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Black Beauty Icons: Makeup

These all-time favorite makeup products keep our faces beat and ready for the camera. 

Iconic Makeup
By · April 15, 2015

The ESSENCE beauty team and a select group of pros picked their all-time favorite makeup products. 

“I’ve used this for more than a decade and  it never fails. It’s a brilliant formula that separates and plumps without flaking or smudging.” —Monifa Mortis

$7, Target

“I really love the way it glides on, giving a very lush look without clumping.” —Renee Garnes 

$25, dior.com

“Orgasm is a beautiful shimmery, peach-pink that goes with everything and looks amazing layered on top of bronzer.” —Carola Gonzalez

$30 each, narscosmetics.com

“These liquid foundations offer amazing buildable coverage that really looks like skin and lasts all day.” —Monifa Mortis

$62, armanibeauty.com

“Stila has been changing the lip game for years. They created these twist-up glosses when everyone else was stuck on wands.” —Nykia Spradley

$22 each, stilacosmetics.com

“These foundations give great coverage and don’t feel heavy.” —Ashunta Sheriff

$16, Target

“It is creamy, long--wearing and glides on like a dream.” —Nick Barose

$25 each, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

“It provides excellent coverage in a wide range of warm and cool colors.” —Porsche Cooper

$5, Walmart

“It’s a universal color for all women. I’ve used this red lipstick on every skin tone from Rita Ora’s to Angela Bassett’s.” —Renee Garnes

$16, maccosmetics.com

“I use this palette almost daily. I love the color range for neutral eyes. Plus, the darker shades allow for a little bit of drama.” —Ashunta Sheriff 

$54, urbandecay.com