Makeup Basics–Women of Color ‘Red Bone’ **Warm Undertones**

Hello BBW,

Today, I am bringing you part 1 of Makeup Basics and I am beginning it with Women of Color–Red bones. In this case, ‘red bone’ means women with red (warm) undertones and not the euphemistic meaning of “light skinned.” Women of color with warm/red undertones come in all shades. Ranging from a dark skinned South Asian (I will do a post on this in a couple of weeks) to a light skinned black woman. To the darkest E. African woman.


1. Liya Kebede
2. Naomi Campbell
3. Rutina Wesey
4. Iman
5. Alek Wek


Most cosmetics companies make the mistake of putting too much red or too much yellow in their formulation when they create colors for women of color. The first makeup company to match me perfectly was Prescriptives–they no longer exist– and then Mac although Mac had me in NW45 for years and I could not figure out why I looked orange. Other companies that make great colors for all women are Illamasqua, Makeup Forever, Fashion Fair and Iman.

My choice of foundation is Mac Studio Sculpt. Its a gel based foundation, water resistant, light weight and it actually helps balance oil in the skin. Also Mac Fixed Fluid Foundation.


Studio Sculpt NW


For powder foundation I like the light weight feel of Iman Cosmetics Pressed Powders:
The awesome thing about having warm undertones on this side of the spectrum is that you can pretty much wear any color however be cautious about using too many warm colors because they can make you look like a red blob. I say stick to cooler colors or mix the palette with both cool and warm colors. Also, when you are on the darkest end of the red undertone spectrum–like Alek Wek– your color can almost look gray so in this particular instance  use warm colors to counteract the gray-ness. I hope you are inspired by my boards below. Next week I will do another post on makeup basics for WOC, ‘yellow bones.’ Enjoy.
Brushes Needed
Brush Kit
Daily Every Day Look


WOC Red Bones-- Daily look

Bold Lip:

 WOC REd Tones, bold lips

Colorful Smokey Eye
WOC Red bones, smokey eyes
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