Ladies, listen up! It's time to start supporting one another. Not just in our personal lives, but in our business ventures too. One of the surest ways to get that glass ceiling broken is by promoting the professional endeavors of our fellow females. We can start by shopping brands and businesses that are owned by women. And you know what? There are some amazing makeup and beauty brands that black women can be credited for starting, and we've got to show them some love!
SACHA Cosmetics was started in 1979 in
Trinidad and Tobago. The company's vision
was to develop a brand of makeup that all women could wear.
One of the company's most popular products is its Buttercup Powder, which helps women who wear powder look less ashy in photos.
SACHA Cosmetics founder Kama Maharaj was selected as the 2016 Caribbean Entrepreneur of the year, and is eligible to compete in the 2017 Global Entrepreneur of the Year finals, which will be held in Monaco.
Jamaican born Melissa Hibbert started experimenting with makeup on her friends when she was a teenager. She then earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Fisk University in Nashville, TN.
After realizing she had a passion for makeup and beauty, she eventually went on to train under some of the top celebrity makeup artists in the beauty industry.
Melissa is focused on empowering women to celebrate
their uniqueness and individual beauty. Not only is she the founder of
Sheeq Cosmetics, she is also the creator of a docu-series titled Behind The Glam.
Vera Moore Cosmetics
Vera Moore is an actress turned businesswoman, most notably recognized as the President &
Vera Moore Cosmetics. She was one of the first black actresses to score a national television contract when she played Linda on the soap opera, Another World.
In 1982, Vera's company became the first black-owned business to set up shop in 50 years at the Green Acres Mall in Long Island.
Ginger + Liz
Friends Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, who share a passion for nail lacquer, created the
Ginger + Liz Colour Collection in 2010. The vegan friendly and toxin-free brand was started when the duo discovered they both had adverse reactions to the harsh chemicals used in nail polishes.
In 2015, Ginger + Liz expanded their product line to include toning cremes and lip scrubs.
Beauty Bakerie was founded by Cashmere Nicole in 2011. She started the company after overcoming breast cancer, because she wanted girls to know that there's nothing wrong with being sweet and friendly.
The cruelty-free brand has a full makeup product line that uses tasty ingredients to create products like the Cookie Dough EyesCream.
After experiencing the makeup challenges faced by women in Sub-Saharan Africa, Zimbabwe native Jackie Mgido started
Vault Cosmetics. She developed a range of products that are hypoallergenic, fragrance free and non-comedegenic.
The brand's philosophy is to offer great products and to educate the consumer on the benefits of makeup and proper application techniques.
Laws of Nature Cosmetics
After losing her mother to breast cancer, Jasmine Rose learned of a link between certain chemicals used in cosmetics and breast cancer. She then founded
Laws of Nature Cosmetics in memory of her late mother.
The brand's products are completely free of harmful ingredients, adhering to a natural, non-toxic philosophy. Jasmine hopes to educate women of color on the importance of using pure earth ingredient cosmetics.
The story of
Shea Moisture starts with its inspiration, Sofi Tucker. After selling shea nuts at the village market, she was selling shea butter, African black soap and homemade hair products by the age of 19.
Today, the company makes organic bath, body and cosmetics products for men, women and babies. The Shea Moisture collection is sulfate free, paraben free and never tested on animals.