A beauty blog celebrating dark skin
My name is Stavroula, my friends call me Stavvie. I also get called Stav, Stavz, Stavzy, Stavvo, pick your flavour! I am a professional makeup artist and have been doing makeup since 2007 (yes, it’s a real job).
I’m a white girl who loves doing makeup on black girls.
For the purpose of simplified reading I will use white and black here, the rest of the blog is filled with colour and shades and tones, keeping it simple here, don’t let yourself be offended, simple. I suppose I could say dark skin, but over the years I have narrowed my passion down to girls who identify as black, not indian or coloured or mixed race. The term African is also vague, people who were born in Africa identify as African, that includes white, indian, coloured, mixed race. Black, white, simple.
So, I love doing makeup on black girls. Their skin tends to be plumper, smoother in texture (black don’t crack ya’ll), and foundation just melts into it like chocolate. A lot of white makeup artists I know find it difficult to do makeup on black girls, I suspect it has more to do with a limited range of colours in their kit than a lack of skills, but I am often booked on jobs that another makeup artist doesn’t feel confident enough to do – purely because the models have darker skin than they are used to working with. If I walked into a room of girls and had to choose who to do makeup on, I would choose a black girl. This is what I love, this is my passion.
I am also passionate about women empowerment (yes I realise it makes no sense that I use the word girls more often than women, I do it with boys too *shrug*), and I believe makeup is a very powerful tool that gives women self confidence and allows them to quieten their insecurities. Makeup has no effect on how smart you are, it even seems superficial to place so much emphasis on a pretty face, but a woman who uses makeup to enhance her features and loves what she sees in the mirror is a very empowered woman indeed.
My blog post on The Colour Of Privilege highlights difficulties that black women face in the cosmetic industry. There are countless beauty blogs that cater to white women, but beauty blogs that cater to black women (and South African black women in particular) are not as common. I will use this blog to review products, to create tutorials and to provide information – aimed at black South African women specifically. What will set this blog apart from other beauty blogs is that as a makeup artist I am able to educate you on makeup techniques and products for various face shapes and skin tones, not purely just my own face.
Is it weird that a white girl has created a blog for black girls? Not any weirder than a male fashion designer who designs clothes for women! But how can I review and recommend products that are not at all suitable for my skin tone? I will make use of a review panel; 3 black women with different skin tones that will be able to give informed and relevant opinions on products specifically for black women.
So why did I choose the name ‘my colour makeup‘? The first question I get asked by most women who sit in my makeup chair is “Do you have my colour?“. When I am booked to do a black girl’s makeup, I can bet money that as soon as she sees my white face that’s what she will ask! I can’t blame them, the problem of white makeup artists not catering for black models is an issue even in the international fashion industry, hello Nykhor Paul. But rest assured, I have a wide variety of shades in my kit, you can leave your makeup at home!
This blog is a celebration of black skin, of dark skin, of women. I hope you learn a lot from it, and I hope it gives you the confidence to try new things. Enjoy!
*Thanks Robyn Davie for the photos! http://www.robyndavie.com/*