Beauty Tips For Dark Skin Tones

September 17, 2014

Are you often out of ideas when it comes to making your darker skin pop? Many specialised products and even internet forums promote tips which are often too good to be true – until now! Here are just a few ways you can use makeup to enhance your beautiful dark skin tone.

Powder foundation

If your skin doesn’t need too much concealing, switch up your standard liquid foundation for powder instead. Not only does it apply better on the skin, but it won’t clog your pores and will leave your skin looking dewy and gorgeous.


Use a cream illuminator to carve out those cheekbones and bring a subtle glow to your face. The best way to make this look natural is to pat the product into the skin with your fingers, since this will avoid those dreaded dry patches from appearing.

Set your makeup

You might find that your skin is much oiler and difficult to control if your foundation has been on all day long. Set your makeup with a powder every few hours to control the shine on your forehead, the sides of the nose, cheeks and chin. You can also set your makeup with a fine mist – perfect to carry in your handbag if you’re constantly on-the-go.


Keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant by moisturising every night before bed. Invest in a hydrating formula which will keep your skin nourished while you sleep. Look out for products with retinoids which also help against acne, discolouration and wrinkles.

Frosted eyeshadows

If you want to invest in just one high-end eyeshadow kit, the best option is either neutrals or frosted shades. These colours look beautiful on a darker skin tone since they draw the attention to the eyes, and create a multitude of day and night looks to suit any occasion.

Red lips

Avoid contrasting colours such as pale or nude lipsticks which will only wash out your skin tone. Nude lip colours should be darker than your natural skin colour, since anything lighter will only look like you’ve applied concealer all over your lips! Choose dark colours such as plum, red and wine which will create a saucy night time look!

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