Makeup Tips for Dark Skin

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 | Tips & How-Tos

Makeup Tips for Dark Skin

The key to applying makeup to very tan or dark skin tones is to play with matte and shiny color 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, like 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup, to help give your complexion that flawless, matte look.


Highlight cheekbones with a blush rich in earthy tones, like Pür Minerals’ Universal Marble Powder in Spice, which combines pigments of cinnamon, copper and pearl.


Eye shadows (link no longer available) 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 with a little shimmer (but steer clear of too-bright tones or pastels that will look iridescent against dark skin).


Skip the red, orange or bright pink lipsticks and glosses, which can look washed out. Nude pinks and beiges, pearl and honey tints and deep, berry shades all look great with dark skin and dark hair.