by Rachel Odem of Makeup by RachelO

Yes, you read the title correctly, and as a licensed skin therapist and makeup artist, this statement makes me cringe. Why do dark-skin women think their complexions limit their choices when it comes to makeup colors?

Recently, as I was doing a bridal consultation and helping a client with color suggestions, she made the statement, “I have dark skin, so I can’t wear a lot of colors.” I wanted to shake her and say, “Snap out of it, beautiful; you can wear any color you want.” Dark skin is gorgeous, and as a matter of fact, I love to play with pastel colors like pinks, oranges and reds on darker skin.

As some of you may know, I enjoyed working with Ebony Magazine on the September 2011 edition Beauty Awards issue. While flipping through the pages, I came across the photo below, and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought of every client with dark skin I had ever worked with… I just wanted to show them this photo and say, “BAM! Do you see this? This model is beautiful with vibrant colors, and so are you.”

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Do you feel your complexion limits your choices in makeup colors?
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Photo by terricks noah on Unsplash

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