Did you know there are a host of Black-owned face mask brands and designers you can shop for some seriously stylish face coverings? Yes, you can support Black-owned businesses AND stay safe in style, whether you're looking for a high-end designer face masks like the bestseller from luxury brand Off-White, small Black-owned shops on Etsy or even royally-approved face coverings worn by Meghan Markle!
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The best Black-owned fashion and beauty buys to shop now
We love these cool face masks so much that we've made an edit of some of our favourites that you can shop online right now.
Meghan Markle's favourite face mask brand: Royal Jelly Harlem
When the Duchess of Sussex stepped out with Prince Harry in L.A. to volunteer with a Baby2Baby event in 2020, we all also took note of the Duchess' outfit – and especially her very stylish face mask. The seersucker striped face covering, which is still in stock, was by Black-owned brand Royal Jelly Harlem – a fashion and lifestyle label with fans including Taraji P Henson, Gabrielle Union and Claire Danes.
Meghan Markle showed her support for Black-owned Royal Jelly Harlem, wearing a face covering by the brand while volunteering in Los Angeles
Photo: Christian Monterrosa for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Royal Jelly, which is just one on the list of Meghan-approved brands that make face coverings, does a host of face mask styles – including kids’ versions with adorable matching crowns! – and you can even also shop some of Royal Jelly Harlem's lifestyle creations on Amazon.
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Shop Black-owned face masks
Meghan Markle certainly is helping demonstrate that supporting Black-owned businesses isn't just a trend – and with face coverings now an essential accessory, shopping Black-owned face masks is an easy way to throw your support behind the movement and discover sometimes overlooked brands that you might not have been aware of but will absolutely love. Here our some of our faves...
Esteebanj on Etsy
Breathable face mask with nose wire, starting at £7.99 each, Etsy
If there's a print you love, we're pretty sure London-based Etsy shop Esteebanj has it! There are more than 20 fabric choices, from sparkly to leopard print, African motifs to plain linen. You can also choose how many layers you want and if you want a filter, making it a truly bespoke experience.
OshunsVanity on Etsy
Say No More face mask, more colours available, £8.50, Etsy
UK-based Etsy shop OshunsVanity is serving up a host of stylish face masks, including the bandana print 'Say No More' mask that has a filter pocket and nose wire and comes in four colours: green, blue, navy and black. Side note: we love the shop's earrings, too!
AFRIKOThreads on Etsy
London-based Etsy shop AFRIKOThreads designs chic luxury face masks for men and women. The five-star shop sells double-layered masks with filter pockets in both print and minimalist looks, like this look in Village Green. Each face masks comes with two filters and a travel bag.
Luxury face mask, £11.99, Etsy
Off-White face mask, £70, Off-White
Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh is the mind behind one of 2020's top-selling designer face masks, which is by his own label Off-White, founded in 2013. The simple black face mask with signature arrow logo design became a must-have face coveringin 2020, and it's not too late to add it to your own collection.
SNTGmasks on Etsy
Handmade face mask with nose grip and filter pocket, £11.50, Etsy
SNTGmasks, based in Reading, England, hand-makes face coverings in six different gorgeous African prints. The 100% triple-layer masks have a built-in nose grip and filter pocket – plus there's free shipping for the UK.
Colourful Face Masks on Etsy
Floral and plain face masks from £8.50 each, Etsy
UK-based five-star seller Colourful Face Masks on Etsy makes face coverings for every style, from African prints or Liberty floral prints to plain, and you can select face masks with or without a filter pocket. They're very popular, though - shop now before your favourite looks sell out!
'Nude' face mask in 'Skintone Y' with nose wire, from £7.99, Afro Mask
The creations from Afro Masks, the brainchild of mother and son duo Marlene Greaves – a designer who trained at St Martin’s School of Art – and Oliver Greaves, are eco-friendly and handmade in the UK. There are many fabulous patterns available, and we especially love the line of 'Nude' masks that come in three different skin tones.
Pink Face Mask, $75 (£56), Romeo Hunte
NYC-based designer Romeo Hunte’s eco-friendly upcycled masks come in prints or plain, or one of our favourites, a double layer satin mask with 3 panels, leather piping and adjustable straps.
All Very Goods on Etsy
No. 19 Me Time Bandana (Blue), measures 23"x23", £19.40, Etsy
If you’re looking for a cool bandana to wear over your face covering, we love the designs from All Very Goods, a Black-woman owned Etsy seller based in Washington, DC. You can also shop equally gorgeous art prints and totes.
Krystle Dean Crafts on Etsy
Sparkly face masks from £9.99, Etsy
Five-star rated Etsy shop KrystleDeanCrafts sells an array of earrings, dolls and pillow covers – and also some fabulous face masks. We're particularly enamoured with the sparkly face coverings, which are reversible – plain on one side, glittery on the other – and come in shades including black, pink, silver and blue.
MomMade UK on Etsy
Kids' face masks, £2.99 each, Etsy
If you are looking for a nice face mask for your children, MomMadeUK on Etsy has you covered! This top-rated Etsy seller makes adorable face coverings for kids, from colourful graphic prints to Mickey Mouse motifs. (The shop also has some great face masks for grown-ups, too). The popular shop is currently taking a break – sign up to be notified when it reopens – but when it's back be sure to check out the other irresistible pieces, including kids' bomber jackets, baby rompers and gloriously pretty My African Princess dresses for your future Queen.
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