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The best makeup for darker skin tones

The best makeup for darker skin tones
Ellie Taylor
Writer and expert3 years ago
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Black beauty brands have made a powerful statement within the industry over the past few years. With big names such as Beauty Bakerie and Camille Rose becoming staples for many, it is now more important than ever to highlight inclusivity and diversity within the market. To continue the celebrations of Black History Month we’ve put together some of the best makeup products for darker skin, you’ll only wish you found them sooner! 

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If you’re a beauty lover you have more than likely seen the hype around the Beauty BakerieInstaBake Aqua Glass Foundation. Available in an extensive range of shades, the foundation creates a flawless, dewy complexion leaving skin with an enviable glass finish. Boasting full coverage and long-lasting wear, the product works to conceal the appearance of blemishes, imperfections and uneven skin tone. Encouraging hydrating benefits that prevent over-drying the skin, the smudge-proof formula dries down to a comfortable, radiant finish. Another amazing foundation catering specifically to darker skin is the UOMA Beauty Say What?! Foundation. The brand, founded by makeup guru and Nigerian-born Sharon Chuter, strives to offer a wide variety of makeup to suit all skin tones, allowing everybody to feel confident and empowered. An ingenious identifier, known as the Fitzpatrick scale, is utilised in order to determine how different skin types react to the sun, which made it possible for UOMA to recognise six different skin categories. Thanks to this, the foundation range is highly inclusive and wearable, catering to the individual needs of different complexions to allow everybody to find their ‘Skin Kins’. 


When it comes to concealer both Beauty Bakerie and UOMA Beauty are killing it again. Beauty Bakeries InstaBake 3-in-1 Hydrating Concealer helps to mask blemishes and imperfections creating a smoothing solution. Highlyblendable and buildable, the concealer leaves a hydrating finish whilst helping to define and contour the face. Available in an extensive range of shades, the product leaves a seamless finish that’s effortless to create, tapping into the Italian philosophy that beauty should not be stressful. Helping to create the illusion of a good night’s sleep, the UOMABeauty Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer works to even out your complexion for a brighter, flawless look. Whether you’re experiencing signs of discolouration or dark circles, the concealer helps to mask unwanted areas of darkness, working to unlock your inner radiance. Providing complete, full coverage without making your face feel heavy, the lightweight formula is ideal for layering and everyday wear.  


Unsure on what lipstick shade compliments your complexion? We have you covered. If you’re looking for the perfect true nude to suit darker skin try the iconic MAC Whirl lipstick. The warm-toned, medium-dark brown matte finish helps to sculpt, shape and define your lips leaving you with the perfect nude pout. Gliding effortlessly onto lips, the product delivers unmistakable colour that can be used to shade, contour and plump the appearance of lips. Alternatively, if you want to pack a punch with a bold red lip try the NYX Professional Makeup Shout Loud Hydrating Satin Lipstick in shade Red Haute. The creamy lipstick boasts intense colour pay-off in just one swipe, delivering long-lasting wear and an outstanding pop of vibrancy to effortlessly upgrade your pout.Featuring a custom-designed heart-stamped bullet, the lip colour provides up to four hours of hydration in addition to pigment-rich coverage, helping to preserve the product’s staying power while ensuring even, non-drying wear. The lipstick is also infused with Mango and Shea Butter to keep the lips nourished and conditioned as they radiate striking colour. 

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Ellie Taylor
Writer and expert
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As a beauty fanatic I'm always on the lookout to try and experiment with new products! I’ve been writing about everything beauty for over 3 years and specialise in skincare so have plenty of tips and tricks to help put blemishes at bay and get your complexion glowing. Whilst being a content writer at LOOKFANTASTIC I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with incredible brands including Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and La Mer, taking my understanding of the industry to the next level. In the past I’ve been a freelance makeup artist and have collaborated with brands including NYX and Revolution Beauty on a personal level, sharing my makeup creations for the world to see. My ride or die brands have to be PIXI, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown and I can’t live without my trusty MAC Velvet Teddy!