I live in the island of Barbados. In fact, my blog name is directly from the colloquial name for residents of my country. I am a Bajan. I am a black Bajan.
According to wikipedia, we are a country made up of 93% Black people. Which means that the makeup wearers here come in all colours of the dark skinned spectrum.
So why would it be difficult for Black women beyond medium dark to find foundation matches here on this primarily black island?
If anything I would think being an almost 100% black country darker skinned black women should find it easier to find foundations.
Not only do many makeup manufacturers not produce foundations beyond the medium dark range (think caramel/ nc50) in many of their formulation (Loreal Infallible Pro -matte for example), but even when they do some of our major retailers do not ever stock the full spectrum of the shades!
Wait ? What?
One would think that in a 93% black country that stocking all of the dark skinned shades available in a range would be priority! but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
I’m speaking of brands that I know carry shades from the palest to the darkest in other countries. Brands like Lancome which featured Lupita Nyongo as their spokesperson for the Teint Idole range of foundations.
Lancome Teint Idole is carried in Barbados, we have many women who have similarly deep skin, but they wouldn’t be able to find their shade match here in Barbados.
A foundation formula famed for its extensive range – Estee Lauder Double wear, again in Barbados the retailers don’t carry the full range!
Maybe I’m missing a step? I’m certainly not a retailer, but not catering to the majority population seems like the strangest business decision I have ever come across!
In the mean time if you are a darker skinned black woman, here are some foundations that my Facebook friends swear by.
MAC All Formulations
Bare Minerals – (Not available in store in Barbados)
Makeup Forever HD – (Not available in store in Barbados)
L’oreal True Match
Maybelline Dream Mousse
Maybelline Matte and Poreless
Graftobian – Found In Exotica Makeup
Black Up Foundation (all formulations)
Black Opal Foundations (all formulations)
Are you dark skinned makeup wearer? What’s your go to foundation?
If you’re in Barbados or anywhere else in the world with a similar dilemma, please feel free to weigh in below.
Why don’t retailers carry the full range?
Feel free to educate me in the comments below.
Until next post.