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Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands for Women of Color

Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands for Women of Color

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Written by Brittany from Clumps of Mascara!

Hey there, brown girl! Who told you that there weren’t many cruelty-free options for you? Someone lied to you, girl. Please don’t be discouraged. I’ve made a list of some of my favorite cruelty-free beauty brands for women of color.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Their Lip Tars, nail polishes and loose colour concentrates…oh my! I’ve been a lover of OCC for quite some time. Never been the kind to wear daring and “out there” makeup? Well then OCC may not be for you. This vegan brand best appeals to makeup artists and beauty lovers who love the bright and bold!

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OCC Lip Tars

I love that their products are pigmented enough to show up on darker skin. My favorite pick from them? If you love bold lips, try their Hoochie Lip Tar (not pictured). The long lasting formula plus the beautiful hue of this vibrant magenta looks gorgeous on women of all complexions.

BFTE Cosmetics

Even a clumsy gal like me can develop an obsession with a brand that has some of the best mineral eyeshadows ever. BFTE Cosmetics is known for their color and pigmented mineral shadows and for good reason. The silky texture and insane color selection make this brand perfect for beauty beginners and aficionados alike. My favorite pick from them? You HAVE to get the Grape mineral eyeshadow. It is hands down one of my favorite eyeshadow colors and I find that it compliments me beautifully.

Milani Cosmetics

On a budget and far too impatient to go wait for something to be shipped to you? I can be the same way. This is why I am glad that Milani is widely available at drugstores everywhere. Their eyeliners, lipsticks, glosses and blushes are highly pigmented and I’ve found many of them to be better than the stuff at department stores. My favorite picks? Their Color Statement Lipsticks come in dozens of shades and finishes, and they are stunning!

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Milani lipsticks

Cover FX

It’s already hard trying to find foundation that matches you perfectly if you’re a brown girl. A cruelty-free brand may be even more difficult to spot but Cover FX has both bases covered. I can’t say enough about the awesomeness that is this brand of concealers, foundations, powders and tinted moisturizers. I’ve tried so many of their products and have yet to draw any negatives. My favorite pick from them? Their Cream Concealers are wonderful! I find that when I wear them I don’t even have to wear foundation.

NYX Cosmetics

I fell in love with NYX Cosmetics at first glance. To be such an affordable brand, they have such amazing products. It’s the perfect brand for those new to makeup and I’ve found that everything from their eyeshadows to their lipsticks show up beautifully on darker skin. They aren’t so diverse in the foundation department, but let’s hope that they are working on that. My favorite picks from NYX? Their Jumbo Eye Pencils are great but I especially love the Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil. It makes for the perfect eyeshadow base.

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NYX Milk Jumbo Liner

Fellow Ladies of Color – what are your favorite cruelty-free brands and products?



Brittany, a social media expert, is a proud Mom and wife living in Florida. She enjoys traveling, photography,soap making and all things beauty. See what other brands and products she loves, as well as the largest mascara review archive on the net, at her blog Clumps of Mascara. Give her a tweet @clumpsofmascara!

My Beauty Bunny does not accept compensation for any product reviews; Press samples have been provided for this purpose. Opinions are the author’s own. Article may contain affiliate links.

  • bellaj2000

    Thank you so much for this article. I’ve been slowly switching out my traditional beauty products for their cruelty-free dopplegangers. As a dark-skinned women, it can be tough to find options, especially foundation, concealer, and powder. I have used Fashion Fair for years for powder and foundation. Their products match my skin tone perfectly. I recently contacted them and asked if they tested on animals. They wrote back stating that do not conduct any animal testing. Whew! I can continue wearing the make-up I’ve worn since I was 15! Also, I found another line called BlackUp Cosmetics and they also wrote me and confirmed that they are cruelty-free.

  • http://www.toptiermedia.com chiefbunny

    Hey Bella! So glad you love Brittany’s article! :) I don’t know about Fashion Fair or BlackUp Cosmetics, but I would caution that sometimes brands say, “We don’t test on animals,” but they don’t specify if their ingredient suppliers test or if they sell in places that require animal testing by law (like China and sometimes Brazil). So, you usually have to ask them all three questions (really pull it out of them) to be sure.

  • http://foraduchess.wordpress.com Ada

    I like a lot of the same brands that Britney featured. Tarte is another really great cruelly free brand, and if you live in Canada (and can get your hands on) Bite Beauty they’re amazing for lipsticks. Buxom (connected with bareMinerals) is incredible too. :)

  • bellaj2000

    Hi Jen – I did confirm that Fashion Fair and Black Up aren’t currently being sold in China. I didn’t thnik to ask about their ingredient suppliers. Thanks for the tip. I’ll follow-up with them.

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  • http://ForSheisMoreLovely.com Candace Smith

    Great post! I stopped using NYX and Milani because some of the eyeshadows contain parabens, but I’m going to check out the other brands she mentioned.


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  • Nea

    Milani is my favorite drugstore makeup brand. Great information. Thank you

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