Black & Beautiful: In Love with the Cocoa

Black & Beautiful: In Love with the Cocoa

Kala Dent, Staff Writer

Often times when women of color are browsing makeup departments they discover that most
cosmetic lines do not cater to their beauty needs. The store may not have foundation in their shade
and/or visible lipstick colors causing customers to look dissimilar to the fair skinned models shown
online. Listed below are pointers from Michelle Obama’s makeup artist, Derrick Rutledge, which African
American women can use on their next makeup shopping spree!
Since ebony women generally have different pigment tones on their face, Rutledge claims by using
three shades of foundation: “One light, one medium and one dark.” You will get the perfect glow. For
eyes, use lighter foundation to highlight areas that are usually “kissed by the sun”.
Some cosmetic lines such as IMAN, Cover Girls “Queen Collection”, Fashion Fair and Black Opal are
geared toward more earthly skin tones. Black Radiance is another inexpensive cosmetic line devoted
completely to women of color. Amalgamate these make up tips with the best cosmetics for African
American women for an awesome makeup experience.