Simple nude makeup, a style a lot of people like to wear for an everyday glow. But how simple is it for you to apply nude makeup styles? Is it as easy as grabbing a few things from the drug store and following a nude makeup tutorial? Well for some, nude makeup looks require a bit more shopping around.

In Peggy McKintosh’s famous essay about white privilege, she discusses several things that Black, Indigenous, and people of color are constantly struggling with while white folks living in North America do not have to think about them at all. One of these things is the “color” nude. The term nude has sparked a lot of discussion in recent years over the fact that many items available for purchase in “nude” shades are actually only nude for those with white or lighter skin.

If you’re white, you can assume that there will be nude bandaids for you at the grocery store, that you will be able to find a nude bra, underwear, or pantyhose. You can assume if you wear makeup that you will be able to find a shade close enough to your skin tone that you can wear it without looking like your head is a different color than your body.

If you search “Nude Items” on google, the majority of images are of beige or light skin tone colors. If you search “nude makeup” on youtube, you have to scroll down a considerable amount to find a girl giving a tutorial on how to apply nude makeup on a darker complexion.

Fashion magazines will show nude makeup looks on a white person’s skin, and often cosmetic schools or training programs do not adequately teach how to do makeup on darker shades of skin. Although there has been a push to include more variety in the shades of foundation, concealer, and blush for darker skin, there are still so many brands with a very slim selection of dark nude shades while maintaining 20-25 shades of peachier or lighter product. So many “tinted” moisturizers, sunscreens, and creams are tinted to match a white complexion.

So if you’re white, and you’ve never struggled with how to get the perfect nude makeup look because of the fact that most makeup isn’t made for you, and it requires more effort to find tutorials that work for you, take a moment to realize that this is the frequent reality for black makeup wearers. If you’re someone who struggles to find the right shade of nude makeup because products are always too light or not a good match for melanated skin, here are some brands with a wide selection of true nude shades.

Foundations

Hue Noir

Hue Noir True Hues Flawless Finish Foundation

Hue Noir makes an excellent foundation called the True Hues Flawless Finish Foundation. This foundation is made by a black-owned beauty brand, so not only does it do its job of giving you excellent coverage for your nude look, but it also supports black businesses.

Bobbi Brown

Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Bobbi Brown is a brand that has had a huge selection of nude shades for all skin colors for many many years. The Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 comes in 42 shades and includes SPF to protect your beautiful skin from UV rays.

Concealers

M.A.C.

M.A.C. Studio Concealer

M.A.C. Studio Concealer from NW 43- NW 55 are great concealers for darker hues and cover anything from under-eye bags to blemishes.

L’Oréal

True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer

The True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer is a super inexpensive concealer that you can get at a drugstore. Often drugstore makeup brands do not have as good a variety of colors, but this one has a pretty decent range.

Blush

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Blush

Fenty Beauty’s Cheeks Out Cream Blush is an excellent choice for darker complexions. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has been hugely influential in making the beauty and fashion industry more inclusive. And who doesn’t love Rhianna? We recommend the shade Summertime Wine.

Black Up Cosmetics

Black Up Cosmetics Blush

Black Up Cosmetics is another brand that makes excellent products for melanated skin. The NBL01 Blush is recommended by celebrity makeup artists.

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