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After years of being marginalized by professional makeup artists–and the fashion industry at large–Sudanese model Nykhor Paul let the Internet know how she really feels.

When it’s your job to have a fully stocked makeup kit, there is no excuse for any makeup artist to ask their darker customers to bring in their own cosmetics. That’s like bringing your own food to the restaurant because the chef hasn’t bothered to prepare the ingredients for whatever menu item a customer may want. It’s ridiculous and unacceptable.

Nykhor was even gracious enough to offer the name of a few brands that they could use to round out their palette. But for all the makeup artists sleeping on brands like Black Opal and Iman Cosmetics, here’s a list of more mainstream lines that offer a wide range of shades from light bright to deep, rich brown.

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Professionals take note: you can find these in department stores, Ulta and Sephora. No excuses!


It took Lancôme waaay too long to get a Black brand ambassador, but they made a slam dunk by hiring Lupita Nyong’o. As such, you already that the cosmetic company has something for women of every skin tone. For brown girls in particular, we can get makeup from them in anything from Bisque 8N to Suede 560.


The brand famous for its powdery foundation has expanded into liquid foundation, and they’re not leaving any potential customers out. With shades ranging from Bare Porcelain to Bare Mocha, professionals should have no problem finding the right shade for most any model they need to paint with bareMinerals. Get into their Complexion Rescue in particular!


The first thing you might notice about tarte is their super-cute, nature-inspired packaging. But if you ever bother to open up the products you’ll see some amazing cosmetics in all types of tones from fair beige to rich honey.


Failing access to more high-end brands, makeup artists can always get their hands on some Covergirl, and that brand has Black women completely covered with the Queen Collection. Thanks Queen Latifah!


Clinique goes pretty far across the spectrum, and their products have been a staple for years. Whether you prefer powder foundation or liquid, Clinique will have something for you. Since this is an Estee Lauder brand, you might also want to check out what they offer as well.


MAC has foundations that will work for most women up to about a mocha complexion, but they really represent for darker beauties with Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation, Prep + Prime BB Cream, and their Studio Finish Skin Corrector. That’s a start, but it would also be great if this range was reflected in more of their products.


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