26 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands to Support Now and Always

One of the easiest ways to support the AAPI community is to put your money into it.

Asian-American Beauty Brands to Support This Month and The Rest of The Year
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Your beauty routine would look very different without Asian-owned beauty brands. Many of today's trends and products have roots in these countries' ancient rituals or are inspired by K- and J-beauty innovations, but they're often appropriated or adopted by Western society without proper credit. Think glass skin, cushion foundation, gua sha massages, and even cocktailing skincare products or doing a nightly double cleanse.

With the increase of hate crimes directed toward AAPI people throughout COVID-19, and the systemic racism that has historically been present in the beauty industry, there is no better time than now to lend support to the community. In the case of the beauty industry, it's as simple as purchasing products from Asian-owned brands and businesses.

To honor the Asian-American creators and entrepreneurs who have been at the forefront of innovation in the beauty industry, we've highlighted 26 AAPI-owned brands to support now and always.

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1. Superegg

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Influencer and NY-licensed esthetician Erica Choi hatched her skincare brand Superegg in late 2020. The formulas center around the skincare benefits of eggs and their historic use in Asian beauty rituals, as well as their symbolism of birth. However, there aren't any actual eggs in Choi's products. Instead, she's sourced vegan ingredients that match the egg's nutritional value.

Editor's Pick: The Sound Renewal Moisturizer has a gel-cream texture that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it soft, bouncy, and glowy. It's packed with squalane and vitamin B5 to restore and retain moisture, along with PHA acids to gently exfoliate for a smoother and brighter complexion. Bonus: the sleek oval shell packaging is extremely photogenic.

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2. Youthforia

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

For Fiona Co Chan, the best part about going out is putting on your makeup, and the anticipation, rush, and excitement of a night out with friends is the inspiration behind Youthforia, her clean makeup brand. All of the formulas are created to not mess up your skin if you fall asleep in them, utilizing plant-based ingredients and synthetics that aren't derived from fossil fuels.

Editor's Pick: This tube might look like a clear lip oil, but the BYO Blush is actually a buildable, dewy-finish blush that adjusts to your skin's pH level for a color that's uniquely yours.

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3. JINsoon

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Editorial nail artist Jin Soon Choi is a staple backstage at New York Fashion Week, and her NYC salon locations are always booked. Beauty editors swear by Choi's namesake nail polish collection for its on-trend shades and long-wear formula that stays chip-free and shiny for days.

Editor's Pick: Who doesn't need some extra joy after these past few years? Daisy is a colorful glitter polish that's guaranteed to be an instant mood-booster.

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4. Insert Name Here

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Insert Name Here was born out of founders Sharon Pak and Jordyn Wynn's friendship. The pair met while working at ColourPop, hit it off, and the rest is history. If you follow any beauty accounts on Instagram or TikTok, chances are you're familiar with the brand's clip-in ponytails and wave iron.

Editor's Pick: You've seen the Insert Waves Here wave iron all over TikTok for good reason. The hot tool is a one-step method of getting the loose beachy waves of your dreams. The hot plates are coated with tourmaline ceramic glaze to prevent heat damage to your hair.

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5. Then I Met You

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho created Then I Met You based on the Korean concept of Jeong, "a deep feeling of empathy and affection that one can develop for people, places, and things."

Editor's Pick: The award-winning Living Cleansing Balm is one of Then I Met You's first and most popular products. It has a sorbet-like texture that glides onto skin, melting away sunscreen, makeup, dirt, and oil, and boasts an antioxidant-rich formula.

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6. EM Cosmetics

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

OG beauty YouTuber Michelle Phan created EM Cosmetics after co-founding IPSY. All of its products fuse high-pigment makeup with skincare ingredients for a long-lasting, second-skin finish.

Editor's Pick: The Heaven's Glow Radiant Veil Blush combines golden, pink, and copper pearly pigments leaving skin with a soft wash of color and an ethereal glow.

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7. Glow Recipe

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Founders Christine Chang and Sarah Lee built the K-beauty-inspired Glow Recipe around fruits that have skincare benefits. The clean, efficacious formulas and IG-worthy colorful packaging are why the brand quickly grew to become a cult favorite among skincare enthusiasts and a best seller at Sephora.

Editor's Pick: Glow Recipe expanded into body care and brought along some of its most-popular franchises with it. Take the Watermelon Glow AHA Pink Dream Body Cream for example. Along with moisturizing watermelon seed butter, the lightweight lotion contains gently exfoliating PHA acids for smoother skin and hyaluronic acid for extra hydration.

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8. Peach & Lily

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Esthetician and skincare expert Alicia Yoon started Peach & Lily after years of dealing with eczema and problematic skin, which led her to really dissect the labels of every skincare product to prevent further irritating her skin. The brand specializes in K-beauty and is largely inspired by Korean skincare ideals.

