Finding the perfect shade of foundation or shade of lipstick for all shades of brown has always been a dancing affair among brands for women of color since FOREVA! With beloved and legendary pioneers like Madame N.A Franklin and established cosmetic companies like Fashion Fair Cosmetics, brainchild of Johnson Publishings (Ebony and Jet Magazine), they have cleared the runway to earn a piece of this 58.79 billion industry (


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black|UP Cosmetics

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Founded in 1999 by an African makeup artist, black|Up Cosmetics is the first dedicated upscale beauty brand to magnify black and mixed beauties.

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  1. January 27, 2015 / 12:05 am

    Great list! I want to give them my money, but I can’t find any links. 🙁

    • August 26, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Here’s one for you! I know we’re not listed however that shouldn’t stop you from checking us out! :-). Cruelty free Cosmetics. Handmade lipsticks and eyeshadows. Made in Los Angeles, CA.

  2. February 20, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Thank you so much for including Mischo Beauty! We appreciate your support! Xx

  3. June 4, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    I just wanted to shout out my girl Jay St. Williams CEO and owner of Jay Jill Cosmetics, a black owned cosmetic company based in Gainesville, Fl. She is gaining popularity and I have done an article on her for my website. You should check her out! There is also Roshe Cosmetics based in Baltimore, owner is Roshe Anthony! I know they are not nationally known…..yet but they are making a name for themselves. Check them both out on Facebook!

  4. Michelle
    June 6, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Wink & Pout

  5. July 5, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Now to find some new loves! 🙂

  6. November 21, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Vanity Cosmetics is also a black owned cosmetics company founded in 2009 and based in Atlanta, GA. We provide wholesale cosmetics to salons, spas and boutiques and also retail to customers via

  7. November 23, 2015 / 2:41 am

    I have a lipstick company and these are made in my kitchen by scratch. You are the artist and the lipstick is the canvas. I create unique colors that are moisturizing, vegan and cruelty free. Please check me out.

    • Timberley
      March 23, 2016 / 7:19 am

      Do you have a link? I am searching desperately for a black owned cruelty free and vegan line. Thanks!

  8. May 9, 2016 / 8:08 am

    This is an amazing list!
    I have created a cosmetic line that cater to darker skin tones called koyVoca. Everything is handcrafted and made to order! Here’s the website:

  9. October 14, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Amazing list! We carry two of those brands at Vivrant Beauty (Mischo + The Lip Bar)! Our customers also love Gold Label Cosmetics, a chic black-owned lip line.

  10. October 15, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    This is an awesome list so we can continue to buy and support black!! Id like to also advise you guys of another female black owned vegan nail polish line Liquid Frosting Nail Color great product based out of St. Louis Missouri.

  11. Michelle
    October 16, 2016 / 4:49 am

    Forever Regal Cosmetics is black owned and their foundations come in I think 17 or 18 shades.

  12. November 21, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    TAJJ Cosmetics is also for black women. Their products are specifically developed and designed for women of color. They we in the October issue of Hype Hair & Beauty Magazine and also listed in the Huffington Post, Bloggers and Vloggers who used TAJJ Cosmetics products.

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