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40 Best Black Beauty Brands That Are Worth Supporting Now and Always

Improve your hair, skincare and makeup routine with effective products from these impressive companies.

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Beauty is a loaded subject for Black women. If we're hunting for the perfect sunscreen, it can be a challenge to find an effective formula that doesn't leave an unsightly white cast behind. Lipstick? Where do I even begin? If your lips are two different tones like mine, you can find yourself resorting to lip balm on most days because the search for a flattering shade is so frustrating. And when it comes to hair? There's so much to consider, since our strands are beyond versatile. We can wear it curly one day, straight the next and in beautiful braids or a crochet look whenever the mood strikes. And if you're transitioning from relaxed to natural hair (Noël New York salon in Brooklyn guided me through this process years ago, by the way), picking the right products — lightweight, detangling formulas — is no easy feat.

While I certainly still experience my own share of beauty issues as a Black woman, many brands, both independent sellers and those available at mass retailers, have finally responded to our needs. It is good business sense, especially since Black women drive the beauty industry. One example: According to ESSENCE, in 2018 alone, the Black hair care business yielded approximately $2.51 billion. It's now much less challenging to discover makeup, hair, nail and skincare products that are crafted with Black women in mind. To put it simply, we’ve come a long, long way.

Regardless of whether you're eager to amp up your beauty arsenal with more diverse brands or simply crave a better self-care routine, this list of the best Black beauty brands is for you. Keep scrolling for a look at the top brands that thoughtfully address Black women's beauty needs.

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TPH by Taraji

TPH by Taraji is all about healthy hair. Whether you love wearing your natural curls or sporting braids, actress Taraji P. Henson's haircare line has a product for you. Choose from a sugar-based scalp scrub, a clarifying shampoo that's loaded with ingredients like aloe and honey as well as a lightweight cream to help define your curls. The choice is yours!

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Bread Beauty Supply

For Bread Beauty Supply, caring for your hair shouldn't feel like a chore. That's why the brand, which was founded by Australian native Maeva Heim, offers basics for textured hair. For instance, there's a $20 gentle hair wash that's cleverly packaged in a pouch, a $24 nourishing oil that the brand describes as being "like a lip gloss, but for your hair" and a $28 curl cream that manages to soften strands.

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Buttah

Founded by model, actor and recording artist Dorion Renaud in 2018, Buttah focuses on you guessed it — combatting some of the common issues that affect melanin-rich skin. Buttah products are formulated to nourish dry skin, keep blemishes and discoloration at bay and control oiliness.

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Yawoni

Yawoni's products — an all-purpose oil and a moisturizing body butter — are crafted with traditional African beauty ingredients (think aloe, shea butter and baobab seed oil). What's more, they're beautifully packaged, and the brand, which was founded by Diara Chukuigwe, has pledged to donate 1% of their sales to non-profits that are focused on addressing environmental issues.

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BeautyStat

BeautyStat was created by cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson, who worked for leading beauty brands like Clinique, L’Oreal and Revlon, before launching the skincare line in 2019. His very first product
is the Universal C Skin Refiner, which contains 20% stable and pure vitamin C. Another popular offering is the Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream that's packed with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, bio-fermented bifidus and reishi mushroom extract to leave you with glowing skin.

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Hanahana Beauty

Leave it to Hanahana Beauty, which prides itself on products made with all-natural ingredients, to keep your skin feeling baby-soft. Along with its cult-favorite shea butter that comes in scents like lemongrass and lavender vanilla, shop its exfoliating cleanser, body bar and powder face mask.

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Vernon François

If you're obsessed with actress Lupita Nyong'o's hair, you'll love her stylist Vernon François's haircare line. The products range from $14 shampoos to an overnight treatment oil — all with a focus on making curly and afro hair textures look their best.

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People of Color

This line of 10-free nail polish (meaning it's free from common toxins) celebrates dark skin tones of all shades. From colors in a variety of brown tones, there's a nail polish for everyone.

Nyakio

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco's introduction to the world of beauty began at just eight years old when her Kenyan grandmother taught her how to soothe skin with crushed coffee beans and a blend of oils. So it's no surprise that she'd come to launch the clean beauty brand, Nyakio, in 2002. The line features a selection of face oils with globally sourced ingredients that help to brighten and revive aging skin.

