I was recently asked about the best beauty tips for black women I’ve ever stumbled across and, quite honestly, I hadn’t really given the subject a lot of thought until that question came up. There’s a reason for that. In a lot of ways, basic makeup tips apply to everyone regardless of skin color. It’s all about finding products that suit you and finding products you feel comfortable using. This list of the best makeup tips for black women isn’t intended to be followed to the letter. Instead, it’s intended as a guide. Find what works best for you and go with it.
The Right Foundation is Key
Foundation is, well, the foundation of your look. It’s where you start. It’s what everything is built on. You need to make sure you have the right foundation if you want to get the right look. Finding that right product can be a bit difficult though, especially for black women. Black women often have different tones in their skin which leads some to recommend using two different shades of foundation, one for darker tones and one for lighter tones. That is not always necessary though. First, not all black women even have different tones in their skin. Second, even black women two have lighter and darker tones may be able to find one foundation that will work for their entire face. Iman (one of the most beautiful models of all time, in my humble opinion) has an excellent line of cosmetics created specifically for women of color and her Luminous Foundation is absolutely brilliant. It can be used wet or dry, offers terrific coverage and works to even out skin tones to provide a flawless, brilliant finish. This stuff even has a bit of shimmer to add a beautiful, subtle glow. And this is just one example. There are tons of cosmetics lines out there that cater to women of color and offer single foundations that will work every bit as good as two shades of foundation.
Stick with Tinted Powder.
Powder is a necessary part of the makeup process. You finish up with powder to help lock your makeup in place and give it a smooth, even finish. The problem most black women have with using powder is light, or even white, patches in the face that makes skin look blotchy and makes the powder obvious. A great way to combat that issue is to use tinted powder. Dust your tinted powder on the same way you would with your normal powder and you won’t have to worry about those troublesome light patches. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding tinted powder in your local drug store but if you do, you can order it online. Check the reviews of the product before you place your order though. Most times, tinted powder costs a little extra so you want to make sure the product will work as advertised before you spend your money.
Don’t Avoid Blush.
This one is a big pet peeve of mine. I know so, so many women who have been told that black women should avoid blush. Let’s just put that rumor to bed once and for all, shall we? Blush for black women is absolutely no different than blush for white women or women of any other skin color. You need to pick a shade that suits your skin tone. That’s it. There are a lot of great shades of blush out there that look great on women of color and blush is always a great idea for brightening up a look. Of course, again, it’s important that you find a shade that works on you. If you aren’t sure, play around with a few different ideas. Mauves are a great place to start. Like it? Try going a shade or two darker or lighter and branch out from there. Consider picking up a blush palette and trying out a few different colors from it. You don’t need anything expensive. You really just want a way to experiment with a bunch of different shades without having to buy a bunch of individual blush compacts you may never use again. None of this means you have to forget about bronzer. Just consider blush another option you can add to your beauty arsenal.
Try Out Some Bold Colors.
Natural, earthy tones are always a beautiful choice for women of color but don’t feel like you have to stick to them. Try out a few bolder colors. There are tons of options out there. See a color you love? Give it a shot. If it doesn’t really suit you, ask yourself whether it’s too light, too dark or in the wrong color family. If it’s too dark, try a shade or two lighter. If it’s too light, try a shade or two darker. If it’s the wrong color family, try a different color entirely. If a color appeals to you, give it a shot. It might not work for you but maybe you can blend it with another color to make it more complimentary. Metallic eye shadows can be an especially off beat but fantastic choice but again, it’s all about what you’re comfortable with. It doesn’t hurt to try. If you’re using an especially bold color though, keep it minimal. A little bold color will go a long way.
Don’t Be Afraid of Black Mascara or Eyeliner.
While most of the articles out there that claim to have the best makeup tips for black women will insist black eyeliner is a no-no, I wholeheartedly disagree. I think black eyeliner can look absolutely stunning on black women. In the photo above, Beyoncé has gone with black eyeliner and it looks great. Shades of brown are considered more traditional on black women but traditional isn’t always the best way to go. I would, however, recommend pairing black eyeliner with natural shades of eye shadow and nude lips or clear gloss as black eyeliner can be a fairly bold look and pairing it with bold shadow or lipstick could be a little too much. At the same time, if it’s done right, it can be a show stopping look that will have every head turning.