The Best AAPI-Owned Beauty Products BAZAAR Editors Love in 2022


best aapiowned beauty bazaar editors love

Images courtesy of Tower 28/Sunnies Face/Sephora

We’re already halfway through Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which was created to celebrate the cultural histories of Asian Americans and those of Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian decent. To support Asian and Pacific American businesses in May and beyond, we ask BAZAAR editors to share their picks for the best beauty products from AAPI-owned brands. From hydrating shampoos to culty matte lipsticks, our list features a mix of tried-and-true and emerging brands, like Tower 28, COSRX, Sunnies Face, good light, and more. For a closer look at some of our most coveted makeup, plus hair-, skin-, and bodycare essentials, keep reading for 19 of the best products from AAPI beauty brands to shop now and love forever.

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“I love, love, love Tatcha’s Water Cream moisturizer. It has a satisfying whipped texture, but it’s super light—ideal for oily skin. The scent is faint but pretty, and the mint green packaging is fun: The tiny little spoon gets me every time.” —Izzy Grinspan, deputy digital director

MAKEUP

ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly

“This is one of my favorite lip glosses. It’s provides a nonsticky shine that makes your lips look juicy and plump.Mariah Morrison, senior social media editor

“No matter how tiny my going-out bag is, Tower 28’s Lip Jelly is always in it. The sheer color (I personally love Coconut, a rosy pink), nonsticky finish, and moisturizing formula combine to make it a makeup-bag MVP.” —Lindy Segal, interim digital beauty director

SKINCARE

Purifying Oil Cleanser

“I’m a firm believer that you can use oil cleansers without a double-cleansing routine, and love this one from AAVRANI for removing makeup, excess oil, and grime in one fell swoop. I also love that it has soothing ingredients like aloe and camellia to help soften and rehydrate skin too.” —LS

“If there’s one kind of beauty product I always keep on hand, it’s a multitasker, and this all-purpose balm from good light is one of my new favorites. I use it on my lips, nails, and generally anywhere that needs an extra bit of moisture.” —Tiffany Dodson, associate beauty commerce editor

BODYCARE

Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm

“I keep tubes of JUARA’s Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm everywhere: in my desk drawer, next to my bed, even in my car. The nourishing, faintly floral formula instantly soothes chapped skin, smooths raggedy cuticles, and melts into the skin, leaving it soft but not sticky.” —Genevieve Monsma, interim beauty director

FRAGRANCE

SUN FRUIT Eau de Parfum

“As soon as I smelled this perfume, I was hooked—it’s literally summer in a bottle. It features notes of fig, bergamot, jasmine, and coconut that lingers on my skin all day long.” —TD

HAIRCARE

HoliRoots Hydrating Shampoo

“I can’t explain how delicious this shampoo smells. I use it on my daughter as well because it’s so clean, so now it reminds me of her too.” —Kerry Pieri, fashion contributor

SKINCARE

Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50

“It can be hard to find a sunscreen that checks every box. But Glow Recipe’s lightweight formula has a high SPF (check), blends in nicely (check, check), and leaves skin with a hydrated, shimmer-free glow (all the checks).” —LS

SKINCARE

Radiance Grape Stem Cell + Squalane Day Cream

“I first came across Three Ships in my past life as a retail reporter. Co-founder Connie Lo was one of my go-to resources for perspective on the world of DTC beauty. Now, her plant-based beauty brand is at the center of my top shelf. I use this face cream in the morning and at night. My skin can get very dry, very easily, but this cream keeps it radiant and hydrated. Plus, it has a clean, fruity scent that I love.” —Halie LeSavage, fashion commerce editor

MAKEUP

Fluffmatte Matte Lipstick

“There is no better matte lipstick than the Fluffmate by Sunnies Face! Whether you’re looking for warm neutral hues or punchy coral reds, the Filipina-founded brand has a shade for every pout. Up until this week, you had to go through specialty Asian beauty retailers to buy their products, but they finally launched this week in the U.S. Stock up! ” —Bianca Betancourt, culture editor

“I don’t typically reach for matte lipsticks (or lipsticks at all), but this cult-favorite lipstick brand from the Philippines has become a go-to for me. This lipstick glides onto my lips and leaves the most gorgeous pigment with the lightest touch. It absolutely lives up to the hype. I love the shade Nudist—it’s the perfect pinky-nude color.” —Katie Intner, assistant beauty editor

SKINCARE

Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

“This essence is a saving grace for my dry, sensitive skin. I use this product daily in my a.m. and p.m. routine to combat irritation and strengthen my skin barrier. Don’t worry, no snails were harmed in the making of this product.” —MM

SKINCARE

The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder

“When my face is in need of some exfoliating, this product is my go-to. All you need is an ‘almond-sized’ amount of the powder and the tiniest bit of water to transform it into an ultra-smooth foam. It’s also one of those wondrous exfoliators that keeps the skin feeling renewed rather than stripped after every wash.” —Chelsey Sanchez, associate culture editor

HAIRCARE

Gooseberry Delight Hair Oil

“To relax after a stressful day, I love taking a moment to massage my scalp with this spirit-lifting hair oil. Not only is it lightweight and nongreasy, but it also has a subtle orange scent that’s not overly aggressive.” —TD

BODYCARE

Revitalizing Body Scrub

“I really enjoy a body scrub, but they often leave what feels like a beach at the bottom of my shower and on my skin post-shower. I have been indulging in this Shikohin scrub, which is made from rice and hemp, along with calming CBD. It leaves a hydrating sheen on my skin—sometimes it can even become a skin moisturizer when I’m in a rush!” —KI

SKINCARE

SOS Intensive Rescue Serum

“My acne-prone skin is extremely temperamental, which means I end up with irritated skin a little too often. This soothing serum from Tower 28 is truly like magic. As soon as I apply it, any lingering redness I may have had on my face is gone in under a minute flat—no exaggeration. And it feels as gentle and hydrating as splashing water on my face.” —TD

SKINCARE

Skin Mud Pure Vitamin C Mask

“When my skin feels dull from days of makeup, I pull out this clay mask from DAMDAM (founded by a former editor at Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore). It refreshes my pores and evens out any redness without leaving my skin feeling stripped.” —KI

MAKEUP

Pili Ani Moisturizing Tinted Pili Lip Butter

“I’ll be wearing Pili Ani’s Moisturizing Tinted Lip Butter all summer long. I love how buildable the shades are, so you can go as sheer or as saturated as you want. The lip butters are also infused with elemi oil, which helps to lock in moisture.” —Jamie Wilson, beauty editor

SKINCARE

Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner

“I love this toner—I’ve been using it for a while now, because it instantly stops my face from having that dry, tight feeling. I don’t normally like fruity scents, but this is not at all overpowering.” —Leah Chernikoff, executive editor

SKINCARE

Moisture-Balance All-in-One Face Cleanser

“Venn Skincare’s Moisture-Balance all-in-one cleanser is one of my favorites. I love how the texture feels on my skin, and it does an amazing job of removing makeup without leaving my face feeling dry. It’s my go-to cleanser especially if I’m traveling.” —JW

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