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Beauty Brands & Black WOmen Don't Share The Love?

So Essence is doing a beauty experiment where they're studying how much of an effect black women advertising beauty products has on the black female population. And it's not looking good according to their studies: African-American women spend $7.5 billion annually on beauty products, but shell out 80 percent more money on cosmetics and twice as much on skin care products than the general market, according to the research. That difference comes as African-American women sample many more products to find the ones that are most effective on their skin. "She spends a lot, but there's little satisfaction. What keeps us buying is the hope that this product will do what it's supposed to do," said [celebrity makeup artist] Sam Fine. So despite being generally ignored or marginalized by mainstream magazines, black women spend billions of dollars on cosmetics, desperately searching for something that works. According to Smith, Fine also said he believes that the typical African-American shopper is "more likely to buy products from aspirational labels — Chanel lipsticks and Versace perfume, for example — than brands that are associated with celebrities." Could it be because many of the black celebrities who pitch cosmetics — Halle Berry, Beyoncé, Rihanna — represent only a light-skinned sliver of what the general population of African-American women look like?
Source: WWD
Hmmm. Interesting results. But are they true? Your thoughts?
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I agree with this. I used to

I agree with this. I used to be a Mac lover, but their ingredients are AWFUL and make my skin break out like....woah. I think that we are so accustomed to there not being options, that sometimes we don't realize that there are now. There are several mineral makeup lines for black women out there now, and even Iman is pretty good (bad ingredients though). Mineral Indulgence makes mineral makeup specifically for black women and their foundation is the TRUTH on my skin (both the liquid and the power). We just need to stop waiting around for white-owned companies to address our needs, and start supporting black owned businesses that already ARE. anonymous: Well, with black women it tends to be a word of mouth kind of thing. I agree that I buy far more products for hair and skin than I would like to, but as someone mentioned already; there is so much misedcuation regarding the needs of African-American women in the cosmetic industry. And unfortunately, many african-american women still don’t know what their specific hair and skin needs are. With so many variations of skin tone, and hair type for black women there is so much room for error on both sides in terms of consumer and brand maker. I have a twin sister and both our hair texture is different as well as our complexion, proving that black women are so vastly different that the one size fit all approach to beauty doesn’t fit us. For years (and unfortunately still presently) it was thought and said that black women can’t wear pink lip color, but this is so far from the truth. As with blue eyecolor. But it depends on the hues of each product that match with the undertones of the brown skin that will make it work or not. MAC is one of the few makeup lines that succeed at this (I am a MAC girl for this reason). To end, I just think that since black women are aware of the variances, we tend to try products used by others with our skin type or hair type versus what an ad or commercial promises
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Why you gotta be

Why you gotta be anonymous??: I do live for the Iman Bronzer. That is my ish… Thank you for that advice! I will go to Iman Cosmetics website right now! I don't know why I forget about her, marketing for her is laxed.
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I love Sam Fine, he's

I love Sam Fine, he's legendary. Just as the three examples shown above, major mainstream magazines that feature women of color on their cover use our lightest skinned colored black women which defies the purpose. This is a clever way to still push thier products with a focus on catering to white women. A dark Italian or Sicilian women can have either Beyonce, Halle or Rhihanna's skin complextion. So when brown to dark skin women view these ads they are still a turn-off and discouraging because they are not for all women of color.
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uhh keri is half dominican

uhh keri is half dominican which is also caribbean... LOVE: well to be honest, Kerri Washignton, Beyonce, and Queen are REAL BLACK WOMEN. They are not mixed. Rihanna is not american she IS Carrribien. So what they are light skinned. i find it interesting as a light skin woman that people act like i am less black! Get some business!
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IVAN: We should all just

IVAN: We should all just embrace ourselves, regardless of skin tone- body size- height- skin type- hair texture, etc…..You are all beautiful the way God made you! Lets all just take it back and just be free and naked! Get in touch with the greatness that is YOU! AMEN!
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Kerrie: I am a darkie, and

