Cosmetic Make Up Ideas for Dark Hair

Cosmetic make up colors for women with dark hair are bold and strong. Stronger hair colors look best when your makeup carries a personality of it's own.

If you have dark hair, your color choices will be bright and deep. It's easy to create different effects using complimentary or contrasting hues.

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One things for sure! You'll never get bored using makeup! You can create very different appearances just by using the right makeup colors. When you play around with your makeup, you never know what masterpiece you'll create! That's why makeup is so awesome. All it takes is a little imagination on your part! Here are some suggestions to help you get started! But remember, you are only limited by the makeup you have on hand. (So have lots!)

Cosmetic Make Up Dark Hair

Sizzling Oranges for a Bold Look

What You’ll Need

  • Pearly gold eyeshadow, orange eyeshadow, burnt orange eyeshadow, burgandy or brown eyeshadow. If you can't find an orange shadow, try peach eyeshadow instead.
  • Tan or Brown Bronzer
  • Dark terra cotta liner
  • Bronze or Copper lipstick


    After applying foundation brush the brown bronzer. Brush the entire eye from lash to brow with gold eyeshadow and blend apply orange eyeshadow to the lid only. Apply the burnt orange eyeshadow along the socket line and the burgandy shadow along the lash lines. (top and bottom lashes) Outline the lips with the dark terra cotta liner and brush bronze or copper lipstick on the lips.

    The Look

    The blend of orange eyeshadow’s create a fresh, flirty, fun look for an upbeat style. Bright eyeshadows are complimented by a softer orange color on the lips. Finish the look with black mascara and a deep burgandy nail polish. Try OPI Nail Polish for a huge assortment at a great price! (Its a favorite!)

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    Those who have dark hair and dark eyes should accentuate their look by using deeper makeup colors.

    Cool Moody Blues Create a Glamorous Look

    What You’ll Need

  • Pearly blue eyeshadow, bright teal blue eyeshadow
  • Light or medium tone pink blush
  • Brown lip liner
  • Pale terra cotta lipstick, or reddish brown lipstick.


    After applying foundation, brush on light pink blusher. Cover the entire eye area, (from lash to brow), with the pearly blue eyeshadow. Brush the bright blue eyeshadow on the lid and along the lower lashes into the inner corner of the eye. Outline the lips with the soft brown lip liner, then brush the pale terra cotta lipstick on the lips and add a touch of brown lipstick over it.

    The Look

    A cool sophisticated color scheme based on the combination of soft and bright colors. Pouty pale terra cotta lips with a hint of brown add to the dramatic and mysterious effect. Apply a black mascara and a deep pearly teal nail polish for a finished look.

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    Cosmetic make up application can be challenging at first but you'll get the hang of it. Combine similar colors together to look strikingly awesome!

    More Cosmetic Make Up Tips for Dark Hair

  • Women who have dark hair and dark eyes, can accentuate their look by using black or dark brown mascara, liner, and eyeshadow. Smokey eyes look really good on those with dark features.

  • When you experiment with different colors, you shouldn't spend a lot of money on them if you're not sure how they'll look. Buy inexpensive brands first, to try them. One of the best places to get great deals is e.l.f. cosmetics. They've got so many products to choose from and most all of them are only $1. Where else can you buy 20 different items for $20? Not many! Especially not for cosmetics! Go into Belks or Macys and $20 won't buy even one item!

  • For smokey eyes, use a white and dark gray (or black) eyeshadows. You can buy blends that have a nice blend altogether in one product. If you don't like the stark dark shadow, apply a gray color on top of the black. Or you can simply white-over the black and then blend it well to make a dark gray color from scratch.
    (black + white = gray)

    Use lots of dark mascara and liner too! Your eyes will be mysterious and voluptuous. Accentuate your dark eyes by using a fire-engine red or burnt red lipstick. Now you're good to go girl!

  • Since I'm a seasoned hairdresser, I know that one of the easiest ways to change things up a bit is to add some highlights or lowlights to your dark hair strands. Just a couple of sections can make a huge difference!

    Use golds, reds, burgundy's, and any other shades of brown, (besides your own), for a blend of subtle colors throughout your hair.

    Three different colors working together give you a blend that gives your hair depth and a smooth, sexy, shimmer!

    Cosmetic make up for dark hair is just like learning to ride a bike. Once you get it right and you look fantastic, you won't ever forget how to do it!

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