Holiday Beauty Must-Haves For Darker Skin Tones: Glitter Need Not Apply

Published on November 30, 2016


It’s desk-to-drinks season, and you know what that means: A girl needs to be party-ready in an instant. We need to go from “Worker Bee” to “After Work Bae” and it can’t take a whole lot of time. Now, if your first instinct is to throw a bunch of glitter at the situation, think again. Holiday beauty for women of color is about more than just dousing one’s self in a cloud of sparkle. Negatory! This season, do holiday in a way that focuses on strategically placed glints of glamour…not over-the-top fairy dust and chunky bits of glitter.

Read on as we share our best tips for elegantly transitioning from the cubicles to cocktails in one fell swoop.

R&B crooner Johnny Gill once sang, “Put on your red dress…” but surely he meant, “red lip”…because nothing says classic holiday glam like a crisp red lip. For deeper skin tones, AJ Crimson Matte Liquid Lips in Ruby Who ($22) is our go-to. The vivid, blue-red drenches lips in color with a single application and the long-wear formula lasts until the wee hours. Once applied, it ain’t going nowhere. We promise! Oh, but be sure to exfoliate and treat lips before applying a fierce, matte pout. Smooth out your situation with Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub ($18). The gentle, mousse-like exfoliant remedies chapped skin, leaving lips baby soft. For added hydration and plumpness, follow up with Patchology Flash Patch Lip Gels ($50). Now your lips are signed, sealed, delivered, and ready to dance the night away! Mwah!