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Essence Mag Readers Attack Naturals For Being “Too Dark” to Wear Red Lipstick

• Feb 9, 2014

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By Chinwe of Hair and Health

Take that red lipstick off.all black people cann’t wear this for real”

 “Everybody can’t wear RED lipstick, baby u should have tried Wine,”

Please stop wearing red lipstick when your complexion is very dark.  Uh!”

 “u right or that NEW PINK, SISTER PLZ IF U DARK SHIN DON’T WEAR EITHER ONE OF THESE RED PINK ORANGE.….JUST MY OPININO.…”

My, my that red lipstick is ugly as pure hell!  It’s not for everyone.”

These are just a few of the negative comments posted under an Essence photo containing three black women – one of which is of dark brown complexion with red lipstick.  All of the above comments were, sadly, from black women.  Let me give you some background information:

Rocquelle (who was actually featured in this BGLH Natural Hair Style Icon post a couple years ago) is a beautiful, confident, sister with skin reminiscent of chocolate.  During a book signing event, a photographer asked to take her picture.  This photo, along with photos of many other women, would later be placed on Essence.com and their Facebook page to showcase “hot natural hairstyles” that were snapped in Houston.  Then Facebook comments came pouring in concerning the “red lipstick” on the “dark-skinned” lady.  What do red lipstick and dark skin have to do with hot natural hairstyles, you ask?  You tell me!

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The Facebook photo.

My first impression when I saw the above photo was: “Everyone is rocking red with their natural hair.”  If you asked me to focus on Rocquelle, I would’ve simply said, “That red pops.  It reminds me of a lipstick I own”.  That is all.  I would give the same response if I saw this lady: 

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… or these two ladies:

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All of their lipsticks are popping!

Now, of course, we live in a world where no two individuals are exactly alike, and thus opinions and perspectives will vary.  Some people like red lipstick.  Some don’t.  Plain and simple, right?  Well, not when red lipstick only becomes an issue if it is worn on a lady with dark skin.  That is called a limited view based on European standards, in my book.

So what is the problem, exactly?  Why does this red lipstick not look fine on a sister with dark skin?  How dark is too dark to wear red? Why would it look just fine on women with lighter complexions?  Who made up that fashion rule!?!  Have we been conditioned to think that way?  And the bigger question: When will we, as black women, stop putting each other down and so disgustingly?

In a country where black women are at the bottom of the beauty totem pole, it saddens me that we would kick each other further down that pole.  What makes it worse, in my honest opinion, is when we do so based on features that define us … “black” or African features, if you will.  Gabby Douglas and her “kinky edges”.  Rocquelle and her “dark” skin with red lipstick.  Blue Ivy and her “unkempt curls”.  So what does fit our standard of beauty, then?  Straight edges, white skin, and perfectly combed hair?  I will let that marinate.

It is unfortunate that some of us believe such odd “fashion rules” (i.e., “Red lipstick and dark skin don’t mix.”It is a shame that a lipstick meant to pop beautifully is not allowed to do so on dark skin. But this is bigger than the red lipstick. It is a shame that some of us deem the very features that are unique to us (our dark skin, our kinks and uncombed curls) as “the problem”.  It is a shame that we have consequently become “mean girls” amongst ourselves.

Fortunately there were numerous comments – also from black women and a black male – in defense and compliment of Rocquelle.  But we all know that it only takes one rotten apple (in this case, several) to spoil the whole barrel; we see it everyday with how media and television shows perpetuate certain stereotypes and negative stories in the black community.  It is a shame, because at this rate we will only help to keep ourselves at the bottom of that pole.  How fitting that this month is Black History month.

What are your thoughts?  Please share below.

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187 Comments on "Essence Mag Readers Attack Naturals For Being “Too Dark” to Wear Red Lipstick"

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LYNNE
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Truth be told, not every color lipstick works for everybody. But it has nothing to do with the persons complexion. It has more to do with the overall person and the combination of the persons features.

Guest1234
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Agreed. In addition to that, it has to do with the shade of the LIPSTICK, not the shade of the person wearing it. Undertones are real. And they matter. Black folks are so thirsty for reasons to say that OUR color is wrong. They’ll find any excuse under the sun to hate on dark skin. It’s pathetic. We ain’t NEVAH wrong to be black and dark. The lipstick is wrong for not complementing that. There are plenty of reds, pinks, oranges, purples, etc that POP on dark skin BEAUTIFULLY. Just because someone may have picked the wrong shade ONCE doesn’t… Read more »
Ugonna Wosu
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PREACH!

Ashleigh
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I bet these same women turned into the Hulk when A$AP Rocky said that dark skin women should not wear red lipstick.

Missc
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*speechless*
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I’m dark skinned and I LOVE red lipstick!!!

SK
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Red in the right shade/undertone looks good on everyone.…She is beautiful and i dont see the problem. Heck, I envy anyone that can rock it, and other bright/bold colors, unapologetically. I just recently mustered up the confidence to wear a bold red lip. WERK!!

Trudy
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There’s been a lot of miseducation and a lot of unlearning needs to take place, but I appreciate articles like this and others on this topic. We have to discusses and call out this behavior when it happens so that people can do better. I think it’s to the point where some folks don’t even realize how negative they can be.

del
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It all depends on our skin’s undertone. Find the right shade that works with your undertone and any lipstick color works.

My grandmother had a deep brown complexion and unfortunately believed that she could never wear red lipstick. I really wish she’d had the confidence to break the “rules” of her day.

Sophie
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I don’t understand this attitude in some black women. We put ourselves down so much! I have a friend who is black American and has loose curly hair, light skin and blue eyes (her parents both look similar), and she is constantly saying things about how her hair is nappy and her skin is too dark to be seen in low light. Why do we do this? I am a child of immigrants and i grew up in a place with very few black people. I didn’t have a black female friend until college! I like my skin, and I… Read more »
reese
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I like this article. However I do think it sends the unrealistic message that we black women should just say ONLY nice things about each other, ALL the time. That would be great but its not realistic. All races critique and criticize each other- we as black people just don’t see or hear it. I was in a high end store yesterday and the lady helping me was Jewish and was criticizing another jewish women about her wrinkles (they were pretty awful I gotta say) to me. I just shook my head and listened because its what people do. All… Read more »
LBell
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I understand what you’re saying and it reflects something I learned the hard way at far too young an age: Regardless of whether we want to admit it, human nature trumps racial solidarity, and it does so by a significant margin. Humans are always going to find something to tear down other humans over. However, the sad thing when it comes to OUR race in particular is that the rest of the world already tears us down thanks to centuries of a man-made design called white supremacy. (Setting aside the question of whether Jews constitute a “race” per se, it’s… Read more »
Mells39
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If you remember the name, you can contact Chanel and they can find a lipstick similar to the shade you love.

gapch
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Not all skin folk are kinfolk.” hadnt heard that one b4 but its true and i like it…

Anon
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I don’t think she was implying that we should only have nice things to say, but that the very things we attack are synonymous with/representative of who we are. I agree that other races can be just as harsh — I have met quite a few Indians who also have the light skin/dark skin complex. I do think, however, that whereas many other races’ features are considered “exotic” and even coveted, ours seems to be one of the few ones that is considered nonexistent or “ugly.” So I think we do have a unique circumstance, as opposed to the negativity… Read more »
Anon
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[DVFspeak] dark girls + bright lipstick ft YaaSoulRebel

Ugonna Wosu
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funnily enough, my mom who’s about your exact complexion, always choosing bright colored lipsticks, and actually hates it when my light self wears natural, soft colors. She says it like I’m not wearing any lipstick and “black people need color”, lol. I never heard of the “dark women shouldn’t wear red” thing until this article.

