Looking for first-rate makeup for darker skin tones? We spoke to Kristabel from fashion blog IWantYouToKnow to get some tips on the best beauty buys for your skin tone whether you’re looking for foundation, moisturisers, highlighter or blush.
“When it comes to makeup, I’ve been on a bit of a journey. Not in the dramatic X factor-contestant-montage sense, but it’s definitely taken me a good few years to figure out what works for my skin tone.
During my teenage years, I wasn’t bothered about caking foundation on like some of my peers, so I didn’t necessarily struggle to find the right shades. However when I was ready to experiment, things seemed extremely overwhelming and I wasn’t sure about what I was looking for in the first place. Brands would provide a couple of token darker options, but they didn’t always seem right for my skin tone.
Blogs are the number one reason why I’m so obsessed with cosmetics now and I owe it to black vloggers such as Jackie Aina, Patricia Bright and Epipanniea A for educating me on how to find decent products. Firstly one dark option isn’t enough, since Black and Asian skin tones can have a warm, neutral or cool undertone.
You also have to bear in mind what your skin type responds well to (I’m pretty ‘normal’, so luckily nothing makes me break out) as well as your desired finish. It can be tricky to get the combination right, especially when there’s only a limited amount of colours available.
Since sharing is caring, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite high-end products and brands that cater to all skin tones, whether you’re more of a Dita or a Lupita.
It shouldn’t be such a surprise when a product comes in 40 shades and hopefully, Lancome’s commitment to diversifying will rub off on other brands. I can find at least 3 shades that suit my warm undertone, which can work for different times of year when I’m slightly lighter or darker. The formula is light, long-lasting and a little amount of product goes a long way.
Don’t be scared by the use of ‘matte’ in the title. This Nars product is a great Summer staple, and great for days when you’d like a lighter amount of coverage and built in SPF. The formula reduces shine and helps you survive 30 degree days, without making you look like you’re caked in product. If you fancy an even lighter finish, then the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is also a great one to pack in your suitcase.
One of my favourite launches this year is Bare Minerals Gen Nude, a range of lipsticks and glosses that provide the perfect ‘nude’ for every skin tone. It’s taken a while for brands to realise that ‘nude’ is a spectrum of colours rather than just a pale beige and although the situation isn’t perfect, it’s definitely a continuing conversation. When it comes to this range, there are at least two or three colours that I like within each formulation (Flirt is my go to) and the best thing about the mattes is that they’re nice and moisturising.
Another item that’s become a beauty staple of late is the humble colour corrector, designed to even out skin tone before you apply foundation. For my complexion, orange is the colour that best neutralises any darker areas but some brands only provide the greens, yellows and purples suited to lighter skin tones. Fortunately, you can always rely on MAC for a decent selection and their Prep + Prime highlighter in Peach Lustre is an essential part of my routine. Applying this over the upper lip area (keeping it real), means that I don’t have to keep piling on and wasting my foundation.
It’s so important to add an SPF to your daily moisturising routine, whatever the weather forecast is saying, since UV levels can be strong all year round (and darker skin is not immune to harmful effects of UV rays). Unfortunately, products containing SPF leave a white residue but luckily This Works have created a great formula that doesn’t leave a trace. It’s gentle and great for sensitive skin too.
And finally we have the blush, which actually opened my eyes to trying more exciting, noticeable colours. It’s also the very first product I bought online as a result of seeing glowing (geddit) reviews from vloggers with a similar colouring to me. Nars blushes are great as they’re highly pigmented and don’t disappear on Asian and black skin tones, which is a common gripe of other brands. Taj Mahal looks like a scary orange in the pan, but if you build it up gradually, it looks more glowy, golden and sunkissed. You could also use it as a bronzer and highlighter if you’re careful and it’s a great versatile product to pack on holiday if space is tight.”
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August 8th 2017 - by @CollectPlus