Nude Or Nah? 15 Fashion And Beauty Items That Just Don’t Work For Black Women

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Sometimes things that are supposed to be one-size-fits-all don’t actually fit for all of us. These looks may be popular with many people, but they are our biggest fashion pet peeves. Did we miss any of yours?

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Nude Clothing

This fashion staple is so frustrating that BuzzFeed made a video about it. And it’s hilarious. Including the part where they discover that the definition of “nude” in terms of clothing colors is “having the color of a white person’s skin.”

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Under Eye Concealer

Regular concealer can leave dark circles on brown skin looking ashen. While concealer works well for fair skin, that’s not the case for everyone.

The best way to fight eye circles on skin with red undertones is with red lipstick. Check out the amazing tutorial here.

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Group Trips To The Spa

Your straight-haired friend thought this would be a great pre-bachelorette party treat. But you’d be a fool to trust your locks to the stylist who’s “pretty sure” she knows how to handle Black hair.

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Most Jeans

Go up a size for more room in the thighs and hips and they are baggy around your belly. It is always something! That is why it is best to stick with the brands that you know work for you.

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Sheer Pantyhose

Every little black girl who ever took a dance class remembers the days when their legs looked like powder-covered chocolate.

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Magazine Makeup Tips

Remember flipping right past these tips during your teen magazine days? No thanks Seventeen…

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…Or Hair Tips

Makeup tips for women of color may have come a long way in mainstream magazines, but acceptance of natural hair and helpful hair tips and can still be pretty far behind. And trifling.

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Seasonal Trends

They aren’t always universal. Remember the ashy pastel lip craze?

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Drugstore Foundation

Available in 15 shades of fair, too much yellow undertone, and still too many shades off.

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The Popular Shampoo

Garnier Fructis may smell amazing, but in most cases, unless your shampoo is sulfate free, your hair is not going to thank you, sis.

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Flat Irons

Even the ones that do get hot enough aren’t going to properly tackle new growth.

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Colorful Tattoos

Bright colors just pop and show up better on fair skin. Until someone gets around to tweaking ink tones, colors like black, blue and green work best.

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Shaving It All Bare

Not without a pot of Lady Bump Stopper (or an ingrown hair battling deodorant in a pinch).

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Laser Hair Removal

Looking to stop ingrown hairs before they start? Be careful. Not all studios are designed to deal with darker skin.

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