Makeup Tips for Dark Skin

Thursday, March 12, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos, application tips

The key to applying makeup to very tan or dark skin tones is to play with matte and shiny colour to highlight certain features and play down others. Here are a few simple beauty tips from Pür Minerals to help you create a gorgeous look in minutes.

Avoid using liquid foundations and oil-based powders, which can make your face appear shiny. Instead, use a pressed formula foundation in a shade that matches your skin tone to help give your complexion that flawless, matte look. 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup—Pür Minerals oil-free foundation, powder and concealer with SPF 15—provides maximum coverage and a smooth, even skin tone in 10 colour-correct shades. Click here to determine your 4-in-1 shade.

Highlight cheekbones with a blush in rich, earthy tones like mauve or dusty pink. Designed toCocoaTopazSpice

complement all skin tones, Pür Minerals new Universal Marble Powder in Spice combines pigments of cinnamon, copper and pearl works especially well with tan- to dark-complected women of color.

Eye shadows in hues of gold, bronze and burgundy are perfect for accentuating the eyes. You may also want to try softer notes of amber and rose. A little shimmer will look lovely, but steer clear of too-bright tones or pastels that will look iridescent against dark skin. For a chic, natural look, try an eyeliner pencil in a deep, brown shade, such as 3-in-1 Universal Pencil in Cocoa Topaz. This gorgeous, chocolate hue lines and defines eyes, lips and brows all in one.

Skip the red, orange or bright pink lipsticks and glosses, they will wash you out. Nude pinks and beiges, pearl and honey tints and deep, berry shades all look great with dark skin and dark hair. Here are a few of our favorite lip colours for dark skin: Mineral Shea Butter Lipsticks in Cocoa Quartz, Black Amethyst and Bronze and Pout Plumping Lip Glosses in Pearl Crème, Copper Canyon and Golden Calcite.