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October 23, 2017

Black Woman-Owned Beauty Brand Raises $1 Million in Funding Despite Major Industry Competition and Saturation

Founders of Mented Cosmetics
K.J. Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, founders of Mented Cosmetics

The beauty industry is very competitive, and already saturated with hundreds of companies that offer various makeup products. Despite this, however, two Black female Harvard Business School grads were able to launch their own beauty brand for women of color called Mented Cosmetics. Even more, they have already managed to raise $1 million in capital for their business.

March 22, 2017

Started out as a Makeup Artist, and Then Launched Her Own Makeup Line Now Worth $1 Million

Suzie Beauty was created by entrepreneur Suzie Wokabi, a US-trained makeup artist who runs her business in Kenya and initially found it hard to source quality makeup for her work. This motivated her to create her own makeup line. She struggled to receive financing for several years, using her home as a laboratory for her makeup collection. But now, her company is worth over $1 million.

April 3, 2016

Entrepreneur Turns Hobby into Black Beauty Business Empire

Fracassi Lashes, Black Beauty Empire in New York

Falicia “Fracassi” Garries was working for a corporation as a senior customer service representative when she became interested in eyelashes. It was a hobby then, and she worked at making them look natural. Little did she know that the eyelash lady ‘Fracassi,’ as they called her, would turn this hobby into a successful business with multiple locations.

August 18, 2015

8 Black-Owned Cosmetic/ Make-Up Brands You Should Know About

Black woman wearing makeup

In America, the cosmetics industry alone rakes in about $55 billion per year, according to Statistica, an online research and data source. Forbes also reports that globally, the beauty business is at $382 billion. Most people immediately think of Estee Lauder, Revlon, and MAC, but here are 8 black-owned brands of cosmetic/ makeup products you should know about:

April 10, 2015

"My Dad Didn't Want to Give Me Money to Buy Makeup... Now I'm the CEO of My Own Makeup Company"

Zandra Cunningham, founder of Zandra Beauty

14-year-old Zandra Azariah Cunningham is the president and CEO of Zandra Beauty, which sells "fun, fresh and natural" bath and body care products. Based in Buffalo, New York, this teen entrepreneur has found huge success in making her own products by hand.