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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How to cut your curly hair at home with tips from experts

Andrew M. Santos

When it comes to curly hair, consistent care and maintenance is essential to growing healthy locks. And a huge part of keeping curls, coils and kinks thriving are professional haircuts. If going to the salon isn’t an option, trimming your hair at home is possible — but with a plan.

We asked Melissa Hernandez of City Curl Studio in New York and Yasmine Young of Diaspora Salon in Baltimore, Md. for their best advice on trimming your curls at home. The most important factor to avoid at at-home haircut fail? “You should cut your hair when it’s dry. That way you can see just how much you’re cutting and what it will look like styled,” Young says.

Hernandez agrees, adding: “I always recommend to my clients when shaping their hair at home to cut their hair dry and to be mindful of the ‘spring factor.’ Half an inch in curl

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How to wear your hair and make-up with a face mask, according to beauty experts

Andrew M. Santos

For people who consider make-up to be an art form, wearing a protective face mask poses quite a problem, taking up a fair amount of facial real estate and, theoretically, removing half the canvas.

The same goes for those who enjoy experimenting with their hair, as masks threaten to alter the overall silhouette of precise cuts, flatten voluminous do’s and cause breakage. Likewise, while not touching our faces has proved essential advice during the outbreak, the temptation to move hair out of your eyes or tuck flyaway strands behind your ears will surely only heighten as coverings become the new norm.

But, despite our beauty concerns, wearing a face masks is about to become part of almost everyone’s daily routine as lockdown continues to be relaxed in the UK.

Across the country, precautionary measures are being taken to reduce the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus. The latest

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