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Shahnaz Loves Beauty

Make Up Tips for Dark Skin

Recently I have been working with a lot of darker skin models and the biggest fear for the model’s is that the make up artist will get the foundation wrong so getting the foundation colour is key. Also I am always being asked about concealer and make up looks for darker skin girls. 

Start with a primer or lightweight moisturiser. Primer’s such as Gosh Vevlvet Touch or Smashbox Photofinish oil free are great primer’s leaving the skin really smooth or a moisturiser like Estee Lauder Day Wear Cream.

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For foundation at the moment I am loving Mac Matchmaster and Mac Studio Fix as they have a lot of shades and covers all skin tones plus the skin looks flawless. What I do find is that a lot of the darker girls have different tones in their skin so I normally work with 2 shades. Don’t just invest in one colour getting a dark shade that matches the darkest of your skin and one shade down and blend well. For concealer I mix it up between Bobbi and Mac depending on how dark the skin tone. I love the Bobbi brown creamy concealer and the Mac studio finish concealer’s.

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For highlighting my favourite products at the moment are Estee Lauder pure colour in Topaz and the Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Gold Deposit.

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Contour depends on skin tone. If you have very dark skin contour products won’t show up so use a black eyeliner pencil and buff in under cheek bones. If your skin is not so dark buff in a foundation a couple shades darker or use a contour kit and buff in the darkest colour.

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When filling in brows opt for a dark brow pencil or a brow kit. Brands such as Bobbi Brown and Gosh have brow kits or Mac pencil in Lingering are great for grooming your brows.

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The darker the skin the more you can play with colour for me most shades look amazing if you have very dark skin anything goes. Make sure you base your lids with a cream shadow or pencil or set you lid with powder before applying your shadow. For a smokey eye depending on your skin tone use colours like dark green, gold, bronze, purple and dark blue. For lighter skin a chocolate smokey eye with a bronze shadow on the lid can also look amazing. Try Amber lights from Mac its a winner. I also am loving my YSL Pure chromatic shadow palette in no 10 and my Stila natural eye palette. Mac is always a winner for eyeshadows as its a reliable brand with a large range of colours and they also always have their limited edition trend colours. In my shoot at the beginning of the week I used purple’s and dark blue’s together and dark green, gold and purple on Adeola.

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For lips try deep purple, deep red, berry, chocolate and plum colours.  And definitely invest in lip glosses like the Stila collection. I am a big fan of Mac lipsticks as again they have a huge range of colours and different textures try Cyber and Hang Up to be really on trend. But I also have Revlon, Rimmel, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Nars in my collection too.

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To finish off your look dust your T-Zone with a translucent finishing powder. Try Mac Prep & Prime Traslucent Finishing Powder.

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Hope you enjoyed my post.