In theory, the color “nude” is a wardrobe staple. Whether in the form of a clothing or an accessories, it should seamlessly match the skin tone of its wearer, giving the illusion of bare skin. But more often than not, the color is commonly associated with hues of beige and peachy pink, catering to a small section of women around the world. Thankfully, several brands have stepped up to challenge this notion and offer an expanded collection of nude products that match a diverse range skin tones. Below, check out the 7 brands that offer nude products for women of all colors.
Kahmune (pronounced like “commune”) is the brainchild of founder Jamela Acheampong. While scrolling through her social media feed, she realized that most products came in light shades of beige, cream, and tan, and rarely in colors that matched her darker skin tone. “My Dad has always said that some of the best business ideas are the ones that solve a problem,” she tells Allure. “The fact that the term ‘nude’ is attributed to a specific shade is a problem.” Retailing between $200 to $250, the brand’s full collection of strappy Italian leather sandals and pumps will begin shipping in March. (kahmune.com)
As a former gymnast, Naja CEO Catalina Girald first got the idea for her brand while watching the 2012 Olympics and seeing Gabby Douglas wear an ankle wrap that didn’t match her skin. That moment followed Girald through the launch of her ethical lingerie brand, Naja, in 2014. Last year, she rang up actress Gina Rodriguez to star in the campaign for her new collection, “Nude for All,” which offers a range of bras and underwear in seven shades of nude. (naja.co)
In 2013, Christian Louboutin launched its first nude collection—four styles in five different shades—after a team member made a comment about beige not being her skin color. Last year, the brand expanded the collection to include seven shades in several styles like T-strap pumps and a ballerina flat called Solasofia, available now for $595. (christianlouboutin.com)
Raise your hand if you can never seem to find a concealer that matches your skin. Yep, us too. That’s why we were so excited to find out Nars added six new shades of its Radiant Creamy Concealer last year—for a total of 16 shades. There’s Crème Brulee, a fair color with a light-pink undertone, and Canelle, a light peachy shade. Plus, the collection offers four darker shades, including Macadamia (for medium tone) and Hazelnut (a medium dark shade with red undertones). Each concealer costs $30 and is available at sephora.com.
In 2014, Ade Hassan decided to leave her career as a consultant to launch Nubian Skin, a British lingerie and hosiery brand made for women of color. Favored by Hollywood elites like Beyoncé and Kerry Washington, the brand offers four dark nude shades, from Café au Lait to Berry. The website even lists out a variety of foundation colors, from brands like Mac and Bobbi Brown, that best match the shade of the products. (nubianskin.com)
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This Washington D.C.-based brand just launched last year, but it’s getting quite a buzz on social media thanks to its offering of affordable, cruelty-free beauty products for darker skins. In addition to shimmery highlighters and colorful shades of lipsticks, KoyVoca offers 21 shades of cream-to-powder foundation for just $16. Categorized by warm, cool, neutral, and olive skin tones, the collection also offers matching $12 concealers for all your coverage needs. (koyvoca.com)
Thanks to megastars like Misty Copeland, the world of ballet is slowly becoming a more inclusive place for dancers of color. But when it comes to dance gear, few companies offer products in multiple nude shades. Enter Mahogany Blues, a Dallas-based dance apparel company started by swimsuit designer Whitney Bracey. “During my research, I found that many dancers have to dye their leotards because they couldn’t find options other than just beige,” Bracey tells Allure. “Dancers of color shouldn’t have to face this problem. These leotards should readily be available to them.” The brand currently offers four styles of women’s leotards in four different shades, plus unisex briefs for all ages. (mbdanceapparel.com)
More on brands that offer nude products for women of color:
- What “Nude” Ballet Slippers Mean to One Black Ballerina
- Footwear Brand Kahmune Just Dropped Nude Shoes for Every Skin Tone
- Nars Adds 6 New Shades to Its Radiant Creamy Concealer Collection
One ballerina’s solution to a major challenge for dancers of color: