Last week, Ford supermodel, Sudanese Nykhor Paul blasted the MUAs at fashion shows for their lack of effort in finding make-up to fit her very dark complexion. In an Instagram post she went in;
Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones.
Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?”
As someone with a very dark complexion, I understand Nykhor’s frustration. For years I struggled finding the correct foundation and powder for my skin.Only now that I am in my thirties have I gotten it right after many years of foundations and powders that made me look ashy white in the face. Most dark skin black women have oily skin. The best foundations for our face are cream foundations. To combat the oil, you need to have a good face primer. Foundations should match you skin complexion (not your face, but your skin – test on the back on your hand in bright light for accuracy), and powders should be a shade or two lighter than your foundation. I am not MUA, but I know what works for me, I’ve found the best line for very dark black women are Black Opal products. MAC isn’t bad, but only worked on me when I was in Canada due to the air’s moisture. Here in Antigua where the sun is super hot, I found the powder would look cakey on my skin. IMAN products also work best on black skin, but the orange-under tones of the product made my face look a bit too red.
It is 2015 and it still amazes me that issues such as these are still a topic of discussion, especially for someone like Nykhor who is an established supermodel that has walked Vivienne Westwood and Balenciaga runaways.MUAs are hired to make models look flawless, you would think as professionals that they would do the necessary research and be versatile artists. I am not one to always cry racial prejudice, but the total disregard in caring about some while others enjoy the benefits of their privilege are obvious examples of racism. Using the correct foundation and powder on a black model who is your client sounds pretty simple to me. Check out more options at beautifullybrown.com.