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 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

Makeup by Char!


Age: 21charlene1

Occupation: Senior studying Family Science Leadership & Black Women Studies Minor

Hometown: Takoma Park, MD


1. When/Why did you start getting into makeup?

Make up has always been a passion for me, I just never knew how do it. So it started with me playing around in what I had, then actually teaching myself. This was when YouTube was just starting up and not as many youtubers were on there as today. I was just a junior in high school trying to learn as much as possible.


2. What’s your favorite thing about makeup?

My absolutely favorite thing about makeup is being able to play up natural features and enhance them. For me I love using Mascara, my current favorite is They’re Real by Benefits top with Illegal Lengths by Maybelline.


charlene23. What are your favorite products?

My favorite products at this current moment are my newly purchased lipsticks from MAC. I love Fixed on Drama from the Retro Matte Collection and Talk that Talk from the RiRi collection.They are the perfect fall colors and are easy to apply on the lips with or without a lip liner.


4. Why did you decide to start your freelance makeup business?

My love for makeup grew so much, that I knew I had to start to freelance. People kept asking me who did my make up and if I could do theirs. I decided to start the freelancing business when I started to get references from others to do weddings and shows. Thats really what encouraged me to do it big. I also love making YouTube videos on my own, I do it in my spare time. I have tips and tricks for hair styles and care as well as makeup.

 Want to see more of Charlene? Check out her instagram @cosei or look at some of her youtube videos,!!

Also check out her online store and follow their instagram @ohsaycouture!