Candace
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All people can wear red lipstick. However, skin tone does influence what color red looks best on that person.

I wear red lipstick and I had to try out around six or seven shades to find the one that was best for my skin tone.

People often think that “red is red” without recognizing that there is a reason why there are so many versions of red on the market.

sb
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Some of the comments, were terrible. I don’t understand why people are so mean to others online. I don’t think she looked bad but that lipstick was not complementing. It’s is like the makeup artist was lazy and gave all the women the same shade. You wouldn’t give those same women the shade foundation, and it stands to reason you wouldn’t give them the same shade of lipstick. A deeper red or plum would have suited her better. IMHO

Darlyn
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I agree with you. My mother is dark skinned and she wears red lipstick that compliments her skin.

cacey
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i agree! that’s what i thought the first time i saw the picture. for example, the dark model at the very top of this article looks amazing in her red lipstick. but the girl in question, rocquelle, looks fine but like you said, that’s just not a complementary shade. i’ve seen people of all skin tones wear lipsticks that just do not complement. that goes for makeup period. not everybody will look good in everything, and apparently to a lot of people it’s “putting black women down” when you point out what should be obvious. personally i love dark skin… Read more »
Toya | The Limerick Lane
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I grew up with my mother constantly telling me that ‘we’ can wear an array of colored lipsticks and ‘they’ tell us we can’t. I’m a huge fan of bold lip colors. It took me a while to find the perfect red lip color that worked with my undertones. I believe that women of color (no matter the hue) can wear bold colors. That’s what we look best in.

afrostyling
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When will black women stop calling themselves “bottom of the beauty pole”? Do you actually believe that? If you don’t believe it then why continue to say such a horrible thing? Do you know there are women internalizing that crap?

Samantha
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Hear hear! Words have power! Start being affirmative and speak of your beauty rather than espousing and sub-consciously internalising negativity. I rebuke it! I am a product of God’s handiwork! Amen!

Monique
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Her name is actually Rocquelle, not Rochelle. She’s a fab blogger at http://www.considermelovely.com. I’ve always said that we as a people don’t ever have to worry about other races tearing us down, we’re gonna do it ourselves. I think that women of color wearing color is the most beautiful statement a lady can make. If you don’t like it for yourself, don’t wear it but don’t be disrespectful to someone else that chooses to do so. And this is from a chocolate skinned, red — pink — purple lipstick wearing queen!

Ugonna Wosu
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Red actually works better on dark blacks than it does on the lighter ones(whom it also looks good on). The dark lady with the braids at the top just needed some makeup around the eyes to balance out the heavy, bold color of the lips. That’s all.

Folashade
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Only in America such an issue occurs!

Candace
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That’s not even hardly true. I’ve lived in 10 countries in Africa, 2 countries in South America, the UK, and 3 European countries. If you think that women all over the world don’t judge other women for what they wear, how they wear it and when they wear it, you are delusional. I’ve heard women in African countries say that an ethnic group can’t be attractive because they are all too dark and I’ve heard women in South America say that they a woman who is it light enough to dye her hair blond can’t be considered “really” beautiful because… Read more »
Ugonna Wosu
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oh yes, my mom gives me and my sis so much praise for being “fair” skinned, and gets pissed when I’ve allowed the sun to darken me a little in the summer.

Tabatha_Frm_ Ri
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It’s disgusting how ppl with low self esteem tries to project their insecurities on others then try to pass it of as ”just as just an opinion”. SMH

Mukisa
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It’s so sad that we as Black women have internalized the disrespect we have received so much that we pass it out among ourselves so freely. I think Rocquelle looks bold and beautiful. I admire her because I don’t have the guts or the style to pull that look off. As a darker skinned Ugandan American woman of a milk chocolate complexion, I wish that all this shadism WOULD STOP. In the meantime, whatever shade we are we should accept it and LOVE IT. We are each important, we are each with purpose and we are all uniquely beautiful.

Chastiti Penchion
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First of all, this is not an “only in America” issue…I’m so over people stating that. Second of all, look at the spelling of the people leaving the ignorant remarks on the Essence Facebook page…enough said. I am a dark completed girl and for a while felt that only “plums” looked good on me. I woke up one day and said, ” Hell I look good in ANY color, and I wish someone would tell me otherwise”! We as “females” need to appreciate our God-given beauty and stop feeding into what the media declares as a “perfect beauty”. We have… Read more »
J2
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When people ask “why do black ppl put each other down so much,” I really think that, for example in this case, these women felt like they were helping her with their comments. Many times ppl don’t see themselves as being negative. They think they’re being “real” and “telling her what others won’t.” The key thing these type of people are missing however, is that no one asked for your help. That lady didn’t ask anyone for their help in picking out a shade of lipstick to wear yet everyone has advice for her. Oh but let a white person,… Read more »
Chastiti Penchion
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Sorry *complected

Grace
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In my opinion people are making this into a political/racism thing when it doesn’t have to be. It’s a preference thing. Some people like me prefer a natural look and don’t like makeup in vibrant unnatural colours that “pop”. I am not a fan of blue, green, or orange lips on anyone, super long nails, or blue, green, or yellow nails with weird designs on them. It’s just too in-your-face and bright. I’m not a fan of red most of the time because it’s always smudged on people’s teeth and it makes your lips stand out like a spotlight. It… Read more »
Ugonna Wosu
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except they were saying specifically “you’re TOO DARK to wear red”…

Chastiti Penchion
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That’s your preference though. And it became a “race thing” when the comment was made that the girl was too dark for it. Although YOU may not like those colors doesn’t mean others don’t and should not be told they are too anything to wear what they want. If it makes them feel good, go for it.

