Makeup for Women of Color


Eyes
Actress Freida Pinto makes her eyes pop with smoky blue liner and deep plum shadow.
Actress Freida Pinto makes her eyes pop with smoky blue liner and deep plum shadow.
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Key Point: Contrast

Most women of color have dark eyes -- deep, dark, smoldering eyes -- and the instinct may be to go neutral, lining them in dark brown or black. In fact, all that really does is play them down. You want to play those babies up.

Line them in a contrasting color that draws attention to their smolderingness. Blue, pink, green or mauve can work well. Then, tone it down on the lids, using a neutral eye shadow. Try bronze, gold or mocha.

Quick Tip: To avoid the "I'm dying" look, stay away from dark-brown eye makeup. It can make your eyes look sunken.