Kerrie: I am a darkie, and honestly it is hard finding products that suit my . I prefer to go natural anyways, but every once and a while i look for a foundation or powder and as dark as i go, they never blend back in. So i definitely agree, well on my behalf, i spend more because i still haven’t found anything that works. But i also think they need to look at what products these women are buying, because i bet a lot of black women spend a lot of their money on skin bleaching products. That’s another topic all together. kERRIE ANNE IS THAT U?
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Only 1 lipstick has really

Only 1 lipstick has really complemented my ultradark/midnight-drapped skin and that was the black radiance and it is very difficult to find nowadays
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THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO MADE

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO MADE RESPECTFUL/HELPFUL COMMENTS! BUT HONESTLY.....ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY! PROBLEM:BLACK WOMEN KEEP SPENDING MONEY ON PRODUCTS, PRAYING AND HOPING THEY FIND THE MAGIC POTION! IT DOESN'T EXISIT. COSMETIC COMPANY(PERSPECTIVE): WHY SPEND THE MONEY TO EXPAND AND CHANGE OUR BUISNESS MODELS IF "WOMEN OF COLOR" ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO KEEP INVESTING IN PRODUCTS THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT DESIGNED THEM? AND SINCE THEY AREN'T CREATING THEIR OWN AND KEEP SPENDING MONEY..WE CAN KEEP THINGS AS IS! SOLUTION: CREATE OUR OWN BRANDS, GO TO SCHOOL AND GO AFTER JOBS THAT ALLOW YOU TO CREATE CHANGE IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY, OR GO ALL NATURAL and EMBRACE WHAT GOD GAVE YOU AND KEEP IT MOVIN!!!
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MY SISTER IS ALL NATURAL AND

MY SISTER IS ALL NATURAL AND USES JANE CARTER SOLUTIONS FROM WHOLE FOODS MARKET. ITS NOT HEAVY OR OILY AND KEEPS HAIR MOISTURIZED AND SOFT ALL DAY LONG.
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I think the people who use

I think the people who use drugstore make-up are teenage girls. Also neither of these brands have anything that match my skintone. And make me break out.
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VOTE WITH YOUR DAMN DOLLARS

VOTE WITH YOUR DAMN DOLLARS PEOPLE!!!!!!!
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Amen: We don't go to black

Amen: We don't go to black nail salons (customer service issues, but the asians treat u worse-in another language, but u know from their eyes that they're not expressing love or blessings. Many asians hair stores are not styling black hair, but are putting in weaves in the backs of their stores and homes-KEEP OUTSOURCING YOUR BEAUTY AND BUSINESS practices.... BMW: Another thing, please stop makeing asians rich. The weave market is sending their children to Ivy league schools while we work a 9 to 5 and can’t even spend enough time with our own children.
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chloebri: I must concur

chloebri: I must concur with these statements. Black women undoubtedly spend the most on crap but they are marginalizing the look of their models. I know that Ambi is a product I see in most black households (yes i look in the medicine jar during my bathroom sessions) and they primarily utilize REAL black models. Coincidence I think not… But lets not forget that most of Black hollywood is not black or at least of primary african decent. Most of the actresses are bi racial and lets also be real…Angela Burt Murray the editor of Essence…Miss I’m down cuz I’m brown is also mixed. So really it should go to show how the mutts of the world are taking over our spot as Black people. One thing is that mixed and Black are DIFFERENT yet mixed can be black but black can’t be mixed…food for thought! All of that talk about "mutts" is just utter ignorance. Your comments come from a place of complex. You feel so marginalized that you need to attack those closest to you. I do not think you know much about Africa or it's original peoples, cause if you did you would know "Black" is a made up concept. After first it was defined for you but now now you've taken the slave masters concept and ran with it to perpetrate hate on your own people. Just so you know about this whole light skinned blah blah debate. There are many groups in West Africa(originated there!) who have features that the ignorant and brainwashed would deem "mutt" "white" "mixed" ire. the Fulani peoples for example. Features are not race exclusive. What you may see on an African American that looks “white” could very well come straight from Africa. And as far as the white media putting people up who they perceive to look like them...Get Over It! They own it, they control it and it human nature find attractive what you perceive to resembles you. If you wanna to see more people who look like you on Ads start a makeup company.
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Well, with black women it