Unsun Cosmetics

Tired of hunting for clean sunscreen products that don't leave an unflattering ashy look behind? Unsun Cosmetics' range of face, body and hand creams addresses this.

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Pattern Beauty

If there's one celebrity who is known for her well-defined curls, it's actress Tracee Ellis Ross. In September 2019, the star of ABC's Black-ish launched Pattern Beauty with 3B to 4C hair types in mind. The line includes shampoo, conditioner, and styling products.

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Mented Cosmetics

Ask any Black woman about her favorite nude lipstick, and chances are she'll share how long it took her to land on the perfect shade. This pain point is exactly how Mented Cosmetics was born. Its founders, KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, not only created non-toxic nude lipsticks for a range of skin tones—they also offer eyeshadow palettes, blush, and more.

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curlBOX

The beauty of discovery is what drives curlBOX, a monthly subscription service that offers quality hair products at an affordable rate. What's more, its founder, Myleik Teele, hosts an informative podcast called My Taught You, where she shares her honest take on everything from personal finance to career advancement.

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Beauty Bakerie

If you always fall for quality beauty products with creative packaging, Beauty Bakerie is for you. The brainchild of breast cancer survivor Cashmere Nicole, the brand's adorable, Instagram-worthy packaging is just as good as its beauty offerings. Consider its eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, lip scrub, and setting powder.

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Redoux NYC

This skincare brand—created by two friends—checks all the right boxes: its products are vegan, handmade, and smell amazing. Try the Turmeric Botanical Bar that features an alluring fragrance of geranium, bergamot, ginger, and sandalwood.

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Mielle Organics

Since 2014, Monique Rodriguez's Mielle Organics brand has been committed to supporting Black women on their healthy hair journey. Available at retailers like Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS, Mielle Organics' natural hair products include hits like Mint Almond Oil, White Peony Leave In Conditioner, and the Detangling Co-Wash.

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Alaffia

It's no wonder why Alaffia snagged a 2019 Good Housekeeping Sustainability Award. Its Authentic African Black Soap, for instance, is a versatile option that can be used as a body wash, facial cleanser, or shaving aid. Plus, the brand prides itself on smart packaging. Along with relying on sustainable materials, including recycled plastic, you can find 32-ounce products that you're sure to have on hand for a reasonable amount of time.

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Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath is one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the world, so it's no surprise that her makeup line would strike a chord with beauty enthusiasts. Whether you're on the hunt for pigmented eyeshadows or lightweight matte lipsticks, Pat McGrath Labs has it all.

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Black Girl Sunscreen

Any Black girl knows just how difficult it is to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a gray or white cast all over your body. Thankfully, Black Girl Sunscreen came up with a solution. The brand's paraben-free formula moisturizes skin and keeps it protected from the sun.

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The Lip Bar

Melissa Butler's vegan lipstick collection was rejected on "Shark Tank" in 2015, but that didn't stop her from taking her Lip Bar business to the next level. While the former Barclays analyst has a retail store in Detroit, you can also shop her line of bold, affordable lipsticks at Target.

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Grace Eleyae

Grace Eleyae has garnered attention for her stylish silk-lined turbans and baseball caps, which are designed to combat dryness and thinning.

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Get Hyper Skin

Former attorney Desiree Verdejo is not new to the beauty industry. For three years, she served as the visionary behind Vivrant Beauty, a Harlem boutique that stocked products from Black beauty brands. While the doors closed in 2018, Verdejo has since launched Hyper Skin to help those suffering with acne and hyperpigmentation.

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Juvia's Place

If you have no qualms about going bold with your makeup, make the products from Juvia's Place staples in your beauty routine. What to buy? Their vegan and cruelty-free eyeshadow palettes, which are all you need to make a statement.

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Briogeo

Whether you're suffering from dry scalp or damaged hair, Briogeo has you covered. The brand is available at Sephora, Nordstrom, and QVC, among others. We recommend looking for its Farewell Frizz Rosehip, Argan & Coconut Oil Blend, plus its popular Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask that's loaded with rosehip, sweet almond and argan oils as well as vitamin B5 and biotin.

