A Fanm Kreyol is basically a black Haitian woman with African features. Actually, that’s just my definition based on my experiences. I’ve been called a bel fanm kreyol before. It’s the same as being called a beautiful black woman in English. To me, the words “fanm kreyol” mean strength, poise, beauty, and grace. Whatever the real meaning is, that’s what I think when someone says the phrase. I also don’t think you have to be Haitian to be a fanm kreyol. For example, Erikah Badu is a bad fanm kreyol. And I’m talking about Michael Jackson “bad”. And so was Lauryn Hill pre-crazy stage. I’ve decided to share some personal (absolutely non-professional) makeup tips to all the fanm kreyol out there, so read below if you’re interested.
1. Invest in good foundation and concealer. There are a lot of the things to be cheap about, but a good foundation or concealer that match your skin tone is the most important step in achieving great makeup results. They are the base of any makeup routine and deserve the extra bucks. I use Makeup Forever or Chanel Lumiere.
2. Pay attention to your eyebrows. Super thin eyebrows are ugly, period. Make sure they’re a shape that matches the outline of your face, and fill them in if necessary. Do not just paint them on. The more natural they look, the better.
3. Always moisturize your face. It doesn’t matter if you have oily skin, or if it’s hot out. A moisturizer is essential.
4. Don’t be afraid of colorful lips! Wear that bright orange, red, or pink with pride. Your lips are beautiful, and with the right shade, they contribute to any look.
5. Unless you’re Beyonce, you don’t really need to contour. All you need is a good blush or highlighter. Besides, no matter how well all that makeup is blended, it still doesn’t look very natural.
6. You don’t really need expensive mascara. Actually, I had a Dior mascara that was the worst I’ve tried. Stick to the drugstore ones, they don’t deserve the extra cash.
7. Eyeshadow primer is amazing! They really work, and you should try them if you’re into eyeshadows. They lengthen the life of the shadows while making the colors pop.
8. Never overdo the blush. It’s hard to fix, so apply lightly. Use a good brush.
9. Always apply eyeshadow with brushes. Throw out the little cotton applicators they add to the kits, they’re no help. Seriously. I’ve used my fingers before, and they work better than these little things.
10. Wear makeup only if you want to, not because you feel you have to. You’re beautiful, don’t forget that.
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