Im African American and i want to start wearing makeup. I want to have a dramatic look as well as a natural sunkiss look when ever I want. Oh yeah and I have dry skin and uneven skin tone. Please help!
Well seeing as you didn't really give a description i'm going to assume you're dark skinned? I hope I'm right. If this is so then you probably know that ashiness and unevenness, hyper-pigmentation of the skin are our main problems.
To combat this, the best thing to do is wear SPF of at least 15 everyday in a moisturizer of your choice. This is the number one way to combat uneven skin tone and all the other problems mentioned.
Also get a skin-care routine that addresses your specific needs (in this case dryness). Try investing in a nice, creamy night cream that will hydrate and repair your skin while you sleep. The market has tons to choose from, from Olay to Elizabeth Arden to La Mer. Find one that fits with your budget.
If your uneveness is very noticeable, get consulted by a dermatologist to see what he/she might suggest. OR invest in Clinique's dark spot corrector (which really WORKS but you have to be disciplined and you must supplement it with daily sun protection). http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P25
I know you asked about make-up but great-looking make-up starts with great looking skin.
Now onto make-up.
Seeing as you have dry skin you might want to use tinted moisturizer for day and liquid foundations for night. Since you have dry skin I also suggest using a primer. You can still set with powder but you may want to make sure it's a powder that does not mattify or which has hydrating properties.
Sunkissed looks are easier to pull off when you have darker skin. You can just use bronzer! I personally like bronzers that have a little shimmer for darker skin and you may want to look into that since you have issues with dryness. The rest of your look should be light and airy. Pinks, yellows, bronze, gold, peaches, corals, bright plums and berries and even aqua colors look great if you want to achieve that look.
For more drama, try out darker hues of pretty much any color. I personally love dark blues, purples, greens, plums, bronzes, brassy golds, silvers, hot pinks, reds and of course blacks for adding drama.
Some product suggestions:
tinted moisturizer: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P67
Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P24
Chanel vita-lumiere or pro-lumiere foundation
Bronzer: MAC, Cover Girl Queen Collection.
Cream Bronzer: NARS multiple bronzer in Malaysia, Cap Vert, tuomota or Rapa Nui (the darkest) Again check the NARS website.
Eyeshadows particularly nice on darker skin: MAC: beauty marked, Beautiful iris, Club, Smut, Amber lights, Embark, cranberry, coppering, tempting, nehru, plumage, freshwater, Rule, Bamboo, Contrast, Sushi flower, Plum dressing, satin taupe, nocturnelle
Make UP Forever: Purple 92 and countless others
NARS: Galapagos, mekong, Tropic, Night clubbing, Night flight
NARS: Exhibit A, Taj Mahal, Taos, Mata Hari
MAC: Fleur Power, Coygirl, Raizin, Peaches, Ambering Rose, dollymix, Pinch me
MAC cream color base: Virgin Isle, Madly magenta
Setting powder: MAC Prep and Prime powder or Smashbox Halo hydrating powder http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P22
Hope this helps!
for a sunkissed look I would stick to a lipstain or hydrating sheer lipstick. I would go for stronger formulas for night.
Stila's One Step Correct is a foundation primer that is both moisturizing and color-correcting so it should even out your skin tone and take care of dryness (unless you have severly dry skin and then you may need a separate moisturizer). You can find out more about this product at: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessi
Since you have dry skin, I think a tinted moisturizer would be great for you. Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 provides sheer coverage and sun protection, too. You can find it at: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P26
However, if you feel like you need medium to full coverage instead of sheer, then I'd recommend taking a look at Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation which you can read more about at: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P10
There are some great video tutorials on Beauty Talk's Home Page to give you some ideas. The one called "The No-Makeup Look" will show you how to get a natural look and some of the others, such as "Purple Smokey Eye" will show you how to get more dramatic looks.
I am going to list some really good products for you to take a look at below:
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
- Urban Decay, Smashbox and Make Up Forever Eyeshadows
- Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners
- Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liners and Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Lipliners
- Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick and Urban Decay Lipstick
- Smashbox Bionic Mascara and Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara
I hope this information helps you.