Darker skin and thicker hair often require special beauty treatments in order to keep them smooth and healthy. Today there are a great deal of products on the market aimed specifically at the image-conscious African woman. However, before heading to the shops take a moment to read this article and then you will have a better idea of where to start when it comes down to emphasising your most beautiful assets which often come in the form of thick and glamorous hair and smooth and well-toned skin. Here are my top five beauty tips for dark-skinned woman.
Contrast is the key
First rule of thumb is that the colour of your clothing shouldn’t match your skin complexion, otherwise there will be no telling where your collar ends and where your neck starts. In other words, African women should try to stay away from coffee-coloured clothes. A proper amount of contrast between skin and clothing colours must be provided, but at the same time it must be harmonious.
So which should you make your number one colours? The answer is pastel. They’re light enough to provide a perfect amount of contrast and at the same time their brightness will make your dark complexion stand out from the crowd. There are two kinds or pastel colours: cool tones (greens and blues) and warm tones (reds and yellows).
This Spring 2013 you are a lucky woman! Trendy colours include African Violet, Poppy Red, Lemon Zest, Emerald, Nectarine, Dusk Blue… and many other bright colours that will look flattering on your beautiful dark skin! All the great international designers are using these amazing tones to spice-up wardrobes during this 2013. But don’t worry if you cannot afford to buy Gucci, Cavalli, Versace or Prada, there are many other ways to renew your closet with the colours you look best in. Take a look at your local free-classifieds website and check for second-hand clothes, accessories and even jewellery in these great 2013 Spring fashion colours that are bound to make you queen of every occasion!
Moisturise your skin on a regular basis
Darker skin can often be more oily however; this does not mean that it does not require the application of a good quality moisturiser at least twice a day. Choose a moisturiser specially designed for your skin type; therefore if your skin is oily, apply a shine control moisturiser to keep your skin looking great.
Invest in a good facial toner
Toned darker skin looks amazing and it is for this reason that we recommend that you invest in a good quality facial toner order to emphasise your wonderful skin tone. This will help to close pores and avoid pesky imperfections such as black heads, spots and blemishes leaving you with a radiant and healthy glow.
Select the right foundation
African skin tones can be divided into three different categories. The first is extremely dark skin which tends to look best when a foundation with a bluish undertone is applied. Then we have medium African skin which looks great with a foundation that has red or yellow undertones. Finally, we have light African skin which can be emphasised using a foundation which has a yellow or golden base shade.
Purchase a good oil for your hair
African hair can often be a little unruly and difficult to tame. This being said, a good oil can do wonders for your dry hair and scalp. You should try to apply the oil at least once a week and your hair will be softer and easier to manage before you know it.
Always use conditioner
A good conditioner is another way to smooth and tame unruly and difficult to manage hair. Consider leaving the conditioner in for around thirty minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel for optimal moisturising results.
By employing these great beauty tips for African women you will be well on the way to keeping your skin and hair in tip-top condition plus wearing bright flattering colours. Just remember that we are all individuals and for this reason it is important that you find the products and applications methods that work best for you regardless of your skin and hair type.
Source: Mary Davis
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