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Celebrity makeup artist tells women of color how to find the right shade of foundation

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Celebrity makeup artist tells women of color how to find the right shade of foundationSelecting the perfect shade of foundation and concealer may be challenging for all women, but ladies with dark skin may find this process even more difficult. Instead of creating a flawless complexion, skin can appear ashy and gray.

Luckily, reports that due to advancements in cosmetic formulas, foundations are no longer made with titanium oxide, the element usually responsible for making dark skin look ashy. But even with this ingredient gone, how are women of color supposed to locate the right shade of foundation?

According to celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine, finding the perfect concealer is doable, but it may involve trial and error. Instead of purchasing one shade, Fine suggests buying three different tones to see which formula matches skin best.

While trying out multiple products, however, women shouldn’t be set on finding one ideal shade of foundation. “Don’t be afraid to use two brands or two formulas because that’s what makeup artist do,” he told the website.

Fine added that women with dark skin need to remember to shop for different shades depending upon the season. “The foundation that you use in the winter is not going to look as warm and beautiful on you once you get a little color in the summer,” he told the news source. “So, it’s important to switch it up.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912174-ADNFCR

New study reveals women with dark skin need sun protection as well

Monday, July 26th, 2010

New study reveals women with dark skin need sun protection as wellWhile it may be common to hear women with fair skin profess their need for sunblock products that boast a high SPF to protect their complexion, it seems that women with darker skin should also stock up on sunscreen.

According to, a new study of melanoma patients in Florida found advanced cases in 26 percent of African Americans and 18 percent of Hispanics, compared to 12 percent found in Caucasians.

“There is a fairly common misconception among African Americans and Hispanics that we do not get skin cancer. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Dr Marcy Street, the first African-American female MOHS surgeon in the United States, told the news source.

Street advises all women to check their bodies often for signs of skin cancer, such as changing moles and rashes that don’t heal with lotion, and to always use sunblock with an SPF of at least 30.

Experts suggest the women with darker complexions use a light, spray-on formula, as heavy creams can leave skin looking gray or ashy. Dermalogica WaterBlock Solar Spray SPF 30 contains no artificial colors, and is formulated to absorb instantly for invisible, full-body protection.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908390-ADNFCR