African-American Beauty Myths -- Busted!
'Black don't crack' isn't the only African-American beauty myth that's stood the test of time. From black hair care to makeup, we suss out fact from fiction
"Nude" products never workOf course we all know there's no universal skin tone (remember when Crayola debuted a "flesh" color and there was a huge backlash?), but that doesn't mean all makeup companies are up to date on the new standard of beauty. If you're having trouble finding nude makeup that complements your complexion, you're probably looking in the wrong section.
"Selecting the perfect nude product is all about customizing it for you," says Mary Kay makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff (her clients include Alicia Keys and Rihanna). "Just because it's labeled 'nude' doesn't mean it will work for you."
The toughest nude-colored pick for African-American women? Lipstick. "Many women of color have strong natural pigments in their lips," says Sheriff. "These browns, pinks, or purples will show through sheer nude tints." To create a naked lip look, stay away from beige tones and opt for peachy tints, which will color correct and neutralize the lip's darker colors. Sheriff also suggests applying a bit of concealer over the lips to mute the lip color before layering on a champagne or latte-colored lip gloss.
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