Di
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The undertones of the color in question might not be for everyone to me. So yes, every shade isn’t for everybody. I know me personally, my skin color is in the middle with extreme orange/yellow undertones so i stick with true reds and reds with orange undertones & i think true reds & red with orange undertones work best for black women. Red lipstick is for everyone, you just need to find the right balance of undertones.

youngin girl
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She’s modeling. I think red lipstick is a complimentary color. Red does look good on dark skin because it brings their skin tone out more, especially orange or blue clothes-the same way. I agree with one comment, some people don’t think they are being negative when speaking their opinion. They feel they are being real but it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it and the vibe you get off in your tone. But if people really want to be helpful when trying to advise, they should tell her or get a career in that. She is modeling… Read more »
Reva
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I love the red lipstick on every skin tone! It is very eye catching and it is a show stopper. I think that the negativity is coming from women that wish they had the confidence or even an ounce of confidence to wear it proudly. I’m so tired of skin tone being such an issue especially in the African American community. I believe that we are all different and beautiful in our own skin that that people need to start looking at themselves and critique themselves instead of everybody else! These comments are just showing their insecurities and low self… Read more »
MsKat
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Every person doesn’t look good in every color, no matter what their skintone. But, if someone wants to wear a particular color, what reason do I have to comment that they shouldn’t? If they like the way it looks, they should wear it. Something I found interesting about this blog post is, in almost all of the comments about not wearing that shade of lipstick that were quoted, the grammar and spelling was poor. And, they were borderline rude. Even if I were the model in the photo wearing that shade, I wouldn’t have been able to take any of… Read more »
Elle
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Some people just ENJOY “throwing shade”. I really don’t get it. If you don’t like it then move onto the next page… But no, you would rather put your ENERGY into destroying somebody else’s. Karma is a B, just wait for it honey.

labloohplah
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I get the whole some shades dont work on anyone but she looks more than fine to me. Anyway I get that it’s a bit subjective but so what if your lipstick shade aint the best? Who cares? I agree with the poster above, some people just like throwing shade.

Jae
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My first thought was the “Go Red” campaign that focuses on the fight against heart disease for EVERY woman. As a whole, we as women have lost the notion that we are to build each other up because many of us are fighting for our lives quite literally everyday. Beauty is more than how some arbitrary colors mesh, but it’s an intangible statement that has no rules except one: OWN IT! Red has a natural effect of alertness. These women look stunning and should be celebrated or at least respected because they are owning it with class and style.

Spanishblaksister
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Like, who’s lips are naturally RED???? There are VERY few women who have naturally BRIGHT RED lips!!!! So in that case, red lipsticks looks ridiculously fake on everyone! The assumption is that we need to have “pink” undertones or white skin for the candy cane effect. I hope the girl wears BLUE lipstick next time, because lipstick is not REAL, so it looks false on everyone. It’s time women stop acting as though the makeup is coming off as natural anyway. NONE OF IT’S NATURAL. I have nothing against makeup. I actually LOVE makeup,and I wear RED all the time.… Read more »
Tyler
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Not everything is a race issue. People are allowed to have their own opinions. If they didn’t like the lip color, they’re allowed to say it! I mean honestly, let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill.

Shay
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But these comments aren’t about the colour of the lipstick. They are about the colour of her skin. We see that shade of red on a lot of women of all skin tones. Why is it that when women of other skin tones wear lipstick shades that clash with their skin (like the ones in the other photos) it is just considered edgy and when dark women where it all hell breaks loose? The worse thing is that these comments are always from other black people. The general mentality of black people is a mountain. It’s a giant obsticle for… Read more »
lauryn
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Actually, the issue is that the lipstick color doesn’t go with her skin tone. When a white/asian/hispanic girl wears a bold color and it looks bad, PEOPLE SAY IT LOOKS BAD.

We don’t have to make this a self-hatred conversation. Sometimes it’s honestly a style/fashion/cosmetics conversation.

I think this article over-reaches.

Tyler
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Thank you lauryn, that exactly what I was saying.

People get way too emotional over nothing and the ignorance and rudeness of some of these comments shows a lot of cowardice hiding behind the computer.

Etrineanluc8
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First of all,no one makes it about race, but black women. Black women are their own worst enemy sometimes, I agree. However,you are wrong,no one EVER says someone with my color looks “bad” in a particular shade of lipstick because “my skin shade doesn’t look good with certain lipstick shades.” It does seem dark skin black women are held at a higher standard they also get attacked and “corrected” more often when it comes to makeup and fashion choices.YES they do. I can’t count how many times I have heard someone say, ” darker black women look bad in red… Read more »
Etrineanluc8
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I totally agree with you..It’s just like when a black pop singer wears all kinds of wigs, crazy makeup and outfits,everyone attacks her? Where as when you see white pop stars doing the SAME exact edgy looks, no one says shit?

lauryn
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Please… people have been throwing shade at Lady Gaga for years…

Shadie
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No one cares about your damn opinion. It’s all for drama and due to ignorance. If you care enough about someone else’s appearance to make these sort of comments it says a lot more about you. Get a life and a brain maybe?

folamix
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Quite honestly, every color is not for everyone. People who have a lot of pigmentation in their skin tone need to take that into consideration when wearing makeup. I have no problem with red, but there are so many different shades of red that, that there is a shade out there for every skintone. However, if a person wants to wear a certain color, even if I don’t think it is complimentary, unless they ask me for my opinion, I keep it to myself.

Natural Hair Junkie
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I see colorism is still alive and well in 2014. I’m a Black woman with dark skin and have been wearing red lipstick (and any other colors I can get my hands on) since high school. I personally feel the particular hue of red Rocquelle has on doesn’t do her justice, but to go as far as to say that all individuals with more pigmentation of melanin shouldn’t wear red is ridiculous. There’s a serious lack of solidarity amongst black women. Whatever happened to, If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut. Me and my dark… Read more »
Etrineanluc8
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Black women have lips that other races die for. We also have the bone structure other races die for we can w ear what we want. I agree darker women look great with red lipstick. In fact they look the best in it. i love red and orange on darker shades. These women a re ridiculous making excuses for their ignorance.

anastasia
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TBH, I’m just pleased as pie to see more women of color, especially women of the African diaspora, experiment with makeup. This is not to suggest that all women SHOULD wear makeup, but we certainly do not deserve to be shunned if we choose to do. Besides, we all have had those experiences of searching for the right shade of lipstick, foundation, or even jeans =) Secondly, while I am not against the so-called “nude” lip, I often think to myself that certain makeup trends are meant to highlight one type of aesthetic (‘nude’lipstick— hide thin lips to highlight the… Read more »
NubianPrize
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IGNORANCE NEVER DIES, FOLKS !!! Back in the 60s when I was a kid, there was this general idea that black women who were brown skinned & darker,especially the very dark women, should not wear bight colors,esp reds,oranges & yellows because they just made you look darker. I always liked red & didn’t pay it any mind. I had red outfits & even have a red dress now. Dark women,esp the ones whose hair was a “snap” long were looked down on & guys avoided them. Red lipstick was a REALLY big no no for them .But when I went… Read more »
Jane
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Is it just a coincidence that people have such a reaction to dark skinned black women in red lipstick? Just think about all of the racist caricatures of black people featuring figures with nearly jet-black skin and oversized clown-like red/pink lips. I think people may be subconsciously and unfairly connecting this young woman with racist imagery without even realizing it.

mlank64
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I think you are on to something. It has socially been engrained into our psychy. Much like the bulging eyed mammie usually portrayed with very dark skin with either pink or red lips. Racist caricatures throughout the history of this country had been something the black community has internalize. So subtle we don’t realize it until it is pointed out.

