Best In Black Beauty 2017: The Makeup Products That Truly Work For Us

From the best shades for us to the mascaras that curl to perfection, these are the Black-girl approved products that need to be on your shopping list!

ESSENCE Editors Apr, 24, 2017

It’s that time again–the 2017 edition of our annual Best in Black Beauty Awards has officially arrived! We’ve spent weeks swiping, swatching and smelling the newest products so you don’t have to. From the splurge-worthy to the drugstore faves and Black-owned must-haves, these are the picks that every Black woman must know. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil this year’s winners!

This feature originally appeared in the May 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

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With formulas that would satisfy even picky pros and colors that work on the milkiest to the darkest of chocolates, Make Up For Ever is a clear winner. The Water Blend Face and Body Foundation is a must for spring, with sheer coverage that creates a dewy, natural finish. 

available at Sephora $43 Buy Here

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And we couldn't leave out Black Opal, the brand that's celebrated the nuances of Black skin since 1994. They continue to provide a satisfying range of product options for women of color, including the True Color Ultra Matte Foundation Powder. 

available at Black Opal Beauty $11 Buy Here

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The swan-like, wide angle wand of this mascara ensures that product is evenly distributed to every single lash, leaving them with ample volume and length. 

available at Sephora $32 Buy Here

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And this more affordable find includes a 3-in-1 brush with a special ball tip that gets to those hard-to-reach corner lashes. The best part? It's available in a waterproof formula, too! 

available at Target $9 Buy Here

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On a quest for an illuminator that won't leave your brown skin looking ashy? This gold-tinted powder is pure perfection for even the deepest of skin tones. 

available at HSN $30 Buy Here

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We’re totally willing to give up our matte lip obsession for this lineup of wearable iridescent hues. Whether you’re looking for a bronze to keep things neutral or a deep purple to make a statement, this brand’s got you covered. 

available at Sephora $30 Buy Here

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The clever strategy of dropping a limited number of awe-inducing shadows had us in a frenzy to get these sparkling pigments, created by glam goddess McGrath, before they were sold out.