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8 Black Makeup Artists to Follow

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

By Johanna Antonuccio, Head of Makeup

Ivy Kungu (@ivykungu)

How’s that song go? “Issa sad bitch party you cannot get in”? Hmmm 🤔 Something like that lmao . . Trynna get my tears on @rachelcmakeup’s level 😭 . . Key Products Used: #anastasiabeverlyhills Norvina Vol 1 and Vol 2 palettes, Loose Powder in Banana, Hydrating Oil, Loose Highlighter in Snowflake (on the eyes), Eye Primer and Liquid Liner #themakeupshack Dubai Lashes (code IVY to save 💕) #shroudcosmetics Creepy Cute Palette (shade Planchette to transition) #ofracosmetics Pro Blush Palette (shades B29 and Pink Lady) #hudabeauty Foundation shade 520G and Tantour in Tan and Rich #lauragellerbeauty Guilded Honey #benefitcosmetics Foolproof Brow Powder, Good Proof Brow Pencil, Kabrow (all in shade 5) and 24hr Brow Setter #mentedcosmetics Peach Please Matte For the tears I used brow pomades and added depth w the Norvina shadows and #suvabeauty Liners in Snow Panda and Tracksuit . . . #norvina #norvinapalette #abh #glammakeup #shophudabeauty #makeupformelaningirls #makeuplooks #30daymakeupchallenge #abhshadows #cocoaswatches

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Anthony Walker (@ANTWTF)

James’ Joint: PT. 3 🐉🌿 —— a revisit to my VERY first makeup look! (➡️SWIPE TO SEE THE PROGRESS➡️) I find every once and a while I end up doing this as a “creative soft-reset”. I implore everyone to revisit their original makeup look and techniques to find inspiration and a new technique! Learn from history. Much like about the history of this “country”. Fun fact: Police were originally Slave Patrols. Disgusted? Me too! Link in bio to support the people working to dismantle it. —— -PRODUCT DETAILS- —EYES— Milani Eye Primer, Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper in “Electric Forest”, Stay Put Liner in “Goal Digger”, Eye Tech Eyeliner, The Purple One Lash Primer and Highly Rated Mascara @BeautyBaycom EYEN Bright Palette “Frosted Lime” “Rise&Shine” and “Preppy Pecan” @nudestix Magnetic Matte Eye Color in “Night” (use code ANTHONY10 for $$ off if youd like) @maybelline Lasting Drama Pencil in “Glossy Emerald” @urbandecaycosmetics “Space Cowboy” —COMPLEXXION— #nyxcosmetics Bare It All Skin Tint @narssisist Radiant Creamy Concealers @fentybeauty Pro Filt’r Loose Powders in “Cashew” “Hazelnut” and “Banana” KKW Beauty Bronzer (the irony?) ABH Radiant Blush Kit @ctilburymakeup Glowgasm Face Palette —BROWS— @benefitcosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil in 4.5 Limecrime #browpen in “Dirty Blonde” #milkmakeup Kush Brow Gel (fitting) —LIPS— @nyxcosmetics lipliner in “Downtown Beauty” @mentedcosmetics “Bare” Lip Pencil La Girl Lipliner in “Natural” ABH #lipgloss in “Undressed” Milani Keep it Full gloss in “Gold Dust” —— #halflashagenda

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Naezrah Nikole (@naezrahlooks)

