I often hear from bellas with deep skintones, who say they’re afraid of wearing the trendier colors of makeup. Heck, I think quite a few of us brown skinned beauties tend to play it safe when it comes to makeup. Here in Chicago I tend to see lots of golds, deep browns, and berry lips — which are all gorgeous, to be certain. But sometimes the same ol’ same ol’ gets predictable.
Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while knows how much I love and admire Alek Wek, so it was a no brainer to highlight her beauty. And I reached out to phenomenal makeup artist to the stars — my friend Tia Dantzler — for tips on enhancing the natural beauty of women who share Alek’s stunning complexion.
Click here to read the whole post, where Tia recommends tinted foundation and velvety lips. And cosign what she says — “Perfectly groomed brows make you look powerful.” When my brows are in a mess, I feel less prepared to go out into the world. It’s true.
So if you’re looking for the kind of makeup Tia refers to, here are my recommendations.
Tinted moisturizer in dark shades can be hard to find. If you can’t find a shade dark enough to perfectly match you, I recommend you try a foundation by MAC, Make Up For Ever or a drugstore brand like Black Opal — which really does come in a remarkable range of shades — and mix it with your favorite moisturizer to the sheerness of coverage you desire. I really really love RX for Brown Skin‘s Ultra Gentle Moisturizer for soothing hydration, and it’s the perfect consistency to DIY tinted moisturizer. Or you can always check out Three Custom to customize your perfect skin match.
For lips, Tia recommends velvety matte, and I am majorly crushing on NARS Velvet Matte Pencil. Calliope or Marina might be close to a nude for dark skin, so you may want to consider Pop Life if you’re seeking color impact. But I definitely recommend going to your local department store and trying these colors out first before you buy — playing with my money is like playing with my emotions! Fashion Fair actually has some great lip colors in matte or creamy finishes. They’ve got LOTS of purples and purples are my favorites!
I absolutely love dark skin and a bold POW look at me eye. Recently I had the opportunity to review the makeup from Sugarpill Cosmetics, and WOW. The colors are so intense. You get great bang for your buck from the loose eyeshadows, which come in some truly unique shades. In the pot, Lumi is white, but if you put it on it’s iridescent blue with hints of green – gorgeous like the wings of a butterfly. L-O-V-E.
So those are my product picks paired with Tia’s words of wisdom. My ebony skinned bellas, let me hear from you! What are your favorite makeup brands?