Well, with black women it tends to be a word of mouth kind of thing. I agree that I buy far more products for hair and skin than I would like to, but as someone mentioned already; there is so much misedcuation regarding the needs of African-American women in the cosmetic industry. And unfortunately, many african-american women still don't know what their specific hair and skin needs are. With so many variations of skin tone, and hair type for black women there is so much room for error on both sides in terms of consumer and brand maker. I have a twin sister and both our hair texture is different as well as our complexion, proving that black women are so vastly different that the one size fit all approach to beauty doesn't fit us. For years (and unfortunately still presently) it was thought and said that black women can't wear pink lip color, but this is so far from the truth. As with blue eyecolor. But it depends on the hues of each product that match with the undertones of the brown skin that will make it work or not. MAC is one of the few makeup lines that succeed at this (I am a MAC girl for this reason). To end, I just think that since black women are aware of the variances, we tend to try products used by others with our skin type or hair type versus what an ad or commercial promises
anonymous's picture

We should all just embrace

We should all just embrace ourselves, regardless of skin tone- body size- height- skin type- hair texture, etc.....You are all beautiful the way God made you! Lets all just take it back and just be free and naked! Get in touch with the greatness that is YOU! :)
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cat4everrr: i wouldn’t

cat4everrr: i wouldn’t touch iman’s brand with a 10 foot pole.she sends off all tips of bad vibes in my opinion.maybe it was the last comment that she made about michelle obama that has completely turned me off towards her AMEN!!!!What idiot talks like that about our first lady; so many of us look up to her as a role model and more. But she is not quite up to par because she is not a "beauty".
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MissCaramel: If you have

MissCaramel: If you have combo to oily skin..I highly recommend Clinique Stay matte Pressed Powder..its oil free..translucent pressed powder..comes in so many beautiful brown tones..works great..Clinique also has a lot of oil free blushes that look good on our skin..dont sleep on clinique! Theyre a lil cheaper than MAC..but still quality.. AND ITS GREAT FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND ECZEMA, LIKE ME. My face itches, eyes swell and water, and my sinuses become aggravated, the pimples occur with a lot of the brands. I cant wear that sh#t, but Clinique is the product that works without the side effects. I wonder if I can get paid for this endorsement.
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I do feel that dark skinned

I do feel that dark skinned women as myself are under represented when it comes to make up! I agree with a few of you who say that MAC caters to dark skinned women. I dont like the fact that I have to pay an arm and a leg, but if thats all there is, what can I do. Ambi also works very well for skin cleansing! Majority of the adds that are out there only cater to the light skinned population, or biracial. Half the time they have models that look damn near "clear" representing African Americans! I hate to burst that bubble...light skin women are not the only type of African American women out there!
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keisha: I think so. I

keisha: I think so. I ignore the celebrity ads because I am dark and I will never wear the lipstick or polish that beyonce or halle wear. As a matter of fact I have a particular disdain for black women who wear too light lipstick. What i find crazy is I pay $25 for MAC foundation but revlon and cover girl refuse to make foundation in my tone. I would be a loyal customer if I could get a tone that works from me from the drugstore. Hey...try Cover Girl Queen collection...I promise you won't be sorry. Like I said before, it's as if the makeup kisses your skin...it's beautiful...maybe it's cause I'm beautiful, but I'm sure you are to my fellow chocolate sister!
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I am a Bare Essentials girl

I am a Bare Essentials girl for the whole line. The foundation lasts me a year and I don't get broke on cleanser and moisturizer. My skin is healthier for it and my girls have fallen in love with it too. Gives the natural look without damaging our skin. It is blendable so I just shade up for summer.
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I have a lot of thoughts

