The beauty of black skin comes in its diverse and radiant nature. Black women come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds from all walks of this earth. Our skin tones are often the talk of society in both positive and negative ways. While the culture surrounding shades of black skin has been politicized and almost demonized, it is time to highlight and celebrate the beauty in all of our lovely tones and how they are so similar and so different in many ways.
1. Marshmallow Colored Skin
Our sisters who fall within this shade range tend to have very light, sometimes pale, skin tones that can be sensitive in the sun without proper protection. It is not uncommon to see freckles and other spots on this delicate skin type.
Though ladies that fall within this range can be a variety of undertones, it is most likely to see people of this shade with blue, yellow, or green undertones. These ladies sometimes burn in the sun, but it does not keep their porcelain tones from shining bright and vibrant!
Famous ladies in this range: Zoe Kravitz, Jorja Smith
2. Pretty Pecan Brown Skin
This warm, buttery shade is still light in pigment but less likely to burn than her fairer counterparts. This skin tone tends to tan, adding a beautiful golden glow that can darken by a couple of shades giving off the perfect summer vibes.
Their undertone tends to stay in the golden yellow range, but many ladies also fall into cool red undertones. This skin tone can fluctuate between fair and tan. It is not uncommon to see these ladies fit in the fine and fair category after an unusually long winter away from the sun.
Famous ladies in this range: Beyonce, Rihanna
3. Peanut Butter Truffle Tone
The darkest of the lighter skinned sisters fall under this light to medium shade that is reminiscent of warmed peanut butter. Their undertones can range anywhere from a soft pumpkin to and olive gold. They frequently flourish while sun-kissed when their skin tone deepens allowing for the depth of their exotic shade to thrive.
Famous ladies in this range: Lilian La Havas, Chanel Iman
4. Alluring Amber, Black Women’s Skin Color
These girls are characterized by their bronzy toffee and copper undertones that often blend between golden and cool red depending on the season and area.
Due to their status at the lightest of the medium ranges, it is not uncommon to see these mavens tan to milk chocolate ranges as the sun kisses their skin. It is rare that you experience sunburn with this skin tone. They often have an easy time maintaining silky smooth textures.
Famous ladies in this range: Eva Pigford, Meagan Good
5. Browned Caramel Skin Shade
Our medium dark mavens fall within this shade which is known for its creamy, cinnamon brown hues full of gold and red undertones.
This shade range can tan to deep dark chocolate or become a bit lighter, closer to her browned caramel sisters.
Regardless of the shade, this versatile skin tone is well suited to any color and encompasses black women from a variety of different backgrounds.
Famous ladies in this range: Nia Long, Zoey Saldana
6. Milk Chocolate Shade
To kick it off for our dark skinned sisters we have the ladies of the milk chocolate shade range. Smooth, silky, and sinfully sweet, these women tend to have glowing, melanin-rich skin that radiates from within and looks fantastic whether sun-kissed or in the cold of winter.
They encompass mainly golden and red undertones while having the occasional olive-hued lady and can easily darken a few shades over their natural color range.
Famous ladies in this range: Gabrielle Union, Issa Rae
7. Espresso Brown Skin
This shade range consists of the majority of the deep brown ladies of color. This skin tone overflows with warmth, and luminosity, making the skin shine from within without much effort. Bright colors pop flawlessly on these ladies who’s skin act as a canvas reflecting both cold and warm color pairings with high dimension.
Their undertones may not seem as noticeable at first glance, but when highlighted and set against the right colors these ladies glow like molten gold crafted straight from the sun.
Famous ladies in this range: Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis
8. Delicious Cacao Black Skin Shade
Coming in as the deepest shades on our list, we have cacao. Cacao is the purest, rawest, and most unrefined bean form of what goes into creating the best chocolate. It is rich and highly sought after as it is the integral ingredient in producing some of the worlds most excellent candy blends.
This is the perfect description of a shade which encompasses some of the least common and most beautiful undertones seen on our favorite models and starlets to date.
Ladies within this undertone tend to have an icy cold almost blue undertone or rich mahogany reds that are effervescent and striking. Light colors look bold and bright, while darker colors compliment and conceal. There aren’t many things that don’t look amazing with this tone so feel free to go wild!
Famous ladies in this range: Duckie Thot, Alek Wek
8 Different Shades Of Brown Skin, Which Tone Do You Have As A Black Woman? Conclusion
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