When Youtube Beau­ty Vlog­ger Nikkie Tuto­ri­als post­ed the viral video The Pow­er of Make­up in response to make­up-sham­ing, the inter­net lit up. Those in the beau­ty com­mu­ni­ty have always known of its exis­tence, but Nikkie was the first to real­ly put the idea of make­up-sham­ing on the map. While ridi­cul­ing women for wear­ing make­up is cer­tain­ly uni­ver­sal, the neg­a­tiv­i­ty and the back­lash against black women who wear make­up seems to address three major areas of con­cern:

  • The use of make­up to seem­ing­ly light­en the skin
  • Lip­stick shades being inap­pro­pri­ate for a woman’s com­plex­ion.
  • The use of make­up to “trick” a man.

The ever-trend­ing #take­her­swim­ming hash­tag often speaks to these con­cerns.

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Youtube Vlog­ger Make­upD0ll

The pop­u­lar Gos­sip site, Bossip, even has what they’ve labeled a make­up sor­cery guide which include images like this:

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When black women who suf­fer from hyper­pig­men­ta­tion use make­up to even their skin tone, they are often accused of both try­ing to appear light-skinned, and also fool­ing their would-be suit­ors:

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Black women are also often made to feel restrict­ed with what’s appro­pri­ate for their com­plex­ion. When Essence post­ed a pho­to of black women wear­ing red lip­stick on their face­book page a few years ago, the com­ments were over­whelm­ing­ly in ref­er­ence to the dark­er-skinned woman fea­tured in the col­lage:

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“Take that red lip­stick off all black peo­ple can’t wear this for real”

 “Every­body can’t wear RED lip­stick, baby u should have tried Wine,”

“Please stop wear­ing red lip­stick when your com­plex­ion is very dark. Uh!”

The ques­tion then is, why are black women not afford­ed the same free­dom with wear­ing make­up as our white coun­ter­parts? Why is our use of make­up tied to us want­i­ng to appear more white, or try­ing to land a man? Futher­more, why does there exist a stig­ma against dark-skinned women wear­ing bright­ly col­ored lip­sticks?

Here’s what some of  make­up-lov­ing BGLH Edi­tors had to say:
Por­tia
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Wear­ing make­up makes me feel glam­orous. In fact, that’s what’s always attract­ed me to it. As a lit­tle girl, I used to watch the women in my fam­i­ly pow­der their face, apply lip­stick, and head out for the evening. I attend­ed a lot of social events as a child and see­ing the women look so glam and fab from head to toe, made me fall in love with make­up. I fell in love with the entire pack­age. I’ll always asso­ciate make­up with glam­our — gives me that Gold­en Era, Old Hol­ly­wood feel.

 
Lisa
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I’ve always been into make­up, but becom­ing a beau­ty and fash­ion blog­ger and youtube con­tent cre­ator has tak­en my obses­sion and turned it into a busi­ness ven­ture. To be hon­est, I don’t wear make­up that often, but when I do it’s a full face, just the way I like it. When I put on a set of full glam eye­lash­es and a super bright pink lip­stick, I am in my glo­ry. As a dark-skinned woman of col­or, I grew up hear­ing about how I could only wear cer­tain shades or how I shouldn’t wear too much, so wear­ing it now is kind of my come­back. I even post week­ly swatch videos on my chan­nel show­cas­ing pret­ty much every col­or of the rain­bow against my skin.  Make­up is fun, and for some it’s art. I think the naysay­ers make way too much it. It wash­es off with soap and water at the end of the day, and we go on with our lives. Our boyfriends and hus­bands aren’t being fooled, and we’re good with our­selves. I share more of my thoughts in this video:

Rin­ny

 

I remem­ber when I was a kid and couldn’t wait to wear make-up so I could be like the girls on Clue­less (This was before I knew Stacey Dash was lost in the world). Lip­stick was cool, mas­cara and eye­lin­er was oh so rad. I had to set­tle for Bonne Bell lip balm and those infa­mous clear fla­vored roller­ball lip gloss­es. The only time I could wear make-up was for dance com­pe­ti­tions. As I got old­er, I real­ly start­ed to explore. I remem­ber steal­ing my Mom’s Black Opal shad­ows (some of which I have til this day). At one point in my life, I was even pur­su­ing a career as an MUA. The rea­son being is because of the way make-up feels. It’s a sense of cre­ative expres­sion. It’s fig­ur­ing out how many pur­ple and gold smokey eyes one can come up with to go to their col­lege foot­ball game. It’s beat­ing your face so you can bol­ster your con­fi­dence if you so choose. You can’t keep me away from a good high­light and bold lip! I’m all for it. Make-up is for the wear­er.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Make­up-sham­ing exists in the black com­mu­ni­ty?

