For the Women Of Color

African American

Not only do I get a lot of questions about make up for Asian women,I also get quite a few questions about make up for African Amercian women(specifically for darker complexion). Here are just some suggestions/tips that will lead you to the right direction for make up that best suits your skintone.

Instead of going to a drugstore for foundation,go to a department store make up counter. A lot of drugstore brands don’t offer many color choices for darker skinned women. Department store make up counters offer wide ranges of foundation colors & the make up artist/sales associate will be more than happy to help you find the perfect shade for you. Plus,you get to test out the product before hand instead of guessing when it comes to drugstore foundations.

Eye shadow
Color was made for you! Don’t be scared,experiment with different colors. I find that when doing make up for Ebony women,bright colors look amazing(especially greens & purples). If colorful looks aren’t your thing & want to wear colors that are more subtle,choose dark brown,copper,burgundy,beige,and plum tones.

If your wanting a dash of color on your cheeks,try red,burgundy,brown/bronze & pink tones. The darker your skintone is,the more blush you will have to apply on your cheeks in order for the color to show up. Also,if you want to contour your cheeks,jawline or nose,use a matte dark brown color (like an eyeshadow).

Try to avoid fire red,bright or orange-y lips. Instead,try colors in dark plum,red with blue undertones,dark mocha & berry.


I always get asked questions about how to do eye make up for Asian women. I found that there aren’t enough “how to” eye make up guides for Asian women on the web. This hits home seeing how my mom is Asian as well & she always ask me about eye make up. Here are just a few tips that I’ve learned and use that will help all my Asian beauties;

– Look for foundations and concealers that have have a yellow undertone. Since, asians have yellow undertones, this will ensure that your foundation will look natural.

– Shades that really compliments Asian women are plum, peaches, orange, pastel, & caramel tones. You aren’t just subjected to these colors. Experiment with different colors & see what shades look best on you.

– I’ve noticed that some Asian women don’t have a crease. This is what I call a mono-lid. The best way to apply eyeshadow on your lid is to do it by making a “rainbow” effect. Apply a dark shade all over your lid blending up. Then, apply a medium shade(which will also reduce a puffy looking eye) right above the dark shade blending the edges together. Lastly,apply a light shade as a highlight color. Finish off the look with mascara (don’t forget to curl those lashes & eyeliner on the lower lashline or waterline is optional). The key to this look is to blend.

– Another good way of applying eye make up on a monolid is to do the side by side method. Apply a light/medium shade on the inner v (inner lid of your eye) & then, apply a dark shade on your outer v (outer lid of your eye). Finish off with a light highlight color on the browbone & mascara &/or eyeliner.

– Smokey eyes look amazing on exotic looking eyes. For the simplest smokey eye,apply a thick line of black eyeliner (preferably pencil since it smudges easily) on your top lashline. Take a smudge brush (or your finger) & smudge it upward on your lid. Then,apply a dark eyeshadow (it doesn’t have to just be black, try a dark blue or purple) all over the eyeliner.

– Also try doing a lighter version of the smokey eye but, instead of using dark eyeshadow, try a brown eyeshadow for a more daytime look. You can also substitute the black eyeliner for brown.

– And lastly, if your lashes are stubborn, don’t want to curl,& you don’t feel like fooling with mascara? Try false eyelashes! They are tricky at first but, practice makes perfect. Once you get the hang of them, falsies may become your new best friend.

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