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.
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.
Best Shades For Us: Make Up For Ever
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.
Best Shades For Us: Black Opal
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.
Mascaras That Truly Perform: Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême
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!
Mascaras That Truly Perform: CoverGirl So Lashy! BlastPro Mascara
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.
Best Highlighter: Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish 3D Illuminator
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.
Best Metallic Lips: Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Metals Lipstick