Have scientists and make-up artists have finally discovered why the face of Donald Trump is orange?

Have scientists and make-up artists finally discovered why the face of Donald Trump is orange?

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Brad Thomas and Donald Trump. Courtesy of Gene Ho Photography

Why is Donald Trump orange?

Donald Trump, the former president of the USA has an extraordinary skin color. It is yellowish almost orange and it has caused a lot of speculation among journalists, fellow politicians, and ordinary people as to why that is… Why is his facial skin tone so… strange? 

He is blondish and has a blond complexion. So, it’s no wonder that he has delicate skin, a skin that maybe shouldn’t be exposed to much to the sun. And he should use good protection and not sunbathe during the hot hours. 

But, with all that said, in later years he is becoming increasingly orange. An artificial, synthetic color that does very little to improve his physical appearance. 

Nobody, apart from his closest family, knows exactly the reason for the strange skin tone. 

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The various theories.

There have been speculations. Most of them regard self-tanning with tanning beds or spray-tanning, or the use of colored lotions. 

Self-tanning would justify the whiter areas around the eyes, but it can’t explain the whiter areas around the face, at the hairline, and on the hands. Many people from within the White House have stated that there are no tanning beds inside the premises, and there is no spray-tanning boot.   

Colored lotions are a possible explanation. Especially as the complexion of the face seems to be very different from what we can see of the rest of the body. A very orange foundation without any other levels of makeup could possibly produce the kind of color we see in the President’s face. 

The White House’s explanation.

The White House has declared many times that the orange look on Donald Trump’s face is due to Good Genes. It is not specified how good genes make someone’s face turn orange. 

In September 2019 the President said that the strange color was caused by all the low-energy bulbs.

 – The light bulb. People said what’s with the light bulb? Trump stated speaking before Republican legislators in Baltimore

 – …And I looked at it, the bulb that we’re being forced to use.., the light’s no good. I always look orange. And so do you. The light is the worst.

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In December 2019 Washington Post published a story about how Trump supposedly should have used employed undocumented immigrants at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Interviews with the household workers uncovered a new possible reason for Trump’s orange face: Artificial face color.

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According to one of the housekeepers, the shade of the makeup that she had to put in Donald Trump’s room every day was “una naranja espantosa”, a scary orange. After more investigation, only one possible product came up… The Bronx boosting hydrating concealer orange.

Now, the Bronx Boosting Hydrating Concealer in Orange isn’t a high-end makeup line. The company making it is a Swiss firm, Bronx colors. Their products are medium- to low-end, and even they don’t consider this particular product very interesting.

To be perfectly correct, it’s a concealer, not a foundation. It should be used to correct imperfections in skin tone. It’s not meant to be applied evenly on the face as a foundation is. But I’m not an expert. 

Isabelle von Känel, the Chief Operating Officer of Bronx Colors, can’t confirm that Trump uses their product. 

 – We are not sending him any products, but just like anyone else, he could buy from any retailer or from any other source. 

The product is not available in retail in the USA, and maybe it’s for the best. Some unofficial reviews and bloggers have slammed it pretty good. And Isabelle von Känel confirms that they haven’t been marketing it for the US market. Discussions are being made but so far there is no distribution in America. 

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We cannot say for sure why Trump is orange. But I think, without proof, that we can exclude the Bronx Colors Urban Cosmetics as responsible for his skin tone. The probability that the man who was the President of the United States as well as the 766th richest person on earth, would go through lengthy measures to buy a cheap brand from Switzerland, a brand that doesn’t even sell in the US, just to have the exclusive privilege to have his face turn orange… Well, that probability is close to zero, as I see it. 

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No, Scientists and Make-up artists are still searching for the truth to the riddle… Why is Donald Trump’s face orange?