The Perfect Nude Lip
For years we were stuck with nudes that were too light and chalky (makeup and fashion). I remember avoiding anything nude because I know it was not made with me in mind. But now all of that has changed. The makeup world is starting to cater to darker skin tones, even in drug stores, so you can now find a darker nude that works for you. A popular product that seems to work well on dark skin tones is MAC’s Touch Lipstick. Paired with NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Brown and NYX Butter Lip Gloss in Madeleine, my nude blends perfectly with my lips.
NYX has a great quality line of lip glosses that can take the place of a lipstick. Their Mega Shine Lip Gloss line is very popular. The color African Queen is my personal favorite. I take it with me everywhere for a quick pick me up if I’m in a hurry. This same line also has a wonderful clear gloss, which in my opinion should be a staple in anyone’s collection.
Our faces tell on us. They tell if we are not eating right, if we are stressed, if we are drinking enough water and if we know know what we are doing when we put on our makeup n the morning. So our faces are a big deal. A lot of the time I see WOC’s ignoring our faces and fail to wear the proper foundation, if they choose to wear any at all. We get confused when it comes to color because in the bottle the foundation looks too light, or the concealer isn’t the right shade, or an even more common issue, “What colors do I use for contouring if I have darker skin?”. These are all valid questions that hopefully I can answer for you all. These products are my favorites and they work well on dark shades.
Before your foundation and after your face moisturizer its best to use a face primer. Primer creates a base canvas for your makeup to look as flawless as it can be. If you get a good primer it can help with applying liquids and powders on your face. I have even seen primers that were created to last over 15 hours on your face! Although I have never tried that particular one it sounds pretty cool. However my favorite face primer is The Body Shop’s All-In-One Instablur Makeup Primer. It controls shine for up to 12 hours, reduces the appearance of pores, hides your blemishes, and extends your makeup wear. I tend to have oily skin so I use shine controlling skin products and try to stay away from SPF in foundations. I also recommend their Matte It and Moisturize It Skin Primers.
Foundation has to be one of the most challenging topics right after concealer (we will get to that later). Normally when we think of makeup we tend to gravitate towards the eyeshadows and the lip products. But not much attention is given to the foundation. I mean I don’t blame us, its super complicated. There’s minimal coverage vs. full coverage, SPF vs. Non-SPF, oily skin vs. dry skin, powder vs. cream vs. liquid, and then we have to choose our color.
For those who want a more natural look and have very few blemishes, minimal coverage will work well for you. If you are like me and have dark circles under the eye and a but of acne, full coverage will work best for you. Whatever you choose, make sure to use a reasonable amount. Too much foundation looks cakey.
SPF is good but not for those who have oily skin as SPF usually ads oil to the formula. The type of foundation you choose is more of a personal preference. Choose which ever is easier for you to apply. My personal preference is a liquid foundation. Two of my favorites are MAC’s Pro Longwear Foundation and Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation. They have full to medium coverage and they both last all day.
For foundation color, I always recommend everyone to go to a makeup counter in a department store or Sephora to see what color foundation looks best on you. Then you will have a better idea of what shades work and what do not.
Concealer is a bit more complicated because of the many shades it comes in. Light, dark, green, purple, yellow, etc. Honestly the odd color confuse me too, but I know that its best to have both a light and dark concealer and possibly one to match your skin tone for light makeup days. Concealer’s job is to cover up any color imperfections. It is also used as a highlight for under the eye, under the brow, and on the bridge of the nose. A couple of great concealers I have used are MAC’s Select Cover Up Concealer & L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer.
Highlighting & Contouring
For highlighting and contouring I have found a few good products. It was quite difficult finding a contour color that was dark enough to contour without using black. I finally found NARS’s Matte Eyeshadow in Coconut Grove. However, If you mix a dark brown and a matte black eyeshadow you can get the same results. Those who are a little lighter can get a way with a lighter brown as a contour. Just choose a shade that looks natural on your skin.
For a Highlight under the eyebrow or possibly under the eye you can use NARS’s Highlighting Blush in Albatross. Its a practically white so a little goes a long way. You can also use a concealer that is a few shades lighter than your skin.