I’m a Lip­stick-obsessed Jour­nal­ist and Fash­ion Blog­ger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube chan­nel swatch­ing lip­pies and strut­ting around in 5-inch heels. I’m a also a brand coach, spe­cial­iz­ing in video mar­ket­ing and dig­i­tal brand devel­op­ment. Find me @lisaalamode.

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La Bella Bre'

Oh, I know who is respon­si­ble for these memes and the overt crit­i­cism of Black women and their make­up. The BBNC (Bit­ter B—- Ni— Com­mit­tee). Across all social media plat­forms, it has been BLACK MEN who den­i­grate the Black woman the most. SMH

La Bella Bre'
I per­son­al­ly have no issue with what anoth­er woman, espe­cial­ly anoth­er Black woman does to her face/hair/body. All this make­up sor­cery shit is just waay too much dra­ma on social media. And it’s pet­ty, and the cre­ators and provo­ca­teurs REEK of des­per­a­tion and inse­cu­ri­ty. I’ve had grown ass men and women cri­tique me for wear­ing red lip­stick because they are jeal­ous of my full lips. They say “red is a whore col­or,” yet these same bozos will wear red Jor­dans or put on a red church hat, lol. Has to be jeal­ousy and old-fash­ioned views because I don’t see them crit­i­ciz­ing… Read more »
Ashley Dawn
ALL women are make-up shamed. All women are accused of “lying” using make-up, all women are accused of only wear­ing make-up to get male atten­tion, and all women are crit­i­cized for their col­or choic­es. This is not just a prob­lem with­in the black com­mu­ni­ty. There have been tons of “porn stars with­out make-up” arti­cles, and every woman fea­tured is white, and every­one always remarks on how these rat­ty, ugly, acne-rid­dled lit­tle white girls doll up to be every man’s fan­ta­sy woman. (“Good thing I only need to look at her for three min­utes,” etc. etc.) The only thing in this I… Read more »
MegaHind

Nev­er­mind these pro­fes­sion­al vic­tims. If they’ve expe­ri­enced some­thing they don’t like it’s because they’re Black women. Yet, you don’t hear them attribute their pos­i­tive expe­ri­ences in life to their Black­ness. How­ev­er, if you were to tell them they have a victim’s men­tal­i­ty and self-image they would make all sorts of accu­sa­tions against you. It’s real­ly embar­rass­ing at this point.

MegaHind

the_spiral

For the dark skinned girl with the red lip­stick, I think the main issue is that loud toma­to shade just clash­es with her (per­fect­ly love­ly) skin tone. I would have her in a cool­er berry-tone red. But of course yeah, every­one is free to do their make­up how­ev­er they want and there’s no need for mean/catty com­men­tary. Ain’t my face!

TWA4now

Yes, it exists!-Damn if she does or doesn’t waer make-up! She has to feel.comfortable and beau­ty no mat­ter her decision…key words: HER CHOICE!

Kiaunta Hubbard

Red lip­stick looks good on every skin tone (just use a brown lin­er for dark­er skin & no orange under­tones). I’m old­er so I can remem­ber back in the 90’s when neon col­ors were out and some girl let me know that I was too black to have on loud pink. Well, it wasn’t that it looked bad on me, it’s just that you noticed my skin…which peo­ple seemed to have a prob­lem with..even more. My skin was beau­ti­ful. I didn’t know that then. It’s the same con­cept with the red lip­stick.

Mark

The real issue here is that women can’t win no mat­ter what they do. If they don’t wear make­up, they’re ugly and don’t take care of them­selves and will nev­er “get a man.” If they do wear make­up, they’re shal­low and fool­ing peo­ple and try­ing to “trap a man.” 

Mean­while, there are entire indus­tries that tell women their beau­ty is direct­ly linked to their worth as human beings, and an entire his­to­ry of anti-Black­ness that tells Black women they’re worth less than white women regard­less of how beau­ti­ful they are. 

