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I’m writing a training paper for my team and ran across this article from Essence Magazine:

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I only have a handful of Black Women as cosmetics clients (foundation) because my pigments tend to be “ashy” and I have to blend with others to make it work, espec to get more of a red tone. It seems to me that women-of-color would have to have far more shade choices in foundation, for example, than fair-skinned women, true?  What foundation line works best for you if you‘re a darker-skinned woman?  

Any opinion as to the accuracy of this article?  

I’m wondering also, if women-of-color prefer to work with other women-of-color for skin care and cosmetics purchases. I really need the honest answers so that’s what I’m asking for.  

Thanks for your time - you‘re helping me write an ACCURATE piece! Love, Kelly


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      Kmarie wrote May 29, 2009
    • What I read I do find to be true. I tend to favor the products that I have the most confidence in, the ones that match my skin tone the best and address my skin care concerns. whether I work with one person or another does not matter as much too me, what matters is the quality of the product, the knowledge of the person i am working with. Many tend to see brown skin and try to place them all within on shade, not a good move from my thoughts.  My biggest problem is most are too read for my skin, trying to find a nice shade of brown with yellow undertones that responds well to my skin is hard



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 29, 2009
    • Some to consider are by Neostrata and Trucco.... I had some success using these and doing blends of the colors for some skin tones....



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      Jo46 wrote May 29, 2009
    • Valerie Reed-42, started making her own mineral make-up when she couldn’t find a suitable substitute that wouldn’t make her skin breakout and still match her skintone.  The company website is www.valanaminerals.com.  I feel that if the person who sells me the cosmetic is knowledgeable, approachable, and personable, I feel comfortable buying the cosmetic. I think even in this economy, all women continue to buy makeup.



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      Wittymom wrote May 29, 2009
    • I don’t wear makeup daily so I find I stick to the tried and true when I am going somewhere and need to be made up. when I do wear makeup I like it be a mostly natural look with just a hint of color and have ALWAYS had a difficult time matching my skin tone. Most recently I was encouraged to try MAC products. I find that they have come the closest to matching my skin tone, and I’ve gotten the subtle made up look I was looking for.



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      Fraz764 wrote May 29, 2009
    • I think that some aspects of the article are true. For me, the skin color of a person does not matter if that person has knowledge about that product or service. I have my hair done by both an African American woman and a Caucasion male and am equally satisfied with each.  

      As for matching skin tone it can be difficult, however not all caucasion people are the exact same complexion, so like everyone we have to search til we find the right thing.



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      Kelly Robertson wrote May 29, 2009
    • Thank you my beautiful friends!  Ignorance sounds like such a bad word, but in truth, forme, it just means, “I don’t know!“. thanks so much for helping me and for your honesty—I just love it here at Fab40.  Hugs, kelly



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      Mz. Queen wrote May 29, 2009
    • I too have a hard time finding the just right brand of makeup. I have oily skin and it seems that no matter if the label says oil free I still shine. When I do decide to wear makeup I usually have to mix and blend different skin care products and use trusted foundations. An example would be using Mary Kay’s oil matifier and Fashion Fair or Mac foundation. Somedays I just use the matifier and my natural beauty.



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