Natural Makeup

31 Dec

I have noticed that due to wearing heavy concealer/foundation/bronzer my skin has become very damaged with uneven skin tone, blemishes and pimples. It looks haggard and old and I have to suffer now. Wearing heavy makeup is unhealthy for the skin anyways. There are makeup brands that can help clarify these issues while still providing coverage. The solution is finding the right products for Black skin and luckily, there are a lot of manufacturers that are making face products for our type of skin.

joy-bryant-kb-media-media-1011069862Black women do not need a lot of makeup to accentuate their natural beauty. As with our natural hair, natural works best. We only need to enhance our features.

L’Occitane en Provence has a line exclusively for Black skin with Shea butter. I have tried this French brand before. It is pricey but it is a good start that they have thought about Black skin. Black Opal and Ambi are also good skin lines for Black skin. I know my sister uses Ambi and it has helped with her blemished skin, which was caused by The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil products. I scoured the Internet to find other products suitable for Black skin and found some websites like “Essence” recommending products from Aveeno as well as Aveda’s Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser. Surprisingly, Honey Fig (a natural hair store in Toronto) did not have a lot of facial products for Black skin although they did carry makeup for Black women from a brand called Silken Earth ($12.00 for blush, not bad!)

As for makeup, MAC and Iman are known for their Black skin makeup. Unless you want skin problems like I’m suffering from now, it is best to stick to brands that make makeup specifically for your type of skin. An all-natural Black skin line is LAMIK which uses natural ingredients and has everything from lipstick to eye shadow. It is an eco-chic brand which is a clear positive! Makeup brand Black Opal is easy to find in Toronto for makeup and has a lot of variety. Ada Cosmetics is a mineral makeup for Black women that is dermatologist-approved. It would be very nice and convenient to see these brands in conventional makeup suppliers like Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.

It is also good to exfoliate once a week (you can try brown sugar and lemon) and to moisturize daily. Try Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter. And if you are breaking out, put a dab of tea tree oil on the blemish (I use a cotton swab to get the spot). Being natural is more than just a hair fad–it’s a healthy way of life.




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