11 Must-Have Fall Drugstore Beauty Products For Women of Color
Drugstore beauty options are endless, but if you're a woman of color, finding just the right products can be frustrating at times. Matching foundation to your skin tone, discovering a moisturizing body product, or choosing a lipstick shade that works well on pigmented lips can easily take hours.
We've removed the stress from your search with a roundup of our favorite pharmacy finds for Fall. A lip palette in plum shades, a color-correcting face product that works on a variety of skin tones, and a moisturizing hair milk are just a few game changers on our list. And most importantly — you'll still have funds leftover to upgrade your closet for the season.
Santhilea London Real Rebel Colour Perfect Luxury Lip Care
This no-fuss balm taps into your body’s pH levels (the acidity of your skin), giving your lips a natural, red flush in just a few seconds. And an added bonus: it’s infused with jojoba oil, olive extract, vitamin E and shea butter.
Wet N Wild Color Icon Colored Mascara
Take on the night with Wet N Wild’s new mascara, which comes in four fun colors, ranging from bronze to blue. Each shade pops against dark skin, and they can also be layered with your favorite black mascara for a more subtle look.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Correct & Cover
For days when a full face of foundation is not in order, this oil-free moisturizer can be your go-to. It's a triple threat: it evens out your complexion, helps keep breakouts at bay, and has a light grapefruit scent. Hyperpigmentation doesn't stand a chance with this formula, which contains salicylic acid that's perfect for darker skin. Take your pick of two shades: fair to light and medium to tan.
Honest Beauty Falling For You Cheek Palette by Daniel Martin
Nothing’s more convenient than a palette that includes all the essentials to make your cheeks pop in an instant. Thanks to Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty, a choice of a rose and berry-toned cream blush shades, coupled with an illuminator, join forces to give your cheeks a healthy glow. Use your fingertips to pat the creamy, paraben-free formula on your cheeks as a highlight or tread lightly with the illuminator across your brow bone or nose.
Circa Beauty Color Saturated Lip Crayon
Out-of-office days call for a lip color that doesn’t require too much effort to apply. This crayon is loaded with intense pigments and the high-gloss finish makes you looked pulled together even if you’ve just rolled out of bed. Out of eight shades, our favorites are Defiant, a deep red, and Dynamic, a pretty pink that looks good on anyone.
Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk
Revive damaged hair with this daily moisturizer from Mielle Organics, a Black-owned beauty business. The formula is packed with a healthy blend of botanicals and organic ingredients such as avocado oil, aloe vera and jojoba seed oil to soothe the scalp, keep hair soft and add shine. Its light consistency won’t weigh down your curls, and you don’t have to worry about uncontrollable split ends or breakage. Use the milk as a leave-in conditioner or apply it to the ends of dry hair to refresh curls when a wash-day isn’t on your to-do list.
L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip Gloss
Two-toned lips sometimes call for mixing lipstick shades to get the right color. This new lipstick palette from L'Oréal features eight vibrant plum shades in a mix of cream, matte and a highlight that complement a variety of skin tones. Go for an ombre effect by contouring with the dark shades, filling in your pout with the medium-tone ones and topping the look off with the shimmery color. Don't worry if you're not into plum. The palette also comes in pink and nude.
L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip Gloss in Plum ($15)
Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream with Peony Body Wash
One of the latest additions to Dove’s tried-and-true body wash line features a warm peony fragrance is ideal for Fall. Rely on the luxurious lather to prep your skin for heavier body moisturizers and butters.
Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream with Peony Body Wash ($6)
Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit
Sleek MakeUP’s highlighting and contouring kit (there's light, medium, dark and extra dark) lets you add as much dimension to your face as you'd like since the cream formula blends easily. Whether you want to draw attention to your cheekbones, define your nose, or soften your jawline, there are six color options in this budget-friendly kit to help. Plus, it comes with a mirror and contouring guide.
Essie's Udon Know Me Nail Polish
Blue snagged a spot on Pantone's Fall 2016 Fashion Color Report for good reasons. You can make a chic statement with this stony blue beauty from Essie's Fall 2016 collection. It’s a cool shade that isn’t too bright or too dark, flattering deep complexions. We like it best on short nails.
Essie's Udon Know Me Nail Polish ($9)