I have a lot of thoughts about this post. I am not at all surprised by the large amount of money Black women spend on beauty products, but I think the reasons we spend so much are tri-fold: 1. As Sam Fine said, we spend so much on beauty because we are looking for that magic product that will be everything we are looking for and will cure our beauty woes. 2. Drugstore lines (with the exception of Iman) do NOT make products in many shades for Black women, and the few token shades they do make are rarely a shade of anyone I've ever seen. Therefore we spend our cash on department store makeup which cost a lot more. 3. Many of us believe expensive is better. In some cases this is true, but as many items like lip gloss or mascara are available in great quality formulations at the drugstore. Unfortunately, too many of us would rather have that Dior mascara or Chanel lipstick just for the simple fact that it is Chanel or Dior. As far as buying something because Halle or Rhianna is on it, I don't believe that we as Black women have the luxury of buying a beauty product simply because we like to promotes it. We have to consider too many other factors, such as shades availability, etc. But I do like to see Black models and celebs representing makeup brands because I believe it is the LEAST these makeup companies can do. And I have to throw my 2 cents in about MAC. Its foundations, concealers and powders suck. The colors for Black people don't look natural or realistic, and yet Black women flock to them for their foundations. I don't understand it. There are better options available. Do your research before you buy!!!!
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this is a good "experiment"

this is a good "experiment" lol. I am light skin and I prefer MAC over any drugstore product anyday. But if I do have to go drugstore I use whatever won't breakout my skin (I have sensitive skin) and good coverage. I DO agree though that it seems every black woman celebrity model for these drugstore makeup lines are light skin. That's not a good look. I never thought of it that way. Makes you wonder...
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I know I definitely don't buy

I know I definitely don't buy make-up just because a celebrity wears it. Actually, I never even think of celebrities, I have to think of what looks best on me before I put something on my face. What looks good on Beyonce is not going to look good on me.
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mainstream caters to whites

mainstream caters to whites and the light skin tones, which i think is a slap in the face to the beautiful lovely chocolate sista's.
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keisha: I think so. I

keisha: I think so. I ignore the celebrity ads because I am dark and I will never wear the lipstick or polish that beyonce or halle wear. As a matter of fact I have a particular disdain for black women who wear too light lipstick. What i find crazy is I pay $25 for but revlon and cover girl refuse to make foundation in my tone.I would be a loyal customer if I could get a tone that works from me from the drugstore. I'm a darkskinned woman and I agree that most of these lines dont match my skintone. But I have found the covergirl Queen collection very effective when in comes to coverage and I swear by COLOSSAL mascara.
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@cat4everrr Girrrrrl, thanks

@cat4everrr Girrrrrl, thanks for all those makeup tips u gave everyone! I'm gna try some of the suggestions u gave!!
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Ok Kanye!: It really

Ok Kanye!: It really works…. sometimes it is dark circles.. but if you put the lotion on, it will lighten up the circles bc its probably the eye liner! When you try it hunt me down and let me know if it worked for u lol i'm will most def give it a try later tonight. thanks again!
cat4everrr's picture

for all my middle class

for all my middle class ladies who can't afford spend 35 bucks or better getting a foundation blended let your heart not be troubled. there's a shade out there for everyone it just takes some time finding it.
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cat4everrr:

cat4everrr: ------- sorry screwed that one up. that's what i get for meddling with block quotes...lol T said: T: I gotta say though, my mum is about the same skin tone as beyonce and still has trouble finding foundation! again, i would give this one a try: my reply: again, i would give this one a try: revlon’s new complexion one-step. the color i recommend for you is 06 honey beige/ beige miel- SPF 15 unfortunately there’s really no point to putting on make-up without first putting on foundation…it just looks incomplete and you end up having a look of blemishes and scares with makeup piled on top. that’s why it’s sooooo important to find the right foundation first. again, putting on makeup without first applying foundation is like painting on a dirty canvass.
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T: I gotta say though, my