🌈⭐️POWER PUFF GIRL⭐️🌈 I haven’t done this hairstyle on myself in YEARS. my mum used to put my hair in two puffs or buns like this when i was a kid. it was kind of a kid signature i called minnie puffs! it made me feel like a pretty doll. When you see a black little girl be sure to tell her you love her hair ! i promise you’ll make her day and make her glow up! Also remember to sign a petition and donate , the master link in my bio as many links you can find . p.s: this is the look from the face chart i just added more because it was to plain for how i felt in the moment. ———————————————————————————— Some products gifted: hair: my damn scalp base/primer: @milkmakeup hydro grip ( use code NAEZRAHLOOKS at checkout to save on products . valid from now to sept 30th⭐️) skin: @beautybakeriemakeup foundation in 307 + 305 (use code naezrah to save ☁️) cream contour: @fentybeauty matte match stix – ebony concealer: @milkmakeup in cinnamon setting powder/powder: @fentybeauty instant retouch setting powder – honey @fentybeauty warmth bronzer – mocha mami @maccosmetics Studio fix powder – NW58 – NW48 @itslikelymakeup clown blush palette eyes/ face art: @bymelolops liners in atomic , beam and rays ( use code NAEZRAH10 to save ☁️) @glamvicecosmetics liners in bandana , pink velvet , gelato ,blue raspberry, key lime and crop top. lips: @patmcgrathreal matte trance in divine brown @milkmakeup concealer in cinnamon lashes: @hudabeauty mascara @crvstallashes in MIJA (use code naezrah to save ☁️) highlight: @milkmakeup flex highlight in iced + pigment @morphebrushes continuous spray #naezrahlooks #highlight #makeup #beauty #blackgirlmagic #darkskin #darkskingirls #colourpopme #makeupartistworldwide #fentybeauty #bretmansvanity #runwaymakeup #liner #graphicliner #rainbow #rainbowhair #colorfulmakeup #explore #studiofam #crayoncutie

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Kaliff Jones (@makeup.messiah)

Almost in the mood to be NUDE🤎 •𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐬 @anastasiabeverlyhills: Ebony BrowWiz @anastasiabeverlyhills: Tintedbrowgel———————————————————— •𝐄𝐲𝐞𝐬 Eyeshadow @anastasiabeverlyhills x @amrezy palette Mascara @anastasiabeverlyhills Lashbrag mascara Lashes @lillylashes #Miamiflare ———————————————————— •𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞 Foundation @FentyBeauty Pro Filt’r in 430 Concealer @tartecosmetics shape tape in #TanDeepsand / @hourglasscosmetics concealer Contour @dragunbeauty FACE palette Undereye @kkwbeauty Brightening Powder Bronzer @fentybeauty: Mochamami Powder @lauramercier translucent powder Blush @anastasiabeverlyhills Cocktailparty Blush Trio ———————————————————— •𝐋𝐢𝐩𝐬 Liner @kkwbeauty 90’s vogue lip liner Lipstick @kkwbeauty Nude 1.5 Gloss @kkwbeauty Lust gloss Tools: @themakeupshack – – – – – #colourpopcosmetics #abhxamrezy #kyliecosmetics #kylie #makeup #contour #eyeshadow #wakeupandmakeup #unleashyourinnerartist #morphebrushes #makeupartist #makeup #tiktok #anastasiabeverlyhills #norvina #dressyourface #softglam #shanedawson #jeffreestarcosmetics #100daysofmakeup #mac #maccosmetics #maybelline #motd #makeupforever #make4glam #morphebabe #nickiminaj

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Ashley Strong (@strashme)

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Lauren B. Brown (@RAGGEDYROYAL)

The RaggedyRoyal x LashScoop Collection will drop 12pm EST on Friday, June 19th! YES. JUNETEENTH. There are 5 lash styles/colors totaling to $29.98. Sezzle will also be available, allowing you to pay in instalments, with no interest fee 🙂 All of the lashes were handpicked and personally named by me. Each lash is named after someone close to me, without them, I couldn’t do what I do. In this look, I’m rocking the ADDISON lash. – I never had a biological sister, so when I met @itsaddisonrose when she was a toddler, I just decided she would be it. I remember one time in the grocery store someone stopped my mom and was like ooh she (Addison) looks just like you, idk about the other one (Me) LMAO. We’ve spent hours on dance routines and makeup looks that deserve to be UNDER the jail. From daily school carpools to walking a two year old baby across southeast in a foot of snow. My first and favorite assistant, who never complained 🙂 And yes we have on eyeshadow in the last pic I keep telling y’all I always had makeup😂😂 – 📱For Launch Reminders: Text “LAUREN” to 8887002203 (USA) 81787 (CANADA) +46765196160 (R.O.W) #ColorMeRaggedy

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Lauren Elyse (@laur_elyse)

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Shaniah Bell (@makeupbyshaniah)

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