ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awa

Black Beauty Icons: Makeup

Iconic Makeup
Apr, 15, 2015 3:03 PM UTC

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 


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

$30 each,

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


“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,

“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,

“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


“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