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After years of being marginalized by the 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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You can find these in department stores, Ulta and Sephora. No excuses!


It took Lancôme waaay to 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 then 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 Porcelein 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 artist can always get their hands on some Covergirl, and that brand has Black women completely covered with the Queen Collection. Thanks Queen Latifah!


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