5 Beauty Products EVERY Woman Of Color Should Own

By  March 14, 2011

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—when it comes to beauty, in our book ‘naturally gorgeous’ will always win, even if we have to achieve the look with a little cosmetic help. Problem is, when makeup products are branded nude, their definition of nude typically isn’t applicable to everyone. Good thing we’ve done the research for you! If your complexion clocks in at 4, 5, or 6 on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification Scale, the assortment below features everything you need to look beautiful in the ‘buff.’

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette, $48 at UrbanDecay.com
Featuring twelve velveteen shades—nine of which fall into the neutral family—this eyeshadow palette houses a fantastic range of hues that’ll take your gaze from day to night in no time at all.

2. MAC Tinted Lip Glass in Oh Baby, $14,50 at MACCosmetics.com
An all-around fan favorite, this glassy chestnut hue looks spectacular on all shades of brown, from beige to coffee. Apply one coat for a hint of chocolaty shine, or double up for the full monty.

3. HIPP x RBG Nail Polish in F2, F3, and F4, $16 each at RGBCosmetics.com
Naturally gorgeous extends to your tips and toes too! Available in four shades—three of which are perfect for darker complexions—this polish collection allows you to closely match your nails to your skin tone.

4. MAC Surf, Baby Skinsheen Bronzer Stick in Gilty Bronze, $29.50 at MACCosmetics.com
This swivel stick contains a versatile creamy bronzer that can be used to sculpt and contour the face, or blend into your foundation to give your skin a gorgeous glistening glow.

5. TopShop Blush in High Five, $12 at TopShop.com
Darker complexions can pull off vibrant colors quite well, so always go for a bright-color blush. This cream formulation blends into skin beautifully for a believable flush from within.