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6 Drugstore Concealers That Offer Range For Women of Color

Beauty & Fashion

Finding the perfect drugstore concealer used to be a major challenge for me, so much so that I gave up on drugstore brands and made Nordstrom my destination for all of my beauty purchases. Since my skin tone is not only dark (while not the darkest on the spectrum), but has a yellow undertone, finding a product that didn't leave me ashy and red felt impossible.


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Before diversity and inclusion became buzzwords in the beauty industry, many brands weren't making space for us on the shelves of our local drugstores. We're in a new day and age in the beauty world (though there is still a ways to go) where brands are making concealer options for us that speak to the nuances of our skin tones.

Here are six drugstore concealer options that offer a range of shades for us brown beauties:

ColourPop No Filter Matte Concealer

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Makeup lovers everywhere have probably found a ColourPop lip color or eye shadow they can't live without — their concealer seems to be no exception. With a range of thirty shades and a $6 price tag, this matte concealer will be a staple in your makeup bag.

Black Radiance Perfect Blend Concealer

I have been using this concealer since I was a teenager. One of my favorite things about the foundation-concealer duo is that I have options. I use this to cover dark spots hormonal pimples leave and to add a natural contour to my cheekbones.

L.A. GIRL HD Pro Concealer

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Color correcting is the name of the game with budget-friendly concealer. Beauty bloggers often shout this product out during their tutorials, and thanks to its range of shades and color correction options, you'll get the flawless coverage you're looking for without a high dollar price tag.

Black Opal EVEN TRUE Brightening Concealer

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If you're looking for an under eye concealer, this medium to full coverage concealer gives you the coverage you need without the creasing. The packaging also comes with a roller ball that some users seem to like while others find it gets in the way, but we'll let you decide for yourselves.

IMAN Second to None Stick Foundation

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IMAN's foundation stick is another go-to product I have used off and on since my teenage years. It's labeled as a foundation, but I use it as a concealer to cover dark circles, as a spot treatment for dark spots, and as a contour stick.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer

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Maybelline recently added four new concealer colors: honey, caramel, tan, and hazelnut to their Fit Me options. Since there are only twelve shades, you may not be able to find your perfect match, but this non-comedogenic, fragrance-free option might be worth a shot.

Do you have a favorite drugstore concealer? We want to hear your thoughts, let us know in the comments!

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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