CHOOSING THE RIGHT FOUNDATION FOR DARK SKIN
If you are a Nubian Queen exceptionally blessed with melanin aka melted in extra brown sugar, cocoa, honey and gold, then at some point you might have struggled with finding the right makeup products to suit your skin tone. We all know how hard it can be to find the perfect shade foundation or powder,and how frustrating it could be to search far and wide and still not get it right. Well, here are a few things you need to consider when shopping for foundation;
KNOW YOUR UNDERTONE: The first step to selecting the right foundation is to determine your skin’s undertone. Fact is, you could have the same skin colour as a person but a different undertone. Your skin colour is what you’d describe as dark, fair, brown, medium, olive, tan etc. while your undertone is a subtler colour lying underneath the surface of your skin.
A simple way to determine your undertone is to look at the colour of your veins on your wrists.If they appear green, your undertone is yellow or golden, therefore warm.If the veins appear blue or purple, your undertone is pink or ruddy(reddish), therefore it is cool.And if it is neither or in-between blue and green, then it is neutral. Knowing the difference is key when buying makeup products.
COVERAGE AND FINISH: Asides knowing your undertone, it is important to determine what skin type you have. This means learning about whether you have oily, dry or combination skin.
The foundation we choose should balance the way our skin is naturally. Don’t choose glowing or dewy products if you have oily skin and want a matte finish.Stay away from products with a matte finish, if you have very dry skin. Although, if you want to use both, you could combine a healthy glow foundation and a mattifying powder to get the best of both worlds.
Also, when it comes to coverage, if you have oily skin, it’s preferable to go for products with full coverage because it is long lasting; for dry skin, products with medium-full coverage (don’t forget to always moisturize before foundation to avoid flakiness) and for combination skin, products that offer medium-full coverage as well.
DON’T SKIP SPF: Everybody needs Sun Protection Factor, even DARK SKIN! Without SPF in foundation the skin ends up too shiny or chalky which is a common problem with darker skin tone because of the presence of large pores. You could even try mixing an SPF moisturizer with your foundation before applying it to avoid looking ashy.
So, to all the dark-skinned bronzed goddesses out there, remember these tips when choosing the right foundation for your shade and never forget how gorgeous you really are.