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Makeup Basics--Women of Color (Red Bones)

19 April 2011
Last week I wrote a post on Women of Color (olive/cool undertones) and debunked a few myths about the so-called yellow bones. Today, I am continuing that trend with red bones. Women of color with warm/red undertones come in all shades as well. Ranging from a dark skinned South Asian (I will do a post on this in a couple of weeks) to a light skinned black woman. To the darkest E. African woman.
1. Liya Kebede
2. Naomi Campbell
3. Rutina Wesey
4. Iman
5. Alek Wek



Most cosmetics companies make the mistake of putting too much red or too much yellow in their formulation when they create colors for women of color. The first makeup company to match me perfectly was Prescriptives--they no longer exist-- and then Mac although Mac had me in NW45 for years and I could not figure out why I looked orange. Other companies that make great colors for all women are Illamasqua, Makeup Forever, and Clinique. 



The awesome thing about having warm undertones on this side of the spectrum is that you can pretty much wear any color however be cautious about using too many warm colors because they can make you look like a red blob. I say stick to cooler colors or mix the palette with both cool and warm colors. Also, when you are on the darkest end of the red undertone spectrum--like Alek Wek-- your color can almost look gray so in this particular instance  use warm colors to counteract the gray-ness. I hope you are inspired by my boards below and I will try again to make a video for you for one of the looks. Enjoy.

Daily Look 


1. Woodwinked e/s (on lid), Mac Cosmetics
2. Embarked e/s (outside corner and crease), Mac Cosmetics
3. Shroom e/s (brow bone), Mac Cosmetics
4. Raizin Blush, Mac Cosmetics
5. Chestnut Lip Pencil, Mac Cosmetics
6. Viva Glam V Lipstick, Mac Cosmetics

Bold Lip


1. Pure Gold Jumbo Pencil (base on lid), NYX Cosmetics
2. Golden Lemon Pigment (on lid), Mac Cosmetics
3. Saddle e/s (in crease to create a bit of depth), Mac Cosmetics
4. Penultimate Rapid Black E/L (winged out), Mac Cosmetics
5. Colossal Lash Mascara, Maybelline
6. Fever Blush, Mac Cosmetics
7. Cyber Lipstick, Mac Cosmetics
8. Funtabulous Dazzleglass, Mac Cosmetics
** I love this look I wear the lip all of the time with a different eye palette.

Fun Eyes


1. Gold Jumbo Pencil, NYX Cosmetics
2. Pink Bronze Pigment (inside corner of eyelid to the middle of lid), Mac Cosmetics
3. Rule e/s (center of lid to the outside corner of lid), Mac Cosmetics
4. Sketch e/s (outside corner blended into the rule up into the crease), Mac Cosmetics
5. Shroom e/s (brow bone), Mac Cosmetics
6. Nightmoth Lip Pencil, Mac Cosmetics
7. Hangup Creme Sheen, Mac Cosmetics
8. Love Thing Mineralize Blush, Mac Cosmetics

Teal Smokey Eye


1. Electric Blue Jumbo Pencil (on lid as a base), NYX Cosmetics
2. Steamy e/s (on lid), Mac Cosmetic
3. Plumage e/s (outside corner of eye, crease and lower lash line), Mac Cosmetics
*Use a prime color to blend in the crease of Sketch e/s to add depth
4. Black Bean Jumbo Pencil (water line), NYX Cosmetics
5. Format Blush, Mac Cosmetics
6. Chestnut Lip Pencil, Mac Cosmetics
7. Cherish Lipstick, Mac Cosmetics
8. Viva Glam V Lipglass, Mac Cosmetics

***If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave in the comments or email me.. Ciao!! At the end of the week I will create a post for Raven haired Vixens! :D