Yeah I know the title sounds really bad but trust me, but once you read this in it’s entirety, you will understand where I am coming from. So a few weeks ago I was herp derping around on Twitter (if you don’t follow my train wreck of an account please do so) and saw this article posted by Sade Strehlke, a contributor to xoJane. Basically she said she can’t find a BB cream for her skintone .
The BB Cream rage is a problem that consists of many layers:
Your abandonment of basic skin care practices.
I hate that I, other bloggers, makeup artists and cosmetic companies made you believe that somehow, BB creams would be the end all miracle product for your skin. The truth is, they are not. You want flawless skin? Get a skincare routine started. It’s original purpose was to protect the skin of post laser surgery patients. It was not intended to be worn everyday for the rest of your life in hopes that you would wake up one day with the skin of Halle Berry (IMO of course).
The fleecing of your traincase
They… we… made you think you were buying something fantastic but in reality you are only purchasing a glorified tinted moisturizer. Remember when CoverGirl started their own BB Cream line and someone matched the ingredient list from a tinted moisturizer up with the ingredient list of the BB Cream and they were the same? Yeah. CoverGirl got caught. You think they were the only brand that did this? Most tinted moisturizers has SPF in them anyway, so your mass-produced BB Creams are not much different from the tinted moisturizer they should have made in the first place.
Girl, it really wasn’t for you in the first place
Every look at the country where the rage began (Asia)? Notice something about them? Yeah, they have silky #smood (inside joke) skin…but are we really going to hop over the fact that their skin is STARK WHITE. I don’t think I need to go any further with this point.
There are dark BB Creams out there do your research
Maybelline, Iman, AJ Crimson, Marcelle, Smashbox, Sleek and Gosh all make BB Creams. They may or may not be glorified tinted moisturizers, but the label says BB Cream right? Availability of products should never be an issue or excuse if you have internet access. If you are reading this, then you can purchase what you want online. I live in the cosmetic hell that is Mississippi, and I can find and get whatever I want, sitting right here in front of my computer.
I’m not trying to tell you what to do or how to live your life, but for every one black girl out there that feels they don’t make a BB Cream in their shade, it’s another 100 that feel that same way and wont say a thing. Yes, we can call a spade a spade, cosmetic companies consistently ignore us creating lines with foundations, tinted moisturizers and BB Creams that don’t match us. Do I have a solution? No. At this point (and I can admit it may be a very ignorant choice), what I do is give them digital silence. I don’t review certain products by brands that don’t at the least offer foundations in shades for black women. I also encourage other black women to do that same. If you don’t have a foundation for us, it’s clear you didn’t make this makeup line for us. Yeah Rimmel makes some beautiful lipsticks, but what if I wanted to create an entire look with their products? I cant because there are no foundations in my shade.
Focus on skin care, embrace the brands that make cosmetics for you (there are plenty). That’s the only solution that I can come up with.