Etrineanluc8
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I agree, We are often guilty of the shaming we do to other black people, who choose to emphasize their African traits like lips, hair, buttocks.. I hear it when I run into my straightened hair friends, they say ” When are you gonna get that hair done? ” Some black people actually get offended by fuller lipped people wearing bright red lipstick and they also get offended by natural hair because of the negative racist imagery we have had ingrained in our psyches. Images such as “buckwheat” etc Thin lips and straight hair are never shameful or embarrassing to… Read more »
Tracy
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ANYONE can wear a red lip. You just have to find the right shade for your skin tone. Whether you’re light or dark you have to find the right undertone.

Light women(including myself) cannot wear any and every shade of red we have to find the correct tone, I find that blue undertones work better for my skin versus orange undertone…

I would never want my beautifully rich brown skinned sistas to think that they can’t wear a classy, classic red lip!

Twinkle
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I don’t have a problem with dark skinned women wearing red lipstick..providing they pick the right shade of red for their skin tone. No matter what color you are every shade of a color is not for everyone. That was a horrible hue of red for her..not saying she can’t wear red..just not that particular red. It looks a little silly and not very sophisticated…the other women in the pictures look lovely..grown and sexy.

JazzWife
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The red looks nice on her. Opinion? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As with all things, some will like it and some will not … but not everything negative thought needs to be expressed. Sometimes it is just better to uplift.

Iva
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Faarrr too many people are under the impression that everyone else is entitled to THEIR opinion. Newsflash: we’re not.

Before people open their mouths they should ask themselves if what they are about to say is honest, necessary, and kind.

Telling someone they have toilet paper on their shoe passes all three tests. Telling someone that how they chose to spend their money on adorning themselves does not meet YOUR standards, does not.

Beya
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It’s an EDITORIAL HIGH FASHION PICTURE. Whether that color looked amazing or ugly on her, she is paid to do HER JOB. Now for the rest of us, I think we all know that we should pick shades that are appropriate for our skin tones, unless you just don’t care and wear whatever you like! People, regardless of their race are going to hate, its just sad that we cannot come together as a humanitarian unit and support one another. RIdiculous. The ladies in the photo and the model look BEAUTIFUL.

Moving on!

Monica Kay
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I think that Rochelle looks great. As a dark skin sista with cool undertones, I can testify that finding a red lipstick or lipgloss with the right about of blue is sometimes not even worth the effort. I stick with plums, wines and mauves. But that’s just me. I’m not as bold and adventurous with my style as Rochelle.

shrugs
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Black women in America exhaust me.

Chicago Chica
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They exhaust me as well, and I live here.

Kelcie
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Oohh…you took the words right out of my mouth.

Joy
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I don’t think that’s a fair assessment…especially if you ARE a black woman in America. Whenever I read things like this I wonder — is it all black women responding or is this a case of trolls taking over the internet? For example, I could believe that most white people who comment on yahoo are racist or I could sum it up to some very bored and highly active internet trolls…or perhaps something in between. So instead of vilifying black women as a populace, I choose to continue to encourage self-acceptance among my sisters. Only then will we realize that… Read more »
Marie
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@Joy, I get what you’re saying but just take a step back for me. Shrugs stated “Black women in America exhaust me.” To some this statement could be very insulting and to some this could be totally understanding. For you, I suppose her/his statement was a little uncalled for and in some instance, a little insulting? However, I can see what Shrugs is saying. Let me ask you something, are you a natural? If so, have you gone through times of criticisms from our black sisters who may not like your hair? Or, have you ever been made fun of… Read more »
Joy
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Marie, I get what you’re saying and I have had a similar experience being put down by fellow black women for my hair. However, the actions of a few or maybe even many will never, ever make me insult or write off my people wholesale. As a proud black American woman, I am offended by Sug’s statement. Black women of other ethnicities lift each other up on this site and it pains me to my core that black American women will allow someone to categorically put us down and even agree with it! So sad…

Shrugs
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I was not going to respond as I make it a point not to get into discussions on the internet. But I wanted state a few things:

1. I am Black woman from Jamaica (the island, not Queens). Though I suppose you can take that with a grain of salt because how can you really tell?

2. I was not trolling.

Joy
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OK, Shrugs. So I was right — you were issuing a blanket insult of “my people.” Thanks for confirming!

Brittany. L
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I’m a dark skin girl and one of my favorite lipsticks I own is red. E.L.F Matte Lip Color Rich Red, and I wear that ish out #hello. I feel this way can’t nobody dictate to me what color lipstick I could wear. If I wanted to wear white lipstick I promise you I would.

And honestly they all look nice to me and my opinion is not biased im so serious. Those girls who commented are probably girl who themselves know and feel they could never pull off a Red Lip.(Trust me)

Check out http://www.curlskinksfashion.com for Style,beauty, and hair

SB
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Dark skinned women (which I am) can wear any color make-up in the spectrum of the rainbow, especially reds and pinks. Reds and pinks against our skin color looks amazingly beautiful because of the contrast of the dark with light. The colors pop. Its like your face because art canvas. Mix that with a hot outfit nobody can tell you anything.

Josephine Odion
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Before I begin, let me just say, I’m not an expert when it comes to make up, fashion, trends, etc. And everyone has the right to do what they choose to/on their person. Maybe its cuz I’m a Nigerian living in Nigeria (doesn’t apply to every other Nigerian, I’m just identifying myself, is all) But some colors don’t look so pleasing to MY eye on some skin tones. Even red lipsticks doesn’t work well with everyone, regardless of skin tone. To me, the whole ‘popping’ thing is overrated. I’ve seen women with lighter tones rock red, purple, whatever, and it… Read more »
POSHNERA
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I am a dark skin woman and I love red and pink and any other color that compliments my skin. I think the color looks beautiful on her and very smooth on her lips. Some people are so narrow minded and lack creativity. They don’t realize that the human body is a canvas that can show wonderful beauty and artistic skills. Some people are so brainwashed into hating themselves that they can’t see the beauty in others. I’m so sick and tired of these cowards behind their computer monitors who can’t even form a complete thought or correctly spelled words.… Read more »
Crist
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As soon as I saw the photo I thought everything about it looked artistic. It’s art! The pose and makeup and accessories, just all the colors in general(including how they play off the models skin), are all artistic choices so I don’t know why people are using it personalize and stereotype. What a shame…

val
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I love the way she looks, so exotic.
I think the main thing about wearing bright red lipstick is having nice teeth when you talk or smile. This woman is beautiful and her skin is like satin

Chicago Chica
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This is total garbage, and so is the mentality that goes along with it. There’s a red for EVERY woman. She just has to find it. I have two reds that I wear, and I’m a dark-skinned woman. People need to halt their ignorant thinking. Social media gives people a great deal of keyboard courage where they can lash out at total strangers without fear of retribution.

eggham
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I thought Black History Month was in October??? Either way, black people need to stop this, our ancestors must be so pissed off… all those years of hardship and this is how we thank them? By putting each other down??? Wake up!

