The Most Flattering Makeup for Dark Skin

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Makeup For Dark Skin

Looking to update your makeup bag this season? We’ve got the best colors for beauties who boast darker skin tones to add shimmer, glow and shine in all the right places.


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The Tinted Moisturizer

Jouer makes some of the most elegant makeup in some of the most beautiful colors. Its oil-free Luminizing Moisture Tint in Deep Bronze blurs skin flaws while giving skin a pretty glow with a hint of shimmer. And, it’s loaded with antioxidants, which is always a plus. $40, jouercosmetics.com

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The Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette

Jerrod Blandino, chief creative officer and cofounder of Too Faced Cosmetics says to bring drama to the eyes with colors that include rich, metallic and decadent jewel tones in vibrant shades of emerald, sapphire and ruby, which really pop on deeper skin tones. “Bronze and gold also bring out the beautiful apricot undertones of darker skin—just avoid pastels or milky shades,” he says. Rather than buying multiple shadows, Too Faced Chocolate Bar houses them all in one handy palette. From deep purple to shimmery burgundy, this kit gives serious pigment in a blendable formula so you can create a variety of different looks. $49, toofaced.com

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The Dark Eye Shadow

Loose shadows are some of the most versatile eye products to have in your kit because they have super concentrated color and double as eyeliner. A deep-brown shade with hints of plum, like MAC Pigment in Heritage Rouge, complements the skin tone by drawing attention to the eyes so they pop. $21, maccosmetics.com

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The Colored Eyeliner

Step outside your comfort zone and try a colored eyeliner in a bright hue such as emerald or sapphire. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Cobalt is a deep blue that stays put for hours. $20, sephora.com

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The Bright Lipstick

Regardless of the finish you choose, nothing creates contrast against dark skin quite like a bold bright lip. The options are endless—reds, oranges, fuchsias and purples all work. We’re partial to CoverGirl’s Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Electric Flamingo and Juicy Jam. $8, covergirl.com

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The Berry Lipgloss

Another must for your makeup bag? A beautiful berry-toned lipgloss (or lipstick if you like a creamier consistency and finish). We like Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick in Dare, which has pearlized pigments for a shimmery finish. $25, borghese.com

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The Blush

When it comes to finding that just-right shade of blush, the darker your skin tone is the brighter you should go. Corals are a good choice, and Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Coral Oasis is a gorgeous orange shade that’s sure to pop. $22, josiemarancosmetics.com


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