African American Makeup Tips From the Pros
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"Most lines have foundations in certain tone 'families,'" says makeup artist Melanie Mills, a former head makeup artist for "Dancing With the Stars" who has worked with celebs like Brandy Norwood. Makeup lines with a wide selection of dark foundations typically have their shades organized into four families: yellow/orange (warm), red/orange (warm to neutral), red (neutral to cool) and blue/red (cool).
Not sure which is your undertone? Here's a hint: People with cool undertones tend to look better in silver jewelry and white clothes; those with warm undertones look better in gold jewelry and off-white clothes. When shopping for foundation, choose three shades within that tone family: one that appears slightly lighter than your skin, one that appears to match, and one that appears slightly darker. Let the foundation sink in for five minutes and take a look at them under ample (preferably natural) light. "The one that 'disappears' is the one you should go with," Mills advises. If none look quite right, choose a few more shades from a different tone family and start over.
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