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Beyoncé let the whole world know that "Black Is King" (something that was already well-known by those of us fortunate enough to be born Black royalty). Taking that into account, our hair is the crown. "When I look at portraits of Black women from previous eras," says hairstylist Naeemah LaFond, "I'm always enamored by the artistry and the grace with which we carry ourselves. There is this air of dignity in the relationship that Black women have with their hair." Allure collaborated with a team of Black creatives to celebrate our beauty in all forms — the past, present, and future.
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Makeup artist Raisa Flowers mixed a red cream pigment (MAC Chromaline in Basic Red) with a bronze inner eye highlight (Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Seduction) and a raspberry blush from the Nars Narsissist Wanted Cheek Palette II to create a fall-inspired palette that's especially powerful on brown skin. She balanced the bold eye color with chocolate lips: Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Done it Again is a shade she says “everyone should have.”