[Above is a chart detailing the issues with matching Limelight lip colors to dark skin characters. At first glance, some of them are passable; but do look closer to reveal the odd undertone. This discrepancy makes it difficult to customize and use dark skinned characters in the portal and during the ‘creation’ portion of a Limelight story.]
Hello! LB here.
I’m making a post about this since the Creators are more active in the Forums than on Instagram. Let’s hope we get some form of response before another year passes us by and our dark-skinned characters are forced to weather the holidays again with ashy lips.
Limelight was introduced in 2017, with great promise of a variety of features. An update to Limelight skin tones was pushed out summer 2018. It’s great that there are now a healthy range of skin tones…but what good are they if they don’t have matching lip colors? Additionally, what good are they if outside of Plum and Black, lipstick colors are unavailable for darker shades?
Ink had the same dilemma until lip colors rolled out March 2017, courtesy of myself and EpisodeCreator @Cass . By that time, Ink had been out a good number of years. Characters darker than Taupe were only permitted to use the colors “Rose”, “Bordeaux”, and “Violet” as ‘lipstick’ shades outside of their matching nude lip shades. With the March 2017 lip color update, characters of darker hue could now use “Crimson”, “Emerald”, “Azure”, and “Raven”. Eventually “Sable” and “Chestnut” provided skin tone and lip options for melanin-rich readers and writers–also courtesy of myself and EpisodeCreator @Cass . Below is an image from my Instagram posted the day they were released March 28, 2017. The second update with Chestnut and Sable was posted April 8, 2017 here.
This is the precedent: provide dark skinned characters with basic assets after the fact–in essence, treat them as afterthoughts until the blaring issue is brought up.
It is 2018.
Limelight has been out for over a year now.
Many Limelight dark skin tones do not have ‘nude’ lip matches nor do they have complimentary lip colors outside of Plum/Black/Violet. Below is the chart available in the portal.
Now, I’m about to say something alarming and warn you to brace yourself.
- There are 55 lip color options in the portal for Limelight.
- Outside of ‘nude’ lip colors, dark-skinned characters can only use 3/55.
Yes, you read that right.
It’s 2018: the age of Episode embracing inclusionary efforts. Why are dark skinned characters, again, afterthoughts?
May we please get an estimate as to when to expect nude lip matches and complimentary lip colors for characters with dark skin?
If the art team is in need of visual aids, I’m more than happy to help.