Make Up for Women of Color!

For many women of color, finding beauty products can be a hassle. Most major brands don’t have products that work for us, whether its finding a foundation that matches our skin tone or products that work with our skin type. And when we do find products we like, sometimes the stores don’t even have them in stock! While I was on tumblr (the page was  http://smidgetz.tumblr.com for those who want to follow them), I saw a post with a list of companies that make beauty products specifically for women of color and I decided to share it with you guys!

I compiled bios from the company sites and added a link for those who want to check it out! 🙂

1. black UP Cosmetics: www.blackupcosmetics.com

Founded in 1999 black|Up Cosmetics is both the first makeup artist brand created and specialized for women of color, yet suitable for all women, as well as an upscale cosmetics line of unprecedented elegance and luxury, respecting the unique nature of ethnic skins and celebrating their intrinsic beauty.

All of our products are developed by a team of professional makeup artists and are specially formulated to meet the unique needs of women with deeper skin tones. From our best-selling foundations, available in a wide range of luxurious textures and shades, to our bold, rich and highly-pigmented color collections, black|Up Cosmetics is the makeup artist brand for discerning women of color.

2. Sleek MakeUP: http://www.sleekmakeup.com/

Sleek MakeUP knows the importance of looking and feeling good in your own skin. That’s why we’re the only high-street makeup brand with a whopping 30 shades of foundation. We comprehensively and honestly cater for all skin tones, with fashion-forward and innovative products at truly affordable prices.

Sleek MakeUP’s fresh and trend-led products have forged an iconic following among makeup professionals and beauty enthusiasts worldwide

3. Flori Roberts: http://www.floriroberts.com/index.html

In 1965, Flori Roberts was the first cosmetics brands developed specifically for women of color. This was a big step towards giving African American women a prestigious line of diverse color cosmetics and skin care formulated and shade selected specifically for them. And, Flori Roberts was the first brand of cosmetics for women of color to be sold in major department stores.

Flori Roberts has a comprehensive range of quality color cosmetics that includefoundations,face powders,blush, eye and lip makeup. Flori Roberts is recognized as the premier cosmetic brand for African American women.

4. Black Radiance:http://www.blackradiancebeauty.com

Black Radiance is the #1 African-American cosmetic Brand in the United States, inspiring women of color through beauty. Black Radiance offers high quality cosmetics at an affordable price and has built a strong reputation over the past 20 years with proven customer satisfaction.

5. Black Opal: http://www.blackopalbeauty.com/

In 1994, three creative forces combined their passion for beauty and their joint knowledge of issues specific to skin of color to develop the groundbreaking brand known as Black Opal.

The Muse, a professional woman of Jamaican descent, who embodied the Black Opal consumer, provided the inspiration, the Chemist, possessed unparalleled expertise as a product formulator and the Doctor, a Board-Certified Dermatologist, offered exceptional knowledge and expertise. Together, they developed a comprehensive and affordable collection of targeted skincare products that would combine state-of-the-art technological advances with proven ingredients to service the unique skincare needs of skin of color for men and women.

Recognizing the importance of building from that strong heritage, Black Opal later introduced a line of makeup specially designed to address the beauty concerns of women of color. With an impressive range of formulas and a stunning collection of shades our makeup complements and enhances a woman’s natural beauty.

Today, giving you the tools you need to achieve healthy, radiant skin is at the core of our business. Black Opal is your beauty authority and we want to help you discover the beauty within.

6. Iman Cosmetics: http://www.imancosmetics.com/

Iman is Founder and CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances, a beauty company that

created the first cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all women with skin of color.

Launched in 1994, the IMAN brand philosophy holds that women with skin of color represent many races, cultures and ethnicities. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances are designed for African American, Asian, Latina and multi-cultural women with skin tones in a myriad of shades. The brand offers skincare and cosmetics, including 16 foundation shades. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances are sold throughout the world including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Brazil, Africa, and the Caribbean.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Hey F.Y.M. Project Readers! First of all, I want to say THANK YOU for all of the support during the first month of the blog! I had no expectations and was overwhelmed with all the positive responses and words of encouragement. I want to remind you guys to like us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/thefymproject?ref=hl and follow us on Instagram @fymproject.

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As we move into a new month, I’m excited to introduce a new topic on the blog! October’s theme on the Free Your Mind Project will be Beauty! We’ll be talking about our favorite beauty tips, products and interviewing an amazing freelance makeup artist!

Now, in the same way that women everywhere are plagued by body standards, there are plenty of opinions about what is beautiful. But you know the one thing that *everyone* says is the most attractive quality?

Confidence.

Loving yourself, appreciating all you have to offer and not apologizing for your imperfections. That’s what true beauty is and it isn’t something that comes in a bottle. Just like there is no standard on the type of body you have, there are no rules on what makes you beautiful. Whether you’re a makeup junkie or prefer the natural look, everyone has their thing that makes them feel amazing.

Between the product advertisements, cosmetic surgery and articles everywhere claiming so and so is the most beautiful woman in the world, we have become obsessed with beauty. Its hard to find where we stand in all the craziness. Well, as cheesy as it sounds take a moment and really think about the saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Everyone has a different opinion. The more you compare yourself to other’s views of beauty, the less you recognize the beauty in yourself. Keep in mind that the only person whose opinion matters is the one you see when you stand in front of a mirror. ❤