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    Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 4:59am

Black women can't get their make-up in Boots, claims Thandie: Actress says dark shades of foundation are taken off shelves much earlier than pale versions

  • British film star, 41, said there is a 'ghettoisation of make-up right now'
  • 'We're starting to think they don't want us,' she told Selfridges in London
  • Earlier this year she spoke of isolation growing up in Penzance, Cornwall

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PUBLISHED: 01:30, 12 June 2014 UPDATED: 10:28, 12 June 2014

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Criticism: Thandie Newton claimed darker shades of make-up disappear more quickly

Criticism: Thandie Newton claimed darker shades of make-up disappear more quickly

Thandie Newton has accused Boots of creating a racial divide through the ‘ghettoisation’ of make-up.

The British film star, 41, said the high street chain initially stocks dark shades of foundation when a make-up range is launched, but then takes them off shelves much earlier than pale shades – forcing women with darker skin to shop in specialist stores.

Speaking at a Selfridges event on Tuesday, Miss Newton, who is also the face of Olay, said: ‘If the make-up was in there longer, the girls would go and get it and then the stores would get more, and they’d realise that everybody wants it, and then they would stock it.

‘There’s this ghettoisation of make-up right now. The right shade is there for everybody but you can only get it at specialised shops.

'So you don’t go to Boots. So as a result we are all being physically separated when we go and buy make-up.'

She added: ‘We’re starting to think they don’t want us there. And it’s not that, it’s just that six-month time lapse where the shops are waiting to be able to say it’s not selling so let’s stop stocking it. We’ve got to encourage them.’

She added: ‘I’ll go into Boots at Heathrow Airport if I’ve forgotten my make-up bag or something and there isn’t even a picture of a black woman. I hate that.’

Earlier this year Miss Newton revealed she suffered racist abuse growing up in Cornwall, but this is the first time the Crash star has openly attacked the beauty industry for creating a racial divide.

 

Miss Newton is an award-winning actress who starred in Misson: Impossible II with Tom Cruise and alongside Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. 

The star, who has daughters Ripley, 14, Nico, 10, and three-month-old son Booker Jombe with her husband director Ol Parker, described being treated like an outsider growing up in Penzance. 

Make-up artist Kay Montano said: It all comes down to men in suits deciding what sells (file photo)

Make-up artist Kay Montano said: 'It all comes down to men in suits deciding what sells' (file photo)

Miss Newton also recalled going to castings where she and James Bond actress Halle Berry were the only two auditioning for a role, because of the lack of black stars in Hollywood.

Responding to the claims, make-up artist Kay Montano said: ‘Every single make-up company has every single shade. It’s all made. But it all comes down to territories and men in suits deciding what sells.’

A Boots spokesman said: ‘It is disappointing when we hear our customers feel we can’t meet their beauty needs, as many of the beauty brands available in store and on boots.com offer a range of products for black skin.’

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They always have either no makeup for black women or crusty old expired makeup just sitting there that none of us want to buy. They always claim it's demand but neighboring cities that have a bigger black population than mine don't have sh*t either in their drugstores. That's how I ended up using Lancome, it's very worth it but I would like the option of getting a cheap alternative.


But any who I side eye her comment though. There isn't a "lack of black stars" in Hollywood, Hollywood is just offended by anything "too black". Which is why they hire biracial women in place of black ones. Many talented black women are waiting in line but are shoved for a more " acceptable " look.

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Off topic but YouTube Brits wear a lot of makeup like literal drag makeup...is that the norm? Massive weaves too like tha fugg you need 7 bundles of hair for??!
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I feel bad for euro black women in terms of beauty. they have such limited options for makeup, weave, etc. even their celebrities often don't have as good weaves as the average girl on the street in america

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*waits for someone to side eye a light bright almost white chick complaining about color selection*
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Originally posted by hauteshellbi hauteshellbi wrote:

Off topic but YouTube Brits wear a lot of makeup like literal drag makeup...is that the norm? Massive weaves too like tha fugg you need 7 bundles of hair for??!
oi, i go for the natural look, and wear no weavesLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOL
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Originally posted by mizzsandra00 mizzsandra00 wrote:

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She added: ‘We’re starting to think they don’t want us there. And it’s not that, it’s just that six-month time lapse where the shops are waiting to be able to say it’s not selling so let’s stop stocking it. We’ve got to encourage them.’



 
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