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Our Story

ZANZI Beauty was founded out of love.

It was also founded out of concern at the limited range of makeup available for women of color. There just aren’t that many brands dedicated to them.

Our founder wanted his daughter to have the same choice of make up as any other girl. He wanted her to grow up feeling just as beautiful and special.

So he decided to do some something special and unique for her and other women of color.

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From Kampala to California…

Whilst travelling through East Africa, our founder was inspired by the beauty and resilience of the women, who celebrated themselves with beautiful textiles and makeup. One particular woman was wearing the most stunning blue lip stick, which we decided to recreate with our Elektra metallic lip cream.

We have embraced those rich colors and incorporated them into our stunning and uncompromising range of luxurious eyeshadows and lip creams, designed to stand out and emphasise darker skin.

ZANZI Products

We know how hard it is for women of colour to find the right foundation. It’s not just about finding the right shade of melanin, but getting the undertone right too.

We created a new high quality oil-free foundation formula, especially designed to match darker skin types. Then we looked at skin tones.

We searched for the darkest first (think of models like Alek Wek), analysing for red, yellow and neutral undertone, and developed the shades to match.

To make life even easier, we’re developing a mobile app to scan your skin and recommend the closest matches, bringing you ever closer to the ‘holy grail’ of a perfect foundation match. We’ve created free sample packs for you, to experiment with at home rather than the hassle of going to a store, until you’re happy with the right match for you.

However, we haven’t stopped there.

We want to share our love of vibrant color with you, so we have developed a range of richly pigmented color cosmetics so that you can Celebrate Yourself whenever you want – you can tone it down for the office or turn the color right up! Why not? Why let other people tell you what to wear, just be yourself!

Makeup the way it should be...

Animal cruelty-free

We believe that no animal should suffer for beauty. We are therefore committed to being animal cruelty free and are proud to be part of PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies programme.

Paraben Free

Parabens are preservatives which we have removed from all our products. We use safe, glycerine-based preservatives instead, so you can relax and focus on just looking awesome.

Talc Free

Talc is banned in the European Union because of its carcinogenic risks. It is commonly used in eyeshadows and highlighters. None of our products contains talc.


Your safety comes first. We take great care in ensuring our products are rigorously tested to comply with United States FDA and European Union standards, which are the toughest in the world. In the world of online sales, it’s more important than ever that you have 100% trust in the cosmetics that you use. We publish all our ingredients and have listed the Environmental Working Group risk assessment for each ingredient, so you can be informed. You can view these ingredients on the product page for each product on our store.

ZANZI Beauty puts you first.