Black Beauty Icons: Makeup

These all-time favorite makeup products keep our faces beat and ready for the camera. 

ESSENCE.COM Apr, 15, 2015

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The ESSENCE beauty team and a select group of pros picked their all-time favorite makeup products. 

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“I’ve used this for more than a decade and  it never fails. It’s a brilliant formula that separates and plumps without flaking or smudging.” —Monifa Mortis

$7, Target

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“I really love the way it glides on, giving a very lush look without clumping.” —Renee Garnes 

$25, dior.com

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“Orgasm is a beautiful shimmery, peach-pink that goes with everything and looks amazing layered on top of bronzer.” —Carola Gonzalez

$30 each, narscosmetics.com

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“These liquid foundations offer amazing buildable coverage that really looks like skin and lasts all day.” —Monifa Mortis

$62, armanibeauty.com

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“Stila has been changing the lip game for years. They created these twist-up glosses when everyone else was stuck on wands.” —Nykia Spradley

$22 each, stilacosmetics.com

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“These foundations give great coverage and don’t feel heavy.” —Ashunta Sheriff

$16, Target

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“It is creamy, long--wearing and glides on like a dream.” —Nick Barose

$25 each, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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“It provides excellent coverage in a wide range of warm and cool colors.” —Porsche Cooper

$5, Walmart

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“It’s a universal color for all women. I’ve used this red lipstick on every skin tone from Rita Ora’s to Angela Bassett’s.” —Renee Garnes

$16, maccosmetics.com

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“I use this palette almost daily. I love the color range for neutral eyes. Plus, the darker shades allow for a little bit of drama.” —Ashunta Sheriff 

$54, urbandecay.com