16 Brands Black Beauty Experts Always Keep in Their Kits

Andrew M. Santos

August is National Black Business Month, and while we love celebrating our favorite Black artists and Black-owned beauty brands all 365 days of the year, we felt it was an especially opportune time to shine a spotlight on some of the beauty industry’s best artistic talent and the Black-owned businesses and products they love, consistently use, and recommend to friends, family, A-list clients, and, of course, you!

Below, we asked leading hairstylists and makeup artists (who regularly work with the glamorous likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Campbell, Gabrielle Union, Laverne Cox, and so many more) which Black-owned brands and formulas we’d regularly find tucked into their product kits, showers, and high-standard beauty regimens. Keep scrolling! Our panel of experts are sharing 16 Black-owned beauty brands you can support this month in honor of National Black Business Month and always.

AJ Crimson Beauty

AJ Crimson Beauty Dual Skin Creme Foundation

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Beauty Brands Look to Combat Maskne

Andrew M. Santos

Remember back in March when Googling “How to make a mask” was a popular question among search engines? That gave way to stories like “Where to Buy Face Masks That are Stylish Online” and “16 Stylish Effective Fabric Face Masks,” among a slew of others.

But as of late, fashion companies aren’t the only ones crafting masks for brand devotees. Skin-care and wellness brands are following suit, many imbuing masks with treatment benefits to combat skin issues including acne and irritation — aka maskne — that have arisen from frequent mask wearing.

According to Trendalytics, masks and maskne are top of mind for consumers. The company reports that online searches for face masks over the last three months has increased about 1,000 percent and that the term maskne is also seeing accelerated growth — 2,317.4 percent to be exact — when it comes to average weekly searches.

“Conversations about acne

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Black-Owned Beauty Brands to Watch

Andrew M. Santos

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D’Lashes Felt Tip Adhesive Eyeliner Pen

Available at dlashes.com, $18.50.

Eyelash expert Dionne Phillips has a clientele that ranges from Victoria Beckham to Viola Davis, and a salon with her name on it in Beverly Hills. However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, she had to find a convenient way to bring her lashes to her housebound devotees following closures over safety concerns. The solution was her Felt Tip Adhesive Eyeliner, which launched on July 12 on D’Lashes’ own site, taking the mess and guesswork out of eyelash glue. “It made the space a little easier to transition from extensions to strip lashes for my clients,” she said.

The multipurpose formula is also nontoxic. “I wanted to make sure it was something different to offer, and the ingredients were a factor,” Phillips said. “I made sure the ingredients were clean: nontoxic, waterproof and

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7 queer-led brands you should be shopping

Andrew M. Santos
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Happy Pride! Annually during the month of June, people around the world celebrate and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community, while honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York.

While many Pride marches, parties and large gatherings were canceled this year due to the global pandemic, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still show your love and support for the queer community. Donating what you can to charities and organizations that help uplift LGBTQIA+ people is a great place to start, and this charity navigator is a fantastic resource if you’re in need of a few suggestions. You can also show your pride by waving or

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