Best in Black Beauty Awards 2015: Makeup

These intense colors and complexion perfecting base shades will give you a flawless touch.

ESSENCE.COM Sep, 17, 2015

1 of 15 Greg Vore

“This foundation is very lightweight and gives me a flawless look that I have not seen with any other foundation I’ve tried.”—Chrisy Brutus, Winter Park, FL

$43, Sephora

2 of 15 Greg Vore

“It’s very creamy without feeling heavy, it matched my complexion and it has sunscreen!” —Erika Medley, Rockford, IL


3 of 15 Greg Vore

“It feels light on my face, the compact is easy to carry and it matches my skin perfectly.”—Angela Boudreaux, Harvey, LA


4 of 15 Greg Vore

“My foundation looks flawless over it and when I used this concealer, I found that I actually used much less foundation.”—Niketa Dennis, Keller, TX


5 of 15

“The color match is great; it blends supremely and does not dry out, crack or cake.”—Renee Peters, Philadelphia


6 of 15 Greg Vore

“The consistency is very silky and the application is effortless. It feels like I don’t have anything on my brows. It’s easy to clean up mistakes and the color isn’t too harsh. I was even able to touchup my brows without it looking cakey.”—Kenyatta Stephens, Atlanta


7 of 15 Greg Vore

“With moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, jojoba, olive, and babassu oils, this long-lasting lipstick is great for natural makeup days.”—Patricia Striggles, Bronx, NY


8 of 15 Greg Vore

“The consistency is soft and creamy and the color lasted a long time before I had to reapply. I also love that they cater to African-Americans by stating that this is for dark skin.” —Crystal Irby, Durham, NC

$7, Walgreens

9 of 15 Greg Vore

“The color is completely true to what was shown in the tube. It doesn’t leave a film on my lips, and it actually survived a meal and a snack!”—Rachael Ruffin, Silver Spring, MD

$10, Target

10 of 15 Greg Vore

“Mascara is a staple in my makeup kit, so it really has to stand out for me to keep it in rotation. This one did just that. The formula is smooth. And the color is a high-density black that makes my curly lashes look lengthy and full.”—Stephanie Wise, Madison, IL


11 of 15 Greg Vore

“The fatness of the pen is way more comfortable in my hand than other eyeliners I’ve used, which made it easy to apply.”—Melanie Brown, Indianapolis


12 of 15 Greg Vore

“The color is a shade I can wear daily. I also like that the pencil is something I can easily take on the go.”—Charita Vine, Kansas City, KS


13 of 15 Greg Vore

“This blush has just enough pigment to make the cheeks look rosy. A small amount goes a long way. It works well on both my fair skin and on my girlfriend who is of a darker complexion.”—Nicole Clark, Woodbridge, VA

$8, CVS

14 of 15 Greg Vore

“I wash my hands a lot at work, so it’s pretty hard to keep polish on my nails for more than two days. I wore this polish for two weeks. The shine lasted the entire time and I didn’t get one chip. It’s amazing!” —Melanie Maldonado, Davie, FL

$13 each,

15 of 15 Greg Vore

“I have very oily skin and this primer kept my face matte for the longest period of time.” —Sylvia Spivey, Philadelphia

$9, Walmart