Black Owned Beauty Brands You Should Know About

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 06/11/2015 | 01:33 PM EDT

Beauty by us, for us...


There’s nothing sweeter than Black people creating beauty products for us. We know what we need, like and want. So, here’s to spending money that goes back into the pockets of Black beauty business owners, and looking gorgeous while doing so.


Tyra Beauty

Take it from us: Tyra’s products are really, really amazing. Banks created this brand for the woman who’s on the go and an amateur at makeup. The finger friendly collection is perfectly crafted so that you can apply each product with just the tips of your fingers. It’s genius and a time saver.



Another supermodel turned beauty brand icon, Iman has really figured out how to close the gap between women with darker complexions and the lack of foundations created for them. Plus, her bronzers are to die for.


The Lip Bar

These young women understand trends and how to produce a great product to go along with them. With the bold lip color phenomena having no end in sight, the owners of The Lip Bar continuously come up with fabulous colors to match the personalities of outgoing women.



Kim Roxie, owner of Lamik Beauty, knew that creating an eco-chic (eco-friendly, glamorous and natural) brand was her calling after she witnessed a friend of hers develop a lung deficiency due to polyisobutene found in lip-gloss. She’s, since then, created an empire of eco-friendly beauty products. From creamy foundations to rich lipsticks, we’re on the edge of our seats waiting to see what Roxie comes up with next.


Ginger and Liz

A vegan nail polish collection created by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, the two entrepreneurs hit the nail on the head when they debuted their line in 2010. This nail brand houses foil-like metallics, on-trend hues and one of the best nail files I’ve ever used.


Shea Moisture

Inspired by his grandmother’s shea butter creations, founder and CEO Richelieu Dennis has carried out his grandmother’s legacy with the body, hair and beauty line exclusively sold at Target. SheaMoisture was also the 2015 Tracy Reese Fashion Week hair sponsor.


AJ Crimson

He’s…just…everything. Crimson, a well-known celebrity makeup artist, has one of the best lines of foundations for women I’ve ever tried. His most recent launch, AJ Crimson Signature lipstick, is laced with fiery reds, booming Burgundies and popping purples.


Vera Moore Cosmetics

One of the leaders in the Black beauty biz, Vera Moore cosmetics is a legendary brand that now not only caters to women, but Black men as well. Known as one of the most prestigious cosmetics and skincare lines in the global market, Moore continues to serve Black women’s needs, specializing in rich blushes and a multitude of lip colors.


Mischo Beauty

Kitya Mischo King mixes fun fashion with toxin-free nail polishes through her nail lacquer line. Her formulas are formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor free. The color scheme is classic and striking, with nail polishes pricing at $18.


Polish & Co.

Another nail polish line we love, created for the beauty bombshell! Owner Theresa Williamson created Polish & Co. in 2011, and has since found its way to the adored hands of beauty editors all over. The chemical free brand can be purchased online, or found in boutique stores near you.



If you don’t know who Myleik Teele is, you’ve likely been living under a rock. The CulrBox creator and owner found her niche, creating a cultivated “hair box” for women with natural and curly hair looking to find their next best hair product.


Revel by Julian Lark

Created for the bold, daring woman, Revel by Julian Lark is nothing short of high glamour packaged in lipsticks and shadows. This is the official go-to brand for women who dare to live on the wild side.

(Photos from left: TYRA, Polish & Co.)

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