What is the best make-up look for black skins this summer?

What is the best make-up look for black skins this summer?

I was having an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who is a make-up artist. I really wanted to have her opinion on what the latest make-up trends are and here are the 4 options she gave me.

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ROSE-GOLD EYESHADOW AND ROSE LIPS

  • Apply an eyeshadow base with a neutral or soft pink tone
  • Use a soft burnt orange colour as a transition colour through the crease
  • Apply rose gold shimmer throughout the lid
  • Apply dark brown to the outer corner of the eyes to smoke it out
  • Apply black liquid or gel liner
  • Apply mascara to lashes and add strip lashes if you desire for this look
  • A bold pink lipstick or lipgloss

Classic red lip with black eyeliner

  • Apply a soft shade of pink or gold all over the lid
  • Create a sharp winged eyeliner with a blackest black liquid or gel liner.
  • Apply mascara to lashes and add strip lashes if you desire for this look
  • A bold red lipstick like MAC Lady Danger, Red Rock or Ruby Woo (discontinued)

 

COPPER SMOKY EYES AND MATTE berry LIPS

  • Layer bronze and copper shadows on top of a burnt orange wash all over the lid, and lower lash line.
  • Smoke the eyes with a black or brown pencil in the water line.
  • Add lashes and mascara for dramatic effect.
  • A berry lipstick like MAC media will work well with for this look.

SULTRY SMOKY EYES

  • pencilling around the eye with a black Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey to create a base
  • Blend out black base and set with black eyeshadow
  • adding depth by applying Kohl pencil along the waterline/rim.
  • Apply Mascara and lashes to add to dramatic effect
  • Keep skin and lips neutral, creating the perfect base for an edgy smoky eye. Skin can still be contoured but in a natural way.
  • A soft nude with a brown or peach hue to finish the look like MAC Strip Me Down or Velvet Teddy
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What you need to know about your skin and the skincare staples.

What you need to know about your skin and the skincare staples.

Assessing your skin type is necessary for creating an effective skin care routine. It’s important to know where you fall in the spectrum of possibilities because skincare products are specifically designed to work for certain skin types.

How to find out what kind of skin you have?

1 / OILY

Shiny, slick, often thick skin.

Absorbs powder readily and begs for more.

Large pores on the T-zone (forehead, nose and cheeks).

Oil-based moisturizers are not absorbed by the skin.

 

 2 / DRY

Dull, thin and flaky skin.

Quickly becomes chapped and parched.

Soaks up moisture and thirsts for more.

Pores may appear virtually invisible.

Fine lines and wrinkles are more apparent.

 

3 / COMBINATION

Combination is skin is characterized as either combination-oily or combination-dry.

Having otherwise normal skin with an oily t-zone is characteristic of combo-oily skin.

Normal skin that sometimes experiences dryness is indicative of combo-dry skin.

 

4 / NORMAL

Skin is naturally moisturized without looking too dry or oily.

Does not require additional oil control or hydration throughout the day.

Pores do not appear to be overly large or extremely small.

 

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Each of the basic types of skin is both a blessing and a curse. If you have oily skin, you have your own natural moisturizer and less tendency toward wrinkles. But you’ll have more of a tendency toward acne and larger pores.

If you have dry skin, you’ll have a greater tendency toward wrinkles but much less tendency toward acne and large pores. There’s something positive about each skin type.

Black skin tends to be more often have combination and oily skin. The Key to taking care of your skin correctly is making sure that you are aware of your skin type and treat it accordingly. Therefore, having the right products that work with your skin type will have you looking great every day.

This does not mean that you fully need to change your skin care routine. If you have staples that work keep them. But what all the skin types have in common is that they need skin care essentials. Here are skin care products that have proven useful over the years with good science to be beneficial for your skin.

CLEANSERS

Using a cleanser for 30 seconds a day not only has a therapeutic effect on your skin but is also good enough to wash away the dirt and harshness of every day weather. Contrary to popular beliefs, your skin does not have to feel squeaky clean in order to be clean.

MOISTURISERS

Moisturisers are worth using especially if you have dry skin, they will help you prevent fine lines and improve the appearance of your skin over time. Here are my tips on how to get the most out of your moisturizer:

  • If you have oily skin, use a moisturizer like a gel that will hydrate (add water to) your skin but won’t add more oil.
  • If you have normal skin, use a lotion or light cream.
  • If you are very dry, use a heavy cream that takes a minute or two to absorb into your skin. Apply it more frequently than once or twice a day.
  • Everyone should use a moisturizer around their eye area and on their necks, because we all have very few oil glands in those areas.
  • If you’re oily through the T-zone area, just use your moisturizer on your eye area, your cheeks, and your neck.

 

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SUNSCREENS

Although the melanin in black skin does give some protection, the environment has changed and it is affecting the efficiency of the natural sun block.

Although people with dark skin may not sunburn as easily as those with fair skin, they are still at risk of skin damage from excessive sun exposure.

People with light skin types have a much higher incidence of skin cancer than people with dark skin types. But having dark skin is not a guarantee against skin cancer.

Sunscreen is the most important product you can use on your skin every day. It should be at the top of your list of skin care essentials.

The more damage to your skin cells from sunlight that you can prevent, the better your skin will be for years to come. If you have pre-teen or teenage children, particularly if you live in a sunny climate, encourage them to start using sunscreen on their faces everyday.

Sunscreens and sun protection are the single best way to prevent prematurely aged skin, age spots, brown spots, leathery-looking skin, and the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. In fact, melanoma is the biggest cause of cancer deaths among kids in their twenties. Choose a sunscreen based on your skin type, your climate, and the intensity of your sun exposure.

  • For oily skin, choose a powder or very light lotion for your sunscreen.
  • For normal skin, choose a lotion or a light cream, and for dry skin, a rich cream.
  • For mature and drier skin, look for a sunscreen that adds some repair to it.

That is a lot of information but remember that skin is not only the biggest organ in the human body it is as vulnerable, on your face especially, as the rest of your organs. So, whilst you make sure that you have healthy heart, liver and kidney, do not forget to take care of your skin also.

Article by Gaelle Mokoy for ESIMBI magazine