Best in Black Beauty 2016: Makeup

Between the more than 1,000 ESSENCE BeautyBox subscribers and ESSENCE editors, we've hand-picked the most marvelous of makeup products every Black woman must know!

ESSENCE.COM Apr, 14, 2016

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It was a split decision between two companies that not only offer huge color payoff for brown skin, but also pump out gorgeous collections season after season. While Chanel wows with brilliant blush compacts and lipstick formulas, Nars flourishes with foundation, color for lips and just about everything else.

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It was a split decision between two companies that not only offer huge color payoff for brown skin, but also pump out gorgeous collections season after season. While Chanel wows with brilliant blush compacts and lipstick formulas, Nars flourishes with foundation, color for lips and just about everything else.

NARS lipstick, $28, narscosmetics.com

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NARS lip gloss, $28, narscosmetics.com

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NARS, foundation, $48, narscosmetics.com

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CHANEL lipshine, $37, chanel.com

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CHANEL lip color, $37, chanel.com

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CHANEL blush, $70, chanel.com

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“Iman has a solid understanding of the varying degrees of skin tones and eliminates much of the frustrating guesswork in selecting products. —ROSLAND MARTIN, SNELLVILLE, GA

Second to None Liquid Makeup, $16 each, Walgreens.com.

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There’s no compromising on impact with these wallet-friendly brands. If you’re in need of a bold lip or vibrant blush (that works for us), start here.

NYX Ombre Blushes, $10 each, nyxcosmetics.com

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MAYBELLINE NEW YORK,Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors, $8, Target