Dark Skin and Bright Colors

3 years ago

I walked up to the MAC counter excited; I don’t often shop with this company, but when I do, I go all out. I’m a borderline makeup junkie! I decided on Ruby Woo and Rebel lipsticks, and Gold Deposit and Soft and Gentle face highlighters. I felt a rush as I waited to purchase. I had heard great things about these products via YouTube.


Rebel was the first lipstick I wore outside. Its sheer consistency made it easy to apply. The dark plum color accentuated my facial features. I wasn’t used to being this bold with color on my lips, but I was impressed.

I held out on wearing Ruby Woo for a while longer. “Maybe I’ll wear it for a night out for dinner,” I thought. If you know me well, then you know I like using or wearing my purchases IMMEDIATELY. But with this color, I was a bit apprehensive. Being a dark-skinned woman, I just didn’t know if I’d be able to pull this off.

I wore it last night anyway. When I tried it on at the store, it looked great. There was nothing to fret. I had to put my big girl panties on and stick with it. The color was bold, loud, and beautiful. I was complimented by other sisters who are dark complected like me. They expressed the same concerns about wearing daring colors, and I encouraged them to try it out. I’m learning that there are plenty of colors that compliment chocolatey skin—they just have to be sought out.


Lupita Nyong'o on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2014 at the Sunset Towers in West Hollywood, California, Sunday March 2, 2014. (Image: © Prensa Internacional/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Lupita Nyong’o has made it cool to be dark skinned in 2014. She wears bright colors with ease and confidence. Undoubtedly she is beautiful , and she seems to be a good person internally as well. However, why is she being made into the media’s “exotic crush?” We should already know that are dreams are valid and that we are beautiful in all shapes, sizes, and unique features.

What is your take on this? Do you shy away from certain colors/patterns because of fear of how you may be perceived? Do you believe dark-skinned woman should just stick to neutral colors?

Salaam and peace!

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