African American women usually have sensitive, oily skin that scars easily, so products powdery based can look chalky and ashy on darker complexions, while pink pigmented products are unflattering to ethnic skin tones. Skincare basics include a good understanding of the role of Melanin in your skin.
Your skin needs special attention to unify skin tone when it comes to applying makeup, downplaying overly prominent features and focusing on the upper third of the face. Learn to get the best from your face by knowing its structure of your facial features and the evenness of your natural skin color to create a great look.
Never apply oil based products trying to make your makeup last longer, because dark skin has a tendency to reject all makeup. Melanin pigment protectors start getting tired with age, shown on the skin as irregular pigmentation, dark patches, age spots and lines.
Hide uneven skin tone by using concealer and powder that is transparent or slightly colored to avoid the shinny look. A foundation tone that is between the lightest and darkest coloring of your skin, is the most convenient for you.