For the longest time, we’ve been subjected to archaic rules about how women with dusky skin can’t carry off all, and any, kind of makeup, and should, in fact, opt for subtle colours. But nothing could be further away from the truth. In fact, a dark skin tone can handle pigmented colours like none other. Case in point: actresses like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and Bipasha Basu. Nobody rocks a red lip better than our desi girl PeeCee, a smokey eye better than Bips, and we genuinely have no words for Deepika’s makeup skills.
While fairer skin may seem like an ideal to achieve, it is not so. Every skin colour is beautiful and instead of trying to change yourself to fit in with society’s twisted standards, you should play to your strengths and enhance what you’ve been blessed with. So, to help you embrace your natural self and achieve enviable makeup looks every single time, we’ve put together a complete guide of makeup tips for women with dark skin. Tips For Better Makeup Application Get Your Base Right Tips For That Perfect Eye Makeup Tips For The Perfect Pout Mistakes To Avoid First Love Yourself
The foundation, true to its name, is the base of your makeup for dark skin. If you get the base right, more than half your task is done. So here are some tips to look flawless.
Even though we’re a country of primarily dusky-skinned people, our obsession with light skin has been long documented. From a variety of fairness creams that are endorsed on every billboard to considering only pale as beautiful to constantly being brought up on a daily dose of criticism and tips if you’re dusky, we’ve had our priorities wrong for a while now. But thankfully, things are changing, and people are starting to accept that everyone, no matter what their appearance, is beautiful. But, the truth of the matter is that acceptance makes everything better. I’m not talking about being accepted by society, but by your own self. If you learn to love yourself for who you are, life becomes easy and beautiful. Not only that, it’ll give you the courage to face small-minded people who see your skin colour as a weakness. Your skin colour isn’t a flaw but a part of who you are. So instead of using makeup to hide parts of you that society may not like, why not use makeup to enhance your natural beauty? Once you see it like that, sitting down to do your makeup will feel empowering more than anything else. That being said, you make your own rules when it comes to your life, so if you disagree with any of the tips mentioned above, feel free to not follow them! Another thing we’d like to add is that there are a million treatments to lighten your skin - bleaching, laser treatment, injections, chemical peels - but nothing feels as good as self-confidence does. While these expensive treatments may give you lighter skin, they definitely don’t promise self-love. You aren’t going to wake up one day with ‘fair’ skin and no insecurities. That almost never happens. But if you accept yourself for who you are, nothing will stop you from achieving your dreams and goals, especially not a nosy aunty who keeps recommending home remedies to lighten skin colour. We aren’t saying you shouldn’t try to achieve better skin. But make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons - your happiness. You shouldn’t be doing it for the rishta boy who told you that you’re too dark or because Bollywood songs like ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyan’ make you feel less than worthy of all things in life. Once you love yourself unconditionally, insecurities and all, everything will seem to fall into place. After that, you won’t need a fairness cream to achieve your dreams, like many television commercials will have you believe! Featured Image: Priyanka Chopra on Instagram, Bipasha Basu Singh Grover On Instagram Images: Shutterstock, Giphy AWESOME NEWS! POPxo SHOP is now Open! Get 25% off on all the super fun mugs, phone covers, cushions, laptop sleeves, and more! Use coupon code POPXOFIRST. Online shopping for women never looked better! This story is updated in January 2019.