Nude lipsticks are the beauty equivalent of a classic white T-shirt or jeans , and for me, therein lies the problem. I've never actually worn this official cool-girl uniform, as I'm more of a fan of leopard midi skirts and blister-inducing heels. Same goes for my more adventurous beauty outlook, and as a result, my lipstick investigations have never taken me into the nude shade spectrum my extensive collection is made up of mostly postbox reds or rich clarets. But after using a few recently, I'm ready to fully sashay into the world of nude lipsticks.
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I distinctly remember being a preteen and perusing the drugstore beauty aisle with my mom. My love for makeup started beyond my preteen years with products like royal-blue mascara and jet-black eyeliner. But at one point in my youth, I got lovestruck by lipstick and felt the urge to own one in every shade. However, a quick glance at the limited shades available at my local drugstore made me realize that the quest to find a lipstick that'd look good on my dark skin tone would not be easy. It's a deep wine-colored red with brown undertones. I walked out of the store praying it'd look good on me since all the other shades didn't look suitable for my skin tone in the slightest. Unfortunately, this was the reality for many women of color when searching for drugstore lipstick options. The majority of shades available in drugstores were not flattering for a myriad of dark skin tones—especially nude lipsticks, which were a problematic category beauty brands mistakenly thought was one-shade-fits-all for quite some time. Fortunately, more and more beauty brands have recently expanded their shade ranges to include colors to complement all complexions. Recently, shade expansion to promote inclusivity has been prioritized more than ever before.
Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. The first time I tried on a pair of "flesh toned" stockings from my local drugstore before church, I was sorely disappointed. Instead of matching my dark brown legs, I looked down to see my limbs covered in a wildly unflattering beige material. That's my experience with "nudes" in a nutshell. For years, whenever I saw a new line of nude lipsticks or glosses from my favorite brands, I'd keep browsing, not wanting to relive my nylon nightmare. Of course, I'm not alone. Thankfully, things are rapidly changing: Fashion and beauty brands are realizing that nudes aren't a one-size-fits-all concept, offering more options for more complexions.
As a woman of color with very dark skin , I often struggle to find nude lipstick shades for my skin tone. For people on our side of the color spectrum, the struggle is real. Most of the popular "universally-flattering" nude colors do not live up to that moniker for example, M. In fact, I can personally say that some of the most popular nude lip colors appear aggressively beige or milky on my complexion, making me look like I just indulged in a powdered sugar-covered donut.