African beauty


I was so ecstatic to be invited to a big Somalian wedding a couple of years ago.

No such thing as a small Somalian wedding. Apparently everyone just comes along even if they’re not invited. The uninvited just come after the main event and join in the celebrations.

From this day forward it became a personal mission for me to work out what was going on with their makeup when half of the girls looked green.  I’m serious, it was crazy.

So I did a little research and correct me if I’m wrong please girls.

Essentially there are two main undertones for dark skin, yellow and blue. I figured what must have happened is they were putting too much yellow tone on blue tone skin which gives you green. I have no other explanation without actually seeing their makeup.  Sounds reasonable don’t you think?

It‘s even more critical to identify the undertone in darker skin because you can’t cover it up. Fair skin on the other hand can be concealed.

I’ve found options for darker skin are quite limited in Australia with leading brands like Mac Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown leading the way.  A great new product to check out is the  Motives for lala range.  Their range will accommodate even the darkest skin down to the golden Jennifer Lopez shades.


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