The Best Makeup for Dark Skin

Find foundations in your skin tone's shades. Select a natural or radiant formula with full coverage and no ashiness. Fenty Beauty, NARS, and MAC make great dark skin foundations.


To brighten and highlight under-eye and center-face areas, use a concealer one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Tarte, Maybelline, and Bobbi Brown concealers have broad shade ranges.


Plum, berry, and deep orange look great on dark skin. Avoid ashy-looking cool-toned blushes. Milani and Sleek MakeUP make blushes for darker skin.


Glow with gold, bronze, or champagne highlighters. These colors suit dark skin. Fenty Beauty and Becca Cosmetics have gorgeous highlighters for darker skin.


Dark skin lets you try many eyeshadow colors. Jewel, earthy, and metallic colors look great. Juvia's Place and Pat McGrath Labs offer diverse eyeshadow palettes.


Deep black or brown eyeliners enhance eyes. Colored eyeliners are fun and bold. NYX and Urban Decay make great eyeliners.


Black mascaras define and dramatize lashes. Make your eyes pop with volumizing or lengthening formulas. L'Oréal and Too Faced make dark-lash mascaras.


Dark skin can wear many lipstick colors. Reds, berries, browns, and purples are gorgeous. MAC, NYX Professional Makeup, and Maybelline have many lipstick shades.


Avoid white-casting translucent powders. Instead, set your makeup with banana or amber setting powders. Sacha Cosmetics and Laura Mercier make popular dark skin setting powders.

Setting Powder

Finishing sprays prolong makeup wear and give skin a natural glow. Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray is popular.

Finishing Spray