About That Time a “Pro” Makeup Artist Jacked My Face Up

About That Time a "Pro" Makeup Artist Jacked My Face Up | KlassyKinks.com

I’ve now joined the ranks of really good looking black women (yes, I just said I’m really good looking, deal with it!) who end up looking cray cray with poorly matched makeup. My compadres include Uzo Aduba, Rihanna, pre-mogul Oprah, and our favorite sister girl Taraji P. Henson. How did I get here? I had the privilege of being invited by Au Naturale by Dark and Lovely to model in Texture on the Runway, a NYFW show to celebrate textured hair put together by Texture Media and Target. My hair was on fleek, but unfortunately, my makeup was NOT.

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Here’s what happened. I happily go luckedly arrived to prep on the day of the show with a fresh face and my hair in twists, as instructed. Once my hair was done, I was excited to see that Milani was providing makeup for all the models – I love their baked blushes and eyeshadows and generally think of them as a WOC friendly makeup brand. I sat in the chair and had a pleasant encounter with my makeup artist (who I believe was of East Asian descent), who proceeded to recreate Dark and Lovely’s pink inspired makeup look on my face. To be honest, by the time I left the chair I thought my face looked ok – I was so concerned with how pink eyeshadow looked on me that I didn’t fully scrutinize the foundation match (errr, mismatch). I should have had the intuition to more closely inspect my face because I did have to request that my eyebrows be done (have you seen my brows? they alwaysneed to be done) and eyeliner be added, but I wasn’t expecting a full beat in 15 minutes.

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My hair was styled by Derick Monroe, and fierce enough to land me in a post by PopSugar about natural hair beauties at NYFW!

Unfortunately, once pictures of the show came out, I became embarrassed to share them because MY MAKEUP LOOKS SO BAD. Whatever mix of cream foundations that my makeup artist chose to use on my face oxidized to a yellow/olive that starkly contrasted with my more neutral undertones.

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I LOVED my outfit by Samantha Black from Project Runway though!

Now the plight of a black women cursed with bad makeup isn’t new, not for celebrities or even forreal models. For some reason though, I associated makeup mishaps with darker skinned women, and thought that my medium skin tone would absolve me from makeup drama. I mean, I look GOOD when my makeup is done correctly.

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Makeup slayed two days later by Abby of Juicy Looks!

I blame makeup brands for not training artists on melanated skin, and for clearly not having artists demonstrate they can do makeup on people of color before getting hired – even when they themselves are people of color *rolls eyes*. If I do get invited back to an event like this, I’ll be sure to bring my own makeup bag so I can focus on not tripping down the runway, rather than stressing about whether or not my face will look crazy.


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KlassyKinks.com founder and editor, Ijeoma Eboh, is on a mission to change perceptions of kinky textured hair around the world. You can find her on social media @klassykinks.

  • Khala

    Umm your makeup actually looks completely fine…

    • Philly Jawn

      no its uneven and her face looks very oily

    • OXxo

      When someone has foundation on it’s not suppose to be completely obvious that they are wearing it. When foundation colours don’t match darker skinned women it looks patchy.

    • kalexa1

      So the clearly visible yellow line around her hairline that looks mask-like, and the mismatch on her neck business are “completely fine” in your estimation?? Wow.

  • TWA4now

    They need to ensure make up.artists know what they are DOING with ALL skin.types…especially women.of.color!!! I.usually experiment on.my own.when.i apply my make up. No.matter how many colors they add for black.women, I am usually in between colors. I rather do it MYSELF before I let a “professional” do.it…same thing goes for my natural hair…most DON’T know, experimenting, or will.charge me.an.arm.and.leg.for.their service….I.rather do.it.myself!

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  • layla

    honestly she looks so beautiful. I havent seen many black people as I live in an asian country but this woman is just so beautiful even with bad foundation!

  • ss (short & sweet)

    I see the makeup mismatch! Never saw the pictures of Oprah and Taraji before, they deserved much better. (But you still look fabulous tho’!)