“Make­up sham­ing” isn’t a thing. Hatred of women (espe­cial­ly Black women) is.

Natanya

Vagi­nas?

Natanya

You hit the nail on the head!

Antonia

No such thing as make­up sham­ing The issue is just wear­ing too much make­up regard­less of race.

AlenaCraig

“What are your thoughts? Do you think Make­up-sham­ing exists in the black com­mu­ni­ty?”

I think a sick, pathet­ic need to con­trol every damn thing Black women do, think and feel exists in the Black com­mu­ni­ty. SMH

Exquisite Pearl
This top­ic is such a sen­si­tive sub­ject for many women of col­or. I’ve watched the videos where these ladies have applied mass amounts of con­ceal­er and foun­da­tion to even out and blend their skin tones to cre­ate their can­vas for their make-up artistry. As a Pro­fes­sion­al Beau­ty Con­sul­tant, one of the things I encounter more then any­thing in the Black com­mu­ni­ty are young women who will spend a high dol­lar amount on a mass amount of prod­ucts to cov­er up their imper­fec­tions. I actu­al­ly took the time to add up the costs of prod­ucts used in one of these before… Read more »
Natanya

I don’t get your answer to the ques­tion at hand.

Interrupting Cow
Came across this piece shared on FB, and I love the focus on both ask­ing insight­ful ques­tions, and offer­ing pos­i­tive, empow­er­ing per­son­al nar­ra­tives. The idea that make­up (and fash­ion for that mat­ter) is fair game for anyone’s vicious crit­i­cisms baf­fles and enrages me. Wear what you want, do your make­up how you want, look great, feel great, stop tear­ing oth­er women down. Amen. I want­ed to chime in on this point though: “Black women are also often made to feel restrict­ed with what’s appro­pri­ate for their com­plex­ion.” For what it’s worth, this is very much not lim­it­ed to women of col­or.… Read more »
Medusa

Let peo­ple wear what they want. It’s their right.

Lizzie Beth

You made it sound like soci­ety has a prob­lem with black women wear­ing make­up when truth is, it’s black peo­ple doing the most crit­i­ciz­ing. Just like it was black peo­ple crit­i­ciz­ing Gabby’s hair. I think it’s time we start being hon­est about how hor­ri­ble we treat each oth­er!

chocolate
Yes, I agree with Lizzie about the Gab­by thing. Nobody hates black peo­ple more than black peo­ple — and this hatred is tar­get­ed towards dark com­plex­ioned black women the most. Of all of the won­der­ful, spec­tac­u­lar, tal­ent­ed, phe­nom­e­nal things Gab­by does, black folks were so igno­rant and self-hat­ing all they could con­cen­trate on was her hair. The lit­tle girl’s hair looked like the white girl’s hair: pulled back in a pony tail so that she could do her thing with­out inter­fer­ence or dis­trac­tion. I bet not one of those opin­ion­at­ed negroes could do any­thing Gab­by could do! And how many of… Read more »
Edith Spencer

And you said every­thing that need­ed to be said about this. We treat each oth­er like crap, and we have to stop.

Purple Sound

Exact­ly. The self-hate in the Black com­mu­ni­ty is real smh. Peo­ple would be so quick to call out White peo­ple for racism yet mer­ci­less­ly go in on some­one who is dark-skinned. Black women can’t win for los­ing these days. I bet it was an igno­rant Black man that made this. I’m am so over them pro­ject­ing their inse­cu­ri­ties onto us.

Jenna

Hyper­pig­men­ta­tion in every­day lin­go is a pret­ty spe­cif­ic term actu­al­ly. Refers to Post-Inflam­ma­to­ry hyper­pig­ment­ed spots, ergo dark spots. What you’re refer­ring to is melas­ma. Sure tech­ni­cal­ly that falls under the same term, same way tech­ni­cal­ly Indi­ans and Mid­dle East­ern­ers, not just Chi­nese & Japan­ese are Asian, but peo­ple don’t get that pedan­tic. In day-to-day speak, hyper­pig­men­ta­tion and pIH are one and the same, that’s prob­a­bly why your com­ment sound­ed so asi­nine. But yes, if you’re talk­ing about Melas­ma (which, none of the girls pic­tured are suf­fer­ing from actu­al­ly) then you have a point.

