Can These 4 Makeup Products Work On Both A Brown Girl And A White Girl?

My BFF and I find out if these supposedly universally flattering makeup products work on two very different skin colors.
Publish date:
May 3, 2013
lipsticks, tom ford, Benefit, highlighters, powders, Julie Hewett, skin tone, Alison Raffaele

I've told you about my hairstylist/ BFF, right? While we quite literally look like night and day, Andrea and I have very similar taste when it comes to fashion. And coincidentally, even though our skin tones are on two opposite sides of the spectrum, many colors that complement hers often work on mine as well.

However, one of our shared pet peeves is being told that “one size fits all”--size meaning shade. It does not, especially when it comes to makeup. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve received a press release here in Singapore for the launch of a new product claiming that the colors will suit all skin tones.

So Andrea and I decided to try some makeup products on our skin and see if they really do work for both of us.

We started with clean skin (and my post-gym hair) and had nothing on our faces except the products we were trying.

PRODUCT 1: Alison Raffaele Transparent Finish Powder

The thing with setting powder is that you use it only over your made-up face. Here, we used it over our bare faces because this product claims to work for all skin tones.

And it did! Nicely done, Alison Raffaele.

PRODUCT 2: Benefit Ooh La Lift

Ooh La Lift is an eye-brightening product that you apply for an instant perking up. While Andrea has tried this on many clients, she hasn’t tried it on somebody with my skin tone, and they sell it only in one shade.


While it works on Andrea…

I look like I’ve been punched in one eye.

PRODUCT 3: Julie Hewett Shimmy in Cleo

Julie Hewitt’s Shimmy is an all-over highlighter for your eyes, face and lips. We used a shade called Cleo on our cheekbones, and we both totally rocked the look.

Andrea’s tip: You can add some Shimmy on the bow of your lips to make your lips look fuller!

PRODUCT 4: Tom Ford Lip Color in Flamingo

I love pink lipstick. It does wonders on a Monday morning when you’re hating life and wishing you took up that old Russian dude’s offer to take care of you for the rest of your life (true story) instead of having to brave rush hour on public transport.

Tom Ford’s shade Flamingo works on both of us, and I have a new love for his lipsticks. (FYI, my birthday is on June 23rd.)

Do you and your friends use the same makeup products? (Not share the product, of course--that’s just gross.) Is lipstick like a dress in that you wouldn't want your friend to wear it at the same time as you?