15 Things Dark Skin Girls Can Relate To


  • People give you strange looks when you slather on sunscreen. Melanin needs protection too!
  • Even when brands have the shade “dark”, it’s still too light for you
  • When you aren’t visible in nighttime photos,because the photographer didn’t use flash 
  • No matter how much time you spend outside tanning, you’re still 50 shades of brown 
  • You’ll find a near perfect foundation, but it doesn’t match your undertones 
  • You have to travel to “urban” areas to get beauty products geared towards you
  • Having to explain what it means to be ashy and why you have to put on lotion as soon as you get out of the shower
  • That feeling of sadness when you lose your summer glow
  • Having people tell you red lipstick doesn’t suit you
  • Listening to family members say “Don’t spend too much time in the sun. We don’t want you to disappear.”
  • You can’t buy drug store foundation because it doesn’t come in your shade. 
  • When people don’t understand shade can be your enemy (see photo above)
  • People tell you “you’re already dark enough” and might suggest skin bleaching
  • Lighting makes you go from dark skin to light skin
  • Finding a nude lipstick is a lot of trial and errors 
       Even with all these woes, you wouldn’t trade your melanin for anything in the world. 
  • I can relate to the majority of these, except the ones about makeup (I don't wear too much). But I totally get it! lol. I wear sunscreen like a pale-faced White girl and people always give me a side-eye when I buy it. lol. They don't realize that skin cancer does not discriminate!

  • I've just begun to venture into wearing make up (foundation or bb cream). I always have to tell people I wear sunscreen so my black won't crack lol!

  • Why does this so accurately describe my life! DWL

    • Aitza B

      The struggle is real out here for us. One day we’ll get treated right. Thanks for stopping by, Sherri.

  • Yes to every single item on this list! But I still love my dark chocolate melanin.

    • Aitza B

      I love every single thing about it. I was a baby light bright and I’m glad those days are behind me, struggles and all lol. Thanks for stopping by, Felicia.