Published on April 24th, 2011 | by thevyne5
My Black is Beautiful…..How Do I Keep it That Way?
By Delilah Papaioannou. Esthetician and Makeup artist, Evie Evan
I am a make-up artist and a licensed skin care therapist; I am also a black woman. I’ve been in this industry for a few years now but I have been in my skin my whole life. Before I decided what my career was going to be I had the typical make-up problems: finding the right color to match my skin without it looking orange and finding cosmetics that were healthy for my skin. Like other women of color I flocked to the MAC store because I not only found my skin color, I found it in a thick enough powder that I wouldn’t need liquid foundation (that I despised because my skin is oily). Plus, it covered up all of my dark spots and blemishes. Well the longer I wore this thick make-up the oilier my skin got, and thus more powder put on. When it was all said and done more dark spots and scars needed to be covered, not to mention my pores became enlarged. It just wasn’t helping the problem. I moved on to mineral brands because they were supposed to be healthy for my skin, but they didn’t even have the right color for my skin….go figure. I was willing to pay for good quality make-up and STILL couldn’t find the right make-up for my skin.
When I decided what direction I wanted to go with my career I ran into a cosmetic company, Evie Evan, that not only believed in the artistry of make-up but also the skincare that is so very important. Needless to say, I now work for the company and I really believe in its mission of diversity and its products. Given my knowledge and research about skin care and make-up I want to educate and inform my beautiful people of color the dos and just plain don’ts of this vicious game of beauty:
The fundamentals: Let’s start off with skin care because that is the basics but still the most important part of the whole process. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and the first impression you leave on everyone you meet. Let’s talk about a few pain points when it comes to black women’s skin. First, there’s hyper-pigmentation (dark spots). It can come from scaring skin damage or lack of vitamins. Either way it needs to be treated properly. We also have more melanin (produced by cells to make the skin darker) in our skin, which protects us a little more from the sun. Additionally, our skin has a tendency to produce more oil. That still doesn’t leave much of a difference between skin tones because a fair skinned person can be oily as well. Whether your dermatologist or skin care therapist (Esthetician) is white, black, or blue they should still be able to help you determine what is best for your skin. Now trusting them with your relaxer and twists is a whole ’nother story.
Treatment: The best way to treat dark spots and oil is with a regular routine including good products that are not so harsh for the skin that they strip oil completely. Some oil is good, hell oil is the reason my people of color look so good as they get older (which is where the phrase “black don’t crack” comes from). So please, no more lighteners! But moisturizer and sunscreen are a MUST. Moisturizers put good oils back into the skin that are stripped off with cleansing. If you don’t replace the oil in the skin, your dried out skin will “freak” out and produce twice the amount of oil, thus causing more break-outs. For the dark spots and blemishes, exfoliate regularly (2-3 times a week). Exfoliating will slosh off the dead skin and scars one layer at a time. Yes, you have to be patient (it’s not instant) but it is so much better for your skin and will look way better in the long run. I recommend Evie Evan Panthenol cleanser, Moisture Replenishing Cream/Oil Free Hydrating Fluid, and Crystal Clarity Microdermabrasion for exfoliating.
Next is what you put on top of that now radiating skin. As women of color, we love our powder, and thick powder at that to soak up the oil, knock off the shine, and cover up the dark spots. I would recommend trying a mineral concealer and a good light powder. If you need something with a little more coverage, try a mineral sheer tint foundation. It’s so light-weight you almost don’t feel it. We have a high quality mineral line with vibrant colors.
What it all boils down to is that if you take care of your skin, you don’t have to mask it, but instead enhance it with make-up that highlights and preserves your beauty. Believe me, your skin will thank you for a lifetime! Us women of color have to start thinking outside the box and stop conforming to what is popular or what we see on T.V. So, love your skin no matter what color you are — it’s the only one you’ll get.