It’s 2014 and we are just seeing an emergence of beauty brands for women of color. Seemingly, for decades the beauty industry has dismissed ladies of darker pigments by categorizing us under one shade. But our beautiful skin tones are complex and diverse.
How many times have we been frustrated at the makeup counter or drugstore aisle trying to figure out what best suits our skin tone only to go home and look like an ashy mess because the foundation or concealer we bought was not the best for our complexion? Or maybe you’ve been cooped up in your bathroom for hours trying to conduct a science experiment in hopes of finding your perfect match by mixing colors? Laugh it off Vixens, we’ve all been there.
We’ve polled our office for some of the best makeup brands for darker pigments. So leave your worries behind as we journey through 12 great makeup brands for women of color.
Continue clicking to see the cosmetic brands that made the cut.
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When it comes to makeup, quality is key and Laura Mercier is the creme de la creme. Invest in this exemplary brand that caters to a spectrum of skin shades and you won’t be disappointed.
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Pioneering the fast growing field of ethnic cosmetics, Iman Cosmetics is a beauty line for women of color created by the legendary supermodel, Iman.
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This luxury Parisian cosmetics brand for ethnic skin tones is all the rave when it comes to beauty across the pond and in many other foreign countries.
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Beauty for all skin tones is the mantra we see fit to represent NARS, and by the looks of their ads they truly do represent everyone woman.
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With universally-flattering products, no wonder the Bobbi Brown brand is globally known as the beauty powerhouse.
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Known as the beauty destination for women of color the pigmentation of their products is grade A.
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Yves Saint Laurent
Ever wondered how YSL fares on women of color? Experts say the iconic fashion house is revolutionizing makeup with remarkable ranges well suited for African Americans and Asians.
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Cover Girl Queen Collection
When the Queen herself, Queen Latifah, came out with a makeup line for Cover Girl we were beyond excited. Being able to emulate Latifah’s flawless skin at drug store prices is a win-win.
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If you weren’t already privy to the luxury line of Lancôme, Lupita’s new ad campaign should make you take another look. 28 shades for all skin tones, now that’s unheard of.
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There’s no denying that MAC is at the forefront of cosmetics. While some shun their products deeming them as “heavy, cake makeup”, it truly depends on your skin (everyone is different). One thing we do know for sure is that we love MAC’s color range. You are sure to leave with the perfect shade for your complexion.
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Everything about this professional makeup brand is high definition, leaving skin absolutely flawless and giving other brands a real run for their money. They are always creating new, innovative products complimentary to nearly any and every shade of skin.
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Known as the best setting powder for highlighting and contouring (thanks to YouTube gurus), this widely known product made famous by professionals in theater and show business is now reaching the masses and thankfully has a wide variety of shades.
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