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Store drug makeup for women of color

For us women of color, we don’t just buy makeup products based on how good the commercials are but its suitability to our skin texture and skin tone. One of my frustrations with mainstream makeup brands is that they do not understand the black skin which is why many-a-times, they offer limited shades for dark skin while their product textures or formulation simply do not work on our skin. 

Black women turned to ethnic or makeup products for women of color because they best understood our skin. Fashion Fair was my first introduction to makeup and then I have used Black Opal, Iman and Flori Roberts. My favorite still remains Flori Roberts because of its formulation which makes one look effortlessly youthful. Ethnic or makeup for women of color fill our pores better for better coverage. Some mainstream brands, even the designer brands fail to understand that black skin has more density as such, it takes a lot of series of applications for the foundations or powders to fill our skin which is quite frustrating.

Over the years, I had also fallen for Mary Kay makeup products because of its ‘no-makeup’ finish that gives one the natural feel and look without feeling heavy on the skin. Mary Kay still remains my go-to makeup brand for the everyday look.

Recently though, I decided to go beyond my all time favorites listed above to try out two drug store brands – Cover Girl and Maybelline. Sincerely, if I hadn’t seen the Queen herself – Queen Latifah on Cover Girl, I probably would had never used the products because seeing the Queen gave me the assurance that Cover Girl had put my black skin into consideration. Queen Latifah gave me the confidence to go to a drug store and buy Cover Girl makeup products. I was glad to find that I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Cover girl ready set gorgeous, cover girl makeup

The second drug store makeup brand I almost cannot do without is Maybelline, thank God for its Dream Matte mousse. In all honesty, had Maybelline not developed this soufflé, next to flawless, light weight, buildable coverage dream matte mousse foundation, I would never had bothered to use Maybelline products. My only initial challenge was finding the perfect shade for my complexion but ever since I bought the caramel shade, I have been so happy 😊

Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation, Maybelline fit me powder
I guess for women of color, sometimes we need to step outside our comfort zone to find what works. And thank goodness that the makeup industry is changing to be more inclusive as one tend to find brands with much more diverse shades than ever before. 

So, go give a drug store brand a try! 

Tell me, is there any drug store makeup you love?


Product review: Black Opal concealer/foundation

Black Opal is a brand that is going obsolete in Nigeria owing to stronger brands like Flori Roberts, Iman and Mac. However, I still love the Black Opal concealer/foundation which provides total coverage and complete camouflage for all spots. This product also comes with a transparent, colourless oil-blotting powder that reduces shine from face. Here is how I combine this product with my Flori Roberts.

First, after cleansing and applying primer, I use the Black Opal concealer/foundation to camouflage my dark circles around my eyes and every spot on my face by dabbing it. [Always choose a concealer shade lighter than the spot]. Afterwards, I apply the Flori Roberts foundation and then the Black Opal transparent, oil-blotting powder with a powder brush before applying the Flori Roberts powder, which is also oil-blotting so you get to really reduce shine and get longer lasting makeup by combining the Black Opal concealer/oil-blotting powder with Flori Roberts cosmetics. So, don’t give up on Black Opal yet! Just give it a try!

Have fun with makeup!