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Exact Foundation Shades Black Celebs Are Wearing Now

For black girls who are still searching for their exact foundation shades…and celebrity skin twins. Special thanks to Nesh of Western & Rose and Lisa Brown-Hall of The Ghetto Fashionista for their input!


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A few years ago, InStyle wrote an article detailing 50 exact foundation formulas worn by leading celebrities. Of course, the roundup was overwhelmingly white with a few black women thrown in the mix like Lupita, Beyoncé, and Janelle. And I thought:

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a hit list like this roundup that documented the exact foundation shades black female celebrities wore?

The idea sounded promising, even revolutionary, in theory.

However, actually hunting down the profiles of makeup artists, scrolling through the captions, the comments and locating the correct, full names of the products they used on our melanin-rich muses? I had my work cut out for me but I was game!

In addition, I also had to find decent pictures of black women wearing their foundation shade if there were no headshots available. I know how difficult it can be to find our perfect match(es) as women of color so I hope this post will point those who need help in the right direction.

And for those of you that have found your exact foundation shades across the board, may you be entertained. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to try a new foundation formula or brand. I’ll be updating this post throughout the year with new foundation matches and new faces when possible. In addition, setting powders, contours, and highlights will also be identified, when possible.

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Cookie Lyon Sunglasses on #Empire S3 From Tom Ford, Versace & More

Editor’s note: Cookie Lyon sunglasses on Empire S3 is underway! Don’t forget to check out Cookie Lyon’s Sunglasses, Season 2 for past IDs.

Cookie Lyon Sunglasses from Miu Miu: Butterfly Gradient Waved Metal Sunglasses (Episode 1)

Cookie Lyon Sunglasses: Cookie wears a pair of Miu Miu Butterfly Sunglasses

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), rocking a custom Dries Van Noten Spring 2016 2-piece skirt set, popped on a pair of $530 Miu Miu Gradient Waved Metal Sunglasses. Miu Miu has quite a few styles similar to the butterfly frames, but these are my favorite from the brand.

Cookie Lyon Sunglasses: Cookie Lyon wore Miu Miu Gradient Waved Metal Sunglasses on Empire Season 3, Episode 1 "Light in Darkness."

Cookie Lyon wore Miu Miu Gradient Waved Metal Sunglasses on Empire Season 3, Episode 1 “Light in Darkness.” Color scheme displayed here: Gold/Gray.

Dita Talon Aviators (Episode 2)

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Makeup Routines for Eugena Washington Skin Tones

Eugena Washington skin tones, these makeup tutorials are for you! Content has been edited for clarity.

One of my favorite models, Eugena Washington, took to social media to give her skin twinning fans her everyday makeup look. In the age of dramatic Instagram makeup, this simple beauty routine is refreshing. Washington reveals:

I’ve always hated the term ‘beating your face.’ I believe that makeup should be used to highlight the the things you think are beautiful about yourself, not to create a mask that covers you up. A lot of us are all looking the same these days and it feels super boring. Being able to express yourself exactly the way you are. To me, that’s perfection.

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Empire Season 3 Episode 7 Fashion Credits

Empire Season 3 Episode 7 fashion credits featuring Agent Provocateur, Aquazzura, Balenciaga and more.

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipglass and Lipstick now available at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Available until February 2018.

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Nicholas Intermix Exclusive Basque Lace Off The Shoulder Dress | Not shown: Balenciaga Small Pearl & Crystal Clip-On Earrings

Empire Season 3 Episode 7 Fashion Credits: anika-wears-an-agent-provocateur-robe-and-bra-panty-set-on-empire-season-3-episode-7

Agent Provocateur Essie Satin-Trimmed Stretch-Leavers Lace and Tulle Briefs | Agent Provocateur Essie Satin-Trimmed Stretch-Leavers Lace and Tulle Plunge Bra | Agent Provocateur Francis Gown Nude

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