Being a Women of Color, I have experienced a lot of heartache when choosing foundations. My foundations are either too light, too dark, too ashy, too SOMETHING. But my biggest problem is finding companies that carry my shade at all. Even though it is 2017, there are still companies that do not carry a diversity of shades or tones. To make matters worse, many vegan and cruelty-free lines do not even bother to add deeper colors, leaving Women and Men of Color little to no choice but to use foundations created funky chemicals.
But does that mean there aren’t ANY companies making shades for Women and Men of Color? OF COURSE THEY ARE!
Below are 20 companies I have researched or used that I believe have a lovely selection of shades to fit anyone and everyone.
* = VEGAN-FRIENDLY
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Bronzers are an amazing product. You can use them as a blush, a contouring powder, a highlighter, or even as eyeshadow. However, some bronzers on the market are not designed for Women (and Men) of Color. These bronzers tend to be too light causing an ashy appearance on darker skintones.
These bronzers listed below are for darker-skinned beauties looking for a fresh look this Spring and Summer.
* = VEGAN-FRIENDLY
- Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer SPF 15 in Bikini Contest ($4)
- Colourpop Bronzer Bronze Me ($8) *
- Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce ($9)
- Shea Moisture Illuminating Mineral Bronzer ($15)
- W3LL People Bio Bronzer ($22)
- Lily Lolo Bronzer in Honolulu ($26) *
- Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed ($28) *
- TARTE Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Hotel Heiress ($30) *
- Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer ($30) *
- 100% Pure Cocoa Pigment Bronzer Cocoa Glow ($35) *
You are all done with applying your makeup. Everything is looking great, but you want to keep it that way as long as possible. A great way to keep your makeup in its place is grab your handy-dandy setting spray! Each spray is slightly different from each other but most will soften your complexion, hydrate your skin, or mattify oily skin.
With a great primer and setting spray, you are all set to go!
- Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $30 Vegan. All Skin Types.
- Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 $36 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
- Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 $28 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
- Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus™ Setting Spray $4.99 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
- Jane Iredale Pommisst HYDRATION SPRAY $29.00 Vegan. All Skin Types.
Clay masks are not only relaxing but provide beneficial effects to help your skin if apply weekly. I aim to do my masks every Saturday in the morning for a nice wake-up treat~
How to create the perfect mask:
- Grab your ingredients!
- Add your ingredients–the goal is to make a paste. It shouldn’t too runny. Add clay, water, oil and your add-on ingredients slowly to find the perfect consistency.
- Apply your mask–apply with your hands or with an old foundation brush for a less messy application. Make sure to get into those hard to reach places but avoid the delicate eye area. APPLY THE PASTE THICKLY!
- Wait–Do not allow the mask to completely dry, especially if you have dry skin. Anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes should be enough time for the clay to do it’s thing.
- Finally, rinse with luke warm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer for healthy skin.
Have you ever taken a photo and realized you look lighter or ashy? Well, you have experience what is known as the “flashback”. While you might have looked flawless earlier, the camera’s flash will show color differentiations. For any chocolate beauties out there, you know the reason behind the flashback is using either too light of a foundation and/or no-color/translucent setting powder.
While no-color/translucent powders are described to match all skintones, the reality is these powders are meant for lighter skin complexions. The powder is usually pearly white. Thus when blended onto deeper skintones, the natural chocolate tones will appear from under the white cast.
But do not get discouraged! A simple way to fix this is to purchase finishing or setting powders that are tinted, but yet sheer enough so your foundation color is left unchanged.
Below are some great setting powders to try for all shades within the spectrum.
1. Everyday Minerals Bronzed Finishing Dust $15.00 VEGAN.
2. KOYVOCA Classic Setting Powder $12.00 VEGAN.
- Light – a neutral warm light brown
- Medium – a neutral warm medium brown
- Medium-Deep – a neutral warm brown
- Deep – a neutral warm dark brown
3. Cover FX Blotting Powder $24.00 VEGAN.
- Light – Completely sheer with a hint of warmth
- Medium – Completely sheer with a hint of warmth
- Deep – Completely sheer with a hint of tint for deeper skintones
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder $34.00 VEGAN.
- Naked Light
- Naked Medium Light
- Naked Medium
- Naked Medium Dark
- Naked Dark
5. Milani Multitasker Face Powder $6.99
- Light Medium- Light/Medium Light Skintone with Neutral or Yellow Undertones
- Medium- Medium Skintone with Neutral Undertone
- Light Tan- Medium to Medium/Deep Skintone with Olive Undertone
- Tan- Medium Deep Skintone with Neutral or Pink Undertones
- Medium Tan- Deep Skintone with Golden or Olive Undertones
- Dark Tan-
Now that I am recharged from my Hong Kong trip, I wanted to discuss cheek color for us Black and Brown Babes!
