Dark Skin Makeup Tips for Brides

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Despite the fair skin obsession everywhere, dark skin beauties never fail to mesmerize with their appeal. No need to go elsewhere, take a look at how dusky divas like Bipasha Basu, Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Priyanka Chopra, Chitrangada Singh, Freida Pinto have enchanted us with their alluring mocha skin. Well, you’d be amazed to know that the world recognises the dusky skin complexion as “exotic” Indian skin tone. Here, we give you the best dark skin makeup tips to enhance this our exotic skin tone and make it appear more stunning. After all, it’s going to be your wedding and you can’t afford to look even a tiny bit less than the diva that you are.

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1. Cleanse Your Skin Regularly

Routine cleansing of your face is a MUST. No delay, no excuse if you want to flaunt a flawless, radiant face on your big day. Dark skin, if not well taken care of, look washed out and patchy. So, from today till your wedding, make it a habit to cleanse, scrub, exfoliate and moisturize your face every day.

2. Get the Right Foundation

The biggest mistake people often make is choosing the wrong base or foundation for a dark complexion. Match your foundation with your natural skin tone. Don’t get a notch higher or lower base. Remember, the wrong shade of base can spoil your entire bridal look.

3. It’s All about the Eyes

Eyes, if done properly, can take the breath away, quite literally. Women with dusky skin tones are often blessed with attractive eyes. So, why not highlight the best part of your face? Cream based eyeliners and dark eye shadows are all you need to get those deep, hypnotizing eyes. Don’t forget to be generous with the mascara.

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4. Blush-blush

Coral, deep orange, rose are some of the blush colours which best suit dark skin tones. Whereas shades like beige, brown do not go that well. Use shimmers and metallic blush for evening parties.

5. Pick the Right Lip Colour

The right lip colour will light up your entire look as well as add the bridal warmth. For dark skin tones, natural hues do wonder. While red is considered to be the ultimate bridal lip colour, try to avoid the traditional bright red.

6. Use Powder

If your face is oily and way too shiny, try using a face powder. Choose a shade that matches and compliments your exotic skin tone.

dark skin makeup tips


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Some More Tips and Tricks

  • Go for a few makeup trials before the wedding day.
  • Since dark skin tends to be oily in texture, try to use oil-free cosmetics wherever possible.
  • For blush, pick the powder or cream that stays longer.
  • Ask your makeup artist to use a primer as well as different concealers instead of just one for different parts of the face.
  • Try not to use eyeliner to draw the lower eye-line.
  • Oily skinned brides, make sure to use translucent powder to give the finishing touch.
  • And, most importantly, choose your makeup artists wisely. You two need to share a certain comfort level with each other which will help immensely to bring the best in you.

Featured Image Photography by Sushma

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