Makeup for Women of Color


Lips
Jennifer Hudson goes mod with heavy fringe, cat eyes and bubble-gum pink lipstick and gloss.
Jennifer Hudson goes mod with heavy fringe, cat eyes and bubble-gum pink lipstick and gloss.
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Key Point: Color

When it comes to lips, women of color have it all.

In general, the darker the skin tone, the darker you can make your lips and still look fabulous. African-American women especially have a tremendous range of lip color to try, from light pink to deep plum to bronze to dark red.

The look to shy away from is a neutral that matches your skin tone. That'll make the bottom of your face blend together like one freakish blob.

The current trend is gloss. Your lips will look plump, sexy, sophisticated and can go casual or clubbing. Try lining your lip in a soft color like plum or mauve, and then cover your mouth in clear or shimmery goodness.

Quick Tip: Some African-American women have a lighter lower lip. To even it out, apply a darker lipstick to the lower lips, and then cover both lips in the same gloss.

Whether you go for striking pink or subtle shine in your lips or your overall look, remember: When it comes to makeup, less is more. What looks stunning on the runway can look ridiculous down here.

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