makeup

  • 'Everyone should be able to participate in beauty': 8 black-owned beauty brands to shop in 2021

    From nude lipsticks that perfectly match deeper skin tones to shampoos you can trust to cleanse hair, these products are created by and for black women and men. 

  • Sorry, But You Need to Be Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Weekly

    Most of us are guilty of neglecting our makeup brushes, letting powder and cream formulas build up on the bristles for weeks, or using more than one color without cleaning in-between. Many makeup artists believe brushes are the most important step for achieving great makeup, so if it's been quite a while since you lathered up your own, it's time to get deep-cleaning. How often should I clean my makeup brushes?

  • The Best Contour Kits For Instant Cheekbones — No Matter Your Skill Level

    It was only a few years ago that the growing infatuation with beauty vloggers and reality TV stars like Kim Kardashian West gave us the razor-sharp contouring phenomenon, but it feels like another time altogether. Chiseling your cheeks is still popular among professional makeup artists who've mastered it for red-carpet clients, but it's safe to say that the rest of us have generally toned it down about five notches. Now, the goal is to subtly define your cheekbones for a natural-looking sculpt — which can sometimes be turned up a little.Whether you're already a pro at the chiseled look or made it your goal to become better at the subtle contour at home, it can be hard to find the product that's just right for you. That's where palettes come in: They give you way more creative freedom than a single contouring stick or solo powder, and there are options for everyone, from novice to master. Ahead, we rounded up the best-selling contour kits on the market right now.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Morphe 8T Totally Tan Face PaletteThere's a reason this brand is a favorite among influencers: Its products are formulated to create filter-like finishes that were practically made for Instagram, like this contour kit that comes with three matte contouring shades and three highlighter shades that are super blendable for a soft-focus effect.Morphe Morphe 8T Totally Tan Face Palette, $, available at MorpheNYX Professional Makeup 3C Conceal Correct Contour PaletteConceal and contour in a snap with this cream-formula kit that dabs on easily with just your fingertips, so you can hide dark circles and sculpt your cheeks in seconds before your Zoom calls.NYX Professional Makeup 3C Conceal Correct Contour Palette, $, available at Ulta BeautyAnastasia Beverly Hills Contour KitOne look at the reviews for this six-shade set, and you'll see both beginners in love with how easy it is to use and pros raving about the formula — plus the fact that the pans are removable and refillable.Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, $, available at SephoraToo Faced Cocoa Contour Contouring and Highlighting PaletteFinding the right shade can be a challenge, but this kit does away with the guessing game with four universal options. Plus, the cocoa powder in the formula does more than make it smell like chocolate — it works to smooth the skin, too.Too Faced Too Faced Cocoa Contour Contouring and Highlighting Pal, $, available at Ulta Beautye.l.f. Contour Palette Pressed PowderThere is such a thing as too many options, but not with this customized palette, which gives you the power to mix and match four shades to create your preferred look.e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. Contour Palette Pressed Powder, $, available at TargetLorac PRO Contour Palette with Contour BrushIf you've already mastered the bake-and-chisel, this powder palette is perfect for you. With two matte highlighters, one shimmer highlighter, and three matte contour shades, you can go extra subtle or pack on the pigment. The included brush is high-quality, so it's really all you need for ultimate precision.Lorac Lorac PRO Contour Palette with Contour Brush, $, available at Ulta BeautyKKW Beauty Powder Contour & Highlight PalettesLeave it to contour queen Kim Kardashian to release her own kit. Her palette sold out in all four of its shades in less than three hours — and generated a reported $14 million in its first day. Vloggers and pros have raved that the pressed powder formula blends seamlessly for a soft, yet buildable look.KKW BEAUTY KKW Beauty Powder Contour & Highlight Palettes, $, available at KKW BeautySmashbox Step-By-Step Contour Highlighter & Bronzer Face Palette KitTake your contour on the go with this travel-sized palette, which is actually ideal for beginners thanks to a cheat sheet that tells you where to apply the different powders on your face.Smashbox Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Highlighter Kit, $, available at Macy'sScott Barnes Sculpting And Contour N°1 If there's anyone to take contouring advice from, it's Scott Barnes — the celebrity artist is responsible for many iconic looks, including Jennifer Lopez's famous glow. Barnes' custom contour palette has eight versatile shades you can use to accentuate your cheekbones and then some. The formulas are super silky and blendable, so you don't need pro skills for a flawless look. Scott Barnes Scott Barnes Contour Palette Sculpting And Contour N°1, $, available at Scott BarnesMaybelline Facestudio Master Contour Face Contouring KitSpeaking of cheat sheets, this palette is as straightforward as it gets. Each of the three shades is marked with its function and step-by-step instructions are included, leaving no room for error.Maybelline Maybelline Master Contour Face Contouring Kit, $, available at TargetLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Bronzers For Medium & Deep ComplexionsThe Best Highlighter Palettes For Glowing SkinThe Best Concealer For Every Skin Concern