Sandra
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I think bright red tends to make any women who wears the color ‘cartoonish’. Almost creating a 3D look on the lips. I love read lipstick but I tend to try to wear reds that are a bit duller or I try to apply less. The model is gorgeous and her lips ‘pop’. That color red was wonderful on her. Unfortunately, some ‘sista’ get into a self hate mantra and can’t appreciate other sistas no matter what. Those are the heifers that you stay away from and dont’ invite to your house. 🙂 Per my picture…I love red lips as… Read more »
kerida
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The title said “attack naturals” then highlights nothing that shows any mention of natural hair.
I’m really annoyed when i click on an article to read about hair and its really skin tone and lip color.

sandy
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I thought I was the only one who saw that.

Pamela
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I don’t see that this is a self-hate thing. Extremely pale skin isn’t flattered with certain colours and the same goes for very dark skin. No one is saying dark women can’t wear lipstick at all, it’s just that particular fire-engine red. The color needs to have some sort of reference point in your skin or your undertones to work well. I mean look at traditional cosmetic enhancements of dark skinned ethnic groups (dark south indians, melanesians, central and southern Africans.) None of them do bright red lips, if they do lip color at all it’s darker. It just doesn’t… Read more »
CurlyQ53
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The woman with the curly natural hairstyle in the four-square picture is the one people are discussing, I believe, not the model at the top of the page with the braids. I think some people here are focused on the wrong picture, correct me if I’m wrong.

NicoleJButler
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Yes, the dark-skinned woman with the curled dreadlocks. That is a not a good shade of red for her — not because she is “too dark” or any ignorant mess like that, but it is not flattering. There are other bright reds that would look better on her.

That said, if she likes it, fine by me.

Biki
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I’m relatively dark skinned and I have been trying to find the right red shade for over a decade that suits me. I wouldn’t say that suits my skin tone, but that suits my lips. I am yet to find the shade, but its interesting coz my sister wears a great shade or red and we are about the same colour.
Saying red does not suit black skin is beyond redunkulous mainly coz there are so many shades of red: crimson, coral, tomato… thus making there a shade of red for dark skinned women.

Kelcie
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When I saw the photo, I thought it looked artistic and pretty. It never dawned on me to say (out loud or in my mind) that she is too dark for that lipstick color. I never have a comment about the next person because I always ask myself — Who am I to tell someone what to wear/do? It’s none of my business. I find that we (women, blacks) are so critical of each other. It is sickening how we have a comment about what the next person is doing in their lives. How about we revisit the old rule:… Read more »
Cassandra W
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My only thought was that her smile was beautiful!

sheenz
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So much truth. Not just exclusive to the usa though.

Juanita
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I’m going to say this at the risk of being attacked, but oh well. I feel as though some bright shades do look awkward on darker skinned women. Example.…. Just like some women of a certain body type (and by that I mean ‘overweight’) can’t pull of tight outfits or short skirts without looking ‘awkward’ neither can all women of all shades pull off the same color lipstick. I’m not comparing a health problem to a skin color — because they had it right when they said that “black is beautiful”. And there is nothing wrong with how God made… Read more »
Lana
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In my opinion the problem was not her skin tone (duh) the problem was the shade of red she chose. It didn’t compliment the undertones of her skin. Also a glossier finish wouldve done more to separate her lip color from her undertones to the eye than a matte finish.

melanie washington
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We live in a time of such variety. I think its simple a matter of finding the right shade.I am a dark skin woman who loves red, its past time for EVERYONE to define their own beauty

She'Yah B
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We it comes to make up I don’t think it’s a light skin dark skin thing. I just think certain colors don’t complement certain people, and that could be a light skin person with red lip stick or a dark skin person with red lip stick. I have seen some dark skin sisters with red lip stick and that looked very nice and some light skin sisters who didn’t look so good. So again I think it’s all in the person not the color.
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Aly
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Very interesting. I understand that not all people would like the look of red lipstick on all women. Of the 6 pictures posted of women wearing red lipstick I only felt that color really looked good on two of them. But considering my two likes were women of two different races, it was definitely not based on the lightness or darkness of their skin. The thought should be, I don’t like that color or that color doesnt suit that woman. Shame that the focus became the color of her skin because its much more than that.

Lola
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The lipstick looks bad on her period

JoAnn
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There are different shades of red, pink, and orange — some colors that will compliment skin tones better than others. This goes for anyone be they light, medium, or dark. Straight or kinky hair doesn’t matter.

JoAnn
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Even nude lip shades must be carefully considered. There is one for everybody.

Nia
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i agree i feel like they were really harsh about the way they said it. but i am very light skinned and i dont think dark lipstick looks good on me or any fair skinned person it makes you look goth
or washed out in the face. some colors look better on certain skin tones.

making waves
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The lipstick is supposed to contrast with the model’s skin. Why would she wear plum? it would just blend in and you wouldn’t notice the boldness of her look. It’s artistic, not conventional.

One would expect a dark skin woman to wear a dark color bit she isn’t and it’s still beautiful and highlights her luscious lips.

NicoleJButler
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Anybody can wear any color, but not every shade of that color is flattering. I wear red (Ruby Woo, anyone?) and fuchsia lipstick on a regular basis, but they have to be the RIGHT red and the RIGHT fuchsia. It has more to do with skin undertones than skin color. I have 2 bright red sweaters — one looks GREAT on me. The other makes my skin look like I am unwell. In my opinion, that’s just not a good shade of red for the dark-skinned model in the trio-composite photo above. The Asian woman is also not in the… Read more »
ElleBella2011
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If you want to wear red lipstick. Wear it! Fashion is fun and expressive. I have a medium complexion and a make up consultant told me I could not wear pink lipstick. What? Be comfortable with who you are. These rules can be too restrictive. Also wear white after Labor Day :=).

Jennifer
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I love wearing red lipstick and love seeing it any woman who is bold enough to wear it. I wear several different shades of red depending on the mood I’m in. I think it’s the one color everyone can wear.

