Have you ever been in a situation were your iPhone is full of pictures and you are forced to back it up? That was me today. I backed up the images after travelling down memory lane looking back on some photos and memories that were taken forever ago. Some of the fashion choices? Hideous. My eye brows? What was I thinking? The make up? All that comes to mind is Michael Jackson’s song – It doesn’t matter if you are black or white.
Seriously though – when it comes to my make up game I have really come a long way.
I was a real tomboy growing up and my mother being a firm believer in natural beauty, well lets just say she was equally challenged – so as you can probably imagine this make up thing was really foreign to me. In my late teens when I finally developed an interest in make up I relied on YouTube videos, magazines and tips from other women I knew who seemed to have it together to help me get up to speed. What do they say? If at first you don’t succeed, dust it off and try again. Wise words to live by.
When I first started wearing make up I could never find a foundation that truly matched my skin colour. You see there wasn’t the influx of women of colour as there is now – so that meant a limited variety of foundation colours. Also there was this idea that women of colour didn’t need make up because we all had perfect ‘dark’ skin tone. Are they blind? Racist much?
After getting my money together I would go to a department store try on the ‘darkest’ foundation which because of the lighting looked like it would match my skin. As part of my trial then buy process I would apply the product on my face as a test run. The generous and all so flattering lighting would make it look like the “darkest” shade had really blended in. No lie, I would walk out the store with my head held up high like Beyoncé ok maybe Solange – i like her afrocentric vibe.
That is until I had random strangers giving me weird looks. First few looks I am thinking to myself damn I am slaying it today! A few more looks, some whispers and big “yes I am laughing at you because you look weird” grins and I begin to crack under the pressure. I then rush to the nearest public bathroom to check myself out in the mirror. Hard to believe but our phones back then did not have selfie view cameras. Gasp! As I made my way to the bathroom I would be thinking, dammit! I should have carried my compact mirror whilst asking myself, have I got a bugger? Is my hair not sitting correctly? The answer was always D – None of the above. Truth is under normal lighting the foundation I had tried and purchased did not match my skin colour no matter how much I thought I had blended it in – there was a little thing called my dark neck that was getting in the way of my foundation greatness. That same day I was back at the department store asking for a refund. The sales person knew better than to ‘try me again’ and gave me a complete refund.
So the moral of this story is don’t be like past tense Tinashe. I have compiled some of my favourite foundations that I have personally tried and tested. If applied correctly I am certain they won’t leave you looking half dead or ashy. In no particular order, I present to you:
This one is on heavy rotation because it gives full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless all day wear.
With all these Memes that encourage men to take their date to the beach on the first date so you know she’s real – the waterproof aspect makes this foundation appealing.
This is the O.G foundation for all women of colour. It applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily leaving a delicious matte finish.
A creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium to high coverage with a natural satin finish.
This is probably the most purse friendly of the foundations. It leaves you looking flawless whilst letting the real you come through- fresh, breathing, natural.
So don’t ever say I told you nothing! You really have no excuses for looking ashy as I have done the leg work for you and provided my tried and tested foundations.
I know there is plenty of amazing foundations that are out there. I am a creature of habit so I posted the foundations that I know work for me. I am open to trying new products – so if you have other foundations that you would like to recommend, hit me up in the comment section of this post or email me.
I leave you with a recent selfie I took when I got dolled up for mummy duty. You were make up and get dressed up to go to work, sit in your chair and type or what ever it is you do. I currently wear my make up to look after my baby girl at home. A job is a job of course of course!