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Shahnaz Loves Beauty

Beauty Tips for Dark Skin Tones

In the last few months I have been doing a lot of make up for dark skin models so I thought I would share how I created this look for a trend beauty shoot I did. As well as share some beauty tips on make up rules in general for darker skin tones.

A big trend right now is beautiful flawless skin, bold brows and a red lip.  Some dark skin girls have oily skin so remember to prep skin with an oil free primer or serum if that is the case. I have been using the Gosh Serum a lot recently to prep skin as it really hydrates and smooths the skin out and doesn’t make the skin oily.

So here is how I created the look:

  • Applied Dr Haushka Light Day Rose Cream to prep the skin.
  • I blended Mac Matchmaster Foundation with a stippling brush. Most girls with dark skin I come across have 2 tones on their face so invest in a darker and lighter foundation  to even out skin tone.
  • Under the eyes I applied Bobbi Brown stick foundation in Espresso. When applying concealer go for a shade lighter under the eyes.
  • On the eyelids I applied the foundation to even out the skin and then set with the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Deep Dark.
  • I filled in the brows using my Benefit Browzing in Dark but I kept the brows very natural for this particular shoot but you can go bolder especially with a very dark skin tone. You don’t have to use a brow kit you can use a dark brown eyeshadow with an angle brush to fill in your brows especially if you are on a budget.
  • I kept the lashes very natural here and I applied Gosh Show Me Volume Mascara.
  • I applied on the top of the cheek bones a little deep bronze highlighter. I used an Estee Lauder Gold Highlighter here but try Inglot AMC Face and Body bronzer in no 67 to highlight the top of the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose and on your cupids bow. Remember do not go for icy highlighters as it makes the skin look grey go for golds and bronzes.
  • On the cheeks the darker the skin tone the brighter the colour you can apply even a bright red looks amazing on a dark skin tone. In this shoot I used Mac Blush in Frankly Scarlet.
  • For contouring the darker the skin tone the darker you need to go so that you can see the definition. When I am working with very dark skin tones I use a dark brown shadow espresso by Bobbi Brown and buff in under the cheek bone with a contour brush. Remember dust off any excess onto the back of your hands and build up instead of applying to much and making a mess.
  • For the lip I first hydrated the lips using Carmex and then first I lined the lips with Mac Brick lip liner and then I applied Mac Lipstick in Russian Red and Ruby Woo. When you apply a liner it helps create the shape and stop the lipstick from bleeding.
  • To set the foundation and avoid shiney skin I used Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Deep Dark.  Apply powder where you see your skin looks really shiney this will also help the foundation to last longer.

Hope you enjoyed the post. x