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10 Gifts for women of color who absolutely love makeup

Hi, I'm ShawnTe Pierce, a fashion designer and fashion/beauty writer with over 15 years experience. Over the years I have written for numerous website including:

  • Yahoo (news, Voices, Shine, Shopping)
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How to buy makeup for the women of color beauty gurus

My family knows I love makeup, but they rarely gift me any for the holidays. I would love to get a makeup brush set or lipstick trio, and I know I am not alone in wishing this. There are many black women who love makeup, and our obsession is overlooked by our loved ones during the holidays. Now it is time for our families to pay attention. If you have a black woman in your life whose makeup is always on-point and posts a "Makeup of The Day" (MOTD) picture on social media, then this guide is for you.

1. Any Urban Decay Naked or Vice palette

How to buy makeup for the women of color beauty gurus
Image: Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked and Vice eyeshadow palettes are pretty much the holy grail of eyeshadows for any makeup maven. Do not concern yourself over whether or not she might have the palette you have selected. She will need another one eventually. I suggest giving her the Naked Smoky palette (Urban Decay, $54) or Vice 4 palette (Urban Decay, $60).

2. ColourPop Ultra Matte lipstick

How to buy makeup for the women of color beauty gurus
Image: Colour Pop

ColourPop is the makeup brand of the moment. You can find a multitude of YouTube videos of black women swatching and modeling the latest ColourPop lipstick. The Ultra Matte Lipsticks are the most popular ColourPop product, so you cannot go wrong with one of those (ColourPop, $6).

3. Christian Louboutin lipstick

How to buy makeup for the women of color beauty gurus
Image: Nordstrom

This is the fantasy makeup item many are talking about this year. The reason I say fantasy is because Christian Louboutin Lipstick will definitely put a dent in your holiday budget. There are 38 shades of lip color spread across three finishes: Velvet Mattes, Silky Satins, and Sheer Voiles (Nordstrom, $90).

4. Beauty Blender makeup sponge

How to buy makeup for the women of color beauty gurus
Image: Sephora

This is a makeup essential, especially if she is a contour queen. To be honest, it helps to have a couple of these on hand. If you can, buy her the Beauty Blender Original (Sephora, $20) and the Micro Mini (Sephora, $18).

5. Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick

How to buy makeup for the women of color beauty gurus
Image: Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Jeffree Star is a cult favorite. Much like ColourPop, makeup lovers covet the matte lip colors Jeffree Star offers. The big difference for you between Jeffree Star and ColourPop will be the price (Jeffree Star, $18).

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