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The day of your wedding is definitely not the best time to experiment on the latest makeup trends regaled by this month's issue of your favorite beauty magazine. For your special day, you should be wearing makeup that brings out your natural beauty. Check out these fabulous bridal makeup tips for women with dark skin tones.


Months before the big day, prep your skin so that it glows with health. Get rid of blemishes, lighten acne scars, and treat any dry areas. Regularly applying a moisturizer that's appropriate for your skin type can solve skin dryness. To fade away dark areas and acne scars, consider using a mild spot-lightening product, which takes weeks or months to show a visible lightening effect but is safer than a strong bleaching formulation. One potent example of a spot-lightener is Murad's Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel.

Test different brands to find the perfect foundation. Foundation with a subtle blue undertone is best for very dark skin, while foundation with a yellowish red cast goes well with medium-dark skin. Also, consider the weather at your wedding venue. If you are headed for a humid and hot location, for example, use a suitable product formulation. Examples of lightweight warm-weather makeup include Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation, CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation, and Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation. 


Avoid hues that look pale against your skin. Lighter skin is gorgeous with dark bronzers, while very dark and medium skin tones are lovely with currant, plum, and dark rose shades.


A week before the wedding, have your brows shaped by a professional. Stick to natural eye makeup colors. Use a light touch when applying neutral eye shadow and blend well. 


For a flawlessly natural look, wear lipstick one or two shades darker than the color of your bare lips. If you prefer an eye-catching and bright lip color to accentuate your lips, photograph yourself first to check if the overall effect isn't too heavy-handed. A bold lip color can shift attention away from your natural beauty. 

Test, Test, Test 

Consider applying shimmer makeup strategically, because shine can appear to garish when photographed. And don't forget to test your makeup under the lighting type that approximates the one at your wedding location. Take plenty of pictures to determine the most flattering combinations of makeup shades.

October 23, 2019 by Sarah W
Tags: makeup

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