T: I gotta say though, my mum is about the same skin tone as beyonce and still has trouble finding foundation! again, i would give this one a try: revlon’s new complexion one-step. the color i recommend for you is 06 honey beige/ beige miel- SPF 15 unfortunately there's really no point to putting on make-up without first putting on foundation...it just looks incomplete and you end up having a look of blemishes and scares with makeup piled on top. that's why it's sooooo important to find the right foundation first. again, putting on makeup without first applying foundation is like painting on a dirty canvass.
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problems: I am an

problems: I am an in-between light skinned and medium skinned woman and it is so hard for me to find makeup.I have to buy 2 shades and mix the 2 together to get the right shade for me.I have tried all the different types of makeup and when I go into a store and try to get made up they try and point me to the counter for black women and then there is a “clear” person lol that doesnt know what she is doing. I live in Ohio and it is hard to get someone that knows what they are doing. I even went to the Mac counter and they didnt have a makeup for my skin tone.Any suggestions ladies? for your complexion i'm really feeling this foundation- revlon's new complexion one-step. the color i recommend for you is 06 honey beige/ beige miel- SPF 15 my oldest has the same complexion as you and i tried out a few brands and shades due to a recital that she had. you are gonna love it. it gives the best of both worlds, the depth from a liquid foundation but the wonderful finish of a powder foundation. best, it will last you a good four to five hours for only four to five bucks!
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I gotta say though, my mum is

I gotta say though, my mum is about the same skin tone as beyonce and still has trouble finding foundation! That's because the undertones are always too yellow, and look like a mask on her face. And you know what? It's not very fair on these women to keep pinpointing that they are 'lighter' than many black people, it's not like they have control over their skintone! Me and my mum will be soon trying professional make up brands like ben nye and kryolan, which apparently do amazing foundations. It's not just about the tone of the product, it's also about durability, texture, finish, quality and price. And let's face it, drugstore may be cheaper but it just doesnt cater.
T's picture

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ALL

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ALL THAT!! But what i do know is that RIHANNA looks waaaay better than both Halle and Beyonce in those photos!!! Get it Rih!
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I use MAC foundation- i

I use MAC foundation- i actually prefer Perscriptives (my sister was the counter manager for a few years), but it's too expensive for my Mommy blood these days. The issue I have with drugstore makeup is that they don't account for undertone. I have dark skin, but a yellow undertone. A lot of the "dark" shades are way too red for me. Maybe they're just playing the odds, but it doesn't serve my needs. I used to work for Elizabeth Arden, but I never wore their products- their darkest shade is "Suntan" lol.
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I wish the million of Black

I wish the million of Black women(and other women of color who use their products)who give their money to these businesses realized that these companies (Revlon, Covergirl, Maybelline, etc etc) were not in our best interests and stop pouring our money into companies that do not care about us and our needs. When will we learn?
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I am an in-between light

I am an in-between light skinned and medium skinned woman and it is so hard for me to find makeup. I have to buy 2 shades and mix the 2 together to get the right shade for me. I have tried all the different types of makeup and when I go into a store and try to get made up they try and point me to the counter for black women and then there is a "clear" person lol that doesnt know what she is doing. I live in Ohio and it is hard to get someone that knows what they are doing. I even went to the Mac counter and they didnt have a makeup for my skin tone. Any suggestions ladies?
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Sorry a little off on my

Sorry a little off on my spelling gossiping and working at the same time don't mix too well sometimes.
sasha's picture

The most important thing is

The most important thing is to take care of your face, use a moisturizer and toner. Remove all makeup before going to bed. A good makeup is the Christian Dior airbrush makeup. It is expensive but it gives a flawless finish and it isnt thick like MAC makeup. It is nto for everyday use unless you want to , but it is the closest you can get to the look the stars wear. As for the RI, Bey and Queen not sure they really wear the makeup they do commercials for. Queen maybe but thgat finish that RI and Bey have do not come from that type of makeup. The only thing about bare minerals it still gets in the pores and can actually make them more defined than other makeup.
sasha's picture

