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Andrew James Makeup
Posts: 335
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom


Does anyone have any tips and tricks? i havent worked much with deeper skin tones so any help would be fabulous!

I was talking to David Horne from Illamasqua about highlighting and i got some great tips, like using a Yellow for highlighting

Thanks!
Dec 28 12 12:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Visuelle Artistry
Posts: 364
Lewisville, Texas, US


To be a well rounded makeup artist you should be able to match all skin tones from the fairest to deepest tone.

I would practice on friends, family or post a tfp casting for models with the skin tones your looking for. Also check out youtube for tips and there are some awesome makeup books that will have great tips and tricks to help like, Fine beauty by Sam Fine, The beauty of color by Iman and so many more.

Best wishes smile
Dec 28 12 02:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cynna Stylz MUA
Posts: 216
New York, New York, US


Hi,
You may find that with darker skin tones will find several variations of color on one face. Have multiple colors available to naturally blend the colors. Black Opal foundation stick is a great drugstore brand because you will have a very nice cream  to blend into the skin. As well as Hi-Def Glamour Creme Super Palette - Neutral and Warm are great investments.

Ben Nye Banana setting powder can be used to highlight. Try this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMOj75F_TcY

Here is a video that can help if you decide BlackOpal product. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqggTR-2PHg

I normally don't go overboard with highlights but I like to use a light shimmer blush and contour with a matte bronzer. Then I would stipple on a plum, red or pink to color.

Another video I can suggest is great for a darker skin tone. This is a how to. Skip to 3:20 to get to the point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwLUfe6evCU
This is a top fave list for the same "guru" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj1kGQnrylo

MAC has Clinique have many shades for all skin tones. Loreal TruMatch has better and newer darker tones. If you are into making your own colors (DIY) review this video. ( I may do this my self soon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leavBipmxRM

...and always blend into the neck and ears and sometimes collar.


hope this helps

Cyn
Dec 28 12 03:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Crystal Rose Make up
Posts: 486
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


I found this to be very helpful.
I thought is was a bit over the top but I like the results and her tips with the concealer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoHDmQ3uk8g
Dec 28 12 05:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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Annpreet Mann
Posts: 9
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


I read something from Scott Barnes book today, his first book can't think of the name right now.
He said it was all about creating depth. Sometimes it takes up to 3 foundations and lots of blending. Highlighting with gold/yellow tones where needed, and red tones where needed. Lots of blending. Also contouring is the best thing for adding depth and making the skin look flawless..

Hope this helps smile
Great companies with a great selection of colour: smashbox, makeup forever, lancome and coverfx. I am a very big makeup forever and coverfx fan.
Dec 28 12 08:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tasharri
Posts: 2
Hartford, Connecticut, US


Visuelle Artistry wrote:
To be a well rounded makeup artist you should be able to match all skin tones from the fairest to deepest tone.

I would practice on friends, family or post a tfp casting for models with the skin tones your looking for. Also check out youtube for tips and there are some awesome makeup books that will have great tips and tricks to help like, Fine beauty by Sam Fine, The beauty of color by Iman and so many more.

Best wishes smile

Good Advice!

Dec 29 12 10:13 am  Link  Quote 
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Matt Brown Makeup
Posts: 5
Springfield, Illinois, US


For face makeup, I think making sure your foundation matches excellently is very important. I also find that a lot deeper skinned people tend to be oily, so priming and powder to avoid oxidation is really important. A dark skin needs blush for liveliness! An orange blush really helps to give that perfected glow, I think.

For eye makeup, do not be afraid to use color! Black, blue, green, and wine colors on the eyes can really be pretty. Boring brown and taupe tones can be less than flattering because the overall skin tone is brown enough. An over highlighted brow is also less than attractive on anyone, but especially on a ebony skin.

Lips are very important! Most African American men and women have very beautiful
and full lips. But, the lips can tend to have sort of an ashy cast regardless of how moisturized they may be. If you use a very warm (almost reddened) brown lip pencil as a base, a nude lip will not make them look dead and a bright lip will look more flattering. An example would be NYX Auburn lip pencil or MAC Mahogany. I hope this helped!

Edit: It's also very important that your powder products be very pigmented. The skin is so dark that color can sometimes disappear. Blushes especially.
Dec 29 12 06:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tara Pagliara MUA
Posts: 702
New York, New York, US


Most dark skinned beauties (in my cases) have always brought their own foundation and powder in prep that the mua either doesn't have their shade or has no idea what they are doing. I have always used my own stash, again Illamasqua has two of the darkest shades available. If they have it and you are not comfortable yet, do not be afraid to use theirs as long as it is good quality.
I use Temptu with my fingers a lot  for super dark skin tones as too much makeup tends to not be flattering if they have good skin. And frankly they don't need it when the skin is that gorgeous. 
If they have skin discoloration in spots that are darker, use a orange corrector FIRST, powder it then pat the foundation over it and powder again. And do not use a concealer that is too light! That banana powder works wonders over it hightlighting and adds just enough light onto the face.
Dec 30 12 03:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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jmorrismua
Posts: 54
Chicago, Illinois, US


The Graftobian warm palette and also the Ben Nye powders in the deeper colors (specifically the Ben Nye Media Pro Poudre Palette in Mojave) would be great additions to your kit. I find that the two brands really get deeper tones very well. I am also African American and I adore these two brands for women of color.
Dec 30 12 06:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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Katy G
Posts: 286
Yucaipa, California, US


Jocelyn Marie Morris wrote:
the Ben Nye powders in the deeper colors (specifically the Ben Nye Media Pro Poudre Palette in Mojave) would be great additions to your kit.

I second the Ben Nye powders! I don't have the palette and I'm not sure what colors it includes, but I do find that the individual powder shakers I have look great on darker skin. I have the shades Sienna, Chestnut and Ebony and they work beautifully every time. smile

Dec 30 12 10:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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Vanita MUA
Posts: 57
Seattle, Washington, US


Jocelyn Marie Morris wrote:
The Graftobian warm palette and also the Ben Nye powders in the deeper colors (specifically the Ben Nye Media Pro Poudre Palette in Mojave) would be great additions to your kit. I find that the two brands really get deeper tones very well. I am also African American and I adore these two brands for women of color.

I agree with Graftobian, they have a range of colors for deeper skin tones.

Dec 31 12 11:23 am  Link  Quote 
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KDM
Posts: 373
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


My main tip would be to familiarize yourself with the range of darker skin colors. I find that a lot of Caucasians literally can not tell the difference among African-American skin colors. There are light, medium and dark skinned Blacks as well as everything in between. We're not all one shade of dark brown. As for other nonWhite skin, I assume this all applies too. I had one MK consultant tell me "I just assumed you [Black clients] would all be some shade of bronze." Um, no...

Illamasqua, Lancome, Ben Nye and Mary Kay (although I don't know how MK photographs) have some of the darkest shades available and they get the undertones right too. Black Opal and Black Radiance are good to for drug store brands.
Dec 31 12 01:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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