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The Best Makeup for Dark Skin: A Comprehensive Guide

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The Best Makeup for Dark Skin: A Comprehensive Guide

Finding the best makeup for dark skin can be tough, especially if you’re new to makeup. A lot of brands are geared towards lighter skin tones, so finding your ideal shade of foundation or blush can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, with the right tools and techniques, you can find the best makeup shades to suit your skin tone and make your skin look flawless and natural. Here are some tips on how to find the best makeup products and where to get them.

Foundation stick

If you have oily skin or a weird reaction to liquid foundation, or if you’re just not much of a makeup wearer, a cream foundation stick is an awesome alternative. It takes some practice to get it right—your finished look has to look like actual skin. Start with less than and add more as needed. You can use your fingers or a brush. You’ll want to blend quickly so that your foundation doesn’t set too fast on your face. Everyone’s skin tone is different, so what looks good on one person might not work for another. Try samples before buying full sizes. And don’t forget the sunscreen. Some people prefer tinted moisturizer over foundation because it provides light coverage without clogging pores or causing breakouts. This product goes on after moisturizer but before eye cream and other treatments. You may also choose to wear tinted moisturizer alone, especially if you have oily skin.


First things first, you’ll want to start with a pressed or loose powder. This is because the powder will help to minimize oil and shine throughout your day, as well as set your foundation. If you have very oily skin, try something like Dark & Pretty matte Pressed Perfecting Powder. It has a matte finish and is formulated specifically for oily skin. For normal-to-dry skin types, try dark & pretty Foundation Primer & Setting Powder, which helps to provide long-lasting wear and keeps shine at bay all day. Keep in mind that if you’re using a liquid foundation that contains SPF, it should be labelled non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. There are also tinted moisturizers available on Iamaprettykind that are designed to cover up blemishes while providing sun protection. Try one of these out if you’re looking for something lightweight but effective. 

Matte liquid lipstick

When it comes to makeup, you don’t want your skin to be shiny and oily—it tends to make people look older. Matte liquid lipstick helps keep your face matte all day long and adds a bit of colour at the same time. It is available in a wide variety of colours and shades, so it’s easy to find something that matches your skin tone perfectly. Lipsticks are also great when paired with other makeup products like foundation or blush. When you have good lipstick on, you’ll notice that your other features will stand out more, and you’ll look more polished even if you don’t have time for anything else in your morning makeup routine.

Liquid lipstick

For bold, sexy lips that make a statement, try a liquid lipstick. Depending on your skin tone, you might be able to get away with red or purple. For a lighter look, go with shades of pink and plum. When choosing a colour that’s outside your comfort zone, opt for something sheer—lighter formulas allow you to build coverage gradually and make mistakes without going overboard. Be sure to exfoliate your lips before applying any lip product; dry, flaky skin will absorb more product than smooth skin and result in an uneven finish. And don’t forget about the liner. Apply it in advance so it has time to set before wearing any lipstick.

The top five must-have products are a great place to start if you’re looking to build your makeup collection. Whether you’re mixing it up with bolder colours or simply trying to find a better foundation, these products will serve you well. Feel free to use them as guidelines and expand from there! You don’t have to stick with what works and Iamprettykind is always here to offer new suggestions and keep shopping.

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