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Karité

There's nothing like a rich body moisturizer to soothe dry skin, and the raw shea butter from Karité—a brand that was founded by three sisters from Ghana—can get the job done. And if you're hunting for a new addition to your hand cream collection, you won't be disappointed with their hypo-allergenic Crème Mains shea butter product that's packed with vitamins A and E.

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Fenty Beauty

She's dominated the music industry for years, and Rihanna has teamed up with LVMH's Kendo Beauty division to take over the beauty world, too. Since 2017, the brand has launched beauty products that cater to Black women. Take, for instance, one of the star's favorite products in the line—the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation with an impressive 50 shades for just about every skin tone imaginable.

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Oui the People

Add a dose of luxury to your shaving experience with Oui the People. After growing more and more frustrated with typical pink razors that leave nicks and cuts behind, Karen Young decided to take matters into her own hands. Her rose gold razor, which comes with 10 blades, is designed to keep irritation and in-grown hairs at bay.

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Mischo Beauty

Thanks to Mischo Beauty, your struggle to find trendy nail polish that's void of chemicals is over. Its 10-FREE formula comes in a slew of shades, including reds, pastels, and navy blues.

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Gilded

One look at the packaging of Gilded's body products and you immediately know that you're in for a treat. Its Supreme Body Balm features a nourishing blend of Cupuacu butter and Meadowfoam seed oil, while its Brightening Body Polish contains sugar, Himalayan pink salt, dead sea salt, lychee extract, and vitamin E to keep skin looking its best.

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Lauren Napier Beauty

Once Lauren Napier's cleansing wipes are in your makeup bag, you'll have a hard time going back to any drugstore offering. Not only do these gentle cotton wipes remove stubborn eye makeup without a fuss—they're also great for days when you just want to freshen up your skin. Add her La Rose wipes, which are infused with a calming blend of rosewater and starfruit, to your cart.

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Beneath Your Mask

Never underestimate the power of a good beauty regimen. Beneath Your Mask, with its mission of producing high-quality skin, hair, and body products that are free of harmful toxins, fully understands this. The brand's creator, Dana Jackson, launched the line after suffering skin damage from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

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Carol's Daughter

From its popular Black Vanilla haircare line to its Almond Cookie body products, there's so much to love about Carol's Daughter. While the brand is now owned by L'Oréal, it's the brainchild of Lisa Price, who started the company right in her Brooklyn kitchen.

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Bevel

Founded by Tristan Walker, Bevel is the answer to every man's grooming needs, whether it's minimizing razor bumps or pinpointing sulfate-free body products to soothe sensitive skin. And Walker's hard work paid off. The company was purchased by Procter & Gamble in 2018.

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Eu'Genia Shea

It's always admirable when doing good is a part of a brand's ethos. Eu'Genia Shea, run by a mother-daughter duo, carries 100% shea butter, and directs 15% of its profits to an educational fund that supports female nut pickers in Ghana. It's also worth noting that the shea butters come in luxe gold embossed tins that you'll be tempted to re-use once the product is gone.

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Urban Hydration

When it comes to Urban Hydration, there's something for everyone. This line of natural skincare, hair, and body products (think coconut oil, natural sea salt and sugar) are crafted with hydration in mind.

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Skin Buttr

There's something about a scented body product that instantly makes you feel pampered. Make sure Skin Buttr's whipped shea body butters and exfoliating scrubs, which come in scents like Cocoa Vanilla, Gingr Lemon, and Strawberry Coconut, are part of your next at-home spa session.

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Iman Cosmetics

Of course, fashion model and entrepreneur Iman would know a thing or two about achieving the perfect makeup look. Get in on her beauty secrets by shopping her collection of foundations, lipsticks, and more at retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walgreens.

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Suite Eleven

If you're in search of bold, non-toxic nail polish, Suite Eleven might be right up your alley. The company was founded by Arieal “Ari” Smith-Liburd in 2018.

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Pear Nova

Keep your summer manicures in good shape with Pear Nova's vegan nail polishes, founded by Rachel James, a graduate from the International Academy of Design & Technology.

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