Brown Girl: Makeup

31 May

As a brown girl, makeup has always been hard for me.  Most girls earliest knowledge of makeup comes from their mothers, or other older female relatives.  My mom has much lighter skin than me, making her lipstick and blush look like literal clown paint on my dark face.  So I was always left out of makeup experimentation as an adolescent.  I’ve learned a little since then but still have a long way to go. My favorite tips, below:

1. MAC makeup is the best.  Brown girls often have an uneven skin tone with darker patches around the mouth and the eyelids, for example.  I’ve been using MAC StudioFix (in NC50) Foundation+Powder since ninth grade.  It completely evens out my skin tone and lasts all day.  Visit the website or a MAC counter – the salespeople can be a little intimidating as they usually look like they’re about to head to drag show, but the makeup is worth it.


2. Sephora is your friend.  I have never had good luck with drugstore makeup.  Lipstick, powder, and eyeshadow NEVER matches my skin tone and it’s not that much more expensive to go to your nearest Sephora and have a trained expert make up your face.  Mini Sephora stores are now even in some JCPenney locations! My favorite lip gloss is Sephora brand Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss in Copper Brown.


3. I still have a LOT to learn.  I never know what to put on my eyes, as eyeliner and eyeshadow never seem to show up on my nearly-black eyelids.  And there still aren’t enough brands of makeup specifically for darker-skinned girls.  Iman has a great makeup line that is sadly no longer available at Sephora stores. For now, I’ll be that girl who is always ready first and waits at the edge of the bed listening to music while her girlfriends trade makeup.  If anyone has any more advice, please share!

3 Responses to “Brown Girl: Makeup”

  1. the1and2and3 May 31, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    Try the Cover girl queen collection. It’s made for darker skinned girls. Hope that helped!

  2. that brown girl May 31, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    thanks! I have noticed Cover Girl makes an effort to accommodate different skin tones in their advertising.

  3. Sarah June 13, 2009 at 6:00 am #

    Hi I think this is a fantastic blog, keep up the good work…

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