Women of color have some unique situations that impact the way they use and apply makeup. Many
African American women actually avoid makeup completely, with lipstick and foundation being the
most popular cosmetics for women of color. Although too much makeup certainly takes away from
the natural exotic beauty of ebony skins, a little enhancement will help all bring out their best
Ebony Beauty Skin
Black skintones come in a large variety of colors. Current research has found up to thirty-nine recognized variations of color for darker skins with only ten found in white skins. This large variety is a major component in finding the best types of makeup for ebony beauty. Darker skins simply can’t follow the same standard colors created for white skins.
Even with the large amount of dark skin shades, black skin can be broken into three main
The darkest of ebony skins tends to have a strong grey or reddish undertone. This skin color
formula is best with makeup colors that are primary hues of red, mauve and magenta.
Most dark skins fall into the middle category with a medium color tone. The makeup shades
most beneficial for these colors are shades with red and blue undertones.
Colored skins that fall into the light category are mostly yellow and olive shades. The best
makeup colors follow into an earthier palette.
When selecting a foundation for an ebony beauty, it is important to match the skin color exactly.
Avoid trying to change the color of your skin through your makeup.
Finding the Perfect Shade
Whether your skin is dark or light, the only way to truly find the best match is by testing a variety
of colors. Foundation should match your neck color to avoid the fake line along your jaw. Visit a
local makeup counter and place stripes of foundation colors from your cheek down to your jaw.
Then take these tiger stripes for a walk outside. Some black skins cause makeup to oxidize, so
let the foundation set for at least twenty minutes then check the colors in natural light. Don’t be
in a hurry to buy; taking the time to select the best foundation color is the more important ebony
beauty decision you can make.
Another unique factor with dark skins is the seasonal impact; some darker skinned women don’t
realize the impact the sun has on their skin color. As sunlight does change the shade and
undertones of many dark skins, some will need two different foundation colors, one for the
summer and another for the winter (and don't forget to protect against harmful UV rays as well).
No matter what the color of your skin, there are three main skin types: oily, normal and dry.
When selecting a foundation, keep your skin type in mind. Oilier skins will need a more matte
finish, while dry skins look best with a dewy shimmer foundation. Normal skins can use
something in between. Sheer makeup is best for a clear complexion as it allows the most
Almost everyone would like to hide their "imperfections". For this reason, an important makeup
for ebony beauty is the cover stick. Basically a thicker makeup stick designed to cover up
imperfections, women with darker skin tones can use them to hide anything from a
to a variation in skin tone color.
Many women of color avoid powder, but there are some advantages. If your skin is oily, powder
can help control the shine. Powder also sets makeup to keep it from sliding off your face
throughout the day.
If your skin is oily or you want your makeup to last longer, consider using powder. For the
best in ebony beauty, dark translucent powders are your choice. As powders typically offer a
smaller selection of colors, dark skins have a harder time finding a good match. By utilizing
a translucent powder, the actual color is less important, and finding a compatible shade is easier.
A small tint of blush can bring instant life to dark skin. Look for deep and rich colors that also
share the same hues as your lipstick. Apply a small hint of color during the day, adding more
for the evening. Frosty colors can add glamour on dark skin for a special event. If you prefer,
consider using bronzers. Who doesn't love the dewy look? If you find it works on your skintone,
then try it! You may like what you see.
Most eye makeup tips are effective for all types of skin color.
- Ebony Eyes
Another enticing look for ebony eyes is our article on Smoky Eye Makeup.
Eyebrows are also an important part of the ebony. In darker skins, much like other
skintones, eyebrows can be either - bushy and dark along, or sparse and lost on the face. For
those extra strong eyebrows, Eyebrow Shaping can be an important beauty enhancement.
In turn, sparse eyebrows on an ebony beauty can be almost completely invisible. By simply filling
in your eyebrows, you can provide a wonderful lift to your whole eye area.
The absolute best feature on an ebony beauty is her lips. Naturally full lips and white teeth are
inherent characteristics of women of color. The best shades of lipstick for dark skins are beige,
yellow, yellowish brown and blue undertones. Depending on your preference, full lips can be
managed using foundation to cover the surface of the lip. This will even out the skin color,
allowing you to draw a lip line with liner and filling in with color.