16 Foundation Do’s And Dont’s For Girls With Dark Skin




While oily skin is a pretty universal skin type among all women, dark-skinned girls who have it tend to also have enlarged pores, which can lead to extra oil production. Look for foundations that help soak up your skin’s natural oils.

Don’t: apply your foundation with your fingers, since it can transfer bacteria onto your face.

Women like to touch their faces a lot and if you have oily skin, this is a no-no. Instead, apply foundation with a synthetic brush, pour a few drops of foundation in the center and buff it onto your face for a flawless finish. For extra oil-zapping coverage, first layer on a primer.

Do: use blotting papers for touch-ups.

You don’t want to keep putting pressed powder onto your skin during the day, since that kind of product buildup can lead to breakouts, Blotting papers are the best way to lift oils off without putting any product back onto the skin.

Don’t: use setting powders, which can leave layers of white on top of your skin.

When it comes to locking in your makeup, it’s best to stick with setting powders that match your skin tone. The best way to see if your setting powder has left an invisible layer of white on your skin? I suggest taking a selfie using the flash.


Do: exfoliate your face weekly in order to keep any dead skin cells from sitting on your face.

Having a buildup of dead skin cells can leave dark skin looking dull and ashy even after you apply foundation. You have to take care of your skin first if you want your foundation to look good,This includes washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing on a regular basis.

Don’t: use matte foundations.

Matte foundations can make dry skin look even drier (read: ashy). Instead, go for creamier formulas that keep your skin looking dewy and fresh.

Do apply your foundation with a clean, damp sponge.

Be sure to put on moisturizer before your foundation as well. This will help lock hydration into your skin, Sir John advises.

Don’t sleep on cotton pillowcases.

The cotton fabric can suck your skin dry. You may already know this from wrapping your hair nightly, but silk fabric locks in moisture in your skin as well as your locks, making silk the better choice to sleep on. So, if you’ve been noticing your skin is drier than usual, swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk version.


Do: find a formula that gives you your desired finish.

Black women should always think about the formula first and the color second. Whether it’s a stick, cream, or a powder, find one that suits your needs, since you might need a dewier or more matte finish based on how oily or dry your combination skin is.

Don’t skip SPF.

Luckily, we’re no longer in the dark ages of makeup and most brands have an SPF built into them that won’t leave your face looking an ashy mess. Try a range of dark shades in liquid form (if your skin is drier), and if you’re more into powders (and if your skin is on the oilier side), get powders with inbuilt SPF.

 Go lightweight when it comes to your formula.

With combination skin, you don’t need to turn to your foundation for hydration since you likely already have a good balance of oil on your face. And unless you have hyperpigmentation or blemishes to conceal, opt for a more sheer, lightweight foundation to even out your complexion. Use a tinted moisturizer or a CC cream, especially during the hot summer months, to give your skin a chance to breathe.

Don’t wear foundation all over your face if you don’t have to.

If you’re a dark-skinned woman with combination skin, chances are you’re dealing with oilier sections on your face (like the T-zone area) and dry patches in places like your cheeks. Confusing! Instead of applying foundation everywhere, concentrate the foundation where you need it most and blend it out from there. You can also rely on double-duty foundations that act as both moisturizer and spot concealer.


Do use foundations that contain acne-fighting ingredients.

Sometimes your breakouts are temporary, sometimes they’re hormonal. Whatever the cause of those zits may be, you can battle breakouts with a foundation that contains ingredients like salicylic acid.

Don’t pile tons of foundation on your face.

There’s really no need for you to wear layers of makeup on your face unless you’re a Real Housewife on TV or a celebrity on tour.If you’re trying to hide breakouts or hyperpigmentation, however, apply a sheer application of your foundation and then let your concealer do the rest of the work. Simply dab a stick concealer (they’re usually thicker) onto your problem spot and blend the formula into your skin using a slightly damp makeup sponge to help move the cover-up around.

Do avoid using foundations that contain bad-for-your-skin ingredients like mineral oil.

Those ingredients can clog pores and lead to even more breakouts. If you have problematic skin, you’re going to have to pay more attention to ingredients than other women when shopping for foundation, avoid ingredients bad for your skin and/or ingredients you have reacted to in the past.

Don’t use dirty makeup brushes or sponges.

Bacteria = breakouts. Wash your makeup brushes and sponges after every use to avoid transferring bacteria from your makeup to your face and then back into makeup, especially if you’re using a cream foundation compact.

