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19 Make Up Must-Know Tips for Girls with Darker Skin Tones

When it comes to makeup, a lot of what we see in the media is still focused on lighter skin tones. Fortunately, this is starting to change and even some makeup companies have realized the demand for more variety in terms of products. Moreover, there’s a global movement to recognize the beauty of darker skin tones as more artists and influencers are embracing their natural skin. Whether you are just starting to experiment with makeup or have already picked up plenty of looks from your favorite tía, telenovela star or singer, here are a few tips for working with makeup with darker skin tones.

1. Don’t Skip UV Protection:

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Your skin is beautiful with or without a tan. However, it is important to use UV protection even if you are dark. When planning for a day in the sun, add a bit of sunscreen, or at least a foundation and lip balm that offer UV protection to your look. Not only will a little sunscreen protect you from dangerous skin cancer, but it will also keep your skin looking younger as you age.

2. Develop A Solid Routine:

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Dark skin has plenty of variety and reacts differently to various climates. Whether you need to moisturize on a regular basis or deal with excess oil, a good routine can help you avoid breakouts. And, of course, always remember to take your makeup off before going to bed no matter how tired you feel. Your skin will thank you.

3. Mind the Undertones:

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Your skin may have yellow, olive or even reddish undertones. Understanding your undertones can help you select colors to either bring these out or keep them hidden.

4. Moisturizer Is Key:

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Dark skin can get ashy when it’s dry. This can be embarrassing especially if you live in a climate that you’re your skin doesn’t like because everyone will know when you need to moisturize.

5. Match Your Makeup To Your Personal Style:

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Makeup can definitely be used to express your style and your individuality. If you love bright colors, you can certainly translate that into your night time, and even daytime, look.

6. Find the Right Shades:

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Finding the shades of foundation and even eyeshadow that compliment your skin tone can be a bit of a journey. Fortunately, once you find what works, you can use that as your framework for future looks.

7. Play With Foundation:

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If you are blessed with clear skin, you may skimp on, or even skip foundation all together for certain daytime looks. On the other hand, you can also use foundation and powder to play up different parts of your face. Most experts recommend using a foundation that is two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

8. Do Some Research:

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If you’re trying out something new, or if you’ve generally had trouble with matching makeup to your skin tone- you’re in luck; there are several YouTube and Instagram influencers who specifically work with darker skin tones and offer tutorials. You can also ask a friend for help.

9. Make The Most Out Of Your Concealer:

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While concealer is traditionally used to hide skin blemishes, it can also help make your eyes pop. Simply apply your favorite concealer under your eyes and to your eyebrows in a triangle

10. Makeup After Contact Lenses:

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This tip is universal but worth noting regardless of whether you are using contact lenses to help correct your vision or are opting for color contacts to make your eyes pop for a special occasion. Putting on your contacts last minute will inevitably lead to running makeup- and possibly even mascara smudged contact lenses.

11. Balance Your Eyes And Lips:

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Having both eye and lips pop can be overwhelming, which is why makeup artists focusing on one or the other. That doesn’t mean that your eyes can’t look stunning if you’re wearing a red or purple lipstick, but having your eyes pink at the same time, can be a bit too much at best, and may leave you looking like a clown at worst. To make sure you aren’t overdoing it, stick to accentuating either your eyes or your lips- especially if you are a beginner.

12. A Touch Of Bronzer Gives A Bright, Sun Kissed Look:

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Adding a little bit of bronzer can help your skin look fresh and sun kissed- even if your skin is naturally dark. Fortunately, there are several types of bronzers on the market that have been designed for darker skin. The key is remembering to blend the bronzer with your foundation for a smooth finish.

13. Add Primer To Enhance Your Eyeshadow:

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Whether you are going for a relaxed look or want to attract attention to your eyes, applying primer before your eyeshadow can help ensure that every shade looks its best.

14. Go Darker With Blush:

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If you have darker skin, you’ll need a darker blush color to get your “rosy” cheeks. You can also pay attention to your skin’s undertones and complement for a natural blush or contrast for a more dramatic look.

15. Find Your Lipstick Shades

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You can pull off almost any lipstick- including red- in the right shade. However, most experienced makeup artists will warn you away from frosty or glossy shades. For a fun and flirty daytime look, opt for chocolate, or peach shades.  For a more adventurous look, try gold, berry, or even purple.

16. Highlight Your Brows

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This is especially important if you have darker skin but lighter hair and eyebrows. Having your eyebrows disappear while the rest of your face is accentuated with makeup will definitely earn you a few questioning looks.

17. Combine Colors To Make Your Eyes Pop:

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Most expert makeup looks use several colors. Adding a light color around the edge of your eyes can make you look bright-eyed. Meanwhile adding a similar shade to the edge of your eyebrow can make your eyes look larger.

18. Take Time to Experiment:

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Most people who are “good at makeup” have spent time experimenting with different shades, colors, and techniques to find out what works- and what doesn’t. Giving yourself time to mess around with your makeup will not only sharpen your skills but can also lead to you discovering that a specific shade or color looks amazing with your skin tone. And, of course, you can always get ideas for your next party look or Halloween costume.

19. Keep Your Makeup Supplies Clean:

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Over time, your skin oil, dead skin cells, and extra pigment can build up on your makeup brush causing it to be less effective and leading to unpleasant breakouts. Meanwhile, unclean eyeshadow brushes can lead to eye infections. As a best practice, clean your brushes at least every few weeks- or every four months if you only use makeup once in a while. Your skin and your eyes will thank you!

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