As a young woman growing up in Kaduna, Nigeria it was always a struggle to find cosmetics that suited my skin tone and that blended well with my general look. I am a true ‘melanin’ woman, with quite dark skin. The foundation colours then available for darker skin toned women were either too light with a yellow tinge or too red, which made me look baked and unnatural! I found myself developing a technique where I would mix different off-the-shelf products together to achieve the effect I needed. I’m sure I wasn’t alone!
Happily the situation today is much improved as the world has gotten smaller, with fashion and style now truly international, but for me, blending my own colour had become part of my daily makeup routine, and so I decided to design my own range. Dark Secrets Cosmetics will be that range of products, starting with a range of lipsticks I have chosen carefully to suit any occasion, and not just for darker skin tones – anyone can wear them with confidence! I agonised over the names, I wanted them to mean something, if only to me! I drew inspiration from both my upbringing and environment and also my life today.
Our first lipstick range is:
Turn heads with this stunning colour.
Vivacious, intense and fun, but with more than a hint of sophistication.
Resourceful, bold and empowered. The world is yours.
You are that rare and exotic flower. For that unique occasion where confidence is key.
A shade of Africa, from the very road we travel.
You will certainly make an impression with this rich colour. Party time!
Set the mood, glance across the dinner table. Irresistable!
Naughty by nature, with a hint of scandal.
Tantalising and luscious.
Charismatic with a timeless beauty.
Rich, full colour. Wear anytime, anywhere.
Business or pleasure? Sophisticated and in control for any occasion.
Two shades, from the river of life.