Mindy Kaling Shares Her Beauty Recos for Brown Skinned Ladies

Today is an awesome day because we stumbled upon Mindy Kaling’s beauty recommendations “for brown skinned baes.”

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Found on the List App (created by Mindy Kaling’s bae BJ Novak – it’s awesome!), Mindy Kaling shares her favourite products and colours, perfect for darker skinned women like us. Enjoy!



Makeup musts for the out-and-about dark skinned woman.

Giorgio Armani foundation maestro in 9
The most light and silky foundation of all time. My favorite makeup product in the world. Perfect for light coverage and looking natural and luminous. Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation • Giorgio Armani • $68 

Julie Hewitt lipstick in sin noir
Your new essential. Vamp it up like Cookie from Empire. “I’m a get what’s mine.”

Tom Ford eye color quad in coco mirage
I use this every day on the show to build a base of for my “no makeup” looks. For as we all know, men love “no makeup” bc they have no idea what they’re talking about.

Black Up cream to powder foundation
This line is from France like the Coneheads. For now you have to go to their site and have them send you samples. If you have oily skin like me (and a lot of other dark skinned women) you will love this! Full coverage.

Benefit brow kit in Dark
I have like three eyebrow hairs. This kit is a must to make me look not like Joan Crawford. Wax on the left and powder to finish on the right.

T LeClerc pressed powder in banane
The only pressed powder in the game, in my opinion. “In the game” is the new Bill Simmonsy way I talk now. Makes makeup look flawless, adds no cake whatsoever. For yellow undertones in dark skin, you NEED to buy this even though it’s a little hard to find. Yellow undertones: Rosario Dawson, Frieda Pinto, me, Winnie the Pooh, etc

Tatcha Japanese face papers
Just jam these in your Edie Parker when you don’t have room for powder. no one likes shine except for on décolletage on Ashley Judd in A Time To Kill.

MAC lipstick in RiRi Woo
From Rihanna’s MAC line. Perfect red for a night you don’t need your lipstick to stay on your lips heh heh

Kat von D lipstick in Bauhaus
Can you believe that I put kat von d makeup on here?! I know!! But it’s really good! An interesting coincidence is that goth girl makeup is actually pretty, appropriate makeup on dark skinned women. This is a perfect nighttime dark pink. Do it. A great line of cosmetics!

Kevyn Aucoin “sensual concealer” in 13 and 14
Strangely named; indispensable to my makeup routine. Literally the best concealer out there. My weekend “no makeup” look is nothing without this. A must. Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer – 18g/0.63oz • Kevyn Aucoin • $44.16 

Cover Girl lip liner in sublime
I feel like I got this free in a bowl in the bathroom of a Hollywood party. No matter. It’s the greatest texture and evens your lip tone so any lipstick looks perfect over it. I have like 30 shades of brown and pink in my natural lips. It’s maddening. This is super helpful. COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipliner Sublime 200, 1.2g • Cover Girl • $5.02 

YSL touché éclat highlighter in 3
Yep! The one and only. They used to not make this dark enough which was a bummer, racially. Not anymore! What is a highlighter? Puts a little smidge under your brow bone or in the inner corner of your eye to look alert and all angular. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat • Saint Laurent • $50 

Smash box contour palette
For easy to do contouring. We can all be Oprah, baby!

Nars eye shadow in Dolomites
For my “I wanna look like lupita” mornings. This is a subtle and feminine eye shadow duo that works on every dark skin tone. 2015 will be about the smoky non-black daytime eye look. 

Hourglass primer
If you have dark skin, you likely have oily skin, and who has time for that noise? I don’t! This is so light and glides on easy.