Metallics, dark colors and glitter, oh my!
Nail polishes come in all different tones, shade ranges and color selections, and for good reason! The nails are often the unspoken accessory of any outfit, and need to be just as poppin’ as any other aspect of your outfit.
When it comes to nails, Black women have always been the connoisseurs of creating edgy, stylish and creative nail art. Although nail care companies have historically been dominated by the Asian community, Black women are beginning to break barriers and create companies in a industry they’ve been pumping money into for years.
Creating a color range and changing the nail art game seems to be a new goal for African American entrepreneurs as a growing onslaught of Black-owned nail polish brands continue to pop up on the market. Check out these Black owned businesses to support the next time you are on your way to a mani-pedi appointment.
25 & June Nail Elixir
25 & June Nail Elixir has dominated the nail care industry with it’s 7-free formula and eclectic color range. Try Thalia ($9) for a timeless pretty in pink look.
Adore’her Nail Polish
Affordable and fast-drying nail polish is just a couple of clicks away, with Adore’her Nail Polish. Choose from poppin’ colors like “The Boy Is Mine” a splash of yellow that has been flying off the shelf for months.
Coloured Raine Cosmetics
Coloured Raine Cosmetics offers a funky line of long lasting and 5-free nail lacquer. The vegan nail collection electrifies with neon colors and can also bring out your inner bling with hues like “Hollywood Scandal” ($7).
2 Sisters Cosmetics
2 Sisters Cosmetics is the brain child of an engineer, architect, accountant, two entrepreneurs and a retired college ambassador. Colors like “Fierce” ($7) is just one in their array of ultra affordable shades.
D.I.D. Nail Paint
Licensed nail technician Adrienne Blanks created D.I.D. Nails as an eco-friendly, cruelty-free polish line. The expanding line has a range of colors like “Clean Slate” ($10), a white polish for when your nails need a blank slate.
Bernadette Thompson Nail Collection
Bernadette Thompson has worked with countless stars, including Nicki Minaj, offering her stellar manicurist skills, and now her collection is available to the world. Thompson’s line offers a number of polish colors with signature frosty finish like “Desert Storm” ($8).
Mischo’s minimalist bottle design fits the lines diverse yet chic product line. Colors like “XO” ($18) can give you a pop of spring, no matter season life brings.
Nasty Nails Nail Polish
If you prefer your nails with a little kink, give Nasty Nails a try! This polish line delivers pigmented, bright nail color with names you wont forget. Shop colors like “Just Hoe’in Around” ($5) for vibrant, long lasting color.
Ka’oir Nail Polish
Keshia Ka’oir has had a good year romantically, but her business seems to be doing well too! Gucci Mane’s soon-to-be wife runs one of the most popular Black-owned nail polish collections with unique colors like “Confetti” ($10).
Lisa Nail Lacquer
Lisa Nail Lacquer is 5-free for those that prefer their nail polish without all the additives. It still offers fun, vibrant color like the collection’s midnight blue shade, “Bossy” ($7).
Nail Glam By Jove’e Co
“Maximize your mani” with a whole range of youthful Nail Glam nail colors, like “Sexy & Single” ($8).
Ginger + Liz Lacquer Collection
Ginger + Liz is a nail polish collection that can channel every mood, from your mellow tones to more eccentric hues like “Party Over Here” ($12).
Pear Nova is known its uniquely on-trend nail colors and their fast, friendly shipping. “Glamher” ($12) is just one of the signature colors that compliments all skin tones.
Polish My Life
Polish My Life offers small, travel along polish with big pops of color. Add the sparkly lavender “Lavi Life” ($11) to your stash for a beauty pick-me-up.
Polish & Co.
Polish & Co. was founded by nail expert Theresa Williamson in 2011 and has expanded its shade range and clientele since then! This grey color, “5 O Clock Shadow” ($12), is a perfect winter neutral green.