Choosing Blush and Bronzer for Ethnic Skin Tones

If you are woman of ethnic origin you may have some trouble deciding on which color blush will look best on you. Should you wear pink, coral, rose, brown, or no blush at all? The number of colors to choose from at the makeup counter and in the drugstore can be overwhelming, but there are some fast and hard rules for choosing the color that is best for you! Below are some guidelines to lead you in the right direction.

You can use some of the same rules for choosing the right blush that you use for picking lipstick hues that look great on you, and there are far less blush colors than lipstick colors to choose from! Whether you are choosing lipstick or blush, you always want to pick a color that compliments your skin tone. Obviously, you can not expect the darker skin tones to achieve the rosy natural and flushed look of lighter skins, but that does not mean your cheeks can’t look absolutely gorgeous!

If your skin falls into the light end of the African-American skin tone spectrum, some blush shades for you to consider are: pale peach, coral, light pink and light bronze.

For skin tones falling into the medium of the spectrum of the darker skin tones, these blush colors should be considered: peach, bronze, medium pink and light red shades.

And for the darkest of skin tones, colors like these will work best: bronze, red, deep pink, fuchsia and plum.

An alternative to wearing blush is using a bronzer. On darker skins, bronzer can give a nice highlighting look to the cheeks, as opposed to a “beachy” look that results when bronzer is put on a light skin tone. Gorgeous dark skins are a natural for bronzer because any golden tone will look great on dark skin. The best way to apply the bronzer is to dust the bronzer on with a larger makeup brush. Be sure to strategically touch on all the areas where the sun would naturally hit your face. A good rule of thumb is this is generally wherever your face is protruding rather than receding. Bronzer would go on cheekbones, along the hairline and forehead and on the top of the nose. You want it too look natural and effortless.

There are many makeup companies that specialize in ethnic skin tones, and if you start with looking at their color selections you will probably find just the perfect color for your cheeks! You may want to treat yourself to a makeup lesson or two with a professional who specializes in makeup application for ethnic skin. They will be able to show you the best colors for you and the proper way to apply the makeup to flatter your face.

2013 Make-Up Trends: Glamorous Looks at Accessible Fees

When applying your make-up you have, as you know, a choice to make: you can either opt for a naturallook meant to outline your features in a subtle and chic way, or you can go for something a bit bolder and a tad more sophisticated in order to shed some light on your femininity and elegance. This year’s make-up trends are all about combining the two directions into a single fresh and sleek look. Most make-up artists advise us to experiment with bold lipsticks and natural pallets. Here’s a glimpse of what 2013 brought in terms of make-up tendencies.

Keep your skin moisturized and healthy and emphasize your cheeks using a peachy blush. Apply it on your apple cheeks and highlight the space between your eyes and cheeks for a natural, shimmery glow. You can opt for Bourjois Rose Coup de Foudre blush which comes at an affordable price and good quality. Also, if you’re looking to minimize your expenses you can choose a highlighting concealer such as Sleek’s Luminaire Highlighting Concealer which (take my word on it) does wonders for tired skin.

Red, sensual lips are this spring’s must. Houses such as Burberry and Prada accessorized their outfits with crimson and scarlet red lips, both matte and glossy. The perfect red lip look can be achieved using a red lip liner such as NYX’s Slim Lip Pencil, as this will make the color last longer. Afterwards, depending on your skin’s undertone, you can either choose a warm red or a cold red color from brands such as Revlon (Revlon Super Lustruous Lipstick) or Maybelline (Maybelline ColourSensational). If you want a lusher look, cover your lipstick with a rich gloss and then finish your look by contouring your lips with a bright concealer. This last step will accentuate your lip-line in a gracious and elegant way.

In terms of eye colors, this spring it’s all about sky blues and emeralds. You can apply them separately or together for unique and joyous looks, such as those created for the Dior collections. You can find quality emerald green pencil eyeliners at an Essence on-line shop, while the sky blue eye shadow can be brought from Bourjois (Bourjois’ Little Round Pot Eyeshadow). Another idea is to apply white liner on your water line and glue on a set of heavy, twiggy lashes for a look a la Gucci or Moschino.

Don’t forget to properly match up your colors (for example, if you want to try the previously described sky blue eye look opt for natural lip gloss and stay away from red lipstick). Your look should focus either on your eyes or on your lips, never on both, as it can make you seem plastic or, in some cases, even vulgar.