Editor's Pick: The Glass Skin Refining Serum helps refine pores, hydrate, brighten, and firm, to get you closer to the Korean "glass skin" paradigm.

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9. Emilie Heathe

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

As a Korean American adopted by a white family, makeup artist and MBA graduate Emilie H. Rudman didn't feel like she saw herself on TV or in campaigns, so she set out to create a brand that celebrates people who look like her. Emilie Heathe's products are high-performing clean formulas that incorporate ingredients tied to Rudman's Korean heritage. The brand started with nail polish and has since expanded into other makeup categories such as lips and brows.

Editor's Pick: Full Up is Emilie Heathe's first brow product. The universal powder fills in brows for a fuller, fluffier finish and adheres onto hairs for a long-wear finish. A precise applicator allows for perfect application.

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10. Hero Cosmetics

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Ju Rhyu wasn't familiar with the magic of pimple patches until she moved to Seoul for a work assignment. After discovering how effective the patches were for her breakouts, she wanted to bring them stateside. So, she launched Hero Cosmetics, which now offers patches for various types of pimples as well as skincare products for acne-prone skin.

Editor's Pick: The Mighty Patch Invisible+ is ultra-thin with flat edges, making it perfect for daytime wear or layering makeup on top of it.

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11. Live Tinted

Asian-American Beauty Brands to Support This Month and The Rest of The Year

Live Tinted is a line of multipurpose color sticks, highlighters, and sunscreen made with all skin tones in mind. Deepica Mutyala founded the brand based on her experiences as a South Asian woman in the beauty industry, and to change the narrative within Indian culture that lighter skin is more beautiful. Live Tinted first started as an online community where people came together to share their stories about overcoming colorism in the beauty space.

Editor's Pick: This Huestick shade is inspired by the hack of neutralizing dark circles with red lipstick, but it also looks amazing as a blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. The demi-matte formula is infused with hydrating ingredients for a smooth, never cakey finish.

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12. Tower 28

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Tower 28 is the brainchild of Amy Liu, who wanted to create a makeup line that allows people with sensitive skin to have fun with cosmetics, too. After dealing with eczema flare-ups throughout her career in the beauty industry, Liu ventured out on her own to create clean formulas that come in beachy shades and colorful packaging.

Editor's Pick: In a short time, Tower 28's products have already racked up loyal, devoted followings. The ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss is great for anyone looking for a subtle touch of color with a side of non-sticky shine. The hydrating ingredients keep lips soft and smooth.

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13. Good Light

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Very Good Light founder and Pretty Boys author David Yi founded Good Light in 2021. Yi hopes to further challenge the binary boundaries of the beauty industry with the gender-neutral brand and pays homage to his Korean heritage with the products' ingredients.

Editor's Pick: The Cosmic Dew Water Cleanser starts off as a gel cleanser and turns into a milky foam as you massage it into damp skin. Yi paid careful attention to the formula, incorporating hydrating, anti-inflammatory ingredients to support all skin types.

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14. Ellis Brooklyn

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Veteran New York Times beauty columnist and author Bee Shapiro started Ellis Brooklyn with a desire to make clean fragrances with complex scent stories that conjure up memories and/or emotions. The brand's fragrances are vegan and cruelty-free, follow IFRA testing rules, are housed in glass bottles, and are shipped carbon-neutral whenever possible.

Editor's Pick: Since hitting shelves in summer 2020, Salt has quickly become a fan-favorite Ellis Brooklyn scent. The blend of ylang-ylang, Tahitian Tiare, and ambergris evoke the smell of salty skin during a hot sunny afternoon at the beach.

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15. Kulfi Beauty

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

The impetus of Kulfi Beauty started when beauty industry veteran Priyanka Ganjoo discovered that makeup can be a joyful vehicle of self-expression and not just a means to cover up what Western society considers imperfections. The brand is a celebration of South Asian beauty and aims to empower this community through storytelling on its Kulfi Bites blog.

Editor's Pick: Kulfi launched during the pandemic with Underlined, a kajal liner inspired by the ones of Ganjoo's youth. The formula offers smudge-proof, high-pigment color, but goes on creamy thanks to a mix of soothing aloe vera extract and antioxidant vitamin E.

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16. Patrick Ta

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Patrick Ta is a makeup artist known for giving celebs like Shay Mitchell and Gigi Hadid an otherworldly glow. The first-generation Vietnamese-American started his eponymous line in 2019 with products inspired by what he keeps in his kit.

Editor's Pick: The Major Sculpt Creme Contour & Bronzer Duo is a one-stop-shop to a sculpted complexion. Ta created the palettes to ease the confusion of choosing complementary contour and bronzer shades.

