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BEAUTY

5 Kenyan Makeup Brands To Try

Because we have tried and we love them!

BY Joan Thatiah

Apr 16, 2021, 10:51 AM

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Gone are the days you would call your friends and relatives abroad to bring you lipstick or powder because there was just nothing good available locally.

Now walk by any cosmetics shop and there will be an equal number, if not more, of locally manufactured products on the shelves. The market is thriving and you are getting the best deal out of it – variety.

Because there is so much to choose from, we vouch for these five local brands.

Joanna K Cosmetics

Joanna K Cosmetics
The tagline for 
Joanna K Cosmetics is ‘Be beautiful and bold.’ With their wide array of red lippies and an interesting combination of shades on their eyebrow palette, they have achieved just that.

The most heartwarming part of the Joanna K Cosmetics story has to be the fact that we all watched the proprietor Joanna Kinuthia bloom from a young beauty influencer on Facebook to owning a thriving business. If you are looking to get behind a Black woman in business, Joanna Kinuthia is that woman.

Huddah Cosmetics

Huddah Cosmetics
Huddah Monroe, Kenyan socialite, and model turned entrepreneur is one woman we love to hate because she tells it like it is. Love her or hate her, her business sense is one you can’t deny. Huddah cosmetics came into the market in 2016 when the Kenyan woman was still grappling trying to find lipstick and foundation shades for her skin from international brands.

With the lipsticks going for as low as Ksh 699, this is a make-up brand that will not dent your pockets. Lipsticks and lip-glosses are their signature products.

Pauline Cosmetics

Pauline Cosmetics
Pauline cosmetics is the home of powders and foundations created for the Black woman’s skin. There is no more of that walking around with your face being three shades lighter than your neck because you just couldn’t find anything that suits you.

And you won’t need to worry about the quality of these products either. They have been tried, tested, and stamped excellent by power women like radio queen Caroline Mutoko and Wandia Gichuru the CEO of another local brand we love, Vivo Active Wear.

Canvas Cosmetics

Canvas Cosmetics
Canvas cosmetics is a fierce brand. The brand has been built around the concept of a woman being more than just a pretty face. And with lipsticks with names like Glambition and Boss Lady, we are sold!

Compared to most local brands, these are high-end products. But if their look books are anything to by, they are worth every penny.

Suzie Beauty

Suzie Beauty

This list can’t be complete without mentioning Suzie Beauty. Suzie Wokabi the owner of this brand was the first to throw her hat into this ring that is the manufacturing of cosmetics locally.

Suzie Beauty products weren’t tested in a lab hundreds of kilometers away. They were tested on African skin and right here in our tropical climate. Suzie Wokabi got it done right. Her line includes lipsticks, mascara, eye shadows, and brushes.

Now head over to the website and buy lipstick.

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