There are three keys to achieving a flawless everyday look using make-up - unless of course it is for theatrical or high fashion purposes.1. Take great care of your skin. It is the foundation that will allow make-up to sit beautifully and naturally. 2. Choose a foundation that matches your own skin tone. This is so important! Anything lighter or darker will make it look obvious that you are wearing makeup and will appear completely unnatural. Makeup for women of color should work with our natural shade, not try to alter it.3. See yourself as already beautiful. Only use make-up to enhance your already GORGEOUS features! Less is more!Society and the beauty industry have contributed to the insecurities of colored women and minority women as a whole.
They continuously suggest that skin lightener is better, thinner is better, straighter is better, etc. If we let it, this leaves women of color trying to fit into a stereotype of beauty that in all honesty does not even really exist in the industry that is promoting it! Can we say airbrushed, PhotoShopped, and a ton of makeup?! :)Seriously, just in case you either didn’t know or may have forgotten, the images that we see in the media are always enhanced by graphic designers with very complex computer programs. These images are not of real women in their natural state.
They are of women who have been digitally enhanced and altered beyond what is humanly possible.And the women that we see on the runway are prepped on site by professionals with high grade product that is designed for specific lighting and cameras. That is not reality either.That being said, my message to women of color is: Put down the bleaching creams, the lightening serums, the obviously too light or too dark foundation, and embrace you! And for those women who have a hard time finding an exact match to their skin complexion I have a suggestion. While I do not usually promote products this time I will in order to help you get on track and make your journey to embracing "YOU" easier.