Whether you’re light skin or dark skin or any other shades in between, you’re beautiful. Black beauty comes in various shades.
Although black models are told differently, when it comes to working with professional make up artists many are unprepared to work with models of colour, its a cycle of struggle for the models. Make up artists aren’t trained to work with black models, they end up wearing make up that doesn’t suit their skin tone. The artists try to put the blame on cosmetic companies, although there are many companies that carter to women of colour such as Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever and etc. There’s a subtle underlined message that black models don’t matter — at least not enough for the make up artists to learn to work with their complexion and style them adequately. They should put more of an effort into learning how to style black models. In comparison to black make up artists and hair stylists, they have mastered the ability to style a model no matter what colour her skin is or her hair texture, but white stylists can’t be bothered to learn. The blame is on the industry itself, most artists won’t bother learning how to style models of colour because there’s no demand to. Black models aren’t hired as often as white model therefore they have no reason to want to learn. Until the designers hire more models with different skin tones and hair textures, stylists won’t be able to change their ways. Celebrity make up artist A.J Crimson, has heard many different excuses while working in the industry such as “I never really work with black girls so why buy that makeup for my kit?” or “Why even make the investment? The non-white subject knows she requires special needs so she should bring product with her.” Why should a model have to bring in her own make up because an artist is inexperience to working with her skin tone? Why must women of colour continue to be treated as if they don’t matter, as if they aren’t as beautiful as the rest of the models representing the brand, why should they be made to feel less than. It’s upsetting to see black girls in a shows with their hair and make up less than amazing, but no one cared to fix it. How is she suppose to walk with confidence?
South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul took to instagram to express her frustrating with working with unprepared make-up artists, who failed to accommodate for those with darker skin tones. She stated that “Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up? A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least!” It’s 2017, and there are many more shades available for women of colour. It will just take a change in the industry in order for stylists to be more experienced in dealing with black models. Until then models will have to continue to take matters into their own hands, such as bringing in their own products on set. We’ve come a long way, in order to truly effect change, models must continue to speak out!