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Makeup Tips for Deep-Complected Beauties

Last night, on the cusp of Fashion Week, model Alek Wek introduced her eponymous autobiography at a soiree. I've always thought she has a striking face with beautiful features and a lovely, deep complexion.

If your skin is as deep as Alek's, you already know that finding suitable makeup can be a challenge, to put it mildly. Sad to say, lots of cosmetic companies don't make foundations in appropriate shades, but others do—and because many are specifically made for women of color, they're more likely to have nuanced and flattering shades. For my makeup tips for deep complexions,

  • This may be controversial, but if a certain company doesn't make foundation in your shade, I say skip 'em entirely. Why bother giving your money to a company that doesn't recognize your skin tone?
  • Look for foundation and concealer specifically made for women of color. Iman is a wonderful line in general, but its foundation is nuanced from shade to shade. If you're on a budget, Cover Girl Queen has foundations for deep skin tones, and it comes with a money-back guarantee.
  • Dark skin looks beautiful when it's complemented by sheer cosmetics (as seen on Alek here). Look for honey-toned lip glosses, soft gold eye shadows and rich plum blushes.
  • Red lips can look glamorous, but look for a shade with a blue undertone to complement your skin.


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