Tonya Lewis Lee’s Favorite Products from Black-Owned Beauty and Wellness Brands

Photo credit: KEITH WILLIAMS

In 2007, I became the national spokesperson for “A Healthy Baby Begins With You,” a campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health to raise awareness about infant mortality in the Black community.

Through that work, I’ve spoken with thousands of women across the country and become a women’s-health advocate — especially for Black women, who are left out of wellness conversations despite carrying so much burden in our country. I’ve found that women must make their own wellness a priority. It’s not easy, but I’ve learned in my own life that I am better able to meet the needs of my family and my work when I treat myself kindly. I founded Movita Organics, my organic-vitamin-supplement collection, from this place. I want to help women gain a baseline of good nutrition and make it a bit easier to make positive choices that support a lifestyle of well-being.

My heroine Audre Lorde once said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” I know that some days, one simple good decision is enough to help me feel good about how I treat my body. And that’s how I use these products. They’re all founded by Black women, so I’m supporting their work and taking care of myself, too. Join me in prioritizing your own wellness, no matter how many responsibilities you manage.

Golde Matcha Turmeric Superfood Latte Blend

I love Golde’s Matcha Turmeric in the morning. The energy is a lot smoother than what I feel when I drink coffee. The turmeric in this blend is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant — it tastes great and is good for me.

$29 at GOLDE

$29 at GOOF

Mented Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipstick

I was introduced to founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson through their Mented line, which is specifically designed for women of color. The nude lipsticks are great natural shades — they add a little color to my look, which helps me feel great while attending virtual meetings from home.

$15 at TARGET


Pat McGrath Labs FetishEyes Mascara

Pat McGrath mascara is my go-to. The formula makes my lashes full and pop, but it doesn’t have that heaviness of thicker formulas. We communicate so much with our eyes. So with this mascara — and a good lip gloss — I feel ready to meet the challenges of my day.

$30 at SEPHORA

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SOURCE: New York Magazine, Tonya Lewis Lee

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