Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Favourite Face Products for Neutral Skintones

One of the most annoying things about makeup for me is that I could never seem to find the 'perfect' foundation or concealer. It was an endless search for something which actually looked like my skin. As a black girl, it was definitely frustrating when I tried a foundation which was seemingly my skin colour, but actually made me look like an oompa loompa. And vice versa - trying a lighter foundation would make me look weirdly peach.

When I started wearing makeup, I pretty much knew from the outset that my skin colour was a difficult one to match in terms of face products. It was only in recent years that I realised I have both yellow and red undertones. Yet so many high street face products immediately assume darker skin = yellow toned skin. It is so frustrating!

Well, don't despair if you're in the same boat as me. I've tried many foundations and concealers in my time, and I'm sharing some of my favourite products and beauty ranges for neutral skintones!

Quick tip: You beauty moguls probably already know how to tell what undertones you have, but quick reminder: to know whether you have cool or warm undertones, look at the inside of your wrist -

Green veins: Warm undertones - i.e. yellow tones
Blue veins: Cool undertones - i.e. pink/red tones

Whereas if you're like me and you genuinely cannot tell, i.e. your veins look blue and green = you're neutral! i.e. you have both undertones.

This plays such a huge role in finding the perf foundation/concealer, here are my favourite face products for you fellow neutral gals:

L'oreal True Match Foundation|

I've only jumped on the True Match bandwagon and man did I wish I'd joined sooner! They've done an amazing job at catering to neutral, warm and cool tones, whether you're pale, dark or in the middle like me. I'm in the shade 6N (Honey) and it matches me like a dream, it's like a second skin and completely affordable.

LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer|

Again, super affordable and caters to the whole range of skin colours and undertones. My shade is Medium Beige and it's the perfect face concealer for blemishes without being overly yellow, like I find most dark concealers are. They also have colour correcting concealers which I intend to try out, i.e. green to remove red undertones for blemishes underneath my face makeup.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream|

This was the first drugstore CC Cream I tried and fell in love with. Not only does it perfectly balance out the yellow and red undertones, I'm in the shade Bronze and it suits my skin really well, though in the summer I'll add a little of my NARS foundation to match my tanned skin. It's a real shame that they don't have darker colours (Bronze is the darkest) but those with a similar skintone to mine will find it the perfect balance of warm and cool.

Did you find this post helpful? What are your favourite face products for whichever undertone you have? Share the love in the comments!

Keep it real,

Zahra D x


Monday, 20 June 2016

My NYX Collection

Well hello!

It's been a bit thin on the ground on DoD because I've been sick most of the past week (boo!) but I'm feeling tons better and I finally have the energy to write up a brand new post for you all.

I'd heard about NYX Cosmetics before but only recently started trying them out when they'd started selling their products at some of my local beauty stores. They really are great quality for the price, and after trying out the HD Powder I knew that I was going to be obsessed with this brand.

All of the products I currently own by NYX are much loved, and I definitely have a few more on my wishlist!

NYX HD Pressed Powder|

The first NYX product I bought and I love it! It does a way better job than the Rimmel Stay Matte at removing excess oils from my face, I couldn't recommend it more.

NYX HD Studio Loose Powder|

One I've not actually used yet, but was recommended by a friend to set my undereye concealer. I always suffer form creasing, hopefully this will stop that!

NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam|

I mentioned Sunbeam in a recent wishlist post, but this one caught my eye when I swatched it. It's such a gorgeous golden colour, perfect for the summer. Liquid highlighters are new to me so any tips would be much appreciated.

NYX Lip Cream in Transylvania|

This is the ultimate lip colour. I've never owned anything so dark, it's the perfect combination of black and purple which I can't wait to get more use out of. Who said dark lips were only for the winter?

NYX Shine Killer|

I wanted a primer and this stuck out to me - ah, the plagues of an oily skinned gal. It does an amazing job at creating a matte base, and a little goes a long way. It does feel quite silicone-y but you really don't need much. It's great when you really want your makeup to last all day.

NYX Slide on pencil eyeliner in Jet Black|

When I swatched this I instantly fell in love. I have never used such a soft eyeliner before! It glides on like a dream and is so pigmented. I'm thoroughly impressed, it works amazingly on my waterline as well as on my top eyelid. I definitely want to pick up the dark green and brown versions of this.

What are your favourite NYX Products? Let me know in the comments!

Keep it real,

Zahra D x

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