5 Best Make-up Brands for Black Women

The hardest thing about buying make-up as a black women is attempting to find your shade in a your local drugstore. I remember walking in the other day, attempting to pick up something from the Loreal counter and only finding one shade that came close to mine. I’d really like to tell someone that “cocoa” color does not work for all black women! We come in different colors too!

The most interesting part was when a saleswoman approached me and asked if I needed anything. I told her that I didn’t know what they had in their store that would match my skin color. After leading me around for a while she finally told me that I’d have to go to a larger department store to find something that would match my shade. “It’s a bit more expensive,” she said. “But I’m sure you’ll find something there.”

O-M-G. That’s what she said. But I actually heard….”Sorry, boo, but your shade isn’t important enough to be sold along with mainstream make-up so you’re just going to have to spend more money to get what you need. Which you probably don’t have. So you’re screwed.”

Thank God for Queen Latifah.

So, we took the advantage of saving you from having one of those pity moments and gathered together the top five make-up brands that work well for black women, particularly in regards to facial foundation for the skin. Here’s what we got for you! Let us know if there are any make-up brands that you swear by!

1) M.A.C. 

A popular make-up that has come to popularity from its use by celebrities, this brand is said to be worth the extra pennies.

Price: $$

2) Cover Girl–The Queen Collection

Depending on where you shop, you’ll find these purple plastic products, and they do a good job at an affordable price. Some of the shades can be a bit off, but they offer a nice range and alternative products as well.

Price: $

3) Iman Cosmetics

The supermodel was doing something right when she created this line of products for black women. Iman Cosmetics provides an incredible range of shades to match your skin type.

Price: $$

4) Astarte Cosmetics

The company prides itself on being a make-up line formulated for ethnic women. They may be a small name, but they provide high-quality make-up.

Price: $1/2

5) Fashion Fair

Established in the 70s, it’s a name brand that’s tried and true for black women in the United States. The company has improved it formula over the years and now offers skin care along with its make up line.

Price: $$



  1. precision004

    September 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I know that feeling.. it’s not only foundation sometimes you can’t find the right shade of eye shadows coz the ones they have are all designed for lighter complexions. Check out my blog on Black make up and comment please… its a new blog so looking forward to hear your opinions

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