Women of African-American origin or black women often find it difficult to get their makeup right. The trouble starts with the choice of right cosmetic for their skin tones. In the past, not many cosmetic companies specialized in products that were exclusively meant for black women. Therefore, they had to put up with cosmetics that looked unnatural upon them. However, nowadays, there are quite a few companies which cater to the needs of black women.
Natural makeup for black women start with identifying one’s skin undertone. It is not justified to label all black women as ‘women with dark brown skin’, as there are several shades of browns and even beige, which account for ‘dark skin.’ Thus, your first step would be to identify your skin tone and the undertone. Most black women have blue undertone, however, those with lighter skin color may have pink or gold undertone.
Once you get your skin tone right, the next step is to shop for the right cosmetics. Choosing a correct foundation is a basic and one of the most important natural makeup ideas. You need to choose a foundation that perfectly blends with your skin. You have an option of choosing a foundation in the form of liquid, gel, cream or stick. Yellow based foundations look best for black women as they complement the skin undertone. Now apply the following tips:
TIP #1: Remember to Moisturize your skin
A common mistake that many makeup wearers make in their beauty routine is applying foundation too soon after applying moisturizer. The key is to give your moisturizer a few extra minutes to completely absorb into your skin. Otherwise, you might end up with streaky-looking makeup.
TIP#2: Take the time to prime
A primer may add an additional step to your makeup routine, but it will go a long way to ensure that your foundation looks flawless because it turns your skin into a perfectly smooth surface. If you have skin concerns like redness, dullness or uneven pigmentation, a colour correcting primer helps even out your tone for a shade that ultimately looks truer.
TIP #3: Start With Just a Little Product
Start by dotting your foundation onto your face in areas where you want coverage and then reassess as you apply to see where you need to build the product. This will provide you a more natural looking finish instead of layering too much product onto your skin.The goal is to only apply foundation where you need it, so that your skin still looks like skin. And let’s face it: there’s nothing worse than ending up with a face caked in foundation.
TIP#4: Work from the inside out
Concentrate the foundation in the center of your face where redness and blemishes tend to be more problematic. Apply just a dab of foundation on each side of your nose, and in the center of your forehead and chin, then blend outward. “After it is all blended in, pinpoint any other areas of the face where blemishes are visible and apply an additional light layer of foundation in those specific areas,” advises Clinique Colour Pro Florrie White.
TIP#5: Don’t rub.
Whether you’re using a foundation brush (synthetic bristles are best) or your fingertips, applying it in a stippling motion, which means gently tapping it into your skin. Avoid any wiping or rubbing motions because that will only push it around and cause streaks. “I like to press foundation gently into the skin. The warmth of the fingertips helps to make the skin and foundation melt together and appear as one,” says Florrie. Another option: The densely packed bristles of the Foundation Buff Brush gently buffs foundation into skin and can be used with liquid, powder, cream or stick formulas.
TIP #6 Don’t forget your ears!
Often overlooked, your ears are a part of your face, too. If you’re prone to red lobes, lightly sweep your foundation brush over them so that they blend in with the rest of your face.
TIP #7: Set Your Foundation
To lock it in and make sure it stays on through whatever the day throws at you, you’ll need to set it in place. Two options that’ll never disappoint are the NYX Professional Makeup SFX Setting Powder and Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray.