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Meet The Founders Behind 75 Black-Owned Skin Care And Cosmetics Brands You Should Be Shopping

They catered to the Black community's beauty needs when no one else would.
Courtesy of Melissa Butler, The Lip Bar
By Shalwah Evans · June 12, 2020
Courtesy of Melissa Butler, The Lip Bar

It’s great to see publications across the country promoting Black-owned beauty brands as ESSENCE has been doing for the past 50 years. While it’s unfortunate that their tenacity came only after the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, we’re hoping that touting Black beauty businesses as the best will not be a trend, like promoting Black beauty on Black people has been.

So we want to introduce the people behind several Black-owned beauty brands, because that’s truly what’s important here. From kitchen chemists to beauty industry insiders, these men and women created their brands when no one else catered to our needs. They get up everyday and hustle hard for the community and beyond. Their businesses are fueled by love and run on passion (and, of course, kick-ass teams).

When the protests end and if the movement proves to have simply been a moment, these entrepreneurs will still be here. So while shopping Black-owned beauty might only be on trend today, we hope that seeing the actual people who founded these brands will make supporting Black businesses timeless.

Editor’s Note: There are several Black-owned beauty brands and we regret that we could not include them all, and their founders, in this list. ESSENCE will continue to promote Black-owned beauty brands and entrepreneurs creating quality products year-round.

available at Rosen Skincare
available at Boyface
Instagram/@ juviasplace
available at Juvia's Place
available at Happy Girl Products
available at Aba Love Apothecary
available at The Crayon Case
available at Limegreen
available at Target
Frederick Benjamin
available at Frederick Benjamin
Courtesy Blair Armstrong
available at Gilded
Maison 276
available at Maison 276
Courtesy of Shontay Lunndy
available at Black Girl Sunscreen
available at kanti
available at Butter by Keba
Courtesy of Melissa Butler
available at The Lip Bar
available at Jacq's
available at Scotch Porter
Danessa Myricks Beauty
available at Danessa Myricks Beauty
Courtesy Aisha Besson
available at Chloe and Chad
Ladybug Skincare
available at Ladybug Skincare
Courtesy of Topicals
available at Topicals
Instagram/@ matrescenceskin
available at Matrescence
available at Bossy Cosmetics
Oyin Handmade
available at Oyin Handmade
Courtesy of Lesley Thornton
available at KLUR
Lauren Napier Beauty
available at Lauren Napier Beauty
available at Unsun
Courtesy of Ounce of Nature
available at Ounce of Nature
available at Gold Label Cosmetics
Good Beauté
available at Good Beauté
available at Hyper
Mischo Beauty
available at Mischo Beauty
available at Yelle Skincare
Range Beauty
available at Range Beauty
Quon's Eyes
available at Quon's Eyes
Courtesy of Tristan Walker
available at Bevel
Courtesy of Ebony Clay
available at Kayaire
Marla Rene Skincare
available at Marla Rene Skincare
UOMA Beauty
available at UOMA Beauty
available at Bolden
Rose Ingleton MD Skincare
available at Mented Cosmetics
Brown Butter Beauty
available at Brown Butter Beauty
available at Camara AUnique Beauty
available at AbsoluteJoi
Courtesy of Symantha Wechie-Onyechi
available at Triple O Polish
Brown Girl Jane/Instagram/@taibeau
available at Brown Girl Jane
available at Pear Nova
Coloured Raine
available at Coloured Raine
available at epi.logic
available at Hue Noir
available at Yubi
Lamik Beauty
available at Lamik Beauty
Courtesy of GlowRx Skincare
available at GlowRx Skincare
available at EveryHue Beauty
Courtesy of Nolaskinsentials
available at Nolaskinsentials
available at 25th & June
available at Makeup by Sparkle
available at Stay Golden Cosmetics
People of Color
available at People of Color
Beneath Your Mask
available at Beneath Your Mask
available at GlōGirl Cosmetics
BeautyStat Cosmetics
available at BeautyStat Cosmetics
available at Makeda K Beauty
available at Hanahana Beauty
available at Joséphine Cosmetics
available at OMGLO Cosmetics
BLAC Minerals
available at BLAC Minerals
Beauty Bakerie
available at Beauty Bakerie
Courtesy Brianna Walton
available at Noire Beauté
available at Colour U Cosmetics
Rich Hein/Sun-Times
available at Black Opal
Johnny Nunez/WireImage
available at Ginger & Liz
Elle Johnson Co.
available at Elle Johnson Co.
Aj Crimson Beauty
available at AJ Crimson Beauty