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July 25 2014

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Fleshing It Out

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Clinique-beigeAs a brown-skinned beauty writer, I’m often flabbergasted when I’m presented with “nude” or “universal” products that wouldn’t work for any woman darker than Beyoncé (as was the case when I attended a face makeup launch event last week). That’s why the gorgeous new 16 Shades of Beige Collection from Clinique has me downright ecstatic. Like Christian Louboutin’s capsule collection of nude pumps, the limited-edition line challenges the notion of what “flesh-toned” means in the world of fashion and beauty. It boasts eight shades of A Different Nail Enamel and eight shades of All About Shadow, designed to complement a wide range of skin tones from creamy ivory to rich chocolate—it’s a truly wearable concept. Here’s hoping other brands follow suit.

Clinique 16 Shades of Beige, available in December; A Different Nail Enamel, $12.50 each; All About Shadow Octet, $36.

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