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[…] last­ly, using it because we are ugly.   I shared more of  thoughts regard­ing make­up-sham­ing in this post, how­ev­er you can watch my Pow­er of Make­up video to show your sup­port for make­up enthu­si­asts […]

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Truth, every word!

TWA4now

Yes sham­ing exist and needs to STOP. With or with­out make-up — up true beau­ty is from with­in.

aja

Why do you care? Are you wear­ing it?

C.S. Stone

hav­ing a dis­cus­sion that includes respect­ing peo­ple express­ing their opin­ion on the top­ic is beyond you, appar­ent­ly. oh well.

aja

Same to you as I just expressed my opin­ion.

aja

Make-up sham­ing is just self-hate. Why should you care what some­one wears on their skin? We all wear make-up to have fun, enhance our fea­tures, and to try some­thing new and dif­fer­ent from the every day look. I mean so what? Just leave peo­ple alone. Give us room to breathe, be our­selves, and enjoy being our­selves. We are some­times our own worst ene­mies with the things we say about each other…yes, black women, I am talk­ing about us! Why are we always bash­ing each oth­er? Soci­ety is hard enough. Leave us alone! Let’s stop the sham­ing, the hating…just STOP!

TheGreeksCopiedMe

Actu­al­ly wear­ing fake straight hair and make­up that light­ens your brown God-giv­en skin is the real self-hate.

TWA4now

…some have not learnt self-love. I had to change my think­ing about a lot since return­ing to nature…it’s a mind­set.

Mauve_Avenger

I don’t know what peo­ple are talk­ing about some­times. Bright col­ors look amaz­ing on dark­er skin. Noth­ing against my fair sis­ters, but shades of dark­er skin lend them­selves so well to rich jew­eled tones.

Caela Bialek

Agreed! I’m about as pale as a polar bear in a snow­storm, and bright colours unfor­tu­nate­ly do not work for me. I used to try wear­ing eye make­up when I was a teenag­er, but I even­tu­al­ly real­ized I looked like a ghost clown, so I stopped.

To all make­up-wear­ing dark-skinned peo­ple: if you want to wear a bright colour, do it. I may not be able to wear those colours myself with­out look­ing absurd, but I sure as hell appre­ci­ate how good you look with those colours on your beau­ti­ful melanat­ed skin #mela­nen­vy :)

EllieLo

No!!!! Not a “ghost clown”!! XD
But yeah, when­ev­er I see make­up rec­om­men­da­tions, one thing seems to ring true: dark­er skin­tones can han­dle more pig­ment in make­up. The con­trast is strik­ing and flat­ter­ing, but some peo­ple appar­ent­ly don’t like it, smh

Spirit
This is just anoth­er way for peo­ple to try and keep Black Women “in their place”. Black Women need to under­stand that ‘our place” is wher­ev­er we decide we want it to be and that, “that place” is inter­change­able. Kind of like make­up, which is why I wear it and love it. I per­son­al­ly love see­ing dark skin women with bright lip­stick col­ors. I’m not a fan of weird col­ors on any­one mind you, like the blue col­or they have out or the yel­low, but that’s regard­less of race or com­plex­ion and its just my thing. What we as black… Read more »
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[…] the longest weave or the best con­tour­ing tech­nique, but I am say­ing that a girl or woman’s cos­met­ic care choic­es shouldn’t dimin­ish how you view her as a poten­tial part­ner. What we do with our hair, nails, […]

Selena
Most folks that shame black women for wear­ing make­up are only say­ing “I cant imag­ine how to begin to do that on my own face so since I feel intim­i­dat­ed I’m going to knock her down by say­ing some­thing rude.” And as far as men, they are idiots when it comes to make­up and what they think is nat­ur­al. Nobody is trans­form­ing like that on you in real life and if they are be grate­ful they took the time to get cute for you because you prob­a­bly don’t look like much to her, but she rec­og­nizes that men dont usu­al­ly… Read more »
sharday
Hel­lo there ladies! I am a his­to­ry major and I would like to address your ques­tion in the arti­cle: Why is our use of make­up tied to us want­i­ng to appear more white, or try­ing to land a man? Futher­more, why does there exist a stig­ma against dark-skinned women.…. First, the Euro­peans cre­at­ed race and cre­at­ed the feud­ing and stig­mas we have against one anoth­er. The dark-skinned vs light-skinned and field work­ers vs house work­ers bat­tle is real. You see there were sev­er­al blacks who were born in now Amer­i­ca dur­ing the colo­nial peri­ods and even before. Inter­ra­cial mar­riage was… Read more »
parkwood1920

I think most of the peo­ple on this blog are well-aware of the his­to­ry of slav­ery. That doesn’t address why Black women are sin­gled out for being dark-skinned instead of Black men, or why women are shamed for wear­ing make­up.

