I've been documenting my makeup journey for a couple months now, and I am really getting the hang of applying makeup, while also finding really great brands and colors that compliment my dark skin. I've pretty much settled on my signature look - clean face, winged eyeliner, and lipstick - and I am really happy with how it's turning out.
A couple of weeks ago, I took pictures after each step of my makeup application. I start off bare faced with no makeup and finished with my signature look. It's really simple for makeup dunces, like myself, but also really beautiful and elegant. You can easily get different looks by changing the highlight and lipstick color, and even adding a little bit of blush.
Of course, the techniques and process are great for all women, but the colors are really complimentary for black women and dark skin women, especially the nude lipstick. So if you're my complexion, and finding complimentary make-up colors has been less than fun, definitely check out the brands I mentioned. Also, if you're iffy about the ingredients in makeup, check out my posts on cacao powder and rice flour (links below). Both are all natural, but give results similar to store bought makeup; they're great natural alternatives.
- Bare Face: I washed my face and applied a mix of aloe vera gel and honey (acts as a natural primer), and lotion. No makeup has been added.
- Cacao Powder: I use my cacao powder as a natural, powder foundation. It helps to even out my skin tone and blur blemishes.
- Concealer: I added concealer (NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette in Dark, the top right color) under my eyes, above my lip, on my chin, down my nose, and between my eyebrows.
- Concealer Blended: I blended the concealer.
- Strobing: I did the strobing technique highlighting with Maybelline The Nudes Palette (farthest, bottom left bronze color). I applied in the inner corner of my eye, on my brow bones, down my nose, above my lip, and on my chin.
- Highlight Blended: I blended the highlight.
- Eyebrows, Winged Eyeliner, and Rice Flour: I filled in my brows using Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow and Eyeliner in dark brown, and created winged eyeliner using NYX Super Fat Eye Marker (which hopefully isn't discontinued). I set my make-up using rice flour*, which also adds a nice glow to my face.
- Finished Look with Lipstick: Here's the final look! I just lined my lips with NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Brown and NYX High Voltage in Dirty Talk.
* In Cacao Powder Foundation Revisited, I said I had stopped using rice flour, but recently, I found a very fine, powdered rice flour, which isn't irritating to my skin. Rice flour is a natural, setting powder, and helps to even out skin tone and discoloration (here's a full list of benefits). Works great with makeup or alone!