Makeup and cosmetics

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Makeup as in cosmetics is the art to enhance or alter the appearance of the face or body. Years back, It was a big challenge for black, brown or dark-skinned women living in the western world to have access to cosmetics, and if they did they hardly had any options. The industry did not cater for dark skin.

So! Here we are getting closer and closer to finding the right makeup and cosmetics for dark skin. For years, we have been mixing two to three foundations to get the right tone, trying out different eye shadows that were not pigmented enough to blend with our skin tone. The days of frustration and spending a lot of money on products that don’t work are slowing coming to an end. Nowadays, it has become a bit easier to find cosmetic products that actually work for us.

Before buying cosmetics we need to know our skin type, texture, tone, and undertone.

Note: If you have skin problems see a dermatologist before considering using makeup. Wrong makeup can contribute to more damage than help.

Our skin tone: Is the color of the surface. It can change with the weather, health condition and the sun (suntan). We can have the same skin color as someone else but have a different skin undertone. We already see that amongst our family members and friends. Same skin color but different undertones. So! what is undertone and why so important?

Our skin undertone: Is the color of the skin underneath the surface of the skin you see. You can say your skin has two colors a surface color and an under the surface (undertone) color. The undertone skin tone affects your overall glow. The undertone skin color never changes, it is always the same, and that is very important to know when selecting foundations and concealers.

How can you tell your skin undertone?

Skin undertones are divided into three categories, warm, cool and neutral. This cart can help you.

Cool Warm Neutral
When the veins under your wrist are blue/purple. When the veins under your wrist are green. When the color of veins under your wrist is uncertain
Your undertones are Pink and beige and you get a sunburn quickly. Your undertone

is Gold, and yellow.

Your undertone is neutral.

Mostly your undertone and skin tone look the same, and you get a quick tan.

You can wear silver jewelry very well. You can wear gold jewelry very well. You can wear bronze and metal jewelry very well
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TIP: Knowing your undertone is a big step in finding the right foundation color, concealer, lipstick, and eye shadow, especially when shopping online.

Primer

A primer acts as a barrier between your skin and a foundation. It’s mainly used to even out the skin tone, blemishes, smooth out the skin, and helps the makeup last longer. Some foundations have a primer and concealer build in the formula. There are different types of primers for the face, eyelids, lips, and lashes.

Foundation

In the age of the internet, we all shop online. In the comfort of our home or just relaxing somewhere, we go online and get the best products for the best price. Shopping for the right foundation is a challenge, especially if we are not sure about our skin tone/undertone is. So Let’s get down to it and find the right foundation shade. If you are shopping online.

Which foundation? Do the test.

  • Know your skin texture (oily, dry, combination or sensitive)  Skin care regimen for every day
  • For oily skin, you probably need a water-based foundation, which includes some skincare formulas and has a Matt finish.
  • For dry skin, you probably need an oil-based or moisturizing foundation.
  • For combination skin is best to use water-based products.
  • For sensitive and problematic skin, you are best to use hypoallergenic and water-based products.
  • Decide which type of foundation you need, a full coverage (that hides spots and dark circles) or a lightweight to just even out.
  • Consider the time of the year. If you are out in the sun to make sure you choose a light formula with SPF 30plus foundation.
  • In the winter,  and out to a party or at work for long hours, you probably need a long-lasting 8 hour plus foundation.
  • Read the information about the texture of the foundation, the color name and its finish, the more you are informed about the product the most likely you will get it right.

Still, not sure: you can go into a store and try some shades. Take the one you use with you. If you are not sure it is always safe to use a shade lighter than your tone.

Concealer

Concealer is a color corrector usually thicker than a foundation. It is used for covering age spots, blemishes, dark areas and circles under the eyes and other uneven areas on the face. Concealers come in pots, sticks, and liquid. They are also used as a high lighter and for contouring.  It is one of the most important products to have along with the foundation and primer.

Application:

  • Apply after your foundation and before a primer. Primer – foundation – concealer.
  • Some concealer is applied before a foundation, like under the eye wrinkle coverage concealer.
  • After applying the foundation, use a sponge to apply a concealer where needed, and blend in to create a flawless natural look.
  • Concealer is also applied as a foundation for eye shadow.
  • If your skin looks good on a given day, you may go without using a concealer or primer.
  • Make sure the concealer is no more than one to two shades lighter than your foundation, and of the same texture to have an easy blend.

Tip: apply an eye moisturizer before putting the concealer since the skin underneath the eye is very thin and sensitive, and it would lubricate.

Translucent Powder

It is a finishing powder, that you apply after the foundation and before you put on the blush. It is used to get rid of any shine and helps the makeup last longer. We usually carry the powder with us.

For dark skin, powders come in the shades light, sand, medium and clay. Choose a shade that is close to your foundation.

Eyes and Brows

Eye cosmetics are the most important part of the makeup process. Thousands of products are used to enhance, emphasize the beauty and add volume to the size of the eye include mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, and eyebrow cosmetics.

The eyeliner pencil: Has been used for centuries. It is easy to use and gives the eye a more natural look. It is also used for blending to create a smoky look and drama eye. If you choose a pencil to make sure it is creamy, anything else can irritate the eye or injure you.

Eye liquid liner: This is a more precise procedure and requires a steady hand. It is to create an intense dramatic look. It should have a felt tip or thin brush applicator, waterproof and long-lasting. For those who want a precise line, liquid liner is the answer.

Mascara: With mascara, you can darken, thicken, lengthen and define eyelashes. Shopping for mascara can be challenging for sensitive eyes, in this case, I would recommend buying mascara for sensitive eyes.

Brows: When it comes to brows, there is always a new trend. Regardless of the trend, your brows should suit you and bring your eyes and face to its beauty. Always use the natural line as your guide. If you have difficulty doing so consult a beauty stylist and have them professionally waxed. Once you have guidance, you will be able to do it yourself. Fill in your brows with a brow pencil (not black).

lips

Lips just like the face require special care. Take the time to exfoliate your lips and apply lip balsam every day sometimes throughout the day. If you tend to have dry lips, use Lipsticks that have a moisturizing formula like aloe vera and shea butter.  Some lipstick has sunscreen and exfoliating ingredients.

You can use as many lipsticks with different shades in one go. For example: use a lip pencil to outline the lip, use one shade for the outer part of the lips and a lighter color in the middle, this way you have different colors creating one amazing lip color.

Hygiene: When trying makeup in the store. Unless cleaned in front of you, do not use store tests on your face. Put some on the skin that is between your thumb, your wrist and upper hand (that is usually close to your face tune). Then read the shade name. Companies use different numbers and different shade names.

Stay tuned: Recommended products coming soon.

If you have any question please do not hesitate to leave a comment below. Thank you

This post contains affiliate links.

patsunblackhairfashionandstyle is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com, hence I make a commission when you use the affiliate link.

When you buy something from these websites, I may receive an affiliate commission.
These are my opinions and are not representative of the companies that create these products. My reviews are based on my personal own experience and research.
I never recommend poor quality products or create false reviews to make sales.
It is my intention to explain products so you can make an informed decision on which ones suit your needs best.”

 

Author: Patricia.K

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