Makeup for Women of Color


Foundation
Salma Hayek's warm skin tone calls for a yellow-based foundation.
Salma Hayek's warm skin tone calls for a yellow-based foundation.
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Key Point: Undertone

Dark or light, the foundation of foundation is undertone. There's no faster way to looking worn out or just plain weird than smoothing the wrong foundation into your face.

Non-Caucasian skin usually has warm undertones. Iman, Salma Hayek and Lucy Liu are all warms. If this is you, look for a yellow-based foundation.

Very dark skin, like Naomi Campbell's, tends more toward cool undertones, which calls for a foundation with a pink base.

Quick Tips:

  • If the veins on the inside of your wrist are bluish, you're a cool. If they're greenish, you're a warm.
  • African-American women often have lighter skin on the cheeks and forehead; use multiple shades of foundation to help even everything out.

Cheeks are up next. After you finish, you may want to trade in your blush.

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