Growing up as a dancer, makeup has always intrigued me. The bold shades of eyeshadow that I would wear to match with my costume, the fierce eyeliner that elongated my eyes, and of course the loads of “translucent” powder that my mom caked on me before going on stage were all staple dance makeup items. However, when my mom turned me into Casper the ghost in 8th grade, I decided I needed to figure out how to do makeup on my own (no offense Mom!) As I started to learn how to do more natural makeup for everyday wear and to enhance my facial features, I was drawn to YouTube makeup tutorials. I would search up “brown girl friendly makeup,” and although these videos were helpful as a beginner, none of those products ever seemed to fit my skin tone. The word “dark” is extremely subjective based on where you’re from, but it took me thousands of YouTube deep dives and hundreds of dollars worth of makeup to truly find the very best and affordable products for my dark skin. Without further adieu, here are some of my favorite makeup products that I believe suit dark brown skin, along with the shades that I use.
These products are my absolute ride or die’s, so if you have a deeper skin tone like myself, I hope you enjoy these recommendations! Also, huge shoutouts to YouTubers like Jackie Aina, Deepica Mutyala, and Arshia Moorjani for providing makeup advice and tutorials for POC’s like myself and teaching me everything I know about makeup!