Sephora is one of my favorite stores. Every time I go to the mall, whether it be with my Mother, my friends, heck, even my Grandfather, I'll stop into Sephora and scour the makeup brands that I can't afford but end up buying anyways. "Do you really need that, I mean, the color of your lips are fine. That color makes you look like a vampire" my Grandfather told me once as I stopped back into Sephora while we were heading out of the mall. I didn't get the color, but Colourpop had a dupe that cost a lot less ($6 honey, okay!?). I don't wear makeup all the time. As I write this, I am bare faced, showing my dark spots that accumulate the sides of my cheeks. They aren't too bad; not too bothersome either. I call them speckles to make myself feel better. There was a point in my life where I was a little self conscious about this, so I obsessed over foundation. Urban Decay, MAC, I looked at all the brands. I realized something; something that women with the same complexion as me and darker have realized ever since makeup became prominent. There are no shades for people that were warmer than a tan. This is not uncommon. Let's go back a few decades. During the 1920s, some black women participated in skin bleaching (a practice that is still used today sadly). I'm not saying that the lack of makeup catering to them only made them do this, but I'm pretty sure that this contributed to that insecurity when it came to their self worth. Before the 1970s, makeup for black women or people with darker skin tones was limited...very, very, very limited. In the 1970s, there were only five companies that created makeup for black women and darker skin tones. These cosmetics, however, made women look gray and they only were for lighter skin tones. Eventually, the makeup brands saw what they were doing, and more and more brands began to include darker skin shades. Fast forward to now, and we still have that issue of finding foundation that matches darker skin tones. There was a woman on Instagram. She had a beautiful, natural skin tone. She was from Sudan, and her skin was absolutely dripping with melanin. She had on this makeup, and it was stunning, don't get me wrong, but it made her face almost two times lighter than the shade her skin really was. People were accusing her of bleaching her skin, and betraying her blackness. THEY DON'T HAVE ANY SHADES THAT MATCH HER SKIN TONE!!!! Makeup originally was not created for black women, especially darker skinned black women, remember that. When I heard Rihanna was launching a makeup brand, I was excited! I love Rihanna. That's my girl right there! I did not expect what it was initially. I thought it was going to be some lipsticks and maybe a highlighter here and there. NO! I was wrong! When I saw what she had out, I was shook. Highlighters, luminizers, brushes, and not to mention, the foundation. When I saw the different shades, I was marveling at the end of the list. The shades that she had for all the women of color. And she's releasing other foundation shades as well! Rihanna saw the issue, and she is solving it. A woman of color has just changed the game when it came to makeup! The foundation includes darker shades for darker women and men (because men wear makeup too, just to remind ya'll). That's another topic I want to write about one day, the stigma that comes with men wearing makeup and why people need to get over it. Anyways, I am very proud of Rihanna. I am glad that she is praising people's melanin, as well as her own. I have no money right now, but when I get a few dollars together, I will definitely indulge in a little Fenty Beauty.