With the recent racial injustices that have sparked the attention of the nation, we believe that it is important for us to be allies in the fight for justice, equality and the right to human dignity. Whether you’re safely participating in a protest, educating yourself on racial justice, or donating to an organization, you are making a difference in the monumental movement.
One of the most direct ways you can help the black community is by supporting black-owned businesses who have greatly suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, and help drive change. This is why we’ve put together a list of 7 of our favorite black-owned beauty brands to follow, shop, and support.
Hyper Skin (gethyperskin.com)
Desiree Verdejo founded Hyper Skin after suffering from acne scars and pigmentation during her first pregnancy. Hyper Skin products contain turmeric, bearberry, and other natural ingredients to help brighten skin, smooth texture, and drastically reduce hyperpigmentation.
Lauren Napier Beauty (laurennapier.com)
Renowned makeup artist Lauren Napier first founded LNB due to a lack of clean makeup remover. LNB has been featured in VOGUE, Refinery29, PopSugar and Bazaar.
People of Color Beauty (peopleofcolorbeauty.com)
Founder Jacqueline Carrington founded People of Color Beauty she noticed a lack of nail polish colors that reflected on her skin tone. Her passion for nail polish sparked after her daughter, Monroe, came home from grandma’s house with her nails painted. People of Color Beauty nail polishes offers a variety of colors that are non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty free.
Beauty Bakerie (beautybakerie.com)
Cashmere Nicole, launched Beauty Bakerie in 2011 as a way to raise awareness for breast cancer. After discovering she had breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy, Nicole continued to work on Beauty Bakerie. Almost a decade after its launch, Beauty Bakerie has been featured in Nylon, Essence, Teen VOGUE, Allure, Forbes, and was even recognized by Beyonce.
OUI the People (ouithepeople.com)
After doing a deep dive into her brand, founder Karen Young has revamped and reinvented Oui the People, a brand created with redefining beauty by creating items for shaving needs.
Unsun Cosmetics (unsuncosmetics.com)
Katonya Breaux founded Unsun Cosmetics after being frustrated with the lack of options in clean suncare for women of color. Unsun provides no-residue mineral sunscreen options that are clean and free of potentially harmful ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and oxybenzone.
Founders, KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson, discussed over a glass of pinot why it was so difficult for them to find the perfect shade of nude lipstick. That conversation sparked Mented Cosmetics, who’s mission is driven by the belief that every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, no matter her skin tone.