Real Tips: Dark to Deep Skin Tones

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Head into the warmer months with a fresh yet defined look.  Finding colors that work for dark to deep skin tones can be tricky, so we put together a few of our favorite products and tips.

Here are 3 tips and tricks to try:

  1. Subtle Definition. Thanks to celebs like Kim Kardashian, contouring your face has become the “it” look of the moment.  The heavily contoured face may look stunning on camera but it doesn’t work for face-to-face. Keep it simple and soft, choose a light and dark powder (keep within two shades of your complexion).  Use your contour brush to apply dark powder in the hollows of your cheeks toward the corner of your mouth.  Then apply a sweep of the lighter powder on the top of cheekbones with your buffing brush. Try a brand like Ben Nye Luxury Powder (1) that has a large range of darker powders.
  2. Brow Beat.  Use a brow color that is one or two shades lighter than your hair color to avoid a harsh brow look.  Choose a brow pencil like It Cosmetics Brow Power Pencil that is a universal grey tone and use feathery strokes to fill in and sculpt your brow shape.  Brush through with your lash-brow groomer to blend.
  3. Lip Service.  If your lips are two toned (lighter in the center) you may not want to cover them up, but you can bring them closer together for a natural looking lip.  Choose a lip pencil that is a shade darker than the lightest part of your lip (pale plum, pink or brown) and fill in entire lip.  Blend into lip with your retractable lip brush (3) then apply a lip gloss or lipstick in a similar shade.  Try MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl (4) and MAC Lipstick in Plumful (5).

Image:  Style.com

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Real Trends: Bronze and Peach

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Spring is here (finally), and even though there may be April showers, that doesn’t mean you can’t look like you got a little sun!  Add warmth, definition and a little glow with a bronze and peach palette.

Follow these 4 simple steps for a luminous spring face:

  1. Fresh Skin.  Keep your skin looking natural, but even out your complexion while protecting and hydrating it with one of the new CC creams like Oil of Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer (1).  Sweep over your face with your stippling brush (2) for a “barely there” finish.
  2. Bronze Wash.  Apply a sheer layer of bronze shadow over your lower eye lid with your base shadow brush and blend out the edges with your deluxe crease brush.  Add extra oomph—press on an amber or gold shimmer on eye lid right above the pupil to “pop” your eyes.  Try Maybelline EyeStudio Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Bronze Blowout (3).
  3. Light Glow.  Use a sheer peach blush like Benefit CORALista (4) and blend across your cheekbones with an open kabuki brush, then lightly sweep over the chin, nose and forehead to add warmth.  The golden undertones in peach look great on all skin tones and harmonize beautifully with bronze shades.
  4. Pinch of Peach. Swap out your nude lip for a brown-based peach gloss like Elizabeth Arden Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Sunset (5).  The shade is neutral enough for everyday and will brighten your skin tone to boot!

Images: Donna Karan

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