Unlike lip color, coordinating your undertone to your blush color isn’t necessary. While you CAN match your undertone to your blush, just having an idea of your skintone is all you need to find the perfect color for you.
Because we are deeper in color, our blush should be brighter and bolder to stand out against our skin. If it is too light, the color can make you like clown-like and frankly, childish.
As the guideline follows:
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In the world of color-correcting concealers, Green is the #1 color. But why green? Well, most people from all walks of life might experience those annoying little red dots called pimples from time to time. In my case, I usually have one per week–so when I want to cover the redness, I pull out my handy green concealer.
Color-correcting concealers are great when flesh-tone concealers aren’t enough to give you a flawless look. As seen in my previous article about orange concealers, green concealers are great to have in your makeup bag when you have to neutralize red-based discoloration; either from acne or rosacea.
If you decide to try a color-correcting concealer, apply it before your foundation. This helps neutralize the redness. After applying your base, apply your flesh-tone concealer. Make sure you blend like crazy! You do not want the green to appear from under your foundation.
Now onto formula! Most concealers come in liquid or cream form but there are color-correcting primers and powders too. I personally like cream concealers. I use a concealer brush and apply how much product I want to apply. If you have larger areas of redness, I find green primers or powders to be better since they cover greater areas.
1. Want a cream? Try Orglamix Instant Clarity Concealer $15.00
2. Want a powder? Try Everyday Minerals Mint Jojoba Color Corrector $9.00
3. Want a wand? Try NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand $5.00
4. Want a primer? Try Mineral Fusion Color Correcting Primer $28.99
5. Want a stick? Try City Color Color Correcting Stick $5.99
UNDERTONE. UNDERTONE. UNDERTONE. I can’t say this enough but it is so important to know your undertone. Your undertone, unlike your skintone, is a constant “color” behind your skin. With that said, while your skintone is easy to identify, finding your undertone is tricky.
YOUR SKINTONE DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN YOU KNOW YOUR UNDERTONE. Just because you are darker, doesn’t mean you are warm!
However, there are five different find your undertone.
*= These tests amy be difficult to perform if you have a deeper skintone.
- White Test
- Grab a piece of white paper or dress and try to stand in front of a white background. Make sure the surroundings have natural light and you aren’t wearing makeup. Stand in the mirror and examine yourself. If you feel like you have a yellow tint to you, you are warm. If you look pinky, you are cool. If nothing seems to stand out, you are most likely neutral.
- Silver or Gold Test
- Get a piece of jewelry. If silver, looks amazing on you then you are cool. If gold makes you shine, then you are warm. If nothing happens, you are neutral. Try to wear both gold and silver at the same time to look at the differences.
- Skin Sun Reaction*
- While this test might not determine your undertone since most darker skin individuals do not burn easily, the rule goes warm undertones tend to tan easily, while cool understones burn very easily. Neutral individuals tan well but can burn if they are exposed to the sunlight too long.
- Again this test is hard to find out your undertone. The darker you are, the harder it is to look at the color of your veins. But if you detect the color the rule follows: Green veins=warm; blue veins=cool; both colors=neutral.
- Sephora Color IQ
- If ALL fails, go to your nearest makeup counter. I love Sephora’s COLOR IQ because it is backup with science. They will placed a little device on your cheek and forehead. 30 seconds later you get a number. That number tells you your skintone and undertone to help you find the proper foundation shade. My summer color is 2Y12. My winter shade is 2Y11.
The saying “practice makes perfect” can be (and should be!) said when applying your makeup. Remember, it takes time to master. Even professional makeup artists can make mistakes. However, they live and learn. You should as well! I make mistakes all the time. But I try again and again until I find a method or product that works for ME.
- Black Eyebrows
- I know most women, particularly Black women, have naturally dark brown to black hair. So why not reach for that black eyebrow pencil? Don’t do it! Black eyebrow pencils are just too harsh looking. Instead, get a pencil that is brown for a more natural-looking eyebrow.
- Wrong Color
- Wrong color! We all have been there. What Black women struggle with is finding the right foundation shade. Many usually use two shades to blend to create an even skintone. But like I said before, you have to understand your skin. Skintone and undertone must be considered to find the right color. However, this can be expanded to choosing wrong lip color or blush. Usually it is choosing colors that are too light. Again, understand your skintone and undertone to avoid looking washed out or older.
- A Little Goes a Long Way
- This isn’t a “Black woman” thing but might as well add it here. A little goes a long way. You are naturally beautiful and cosmetics, in my opinion, should be use to bring out your confidence. So heavy, cakey makeup will only make you look older and cover-up the external beauty you have.