Celebrity Makeup Artists Share Their Top Makeup Tips for Dark Skin Tones

Maya Allen

I can't say it enough: Embracing the beautifully diverse spectrum of dark skin tones is so incredibly important. Every impeccable shade of brown deserves a spot in every single beauty brand's lineup, and we're fortunate to see this finally starting to happen. Women of color know all too well how tough it is to find products like foundation and lipsticks that perfectly match our complexions. Thankfully there are hidden gems on the market made with us in mind, and there are also knowledgeable makeup artists who educate the masses on makeup tips for dark skin tones.

To tap into their wisdom, we reached out to two celebrity makeup artists who know best: AJ Crimson of AJ Crimson Beauty, who has worked with names like Brandy and Letoya Luckett; and Ashunta Sheriff of Ashunta Sheriff Beauty, aka the woman with the gifted hands behind every single one of the striking Empire makeup looks we see on Cookie Lyons (played by Taraji P. Henson). The pair were game to share their go-to makeup techniques and holy-grail products they keep stocked in their kits for women of color, as well as their tips for finding the perfect shade match. Brown-skinned beauties, you're going to want to take notes on these.

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