While yesterday’s Black Live Matter awareness campaign got off to a rocky start, many people still took it upon themselves to advocate in their own way. One of those ways is to highlight and support blackowned businesses. Many large brands were reluctant to show solidarity or released tone deaf statements despite the fact they work with black creators, use black cultural aesthetics and have a substantial black consumer base. Influencers such as Jacki Aina, took it upon herself, to call a few out which has lead to conversations, and hopefully future reform.
One brand I want to hightlight has been around since the 1990’s but when acquired in 2019 became black-owned when Desiree Rogers (CEO) and Cheryl Mayberry McKissack (Allure) too the reigns. Black Opal (stylized Blk Opl) was one of the first makeup brands I used when I began wearing makeup as a teenager. Their cult classic stick foundation and concealer were easy to use and didn’t break my young adult wallet. The brand still remains affordable. Because of this, I rounded up some of my favorite tried and true products from the brand. The Best part is that they are all under $20!