If you're a Black girl looking for the ins and outs of finding a shade of foundation that fits your complexion, then Nyma Tang's YouTube channel is pretty much your best friend. In her amazing series The Darkest Shade, she tests the darkest shades of makeup that a brand or line carries.
The brown-skinned beauty has two goals: To provide other dark-skinned women with the truth about complexion products that will or won't work in their favor AND she shows the makeup industry and the world the importance of having a wide variety of different shades.
"I hope that companies notice that when you release products like this, you have to include everybody," she said.
Her most recent review was of KKW Beauty's Creme Contour Sticks in Deep Dark and, to be honest, Nyma was completely dissatisfied with the product.
"The darkest contour shade looks like highlight!" she said with a laugh. After swatching the matte highlight shade in the Deep Dark Kit, she mentioned how the product pretty much only gave her an ashy cast under her eyes. The beauty blogger made sure to mention that she was not by any means bashing Kim Kardashian, but rather just trying to raise awareness.
Nyma also tests budget products. Let's keep it real, we all have one or two NYX products in our makeup bags, and she tried the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, which she actually appreciated to a certain extent. What she found was that, even though the darkest shade of NYX does match her skin, none of the dark shades were available in stores. Womp. What's the point of making the products if we can't even find them?
From Make Up Forever's Ultra HD Foundation in R540 to Bobbi Brown's Foundation Stick in Espresso, she literally has tried all of our favorites. The fact of the matter is there is definitely work to be done when it comes to brown shades in general. She makes these videos in hopes of inspiring and educating other dark-skinned women.
"It can be really disheartening to people to not be included, to not be considered," she said. "It would make you feel like there's something wrong with you. There's nothing wrong with you. The beauty industry has some work to do."
(Photo: Nyma Tang via Youtube)