While skin whitening products might abound in the Philippines, there is a cadré of women who actually like their morena skin tone and don’t want to cover it up. In fact, they want to celebrate it. After, it’s what comes naturally. 

But how do you get it right? What should you be doing when applying makeup if you have morena skin? Let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts. 

Do Choose The Right Foundation Shade

The foundation shade you choose has a tremendous impact on whether makeup works for you or not. If you get the shade wrong, your face will look disconnected and not quite right to people who see you. The marites will complain. 

Don’t rely exclusively on swatching at the jawline. This approach used to work in the 1980s when makeup was heavy, but it doesn’t usually apply to modern foundations. 

The best approach is to simply use a sheet formula and find the makeup that best suits your skin tone. These days, manufacturers have already done all the hard work so you don’t have to. 

Don’t Limit Your Lipstick

Once you’ve chosen your makeup foundation, your instinct is to find matching lipstick. Everything has to go together, right? 

Well, not so fast. It turns out that you can pair pretty much whatever lipstick you like with modern foundations, as long as it pairs nicely with other elements, like eyeliner. It’s okay to go with a gothic look, cream, matte, or glossy. Pick your style and stick with it. 

Do Wear Sunscreen Underneath Makeup

Many women are reluctant to wear sunscreen under their makeup. They worry that it’ll ruin the final effect.

However, this is a bit of a myth. Most chemical sunscreens actually absorb into the skin. The compound then absorbs energy from UV light, protecting the skin. 

The risks of not wearing sunscreen are much higher. Hyperpigmentation is a real issue for those with morena skin, so you’ll need to be careful. Always wear the highest SPF you can get your hands on. 

Don’t Forget To Highlight

You’ll also want to place highlighter in areas where the sun doesn’t shine. The more warm golds and bronzes you can include in your makeup, the better. Try not to add too many pale colors as these can wind up looking like frosting on darker skin. It just doesn’t look quite right. 

If you can, choose products with compounds like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. These help to plump and firm the skin, keeping it looking younger for longer. 

Do Try New Things

If you have morena skin, you don’t have to follow the same format every day. From time to time, you’ll want to mix things up a little. 

For instance, to avoid looking clownish with too much red on your cheeks, try using a fluffy brush. Don’t suck in your cheeks when you apply the makeup to apply it only to the hollows. Instead, apply it naturally, higher up and then inspect yourself in the mirror to see the results. 

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