The needle on nude has finally moved far beyond the Crayola orange-peach crayon. Current foundation lines (Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has 40 shades) and lingerie (NubianSkin offers a wide range of skin-tones in underpinnings as well as shoes) reflect the vast variety of colors that human creatures come in, underlining the movement toward inclusiveness in beauty — whether it’s about color, size, shape or age. For next spring, designers dabble in the skin-tone palette, from ivory to beige to taupe to espresso, often in sheer stocking-like fabrics. With all the lovely complexion tones, lipstick shades like fuchsia, coral and carmine work perfectly as accents.

Alberta Ferretti Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Milan September 2017
PARIS – SEPT 28: Chloe Spring Summer 2018 collection (Photo by Jonas Gustavsson/MCV Photo For The Washington Post)
Dries Van Noten Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Paris September/October 2017
MaxMara Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Milan September 2017
N21 Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Milan September 2017
Maison Margiela Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Paris September/October 2017
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