This story was updated in January 2019.
Dear fellow dusky ladies,
Have you ever gone to buy basic makeup but ended up with products that are a shade (or few!) lighter than your complexion? This has definitely happened to me and believe me when I say, I have stepped out looking slightly ghostly thanks to this. *Cringe!* But thankfully, those days are behind me! With some research and trial and error, I’ve finally found some best makeup products for Indian skin that I cannot do without, which is why I would like to spread the joy with all of you. These are the products and shades that I swear by. I hope this will help all of you dusky beauties figure out the perfect dusky makeup products for you too!
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List Of Makeup Products for Dusky Beauties
It’s no secret that women of color like me, face unique and often deeply frustrating struggles when trying to find the perfect makeup for their skin. The good news? I’ve rounded a list of the top 13 makeup products for dusky skin that are sure to make your warm skin tone glow-like-a-goddess.
Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer
As a dusky skin girl myself, the Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer has made it to my favourites. It has a silky blur formula which instantly brightens the primes of my face, softens the appearance of blemishes and pores and creates a smooth skin surface for the makeup to glide on effortlessly. It’s also perfect wear-alone over a moisturiser for instance radiance and smoothness. I personally swear by this product!
Price: Rs 675. Buy it here.
Revlon Colorstay Shadow Links Eye Shadow in Copper
Copper looks good on dusky skin tones as it really goes well with our complexion. That’s why I use this eyeshadow shade as it helps my eyes pop so well. Whenever I want to be party-ready, this is my go-to eyeshadow colour!
Price: Rs 766. Buy it here.
Coloressence Pearl Eye Liner in Duke Blue
I usually stick to black, but whenever I want to up my eye game, this shade is just perfect for me. I’ve noticed that for us dusky-skinned girls, brown coloured eyeliners somewhat get mixed with our complexion but with this eye pencil, I can define my eyes and flaunt this gorgeous colour, too. Trust me, it really does look pretty damn good on our skin.
Price: Rs 199. Buy it here.
Nykaa So Matte Lipstick in California Merlot 14 M
Okay, so I have to tell you, girls, if you are looking for a really nice, dark lippie, please go ahead and buy this one. This shade is absolutely gorgeous and you will definitely make heads turn. I think dark lips look really striking and sometimes it is all the makeup you need to make a statement. It also glides on smoothly and gives your lips a nice shine, it’s perfect for when you don’t want to go all matte but it’s not too glossy either.
Price: Rs 399. Buy it here.
Lakme 9 To 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact in Apricot
To set my foundation, I use this compact in apricot as it suits my skin really well. It has a really smooth texture and after application, my skin feels oh-so-smooth. I sometimes use just this compact when I don’t want to wear too much makeup and want a natural look.
Price: Rs 450. Buy it here.
Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in Blackcurrant Gelato
This high-impact matte colour will look awesome on girls with dusky-skin, in fact, this is my favourite shade. Whenever I want to go a bit subtle with my nail game, I opt for this shade as it beautifully complements my skin tone.
Price: Rs 179. Buy it here.
Lakme 9 To 5 Matte Lip Color in Rosy Sunday
I fell in love with this shade while hunting for pink lippies sometime back. When I don’t want to go OTT but want rosy lips, I opt for this gorgeous shade. It’s a perfect colour for day wear and the best part is, it’s long lasting so I don’t need touch ups, at all!
Price: Rs 500. Buy it here.
L.A. Girl HD PRO BB Cream in Deep
For a no-makeup look, I swear by this amazing BB cream! It blends in and matches my complexion well and evens out my skin tone for that flawless, natural look. If you ladies are looking for your perfect BB cream, I think your hunt should stop here!
Price: Rs 700. Buy it here.
L'Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Blush Blushing Kiss
I apply a hint of blush when I am going for a girls’ night out and this palette has all the right shades for my skin tone. It’s perfect for all the pretty dusky ladies out there as it will add a natural-looking flush to your skin. Trust me, it’ll look gorgeous on your skin!
Price: Rs 900. Buy it here.
L.A Girl Strobe Lite Strobing Powder in 30 Watt
A lot of girls don’t own highlighters and I used to be one of them. But only after you add a dewy glow to your skin with the help of one do you understand the magical power of a highlighter to light up your complexion. To highlight my best facial features, I always opt for this strobing powder as it goes with my complexion so well. This soft and silky powder adds a beautiful glow to my cheekbones and I find it perfect for weddings and other occasions where I want to look my best.
Price: Rs. 950. Buy it here.
Nykaa SKINgenius Skin Perfecting & Hydrating Matte Powder Compact
Being a dusky skin girl, I’ve struggled with finding the perfect compact shade. I remember, when I once asked the lady at a beauty store to show me a shade darker of a particular compact which also matched my foundation, she told me that would be pointless as ‘it will blend with your skin complexion, so go with a shade lighter!’ Let’s get it out there, ladies, we don’t want to look ‘fair’ with the help of a compact or a foundation, it’ll only leave us looking ashy. We want an even skin tone and this hydrating compact by Nykaa is the best buy. It’s luxurious, weightless texture feels like a second-skin.
Price: Rs. 525. Buy it here.
Lakme Face Sheer Blusher
This is another must-have blusher for girls of colour. Adding a hint of glow spices up the whole face. Compliment your skin with the Lakme Face Sheer Blusher to have an effortless shine. The sheer blush is ultra feather-like which settles evenly on the skin. With the sun soaked iridescent tint, I find it perfect for my everyday makeup look.
Price: Rs. 400. Buy it here.
Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color in Crimson Silk
Another lipstick I loot is this beauty by Lakme. The shade Crimson Silk not just looks beautiful in the bullet but feels amazing on the lips too. The power of traditional argan oil makes it a nourishing pigment for the lips, perfect for winter days!
Price: Rs. 800. Buy it here.
So there you have it! These are the products that make my skin look better than ever and I hope this helps you find the best products for your gorgeous skin tone. <3