When 75 black women were questioned about their experiences in finding a skincare professional astute with black skin, a shocking 92% of the respondents said it was a challenge to find and access a skincare professional that could meet their needs.
Luckily, one woman decided to come to the rescue - by launching a company to make it easier for women of colour to connect with skincare professionals in the UK.
founder and Aesthetician, Dija Ayodele, notes that black and ethnic skin needs even more consideration due to its propensity for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and keloid scarring. So, she created her directory especially for these women.
GLAMOUR UK asked Dija to share her best beauty tips for women of colour - and she came up with some gems.
1. Dark skin can be prone to dark marks from hyperpigmentation, so remember colour correctors are your friends – especially caramel, toffee and orange tones. MAC Conceal and Correct Palettes are ace, as is House of Glamdoll GlamWheel Base 2 and Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Concealers.
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2. For flawless coverage, make sure your foundation formula works for your skin type. My personal favourite foundation brand is Laura Mercier because they really get that skin type matters by providing a wide range of shades in different finishes – oil-free for oily skin and moisturising for dry skin types.
3. If you’re prone to acne breakouts, try medical grade foundations like Oxygentix Oxygenating Foundation. The gel formula is extremely lightweight and doesn’t suffocate the skin. The shade range is ever-improving but for now, their Coco, Chakra, Ebony and Mahogany work well for dark skin tones.
4. Never buy foundations in the shop on the day you try them, ask for 3 shade samples to take home and try in your own time. I have a habit of carrying sample pots in my bag, the £1.25 ones from Muji just in case.
5. Less is more. Always. Apply makeup sparingly and blush and blend to sheer it out so you don’t get a caked looked. On dark skin, browns, dark blues and purples, rather than black shades, are more flattering for adding depth and definition. I really like the Charlotte Tilbury eyeliners and if you’re buying online, she also has a skin tone guide so you can see how it looks on dark skin.
6. Dark skin usually isn’t all one tone; you are normally lighter in the middle of your face and darker at the side. It’s a good idea to have a few different foundations in graduated tones. To save costs, mix and match high-end and high street. I have foundations ranging from Laura Mercier and Giorgio Armani to Maybelline and Black Opal.
7. MAC Ruby Woo and Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon is every black girl's friend for a universal pop of colour and will distract from whatever else is going on.
8. Darker skin tones tend to have more melanin in their skin and people sometimes think they need a different type of skincare, which simply isn’t true. There might be specific ingredients you need to look out for, for example, vitamin C and kojic acid because they are skin brighteners and darker skin tones can become dull faster. They also suppress or inhibit excessive melanin production, including acne scars. Essentially, every skin colour can use skincare, just make sure it’s suitable for your skin type
9. Sun protection is a must for darker skin tones to avoid burning and damaging skin cells which can lead to skin cancer and also to avoid premature ageing of the skin. Some physical sunscreens can leave a white cast on dark skin due to the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide content. This can be off putting for most people. In that case, chemical sunscreens which work to absorb the damaging effects of the sun rays can be used. I particularly like NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF 35, Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50, Ultra Sun Sports Gel SPF 20.
10. Look into professionally booking a course of chemical peels for day to day issues like hyperpigmentation which tend to be an annoying reoccurring problem for darker skin tones, monthly chemical peels can really help to keep skin radiant, even toned and bright.