Pimples, blackheads and undereye circles are among the most common skin care issues for all women, but hyperpigmentation is particularly challenging for women of color.
Even if we take meticulous care of breakouts, excess melanin production often leads to dark spots that are notoriously hard to get rid of. The truth is, settling into a routine that evens out skin tone takes time, so we depend on makeup to temporarily shield blemishes.
We're reminded time and time again that the beauty industry has a long way to go where inclusivity is concerned, so we went directly to a pro makeup artist, Tara Lauren, for a cheat sheet on the most Black-girl friendly options. She stresses however, that skin care is "key," to a makeup look that doesn't look heavy or cakey.
"Apply moisturizer to clean damp skin," she shares. "This allows the skin to retain moisture and create a smooth supple canvas underneath foundation...No need to pile on the products; choosing the right foundation can make obtaining great coverage simple and stress free."
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Additionally, ensure that your moisturizer contains a minimum of SPF 15 and consider adding a primer in between moisturizer and foundation for longer wear. Keep reading for Tara's top 7 picks and pro-tips for using each one!