I got into makeup pretty late… I don’t know I had pretty clear skin as a kid (to be honest I still do) so makeup really seemed needed. However, at 18 I started noticing the tiny imperfections like uneven colour on my face and dark circles under my eyes and I figured it was time to give this whole makeup thing a try.
In the last year I’ve got a lot more into exploring different brands of makeup – from cheaper drugstore stuff to some more expensive brand names and whilst there is so much variety in terms of products and consistencies and finishes, there’s not as much variety when it comes to colour…
My mum’s of St Lucian origin and my dad’s of Jamaican origin, so I have a medium-ish skin tone; I’m not that dark, and yet finding drug store foundations and concealers is near impossible. I have foundations that suit my skin tone, but these can generally only be found in high-end brands (the two I have at the moment are from MAC and Nars). Yes, these are both amazing foundations, but I’m a student, I don’t have money to spend on fancy foundations all the time. This problem is even worse when it comes to concealer, because I go through concealer very quickly, and cannot justifying paying around £20 for a high end concealer that’s only gonna last me a month at best. I feel like I should at least have the choice of whether I want to buy more expensive high end ones or cheaper drugstore ones, and at the moment there is no choice.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me trying to attack the cosmetics industry – progress is being made: Maybelline recently expanded the range of shades in their Fit Me Foundations, and Sleek recently brought out a contour palette that is actually dark enough for me to effectively contour with. However, there is still a long way to go: even with the Maybelline shades, the darker shades are rarely available in stores and I can’t order foundations on line without swatching them first. The scary thing is, my skin isn’t even towards the end of the darker spectrum of skin-tones, so it must be even more difficult for others. Yes, makeup is readily available nowadays at all price ranges, but the colours still need to be improved.
That being said, my favourite products for my skin tone (although some are applicable to anyone) at the moment are:
- NARS velvet matte skin tint in the shade Malaga
- L’Oreal Infallible Matte Priming Base
- L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer in the shade Fawn
- Sleek Cream Contour Kit in the shade Extra Dark
- MUA Blush in the shade Bon Bon
- Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Dual Lipstick in the shade Creme Caramel