Monday, January 16, 2017

Dark Chocolate so delish...Dark Skin Make Up

If I ever do another photo shoot or runway show I'd love to have a line up of only dark skinned models. Each time I look at ads or even my timeline on whatever social media platform there are such few dark skinned women be it local hair products, make up, clothes, shoes or accessories. Perhaps because I'm dark skinned hence my bias but man we need more melanin representation.

I absolutely love this look!

I rarely allow anyone to do my makeup because I feel (perhaps in a paranoid and totally unjustified manner) that most make up artists and wannabes really don't know or bother to know how to handle dark skin. They assume the same shenanigans that work on light skin should work on dark skin.  If you think I'm lying check out a bridesmaid lineup with women of different complexions. I don't allow that mess by the way. I feel like as society we have so internalized the belief that dark is not beautiful that even when we use something unflattering on someone we let it slide because deep within us we already believe that they were not pretty or  not as beautiful  to begin with. One of the reasons I refuse requests to be a bridesmaid other than the sheer unbearable process that it usually turns out to be is the fact that most brides insist on make up from a professional they have chosen with no room for negotiation. #PASS Photos are forever so no thanks. That and those brides that choose hideous unflattering outfits . That said and done I've still managed to be a bridesmaid a number of times despite my antisocial stance. I must say the last two times the make up artists hired were really patient and listened to me. I had informed them that if I looked at the mirror and hated what I saw I would wipe it all off and just do my usual routine of brows, foundation and lip gloss. Luckily for all I loved their work so I can personally testify that there are professional make up artists who know how to do dark skin, few though and that was before the  contouring craze took over

Maybe this is a lazy post or just one that will get me back to doing photo shoots just to balance out things.  Below are  a few looks I really liked:

If you do make up locally in Nairobi and have pics of work you've done on dark skin then contact me. I want to do a follow up post on local make up artists who do dark skinned women justice.
One of my favourite looks!!!!!!

This is such a cool and bad-ass look