by Odumosu Oladayo

Brand and Marketing Manager


Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO, House of Tara International has just made the list of “The Top 50 Most Powerful Women In Africa” on Forbes Woman Africa in the March 2020 edition.

…Joins Ibukun Awosika , Chimamanda, Pres. Sahle-Work Zewde of Zimbabwe and others

This issue celebrates 50 of the most powerful women in Africa. Forbes Woman Africa says that it considered women who are leaders, influential, consistent and have created an impact in Africa. “We sifted through several recognition lists, conducted our own research in coming up with new names, and short-listed nominations that came in from our editorial teams across Africa, applying our own metrics of leadership, influence, consistency, and most importantly, impact.”- Forbes Woman Africa.


The list which was published in the March issue of the magazine, outlined those who have been leading ideas and industries while purposefully contributing to nation-building and positively impacting the lives around them.


According to the author of the piece, Mashokane Mahlo-Ramusetheli, “This is a first-of-its-kind pan-African compilation of the continent’s leading women, drawn from business, politics, media, science, sports and public life, who are challenging the status quo and creating a trail on terrain where there was none. They are reshaping history, closing inequalities and pioneering new avenues of wealth creation and in turn, lifting others with them”.


Tara Fela-Durotoye is indeed a trail blazer as in 2013, she was also listed by Forbes Africa as one of “20 Young Power Women in Africa”. A list which illuminated the brightest stars and Africa’s most outstanding female game changers aged 45 and under.


This prestigious accolade for Tara Fela- Durotoye comes just few months after receiving the National Recognition Award for her contribution in social impact and job creation which was presented to her by the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the YouWIN! Connect Award of Excellence at the first edition of the YouWIN! Connect Enterprise Education Book and Awards.


Job creation and social impact are the front runners of her vision and Mrs. Fela-Durotoye has created thousands of jobs, having trained over 7,000 professional Makeup Artistes (MUA) both home and abroad (Seychelles, Ghana, Liberia, UK to mention a few). All of these professional MUAs have gone on to start their own beauty businesses and are making waves at it.


It is no news that Tara Fela-Durotoye helped build the make-up industry in Nigeria from the ground up as she founded Africa’s first indigenous make up brand over 2 decades ago and she is most passionate about female empowerment and helping women run more successful businesses with initiatives like the Beauty Entrepreneur scheme which has set up over 15,000 women to own their own beauty businesses.


House of Tara International is Africa’s first indigenous makeup brand that caters to all women of color, currently has 24 branches, including franchises nationwide.


by Odumosu Oladayo

Brand and Marketing Manager

If you are curious about skincare and beauty, you’ve probably heard the word melanin before. You might know that people with deeper skin tones have more melanin in their skin — you might have even heard your friends with darker skin refer to themselves as melanin goddesses. But what exactly is melanin? Does it impact how much time you should spend in the sun?

The name “MELANIN” comes from the ancient Greek melanos, meaning “dark,” and according to Borovansky, the term was probably first applied by the Swedish chemist Berzelius in 1840 to call a dark pigment extracted from eye membranes. However, first references of human skin pigmentation and somehow to the existence of melanin without using the current name are very old. Pharaonic medicine in the Ebers Papyrus (1550 BC) described some diseases affecting skin color, and one of them was probably vitiligo, although that term appeared much later, derived from the Latin word “vitellus” meaning “veal” or pale pink skin. The first relatively detailed written description on skin pigmentation in mankind came from Herodotus in Greece, who described the darker skin of Persians, Ethiopians, and Indians in relation with Greeks.

Melanin definition
Our skin color is determined by a pigment called melanin, and while everyone has melanin (both fair and dark-skinned people), it comes in different forms and ratios. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people have. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes. It provides some protection against skin damage from the sun, and the melanocytes increase their production of melanin in response to sun exposure. Freckles, which occur in people of all races, are small, concentrated areas of increased melanin production.

However, if we all belong to the same species, shouldn’t our basic skin color be the same? Why are some people fair and others dark?

The two forms of melanin are called eumelanin and pheomelanin. Eumelanin comes in primarily brown and black hues, while pheomelanin appears as red and yellow hues. It is produced by a specialized group of cells called melanocytes.

Biologically, our bodies evolved to produce more melanin when people were living in climates where they were getting a lot of sun exposure (like Africa) to protect our skin from the sun.
On the other end of the spectrum, skin conditions like albinism and vitiligo occur when melanin is entirely, or almost entirely, missing from the skin.

How does my body know to produce melanin?
Melanin is thought to be a UV ray blocker. If you go into the sun to soak up some rays, The UVA and UVB rays are damaging to your skin’s natural barrier. So when UV rays from the sun hit your skin and attempt to cause damage, it stimulates melanin production within your body. Basically, it’s your body’s natural way of warding off some of the more adverse effects of those UV rays. And this melanin production is what changes your skin color — your skin will tan, or it will burn.

So if I have more melanin, do I need to wear sunscreen?
It’s correct to say that people with darker skin tones have more melanin. If melanin helps us not get a sunburn by protecting us from UV rays, then people of color shouldn’t need sunscreen, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong.
That natural protection from melanin can only go so far. UV rays also can cause your skin cells to mutate, and that mutation is what causes skin cancer. So even if you’re not seeing a burn, those harmful UV rays are permeating the deeper layers of your skin, causing cell mutation, and possibly skin cancer.
Sun exposure can also intensify the color of any dark marks you already have on your skin. In other words, those dark marks from your old breakouts that you’ve been dying to get rid of (what dermatologists refer to as hyperpigmentation) will just get darker when you go out and sunbathe.