Foundation smears

Foundation smears

 Article credit: Cosmopolitan Magazine

Makeup Tips for Oily Skin

For those of us with oily skin, you know how frustrating it can be when you start off the day with having your oil under control, freshly cleansed face, beautifully applied makeup (if you wear makeup), and just feeling good. Then as the day goes on, your skin just become more and more oily. You start to look greasy and nothing can stop it! Well don’t freak out. There are products you can use to help minimize getting oily during the day and keep it under control. Check out these products and tips and see what works best for you:

1. Use an oil-free moisturizer after cleansing your face morning and night. You may be getting oily if you are using an oil-based moisturizer. This can leave you feeling greasy pretty quickly and add oils to your face that are unneeded! Make sure it says oil-free somewhere on the bottle. If you don’t use a moisturizer, you are just asking for your face to get oily. This is because your skin needs hydration and if you don’t moisturize at all, your skin will pull bad oils to the surface of your skin, causing you to be more oily and make you breakout! Don’t let that happen!

2. Try a non-alcohol based toner on your skin after you cleanse, before you moisturize. It can help balance your pH levels in your skin to combat oils and make your skin look and feel fresher.

3. If you wear makeup, only wear oil-free cosmetics. Any foundation, concealer, or blush with oil will make you oily during the day, clog your pores, and can cause severe breakouts. Check the labels before buying. If you are unsure still, email the company and they should be able to provide you with that information. Be in control of your skin and what you put on it.

4. Try using a foundation primer before putting on your makeup. Again, make sure it’s oil-free. A face primer works as an invisible barrier between your skin and your makeup, protecting your pores from getting clogged and filled with debris. It will help your makeup last longer as well an you won’t have to touch-up as much. It also fills in any fine lines or wrinkles.

5. Carry oil-blotting papers specifically made to combat oils on your skin with you during the day. These papers gently blot away oil, leaving you looking fresh and not like a grease pit. There are also some great oil-blotting powders on the market from cosmetics’ lines that you can try as well. Make sure whichever you use is oil-free.

6. Don’t touch your face during the day. If you do, you are adding oils from your fingertips to your skin. In addition, you are setting yourself up for more breakouts due to the bacteria on your hands.

7. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your body cool from the inside out.

8. Get plenty of rest not just for your mind and body, but for your skin as well. Your skin restores itself while you are sleeping so make sure you give yourself at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

Quick Beauty and Make up Tips

These quick beauty and makeup tips will help you achieve your dream of better skin. >Overusing chemicals increases the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.
>Use a gentle microbead exfoilating scrub twice a week and avoid using chemical exfoilants more than twice in a week.
>Apply face cleansers, sunscreens, serums and nightcreams all the way to the chest.
>Keep sipping water all through the day, buy a portable car bottle that can fit in your hand bag, and carry everywhere.
>Use only organic makeup or skin products, or makeup with its ingredients clearly written out. If you don’t know what’s in it, don’t buy, don’t use.
>Reduce the number of products in your skin care routine. Only use what’s necessary.
>Sleep helps your body repair itself. Take in at least seven hours of sleep daily.
>Start using anti-acne products a few days before your period if you are prone to break outs.
>Avocados and olive oil contain good fats which acts as an anti-inflamatory and smoothens out the skin.
>Use a pumice stone to exfoilate dry rough feet.
>For a fairer skin; mix watermelon and papaya. Works for oily skin as well.
>For glowing soft skin, mix two spoons honey + two spoons lemon + two spoons almond powder, apply and leave on for thirty minutes.
>Always apply sunscreen, whether sunny, rainy or cloudy.
>Eat fresh fruits, sugar will cause skin breakouts (pimples). The darker and brighter the fruit, the more nutritious eg: berries, lemons, vegetables, carrots, green tea, etc are good choices for the skin.

Makeup tips
>Nude glossed lips go with smokey eyes.
>Light face makeup goes with bright bold lips.
>Using a straw to sip from a glass or can will keep your lipstick glued for longer.
>Dipping fingers into makeup isn’t hygeinic as fingers can carry germs which will contaminate makeup. Use a clean wood stick instead and discard after each use.
>Every 3-4 months replace your liquid eye-liner and mascara to keep it sanitary.
>Put some powder on your lashes before applying mascara to make them appear thicker.
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