African American Makeup Tips From the Pros
What are the best foundations? The hottest lipstick shades? Here's your handy hot list
"In general, always go with rich colors," says makeup artist Nick Barose, whose clients have included starlets Lupita Nyong'o and Gabrielle Union. "For lighter skin, opt for deep orange, salmon. On deeper, darker skin, go with true red, berries." Makeup guru Elaina Badro, who has worked with actress China Anne McClain and singer Brian McKnight, also loves a deep red lip. "Berry-toned lipsticks are great for cooler undertones on dark skin," she says. "When choosing a red for darker skin with warm undertones, go with a burgundy wine hue." Mills likes purple, gold and chocolate colors on black skin, no matter what your undertone.
Shades that these artists vetoed? Silver, gray and white. These colors "can make the wearer look ashy," says Mills. Badro agrees. "Frosty whites or creams on dark skin... will appear a bit gray." Mills also avoids using orange-y reds on her black clients. "Tomato reds are tricky," she says.
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