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It is not often that someone with Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o's dark complexion is celebrated, but the ESSENCE Magazine March 2014 editorial does justice to her velvety skin tone with bright colors that is perfect for the spring and summer seasons. It invites women of color to embrace their complexions, having fun with colors that 'conventional beauties' can't get away with as well.

The ESSENCE Magazine March 2014 editorial was shot in studio by photographer Philippe Salomon. The short-haired beauty was styled by Nick Nelson, who pulled pieces from the likes of Vera Wang, Katrin Schnabl and jewelry from Alexandra Mor. Yet makeup artist Matin is the true star of the editorial, painting rosy cheeks, orange lipstick and turquoise eyeshadow on her flawless face.