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Makeup Tips For Black Women: The Basics

Updated on August 17, 2014

While there are a lot of beauty blogs all over the internet, there are not many tailormade to provide makeup tips for black women. Most of the time women of color are led to believe that they have to do all the guesswork by themselves.

However, women of African-American origin or "black women" finds it very hard to find the right makeup for their skin type. Usually the problem begins with the their skin tones. Up until recently not many cosmetic companies cared to specialize in products meant for black women. Well, look no further, as this article will give you just what you need.

Skin Care For Black Women

Skincare....The Most Important Makeup Tip

Skincare, for ANY woman is very important. Cleansing and moisturizing your skin will set the mood for you canvas....your face. Here are some skincare tips for black women and your ever changing skin....

Cleanse Sparingly
If you are a darker skinned woman, like I am, you should cleanse once a day. Washing your face too much can strip the moisture from your skin, leaving a chalky or "ashy" appearance. Choose a cleanser and not a soap. Soap will leave a build up and dry out your skin. Think of it like this when you remove soap from your soap dish, you will see a wax build up on the soap dish, that's what you are putting on your skin. So, stay away from soap!

Moisturize Daily
Moisturizing is another essential part of your skincare routine. Dark skin is notoriously dry, so a thick and emollient moisturizer should be applied several times a day. Choose a moisturizer that contains glycerin, urea, hyaluronic acid or dimethicone, this is recommended by the University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program; however, those containing alphahydroxy or vitamin A should be avoided due to their irritating nature. If you prefer natural moisturizers, consider those made with shea butter and coconut oil.

Wear Sunscreen
Even though theres extra melanin in our skin, to protects us for getting sunburned and maybe skin cancer, but according to the Skin Cancer Foundation those with dark skin are even more susceptible to the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. Its extremely important that you make sunscreen apart of you skincare routine. Apply sunscreen before you put on your makeup in the morning and protect you entire body when you're heading outdoors. Don't assume that because you have dark skin, you're protected from sun damage.

Do Black Women Need Suncreen?

There's a myth going around suggesting black women don't need sunscreen. Well that's UNTRUE! The damage by UVA/UVB rays are just as harmful to our skin and as well as fair skin women. Dermatologists suggest we wear a moisturizer with SPF every day of the week, no matter what. Here are a few of my favorite sunscreen makeup available on the market today.

Choosing The Right Foundation

One of the differences between makeup for black women and makeup for lighter skin women is the underlying tones that the skin is made of. According to, Each tone type will react differently depending on how the cosmetic product was created. While some shades will enhance your natural beauty, others will leave your skin looking ashy, pale and chalky.

One makeup tip for black women of darker skin, stay away from makeup that's too light and made up of a mixture of pinks and peaches. It took me years to find the perfect foundation for my skin complexion, and its a good idea to experiment with different brands and ranges. Please see my recommendations below....

How To Apply Makeup for Women of Color

You Need Eyeshadow Palettes Like These....

Eye Makeup Tips For Black Women

If you want great eye makeup, here are a few tips to help....

  • Keep your undertones in mind while selecting the right eye shadow for yourself.
  • For warm complexions, African American eye makeup that ranges between orange and honey, to rust and cinnamon will be the most flattering.
  • For cooler complexions, shades of blue, purple, and pink are excellent for African American eye makeup.
  • When it comes to eyeliner, the best colors to accentuate your African American eye makeup are browns and brown-black mascara.
  • Metallic colors such as those offered by bareMinerals will give a glamorous shine to your eyes.
  • Use makeup designed for African American skin to get the best results. Search large cosmetic stores such as Sephora and Macys for makeup lines dedicated to women of color. However, don't disregard some brands, such as Molton Brown, which cater to all skin types.
  • Always wear African American eye makeup that you like. Wearing eye shadow or liner just because everyone else likes it won't do, especially since makeup should satisfy you and not the world.

Lipstick Tips For Black Women

My Fave Lipsticks and Lip Gloss From CoverGirl Queen Collection....

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      Valerie Washington 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Very good hub. You do see more and more beauty products geared toward our skin color. I remember growing up and everything kind of had a red hue to it. Much better now.