Antoinette
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I wear what I want. I do not care about what’s right or what’s wrong, undertones or overtones. I care about what I look like and if I like it. I only care about what I think. This lady looks absolutely beautiful and apparently the magazine agrees. If only people would understand you can wear whatever you want and it’s your confidence that will ultimately make the look. Hopefully this woman isn’t worried about these ridiculous and negative comments. ps. I LOVES ME SOME RED LIPSTICK. My grandma who is a fabulous lady told me a woman should NEVER leave… Read more »
Lu
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Hmm. I feel like many people are missing a very important point. I’ve read several comments about matching shades of red with the right undertones and blah blah blah, but just think about this. When was this EVER a critique for a white woman? A shade can be unflattering on a fair-complexioned woman, but when is the reason ever attributed to her skin tone? The true problem is this: for many of our fashion dos and don’ts, Caucasian standards are set as the default reference point. That’s why when we adapt them, we have so many rules on matching certain… Read more »
Also Named Nicole
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I can say that I judge what shade of lipstick looks good on Caucasians based on their undertones and would suggest colours based on that if ever asked for advice. I don’t know what your interests are or what your career is, but because I’m an artist that has a high interest in colour, I love makeup and have sisters who are in and have heavy interest in the fashion industry, I know Caucasians do not get a pass for wearing the wrong shade of lipstick and I would not give them a pass as well. And while Caucasians do… Read more »
Nikki
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You have to be yourself and do what makes you happy. I’m a dark skinned woman and I wear WHATEVER makes me feel beautiful and/or sexy. I could care less what anyone else thinks or believes. That’s their hang-ups I’ve made my choice to love the skin God put me in.

I never run from the sun, I love wearing BRIGHT colored clothing and make-up. I say to h**l with anyone else, love yourself.

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NicoleJButler
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Great red for you, Nikki.

And you’re right — if we want to wear YELLOW lipstick, we can- everyone else might hate it, but if it makes us happy, everybody else can kick rocks.

Amma Mama
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Beautiful!

jojosatoes
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Hair porn n you’re gorgeous!

lee
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Yaaasss!

Michelle
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Seriously? This article had zero to do with natural hair, so the title needs to be edited. It had to do with skin color and lipstick. IMO, that color does not compliment her skin tone very well. Not that she can’t wear reds, but that particular shade isn’t flattering. The shade of red needs to compliment her undertone more, it’s too cool. She should’ve gone for something warmer, and it doesn’t have to be plum or wine, but a warm red would’ve been gorg. It wouldn’t have been so obvious had she put some gloss on to let her lips… Read more »
xyzebra
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Classic example of why African-American culture could not have produced a Lupita Nyong’o. Our culture knocks the confidence out of dark skinned people (female and male) to the point where you can’t have that free and easy smile Lupita carries so joyfully down the red carpet. We need to take a good hard look at our culture and clean up the mess before another generation of black girls ends up in Bill Duke documentary rather than on stage.

Dominique miller
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I personally don’t care what the next person wears. Wear what complement you and makes you comfortable. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say that some pictures come off very minstrel show like. It’s unfortunate that individuals of color have experienced the atrocities our nation’s history is riddled with but that’s what I think. It’s really not a factor of what you shouldn’t wear but more so everything doesn’t complement everyone.
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Deb
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and you just HAD to post the picture like we don’t know what it is.…

Cia
Guest

disappointed in people’s comments. What kind of perspective is that? Ignorant! Forgive them, they do not know who they are! No one is too dark for anything … smh crazy! Like if you wanna go to there … I’ve been trying to wear orange and “its like my skin looks too orange to wear” ! lmbo but I’ma figure it out tho! Get that complex out of your head ladies!

Lola
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You just contradicted yourself bc you just said you skin was too orange for you to wear an orange lipstick but the poor dark skin girl can wear whatever color she wants.…. Everyone cannot wear every color. You all really need to stop acting like everything looks good on everybody bc it doesn’t!!

Khadija Craddock
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I think the negative comments on Essence.com reflect the self hate and deep rooted white washing of many, too many, black women. If the comments were geared toward the lip color shade complimenting her skin tone or any skin tone then it would be another story. However, the comments were blaming her dark skin for the lip color not being comely. The comments were sad and frustrating to read. I have always been a fan of color make-up on dark skin women. I am a fan of dark skin period. I am medium brown and growing up I was envious… Read more »
JawaGyrl
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Honestly, I think that the dark dark sista looks better than any of them with her red lips. I don’t happen to care for that flaming red lipstick, in general, but it’s opacity matches the opacity of her skin, which makes it work, for me. I think she’s the only one that’s really ROCKIN’ it. The other women don’t have the personality, boldness or style to carry it.

I love it!

Aeriel
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It’s in a magazine… a fashion magazine. How much of what we see in these magazines do people actually wear out on the street or to work etc. I think it looks like art which is what it’s intended to do. If we look at it as art and not as some everyday woman walking down the street you can appreciate the art in the photo. IJS. Also I think its gorgeous! The red matches the red in her earrings like the gold on her skin matches the earrings. And since when do red, gold and black not go together?
Kaylie
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I agree that the “mean girl” approach seems to lend itself to forums where people can remain partially annoymous, its just a sign of the times! Quite frankly I doubt any of these people would have made these comments in person. I think a big part of the problem is that the make up/beauty industry doesn’t always provide a variety of shades that can compliment black and particularly dark skin — which contrary to popular belief can carry bright and vibrant colours as well as lighter skin tones. In this case I don’t think it’s good match as stunning as… Read more »
Annnsow
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So there is something I don’t get here. Red lipstick isn’t “made” for anyone. I don’t get that association between “red lipstick” and “what goes well or not with dark skin tone”? There are many different shade of red ? SO I find that shade of red on this particular pic (the one shown at the start of the post) quite ugly and I think it doesn’t suit her. And indeed, in contrast to her skin color, the same thing for white people or asian people, or latin people. There is nothing wrong with saying that. My own skin color… Read more »
ChaNita
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I’m sorry, but what is “too” dark to wear red lipstick? I swear, black women, we are our own worst critics. Most complain and nag because they wish they could do some of the things they see other women boldly doing.

All of these women are beautiful from the lightest to the darkest. Get over yourselves.

Eliza
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She’s photogenic & has a beautiful smile, but I do not like this shade of red on her; Not because of her dark skin tone but because it seems to be a bit orangish in my opinion. I think a true red would compliment her much better. I’m light skinned, but every shade of red is not flattering on me at all just because my skin tone is lighter. I’ve had to learn what shades of red do & do not compliment my tone.

NicoleJButler
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Yes, a red with a blue undertone would be stunning.

Miranda
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I applaud any woman, black, white and in between who can wear red lipstick with confidence. I personally feel that it’s a bold color that brings attention. And, I am too self-conscious. Red lipstick as red shoes or a red dress should be worn by a woman who is self-assured. And, that woman could be anybody. Period.

Leanora Haselrig
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This is ridiculous. I feel a woman can wear any shade lipstick no matter their skin tone. Wear your colors and confidence proudly ladies!!!