Mac gives you cake face, it's

Mac gives you cake face, it's just so thick. Bare minerals is on point ladies.
BMW's picture

I don't put that nonsense on

I don't put that nonsense on my face anyways, and when i do it's only when i go out to parties and that i use MAC makeup...it has my colour, and doesnt even look as if am wearing foundations, its right good....and i dont put lipstick on cos it dont look gud on me lol
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It really works.... sometimes

It really works.... sometimes it is dark circles.. but if you put the lotion on, it will lighten up the circles bc its probably the eye liner! When you try it hunt me down and let me know if it worked for u lol
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Ok Kanye!: I agree witht

Ok Kanye!: I agree witht he whole light skinned dark skninned thing. We should all be happy with the skin we are in and embrace it! Beinga black woman, ragardless of skin tone, is a beautiful thing within its self. The wirght thing, I agree! Im thin, yet someone got mad at me for defending Lela on the post yesterday. Everyone is not a size two and if they were they will not always stay that way. Because I decided to say something about that they said “I must be fat bc fat people defend fat people” LOl… that was a true statement of ignorant ideology to me, if you want to call it ideology! IBack to the topic. I have used MAC for a long time and I found that as I got older <even tho im only 21 lol, my face got more oily and I wasnt able to use MAC due to how heavy it is. I too use mineral makeup and I like how light it feels. I dont use it a lot tho. And for about two months I thought I was getting dark circles under my eyes and then my aunt taught me something, a lot of times we think its dark circles but its a little bit of eyeliner and mascara that has embedded in the skin. All i did was take some lotion and sit it under my eyes for a couple minutes and it came off and my “circles” were gone! I never realized the importance of make remover even when you arent wearing foundation and concealer. I was just using my face wash! Anyway, I just wanted to share that with anyone who didnt know that. wowzers!!!!!!! i really gotta thank you for that tip on the circles BECAUSE I HAVE THE SAME DAMN ISSUE...LOL...much thanks!!!
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if you reallyyyyy wanna learn

if you reallyyyyy wanna learn some helpful tips and tricks for make-up on brown to dark complexion females check out tyra's shows. they give up all the goodies on beauty secrets for blacks. tho my youngest daughter is a huge fan of tyra i am by no means a tyra banks fan. nevertheless i believe one should give credit where credit is do. i admit this much- when on occasion my youngest daughter is watching a tyra show with a topic on beauty for blacks i inevitably end up stopping in my tracks and going into automatic mental note taking mode...lol there is no other show on the air waves today that speak to black beauty specifically in the way the she does. no other show where a young black female such as my daughter can tune into and gain an in depth understanding of what goes into the making of a beautiful black female.
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cat4everrr: and that goes

cat4everrr: and that goes for weight as well. i am soooooo to-through with having what is viewed to be an acceptable weight being dictated to me by mainstream media. i am completely bored out of my mind with constantly being bombarded with size 2 and 4 models on every single magazine cover at the grocery store. BORINGGGGGGGGGGGGi’m ready for the REAL. i’m ready for people who reflect the overall population, not just 20 percent. i want to see imperfect people. people who will hold my attention. this is the honest to goodness truth- i never ever watch reality tv but when keisha coles reality show came out i was captured. here we had a girl with a crackhead mom, a lush for a sister and was shipped off to be adopted as a child; yet through it all she picked herself up by the bootstraps to become the POWERFUL woman that she is today.oprah, queen latifah and jada smith are others that come to mind. none of the fore mentioned are completely perfect by any stretch of the imagination yet they manage to keep me fascinated and who doesn’t live to be fascinated at least once a day. I agree witht he whole light skinned dark skninned thing. We should all be happy with the skin we are in and embrace it! Being a black woman, ragardless of skin tone, is a beautiful thing within its self. The wirght thing, I agree! Im thin, yet someone got mad at me for defending Lela on the post yesterday. Everyone is not a size two and if they were they will not always stay that way. Because I decided to say something about that they said "I must be fat bc fat people defend fat people" LOl... that was a true statement of ignorant ideology to me, if you want to call it ideology! I Back to the topic. I have used MAC for a long time and I found that as I got older <even tho im only 21 lol, my face got more oily and I wasnt able to use MAC due to how heavy it is. I too use mineral makeup and I like how light it feels. I dont use it a lot tho. And for about two months I thought I was getting dark circles under my eyes and then my aunt taught me something, a lot of times we think its dark circles but its a little bit of eyeliner and mascara that has embedded in the skin. All i did was take some lotion and sit it under my eyes for a couple minutes and it came off and my "circles" were gone! I never realized the importance of make remover even when you arent wearing foundation and concealer. I was just using my face wash! Anyway, I just wanted to share that with anyone who didnt know that.
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Queen Latifah should of

