Dark skinned beauty Tika Sumpter has long been celebrated for her acting ability, but also for the point of this post…dark skin that is always beautifully adorned with makeup that enhances her deep complexion. Gaining in worldwide popularity among deeper toned ladies is blackup|Cosmetics – a brand that answers the specific needs for darker complexions.
Now available 10 Sephora stores nationwide, Nigel Beauty Emporium in Los Angeles and at blackupcosmetics.com is the black|Up Collection, which offers a unique variety of complexion, eye, lip and nail products for women with dark skin tones. Founded in 1999 by an African makeup artist, and created for and by women of color, all black|Up products are dermatologically and toxicologically tested, oil-free and made in Europe to ensure the best quality, while never being tested on animals. The collection includes:
Lipstick ($23.00) – This unique, highly pigmented formula dresses up the lips with an intense veil that covers evenly and perfectly reveals color on lighter to very dark skins. Includes 18 satin finish lipsticks and 12 matte finish lipsticks. Available in 30 shades.
Perfect Nude Lip Balm ($27.00) – Enriched with jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower extracts, its formula guarantees 40% more hydration, strengthened by hyaluronan which forms a thin protective film on your lips. Available in 6 shades.
Lip Lacquer ($23.00) – A fusion between the intense color of lipstick and extreme shine of lipgloss. Its creamy texture provides perfect coverage in one step, even on the darkest lips. Available in 10 shades.
Lipshine ($19.00) – Gives lips luminous shine and a soft hint of shimmer for a natural yet sophisticated look. Available in 10 shades.
2-in-1 Lip Pencil ($19.50) – This multi-tasker can be applied on the entire lip as a perfect base to even the tone, intensify lipgloss or lipstick colors and increase the hold of lip color. Designed to complement our range of lipsticks, lip lacquers and lipshines, the pencil comes with a sharpener built into the cap for easy application on-the-go. Available in 18 shades.
Two Way Cake ($39.50) – This 2-in-1 compact pressed powder glides easily over skin to provide a flawless, natural matte finish. Available in 16 Shades.[red_spacer spacer_margin=”25″][/red_spacer]
Loose Powder ($36.50) – This loose powder assures a velvety matte finish, perfecting the complexion and giving makeup exceptional hold. May be used over any foundation or eyeshadow. Available in 4 shades.
Sublime Powder ($37.50) – With a balanced proportion of pigments and shimmers, this formula does not turn white, even on darker skins, ensuring an instant, healthy glow. Enhances yellow, orange and red undertones. Available in 5 shades.
Blush ($26.50) – This pure and intense color instantly gives a radiant, healthy glow. Available in 12 shades.
Matifying Fluid Foundation ($41.50) – An oil-free fluid that goes on smooth for medium coverage and a natural, immediate matte effect to last all day! Available in 18 shades.
Concealers & Primers
Concealer Palette | Magic Quad ($30.00- PICTURED ABOVE) – This palette combines four colors that work together to conceal the most severe skin flaws. The “magical shade” neutralizes and illuminates the darkest areas: black under eye circles, dark spots and scars, light and medium shades correct imperfections and the darkest shade can be used to contour facial features. Available in 3 shades.
Radiance Concealer ($29.50) – The perfect tool to brighten shadowy areas and touch up the complexion without turning ashy. Infused with peptides to help strengthen fragile under-eye capillaries and reduce puffiness. Available in 5 shades.
Perfect Mattifying Primer ($44.00) – This primer has an incredibly velvety touch to mattify shiny areas. New ‘Ever Mat’ technology regulates and controls excess sebum production while minimizing and smoothing pores.
Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50) – Each palette includes five eyeshadows in vibrant colors in matte, satin, metallic and sparkling textures. Go from a natural look to a statement eye in just a few sweeps. Includes a dual-sided wand. Available in 5 shades.
Mono Eyeshadow ($21.00) – Ultra-pigmented formulas in pure and intense colors for a perfectly even result with each wear. Includes 10 metallic, shimmering shades and 5 matte shades that combine a soft, smooth texture and full coverage. Available in 15 shades.
Waterproof Smoky Matte Pencil ($18.50) – These smooth, easy-to-apply pencils glide along your eyelids without tugging. Suitable for sensitive eyes, the intense colors can be used to create a smoky and chic effect with an elegant matte finish! Available in 8 shades.
Waterproof Smoky Kohl Pencils ($19.00) – Create a perfect smoky eye look with superior hold with this 2-in-1 pencil that can be used as both eyeliner and eyeshadow. Long-lasting and waterproof with a satin finish. Available in 10 shades.
Liquid Eyeliner ($22.00) – This highly pigmented formula offers a glossy and ultra intense finish. The flexible brush slides easily over the eyelid for an accurate, even and fast-drying application in a single stroke. Waterproof and 24-hour long wear. Available in 2 shades.
Eyebrows & Mascara
Perfect Eyebrows ($25.00) – This high-precision stick colors, shapes, fills, and corrects the shape of your eyebrows in a single stroke. Its creamy, long-lasting texture glides over the skin smoothly. Use the tapered end for a precise application then darken and thicken with the flat side. Available in 3 shades.
Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara ($24.00) – This mascara volumizes and lengthens lashes for a dramatic look for an ultra-glamorous effect without clumps. Enriched with intense black pigment to magnify the eyes.
Eyebrow Pencil Plus ($19.50) – This dual-ended eyebrow pencil helps to define your eyebrows naturally and precisely with smooth, perfect lines that glide on easily, while taming with a brush to blend and groom. Available in 2 shades.
Foundation Brush ($38.50) – This foundation brush in synthetic bristles is designed to apply both fluid and creamy textures without streaking. It leaves the complexion perfectly even and allows for buildable coverage.
Powder Brush ($57.50) – This round brush is designed to apply loose and compact powders. Its curved shape adapts to the contours of the face and high-end synthetic bristles ensure powder blends without leaving excess product on the skin. The complexion is perfectly even with a smooth velvet finish.
Flat Foundation Brush ($38.50) – Its flat head is densely packed with 100% synthetic bristles ideal for building coverage in layers until you’ve reached your desired finish. It leaves the complexion with a perfect even result and a smooth velvet finish. Perfect to use with the black|Up Crème to Powder Foundation.
Angled Blush Brush ($39.50) – This angled blush brush is the must have tool to sculpt powders, bronzers and blushes. The high-end 100% synthetic bristles hug the contours of the face for even, precise application with powders or fluid textures.
Eye & Lip Brushes
Small Eyeshadow Brush (SRP: $29.50) – Designed for applying shadow in small areas. Can be used with powder or cream eyeshadows, wet or dry.
Crease Brush ($29.50) – Specially designed to apply and blend deeper shadows into the eye crease and add depth or make the eyes appear larger.
Angled Eye Brush ($29.50) – Ideal for touching up brows with eyebrow pencils or tracing eyeliner. Give brows the shape and structure you desire or trace perfect eyeliner to add depth and defining eyes.
Why You’ll Love It
Women with dark skin will love this brand because it hits all the right emotional chords and delivers on it’s promise to enhance the beauty of my/your dark skin as showcased by this image. Since receiving a gift bag filled to capacity with blackup|Cosmetics, I’ve been wearing Two Way Cake Powder Foundation, Basemat Matifyer, and a bevy of Lipstick, Lip Lacquer and Lip Pencil shades. The foundation evens without fault, the lip shades are beyond color-saturated, but the matifyer sadly, did not wow me after the initial application because my skin is simply too oily and needs repeated dousing with product for it to stay matte. Overall, thumbs up to this brand for it’s stellar contribution to the world of beauty.