Cheryl
Guest

I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment! Some of the most vitriolic, scathing criticisms of black women come from…black women. We don’t seem to understand that we have internalized the European standard of beauty and are projecting self-hatred in our assessments of ourselves and others. It’s really said when you think about the fact that black women are not really regarded as beautiful by any race, not even our own…unless we embody the features of another race. So we weave straight hair into our kinky hair, and in some cases, lighten our skin.…sad.…

Cheryl
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*really sad* not said.…

Uli
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You have to find out what looks good for your undertone,point blank. No one wants to look like a golliwog doll.

alt-K
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We are our own worst critics and enemies, not the white race. Some people need to be freed from the mental slavery that exists. I love to wear red, almost daily, and I’m medium brown complexioned. I wish someone would tell me I can’t wear red. People can and do whatever they please. I happen to think most colors look very lovely and attractive on my lighter and darker sisters. Sisters, please keep doing what pleases you and ignore these fools!

labloohplah
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For real. I’m brown skinned. idk what to call it earth brown? ugh whatever it doesn’t matter. but i own different shades and tones of red lipstick. And when i wear makeup i mostly just wear one of those lipsticks alone. Which really makes me look like i’m wearing make up all over when i’m not which i’m not gonna complain about lol. Or sometimes i add some eyeliner but that’s about it. IDC what anybody says, let a girl enjoy her listpick. It’s not like she’s wearing green lipstick to work or w.e

ms_rayeliz
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I agree wear what you like the people who are putting out negative comments are just afraid to live free and be themselves without shame say it loud I AM BLACK I AM PROUD

mimi
Guest

For all the talks about undertones. We all know its this.
They didn’t call the lipstick wrong for not fitting her skin tone.
They called her skin tone wrong for not fitting the lipstick.
There’s a collossal difference, because even if she had been wearing the right shade for her skin, their mindset would still be the same.

ja
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I have always considered red or crimson the BEST color for dark skin tones. Jmho

Natural Hair Junkie
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The chains that bind us…

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Neena M
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Red lipstick is striking on all skin tones Dark and Light.I think the purpose of Red Lipstick is to stand out.The bright red combined with Darker skin tones is even more beautiful to me because it stands out even more.When I first came upon this article and saw the first top picture I though “wow,That red looks striking on her”.I think it’s sad that Darker skin means Ugly skin,and that is used as a limitation simply because of the color of your skin.Bright colors look so beautiful when worn with darker skin because it really makes the color pop even… Read more »
Zaza
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The fantastic thing about black people of every shade and hue is the fact that pretty much every colour radiates off of our skin and highlights the undertones. Absolute rubbish that dark skinned women cannot wear red lipstick. Black women, continue to “do your thang” please and let the whole world see 🙂

Ms. Vee
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My comment might not be well received…but o well. As a dark skinned woman myself I think we need to understand the difference between “bashing” and constructive criticism. To be quite honest I think Rocquelle is a pretty girl that made a bad choice. Compare her to the other chocolate complexioned sista with red lipstick. No one was going in on the other woman. Why? Because she chose a suitable shade of red that compliments her skin tone. Rocquelle’s red is the WRONG shade to the point that it distracts from her beautiful locs and face and just makes her… Read more »
Lola
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You’re absolutely right & I think that’s what everyone was missing. I don’t think everyone was bashing her bc she was a dark skin women with red lipstick while some might have been. Most probably found that it did not enhance her look rather it made her look clown like

Angelconnor
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Red lipstick is a shade that isn’t for every one .…. now does that mean dark skin women hell no there are alot that wear it better then light or white people but to me it’s just not for some .….. my home girls mom’s wears it all the time shit looks terrible shit like Beyonce skin tone it just doesn’t take to here

CherishBomb
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Anyone can wear fire engine red lipstick; you just have to find one with an undertone that compliments your skin tone. Red lip colors with blue undertones look iffy on me, but true reds and earth tone reds look great. I don’t think the color itself should be looked at as out-of-bounds for women of color. The same foolishness was said about purple shades not long ago. On the flip side: In my opinion, the young woman in the bottom-right corner of the second picture has a great red shade on, but she also has a large mouth and the… Read more »
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Tabatha
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I’m always asking other black women to stop being so snarky at others. No matter what is on their face or on top of their head. don’t know about ya’ll, but I don’t wake up wondering how I am going to make everybody happy with what I look like. Yeah its not even on my radar. I think red lips are fine, no matter what their shade of color is. Snarkiness isn’t going anywhere. I say be true to yourself and everyone else can go somewhere else.

Raechelle
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My, my. Some of you women are very opinionated. I chalk it up to preconceived notions. I never grew up with the belief that black women shouldn’t wear red lipstick and I think it looks fine, but apparently many black women have.

Remember, opinions are like assholes; everyone has one. What may not look good or flattering to you looks great to someone else. That doesn’t mean that one opinion is right, as they are subjective. So why concern yourself with it?

lottie b!
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You know what ya’ll, I’m gonna sum up this thing. First, apparently the “black women” who made these dreadful comments have no clue about ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. The model is extremely beautiful BECAUSE of her dark skin. Oh wait, she can’t pass the brown paper bag test(if you don’t know what I’m talking about ask an old school sorority sister.) Let’s face it, there are black people who’ve internalized their self hatred and are hell bent on spreading their mental, emotional, and spiritual poison. Comments posted on this site or any site from people like these should be looked upon as… Read more »
Hannah
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aaayyyy If you’re too scared to wear bold red lip stick, don’t try and bring someone down who is brave enough to rock it. These women look amazing

jackie campnell
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You have to have others permission to like things for self. Live life within their limitations. Sad state of affairs. If only we kept our negative opinions to ourselves. Always negative. Try silence.

Ajah
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My thought is black and red is beautiful so wtf r they talking about… What they need to point out is you can NOT Rock red lips with yellow teeth!!!!!

Vera
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The criticisms seem to be directed more at the skin color than the hair. I tend to think I am too dark for most red lipsticks, but I need to reconsider…

Lauren
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I think that everyone can wear red it’s all about finding what shade of red works for you! Now that shade with the orange undertone that she and the other ladies are rocking I HATE! I think it looks very clownish especially on brown women. We look best with a true red or blue red and no one looks better in reds and pinks then a chocolate sister!!

aaliyah
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I love my red lipstick!!!!

Lila
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Personnaly I think red lipstick suits every skin tones and every faces. Some times when I want to have a little change around my face I just put some very bright red lipstick and I am always amazed how a lipstick could change all your style, look and your face and for some the mood Lol.

