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Only recently has the beauty industry made a real effort to include medium and dark skin tones into mainstream beauty treatments. Whether it’s makeup or cosmetic procedures, people with darker complexions have often been left to straighten out the inevitable kinks themselves.
Jill Goldsberry has been in the beauty and entertainment industry for years. Naturally, she has learned a few essential beauty tips for dark skin from insiders along the way. A proverbial jill of all trades, Jill is a media consultant, a brand ambassador, and she even designs a line of bikinis called Jill Kelly Swim. Her work has appeared in Oprah Magazine, ESSENCE, Seventeen Magazine, Women’s Health, and many more. She has even cohosted events like Choice Eats and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Jill joins Just Ask David to share a few beauty secrets that everyone with medium to dark skin needs to know.
How to Choose Foundation for Dark Skin
The impossible task of choosing foundation for dark skin has been in the spotlight in the makeup industry lately.
Anyone with medium to dark skin knows how it feels to stare hopelessly into a sea of beige while trying to find a foundation that matches. The few darker foundation tones makeup brands carry are rarely a perfect (or even passable) match. “I know a lot of women of color have to blend two shades to actually create their own perfect shade,” Jill says.
So naturally, the release of new makeup lines with more diverse foundation colors have makeup addicts busting down doors. “Most companies are trying to do it more now, but I would say, still a little bit of a battle,” Jill adds.
Knowing how to choose foundation for dark skin is an art. And like all arts, it takes a little creativity.
“When you’re looking for it, the first thing to do is to know your undertone,” Jill says. “That really makes a big difference with how the foundation is going to look on you.”
Next, you want to make sure that you’re able to make the foundation look seamless on your skin. “You never want that look of, you face is a little lighter or a little darker than your neck. Cause then everyone knows you’re wearing foundation,” Jill says. “Pick three shades that you think match with your skin tone and dab it on your chin, cause that’s the halfway point between your neck and your face. You can really see [how it will] blend into your skin.”
What About Laser Treatment for Dark Skin?
Everyone wants soft, blemish-free skin. Because darker skin tones are often more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and dark spots, you’d think that laser treatment is a lifesaver for people with medium to dark complexions. But laser treatment for dark skin is still a relatively new area.
“For darker skin, it can be a challenge because the lasers… in the beginning were really set for lighter hair. And it doesn’t pick up the light the same way with darker skin tones cause you have more melanin. So it kind of reflects it,” Jill warns. “You need a higher frequency [to do laser treatment on dark skin], which can burn or scar your skin.”
But luckily, laser treatment has been around long enough to see a few innovations. “Now they have improved the types of lasers that are available for darker skin, which is great,” Jill says. “So it is possible to do it. You just have to make sure that your dermatologist is using the right type of laser.”
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