Stephanja Ahumada
I think peo­ple are super hate­ful and it shocks me. If a girl wears no make up and doesn’t look “the part”, she has no self con­fi­dence, but if she wears make up proud­ly and has fun with her­self, she is a liar… seri­ous­ly peo­ple! I think all of those women are beau­ti­ful for WHO they are and I’m glad they are enjoy­ing them­selves. Make up is art. It’s fun. It makes us more con­fi­dent just like fix­ing your hair or putting on nice clothes. I think the swim­ming hash tag is degrad­ing and insult­ing. Let’s not for­get that NONE… Read more »
Spirit

Thank you so much for your com­ment I for­get women wit a lighter hue use bronz­er

Katya
Well, as far as the ques­tion of “The ques­tion then is, why are black women not afford­ed the same free­dom with wear­ing make­up as our white coun­ter­parts” goes, one is always going to receive that uneven treat­ment from white soci­ety and we already know why, which is par­tial­ly fueled by the fact that we not only age bet­ter but look stun­ning­ly bet­ter both with and with­out make­up than our white coun­ter­parts have, do and ever will. If peo­ple need a hash­tag, they can use #facts for that. But when it comes to our own com­mu­ni­ty, some of the more juve­nile respons­es… Read more »
aja

But at the end of the day, what does it mat­ter what col­ors a per­son wear on her skin? It’s not your skin so why should it mat­ter to you? Seri­ous­ly. Hap­py medi­um or extreme is still a mat­ter of per­son­al choice.

Katya
As you’re doing exact­ly what you’re crit­i­ciz­ing me for, I can only reply in kind = my com­ment was nei­ther post­ed by/about, nor direct­ed to you, so why should the fact that I care or hold an opin­ion on the issue, mat­ter to you? To answer your ques­tions — it mat­ters to me because I love my peo­ple and like help­ing them when asked to. But don’t mis­take my answer­ing the ques­tions put forth in the arti­cle for, say, my active­ly shar­ing my opin­ions with oth­ers about their make­up choic­es with­out their ask­ing. Two dif­fer­ent things, hence my com­ment about sham­ing.… Read more »
Naturally.Elemental

there’s wear­ing make­up and then there’s wear­ing a mask… some don’t rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ence.

Staci Elle

I love make­up but when you look com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent on your after.. yea your poten­tial part­ner might think its some kind of trick­ery…

Lakitha Goss

I love makep. It gives me a sense of pow­er. The abil­i­ty to flaunt pwow­er­ful col­ors such as orange and teals on my lids and to slay in rich red, pranges, and pur­ple lip­sticks tru­ly gives me life. I have been wear­ing make­up since age 13. My mom always told me that make­up makes a woman more pol­ished.

???

I think this is the same as the fat­sham­ing and slut­sham­ing con­ver­sa­tions; peo­ple need to wor­ry about them­selves instead of the weight, make­up, faces, and vagi­nas of oth­er peo­ple. In oth­er words, mind your fuck­ing busi­ness about what some­one else is doing with THEIR bod­ies.

Happywife Taylor

I love my make­up and I do very good job of mak­ing it look very nat­ur­al. Black women can wear red lip­stick. There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent shades of red to com­pli­ment every skin tone.

Kat

Let’s not over­look the fact that that girls make­up doesn’t match her skin tone what­so­ev­er. Tech­nique is cool, but col­or mas­tery is equal­ly impor­tant. Also, her make­up makes her look like a dif­fer­ent per­son, but if that’s the look she’s going for.…mission accom­plished. Like why aren’t we talk­ing about how this is bad make­up as opposed to good make­up? That’s the real dis­cus­sion.

Natanya

Have you seen most actors with­out their make­up? You would not rec­og­nize them.

Miss.

Can we also talk about how hard it can be for black women to find the right col­or? I’ve resort­ed to mix­ing 2 to some­times even 3 dif­fer­ent foun­da­tion col­ors to find sort of a close match to my nat­ur­al skin­tone. Please take that into account. I’ve even seen many black celeb women with foun­da­tion that’s off. The strug­gle is real.

