The Best Makeup Lines for Women of Color
Felicia Walker Benson has been blogging since 2006, pouring her heart and soul into her passion for beauty. Walker Benson, who serves as editor in chief for top-rated beauty blog ThisThatBeauty, is a highly sought-after authority in the industry. She has appeared on TV programs like the Today show and in beauty publications such as Allure, Ebony, and Marie Claire. Each month, Walker Benson gives Byrdie readers tips and recommendations on the best in hair and beauty for women of color. If it’s happening in beauty, Felicia is on it—with red lips in tow!
Fall will be here before we know it and you know what that means: beauty trend reports galore. While looking up the latest makeup trends is a great way to gather inspiration, it can be a frustrating endeavor if your favorite brand doesn’t create shades that complement your skin tone. Shopping for makeup can be an overwhelming task, especially when you feel like your options are limited.
Avoid a makeup meltdown this fall by reading on as I share the best makeup lines for women of color. Embrace fall’s prettiest trends with these brands—they’re guaranteed to carry your shade!
AJ Crimson Beauty was specifically designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of skin tones. Primarily focused on complexion products like foundation and concealer, the line also carries a vast assortment of intensely pigmented lipsticks that cover any and every trend imaginable.
This Parisian brand truly gets women of color. Offering a complete range of products for complexion, eyes, and lips, Make Up For Ever delivers professional quality cosmetics to the everyday consumer.
Anastasia Beverly Hills does all things well: brows (first and foremost), foundation, eye shadow, and lips. Lips are continuing to have a major moment and this trend will not ease up for fall. If you’re on the lookout for your go-to fall shade, no one does liquid lips like Anastasia Beverly Hills. You’re guaranteed to find tons of gorgeous shades to call your own.
Drench your eyes, lips, and cheeks in megawatt color with Urban Decay. The edgy beauty brand with insanely pigmented shades is a perfect match for richer skin tones. There’s no trend this brand can’t pull off.
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner ($22)
Available in 20 super saturated shades, Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner applies with plenty of pow and lasts all day until you take it off.
Truly a complexion authority when it comes to dark skin, Cover FX offers a wide range of cream, liquid, and powder foundations for deeper skin tones. The Canadian brand also takes into account the undertone of the skin and breaks products down by pink, neutral, and golden undertones. Need more help picking your perfect shade? The online shade finder is a big help!
Widely know for incredible hair and body products, SheaMoisture also offers an extensive line of cosmetics specifically developed for dark skin.
Canadian-American makeup artist turned makeup creator Jay Manuel created Jay Manuel Beauty with a focus on classic beauty. Having said that, the collection leaves no stone unturned and features shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks that complement women of all complexions, particularly women of color.
Becca is all about the glow and they’re experts in the proper products for illuminating dark skin. The vibe is never overdone. Skin looks easy, effortless, and very “woke up like this.”
What are your favorite makeup lines for women of color? Let us know in the comments below!