From the Vault: Makeup for Dark Skin Girls

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I got an email the other day from Tasha, 22 from Atlanta, GA asking what are the best makeup colors to flatter her deep chocolate skin. Well, Tasha,bright, vivid, pigmented hues combined with washes of neutral tones look beautiful on deeper skin tones. Now, don’t let the bright colors scare you, when perfectly pigmented, they give darker skin a healthy glow–not an 80s extreme look. Check out these pretty shades for skin, cheeks, eyes, and lips:


1. Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer $30 in Chocolate 18 at Sephora 2. Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer $30 in Ebony 20 at Sephora 3. Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette #4 $36 at Sephora

4. Make Up Forever Face & Body Liquid Foundation in Ebony 48 $38 at Sephora (The secret is all in this top-selling formula. This waterproof, ultra-light, water-based gel contains no emulsifiers and provides a totally natural, satin finish. Ideal for normal skin-types as well as for fine lines and large pores. Gives skin a uniform tone without accentuating imperfections. A makeup artist’s favorite.)

5. Make Up Forever Liquid Lift Foundation in Cognac 17 $41 at Sephora (This extremely light fluid imparts an instant “tightening ” effect that smoothes fine lines and wrinkles as it tones and refreshes the complexion. Excellent for dry and mature skin types, the finish is natural and glowing.)

6. Becca Stick Foundation in Walnut $38 at 7.Becca Stick Foundation in Chocolate $38 at 8. Becca Stick Foundation in Molasses $38 at 9. Becca Stick Foundation in Espresso $38 at 10. Becca Fine Loose Finishing Powder in Nutmeg $39 at 11. Becca Fine Loose Finishing Powder in Cocoa $39 at 12. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NW50 $21 at MAC

13. MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NW55 $28.50 at MAC (A tri-system blend of water, emollients and powder. Looks solid, glides on as a soft, creamy emulsion. Provides a natural matte, powder-perfect finish. Smooth to blend, easy to work with: provides a full range of coverage. Water-cooled – refreshes and hydrates skin. Light diffusing: softens lines, creates a fresh, flawless finish. Good on all skin types. Studio Tech is dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, non-acnegenic and safe for contact lens wearers.)

14. NARS Blush in Exhibit A $25 at Sephora 15. NARS Blush in Gilda $25 at Sephora 16. NARS Blush in Taj Mahal $25 at Sephora 17. NARS Blush in Crazed $25 at Sephora 18. MAC Blush in Frankly Scarlet $17.50 at MAC 19. MAC Blush in Fever $17.50 at MAC 20. NARS Eyeshadow in Can Can $22 at Sephora 21. NARS Eyeshadow in Fuji $22 at Sephora 22. NARS Eyeshadow in Lulu $22 at Sephora 23. MAC Eyeshadow in Embark $14 at MAC 24. MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso $14 at MAC 25. MAC Eyeshadow in Humid $14 at MAC 26. MAC Lipgelee in Mega $14 at MAC 27. MAC Lipglass in Desire $14 at MAC 28. MAC Lipstick in Full Fucshia $14 at MAC 29. NARS Lip Laquer in Zou Zou $24 at MAC 30. MAC Lustreglass in Decorative $14 at MAC 31. MAC Lip Pencil in Chestnut and Vino $12.50 at MAC

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

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  3. Patrice says:

    Thank you SO much for this. Didn’t realize how many options we dark skin girls have when it comes to makeup!

  4. This is really good specially for us who has dark skin. I must share it with my beautician so she can get the more options for makeup from your post. Thanks!

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