A quick post today! I had the chance to work with the gorgeous gorgeous Amira recently and thought what a perfect time to blog about black skin. Now before I get a whole lot of uproar as to how Amira is not really black and all that, she is. This beautiful girl is half Somali and half Filipino. In the future I will hopefully get the chance to cover all racial groups and skin tones but until then, we have Amira!
The first look I wanted to create was a very natural day look that wasn't too pretty. Amira had an air of defiance and coolness about her and I wanted this to look pretty but also cool, almost boyish even. So a strong brow with barely anything else on the face.
One thing to remember with black skin is that it is rare to just use one shade of foundation for me. I like using at least two shades, one to pick out highlights and brighten (forehead, nose bridge, tops of cheekbones, brow bone and chin) and another one to contour and shade (hairline, under cheekbones, jawline, sides of nose). Doing this gives a 3D effect on the face and creates dimension and warmth.
Face: Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow, MyFace MyMix Med/Dark 03, MAC Studio Sculpt NC55.
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil in Seal Brown No 2, MAC Clear Brow Fix.
Cheeks: Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper 03 & Soft Candy 07, Madina Shiny Stick 100.
Nose: Madina Stick Shiny Stick 100.
Lips: Madina Stick Shiny Stick 100 (Cupid's Bow), Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper 03, Lanolips in 101.
Powder: MAC Blot Powder Loose in Med-Dark.
For the night look, we decided on a smoky but a very soft loose one that wasn't too pretty. It still had to have an edge of punkiness and coolness to it. How do we avoid doing an over glammed smoky? No mascara! Think more Kate Moss and less Jordan. Whack on the black pencil, smudge and go! Got it? Good.
Eyes: YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink & Patent Leather, Madina Shiny Stick 100.
Lips: Lanolips 101, Mac Cream Colour Base in Tint, Madina Shiny Stick 100 (Cupid's Bow).
So what do you guys think? A look we like? I think it embodies everything Amira is. Beautiful with personality!Tweet