30 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Need



In celebration of Black History Month, NYLON is running a spotlight series called UNAPOLOGETIC. Every day, we’ll celebrate different aspects of black culture through profiles, interviews, roundtables, reviews, videos, and op-eds. #Blacklivesmatter and we hold that truth to be self-evident.

Growing out your natural hair or working on that flawless glow? We got you. Winter can do some major damage to your skin, so we searched far and wide and into the depths of Instagram to find some awesome beauty brands for your skin, hair, and makeup needs. All of them were created by black entrepreneurs with black hair and skin in mind; many of the products listed are made from all-natural ingredients, too.

And instead of just buying them once and forgetting about them, by following these accounts on Instagram, you can stay updated on their new scents, colors, and releases. Hopefully, you can even find a product that you're obsessed with and recommend it to your friends. We handpicked 30 of our favorite brands that you need to stock up for this week's #BlackFriday list, below.

The Afro Hair & Skin Co. is an independent Afro beauty and wellness business. They create organic hair and skin products by hand, using natural and locally sourced ingredients.

Balm & Co. products are created with the "intention of bringing holistic, planet and people friendly skin care to those near and far," according to their website. Their assortment of cleansers, serums, oils, and more is vegan and handmade with all-natural ingredients.

Foxie Cosmetics is a line of handcrafted bath bombs, soaps, and other body, skin, and hair care. The line is a one-woman show run by Kayla Phillips, a vegan, Texas-based musician. 

Folie Apothecary is 100 percent natural skin care and hair care handcrafted by Urban Bush Babes co-founder Nikisha Brunson. Mists, serums, oils, and more are available on her Etsy shop as well as stockists like Saint Heron. 

A'Naturelle is an all-natural topical skin-care line based out of Philadelphia. They incorporate the philosophy of ancient Indian ayurvedic principles into skin health. They only use plant-based ingredients in their creams, oils, and soaps. With more than 11 thousand followers on Instagram, the brand’s cult following loves their fresh scents of lemon, coconut ginger, and tea tree. 

Bekura (‘bee-kure-ah’) describe themselves as specialty and avant-garde body care. The line of spa naturals helps with fatigued, dry skin and hair. Their beauty recipes are moisturizing, epicurean-grade botanicals such as floral honey nectars, cacao bean, and cold-pressed fruit butters. They don't use any fillers or GMOs, and they're against animal testing. 

Base Butter is an all natural, multipurpose vegan beauty product with SPF 20 to protect you from the harmful rays. This one product can be used on your lips, skin, and hair. Can you say versatile?!

VEE+CO is a cruelty-free, plant- and earth-based apothecary line dedicated to, what it refer to as, the "triangle of life." They focus more on effect than fragrance, and their products can be used by men and women. 

Pooka Pure and Simple has gained a large following for its natural body butters, oils, and soaps. Going off of the name, the line uses very simple formulas that are free from all harmful substances such as preservatives, added colors, and sulfates.

Oyin Handmade makes hair and body products that are moisture-focused and affordable. The brand specializes in providing products for curly and highly textured hair types, but their whipped body butters are popular too. They can be found at select Target and Sally Beauty Supply stores, or you can purchase online.

Juvia's Place is an eye makeup haven for high-pigmented gel liners and shadows. The shadows come in palettes with African royalty based themes, and they offer extra pots if you run out of your faves.

Sacha Cosmetics is a brand that specializes in perfecting shades for medium to dark complexions. Its products include lipsticks, shadows, foundations, and more.

Coloured Raine has a selection of colors for eyes, lips, and nails that are as stunning as they are unique.

The Lip Bar might just become your new favorite supplier of vegan, cruelty-free, affordable lip colors, and the fact that they come in an array of colors and finishes doesn't hurt either.

In 1994, Black Opal was the first to launch a doctor-recommended makeup line for women of color, and it has been staying on top of its game ever since.

Ka'oir, by Gucci Mane's bride-to-be, is a line formatted especially for women who want high-pigmented, quality colors in nearly any shade imaginable.

IMAN Cosmeticsstarted by none other than the goddess herself—has an array of undeniably beautiful shades for all skin tones.

black|Up is a Paris-based line that focuses on perfecting professional-grade makeup for women of color.

MDMflow is a U.K.-based makeup line that draws inspiration from the mid-'90s to early '00s hip-hop culture and delivers it in unforgettable packaging.

Fashion Fair Cosmetics is all for bold colors on brown girls, as seen in their beautifully vibrant makeup and skin-care line.

Shea Moisture has already made itself a staple in the black hair care lane and has now added itself to the makeup scene.

Cocotique is making lives easier with their $20 beauty boxes of hair, skin, and makeup products. Perfect for the girl who doesn't quite know what works for her yet, or just wants to try new things without spending too much.

NeoTress is a monthly subscription that offers naturalistas everything they need for hair care and self-styling. They offer an exclusive hair experience, which packages custom hair tutorials, the best hair products, and the tools chosen for the subscriber’s specific hair needs.

CURLS maintains high standards for quality ingredients and product dependability. Founder, Mahisha Dellinger, collaborated with leading cosmetic experts to develop CURLS.

Unsun is a face moisturizer made for people of color to protect their skin. It is specifically formulated with a mineral tint and it is tested on tones that range from olive to dark.

Bevel is a brand of premium grooming products and services that are meant to reduce razor bumps and skin irritation. The razors are specifically designed for both women and men with coarse, curly hair. 

Ginger + Liz is a vegan-friendly and toxin-free nail lacquer brand. The collection was created in 2010 by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, friends that bonded over their love of beauty and style. 

The founders of Nubian Heritage started out as street vendors in Harlem right after college. Their goal was to bring the healing traditions of African black soap and shea butter to their community. They used their knowledge of culturally authentic healing traditions to create natural skin and body treatments.

Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture is a hair care line that stems straight from the legend herself. Walker was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist in the late 1800s to early 1900s and the brand represents everything she stood for: power and beauty. 

In 1993, encouraged by her mother Carol, Lisa Price began creating high-quality products in her Brooklyn, New York, kitchen. As family and friends experienced how her products transformed their hair and skin, she decided to turn it into a company and thus began Carol's Daughter. 

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.