Celebrities today are more than just faces of your favorite beauty and makeup brands. They’re also beauty influencers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty to make clean products that can improve our skin and hair care routines.
In recognition of Black History Month, we’re spotlighting the celebrities revolutionizing the health and beauty sectors by introducing products that are more inclusive regardless of gender, skin tone, texture, or hair type. From Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty to La La Anthony’s Inala, here’s a list of Black celebs who have launched beauty solutions we admire and can’t wait to try.
The superstar pop artist Robyn Rihanna Fenty introduced her Fenty Beauty line in 2017 and single-handedly revolutionized the beauty industry. The singer-turned-beauty-CEO collaborated with LVMH to create formulas suitable for all skin types. The makeup brand is widely popular for its vast selection of foundations, including shades once considered “difficult to match.”
- John Legend
Singer-songwriter John Legend launched his new skincare line, Loved01, to help melanin-rich skin tones receive the love, care, and attention it deserves. The products from the skincare line were created to help balance and nourish the skin using natural ingredients.
Ciara partnered with skincare specialists to launch OAM (On A Mission), a line of inclusive products clinically formulated with vitamin C for skin mix to help customers achieve a brighter glow. The skincare brand prides itself on creating products for all skin types and tones.
- Pharrell Williams
For years, fans have begged for Pharrell Williams’ skincare secrets. In 2020, the multi-hyphenate launched his brand Humanrace, a skincare line developed under the direction of his dermatologist, Dr. Elena Jones. Each product is clean, vegan, and fragrance-free and designed to be easily incorporated into an everyday routine.
- Taraji P. Henson
TPH by Taraji P. Henson was developed to reimagine how you care for your scalp and hair, regardless of whether your hair is all-natural or constantly in a protective hairstyle. The scalp-first methodology of TPH produces the ideal foundation for healthy hair with deep cleansing and nourishing products that protect all hair types, styles, and textures.
- Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys co-founded the lifestyle beauty brand Keys Soulcare to honor daily rituals and engage in intentional behavior. Designed by a dermatologist, the products are pure, nourishing, and practical to nurture the body, mind, and spirit.
- Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union founded Flawless by Gabrielle Union, alongside long-time hairstylist Larry Sims. With the mission to educate consumers on products and styles, the haircare line includes adaptable oils, cleansers, and conditioners for all hair types. The Flawless collection aims to help people develop their own routine for hydrating, defining, repairing, and protecting their hair without hazardous additives like sulfates, silicones, and parabens.
- Cori Broadus
Cori “Choc” Broadus and her business partner Wayne Duece developed the CHOC Factory with her parents, Shante Broadus and famed rapper Snoop Dogg. The makeup line was designed to meet the demands of makeup enthusiasts with a diverse color palette that appeals to rich, dark skin tones. Each item is handcrafted, free of GMOs, 100% organic, and infused with “love and a touch of sweetness.”
- Issa Rae
Co-owners Issa Rae and Hannah Diop launched Sienna Naturals to create a better regimen for textured hair. Rooted in science and formulated with only lightweight and natural ingredients, the clean brand focuses on hair and scalp health. The brand’s product line is always free of SLS, SLES, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrances, and dyes.
- Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow launched Cay Skin in 2022. The supermodel’s overall mission with her skincare brand was to ensure that everyone under the sun — no matter their skin color, condition, or type — has access to clean SPF products without the fear of pore-clogging ingredients and the dreaded white cast left by most sunscreens. The products feature a unique combination of gentle island-based ingredients like sea moss and high-performance actives like niacinamide to protect against environmental damage.
- Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka founded KINLÒ to educate those with melanated skin on the importance of sun protection. The tennis superstar teamed with dermatologists to create a line of functional suncare products formulated explicitly for melanated skin. Each product features natural ingredients like jojoba seed oil, hemp seed, and green tea to protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays and blue light damage.
- La La Anthony
La La Anthony was inspired to create INALA after experimenting with different hair growth methods. After seeing transformative results with clean and cruelty-free ingredients, the actress decided to share her findings with the world to help others cleanse, nourish, strengthen, and regrow their natural hair. Each product in the collection features the brand’s signature Rice Water Complex, which consists of pure rice water extract for growth, biotin for hydration, and arginine to reduce breakage.
Diversity and inclusivity should be celebrated
We love that the brands listed above all share the same goal of celebrating diversity and inclusion. We believe diversity should be celebrated 365 days a year, which is why we encourage you to shop these brands far beyond Black History Month. And don’t forget to support Black-owned beauty brands and other small businesses, too!