7 Makeup Brands That Are Actually Good For Women of Color

If you flip through any fashion magazine or scroll through your Instagram feed, you’re bound to come across some sort of makeup advertisement within minutes. Whether it’s Gigi Hadid’s smiling face in her Maybelline campaign, or one of Kylie Jenner’s numerous posts promoting her line of cosmetics, there are so many brands out there to choose from. The problem isn’t finding a brand, it’s finding a brand that works for you – especially when it comes to women of color. Although brands boast about their ability to make your lips pop or give you flawless coverage, often times it doesn’t feel like they offer a broad enough range of products for all skin tones. For women of color, even attempting to buy makeup in the drugstore can become a major ordeal. Luckily, there are some makeup brands that realize makeup isn’t one-size fits all, so here are seven brands that have women of color in mind.

1. Iman Cosmetics


If you can’t trust the makeup products of a world-renowned supermodel, who also happened to break down color barriers in the fashion industry, then who can you trust? Iman has been praised for pioneering cosmetics for women of color. During her career, she was told that black women don’t buy foundation, motivating her to create the perfect foundation for POC. She was among the first cosmetic producers to come out with a BB cream for women with darker skin tones, and her brand, which launched in 1994, is still going strong and provides makeup for Latina, Asian and African-American women. The line includes eye and lip makeup, foundation and skincare products.

2. Milani


Not only does Milani present cosmetics for a variety of skin tones, it’s also super affordable! For any collegiette looking for better lipstick and blush options, this brand has got you covered. Both the lipstick and blush ranges come in shades that work with every skin tone. Milani will be your new drugstore go-to, so you no longer have to wander the aisles looking for the perfect hue.

3. Fashion Fair


Brush and bake. Our Loose Powder is excellent for baking...your face. For a “photoshopped” look without the photoshop, apply foundation and concealer then press and roll a very liberal layer of powder on areas of your face you want to look brighter (under eyes; along the top of jawbone; down the center of nose). Let the powder “bake” for 5-10 minutes; and then lightly brush away the excess. You’ll look chiseled all day!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #fashionfaircosmetics #melaninpoppin #blackgirlmagic #fresh #blackgirlsrockit #melanin #blackownedbusiness #femaleowned #buyblack #buyblackowned #blackentrepreneur #grownsexysmart #bakeyourface #notphotoshopped #brightandbeautiful

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The creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair, Eunice W. Johnson, launched this brand, and she got her inspiration from the skin tones at the fashion show itself. That means that this line was created specifically to meet the needs of women of color–a feat that some major brands won’t even attempt to take on. Their foundation is the thing of dreams because not only does it account for ladies with darker skin, but it also does a great job of matching with undertones as well!

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4. Fenty Beauty


Even those of you who aren't makeup-obsessed should recognize this brand—the introduction of Rihanna's now-beloved cosmetics company was a total gamechanger for makeup that caters to darker skin tones. With a whopping 40 foundation shades, RiRi set the bar for how much effort makeup brands should be putting toward their inclusivity, and ensured that everyone can find their shade.

5. Cover FX


Cover FX has a rep for delivering a natural look for all skin tones, and many POC beauty vloggers like Vicky Logan and Alissa Ashley rave about this brand because it’s so customizable. Its product, Custom Drops, allows women to mix together tinted moisturizer, moisturizer and sunscreen to create a unique blend that perfectly matches their skin tone. This is a brand that is definitely ahead of its time, but we aren’t complaining!

6. Sleek


Now, you might not have heard of this brand, but that’s because it’s based in the UK. Not to worry though – their online store is on point, and once you see the fabulous products you will understand why it’s worth the wait! Sleek’s big sellers are their eyeshadow palette and face contouring kits. The best part about the kit is that it isn’t just offered in one shade. There are light, medium and dark options to encompass as many different skin tones as possible. Anyone and everyone can have a strong contour game with Sleek Cosmetics.

7. Flesh Beauty


Flesh may be the new kid on the block, but don't count it out—also available in 40 shades, the Firm Flesh Stick Foundation is bound to have everyone's perfect shade. The brand was created with inclusivity in mind, with the name signifying that every color of flesh or skin would be accounted for. Plus, it can be more difficult to find stick foundation in diverse ranges, so for you darker-skinned ladies who want fuller, thicker coverage, Flesh is the brand for you.

Although it might not seem like it when you walk into Sephora or the drugstore, there really are so many amazing makeup brands out there that make products that cater to all skin tones. Whether you’re searching the shelves or browsing online, keep these options in mind for products that will give you the makeup selections you deserve.