and summer.
These are just a few makeup tips to keep in mind if your a girl with a darker complexion. Just follow a general rule of thumb which is if you are going to add color through makeup keep it to one part of the face to avoid looking clownish. For example if you want to do a plum lip, keep the eyeshadow and liner neutral. If you want to do a colorful eyeshadow do a neutral lip and blush color to avoid looking overdone. But the great thing is that you can experiment with a variety of richer shades of makeup that may look too harsh on lighter skin.