posted 8 years ago in African-American
Post # 3
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would suggest you go to the mall and look at the different make up brands.( MAC & Bobby Brown have good choice for AA skin tones) I would invest in a good foundation and powder to set it. I would also ask about the best eyeshadow combinations. Maybe even have them show you the best method of applying for a wedding. Then practice.

The problem with our skin is matching the undertones. So it’s important to get the correct shade. When it comes to the eyeshadow you want to get product that will give you a “true” color pay off. Sometimes the cheaper brands look ashy on our skin!

If you can afford it I would just get your make up done! Do a trail run so you make sure the artist understands you want a natural look. (You want to just look like the best you possible. Not Beyonce!) If you do this you won’t have to practice are worry about what you should do. It will also prevent you from purchasing stuff you won’t use after the wedding since you aren’t big on wearing make up on a day to day. ( Stuff like product and brushes. Brushes are important to get the look that you want. A good brush makes all the difference. They are also expensive.) Also if you get a make up artist that can provide you with airbrush make up which has a tendency to last longer!

Hope this helps good luck.

Post # 4
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I know it is gonna sound crazy but try Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam. I have tried every foundation under the sun. Chanel, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier… You name it, I’ve tried it. Maybelline’s Airfoam is the ONLY foundation I have been 100% happy with. I have recommended it to a few other women of color and they loved it. It’s like ten bucks so it’s no big loss if you hate it. You could also return it. For lips and eyes, you can’t go wrong with MAC. That’s all they’re good for, in my opinion. I hate every single one of MAC’s foundations. Ick.

Post # 5
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am AA however, light. My friends and family (several who are a deep chocolate brown complexion) all use MAC and Fashion Fair. MaC just has a wonderful selection for all skin types. Fashion Fare is make up that is designed for African American women.

Fashion Fair is wonderful, however, you have to find one where you live. They are usually located in MACYs. They have their own counters just like MAC.

Post # 6
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m not AA and probably as pale as it gets but I just recently (within the past week) bought and am using Make Up For Ever’s Invisible Cover HD foundation. I had the hardest time matching my skintone and this is the only brand that actually matches without being a shade off or having the wrong undertone. They have a huge range of shades so you may very well find one that works for you. They carry it at Sephora. As far as eyeshadows. I love Urban Decay’s shadows. They’re really pigmented and rich for good colour payoff. Have you tried going into Sephora or Ulta (or any makeup counter really) and had them try different looks on you?

Post # 7
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a Makeup Artist (who’s also AA), I always warn people against using MAC foundations for situations where they will be photographed heavily (like a wedding). MAC foundations have a pretty high level of titanium dioxide due to the fact that they pretty much all have SPF in them. Titanium Dioxide does exactly what it is meant to do, which is protect the skin from light/rays… the problem??? When you are hit with a camera flash, the light from the flash bounces off of the titanium dioxide, creating the “Casper” look (white face), especially on darker skin tones.

My suggestion??? Makeup Forever HD foundation, or their Face and Body (which is also waterproof). There are other options, but they are pro brands and can be a little more difficult to match, since many of the pro brands are sold online or at tradeshows.

Post # 8
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would do a Make Up trial (Bridal Shower, Engagement Photos) and see what you like. Like you, I dont wear much makeup and I did a trial for my engagement photos and it came out great.. She used Mac Products on me… Here are 2 photos… My everyday look and my Made up look


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