Makeup artists slept and made my skin clearer
Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain said she was ‘too scared’ to speak out when makeup artists and photo editors ‘lightened’ her skin.
The famous baker, who grew up in Luton to Bangladeshi parents, said people were applying makeup to her because they couldn’t find the right foundation and the resulting images would show her with lighter skin.
Ms Hussain also claimed she didn’t wear makeup until her late twenties because cosmetics companies didn’t make foundations in the right shades for darker skin tones.
“I didn’t get into makeup until my late twenties because I could never find the right shade of foundation,” she told the Mirror.
“It may seem very small to a lot of people, but for those of us who can’t find foundation, you really feel left out. You feel like there’s a whole beauty industry out there. don’t think about you and that you almost don’t exist.
She told the newspaper that she cried the first time she found a foundation to match her skin. “I had spent my whole life feeling like I didn’t belong.”
“The complexion changed without consent”
Ms Hussain, who has presented numerous TV programs and written several cookbooks since rising to fame in 2015, said her complexion had changed in photo shoots without consulting her.
“At first I had magazine pictures and felt my skin was clearer [afterwards],” she says. “I’ve also had instances where I’ve sat in a makeup artist’s chair and they have visibly cleared my skin.”
However, as a relatively newcomer to the celebrity world, she felt unable to express herself.
“If someone did that to me now, I would say, ‘absolutely not possible. It’s not correct. But at the time, I was afraid to rock the boat. This would never happen with my makeup artist, who really knows my skin.
The TV baker also said she was troubled by the influence of social media on her daughter’s beauty expectations.
“I try so hard to filter this on social media for her, but when she sees it, we talk about it. I think it’s really important to talk to him about what’s real and what’s not.