Sade Definitely Taught Black Girls How To Wear Red Lipstick
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With a look as iconic as her music, it’s safe to assume that some Millennials and Generation Z-ers knew Sade Adu as a beauty icon long before listening to her iconic tunes.

A smooth operator in every sense of the word, the Nigerian, British-bred singer hit the scene over 30 years ago, and has remained true to an understated, but nonetheless breathtaking look that’s been replicated countless times over.

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With her low ponytail, hoop earrings and rouge pout, Black girls, including me, gawked over Sade and knew that one: being a Black woman is always lit and two: there’s no better combination than red lipstick and Brown skin.

Adu’s dedication to her singular sound and beauty choices have undoubtedly influenced the idea of a signature look, something a lot of us spend years trying to craft for ourselves. “Trendsetter” is a title we throw around loosely in 2017, but if her staying power is any indication, Sade is more than worthy of that title.

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We’re still getting over the fact that Drake got facetime with one of our beauty heroes, but their surprise meetup has undoubtedly elevated our admiration for Sade.


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Seriously, how were we not invited?! Anyway, keep scrolling for photos of Sade serving in her signature red lip, just because.