  • Keke Palmer shares how she covers acne scars after opening up about PCOS

    Just last week the actress revealed she has polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  • Get your hands on these can't-miss beauty gift sets for under $50

    From at-home workout enthusiasts to wannabe makeup artists and spa lovers, we’ve found a gift for every beauty fan on your list!

  • As a Black and Indigenous woman, this beauty founder is 'feeling the pain' of COVID-19

    “It was hard financially and it really made me sick to my stomach because I had to close down,” says Ahsaki Chachere. “But I knew that I had to because I had to protect my staff and I had to protect my community.”

  • Dominican sisters behind Luna Magic find success through authenticity: 'Instead of pretending to be Latin, we are Latin'

    Launched in 2019 by Dominican sisters Mabel and Shaira Frías, Luna Magic has eyeshadows, lipsticks and even false lashes that are inspired by their Afro-Latin heritage.

  • Copy Drew Barrymore's rosy cheeks with her makeup brand's $10 blush

    Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty brand has the one blush we all need in our makeup bag.

  • Alamar Cosmetics founder Gabriela Trujillo on creating a brand that celebrates her Cuban roots

    "[Alamar] means stay close to the sea... to me that means stay close to your culture, stay close to your roots, stay close to what makes you unique," says Gabriela Trujillo.

  • Cardi B's makeup artist Erika La' Pearl shares the 1 hack you should know

    Trust us, you'll definitely want to use celebrity makeup artist Erika La' Pearl's hack the next time you're in a very dark room.

  • 32 Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Do With Just Makeup

    All you need are the right tools and a steady hand to create these incredible costumes at home. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, there's a makeup-only look in here that'll be perfect for you.

  • How to Remove Your Halloween Makeup and Face Paint Without Wrecking Your Skin

    Experts weigh in with their best removal tips and tricks

  • Meet the Latinx beauty brand that caught the attention of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Vive Cosmetics founders Joanna Rosario and Leslie Valdivia have created their own lane in the beauty industry with a line that is rich in color and cultura.

  • Latin pop star Rosalía collabs with MAC Cosmetics for the perfect red lipstick

    The "Con Altura" singer collaborated with the beauty brand to create a bright, orangey-red lipstick that raises awareness and supports individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Why Reddit Beauty Lovers Are Stocking Up on This $3 Drugstore Lip Gloss

    They don't want you to know about it so they can keep it all to themselves.

  • 'As Black women, we've been doing a lot. It's time that people honor us': 241 Cosmetics co-founders Feven and Helena on shaping the beauty industry

    Black women founders account for 0.2 percent of venture capital funding. While that number is grim, Feven and Helena Yohannes are proof that it is possible to fully fund your own company and be successful.

  • Got eczema? This Black-owned beauty brand has makeup for your eczema-prone skin

    Range Beauty founder and CEO Alicia Scott was inspired by her own beauty struggles to create a clean cosmetics line for the forgotten shades and skin types.

  • 2 ingredients in your pantry that will give you glowing, dewy skin

    According to makeup artist Sandy Thinnes, coconut oil and coffee can make your skin look youthful and radiant.

  • Celebrate National Lipstick Day even while wearing a face mask

    National Lipstick is July 29. You can still celebrate, even while wearing a face mask.