Makeup and Skincare for Women of Color

By Joey

Oct 19, 2016

When I look good, I feel good. First impressions are everything, so it’s important to take the steps to look and feel your best, which includes the right beauty lines.

I once had to cancel on a SD due to a hair malfunction. I thought I was purchasing a top of the line product that would get the job done, but turned out to be a nightmare! No one has time to waste like that in the Sugar Bowl!

Being mixed with Black and East Indian means I have a very unique skin complexion and hair texture. Finding beauty products that are tailored to my skin and hair type has been frustrating over the years. I’ve spent countless dollars on skin-care and beauty products and they never seem to deliver.

After all that money down the drain and trying out product after product, I’ve narrowed it down to a list of the best makeup and skincare for women of color.

Shea Moisture

Agave nectar, aloe leaf juice, dead sea salt, jojoba seeds, and eucalyptus oil: sounds more like ingredients for a salad right? Wrong! These are just a few of the ingredients that you will find in a single Shea Moisture product.

Over the past 8 months this has been my go-to brand when it comes to haircare. Not only are the products affordable, they do wonders when it comes to keeping my hair moisturized and healthy, which is a major key for ethnic hair.

Products from this line range anywhere from $2 to $25 depending on the product, and can be purchased at a local retail store such as Target. This makes it both easy to get when you’re on the go and doesn’t break the bank. My favorite product is the “Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque” for looking polished all day.

Miss Jessie’s

Coming from a mixed background, the texture of my hair is out of this world. Sometimes my natural curls decide to work with me, other times they have a mind of their own.

Saying that I like to change up my hair from time to time would be an understatement! One week you’ll catch me with long beautiful jet-black hair like Kim K, and other times you’ll see me rocking braids like Alicia Keys in the early 2000’s.

Between hair changes, I focus on keeping my natural hair well maintained, which means taming my curls. Miss Jessie’s is a brand that is tailored towards women with naturally curly hair. From “Leave in Condish” to “Curly Pudding”, this line will keep your curls looking moisturized and defined.

Miss Jessie’s products range in price from $10 to $25, and can be purchased at a local drugstore or beauty supply such as Sally Beauty.

Mixed Chicks

When it comes to haircare, one thing that grinds my gears is it being super oily. Mixed Chicks prides itself on lightweight and non sticky/greasy products. I prefer to use their products whenever I have in a weave or extensions, due to that fact alone.

The “Straightening Serum” and the “Gloss and Shining Hair Silk” work wonders for straightening my hair. Their products not only helps to eliminate any frizz but also helps protect your hair, allowing for a silky smooth straightening process.

The Mixed Chicks line also has a conditioner called “Detangling Deep Conditioner” that I use once a month. This conditioner is infused with Safflower seed oil, an active ingredient found in many cosmetic products. Safflower seed oil helps strengthen hair follicles and improves the circulation in the scalp, which stimulates hair growth.

This line of products can be purchased at most beauty supply stores at a reasonable price. Don’t worry, your curls will thank you for this luxury!

Iman Cosmetics

One of my biggest issues when it comes to makeup is finding products that match my skin tone. 80% of the time, products end up being too light, giving me the “ghost like” appearance. From “Olive” to “Ebony Brown”, Iman Cosmetics is tailored to women with many different skin complexions.

Since I’m more of a natural girl and only wear make-up for Sugar dates and special occasions, one thing that I love about this particular brand is the affordability. Products from this line range from $5 to $20 and can be purchased at a local drugstore such as Walgreens.

Black Opal Beauty

Keeping my skin healthy and moisturized is very important to me. With four different product lines within the brand, Black Opal tailors to women off all skin types and tones.

Living on the West Coast the humidity is slim to none, leaving my skin very dry. Black Opal’s “Even True” skin moisturizer not only moisturizes my skin, but also protects and evens out my skin tone, giving me a natural glow.

The line is a veteran having been around since 1994, causing it to be very affordable. You will never spend more than $15 on any item, and products can be conveniently purchased at local drugstore such as Rite Aid.

Don’t be Afraid to Try Something New…

I realize that everyone has different skin and hair types, and not every products works for everybody. However, if you haven’t checked out products from these lines I highly recommend trying them out.

It took a lot of trial and error until I was lucky enough to find my go-to products. To be honest, most of these were even recommended to me from other SB friends. I don’t know about you but I love trying out new products from trusted girlfriends because at the end of the day, women know best.

If you do end up trying out any products from these lines, I would love to hear about it!

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