My work! Featuring everything from 121 ‘Before & After ‘ shots to Fashion shoot makeup.
Awwww! It is was with a saddened heart that I said goodbye to the wonderful ladies who attended my four week ‘Introduction to Make-up’ workshop, last week.
Saying that, we ensured that we ended the final session on a high! The session was buzzing with energy and enthusiasm as each lady showed off her new makeup skills by completing the task of creating a allocated look from start to finish. Upon completion each lady was rewarded with a well deserved certification!
I must say, it has been a journey not only for them, but me as well! It has been a joy to help and see women literally transform in front of my eyes from unassuming women who have never worn mascara in their lives into confident Divas who without any direction can make themselves over into powerful looking women!
It has been fun! I hope to do something very similar again soon… So watch this page for more details. xxx
Makeup application can sometimes be daunting at the best of the times, but for those with dark skin getting pass the first hurdle of acquiring the products to use is another drama all together! Here are some tips on how to pick and use makeup products for dark skin:
Contrary to belief, dark skinned people come in lots of different shades and tones. Up until recently, most brands only had a light brown and dark brown shade in their foundation range… but things are changing! Brands such Mac, Iman and even Mary Kay have a great range of tones. Even the more affordable brands such as L’Oreal True Match are getting in on the act!
– When selecting a foundation, test it on your jawline. You are tying to match it with your face AND neck. Women with dark complexions often have an uneven skin tone, so a good foundation will make the tone from neck to face even and seamless. The goal is to keep the skin looking radiant (not dull, which the wrong shade will do) and for the foundation to blend/disappear after applying it on your skin!
– If possible go out into natural daylight to check if the colour is a good match (artificial lighting in shops can be very deceiving). If you can’t find one that matches your skin perfectly, it may help to mix two foundation shades together. If you can get the shop assistant to apply the foundation for you, go for it! That way you can go away for a few hours and really test how it feels and endures on your skin!
– Even though darker skin tones tend be oily or combination, it is important not to forget to moisturise (using a light moisturiser) before foundation application, this helps prep the skin and aids foundation application. Some foundations have matt options to help combat shiny breakouts. If the brand you like doesn’t, an alternative is to use a mattifer and/or use a translucent powder which can be sweep over your face after you have applied your foundation.
For beautiful dark skinned divas, choose colors from rose to deep oranges. While not all darker skin have a “rosy glow” and a blush might not look right, try using a bronzer! You can still highlight great cheekbones with a bronzer, which will add a natural sun kissed glow. Make sure you use a light hand when applying bronzer, instead of only focusing on the cheeks, lightly dust bronzer anywhere the sun would naturally hit your face, such as the hairline, down the center of your nose and on top of the cheeks.
Also remember, if you have oily skin, you should use powder blushes instead of the cream variations.
Dark-skinned women can get away with wearing a lot of different eye shadow colours. The darker your skin, the brighter the colors you can pull off. The trick with eyeshadows is blending, blending, & blending!
Accentuate eyes with brown or black eyeliner. Black mascara will make eyelashes stand out. For extra pizzazz, try false eyelashes.
Any skin tone can wear any colour! Don’t think about lip colours in terms of the depth of your skin tone. It’s all about the undertones! Sure, for darker skin, plums and berries are fool-proof options, but don’t let that stop you from wearing a coral or a hot pink! If you really want the colour to show up, just neutralise your lips by applying concealer/foundation on them first.
Embrace your dark skin and unleash your inner DIVA whilst having fun with your make-up!
1. one who behaves as a goddess or queen. literally “first lady.”
adj. pronounced (DEE-VAH)-
2. to describe a person who exudes great style and personality with confidence and expresses their own style and not letting others influence who they are or want to be.
3. A person whose character makes them stands out from the rest.
4. Noun; a person’s title in a group of friends or in society that is popular or famous and who many people try to copy.
5. A person who tries to achieve what they want and who do not let people get in their way, and doing so with style and class.