Best Makeup for black women

Kevyn Aucoin, make-up artist

With cultural diversity and interracial partnerships reshaping our vision of the ideal, every hair and skin colour makes an equal mark on the beauty map. Ever since Naomi Campbell first graced the cover of Best celebrity style, black models such as Veronica Webb and Alek Wek have become increasingly successful, while Asian beauties are paid fortunes for advertising campaigns and glossy magazine shoots (think Devon Aoki and Lucy Liu).

In the modern world, the idea of make-up and skincare aimed specifically at black or Asian skins seems out of date: the plethora ofcolours and textures offered by companies at both ends ofthe spectrum covers every individual’s needs. Besides, this type of categorizing is exclusive – the opposite of what today’s inclusive beauty vision is about.

The same type of liberation applies to hair colour, symbolized by the rising popularity of red, formerly a colour most of us wished to avoid. Today’s women cannot go red fast enough. Julia Roberts (auburn), Nicole Kidman (strawberry blonde) and Karen Elson (Titian) have all been powerful ambassadors for the redhead. Thanks to Versace and other trumpeters of colour, fashion and beauty have embraced the full spectrum of possibilities. Clashing colours are no longer a fashion faux pas; a bold statement is somethingto be strived for, not avoided.

Even foundation (once split simplistically into ‘pink-’ or ‘yellow-toned’) has broken free of its shackles. Thanks to technological advances, we can now find shades and textures to mimic our natural skin tone, whether it be midwinter or holiday suntan. According to international make-up guru Francois Nars, ‘Women are taking care of their skin today. You have to adapt to modernity and change. Looking great is not about a lot of make-up, or no make-up, it is about the right make-up, and translucent skin.’

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