This Brand Won’t Rest Until Everyone Has Found a Nude Lipstick
And that's why it's exciting that CTZN Cosmetics, a brand-new UK-based cosmetics line has a whopping 25 different shades of nude lipsticks...which is pretty substantial. "The problem is how 'nude' is currently defined in the beauty industry—it's implied that nude is the color beige, when in fact nude is subjective to your unique skin tone," says Naseeha Khan, co-founder of CTZN Cosmetics. "CTZN Cosmetics is redefining 'nude' by offering 25 shades of lipsticks and lip glosses to represent people of all skin tones and backgrounds."
So within the brand, you'll find "nudes" that encompass everything from warm peach to taupey brown, soft burgundy, pure plum, and plenty of others. Each stick is double-sided with a lipstick and lip gloss that cost $25.
The brand—which was founded by three Pakistani sisters—wanted to bring attention to the lack of cultural awareness and diversity in the beauty industry. But they want to do it in more ways than through their cosmetics. "Beyond beautiful products, we plan on using our platform to enhance cultural awareness through our content," says Aleezeh Khan, co-founder of the brand. "We want to use beauty as a power tool, starting with our blog Of the World, where you can watch a CulTutorial and learn about someone’s culture while watching their beauty routine."
Also, a tool on their website gives you a quick, three-step process to match you to your perfect nude lip shade, and also allows you to see how each hue looks on the seven different skin tones. "We want to be as transparent as possible with our online shoppers and show that one shade does not always suit every skin tone and lip tone," says Khan. Here's hoping other cosmetics brands will follow suit.
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