Makeup on dark skin can be appealing but a lot of things can go wrong. Here are some quick facts to note about melanin makeup for dark skin;
• Applying the right product to suit the skin tone is always paramount.
• Moisturize: Those with dark skin, especially with dryness problems, tend to look ashy if skin is not moisturized properly.
• Sunscreen: Just because you have a darker complexion doesn’t mean your skin won’t get affected by the harmful UV rays. This is a common mistake that many dark-skinned beauties tend to make. Choose your sunscreen depending on your skin type.
• The right foundation: Foundation acts as a base for your makeup. Always make sure that the foundation matches your natural skin tone. Look for a shade that is just right for you and evens out the discolorations. Avoid using transparent powder – it can give your skin a grayish tinge.
• Concealer: To counteract the stubborn blemishes under the eyes, apply a concealer along the tops of your cheekbones towards the tip of your eyebrows. It’s more or less like drawing a triangle. This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also instantly helps attract the light by bringing warmth to that area
• Blending should also be done properly without leaving any harsh lines.
• Accentuate facial features without applying too much makeup or giving the cakey look, the skin has to feel almost like skin.
• Eye makeup: Eye makeup is something that highlights your eyes and enhances your looks. For a casual daytime event, it’s best to avoid vibrant or bright colors and opt for subtle shades like browns, pinks, and gray eyeshadows, complemented with loads of mascara. For an evening event or a formal occasion, try shades like blue, purple, and greens and also shades like burgundy, copper, and browns. These colors look amazing on dark skin and are sure to make you look like a diva! Be experimental and play with colors.
• Lipsticks: Selecting colors for dark skin tones is a big task. Use lip colors like beige, coffee, chocolate, soft pink, plums, berry, burgundy, and gold. Stay away from lipsticks with a frosty finish or ones that are too glossy.
• Blush: Shades like dark peach, bronze, deep orange, coral, wine, rose, and gold, and any darker shades of blush will complement your skin best.
• Bronzer: Literally a staple diet for all beauty lovers, a bronzer can make your skin look fresh, glowy and sun-kissed even when the temperature is soaring high for that perfect bronze look. I suggest go about two shades deeper than your color, and make sure you don’t dust bronzer all over the face. To create a neat look, apply the bronzer with a sculpting brush on in a C formation. That means, start it at the temples and flick lightly along the sides of the face, forehead, nose, and chin for a more refined look.
• Experiment: Don’t be afraid to wear bold colors! Just because you have dark skin, doesn’t mean you can’t rock a red lip or blue eyeshadow – just not at the same time!

*Additional Tips*
• Wear a blush to add a flush of color on the face. Use warm colors like bronze or deep pinks.
• Darker skin tends to be oily, so opt for powder-based products.
• Try to keep your makeup minimal; simply enhance your natural tone so that the skin looks more healthy and glows.
• Try colored eyeliners in the shades of blue, green, purple, and deep browns for night-outs. This will accentuate and enhance your eyes dramatically.
• Highlight should reflect when light hits the highlighted areas ( forehead, cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of the nose) .
• Less is more when applying makeup on a very dark skinned person

Dark skin is absolutely gorgeous. Just keep these tips in mind the next time you are getting ready.


by Thonia Ezennaya

Instagram: thoniaking_tara

Be it female or male, no one likes a face filled with acne, pimples, sore or spots. You find out that ladies with rough faces are constantly looking for ways to conceal the face because some spots can make the face so hideous. I have tried a lot of remedies- black soaps, face creams, moisturizers e.t.c. at some point I gave up and focused only on using foundations and concealers to cover up, but trust me there are some pimples that will still stand out even after using so many products, it’s so frustrating. *sigh*.

I started searching the internet for solutions, the first article I read gave me a little insight on the things that could cause acne and how to treat it. The article also mentioned consistency in facial routine which I find very tiring but in the face of getting a clean and clear skin, I was determined to do it right!.

First I had to quit thinking  about the money I was going to spend to get the things I needed for my facial recovery. *Money go come*

Secondly I stopped listening to what everyone said about my face – it just weighs you down the more.

I followed the following routine religiously and I must share it with you, who knows I might be a solution provider to someone reading this.

  •  Every morning drink lots of water (three glass cups at least)…. This is very important to detoxify your body for the whole day.
  • wash your face with warm water…. This keeps the face pore opened.
  • pat dry with a face towel
  • Mix natural honey, lemon water and apple cider vinegar(with The Mother) or mashed raw potato with natural honey – Use cotton wool to apply on face.
  • Wait for 15 mins minimum.
  • Rinse thouroghly with Luke warm water or wash with a moisturizing soap.
  • Use coconut oil or any other natural oil on your face to get that natural baby look.

Do this regularly every day for two weeks and you would start getting better results.

And ultimately I changed my cosmetic products, I started using House of Tara’s powder and foundation.

I especially love the Dual mineral powder

I found out the Dual powder is fortified with sunscreen and Aloe Vera thus reducing the risk of any skin irritation, breakouts or other adverse effects. It was perfect for my face routine.

Please be careful so as not to buy fake of any cosmetic products you use- (I  don’t want  you to have boils on our face).

You can purchase Tara’s products from any beauty representative, House of Tara branch locations worldwide or online at

This post was sent in by Olowojoba Rebecca Olamide