Nicole Byer Wants Makeup Artists To Learn How To Do Her Makeup
Comedian and actress, Nicole Byer, is tried of makeup artists not knowing how to make her dark skin look flawless. Byer wrote a piece in Lena Dunham's feminist newsletter, The Lenny Letter, detailing how many makeup artists that she has encountered do not know how to do her makeup because she has dark skin. Byer describes a few ways she looks after she gets her makeup professionally done. She sometimes looks like a black woman in blackface, a dead woman, or a crusty combo of the two. She also spoke about makeup brands that don't carry many foundation shades for women of color. Most of the makeup artists that have done her makeup didn't have her color foundation.
"[ I ] Watched one artist mix six different shades of beige foundation for a full ten minutes. I assume she was praying that they would somehow get darker (I finally offered her my personal makeup, which she accepted)."
Byer spoke about the white privilege of having tons of makeup options. She also gave MAC a lot of praise for catering to darker skin tones. Byer gave some good examples for white actors to understand how she feels when makeup artists can't get her makeup right.
"...and there's an all-black makeup and hair department. Not one of them knows how to do your makeup. They also have only one shade marked "pale," and they don't feel bad about it because you're an "other" and it doesn't matter."
You would think that makeup artists would know how to do makeup for all kinds of skins tones. You can read Byer full article at www.lennyletter.com