If you are a darker skinned woman, like me, you know that it can be a little tricky finding makeup that doesn't clown you up or wash you out. I'm not hating because I rarely wear makeup. But I do always wear lipstick. Always. Made my teeth look whiter when I was a smoker; not it's just a habit: brush teeth, apply lipstick.
This is a really helpful link for figuring out your own undertone. This talks about skin colors in too much detail. Gave me a little bit of a headache. This right here gets too deep into the subject for me. I just want to find a good palette of cosmetics, but in case you are interested...
Being a black woman with cool undertones (I look better in red and silver, and, yes, I can see that my veins are blue), I have trouble finding lipstick that suits me. I'm not like my sister or niece, who will look great in pastel lipsticks and clothing. I like my deep reds for my lips and white for my clothing. I have to say (and hope that it's not vain or ignorant-sounding) that I LOVE my dark skin. I love the way it looks and feels and... Okay, that's getting to a be both vain and ignorant so I'll stop.
Problem: Finding a red lipstick that doesn't look "orange-y" or too plum-like. Red, people, just gimme the red!
Solution 1: Buying a black lipstick (yes, I've done this) and blending it into one of the above "reds" to get a passable shade. That is such a freaking hassle - costly, messy to apply and really a pain to re-apply...
Solution 2: Find that one good shade once in a PINK moon and buy a bunch or hang the heck on to it for life.
(You've seen my pic over there to the right. That's me, no makeup -good lighting and a forgiving webcam- and in my fairly true skin color. I'm dark, yes ma'am. As James Brown said, "I'm black and I'm proud," but I can be pissed when shopping for lipsticks.)
In the past year and a half, the moon has shown shockingly pink twice and reluctantly rosey once. I found this one in (I believe) Walgreens...
|Cute & simple case|
|By Prestige Cosmetics|
Shade: Pinot Noir
|Shade: Black Cherry|
|L'Oreal's Color Riche Shade: 281/Queen's Shine|
This is a shade I do like a lot, when I want to look like I'm not wearing lisptick (and still want a polished appearance)
|Shade: #37 Gourmet Coffee (by Milani)|
Cost: $0.99 from Sally's Beauty Supply
Anyway, that's my little rant on lipsticks. I did a post some time back that had links for cosmetics for various skin tones On a less serious, but more personal note, I did a look back at my Mama's days with cosmetics.
Let me know if you hear or know of any reasonably-priced cosmetics for those of a darker hue.