Celebrate your skin tone
Women are weird. And generally never happy with what we have. For so long, white girls have wanted to be tanned. Black girls have wanted to be lighter. And everyone just wants to look like Beyonce. And while Queen B is admittedly beautiful, she is not the only standard of beauty. Slowly but surely, women are starting to embrace the skin they’re in.
Dakota Fanning and Dita von Teese have become beauty icons for pale girls everywhere. While striking beauties like Alex Wek and Lupita Nyong’o prove that dark is in indeed lovely.
While we still have a long way to go, it appears the beauty industry is finally waking up the fact that yes, different skin tones exist, and yes each one is just as lovely as the next. Lancome is the latest cosmetic company to embrace darker skin tones, having recently named Lupita as their new brand ambassador. The Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress admits that she used to pray to God for lighter skin but is now “particularly proud to represent [Lancome’s] unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.”
Here’s how to celebrate your skin tone, whatever it may be:
- If you wear make-up, try to find a base that matches your skin. This is not always easy and sometimes you have to mix shades to find the perfect one. Test colour on your lower jaw line and try to find natural light. Take your own pocket mirror with you if you have to.
- Find out your skin type and use the right skin care products:
- Normal – lucky you! Not too dry, not too oily, small pores and minimal imperfections.
- Combination– dry in some places, oily in others (usually the T-zone – your forehead, nose and chin). You suffer from shininess and blackheads.
- Dry – dry, flaky skin that sometimes feels tough. Almost invisible pores.
- Oily – large pores, shiny complexion. You may also suffer from pimples and blackheads
- Wear sunscreen every day – no matter what skin tone you have. Exposure to the sun can cause pigmentation and dark spots and make it more difficult for scars to heal. And there is always a risk of skin cancer, no matter your colour.
- Complement your skin tone with colour. Forget the rules about which colours look good on which skin tones. Rock the colours you love and that make you feel good.
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