Natanya

Yes! I also mix col­ors. And the prob­lem is that I don’t have a for­mu­la so I can­not real­ly repro­duce the look con­sis­tent­ly. Not to men­tion that I tan eas­i­ly and my shade changes sig­nif­i­cant­ly. I end up not wear­ing make­up often for this rea­son.

NaturallyMe
I get that this is a blog focused on sole­ly black issues, but this is not an issue rel­e­gat­ed exclu­sive­ly to black women. This is a prob­lem for ALL women. Real­ly, nor every­thing is that per­son­al. Why won’t those with hyper­pig­men­ta­tion blend they’re tones to their dark­er, more preva­lent shade? Clear­ly this speaks to an even big­ger issue we still hold with dark­er skin. Why can’t we tell a woman that a col­or choice is unflat­ter­ing? Grant­ed, we black women aren’t known for our tones of kind­ness and pos­i­tive sup­port. But hon­esty isn’t a crime against black­ness. I mean, if I… Read more »
lulabelle
“I get that this is a blog focused on sole­ly black issues…” Just keep read­ing that part over and and over again until it hits you. But if you want to go there — Why don’t women blend to their dark­er, hyper­pig­ment­ed shade? One, because it’s hard enough to find make­up dark­er than tan and, even if you do, these com­pa­nies seem to think that the cool/warm/neutral under­tone thing stops once you’re dark­er than a paper bag. I can’t tell you how many cocoa, ebony, toast­ed almond, cap­puc­ci­no, espres­so, mink and fawn foun­da­tions I’ve had that had “warm” in front of… Read more »
NaturallyMe
Lula­Belle as to your first state­ment, I don’t see how you could miss the point. Maybe I didn’t cov­ey it clear­ly enough for your com­pre­hen­sion? Would I tell a white woman with acne scar­ring to wear red­der foun­da­tion? That’s the the most nar­row mind­ed ques­tion any­one can pos­si­bly pose on the issue of hyper­pig­men­ta­tion. Clear­ly you are not aware of ALL the man­i­fes­ta­tions of such a gener­ic term. I would tell a white woman with blotch­es or patch­es of dark­er shades due the uneven tones of col­or deposits she was nat­u­ral­ly born with to go with the dark­er shade rather… Read more »
Miss.

#allives­mat­ter /s

NaturallyMe

Reply again when you feel like being rel­e­vant to the top­ic. I’ll glad­ly court your thoughts then.

Manny

Because they don’t make foun­da­tion dark enough or don’t car­ry the brands that make foun­da­tion dark enough.

S. Williams

from what I’ve seen, peo­ple get foun­da­tion to cor­rect hyper­pig­men­ta­tion that close­ly resem­bles the col­or of their neck and chest. if the face is nat­u­ral­ly dark­er than the neck (or for white women who suf­fer from rosacea[sp] and get opal tones) then it makes sense to match the face to the rest of the body. I don’t think it’s a mat­ter of not get­ting the dark­er col­or. it’s get­ting your face to match the skin col­or of the rest of your body

sanjidude

The bright red lip­stick on that woman looks just as off as dark brown lip­stick would look on pale skin. Back in the 60s, Diana Ross wore awful pale pink lip­stick and it was “in fash­ion” at the time. Col­ors look bet­ter if they match your skin tone so I real­ly don’t think this was dark­skinned sham­ing at all.

merry
i used to be anti-make up, out­side of lip­stick. i have clear skin (i eat healthy, exer­cise and take good care of myself). it used to both­er me when i saw women of any group with make-up. but then i saw a youtube blog­ger take off her make-up. her skin was so bad, i actu­al­ly had sym­pa­thy for her. i sus­pect she need­ed that make-up to feel con­fi­dent in her­self. since then, i don’t judge women for wear­ing make up so much. BUT, i have noticed that there’s this pre­sump­tion that you’re not pol­ished if you don’t have a face… Read more »
devans00

I’m a fan of women wear­ing what they want, what makes them feel good. If any­one else doesn’t like it, they can take a fly­ing leap off a short pier.

There will always be make­up crit­i­cism for any woman, of any shade, so might as well focus on pleas­ing your­self.

agman

Why do you stop play­ing the vic­tim and do what you want? *eye roll*

s. cupcake

oy vey

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