11 Black Beauty Editors Share Their Go-To Nude Lipstick and Foundation Shades

I remember my preteen self perusing the drugstore beauty aisle and leaning my amateur eyes over fancy makeup counters at department stores searching for makeup to complement my dark skin tone. The limited amount of "nudes" and "foundations" available led me to believe those weren't made with me in mind. Often, beauty brands misinterpreted "nude" as one-shade-fits-all and the beige, chalky-pink options did not work for my deep complexion. Foundation lines took a more careless, singular approach with foundation and created one or two "deep" foundations as if women of color didn't have a myriad of complex complexions and undertones that also deserved an array of shades suitable for our skin tones. It's even more unsettling when you think on the fact that black women spend over $7.5 billion on beauty products every year, 80% more on cosmetics, and twice as much on skincare than other consumers.

This has gotten better in recent years, thanks to revolutionary brands that have put women of color first before it became the most marketable and strategic business move. Working in the beauty industry, you get a firsthand look at fresh launches and an opportunity to test the latest and greatest beauty products. I'm proud to say I finally found my perfect nude, which is Inglot Matte Lipstick in shade 449 ($19). And my go-to foundation is Fenty Foundation in shade 420 ($34). I called on fellow brown-girl beauty editors to share the story behind how they found their holy-grail nude lipstick, go-to foundation, and the one hair product they always reach for. Prepare to take notes on beauty brands making products for us and by us.