Queen Latifah should of started her own brand like IMAN. And why is Sam Fine even talking. i completely agree and i would support her 100 percent. time to cut out the middle man and allow black women continue to move into the decision making roles
cat4everrr's picture

michelle williams' photo

michelle williams' photo spread was off the charts. i LOVED IT. it emphatically spoke SELF SUFFICIENT, CLASSY, BEAUTIFUL YET POWERFUL BLACK WOMAN. it really brought out the different faces of a black woman in spite of what mainstream media tells us we are allowed to believe and perceive.
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and that goes for weight as

and that goes for weight as well. i am soooooo to-through with having what is viewed to be an acceptable weight being dictated to me by mainstream media. i am completely bored out of my mind with constantly being bombarded with size 2 and 4 models on every single magazine cover at the grocery store. BORINGGGGGGGGGGGG i'm ready for the REAL. i'm ready for people who reflect the overall population, not just 20 percent. i want to see imperfect people. people who will hold my attention. this is the honest to goodness truth- i never ever watch reality tv but when keisha coles reality show came out i was captured. here we had a girl with a crackhead mom, a lush for a sister and was shipped off to be adopted as a child; yet through it all she picked herself up by the bootstraps to become the POWERFUL woman that she is today. oprah, queen latifah and jada smith are others that come to mind. none of the fore mentioned are completely perfect by any stretch of the imagination yet they manage to keep me fascinated and who doesn't live to be fascinated at least once a day.
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and that goes for weight as

and that goes for weight as well. i am soooooo to-through with having what is viewed to be an acceptable weight being dictated to me by mainstream media. i am completely bored out of my mind with constantly being bombarded with size 2 and 4 models on every single magazine cover at the grocery store. BORINGGGGGGGGGGGG
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codi: Ibelieve this was a

codi: Ibelieve this was a post just to get the OLD 1865 “light-skinned”/”dark-skinned” bickering going. i think it goes a little deeper than that. personally, i'm getting really bored with the powers that be having decided that only fair to light complexion women are to be allowed to represent the face of beauty for the entire black race. i need a little variety in my life to keep things spicy. after a while the same-ole-same-ole gets boring. i'm ready for something new, fresh and different. i suppose that's why the photo spread of jennifer hudson intrigued me so. that shot of her coming out of the car with the white suit and pearls was soooooooooo vintage hot hot hot and screamed POWERFUL WOMAN. God i loved the entire spread and it kept my attention. it was new, fresh, different and came with a back story entailing a girl who pulled herself up by the bootstaps and made it happen. nowadays when i come across magazine photos of "traditionally accepted" blacks i flip right through the pages until i come across something more interesting.
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I have tried every make up

I have tried every make up brand known to man to try and match my skin tone, and Covergirl, revlon and loreal DON'T make anything I wear. I have found great glosses and eye shadows with Maybelline, but it was all trial and error. I could care less what Rihanna or Beyonce is wearing, they do not look anything like me.
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