For Skin of Color: Top Black-owned beauty product lines
TNJ sought out 10 top-billing beauty product lines for the African-American market. Here’s what they have to offer!
From cleansers to toners to moisturizers, Carol’s Daughter offers beauty formulas for special skin care needs. Its wet line of lipsticks comes in flavors like honeybee, mango and strawberry. You’ll also smell fruit-a-licious with its fragrance line. Spritz on almond cookie, apple berry bliss or cotton candy sprays, for starters.
Dudley Products Inc.
Dudley’s skin care line, dedicated to maintaining healthy and youthful skin, offers products specific to your skin type, including makeup removers, cleansers, cleansing clays, skin refresheners, facial moisturizers and lotions. Its Glamour group runs the beauty-enhancement gamut, from blushers and lipsticks to lipliners, mascaras and concealers.
Fashion Fair Cosmetics
With its fragrance and fragrance-free products, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, a division of Johnson Publishing Co. Inc., caters especially to skin that tends to be oily, sensitive and given to scarring easily. This spring, look for its metallic crème-to-powder eyeshadows, high shine/glittery lipsticks in three shades (Flirt, Say Yes and Breathless), Botanical Clay Masque to revitalize and purify the skin, Hidden Beauty Pore Minimizer to reduce enlarged pores and Hidden Beauty Multi-Vitamin Complex to refresh your skin.
Vienna’s Herbal Compounds
Our feet often get the short end of the stick. We simply don’t attend to them as we do the rest of our bodies. Vienna’s Herbal Compounds, a homemade aromatherapy and herbal line, offers foot solace—from its rejuvenating foot soak to its mint crème. For the rest of the body, there are mists, body oils and crèmes in lavender, lime-grapefruit and rose scents.
Warm Spirit offers skin care and aromatherapy-like products to soothe and satisfy the entire body. Items include body butters, body polish and scrubs, body oils, essential perfumes and herbal bath bags. Bonus: If you fancy chocolate, Warm Spirit has products in this flavor!
Founded by vegan fashion designer Jenique Bell, this beauty service and cosmetic line uses only natural, organic herbs, oils and butters to make everything from face powders to body butters. The products are custom blended for each client and serve as a guide to wellness for the mind, body and soul.
Universal Colors Cosmetics
Veteran beauty expert Roda Ward Carter has created products for problem skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Her Problem Solvers help clear up dark spots (Amazing Clear) and dry up pimples in one to two days (Zit Zap). Nighttime moisturizer Nite-Nite gives attention to normal, combination and oily/dehydrated skin. It also can be a daily moisturizer. Accessory Colors offers pressed powder for various skin tones.
Iman Cosmetics and Skincare
With breakthrough ingredients and advanced technology, supermodel Iman is constantly creating skin care products that match and enhance the beauty of women of a darker hue—from foundations and powders (pressed and sheer-finish bronzing), face palettes, eye shadows and pencils, to moisturizing lipsticks with staying power in creamy colors.
Skin Salon Gold
Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Skin Salon Gold skin care system is for the woman who wants to rid herself of brown spots, dry skin, blemishes, oiliness and fine lines. Products include Purifying Cream Cleanser, Nurturing Day/Night Cream, Even Tone Fade Cream, Problem Solver Acne Treatment, Daily Quencher Body Lotion & Skin Flow Body Powder and Healthy Skin Daily Vitamins.
Vera Moore Cosmetics
If you’re looking for a foundation, former actress Vera Moore (she played Linda on the soap opera Another World) has got you covered—with colors such as sandy and honey to deep cocoa and espresso. Her Collage Powder line includes Sahara, Bronze Mirage, Sea Shells and Luminous. Barely there lip glosses come in watermelon, café latt’e and cotton candy. The line also offers concealers, eye shadows and masques.