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17. Cocokind

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Priscilla Tsai turned her acne struggles into Cocokind, a wildly successful skincare line that's also extremely affordable. The brand's formulas are centered around superfruits and plant-based innovations like bakuchiol. You can find the products at your local Target and Whole Foods.

Editor's Pick: This mineral sunscreen feels weightless on skin and leaves a minimal (if none) white cast. Bonus: it also offers blue light protection against your electronic devices.

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18. Sundays

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Sundays Studio is a New York City nail salon founded by Amy Ling Lin. It's known for its relaxing experience, thanks to Ling Lin incorporating wellness elements like guided meditation into services. If you're not in NYC, you can still get the Sundays experience at home with its collection of 45+ nail polish shades. The long-wear, glossy formula stays fresh with wear and doesn't contain 10 controversial chemicals known to be in nail polish.

Editor's Pick: The salon's in-house nail polish line has a number of best-sellers, but this sky blue shade embodies the collective optimism going into sunny, warm summer weather.

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19. Tatcha

Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Tatcha is an expansive skincare brand founded by Vicky Tsai. The products are all modern takes on ancient Japanese beauty rituals. It's known for a handful of products, namely its Dewy Skin Cream and Water Cream, which are both best sellers at Sephora.

Editor's Pick: Now, this is one product that lives up to its name. The cult-favorite moisturizer leaves skin hydrated, glowy, and plump.

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20. Fable & Mane

Fable & Mane HoliRoots Pre-wash Hair Treatment Oil

Nikita and Akash Mehta are two siblings who wanted to create haircare products that both honor and channel the transformative power of Indian hair rituals. Their brand Fable & Mane has become best known for its pre-shampoo hair oil treatment. Along with this hero product, all of the brand's formulas utilize Ayurvedic ingredients and can be used on all hair textures.

Editor's Pick: The HoliRoots Pre-Wash Hair Treatment Oil can be used as a rinse-off pre-shampoo treatment or as an overnight mask. It's infused with dashmool, castor oil, and ashwagandha to strengthen the scalp and hair, plus boost circulation.

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21. Squigs

Squigs Double Shot Face Serum

Squigs is a new brand created by fashion editor Nikita Charuza that focuses on balancing the skin on your face and scalp, which the brand calls head care. The product formulas are inspired by the Indian beauty rituals Charuza grew up with, and are free from synthetic dyes and scents.

Editor's Pick: Squigs' Double Shot Face Serum is a dual-phase serum that boosts moisture and plumps skin. It's packed with an all-star lineup of ingredients, including niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, squalane, and avocado oil.

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22. Cirque Colors

Cirque Colors Nail Polish in Luna

Cirque Colors is a non-toxic nail polish brand that comes in recycled brown paper packaging to reduce waste. Founder Annie Pham creates the shades with all skin tones in mind.

Editor's Pick: This thermal shade called "Luna" is guaranteed to score compliments. In addition to the teal shimmer and holographic sparkle, it shifts color based on temperature.

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23. Ranavat

Ranavat Brightening Saffron Serum

Michelle Ranavat created her namesake skincare line after realizing the lack of brands honoring the origins and history of popular Ayurvedic ingredients.

Editor's Pick: In addition to brightening skin, this saffron and turmeric-packed serum tackles signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles.

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24. U Beauty

U Beauty The Barrier Bioactive Treatment

If you read fashion blogs in the early 2000s, you already know Tina Craig. She founded BagSnob back in 2005 and is now the brains behind U Beauty, a line of streamlined skincare products with science-based ingredients.

Editor's Pick: Is there anything this overnight treatment can't do for your skin? It seems doubtful. The formula harnesses to boost skin renewal so that complexions appear softer, smoother, and more radiant in the morning.

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ONE/SIZE Turn Up the Base Beauty Blur Balm Hybrid Foundation

Patrick Starrr is one of the OG beauty YouTubers and became known for his glam face beats, which heavily influenced makeup trends in the 2010s. So naturally, Starr has created his own line of high-performance, high-pigment makeup available at Sephora. The name comes from Starrr's mantra that everyone can participate in wearing makeup.

Editor's Pick: For those days when full glam isn't in the cards, ONE/SIZE's Turn Up The Base is your best bet. It's a beauty balm-foundation hybrid that smoothes skin texture and reduces shine.

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26. Mydentity

Mydentity ColorRefresh Color Depositing Conditioner

Aside from creating rainbow hair color tutorials that go viral, celebrity hairstylist Guy Tang has a pop music career and is a cast member of Netflix's Bling Empire. With his haircare line Mydentity, Tang creates styling and color care products that help you express yourself through your hairstyles and colors.

Editor's Pick: If you want to test drive any trendy hair color, reach for the MyRefresh Color Depositing Conditioners. The shades can be used solo or mix and matched to achieve your desired shade, and since they last up to 25 shampoos, are a great option before committing to any look.

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