March 26th 2014
Not Fair: The best makeup for darker skin tones under £10
April 15th 2014 / 1 comment
Finding shades to suit your tone doesn't always mean going for the premium brands
There’s no need to save up, count your pennies or dip into your overdraft, because long gone are the days when buying makeup for darker skin tones would break the bank.
With the exception of foundations (the best ones for shade range and quality are still worth investing a little more in), there’s now a whole heap of brighter, stronger and colour-packed budget beauty buys that are pigmented enough to show up on the darkest of complexions.
From illuminating highlighters to vibrant eyeshadows, makeup multitaskers to feline flick essentials, there’s something for every taste and every budget too. Here’s my pick of the best makeup products around for darker skin tones that are all £10 or less: happy days.
Topshop Glow Sticks
£10, Buy online
The perfect product to sculpt or highlight, this is a new clutch bag must-have that needn’t be restricted to the club dancefloor. Available in rosy Spotlight and golden Play Up, both sticks add a healthy touch of luminosity to cheek and brow bones that’s subtle, sophisticated and suitable for either day or night.
Cheeky Kiss ‘n’ Tell Fire Starter Lip and Cheek Tint
£10, Buy online
I love a good multitasker and this conditioning and versatile compact is the perfect way of feigning a fresh-faced flush on-the-go. Slick, hydrating and easy to blend, I always keep one on my desk to perk up cheeks and lips with a quick pop of colour at the end of a long day.
Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks
£2.99 each, Buy online
Creating your own custom-made formula for the perfect smokey eye has never been easier, thanks to these clever little eyeshadow building blocks from Revlon. Simply choose three or four of the 20 shades in the range to highlight and define, and just click together for a bespoke eyeshadow palette that’s one of a kind.
NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick
£6, Buy online
Lightweight, long-lasting lipsticks needn’t be an elusive combination anymore thanks to this new collection from NYX Cosmetics. Surprisingly non-drying and creamy in texture, Alabama is the perfect nighttime red while Euro Trash is a flawless daytime nude.
2True Tech Extreme Eyeliner in Black
£4.50, Buy online
This black liquid eyeliner is right up there with its more expensive counterparts. Intense and rich with a fine-tipped nib for a foolproof way to master the eyeliner flick, it’s black enough to provide maximum impact without the usual post-application messiness.
Sleek Bronze Block in Dark
£7.49, Buy online
A clever colour block that offers the best of a bronzer and blusher in one product, the four complementary shades offer the perfect mix of colours to contour and enhance your natural bone structure.
Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow and Eyebrow Palette in Lock and Load
£4, Buy online
Whether you’re in the mood for a splash of brights or a dusting of neutrals, this palette holds all the colours you’ll need to keep lids and brows in check this season. From blues to browns and greens to purples, its £4 price tag makes it ideal for experimenting with colour and stepping out of your comfort zone without blowing your budget.
Topshop Lip Cream in Lotus Flower
£7, Buy online
I don’t go anywhere without this conditioning and eye-catching vibrant purple in tow. Combining my favourite parts of a lip gloss, lipstick and lip balm in one handy product, it glides on like a dream, avoiding the stickiness that other lip glosses usually have.