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5 Best Makeup Brands For Women Of Color

Women of color have always felt overlooked in the makeup and beauty product department. Most of the mainstream companies often fail to include makeup for diverse skin tones in their product lines. We are usually left purchasing makeup from the few, sometimes smaller, companies that carter to our needs or we get one lone color to suffice for the various shades and hues we possess.  


In recent years; however, there has been a shift as more luxury and high-end makeup brands expanding their product lines to include shades suitable for ethnic skin tones. If you’re tired of searching high and low for makeup that works for your skin color, then you need to check out the list below, which is compiled of the 5 best makeup brands for women of color. 


“There is an air of elegance and sophisticated femininity with a youthful component.” -@narsuzo on her inspiration for the look she created for @noonbynoor

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Nars is a popular brand of makeup that comes in a variety of shades that are ideal for women of color. This brand is favored by several makeup artists and beauty vloggers. Their foundations are very popular with African American women because they’re available in both matte and satin finishes. 

Their All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation comes in 20 shades, including darker hues with yellow, red, golden and espresso undertones and that is a huge plus for all shades of brown.  


Beautiful Intense smokey eye @kingmalimagic! She used #ArtistShadows in M-Black on lid and M-704 Canyon & M-608 Red Brown in crease.

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Make Up For Ever is another brand that is popular with makeup artists. Their products provide high-color payoff and their HD foundation sticks are available in 40 diverse shades. 


I personally use and love this line because of the vast shades but also because they understand undertones! I have yellow undertones where as my sister has red and believe me…that makes a difference on what shade will work for you. A line that not only understand undertones but take them into account will yield far more shades and better color matches than brands that do not. 


Mineralize Skinfinish breezes into Spring in five harmonizing, limited-edition shades. Available now online in select markets! #MACMineralizeSkinfinish

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MAC is on this list because out of all the high-end makeup brands they were one of the first to offer a wide shade selection, suitable for diverse skin tones. Their products are also highly pigmented and formulated for long-lasting wear. Their Studio Fix Fluid foundation is available in 35 shades making it an ideal foundation to find your perfect match.


How gorgeous does @beautybyttee’s contour + highlght look? 😍 She used #CoverFX Contour Kit in shade N Deep to achieve this look! The N Deep Kit contains 4 cream shades in N60, N90, N120 & Candlelight. Available on in 6 shades based on undertone. 🙌

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Cover FX was created with the beauty needs of all women in mind. The company strives to produce makeup that offers natural looking finish on all skin tones. This brand is favored by many African American beauty vloggers and makeup artists. 


We know that @_ashleysophia is ready to take on the day with this killer #contour using our True Complexion Contour Kit! #blackradiancebeauty #BEAT

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Black Radiance is a makeup brand made exclusively for black women. The brand’s products come in a range of shades that are perfect for dark and deep brown complexions. Not only are they formulated for women of color, but the brand is also very affordable. You can find Black Radiance products in many drugstores; including Walmart.

There are other brands that take our lovely array of colors into consideration but here are some of the great with a few on the less pricier side like Black Radiance. Whether you rock a beat face day in and day out or just wear makeup for special occasions, trying one of these brands will having you look like a goddess!

What is your favorite makeup brand?



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