The Right Type Of Makeup For Dark Skin

The Right Makeup for Dark Skin Tones

Harmini Asokumar by Harmini Asokumar on Aug 10, 2016

Unfortunately, makeup how-to’s aren’t universal. There simply aren’t enough makeup guides for darker skin tones! That’s why we set out to write one.

The trick, with any makeup for any skin tone, is to embrace your colouring and features. Hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?

Here’s how:

1 Know Your Undertone

Knowing the temperature of skin’s undertone helps you understand what colours will work best with your natural skin tone. The easiest way to find your skin’s undertone is by trying on gold and silver jewellery – they don’t have to be real, no one will know.

Skin undertone chart


If gold looks best on you, you most likely have warm undertones (think yellow, peach, and olive). If silver looks best on you, you probably have cool undertones (blue, pink, and purple). This will help you better shop for foundation, BB cream, and any tinted product.

2 Great Foundation is Good Foundation for Great Makeup

When looking for foundation, swatch the colour on your cheek towards the jawline. If it blends in with your natural skin colour, it’s the one for you. If there are two tones that are similar but one darker and the other slightly brighter, opt for the darker shade because you can always layer on face powder that’s lighter to even out the tones.

We like bareMinerals’ bareSkin® Pure Brightening Serum Foundation as it comes in 20 shades with similar shades in cool, to neutral, and warm! Plus, its lightweight formula really does feel like bare skin.

bareMinerals bareSkin® Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Mocha

bare minerals mocha foundation


Make sure to pair a powder with your foundation. Greasy skin tends to show up conspicuously on dark skin, so pat that shine away! bareMinerals’ Mineral veil will give you that same lightweight, translucent coverage with a warm tint.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil® in Tinted

bare minerals powder


3 Lipstick Tricks

When it comes to lip colours, experimenting is key! Pick out shades that you think would complement your skin tone and swatch the tester onto the back of your hand before purchasing it.

Darken skin baes should go bold with bright lips! Look for lippies with higher pigments (more saturated colour) for even coverage. When all else fails, go for red!

Mindy kalingWe also wrote about all the best reds for different skin tones here.

4 Eye Spy Some Drama

As with your lipsticks, go for highly pigmented colours that will stand out against your skin. Pick out tones such as bronze, gold, burgundy, and other warm colours that will really bring out your peepers.

Now we’re sure you’ve heard of Urban Decay’s Naked palette. But have you heard of its Maybelline dupe – all the pigment, similar colours, and less than one-third the price? You’re welcome.

Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette

Maybelline the nudes eyeshadow


5 Of Blushers & Bronzers

Brown beauties shouldn’t shy away from deep mauves, oranges, or reds. These colours might be too severe for fairer skin toes, but they will look gorgeous on darker skin tones.

Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Natural Beauty.

Tarte cheek stain


As for bronzer, it gives you that radiant glow that makes you look like a goddess. The shimmery bits illuminate your complexion and add that wow factor.

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