Anyway lipstick is very beautiful on every woman of all the coulors 🙂

Mary K
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Why can’t dark brown skinned women wear red lipstick? Who says so? Who has mandated this regulation? Exactly! Do you and let others do them! That’s why people think we (black women) are so divisive and angry… smh.… She’s happy in her red lipstick! And as a brown skinned woman, if I ever feel like wearing red lipstick guess what.… I will! Simple as that! Worry about your own self and happiness and you’ll have much less time to worry about what color lipstick someone wears!

realtallgirl
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Acceptance is what you do for yourself. Stop needing others to approve of you. If you like it…wear it.

Pinky
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In a country where black women are at the bottom of the beauty totem pole.”
Uhhhh.….no.…. You do realize that filipinos and cambodians are mostly likely at the bottom, right? Others exist, dont forget that.…

viva
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Anyone who says red lipstick isn’t beautiful on a dark skinned lady hasn’t really tried doing it right.

Audra
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It shames me that our women are constantly putting each other down over stupid things such as hair and makeup. In case anybody knows and/or forgotten, black women were the first to wear red lipstick starting with Cleopatra. Know your history, folks! I looooove red lipstick and I wear it proudly. I always look forward to wearing it. Those who are saying that black women should not wear red are afraid of it and are jaded because they haven’t found the right shade. That’s their problem. In the mean time, I’m going to keep rocking my red lips. Screw what… Read more »
Sona
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Cleopatra was not an African! and she is not the most beautiful woman or anything.. it was Nefertiti.. not sure of the spellings!! LOl..

Tinamaria4ever
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@Sona

Where did you find or who told you about your history. Please don’t be fooled by what is the conspiracy by the white people to cover African History.

Calilynn
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Cleopatra was indeed African. Know your history AND geography. Lol

NapturallyKia
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I thought her lipstick looked nice. *shrugs*

Beautiful
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I have chocolate colored skin and I always wear red lipstick , my mother and grandmother did as well.

DoctorOpto
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As a black man I always read, saw on documentaries, heard from women and even had to tell some women that make-up is suppose to give a look of arousal if not enhance the beauty already there. With that being said I don’t like the look of bright red lipstick on dark skinned women but that’s my opinion that should mean nothing to a sister that wants to wear it. However, a plum, dark red, burgundy, maroon, and most brown tone lipsticks look amazing on dark skinned sistahs. To me if your not wearing the make-up to enhance your beauty… Read more »
Sarita
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Get a life, people! I rock red, pink, purple, burgundy, plum, and magenta with my dark skin. And I have yet to get any odd looks or rude comments. Just the opposite! At any rate, if she feels it, good for her. True not everyone can wear all shades, but I strongly believe that the best background for most shades is BLACK! I don’t wear it to arouse anyone. I wear it because of how I feel. I am here to tell you that certain plums and maroon do not look good on all dark skin! This is just a… Read more »
History
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I get what you’re saying re: the erasure of black people and African civilization from American/Western understandings of history. But Sona is absolutely correct, Cleopatra and the Pharaohs of the Ptolemaic dynasty were of ethnic Greek origins. Though it’s fair to say that they were ‘African’ in the same way today’s ethnically Dutch or British white South Africans are African. In any case, the Ptolemies were just one drop in a very large bucket of indigenous African Egyptian civilization (Nefertiti, Queen Tiye, etc.). We have much to be proud of above and beyond Cleopatra–and beyond Ancient Egypt for that matter.… Read more »
Calilynn
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I don’t believe anything they try to pass off as “true history”. It’s alread been proven that the human race comes out of what we now call Africa and that the oldest human remains found on the planet are of a black woman with afro type hair. So we are the original prototype. And yes, Greeks and everything else came out of black skin.

ediyefunk
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Actually, growing my natural hair has made me bold with lip colors. I Never understood make up or wanted to try it. But these days, I never leave my apt without brightly colored lipstick if I have a fro or braids on! I’m very dark skinned and have all the lipstick colors ever made. Don’t like it? That’s your problem not mine

Sean Sevasta
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If u want to look like a buffoon, go right ahead. Just realize that the majority of men are going to see that and be repulsed by it. Why not choose a makeup and style that accentuate your features rather than abrasively contrast with them. As a white man I’m more attracted to a black woman that’s all about the fact that she’s unique rather than trying to act like a wannabe white chick. Black chicks are cool in their own right, there’s no reason for them to try to imitate white women cuz there’s no way a black chick… Read more »
Ama
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Your comment was the buffoonery. Red lipstick has nothing to do with trying to be a wannabe white chick as you state. To all In my opinion, both the model and Rocquelle look good,it amazes me that people are so hung up on what color graces their lips but would not state the same of her outfit or eyeshadow. If red lipstick is bad red shorts or shortsleeves should be bad as well but obviously they are not. I wear my makeup and natural hair the way I want with no cares about what people are going to think and… Read more »
SBK
Guest

you tell them

Cosita
Guest

I think no matter your skin tone not all shades suit you period. I’m caramel I guess and my mom hates when I wear red lipstick. I do wear some shades of pink though. My mom is super light close to white and brown lipstick looks great on her. Awful on me. btw I don’t care forTaylor Swift’s red lipstick and she is by no means dark.

kaydenpat
Guest

In a country where black women are at the bottom of the beauty totem pole”

No, where some people think black women are at the bottom of the beauty pole is a better way to put it. I’m not at the bottom of anything and neither are black women as a whole.

Teach4Peace
Guest

Preach it!! I love my fine, brown skinned self and don’t give a hot damn who doesn’t!!!! Get your self esteem, self pride and honor back black ladies, IF it’s left or on hiatus!! These haters are working overtime with their uneducated propaganda!!! Ha!!!?

Nicole L. Mack
Guest

Wow, I’m surprised this is a ‘thing’; I never knew I wasn’t supposed to wear red lipstick! Darn, I guess I’ll have to throw all of my lovely red shades away.

Jasmine W.
Guest

it’s all about undertones. If your cool but the red is a yellow/orange based it won’t do you any favors like a blue based red would. I say wear whatever but undertones make a big difference

Karen
Guest

i think the darker woman should have worn a slightly darker red not a gothic red but a medium red. colours seem different on different skin tones eg light pink looks white on dark ski so you just need to find a shade that will look how you want it to look on your skin and not clash with your skin

Boginya Energii
Guest

Nothing wrong with wearing red. I wear red and I’m dark, it’s not about the colour of her skin it’s about the shade of red she is wearing. It does look ridiculous, she looks like she is young and still experimenting with her skin tone and make-up.

P.S: The asian looking woman also looks horrible in THAT SHADE of red.

TJ
Guest
I love red lipstick! I keep extra tubes of it unopened just so that I can be the red lipstick fairy to other women (usually black as well) who need to know the power of a red lip. I think the idea that red lipstick isn’t ok for black women especially dark skinned ones comes from the idea that our features are “less than” so we need to downplay them somehow. An attention grabbing, classically feminine shade like a bold red seems out of place on dark skin because we’ve been taught that we don’t have a right to claim… Read more »
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