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How to Apply Foundation to Black Skin

Learn how to apply foundation to black skin from professional makeup artist Nicole Williams in this Howcast makeup tutorial.


So we're going to apply foundation to Sara's skin, and it's really simple. She has beautiful skin already, but I really want to, really make her stand out and really make it glow. African American women, we have so many different undertones, and so many various, we come in various shades, that it's important to sometimes customize and find the right match. But the great thing about L'Oreal is that they came out with True Match, which is really great, because they have so many shades. And I'm going to use this along with the Heavenly Honey from Black Opal, and mix them together to get something perfect for you.

So just pour out a little bit. We're going to take the cream. Sara has a really pretty, yellow base undertone. We can warm it up with something warm. Something red based, but her foundation should be more . . . And already it just looks flawless and really pretty. So if she just wanted to do it like this, she can wear this foundation and just go.

Now, whenever you want to cover a blemish or cover a freckle, or some kind of mark, you want to just pat in place right over that area. So if she wanted to hide her freckles, she can do so by using that technique. Now I'm going to just add a little bit of the Black Opal, just to give it a little warmth.

So here's another trick that you can do when you're applying foundation. Try adding, like something that has a little bit of a shimmer or a luster to it, a sheen, a bronzer perhaps. And the reason why I want to do that is because I want to give you a little bit of highlight right in the cheekbone area. It just gives you that instant glow. Now for Sara's swarthy complexion, I'm going to keep it really simple. Loose powder will do wonders, especially when you're using a liquid foundation. You want to make sure that you use something light because you don't want to look heavy and too made up.

And there you have it.

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