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.
With this six-pan palette, I can light, shape, and perfect my skin to camera-ready flawlessness.
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.
This finishing powder sets makeup and absorbs oil without making dark skin appear ashy or dull.
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.
This liquid lipstick is the best ‘90s-inspired matte lip in the game.
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.
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!
This product might be tiny, but it’s packed with a ton of skin-mimicking pigment. One dot of this miracle worker and your blemish will be a distant memory.
Widely know for incredible hair and body products, SheaMoisture also offers an extensive line of cosmetics specifically developed for dark skin.
Contour and pop your cheeks with this rich shade of blush that's perfect for darker skin tones. The shea butter–infused blusher glides onto skin and provides seamless sculpting.
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.
Intense Color Eye Shadow Quads are velvety soft and simply brilliant on dark skin. The color payoff is rich and vibrant, never dull or ashy.
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.”
This highlighter brightens up the face and gives a healthy boost of radiance.
What are your favorite makeup lines for women of color? Let us know in the comments below!