Posted Nov. 29, 2007 - Black women have a wide variety of skin tones – from caramel, chocolate, mocha, almond, cinnamon and everything in between. So finding the right makeup for your skin tone can be a tricky undertaking. With a little guidance and some trial and error, you can find the correct color combo that’s best suited for you.
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1. Finding foundation to match your skin is not as hard as it seems. For most, it’s as easy as rubbing a sample along the jaw line to see which shades blend best. More companies offer a larger variety of colors suitable for our skin, so be picky. If your complexion is uneven, you may need two different colors of foundation that can be used together.
2. Before selecting the best eye shadows, look beyond your skin’s natural color to find the undertones. For instance, rich chocolate complexions often have cool undertones (blue and purple shades), while lighter brown or caramel complexions may have warmer undertones (golden shades). You may need to enlist the aid of a makeup artist or your local cosmetics store. It’s always best to have a second opinion. Use these colors as accents around your eyes.
3. When choosing a blush to suit your skin tone, pay attention to your coloration. Blush in shades of pink, mauve, wine and plum are always lovely on dark skin. Coral, rose and deep orange or bronze also looks wonderful as a blush color on dark skin. If you want an overall glow, try using bronzer instead of blush over the cheekbones. For fair skin tones, try beige blushes and warm brown shades for olive to yellow skin tones.
There are plenty of beautiful makeup colors to choose from this winter, so don't limit yourself to just one. Experiment with color and find out the best shades for you.
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