Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you plan to enjoy a self-love day or a romantic evening with your love, you’ll want your lips to be moisturized, nourished and softer than ever. Pampering your pout with lip care products like lip scrubs, lip masks, and lip oils come in handy especially around this time of year when it’s still cold and dry outside.
If your current lip care routine doesn’t include the important steps of exfoliation, hydration, and protection it’s not too late to buy some products and start treating your lips right. Here are seven lip care products from Black-owned beauty brands that will make you want to kiss and tell:
Juvia’s Place was founded by ChiChi Eburu after she struggled to find makeup products that enhanced her rich skin tone and complemented her features. The “magic” in this lip oil is that it’s formulated with Vitamin E and infused with fruit extracts. It’s also vegan and made without parabens, phthalates, and non-comedogenic ingredients.
Founded by Olamide Olowe, the youngest Black woman ever to raise $10 million in funding according to Forbes, Topicals is a beauty brand that is on a “mission to transform the way you feel about your skin.” This lip balm includes key ingredients for supple lips like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, and rice bran wax. For a bonus, it’s vegan, 100% cruelty free, and fragrance-free with a minty scent derived from mint extract.
Melissa Butler, founder of The Lip Bar, found success after a rejection on “Shark Tank” left her feeling even more motivated to create a beauty brand that catered to women of color. This shimmer lip balm adds a kissable sheen to your pout and nourishes your lips with a hint of mint.
This highly anticipated lip treatment oil by Ami Colé comes in six shades and is infused with three oils: baobab seed oil, camellia seed oil, and passion fruit seed oil for triple threat hydration. Founder Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye, has committed to dismantling and reconstructing the perception of Black beauty with her brand. The proof is in the reviews and other women can’t seem to get enough of how pretty the color of this lip treatment oil is.
When was the last time you exfoliated your lips? The Glowcery founded by Roshanne merges the power of superfood, plant-based ingredients, and sustainability for their line of skincare. This lip scrub is set to exfoliate, soften, and plump your lips to leave them smooth.
Legendary, influential, and a true creative visionary are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when describing Pat McGrath. Her brand has been a leading beauty brand sold in Sephora and Selfridges, and her line has been used at numerous fashion weeks around the world. With her MatteTrance™ lipstick, be ready for others to be mesmerized by your lips. The richness in all its 34 whopping shades leaves your lips talking for you before you can even open your mouth. It screams bold and sexy. To complete your Valentine’s day look, try this lipstick in the limited edition Rouge 8 shade that resembles a mid-tone red brick.
Founded by Ebony and Jet executive Eunice Johnson, Fashion Fair is a pioneering cosmetics brand with the namesake of the internationally renowned Ebony Fashion Fair shows. The brand has continued to boldly redefine Black beauty and the buying power of Black women since its founding in 1973. Their lip shaper is vegan and cruelty-free, has cotton seed and olive oils, and comes in a range of colors. My top picks are “Sexy Scarlet and “Hickory Brown.”