We love a good hack. Any tip or trick to help make the getting-ready process easier or just an all-around better experience is something we can really get behind. What we love most is that many makeup hacks don't require many additional tools or products—they often rely on things you already have in your makeup bag.
For dark skin tones, we've found some of the best tricks for making your products pop and giving your overall look a boost. For all this and more, keep on scrolling!
Even if you classify your hair as black, don't reach for the black eye pencil to fill in your brows. This can look a bit too harsh and can even age you—something we all like to avoid. The trick is to use a medium dark-brown and deep-brown shade in tandem, aiming the darker shade toward the tail of your brow to give your arches more shape.
According to celebrity makeup artist Victoria Duke, "The true mastery of makeup is not adding color to the skin, it's manipulating color to direct light and create dimension—to reinvent the architecture of the face." That means you don't need to search for a super-dark shade of brown bronzer. Instead, aim for a product with red undertones to bring warmth. This will play up the undertones already in the skin.
Sonia Kashuk says the trick to gorgeous makeup application on dark skin is to combine product types: "Building color is very important when it comes to dark skin. I like to combine textures, starting with cream formulas, then adding a coordinating color powder formula on top. This will give you a good color payoff that still looks super natural and translucent."
Dark circles? Sometimes concealer just won't cut it, especially on dark skin. To hide any trace of tired eyes, try applying a creamy red-orange lipstick under your eyes before reaching for your foundation. The red counteracts the blue/purple tones in your undereye area, making it look like you got a full night's sleep.
Using frosted, white-based shades are of no use to dark skin tones. These colors look far too powdery and stand out like a sore thumb. Instead, Kashuk recommends applying bright, bold colors like purple and plum on the eyes to really accentuate your peepers.
To give cheeks a gorgeous glow, Kashuk recommends mixing in a bit of gold highlighter with your blush. However, she advises dark skin tones to stay away from silver hues to avoid the powder effect mentioned previously.
What tricks have you found to work best for your dark skin? Please share below!